At ventura TRAVEL, we consider our most valuable assets to be our team, a group of motivated and authentic individuals who have their heart in the right place.The different characters, the common team spirit and the overall focus on achieving the company’s objectives are the reasons why our team is top notch. No obstacle is too high and no distance too far. At ventura TRAVEL, the sky's the limit.
We have currently more than 80 employees. You can find the complete team by reaching our respective brands’ team pages. Here’s a small insight into the ventura TRAVEL team! Welcome to our world.
Andre Kiwitz - CEO & Founder
Authentic travel & Entrepreneurship
Andre started the company during his studies in 2001 as viventura. He experienced tour operators offering boring trips throughout South America, without enabling the travelers to experience real South America. After founding the company in Germany, he moved to South America in late 2001 and lived for a total of 12 years in South America. Over the years, next to his passions for travel, South America and the Internet, a passion for Entrepreneurship and good leadership grew. As a consequence, he started Ventura TRAVEL in 2015 with a clear Vision: To empower talented tourism professionals with a strong passion for a travel niche and enable them to start their own brand within Ventura. This way the intrapreneurs could focus on what they are best in while getting the infrastructure from an established tour operator. In his private life, Andre enjoys spending time with his wife & son and loves to eat good ceviche.
Erick Feijóo- Integrator
U.S.-born, Ecuadorian bred, Berliner by choice
Erick works from our Berlin office as Integrator and oversees our company's business operations. From a very early age, he's been fascinated by new languages and cultures, and he especially enjoys getting to know countries' politics and history. Erick's family is from Ecuador and Peru, and he previously worked on economic development issues across different Latin American countries. He joined ventura TRAVEL after working in Washington D.C., Germany, Belgium, and Costa Rica.
Benno - Platforms Founder and Director
A true South America Enthusiast
Benno has traveled all over Latin America. While traveling seems built into his DNA, his love for Central and South America started during his university studies. For a research job for his master's thesis, Benno moved to Cuba and subsequently traveled all through Central America, before ending up in Colombia and Ecuador. During his time as marketing manager for viventura.de, he fell in love with the Galapagos Islands. Benno now works both from the Galapatours head office in Berlin and the beautiful archipelago in Ecuador.
Francesca - Japaventura Founder and Director
Language freak in love with Japan
Francesca left her beloved hometown in Italy 10 years ago to explore the world and look for new adventures. Ever since, she has been living in many different cities, from Lisbon to Miami, from Kyoto to Berlin. Her great passion for people and cultures brought her to learn as many as 7 languages and to see almost 50 countries. While remaining strongly connected to her city in Tuscany, her heart beats for Japan, the place on earth she loves most. When not working on Japaventura, Francesca can be found in the best restaurants in town, practicing foreign languages and trying out some new food, possibly Japanese.
Chrysanthi - Grekaventura Founder and Director
A restless spirit eternally in love with Greece
Being raised in a multicultural environment in Athens -with Italian and Greek-Egyptian roots- Chrysanthi soon discovered her passion for traveling and exploring the different cultures of our beautiful planet. After obtaining her M.Sc. in Tourism & Hospitality Management and having lived and worked in many different places, she currently decided to settle down in Berlin. Despite her love for this city, her heart is and will always be in Greece, her home. She knew it was time to give something back to her beloved country by showing people how powerful, enriching and life-changing traveling can be in such a small, yet influential and diverse country. Grekaventura was then born. Offering authentic and responsible travel experiences, Chrysanthi is inviting people to reveal the uniqueness of Greece through her own eyes and soul.
Sina - Indico Travels Founder and Director
Sina was born with adventure in her blood. As a child, she was always climbing trees, running into the dunes or crawling into bushes to see what she could find. As a teenager, she spent a year in Peru and fell in love with backpacking and life on the road. Since then, she has travelled to most continents by herself. Her favourite travel experiences are when she meets local people and can share moments with them, like when a local student played her folk songs on the guitar at a remote temple in China. Sometimes, though, it´s fun to travel with others - that´s why Sina has created MiAventura, so that solo travellers like her can find like minded buddies to explore our wonderful world with.
