Lebanese-born Tima Deryan is a mountaineer, influencer, mindset coach, social entrepreneur, and bestselling author. She was the first Lebanese woman and youngest Arab to reach the summit of Mount Everest. She was 26 years old at the time.
But this was not her only ‘first’. In 2022, Tima Deryan became the first Lebanese woman to ski to the South Pole. She has also managed to climb more than 25 mountains in five years, including the highest mountain on every continent. Amongst her feats, she includes being the first Arab woman to climb the highest active volcano in the world, i.e., Ojos del Salado.
Her adventurous spirit and passion for exploring, redefining limits, and mountaineering fuel her desire to lead a life filled with adventure and to never stop aiming to fulfill her dreams.
TIma Deryan is also the founder of Mountain Gypsey. The company aims to inspire people to tap into their potential and embrace a life of purpose and impact.
She believes that “The only limit to your success is the limit you set for yourself. Keep pushing boundaries in pursuit of your goals. You are capable of achieving greatness.”
Her work as a mindset coach sees Tima Deryan work with people from myriad backgrounds and circumstances. She helps them to develop a mindset that allows them to achieve their goals and become more resilient, creative, confident, and courageous.
Tima Deryan also dedicates a good portion of her time to helping raise awareness on various socio-economic topics. She advocates for children, youth, and women’s rights and is a champion for environmental sustainability. Her beliefs led her to found Feministiya, a sustainable fashion brand that aims to support women’s rights, inclusion, diversity, gender equality, and justice.
A bestselling author, her children’s book Curly Adventures helps children achieve their dreams. Tima Deryan has also used the power of sports to raise awareness for her passions. She has been featured in various media, including amongst others the likes of Reuters, South China Morning Post, Vogue, CNN, New York Times, and AL-Nahar.
For her next challenge, Tima Deryan wants to complete the Explorer Grand Slam. She has, thus far, met every criterion bar one – she still has to visit the North Pole. Only fifteen women have managed to complete this feat. It comprises climbing the highest mountain on the seven continents as well as skiing to both the North and South Poles.
As a conference speaker, Tima Deryan draws from her unique experiences and perspectives to inspire and motivate others to step out of their comfort zone and reach their potential in both their life and business. She lives in Switzerland and speaks both English and Arabic.
“Exceptional! Tima was so inspirational on many levels. She has a unique way of relating lessons from her mountaineering experience in a business context. She also wove in powerful lessons about perseverance, teamwork, and leadership. Her insights into the mental and physical challenges of mountaineering were particularly enlightening, and our team left feeling motivated to tackle their own challenges with renewed vigor.”
“Tima was outstanding! She instilled the team spirit through her stories on the mountain. Can’t wait to see how the team works together after listening to her.”
“I was truly inspired by Tima. Her energy was well received by everyone in the room. We left feeling eager to dream big and never give up.”
“I really liked the connection that Tima made between reaching a summit on a mountain and a goal in business and life. She unlocked a new perspective to finding options and solutions.”
“Seeing a real-life example of a human with a strong mindset and a clear mental fortitude was a sign for me to get up and take action! Tima really woke me up and reminded me of my why”