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

South America Enthusiast

In September 2001, after long preparations, Andre headed to South America to lead found the viventura Head Office, and to build an extensive network of viventura partner offices. In 2012 he returned to Europe and began to run the Head Office in Berlin, where he continues to work on achieving viventura’s vision: to offer clients unique, individual travel experiences and while supporting local communities. Apart from viventura he is co-founder of viSozial and remains a very active member of the foundation.

Susana Ceron Baumann - Executive Assistant

Feel the ground and 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. Former freelance and startup founder, she's developed a strong interest in technologies, especially in Agile techniques. Very social and outgoing, she believes that each individual must feel empowered to get things done and speak out their heart. She joined Ventura TRAVEL as Product Owner and is now in charge of the whole IT, Data and Design department. 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 wife and family.

Edgar  Rootalu - Data Scientist

Extracting knowledge from the world of information!

Edgar is an information addict and he's dedicated his life to finding and understanding the patterns of the Universe. 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 Online Product Department in Berlin. He comes from the small but digitally advanced nordic city of Tallinn in Estonia.

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.

Vivian Tapia - Team lead and Scrum Master

Sweetness as its best!

Vivian started in Ventura Travel 3 years ago, as a designer. Since the beginning of 2017, and after an intensive Agile training in New York, she took the role of Scrum Master in the Medellin Office and is also the manager of the IT team. Originally from Bolivia, she pursues her passion for art and dance in this beautiful and arty colombian city.

Alfredo Ortegon - IT Developer

Food and development - all he needs to be happy

Enjoy a walk through the streets of Medellin and find new restaurants to eat, he spends his days laughing and looking for ways to make the everyday life funny. Lover of technology from the moment he met her, a passionate developer so ago, looking for new challenges every day to help improve their knowledge, their biggest hobby is his work. I work in the office of Medellin with the IT department.

Deyby Vasquez - IT Developer

Family man with the entrepreneur vibe

Milsiades Cantillo - IT Developer

Mobile Technology ... present and future

He is known for being a cheerful, patient and very sociable person, even though sometimes a little shy. He like sports and dancing. Milsiades loves what he does and being part of the information & technology world. He is happy to be part of our team to contribute his knowledge and achieve new goals together.

Genesis Guerrero Martinez - IT Developer

He's got code tattooed on his skin!

Silvio Palacios Valencia - IT Developer

Authentic geek!

Jose Echavez - IT Developer

IT Enthusiastic

Jose is a passionate software developer, that spend some years working in web and mobile development, loves music and reading. Born in Mompos, and lived and studied some years in Santa Marta his system engineer.

 

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. Now he is managing the Ventura TRAVEL marketing team 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 has an academic background in Sustainable Tourism and Economics. A book lover and travel addict, in the past 6 years he has developed a great passion for the digital world 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

Grown up between hills and horses in the Black Forest, Kaya decided to live for two years in the Peruvian rainforest at the age of 18. Ever since she was bitten by the travel bug! 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.

Alice Wyseur - Marketing Intern

Carpe Diem

Alice takes full advantage of her years at business school to explore the world. Having lived for a few months in Lima, Peru, she now lovingly roams the streets of Berlin. Passionate about music, it is now Ventura Travel that orchestrates her days in the Marketing department.

 

Franziska Umlauft - Director HR

Austria’s nature-loving neo-Berliner

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 supports the viventura office in Berlin.

 

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 Viventura 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.

Sergisbel Castro Figueredo - Financial Assistant

Cuban´s music and dance enthusiast

Sergisbel has been living in Berlin since 2013 and since April 2017 he works for the finance department at Ventura Travel. He is curious about other cultures, languages and history. He studied in China that’s why he enjoys eating with sticks. Sergisbel worked in the hotel industry and also as a tour guide in Cuba. In Germany he is dedicated to Accounting and Taxes. 100% cuban, you can learn from him, how to dance the Cuban salsa style.

Carmen Prudencio - Accountant

Gabriela Gamarra Romero - Finance Assistant

Passionate and risk taker woman

She is passionate and never gives up. Since teenager she learned how to be purposeful and passionate in every part of her life. After finishing school finances attracted her immediately is how she finished university with the second place of her group. Fresh to learn, she acquired experience in accounting, tourism sector is what she loves and enjoys. Because of her strengthens Gabriela also learned a lot of things. She sings, dances, acts, participates in downhill competitions, and overall competitive in her field of study. Now she is a happy member of VENTURA TRAVEL.