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Who is Deniz Kayadelen?



Inspirational Speaker - ICF accredited Coach - Senior Manager @ Big4  

Extreme Swimmer - World Champion in Ice Swimming

Bestselling Author and Founder of "Out of Comfort Zone" 

Deniz Kayadelen Ice Swimming World Champion and inspirational Speaker

Deniz Kayadelen, a M.Sc. Business Psychologist, is a multicultural person of Turkish descent who was born and raised in Germany.

Deniz's university education has been a bright reflection of her enriching life experiences in two countries and cultures. Deniz became the first student to achieve a double diploma (business and organizational psychology) upon successfully completing challenging requirements of both Istanbul University (Turkey) and Ruhr University (Germany). Continuing with her brilliant academic endeavors, she successfully earned her M.Sc. degree in Business Psychology in Bochum University. Deniz is the author of the German book: "Deutsche Expatriates in der Türkei, Erfolgreiches Management im internationalen Kontext" meaning German expats in Turkey, successfull management in international context. And her second new best-selling book "Out of comfort zone".

Deniz is currently living in Switzerland, Zürich. She has been working in consulting for more than 10 years and is currently Senior Manager at EY, leading the Talent Management Consulting in People Advisory Services with the focus topics change management, talent management and the future of work. She has extensive experience in talent- and change management, international rollouts,  intercultural trainings, coachings, executive assessments and learning and development. She is a certified change manager, diagnostic expert, innovation trainer, intercultural coach and moderator. Deniz consulted more than 20 companies and managed more than  30 projects.

Pool swimmer

Besides her career, Deniz is a competitive open water, extreme swimmer, and pool swimmer and is swimming for Turkey and Germany. Her latest achievement is crossing the English Channel solo, swimming for 15 hours and 8 minutes in 16 degrees of cold water. She is a 5-time World Champion record holder in Ice Swimming 50m and 100m Butterfly age category. She has won many gold medals in national and international swimming races, including the Istanbul Bosphorus cross-continental, Dardanelles (Canakkale), and Meis (Castellorizo)-Kas races in Turkey several times as well as the regional German Championships- Hessische Meisterschaften in 100, 400m Freestyle. She swam 42.4 km in 24 hours in Stuttgart and had first place amongst women. Also, she crossed the North Channel as a relay among toxic jellyfish and sharks. She also represents Turkey and Germany in the World Championship Oceanman and European Masters Championships. 
Deniz's passion for swimming is very high, and she likes to go out of her comfort zone to explore her limits as well as inspire others. 

Deniz Kayadelen world champion swimmer


-English Channel Solo Swimmer from England to France, July 2023

-World Champion in Ice Swimming 50m and 100m Butterfly age category in Samoens France 2023(water temp. 4.2 degrees) 
- World Champion Ice Swimming (water temp. 3.2 degrees) in 500m - 250m Freestyle & 50m Butterfly age category, Poland Glogow 2022
- World Championship Ice Swimming, 2nd place age category, Poland Glogow 2022
- World Record Attempt Relay 320 km Swimming from Russia to Turkey, Blacksea
- Robben Island to Cape Town Solo swim, South Africa 2020
- English Channel Relay Swimmer from England to France, 2019
- North Channel Relay Swimmer from Ireland to Scottland, 2019
- 200 meters Butterfly Turkish national record, place 2019
- Aquamasters Arena Turkish Championship 2019: 400m, 800 m Freestyle overall woman 1st place


- Double Major Degree in Psychology (Istanbul University & Bochum Ruhr University)
- M.Sc Business and organizational psychology (Bochum Ruhr University)
- Author of the German book "Successfull Management in the international context: German expats in Turkey 
- Prosci certified Change Manager & People Transformation Expert
- EY certified innovation trainer, coach, moderator in Design Thinking and agile working 
- More than 10 years management consulting & HR experience with focus topics: Future of work, Talent Management, Change Management, Executive Assessments, Agile Working.
- Different Projects in more than 5 industries and 20 companies.
- Key note speech activities in universities, international companies 
- Certified Intercultural Trainer and Training Design Expert
- Certified Diagnostic Expert, Assessment and Coaching
- ICF Accredited ACC Transformative Coach

Deniz Kayadelen psychologist and IFC Accredited coach



Deniz also can be booked to give inspirational speeches about motivation, breaking limits, and going out of the comfort zone. With more than 10 years of experience in the executive environment and more than 20 years breaking limits with sports, she has a lot of great experiences and knowledge to share.

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