The Team

CEO & FOUNDER

 

For Edward travel is in the blood. Experiencing new destinations, reaching into different cultures, meeting local people and standing in their shoes. These are Edward’s raisons d’être. His additional business journeys for Norway’s largest bank and as a Business Economist have given him an astute, traveller’s eye view of airline service, concierge and destination management. And talking of blood. In his spare time, Edward is a volunteer with the Red Cross.

Why work for beCuriou?

Because I love interacting and helping our wonderful clients.  It feels like a privilege to create a business with my smart, and most ambitious and hard working colleagues – all striving to set new standards in our industry in customer service and experiences.

Edward Wendel

TRAVEL DESIGN & CO-FOUNDER

Wide travel experiences, and an acute appreciation of the importance of details. Characteristics that took Kenneth to a BBA in Hospitality Management from Switzerland after a position with Singapore Airlines. Characteristics that now allow him to develop and maintain beCuriou’s impeccable standards of client service.

Personally, Kenneth has an adventurous palate for gastronomy and life and prefers to travel so far off the beaten track, there is no track!

Why I work for beCuriou?

Because it allows my colleagues and I to blend our innumerable travel experiences and unique background, which keeps each day brand new. I love curating a variety of journeys, while creating a meaningful impact to our travelers, and consistently challenge ourselves by aiming for a higher level of service quality each time.

Kenneth Cai

HEAD OF OPERATIONS & FINANCE

 

Travelling since a young age and graduating from Durham University with a BA in Economics, Celina joined beCuriou at the early stages and is now based in our London office. Whether she is travelling between our offices or setting off to new destinations, it is her belief in the importance of individuality and uniqueness that keeps her eyes open to new discoveries – from rooftops to hidden gems and high-end ski resorts. 
Personally, she has a keen interest in music and art, along with being an experienced alpine skier.

 

Why I work for beCuriou?
Because creating lasting memories for our clients is rewarding, and because it is a great feeling to make the impossible possible. I also enjoy making sure we operate efficiently and keep a close eye on our finances. 

Celina Sofie Gylthe

CLIENT RELATIONS MANAGER & SUPERVISOR (IATA)

 

Growing up in a Norwegian-Brazilian family made Turi curious about the world out there. After graduating from the University of Cambridge and Bournemouth College of Technology she went on working as a travel organiser. In recent years, Turi has been working for one of Norway’s largest travel agencies, HRG. At HRG she led the team managing the travels for some of the most prestigious clients, ranging from major players within the shipping, oil and gas industries to the Foreign Ministry.  It would be an understatement to say that she knows what she is talking about.

 

Why I work for beCuriou?

Because having the privilege of advising, planning and fulfilling our clients most precious time gives every day a new meaning. Working with the most competent and dedicated colleagues also makes me prou.

Turi Cleve Ihlen

TRAVEL DESIGN & OPERATIONS

 

Vebjørn graduated from the University of Tromsø with a BA in Management, Innovation and Marketing. He cherishes new experiences and believes that travelling is the best way to learn, reflect and grow. 

 

Personally, he is a sports and outdoors enthusiast with an appreciation of literature and poetry. 

 

 

Why I work for beCuriou?

I love being able to bring people closer to the incredibly diverse planet we live on. Creating lifelong memories for our clients, while at the same time giving back to nature and local communities. We always strive to make a difference.

 

 

 

 

Vebjørn Simensen

TRAVEL DESIGN & OPERATIONS

 

Recent graduate Ingrid holds an MSc in Economics and Business Administration from NHH (The Norwegian School of Economics) in Bergen. Growing up in an adventurous family triggered her curiosity and interest to explore the world and all it has to offer. The past few years she has spent significant time abroad gaining an understanding of different cultures and walks of life through encounters with locals. Personally, she enjoys outdoor activities such as hiking.

 

Why I work for beCuriou?

Because sending clients to unique places all over the world and creating experiences that become everlasting memories is truly inspiring. Furthermore, working in a smaller company is interesting as it enables me to be involved with all parts of the value chain. 

 

 

Ingrid Kleppe

CLIENT RELATIONS MANAGER

 

Ellen grew up in a “airline” family, which meant she was able to travel from young age.The travel bug took her to the States, where she achieved a Master degree in Business and Finance from Arizona State University. Back in Norway, Ellen's transferable skills has taken her from jobs in the media industry og banking and real estate. Along with her varied background, she also has personal experience using travel and concierge agencies.

Why I work for beCuriou?

Because I want use my insight to provide families, friends and companies with unique experiences at competitive prices. I also enjoy working with such a diverse team, because I know that we make a difference when it comes to service! 

