On 19 – 25 October 2021

34 climbers


Adam Rogers

Worked in communications at the United Nations for 25 years. Author of the Intrepid Traveler (2018); No Mammal Manifesto (2019); and Taking Action Online (2021).

Akinyi Obama-Manners

Junior Executive Officer at the Auma Obama Foundation Sauti Kuu. The Foundation looks at local sustainable solutions projects to assist youth and their families in Alego, Kenya.

Amir Gheissari

Ph.D in Social System Science. Entrepreneur, Consultant and Art Collector.

Daniela Urio

Student at Barbro Johannsson Model Girls’ Secondary School, a non-profit institution based in Dar es Salaam that shapes young Tanzanian women into future leaders.

Dennis Imani 

A young boxer who trains at the Trinity Boxing Club in Kibera, Nairobi. The boxing club was set up by Kilimanjaro Initative, assisting youth to be champions in the ring and their community.

Dennis Lundoe Nielsen

Danish Founder of Phoenix Design Aid and PDAid Foundation. The foundation provides mentorship to disenfranchised youth in East Africa.

Didier Chassot

Ambassador of Switzerland to Tanzania.

Elia Mahushi

Member of the Marangu Roteract Club. After completing a Bachelor Degree at the University of Dodoma, he now works at Femme International in Moshi.

Emanuel Mtui

Member of the Marangu Roteract Club. Worked as a Mt Kilimanjaro porter for three years, before taking the necessary exams to become a guide.

Felix Frohn-Bernau

Felix is the CEO of a Munich based Private Equity fund palero and member of the Ashoka support network in Germany as well as Initiator of various activities against wealth gap.

Dr. Francesca Canepa

Doctor in Psychology. Trail runner, she was the first Italian woman to win the Ultra Trail du Mont Blanc, the most prestigious mountain running race.

Fredrick Otieno Alego

A graduate from the Auma Obama Foundation Sauti Kuu. Boaz now assists with the program and supporting young people in the community.

Ingrid Beutler

Founder of Sustainable Mountain Alliance, facilitating the transition to sustainable sport and tourism in the mountains. Former elite athlete, International Olympic Committee and the UN Office on Sport for Development and Peace.

Dr. Jeffrey Lazarus

Head of the Health Systems Research Group at ISGlobal. He is on the Lancet COVID-19 Commission and frequently appears on media channels to discuss the pandemic.

Dr. Joseph Msaki

Medical Doctor at the Marangu Lutheran Hospital. This is his second climb, and he will make sure climbers and support crew remain in good health.

Karen Bertelsen

Preeschool teacher in Denmark. Karen looks forward to the lifetime experience of climbing Mt. Kilimanjaro and to meet the youth.

Karl Theodor zu Guttenberg

Entrepreneur, author, producer. Focus on global changes and tipping points. Former German MP, Minister of Defense, and Minister of Economics.

Katie Plitcha

Director of Partnerships at D.Lights, a company that has provided to date solar home systems to more than 100 million people.

Dr. Marcus Ranney

Founder and CEO of the Human Edge in India. A published author, public health commentator and keynote speaker. He has dedicated his life to wellbeing and exploring one’s limits.

Maude Mathys

A qualified nurse, pro Swiss trail runner currently leading the 2021 Golden World Trail Series, women’s record holder at Sierre -Zinal, 3x Eurpoean Mountain running champion, World vice-champion in ski mountaineering 2017.

Maureen Elisante

Student at Barbro Johannsson Model Girls’ Secondary School, a non-profit institution based in Dar es Salaam that shapes young Tanzanian women into future leaders.

Mira Rai

Professional Nepalese trail runner, Mountain Partnership Ambassador, 2017 National Geographic Adventurer of the year and former child soldier running her own Foundation.

Dr. Noah Simons

A pediatric infectious disease specialist in San Francisco, California, affiliated with the California Pacific Medical Center.

Philippe Von Dem Knesebeck

Based in Germany, he is a Managing Partner at Blue Future Partners, a private firm investing in venture capital and real estate.

Racheal Sabore

A young Masaai woman who grew up in the plains at the foot of Mt Kilimanjaro. She attended Inkisanjani Primary school, close to where the youth train for the climb.

Dr. Raina Ranney

Sports and Musculoskeletal physiotherapist and child birth specialist. With her husband Marcus, founded Meds for More in Mumbai, collecting unused COVID-19 medicine for disenfranchised communities.

Rehema Mwankanye

Student at Barbro Johannsson Model Girls’ Secondary School, a non-profit institution based in Dar es Salaam that shapes young Tanzanian women into future leaders.

Ruth Invota

A young woman from the Psycho Social Support Group in Kibera, Nairobi. The group was set up by Kilimanjaro Initiative, highlighting the need for mental health support and income generation for young women.

Sebastian Copeland

Polar explorer, climate analyst and photographer. He has led many seminal expeditions to the polar regions, and was recognized as one of 25 of great adventurers of the last 25 years.

Simon Mtuy

Chief Guide. Advocate for environmental sustainability and world record holder for the fastest unassisted ascent/descent of Mt. Kilimanjaro.

Stephen Flood

Post Doctoral Researcher at Maynooth University in Ireland. Scientific expert on climate change, environmental policy and social science research.

Timothy Challen

Founder of Kilimanjaro Initiative, and AVP at UNFCU. British victim of gun crime in Nairobi, Tim has organized numerous climbs to assist disenfranchised youth.

Vincent Gaillard

Vice-President at Sport & Sustainability International; Board Director at Centre for Sport & Human Rights.

Wilson Mawe

Basecamp Instructor. Mawe will train ten sponsored youth in the Maasai plains, in preperation for the climb and life’s challenges.



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On 19 October, 34 climbers including Tanzanian and Kenyan youth, elite mountain runners, arctic explorers, politicians, industry leaders, and COVID-19 experts will climb to the summit of Africa to highlight the need for equitable access to vaccines. Climbers will reach Uhuru Peak on United Nations Day, 24 October. Funds raised through the.big.climb will go towards the Go Give One campaign, managed by the WHO Foundation, and the African Union COVID-19 Response Fund.
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