Lebanon's foremost sportsman and climber, Maxime Chaya was the first person from his country to hoist its flag atop Everest. He did so en route to ascending the Seven Summits and then went on to ski to the North and South Poles, all the way from the coast. A few years later, he embarked on a totally new adventure: rowing the Indian Ocean, earning two Guinness World Records in the process. More recently, he succeeded in the first-ever bicycle crossing of the Empty Quarter, unassisted. Before that, and despite his homeland's civil war, Max excelled academically and graduated with honours from the London School of Economics. Besides the presentations he offers to schools, universities and clubs to inspire the next generation to “climb their own Everest”, Max professionally delivers his keynote address entitled “There is an Everest for Everyone” to businesses and multinationals across the world. He has been officially awarded decorations for his achievements on three occasions and has been awarded national stamps and calling cards. He is the author of coffee table book "Steep Dreams, My Journey to the Top of the World” and he is the main character of comic strip series “Maximum Max” which has been translated to three languages.