Expedition Leaders

Liv Arnesen

Bærum, Norway

Liv (pronounced ‘leave’) Arnesen’s rich life experiences, both on and off the ice, have made her an internationally recognized leader and role model for women and girls. A self-proclaimed ‘keen’ but not fanatical outdoors enthusiast, Arnesen is most interested in the development of adults and children. Through her diverse roles as a polar explorer, educator and motivational leader, Arnesen inspires others to reach beyond their normal boundaries and achieve their dreams by sharing her own stories about exploring the most remote places on earth.

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Ann Bancroft

St. Paul, Minnesota

Ann Bancroft is one of the world’s preeminent polar explorers and an internationally recognized leader who is dedicated to inspiring women, girls and audiences around the world to unleash the power of their dreams. Through her various roles as an explorer, educator and sought-after speaker, Bancroft believes that by sharing stories related to her dreams of outdoor adventure, she can help inspire a global audience to pursue their individual dreams.

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Kim Smith

Cape Town, South Africa

Kim Smith resides in Cape Town, South Africa and is pursuing a Masters degree in Developmental Studies. With her university, Kim has had the opportunity to travel extensively and has begun a global dialogue that has further solidified her dedication to community development. “The ideas and views of friends from all over the world further ignited my passion for wanting to be an instrument of change.” Kim works with various non-profitable projects in townships such as Khayelitsha and Bonteheuwel in Cape Town addressing the changes her country faces as a means to promote collaboration and cooperation with one another in an effort to achieve great things. “I am an ordinary person from a small community in Cape Town, but my ability to dream and to dream big has never failed me.”

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Krushnaa Patil

Krushnaa Patil

Mumbai, India

Krushnaa Patil was born in Mumbai, India. She is the youngest Indian woman to climb Mt. Everest and between 2009 and 2011 she reached the highest summit on every continent. Krushnaa has a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and is currently pursuing a masters in the same field. She has received several awards, including the 2010 CNN IBN Young Indian Leader Award.

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Olfat Haider

Haifa, Israel

Olfat Haider is the Program Manager at Beit Gaefen – an Arab-Jewish Center in Haifa. One of her projects involves leading an annual student expedition to the Alps. Olfat was born and raised in Haifa, Israel, where she lives today. As an outstanding young volleyball player, she joined the Israeli National Women’s Team, as its only Arab member.  She has been involved in several projects promoting peaceful co-existence between Jewish and Arab youth in Israel. She has also led and facilitated numerous multicultural and multi-ethnic groups of various ages in wide-ranging projects and initiatives.

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Lisa te Heuheu

Turangi, New Zealand

Lisa te Heuheu is a consultant in New Zealand. Dedicated to sustainable development and her Māori heritage, Lisa is in a unique position to engage indigenous people in national issues pertaining to natural resources and climate change. Lisa enjoys the diversity of the communities she works with and also the diversity of their aspirations.

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CindyCindy Hu

Yunnan, China

Jiaojiao (Cindy) Hu was born October 6, 1988 in Yunnan, China. She is a postgraduate student in China University of Geosciences in Beijing China and just achieved two master degrees in France and Germany in past two years. She involved to set up a mountaineering team in the universtiy and was the vice president. “Everytime when we climbed the snow mountains, my team members and I always recycled rubbish and keep the environmental friendly montaineering as our goal.” She also was the founder of an education aid team to provide “dream education” in past 4 years for the primary students in Yunnan Province, the one of poorest area in China.

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Ana Maria AtienzaAna María Atienza

Tucumán, Argentina

Since 2004, Ana María has been a project manager with CDESCO (The Latin America Center for Development and Participatory Communication), a nonprofit foundation that promotes development in rural areas. She founded O-IRSE in 2010, The Human Rights Observatory of Tucumán Women ́s Prison, which uses theater and other militant tactics to support the struggle of imprisoned women for their rights. Ana María is an educational media designer and documentary filmmaker.

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Expedition Team Alum

Marcia Gutierrez

Tumeco, Chile

Marcia Gutierrez was born in 1977 and lives in Temuco, Chile. She studied Environmental Management and currently works as a coordinator between the Chilean Red Cross and the Chilean government on issues related to natural catastrophes. She has completed several regional and international climbing expeditions and is an experienced mountaineer and skieer. Marcia is also a part of the Red Cross Rescue Team and was involved with evacuation and rescue after a large earthquake in central Chile in February 2010.

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