Vera Senapan - Asiaventura Founder and Director
South East Asia Cultural Explorer
Vera is the Intrapreneur for Ventura Travel in South East Asia. She holds a master's degree in International Development and M.B.A. She is passionate about history, arts, different cultures. Vera's goal is to build authentically unique experiences that take travelers to the less traveled path, allowing them to truly connect with the people and destinations. "I am striving for that moment when you can feel that the wall breaks down. When travelers don't just travel across the world, but also through the barriers of different cultures. When they feel connected, welcomed, and be part of the destination, that's when I feel like we have done our job."
Emke Prakken - Africaventura Founder and Director
A bush lover with ambition
Emke is an adventure-driven tourism professional, who will launch a new Ventura Travel brand for Africa. Born and bred in the Netherlands, with a passion for the African continent that runs deep! Her family’s love for Africa led to her dream to one day live ‘in the bush’. That dream came true when she started training as a Game Ranger in South Africa. Emke was then able to turn her passion into her profession and started working in the tourism industry. Doing what she loves most: sharing the beauty of the African continent with others! After living in Kenya and Malawi, she is now based in Cape Town where she can pursue another passion: eating well and drinking delicious wine - while surrounded by beautiful nature.
Mohammed Fayed - Arabiaventura Founder and Director
Passionate Sustainable Travel Leader
Mohamed Fayed, is the newest Ventura Intrapreneur. He grew up in the cosmopolitan city of Cairo, where the Pyramids were up the road and the bazaars were down the road. This shaped his passion for Travel and Culture infusion. From an early age, Mo, worked in travel as a Tour Leader escorting groups through the Middle East and North Africa. A dream Job that he will never forget. He topped this experience up with a degree in Business and stepped up to managing operations of big travel companies in the region. He created thousands of life-changing experiences for people in the region. This made him realize that his real purpose in life besides his family is the culture infusion between East and West which is created through sustainable Travel.
Gustavo Cataño - IT Director
IT geek with a contagious lust for life
Gustavo loves the world of software. Long before he finished his studies in System Engineering, he had participated in various projects related to process automatization in web environments. Gustavo has also occasionally lectured at Antioquia University in Colombia. Aside from all things IT-based, he likes sports and enjoys going to rock concerts. He spends much of his free time with his family.
Deyby Vasquez - Scrum Master
Family man with the entrepreneur vibe
Deyby is passionate about tech and entrepreneurship. He is always involved in projects combining the tech world, entrepreneurship, and teaching. He loves to spend time with his family. He tries to learn something new every day, with a bigger focus every 3 months. You’ll find him flying drones, reading, or dancing in his free time.
Genesis Guerrero Martinez - IT Developer
Samuel Roellin- IT Developer
Adventurous Swiss Guy Living In Italy
Sam is an adventurous person from Switzerland who moved to Italy. He embraces the unknown and loves to spend time with like-minded people. He has experience in sales, marketing, and project management. His newest passion is computer programming. Sam likes to fix complex problems with easy solutions. In his free time, he likes to hike and spend time with his dog.
Juan Daniel Rios- IT Developer
Curious is my third name
Daniel is part of the amazing IT team, with an MBA degree, who decided to change his career for something that he really loves... Tech! He loves photography, playing guitar, travel on his motorcycle, and learning how things work.
Julio Mendez- IT Developer
Chess lover and life learner person
Julio is a web developer and electronic engineer, a continuously growing person that likes to learn and teach about interesting subjects. Right now, Julio is working at Ventura as a software developer. His hobbies are dancing salsa and playing chess, he also enjoys playing guitar. As of now, he is happy with the Ventura team and is looking forward to keeping learning and making meaningful connections.
Christian Vivas- IT Developer
Sports fan and learning enthusiast
Christian is a React Developer that belongs to the amazing Ventura Travel IT team. He started his professional career as a Petroleum Engineer and Environmental Manager, and now he is working in his real passion, being a Developer. Fan of learning new technologies, cooking, traveling and sports, mostly soccer.
Majid Mahmood- Data & Digital Product Director
Love food, like to listen and explore cultures
Majid is our Director for Data and Digital Product, he is working with a team of superheroes building impactful products in the travel industry. Based in Berlin, Majid originally comes from the city of Lahore, Pakistan. Loves to cook, and listen to the experiences of people. Have published two books about "Creativity" and "a fictional story".
Paul Handschuh - Data Analyst.
Always on the lookout for the next adventure!
