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Tima Deryan

Mindset Coach, Speaker, Author, Adventurer

Tima is the 1st Lebanese woman and youngest Arab to summit Mount Everest at 26 years old. On the 22nd of May, 2019 at 7:21 am, she stood gratefully and humbly on the highest mountain of the world after a two-month expedition during one of the deadliest seasons on Everest.

Tima is also the 1st Lebanese woman to ski to the South Pole. Tima skied to reach the most southerly point on Earth on the 16th of December 2022. 

Motivational Speaker

In the past five years, Tima climbed more than 25 high mountains around the world including 7 out of the 7 summits (highest mountain on every continent). Her records include being the 1st Arab woman to climb Ojos del Salado, the highest active volcano in the world.  With her passion for exploring and redefining limits, mountaineering came as a second nature to her. Staying true to her wanderer spirit, she aims to continue leading an adventurous lifestyle and never stop climbing.​ When she’s not on a mountain, Tima, founder of Mountain Gipsy and a professionally certified coach, believes that her mission is to give back to the world what the mountains gave her. As such, she works with people from all backgrounds and circumstances to develop an invincible mindset so they can achieve their most ambitious goals by becoming more resilient, creative, confident, and courageous. Moreover, she dedicates her time to support and raise awareness on essential socio-economic topics that are shaping our world. She’s an advocate of children, youth, and women’s rights, and an environment sustainability champion. Driven by her mission to give back, Tima founded Feministiya, a slow fashion sustainable brand that aims to create millions of advocates around the world that speak up on women’s right, gender equality, inclusion, diversity, and justice.  Tima also authored a children’s book, Curly Adventures, to help all children realize that they are limitless and are able to achieve their dreams. In parallel, driven by her love of nature, Tima uses the power of sports to help raise awareness about today’s sustainability challenges, and showcase solutions to address them. She is regularly featured in both international and local media outlets, including Reuters, CNN, New York Times, South China Morning Post, Vogue, Gulf News, The National, and Al-Nahar.​ Tima’s priority remains being in the outdoors and going for any adventure that life has to offer. Her next goal is to complete the Explorer Grand Slam – a challenge to climb the highest mountain on every continent and ski to the last degree of the both the North Pole and South Pole. She only has the North Pole left! This is such a human challenge that only 71 people (15 women only) have ever completed this challenge! more people and women went to space!

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