The Team

 

The most  valuable asset and the heart of Ventura TRAVEL is our team of motivated and authentic people who have their hearts 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 the Ventura TRAVEL team is a real power team. No obstacle is too high and no distance is too far. All challenges are faced together and everyone can count on the support of his o her colleagues.

Ventura Travel currently has more than 70 employees. On the respective homepages you can find the complete viventura or puraventura team.

Here is a small insight into the Ventura TRAVEL Team.

Welcome to the world of Ventura TRAVEL!

 

Andre Kiwitz - CEO & Founder

Ceviche, South America and Entrepreneur

Andre started viventura during his studies in 2001. To make his company’s product more authentic, he moved to South America in late 2001, first to Peru and later to Colombia. In addition to viventura, he also launched viSocial with the aim to ensure both visitors and locals benefit from sustainable tourism. In 2012 he moved back to Germany, to Berlin. Over the years, a passion for entrepreneurship has developed alongside his love of South America. That's how Ventura TRAVEL came into being: to empower entrepreneurial people with a passion for travel. In his spare time, he continues to travel passionately, looking for Peruvian restaurants with good ceviche and spending time with his family.

Susana Ceron Baumann - Executive Assistant

Feel the Ground, Touch the Sky

Susana was born and raised in Berlin and has a degree in tourism business administration, specialized in destination marketing. Tourism is her profession since more than 15 years. Charity is her passion! Her mind and soul were created by travelling around the world meeting different people and cultures. She does not consider herself as German or Spanish, she likes the description world citizen better. Susana will assist the Seniors and will take care of individual projects as ventura travel.

 

Meggie Bouchard-B. -  Director Online Product and Product Manager

Curious about life and enjoying each minute of it

Originally from Montreal, Canada, Meggie has been living in Europe since 2006. A former freelancer and startup founder, she's developed a strong interest in technologies; especially in Agile techniques. Social and outgoing, she believes that each individual must feel empowered to get things done and speak out what’s in their heart. She joined the Ventura TRAVEL team in 2017 as Director of Online Products department (IT, Data and Design) and acts also as a Product Owner. She is based in Berlin.

Gustavo  Cataño - Technical Lead

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.

Edgar  Rootalu - Data Scientist

Extracting knowledge from the world of information!

Edgar, an information addict, comes from the small but digitally advanced nordic city of Tallinn in Estonia. He's dedicated his life to finding and understanding the patterns of the iniverse. While occasionally becoming fanatical about some algorithm that would guide us in the daily life of business, he's passionate about exploring any arts and science - be it music, movies or matrices - that make the world go round. At present, he helps our teams through the marketing department in Berlin.

Jorge Daniel Giraldo - UX/UI Designer

Passion for design and music

Daniel worked for 7 years in digital strategy agencies before changing course and working in UX, UI and AI. He likes art and technology, pen and paper, typography, 3D, photo compositing, video, art direction, and essentially all things made with concept and passion. When he’s not busy creating or appreciating art and design, you’ll find him exploring new places and expressing himself on synthesizers.

Alfredo Ortegón - Team lead

Food and coding - all I need to be happy

Alfredo is constantly looking for ways to make everyday life that little bit funnier. He enjoys walking through Medellin’s leafy streets trying to find new restaurants. He’s a big lover of technology and has a passionate developer that’s always seeking new challenges and ways to expand upon his knowledge. His biggest hobby? His work. That’s how much he loves it!

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.

Milsiades Cantillo - IT Developer

Mobile Technology; Present and Future

Misliades is known for being a cheerful, patient and very sociable person (with a bit of a shy side). He likes sports and dancing. Milsiades is passionate about his work and being part of the world of information and technology. He is happy to be part of our team to contribute his knowledge and achieve new goals together.

Genesis Guerrero Martinez - IT Developer

Total geek

Genesis spent six year developing software for enterprises even before finishing his studies in System Engineering at the University of Magdalena (Santa Marta, Colombia). He's an open source enthusiast, python evangelist and javascript lover. He also has experience as lead developer, freelancer and startup co-founder. Genesis loves to drink craft beer with friends, to attend rock concerts and to discover new places to walk and eat.

