Malaika Vaz (b 13 April 1997) from Panjim, Goa, travelled to both the polar regions as a member of the educational expedition, ‘Students On Ice’ (SOI). She first went to Antarctica from 27 December 2011 to 10 January 2012, and followed it up with the Arctic from 29 July to 13 August 2012. She is also a competitive windsurfer, sailor, certified scuba diver and runs a non-profit organization called Kriya.