Wasfia Nazreen Profile

  • Born and raised in flat coastal Bangladesh, human rights’ activist Nazreen made it her goal to climb the Seven Summits as a way of empowering and inspiring the women of her nation.

  • The first Bengali to summit each one of the continent’s highest peaks, Nazreen drew from her experiences to create the Ösel Foundation, which provides young girls in Bangladesh and Nepal with mindfulness training and outdoor education.

  • In addition to being a national hero, Nazreen has been selected as one of “National Geographic Explorer and Adventurer of the Year”, one of Men's Journal’s 25 most adventurous women of the past 25 years, and one of Outside’s 40 most influential women.
  • Wasfia Nazreen is a National Geographic Explorer & Adventurer and the only woman to hold these simultaneous titles. Although she is most known for being the first Bangladeshi and Bengali in the world to climb the Seven Summits, aka the highest mountains of every continent, her passion has always been driven by causes close to her heart.

    She has won numerous national and global awards for her activism and commitment to empowering women through the field of adventure. She was named by Outside magazine as one of 40 women in the last 40 years who have advanced and challenged the outdoor world through their leadership, innovation, and athletic feats, and by Men’s Journal as one of the 25 most adventurous women of the past 25 years.

    She is the founder of Osel Foundation, which empowers marginalized girls from Bangladesh and Nepal through the outdoors. As an Expedition Expert for National Geographic, and in her own capacity, she takes leaders on journeys into nature to connect with self, humanity and the earth so that together we can commit to solutions that will create positive change for our planet. The award-winning shortfilm Wasfia, produced by Apple Inc. can be seen at or National Geographic.

    Nazreen currently is working on her memoir and two film projects based out of Los Angeles.

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    Mountaineer Wasfia Nazreen uses her death-defying experiences summiting the Seven Peaks to address conservation, sustainability, women’s empowerment, and educational reform. Nazreen’s diverse life gives her a unique perspective on building resilience and overcoming adversity: the adventurer and human rights activist grew up in conservative Bangladesh, served as an aid worker helping refugees and former sex workers, and lived on people’s couches for 4 years while she juggled the logistics and finances to get to the top of Everest. Her remarkable story, unbreakable spirit, and eloquent way of conveying both have made her a global inspiration and in-demand speaker.

    Wasfia shares her journeys and leads mediation & empowerment workshops in a myriad of venues worldwide. She has spoken at numerous corporate & non-profit events, including World Economic Forum (WEF/Davos), The American Center (U.S. Embassy in Bangladesh), Paris-Sorbonne University, Town Hall at Apple Inc., House of Commons - U.K. Parliament, Liberation War Museum - Bangladesh, National Geographic Society, Edinburgh University - Scotland, European Business School Universität at Oestrich-Winkel - Germany, Agnes Scott College, TEDx - Dhaka, Scholastica, Lightning in a bottle festival (LIB), Chittagong Grammar School (CGS), U.S. State Department - DC, Burton Snowboards HQ, JAAGO Foundation, Jivamukti Yoga - Berlin, American School Dhaka (AISD), United Nations - NYC, Dhaka University, International School of Dhaka (ISD), Sunbeams School, The International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMOD), Bangladesh Centre for Advanced Studies (BCAS), Library of Tibetan Works & Archives (Dharamsala), Nepal Tourism Board, Rich Mix - London, Sakhyadhita - Thailand, Roland Berger - Frankfurt.

    Wasfia addresses the following topics:

    • Women’s rights

    • Empowerment

    • Leadership

    • Sports and Adventures

    • Risk Taking

    • Achievement

    • Change

    • Motivation/Inspiration

    • Peak Performance

    • Equal pay

    • Education


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    We highly recommend Wasfia Nazreen as an inspirational speaker for schools and communities around the world. She empowered educators, parents, and wellness professionals at our SAS Wellness Summit, and also inspired close to 4,000 students throughout the week. Wasfia is able to spark interest and engage listeners with each of her presentations. Our collaboration with her had a tremendous connection with our lessons and curriculum. Students of all ages were enthralled with her stories, and it is so wonderful for our kids to have such a positive role model in their lives. She shared an inside look into her adventures, the perseverance it takes to be an adventurer, and she beautifully weaved in the importance of mindfulness and being a steward of nature for our planet. We were grateful that she made time to not only speak with students, but connect with children and teenagers that had further questions, or that just wanted to thank her for being with us. Wasfia shares what she has learned from her experiences that any one of us can apply to our own journey in life. We cannot thank her enough for the time and energy that she put into engaging with our community. Her impact will be felt for many years to come!


    “Wasfia is our dream incarnate. She makes us touch the sky, she makes us take leaps of faith, she is why little girls continue to dream.”

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