Jose Echavez - IT Developer

IT Enthusiastic

Jose was born in Mompos, Colombia before moving to Santa Marta to study and work as a systems engineer. He is a passionate software developer that has spent many years working in web and mobile development. He loves music and reading.

Santiago García - IT Developer

Backpacker and Laravel enthusiast

Santiago is very passionate about code specially web development. He loves to contribute to the open source community specifically to the Laravel community. He has a philosophy about not reinventing the wheel. Besides from code, backpacking is his passion and one of his favorite hobbies is watch TV shows.

 

Robin Dreger - Director Marketing

German head, Mexican heart

During his time as a working student in southern Germany, Robin spent all his holidays in Latin American countries. He fell in love with the people, language, music and food. After his graduation he decided to live and work in Mexico City for half a year. He was about to stay, but finally with new recipes and dance steps he came back to Germany. Robin is the Marketing Director of Ventura TRAVEL and is looking forward to new challenges.

Robin  Canela - Marketing Specialist

Scuba diver & travel addict

After his bachelor´s degree, Robin spent two years on the road discovering the beauty of this world through his own eyes. This inspired him to share his vision and his experiences through a green, responsible travel agency. Robin is often found underwater with his scuba diving tank, or in a bar listening some gypsy jazz music. Robin also loves reading and fell in love with South America through authors such as Coelho, Garcia Marquez and Neruda.

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 a SEO Specialist. His other interests include rock music, movies and sociology.

Kaya Herkersdorf - Marketing Intern

Sun, Summer and South America

Having grown up surrounded by hills and horses in the Black Forest, at 18 years of age Kaya decided to move to the Peruvian rainforest for 2 years. Ever since then she found herself addicted to travel. She loves hiking, horseback riding and skiing. Since September 2016 she's been working in the marketing department for ventura TRAVEL, combining her passion for photography, writing and South America with her work.

 

Franziska Umlauft - Director HR

Austria’s nature-loving Berliner by choice

Before and during her Tourism Management studies in Vienna, the born-and-bred Vorarlberger spent much time in a Spanish speaking country, where she wrote her thesis about sustainable tourism. In her spare time she loves to travel and to hike, whether it’s mountains, volcanoes or simply the nature in her home country. After her return from a break in Latin America in 2013, she is happy to be part of the ventura team.

Marcia Sánchez - HR Coordinator

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.

 

Alejandro Monges - Chief Financial Officer

Messi and mate fan

Like many Argentinians, Alejandro enjoys playing, watching and talking about football. When he’s not in the office, you might finding him kicking footballs around throughout the numerous parks in the city of Berlin. When he is in the office, you’ll probably see him sporting a mate - a reminder for him of the pampas where he grew up. Originally from Buenos Aires, he moved to Berlin in 2004. After his studies and some work experience he began working with Ventura TRAVEL’s finance team. In 2011 he became father of two beautiful twin girls. He says he hasn’t slept since.

Mariel Arroyo - Financial Controller

Lover of Numbers

Mariel was born in La Paz, Bolivia and grew up in the midst of the region's majestic snow-capped peaks. In 2011, she followed her heart and made the decision to move to Berlin. It was at Ventura TRAVEL that she found the warmth of South America, and the company soon became her home. Mariel is an economist and enjoys working with numbers. She loves spicy dishes, dancing, and parading at the Carnaval d'Oruro. She also loves art, meeting new people, making new friends and traveling.

Carmen Prudencio - Accountant Bolivia

Lover of deserts and family time

Carmen has worked in accounting for many years. She loves numbers and ordering things, so the work comes naturally to her. Coming from Oruro, Bolivia, she loves her hometown's carnival and food. She loves to travel, spend time with her family and football.

Gabriela  Gamarra Romero - Accountant Peru

Passionate Risk Taker

Gabriela is passionate, tenacious and never gives up. After finishing school she was drawn to studying Finance, and her interest in the subject enabled her to finish second best at university. A lover of learning, she acquired a great deal of experience in accounting and tourism, which is the sector she is most passionate about. Outside of work, Gabriela sings, dances, acts, participates in downhill competitions, and remains competitive in her field of study. Now she is a happy member of VENTURA TRAVEL.