Paul was a former Viventura travel specialist for Peru and Ecuador, where he enjoyed sharing his passion with travelers. Now, he has transferred this passion to become a Data Analyst for the Data & Digital Product team. He enjoys wandering in foreign regions and lost places, ideally, surrounded by mountains and lakes to hike. He always looks for the next opportunity to try new food. His dream is to live near the beach one day.
Juan Sepúlveda- Data Engineer.
All I need is a laptop and a swimming pool
Juan is an Aeronautical Engineer from Colombia, passionate about Data and Software Development. In 2018, he had the opportunity to live and study in Barcelona as an exchange student, and from that experience, he discovered his potential and passion for programming. Since then, he has been involved in software projects with high impact in local communities. Now he is a player of the IT Team of Ventura Travel as Data Engineer. When he is not coding, you can find him in the Church or in the swimming pool.
Hang Tran- Product Lead
Just another PPP (Passionate Product Person)
Led by her wanderlust, Hang went to Finland for her bachelor's in International Business and later to Germany for her first internships before coming back to Vietnam to build health care products. Fueled by ramen and the occasional hot chocolate, she is now working to create the best online experience for all fellow wanderers. If she could just trap on her roller skate shoes and stride to a faraway forest, pick some mushrooms and then bake them later, that would be a good Saturday.
Gareth Hamilton - Marketing Director
A humble traveler, marketing leader, and cycling enthusiast.
Gareth leads our Marketing tribe of superheroes across paid, owned and earned channels in the fearless pursuit of our mission. Based in Berlin, Gareth hails from Ireland, where childhood curiosity quickly led to travel. 100 countries later, the impromptu smiles, exchanges, and moments shared with the peoples of our world continue to captivate his awe and fuel joy. Gareth has worked in adventure travel for 20 years, leading travel groups and marketing teams. Passionate about the power of travel as a force for good, Gareth joined Ventura Travel to further travel brands that change our world for the better. Gareth prefers even numbers, thinks coriander tastes like soap, and is most alive with the freedom of a road bike. He also has an extensive collection of airline safety cards (geek) but as they shouldn’t be removed from the aircraft that’s just between you and him.
Antonino Segreto aka Nino - SEO Specialist
Book-loving travel addict
Nino’s background is in Sustainable Tourism and Economics. A book-lover and travel addict, he has developed a great passion for the digital world in the past 6 years while working as a Digital Marketer for different Berlin start-ups. He now works at Ventura Travel as an SEO Specialist. His other interests include rock music, movies, and sociology.
Louis Poissant - SEA Specialist
Always open to novelty
Specialist of performance marketing, he is a big fan of sports and gastronomy. After an MBA in Paris and his first work experience in Berlin, he moved to Asia for several months and took Japanese classes to increase his immersion. In charge of performance marketing in the marketing department of Ventura Travel, he can combine two things he enjoys: numbers and writing.
Kim Feldesz – Commercial Services Lead
Adventurer at heart
Ever since she can remember, Kim was driven by a natural curiosity that brought her to new places and cultures. Always searching for the unknown, she has lived and worked in Mexico, Costa Rica, Panama, and the Canary Islands, before she finally settled down in France. Despite her adventurous heart, Kim loves when things are in order. As part of the Ventura team she can live out her two sides: organization geek and passionate adventurer.
Johanna Schroeter - Marketing Brand Manager
Peripatetic on the hunt for good stories
Johanna joined Ventura TRAVEL as part of the marketing team in Berlin and is responsible for its brands. She is a creative storyteller and always on the lookout for a new photo to take or a new picture to paint. At Ventura, she is able to combine her interest in travel with her passion for authentic experiences and sustainability.
Kelly Dignan - Copywriter Specialist
Originally from Toronto, Kelly’s passion for discovery has led her around the world, having visited more than 65 countries and experienced countless adventures, including spending five days on a boat floating down the Amazon, accidentally attending a Bedouin wedding, and being “trapped” in Bali during an active volcano. After seven years in Asia, she now lives in Berlin where she satisfies her curiosity with lake swims, gallery visits, and weekend markets. An avid reader and writer, Kelly hopes to share her love of exploration to inspire others to not just put more stamps in their passports but collect more stories to share.
