Elise started We Can Run because she deeply believes that women’s higher education is a powerful driver to achieve a more sustainable world. After gathering experience in Investment Banking, NGOs and the United Nations, she moved to Munich where she currently works in the Private Equity Investment Team at Allianz Capital Partners. Attempting the 4 Deserts Series / Desert Grand Slam, Elise hopes to bring more funding and visibility to the young women looking to study in Sierra Leone.
Iris works in Business Development at Amazon Web Services in Munich and is passionate about creative marketing and all things digital. She studied Law and Management at the University of Exeter and St. Andrews and facilitates the Instagram channel at We Can Run.
The 4 Deserts Ultra-Marathon Series is a 1.000km multi-stage footrace across the Namib desert, the Great Caucasus, Chile’s Atacama desert, and Antarctica in one calendar year. Each stage is six days in length and covers 250km self-sustained, with runners carrying gear and food as the organization only provides water and medical assistance.
The race has been ranked by TIME Magazine various times as #2 in its Top 10 Endurance Events and counts 78 Finishers since inception in 2008.