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Episode 187 Saray Khumalo | Award-Winning Mountaineer

Saray Khumalo is an award-winning mountaineer, the first black African woman to Summit Everest and ski to the South Pole. As well as having over 18 years’ experience as a business executive in eCommerce within the financial services industry. She is also the founder of #Summitswithapurpose an initiative which she has used to raise over R1.8 million towards literacy and education.

In addition to this, Saray is a motivational speaker and transformational coach who uses her journey as a mountaineer and executive to nudge coachable individuals and teams into peak performance. She believes that the sky is not the limit and we should therefore all aim higher than the sky in everything as we change the narrative for the next generation. Above all, she is on a quest to complete the Explorer Grand Slam, a challenge that has only been completed by 67 people around the world.

Ian & Saray discuss;
  • Training to be a part of the Explorers Grand Slam
  • The journey to summit Everest
  • Founding ‘Summits with a purpose’
  • Saray’s charity work for education
  • Opening library’s for children in South Africa
  • Her Everest experience
  • Skiing the South Pole
  • Balancing work life with being a mother & adventurer


Ian live streamed (Facebook, YouTube & Twitter) for 2 hours on the 24th July 2020 and interviewed 3 speakers back to back!

We have edited those videos and created bonus podcast episodes.

The original videos can be watched again on the respective social media platforms.


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