Emely Koenig - Marketing Trainee
Crazy in love with Adventure
Emely König is currently a trainee at Ventura Travel. She is doing an apprenticeship in marketing communication and thus supports our marketing team in Berlin.
Mi Nguyen - Paid Search Specialist
Wine lover that loves to philosophize about god and the world
Mi is a passionate foodie, whose goal is to fill her whole Google Maps with green dots of the best restaurants and bars around the world. Besides being a foodie, she enjoys photography and loves to collect books (that she hopes will read at some point in her life!!).
Gisella Duro - Marketing Intern
A good communicator with a passion for people, environment and cultures
Gisella just joined the Marketing Department at Ventura Travel. She is soon finishing her studies in Communication. Over the years, she has been living in different countries across Europe learning new languages, getting new interests, and meeting a lot of people. Working for Ventura connects her interest in traveling and sustainability with her professional goals in Marketing and Communication.
Manon Gandolfi - Marketing Intern
Music lover looking for an escape.
Manon has just finished her studies and joined the Marketing team of Ventura Travel. She likes to discover new places, always with music, which allows her to escape while contemplating what surrounds her. Before leaving to conquer the world, she wants to discover Europe in all its forms and cultures, but especially to meet people. She already knows the first country she will visit outside Europe: Peru.
Marcia Sánchez - Human Relations Director
Passion for travelling and discovering new cultures
Marcia loves working with people and found her passion working in Human Resources. In her spare time, she loves to travel and feels the happiest when she can get to know a new country, a new culture and new people.
Ana Maria Caceres - Human Relations Specialist
Family, friends and chocolate
Born in Medellin, raised in Bogota and Santa Marta. Ana is the HR coordinator for our office in Medellin. She has been an entrepreneur for most of her working life. She has a communication degree and her passion is to help others. She enjoys traveling to tropical places and loves the Caribbean. She is very family orientated and enjoys spending quality time with her family and friends. She enjoys cooking all kinds of food and watching movies. Dark chocolate, wine, and coffee are always welcome.
Ralf Spielberger - Finance Director
Italian lifestyle loving and always open for new things
Ralf worked in finance his whole life, he loves the simplicity of numbers and has a pragmatic look on life. He is looking forward to navigating Ventura Travel through the Corona crisis together with the team.
Gabriela Palma - Accountant Expert South America
Responsible and punctual
Gabriela lives in Cuzco, Peru. She graduated from a private university in Australia 3 years ago. After graduation, Gabriela worked in an accounting firm and is now an accounting assistant at Ventura TRAVEL. Active and responsible, Gabriela loves teamwork and cooperation! When it comes to her, one thing is certain: the job will be well done. She hopes to contribute to the smooth running of Ventura TRAVEL.
Santiago Piedrahita - Finance Specialist
Friendly and always willing to know new people and cultures.
Santiago is a financial administrator with around 5 years of experience in accounting and finance-related areas. He joined Ventura TRAVEL as a finance specialist and is happy to put his experience in the service of the company and acquire new knowledge. He enjoys hanging out with friends, and traveling is the activity he likes the most. He's been to over 5 different countries but hopes to know much more in the future.
Luz Riveros - Finance Specialist
Hard working woman with passion for life, dancing, books and learning
Luz has been enrolled in the great finance department in order to keep the fast pace and the motivation going. She is located in Bogotá, Colombia but has experience in different countries, this contributing to Ventura's international background.
Susana Ceron Baumann - VSocial Coordinator & CSR Manager of Ventura TRAVEL
Feel the Ground, Touch the Sky
Voluntary social commitment and working in the tourism industry are her two great passions. She has been working in tourism since 2000 and holds a degree in Tourism Business Administration (BA). For 5 years she volunteered in homeless relief work in Berlin. Over the years, she has also been involved in various international projects, including a soup kitchen for the poor in New York. Since 2013 she has been coordinating a small project in Tamil Nadu India to provide access to education for 35 chaste girls. In 2015 she founded one of the largest voluntary initiatives in refugee aid in Berlin. She is very happy about her new responsibility at vSocial, because now she can finally live out her two great passions in one job. Apart from her work for vSocial she is the sustainability manager of Ventura TRAVEL.
