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Deshun Deysel

Deshun Deysel








Who Is Deshun Deysel

InnerGameTheory® Coach. International Speaker (over 1000 conference in 15 countries). Experienced Managing Director with a demonstrated history of working in the program development industry. Strong business development professional skilled in Executive Development, Executive Coaching, Coaching Entrepreneurs and Leadership Development, Keynote Speaker and is one of twenty-two South African ambassadors for the Laureus Sports Foundation. 

Deshun is a mountaineer and businesswoman who was the first Black South African woman to climb the slops of Mt. Everest in 1996. As a novice climber Deshun was only able to reach Camp 2 at 6,500 metres (21,325 feet) that year, but later returned to Everest in 2003 to try again, but bad weather prevented that attempt as Deshun made her way to the summit and had to turn back, this time only making a mere 500 metres from the top (8,848 metres, 29,028 feet). She holds a Higher Diploma in Education from Rand College and Rand Afrikaans University and spent five years as a school teacher before taking up mountaineering.

Deshun's recent studies -globally- conclude that the 21st Century, Multi-Generational Workforce requires agile workspaces and business cultures. Organisations who are quickest at making this shift are more likely to attract and retain key talent, have high levels of employee engagement and drive highly productive teams. Subsequently Deshun has completed multiple certifications in the training and development space, culminating in an international certificate in business coaching.

CEO of GoPeak International which does fully accredited Assessments, Training and Globally Tested solutions, any business is well-positioned to attract and retain the right talent, to give you a competitive edge. Deshun's commitment is to help many clients achieve exactly that! With Digital Toolkits, which bring together the power of People Analytics and Online Support, GoPeak International is well placed to help drive people performance in a workplace defined by disruption. Navigating uncertainty, while leading a team to success, is not an exact science. The flagship product the Peak Performance Toolkit™® is a Talent Development Platform, which allows you to track team and individual performance in real-time, accurately and in a structured way. By Using the power of self-reflection, The PPT™Coaching System© gives each user regular feedback for ongoing performance monitoring and coaching - improving organisational agility.

With many decades of traversing the slopes of the worlds' highest mountains as well as working alongside companies to get the best out of their people, Deshun has equipped the team to craft dynamic journeys in GoPeak International clients' pursuit of High Performance. To navigate successfully through the realities of constant disruption, business leaders need Focus, Consistency, Discipline and Support - the fundamental ingredients that mountaineers use to achieve Peak Performance. By using the most effective tools to manage teams, GoPeak International supports Leaders to succeed in the ever-changing terrain of constant disruption - so that they can focus on the big picture - with peace of mind. 

Keynote Topics:

  • Imprints in the Snow®

  • Tackling the Summit®

  • Peak Performance Toolkit®

  • Mountains and Manicures 

  • Who's Your Sherpa? 


2020 - Current

2019 - Current

2016 - Current

1996 - Current


2012 - 2015


1998 - 2004


Chief Executive Officer at  GoPeak International (PTY) Ltd

GoPeak helps companies drive Agile Performance Development, by using Key Performance Insights and People Analytics.

International Fellow at LIMAK Austrian Business School

Conducting facilitation, moderator and coaching workshops to the LIMAK's international client base, through its IN.SPIRE programme.

Executive Director and Share at Effective Human Intervention (Pty) Ltd (EHI)

Managing Director at D Deysel & Associate for DeshunSpeaking

Alumni at Cherie Blair Foundation for Women

Faculty at Branson Centre of Entrepreneurship - South Africa

Partner/Contributor EFQM Annual Convention

Workshop Facilitator at The Pacific Institute USA

Facilitation of Personal Transformation Programme (Investment in Excellence) (RSA & USA)
Training new Facilitators
Accrediting new Facilitators
Motivational Speaking (USA)

High Altitude Mountaineer in 1996 Everest Expedition

Achievements and Accolades

1996 Awarded Four Outstanding Young South Africans Issued by Junior Chamber SA

1996 Awarded Outstanding Women Award issued by Lenasia Chambers of Commerce

2007 Nominated in the Shoprite/Checkers Woman of the Year

2010 Honorary member of the Golden Key International Honour Society

2021 Nominated the Women Business Award for the Best New Business 

One of twenty-two South African ambassadors for the Laureus Sports Foundation

“Deshun has always excelled at providing superior classroom experiences. She is not just an extraordinary achiever, but a superb speaker, who translates knowledge into accessible learning, moving a company forward strategically. It has been a pleasure working with her on multiple OD projects.” 

- Hylton Gudmanz Business Activist, Learning Innovator & Executive Coach -

"Our expectations weren't only met, but greatly exceeded! I think that all Leadership Teams should experience the Tackling The Summit® Process!"

- Lillian Barnard, CEO Microsoft South Africa -

"It is without hesitation that I recommend Deshun [Deysel] Bester, having experienced the Peak Performance Toolkit® firsthand. It has had a huge impact on our work mindset and business performance."

- Thomas Pays, CEO Ozow -

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