Suzanne Al Houby
First Arab Woman to Climb & Summit Mount Everest &
CEO, Rahhalah Explorers, UAE
Initiatives that can be described as daring and innovative in healthcare, life-sciences, setting up charities, adventure travel business & climbing have one thing in common: She was told that she couldn't do it! She did and that is what Suzanne Al Houby is all about. Her favorite quote is "it is easy to be inspired, but it is not so easy to act".
Suzanne Al Houby is the first Arab Woman to climb and summit Everest, the highest mountain on earth at 8850 meters on May 21, 2011. She is also the first Arab woman to climb Mont Blanc, Elbrus, Aconcagua, Vinson & Denali (the highest mountains in Western Europe, Europe, South America, Antarctica and North America), in addition to Kilimanjaro (8 times) and Toubkal the highest mountains in Africa and North Africa Respectively amongst others.
She visited more than 100 destinations worldwide, carried a backpack half her weight and camped in extreme conditions. Therefore, she developed a sense of what to look for in an adventure, and decided to put this in Rahhalah Explorers, her dream project. Despite outstanding climbing and adventurous achievements, Suzanne has also succeeded in the corporate arena over the last 20 years, covering an extensive spectrum in healthcare related- industries. Suzanne started her career in Healthcare in 1991 and held senior positions in leading healthcare organizations & life sciences as well as leading many Corporate Social Responsibility initiatives. Suzanne Al Houby ranked 16th in the list of "100 Most Powerful Arab Women" by ArabianBusiness.com
Suzanne was the brain behind creating the Dubai Bone and Joint center, the first of its kind ambitious project bringing world class specialized healthcare integrated with biotech research to the region focused on musculoskeletal conditions. The project was independently researched and implemented by herself with the direct approvals of HH Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum. Under the patronage of HRH Princess Haya Bint Al Hussain, Suzanne founded the first patient's foundation in the country; the Emirates Arthritis Foundation, with the vision of improving the quality of life for arthritis sufferers through leadership in the prevention, control, and cure of arthritis. Suzanne now act as a Vice Chairperson for the Foundation. Suzanne has a degree in Biomedical Engineering from the University of Iowa in the United States.
An environmentalist, a humanitarian and an explorer with a set of values that define integrity for her "It is never about greed, fame or even the summit, it is about doing the right thing in a world that has a significant number of people losing sight of what is important".