Ifigenia Garita aka Ifi - Coordinator Central America
Traveling, Understanding, Helping Others
Ifgenia inherited her passion for the natural sciences from her mother and dedicated her studies to discovering the delicate and fascinating world of tropical biology. She combines her knowledge of natural science with a belief in the power of education to help preserve the natural wealth found in tropical forests.
Camilo Alvarado - Coordinator South America
Addicted to theater and to discovering new places
Camilo also enjoys sharing a good meal with good wine. He is the coordinator of vSocial's social projects for South America. He worked for several years in the field of human rights and for local development projects in different regions of Colombia and Latin America. He is convinced that the combining of processes, networked work, and collaborative work can strengthen local processes and territorial autonomy. He has been part of vSocial since August 2017.
Oliver Nitsche - Operations Manager
Travel enthusiast with Berlin roots
Oliver was bitten by the travel bug at an early age and, after an exchange year in Canada, traveled to many countries around the world. There was no doubt in his mind that tourism would be his home, where he could pursue his passion: To create new journeys and to bring the beauty of the different regions of the earth closer to other people. In the meantime he is back in his hometown and responsible for operations in the Berlin office.
Sarah Boller -Knowledge and Customer Satisfaction Coordinator
Fun-loving & curious globetrotter
Sarah fell in love with the cultural and scenic diversity of South America in our Bolivian office. Above all, the Andes and the jungle continue to inspire her. Today, she calls Berlin her adopted home and lets her love for the Latin American continent blossom while cooking and dancing salsa. At Ventura Travel, she takes care of knowledge management and is responsible for customer satisfaction within the company. Her vision is to provide our travelers with the best possible customer experience at Ventura TRAVEL!
Hanna Bishop - Add-On Coordinator DE Market
Born in Germany with English roots and Peruvian heart
Hanna has always been interested in South America. After studying tourism in Spain, she traveled to Peru for the first time to complete an internship with a tour operator for a year. Since then, South America has never left her. She immediately felt at home in Peru and fell in love with the country and its people. Her internship time was not long enough to get to know the diverse continent. So she stayed and started working in tourism.
Alice Huon -Add-On Coordinator FR Market
A "Ch'ti" in love with the Andean summits
Originally from the flat country that is the north of France, and an agronomist by training, it is during an internship in Bolivia that Alice became enamored of Bolivia, its landscapes, particularly the Cordillera Real, but also its cultural traditions so deeply rooted here. Fervent lover of climbing and andinism, and fell under the charm of a Bolivian, she then decided to settle in La Paz. As a trekking guide before joining the Ventura travel team, she shares her passion for travel and encounters, offering new experiences to enrich the experience of visitors.
Sergio Cruz - TC Operations Specialist
Passionate about travel and new experiences
Sergio is from La Paz, Bolivia. He loves to travel, enjoy the landscapes, feel the wind and the sunlight on his face, he is a fan of sunsets and the colors generated by the atmosphere mixed with gases and sunlight. He had the opportunity to travel around his country as a tour guide for some years, which helped him discover and fall in love with the culture and traditions of his country. As a traveler its important to be in shape and luckily Sergio loves outdoor activities such as photography, mountain biking, hiking and high mountains, his favorite activity is traveling by motorcycle. He loves new experiences and stimulating his senses. He is brave at the moment to try new food since he considers that food is an essential cultural expression, he thinks that experimenting is the best way to understand and learn and thus generate useful knowledge to share.
Ericka Ammurio - Flights Director
Passion for Flights
Ericka has a university degree in Tourism Management and an education in hotel Management and Gastronomy. She is a friendly, fun and open-minded person who enjoys learning new things. One of her great passions is traveling, she loves to get to know new people and cultures. She is especially enthusiastic when people come to Bolivia to discover it because she loves her country, her culture and the Bolivian way of life. Ericka is responsible for the Flights department at Ventura TRAVEL.
Stefan Kühn- Flights Specialist
Committed to each occurrence
Stefan has been responsible for flights at Viventura since May 2005.
His last trip to Peru was in 2014. Especially the diversity of the country and the unique nature inspired him.
Cintia Frias - Flights Specialist
Cake and Sweets Lover
Cintia likes to read historical books or biographies of great people. She appreciates the peace and quiet at work, because at home with her children it is often noisy. She loves challenges and is usually a perfectionist in her job.
