Fahad Badar is a Qatari banker, mountaineer, and outdoor enthusiast. Born in 1979, Fahad always had an inclination for sports, challenge, and breaking limits. He has a bachelor’s degree in Banking & Finance in Bangor University (UK) followed by an MBA in Durham (UK). Currently he is working as the Executive General Manager of International Banking at Commercial Bank of Qatar, where he has been working for the past 20 years.
The passion for outdoor activities has been with him throughout his entire life. However, his dream of climbing mountains was finally concreted in 2016, when he started working hard and prepare to climb the 7 Summits. This commitment led to a new stage in Fahad’s life: intense training, bigger responsibilities, and a great dedication for reaching his goal.
His first summit was Mount Kilimanjaro (February 2018), the highest peak in Africa. Six months later, he was already reaching Mount Elbrus, the highest mountain in Europe. To finish that year with fulfilment, he attempted to climb Aconcagua (December 2018) but the circumstances did not allow him to reach the summit, forcing him to stop in Camp 2. All these steps were reinforcing his will to pursue bigger
challenges and achieving his dream of climbing Mount Everest.
In May 2019, he became the first Arab male to double summit both Mount Everest and Lhotse in a single expedition. Few people have been able to achieve such accomplishment. Reaching the summit of Mount Everest was only the start for Fahad, who would like to achieve his goal of climbing all the 7 Summits. On December 28 th , 2019 Fahad closed the year with the outstanding achievement of skiing 110km across the South Pole until The Last Degree, which took 7 days of overcoming extreme weather conditions that included below zero temperatures and strong Antarctic winds. Not ending the expedition there, he went on to climb Mount Vinson - the highest mountain in Antarctica- reaching the summit on January 2nd, 2020, a wonderful start to the new year.
Besides his mountaineering passion, Fahad has been a Martial Arts enthusiast since 1998 and an Aikido practitioner since 2000, Along with these years of training Fahad has consulted with sports professionals and mountaineers to ensure the optimization of his training routines and diet required for mountaineering. Mountain climbing provided him essential lessons that he could never imagine experiencing in normal daily corporate life.
Mountaineering can instruct one to be confident, in addition to also having the necessary technical skills and being well prepared physically to face the risks and know what you are going to do; are all attributes required for success. Mountaineering has also given him a platform to promote topics close to his heart from mental health, community engagement, cancer awareness, and creating further public and International recognition of the important venues and entities Qatar offers.