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.
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 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 - IT Developer
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
Silvio Palacios Valencia - IT Developer
Passionate about improving the lives of the people using technological solutions.
Silvio doesn't believe in perfection, he believes in continuous improvement. That’s why it’s his goal to constantly evolve, both personally and professionally. He is a lover of reading on topics such as Personal & Spiritual Growth, Business Development, Software Development, Entrepreneurship and New Technologies.
Jose Echavez - IT Developer
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.
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.
Alice Wyseur - Marketing Intern
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 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.
Sergisbel Castro Figueredo - Financial Assistant
Cuban Music Enthusiast
Sergisbel has been living in Berlin since 2013. In April 2017 he started working for the finance department at VENTURA Travel. He loves to find out about other cultures, languages and history. He studied in China, and has since developed a habit of eating with chopsticks. After his studies, Sergisbel worked in the hotel industry and as a tour guide in Cuba. If you want to learn to dance Cuban style, Sergisbel is always on hand.
Carmen Prudencio - Accountant
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 - Finance Assistant
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.