From living in a cramped bunker during the Lebanese Civil War, to battling chronic lung condition and hypermobility syndrome, Dr. Joyce Azzam has become an inspiration to many as the first Lebanese woman to complete “The Seven Summits Challenge”. Braving frigid temperatures and killer oxygen levels, Joyce successfully climbed the tallest mountain on every continent. She also scaled over 28 of the most challenging mountains around the world, including Mount Everest, Denali, and Vinson. With every mountain she climbs, Joyce aims to inspire change in the lives of children and women around the world.
Joyce features as an expert and motivational speaker on an international circuit, working to inspire youth and women to overcome life and societal challenges, while promoting conservation of precious cultural and environmental endowments. Joyce was pivotal in cultural heritage asset preservation along the Lebanon Mountain Trail. She is spearheading an initiative that will enhance the ecosystem on Mount Everest, while empowering the economic wellbeing of the indigenous Sherpa community in Nepal. Working with international organizations, academia, think-tanks and local communities, Joyce builds on her personal and professional achievements, education, networks and lessons from around the world to inspire change, social empowerment and growth.