Isabel Sánchez - Flights Specialist
Loves to Dance
Maria Isabel is a cheerful person who loves to travel, learn from different cultures and explore new places, especially when activities in the water are involved. She also enjoys volunteering and works once a month with a group of friends who are fans of the local football team Bolívar, visiting places such as retirement homes and public schools outside La Paz. They help with repairs and wherever help is needed. Although she enjoys these activities a lot, she loves dancing the most. She has been following this passion for almost 15 years and not only dances hip hop, jazz, and contemporary dances but is also a Zumba teacher.
Ana Llerena - Flights Specialist
Passionate Cook and Traveler
Ana works as a Flights Specialist in La Paz, Bolivia. She is very calm, hard-working and loves to help others. Life in harmony is very important to her. She is looking forward to learning at Ventura TRAVEL because for her every day is a great opportunity to learn from people, places, and experiences.
Adrian Uc - Flights Specialist
Music and Football Lover
Adrian is our Mexican with a great passion for football. With his headphones, he loves to walk around without a destination and he loves cinema and chocolate! During his 7 months in Europe he discovered his passion for new cultures. Helping people and being empathetic are his two pillars. For him, there is nothing more stable than movement. Adrian supports Ventura TRAVEL as a Flight Specialist and looks forward to learning new skills and developing existing ones.
Sandy Durán - Flights Specialist
Love for Travel and Food Tasting
Sandy works in the field of tourism for more than 12 years, it is truly her vocation. She really loves to travel and meet new people, tasting delicious food and trying different tourism activities in new places. Also, she loves listening to music while she takes a walk, reading novels and especially spending time with her friends.
Gabriela Cascione - Ground Operations Manager
Gabriela always had a passion for travelling and knowledge. Born in Brazil, she chose Berlin for her home. Having worked before in a travel agency, she realizes that it is in the Tourism Industry that her passion lies. Working at Ventura Travel as Ground Operations Manager, she can put this passion into practice.
Angela Lazo- Ground Operations Specialist
Unforgettable vacations with unique experiences
Angela loves her work, the contact with paxs and contact with the office and coworkers. Loves South America and Europe. She describes herself as fun and responsible. Loves to travel, treks, swim and to read. Likes being challenge and achieve her goals. Loves her family.
Maria Cristina Egüez- Ground Operations Specialist
Lover of nature, animals and daily learning
Ecuadorian, passionate about travelling, a lover of football and reading. She has been working in tourism since 2010, and knows that Ecuador is the perfect country to discover the diversity of cultures, landscapes, gastronomy and wildlife of a small part of South America. She likes to offer the world the wonders that can be found in every corner of her beautiful country. Not only that, but she works every day with the purpose, that our customers are happy and satisfied with the products and quality we offer. For this and more she invites you to enjoy the best and unforgettable experiences in Ecuador and many destinations around the world with Ventura Travel
Pablo Calla- Ground Operations Specialist
Living life intensely, traveling where adventure calls
Operations specialist in the Latin American region and consultant for other countries, the work on the site reflects the passion we have for our diverse cultures and scenarios, the objective is to be able to share beautiful experiences that make each of the people who visit us feel they are received like home.
Rosa Pacheco - Ground Operations Specialist
Passionate traveler and lover of weaving silver and wool threads.
Rosa has always been passionate about work in tourism, it allows her to know, experience and appreciate everything around her, also inspire people to travel sharing an experience. She enjoys looking for improvements to create awesome travel experiences, she feels that working in tourism is doing what she was meant to do. She feels very lucky of working in the tourism industry and, furthermore in a company that develops sustainable tourism.
Cristina Castillo - Ground Operations Specialist
Passionate Ecuadorian in love of the beautiful colors of Ecuador.
Cristina is a proud Ecuadorian who was inspired by the opportunity to get to know this diverse country and therefore make tourism her passion and profession. She likes to work in tourism to offer sustainable activities to travelers all over the world. With her work at Ventura, she wants to contribute with her professional and personal experience so that our travelers can take the best memories from colorful Ecuador.
Maria Soledad Cruz - Ground Operations Specialist
Always with a smile.
15 years ago Soledad finished her career in Business Administration and by chance went to do her internship at a travel agency, since then she has lived her passion for Tourism every day. It has been 3 years in ground Operations, coordinating and negotiating with suppliers to provide the best experience to our clients. She puts her heart in everything she does.