Ellen Bakker Aslaksen

VIP MANAGER/PA

 

Amy has spent nearly a decade working across some of the UK's leading luxury hotels and private members clubs, bringing experience across a wealth of areas, and understanding the discerning needs of today’s traveller. Most recently, Amy has supported Senior stakeholders across the value chain, which has given her the opportunity to work in the UAE as well as partake in travel shows across Europe and the UK. Personally, Amy is passionate about gastronomy and exploring new cities and cultures.

 

 

Why I work for beCuriou?

Because I am passionate travel and hospitality, and striving to provide the very best travel experiences for our clients. I am proud to provide support to such a dynamic and diverse team of professionals who all have such passion about what they do.

Amy Stonadge

The Board &Advisory Board

BOARD DIRECTOR

 

Anne-Cecilie has a passion for travel that knows no bounds. In fact, it would almost be easier to list the destinations she has not visited, than those she has. It’s a passion that is equalled by her dedication to management. Anne-Cecilie is the Department Director of HR and HSE at Oslo Police District, has an Executive Master of management and is a Graduate in Law. Not to mention being a Board Member of Doctors Without Borders.

Anne-Cecilie Kran

LEAD ADVISORY BOARD MEMEBER

Martin is a major high flyer in more ways than one. As well as being extensively travelled, he has journeyed upwards to senior positions in both the Prime Minister’s Office and the Ministry of Finance, as well as executive positions in private sector organisations including McKinsey & Co. Eminence started early with Martin. He achieved an MSc in Economics at LSE.

Martin Skancke

ADVISORY BOARD MEMBER

Christian is an original, and occupies a unique position amongst beCuriou’s handpicked board of advisory members. With ‘Made By Originals’ as its slogan, Design Hotels AG has a world portfolio of over 250, highly individual hotels, including one of Norway’s fabled The Thief. As Design Hotel’s Global Director of Sales and Marketing, Christian has a huge wealth of knowledge that gives beCuriou an impressive competence in hospitality and accommodation. To the benefit of all our clients.​

Christian Malcher

ADVISORY BOARD MEMBER

 

Federico has roots in Central America and extensive experience in evolving exclusive brands for a discerning, high-end clientele. So he is the ideally-matched advisor for beCuriou. Federico is a Director at Tiffany & Co at the New York flagship, and held the same position in Hermes, and Zilly, amongst other world-renowned brands. As a passionate opera and classical musical enthusiast, his combined experience in high art and luxury service, provides beCuriou with an in-house cultural and luxury brand expert. Federico is also part-owner of a coffee plantation in Nicaragua

Federico Sandino

ADVISORY BOARD MEMEBER

As a chairman of the Global Ecotourism Network and an expert in luxury, sustainable travel, Glenn leads by example. He owns a top-rated, organic, shade-grown, Rainforest Alliance-certified coffee plantation, was the creator of the first boutique hotel in Costa Rica and is currently President of the Ecotourism Board. So he is eminently placed to advise beCuriou on both Costa Rica and eco-friendly tourism.

Glenn was one of the original authors of the highly respected Certificate for Sustainable Tourism from the Costa Rican Tourist Board.

Glenn Jampol

ADVISORY BOARD MEMBER

Torleif is a man who understands the good things of life. Superb cuisine, vintage wines, classic and fast cars and unforgettable travel experiences. He has travelled the world of wine, knows personally many of the world´s best wineries and has been an international wine judge for sommeliers. As Chairman of Bølgen & Moi – one of Norway’s most revered collections of upmarket restaurants – he has the pedigree and world class competence to develop beCuriou’s Private Travel themed tours. Torleif also has a huge appetite for travel and eco-tourism.

Torleif Høyvik

ADVISORY BOARD MEMBER

 

Ulrika began travelling at a very early age and has never stopped. Born in Sweden she was soon living in Mexico, before graduating in Hotel Management Studies in Switzerland. From there it was a simple step into international management and leadership positions in hotels and resorts across the world.

Ulrika is now Academic Dean at the Hotel Institute in Montreux – sharing her energy, knowledge and experience with over 800 students.

 

Ulrika Björklund

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Between us we have visited more than 120 of the countries in the world. Together with our partners and advisory board, you can trust that we've got you covered when it comes to local knowledge.  

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Our team currently consists of eight employees. We come from an array of backgrounds - finance, hospitality, banking and travel - which helps us gain a better understanding of our clients and their preferences. 

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We are the number one fastest growing travel agency for the high-end in Norway, a place we intend to keep!

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We have been lucky to work with more than 1000 clients so far, most of whom we work with on a regular basis. If you or your company want to become a part of this list, don't hesitate to get in touch.

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