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The Team

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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 I 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

Oslo

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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

Oslo

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CLIENT RELATIONS DIRECTOR
COO | CFO

 

Travelling since a young age and graduating from Durham University with a BA in Economics, Celina joined beCuriou at the early stages. Along with handling some of our UHNW clients, she is in charge of the operations and finances. Whether she is travelling between our offices or setting off to new destinations, it is her belief in the importance of individuality that keeps her eyes open to new discoveries – from African lodges to hidden gems along the riviera and high-end ski resorts.

Personally, she has a keen interest in music, architecture and art, along with being an experienced alpine skier. 

 

Why I work for beCuriou?
Because working with my colleagues to creating lasting memories for our clients is rewarding. Moreover, I take great pride in making sure our diverse team operate efficiently and I enjoy keeping a close eye on our finances. 

 

Celina Sofie Gylthe

London

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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 proud.

Turi Cleve Ihlen

Oslo

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SENIOR VIP MANAGER/PA

 

Hannah spent her youth on the equestrian circuit in England and went to pursue her first passion as an International Three-Day Eventing Groom. This allowed her to travel around the UK and Europe going to a range of different international events. She then went on to do the doing and started planning a range of Equestrian events in the UK. Hannah then moved into travel over 5 years ago when she started working for one of the UK’s top tour operators specialising in all things Mediterranean and Indian Ocean. She believes that it is what the clients don’t say which is most important and she really loves to get into the detail of what it is that they are truly looking for.

In her spare time, she loves to enjoy a range of sports from skiing on land and water and most recently heading out of London on her road bike to find some green countryside!

Why I work for beCuriou?

Being able to work for a company who truly want to provide a bespoke service is something special. Anyone can plan a holiday, but it is the attention to detail that every member of the team has which means that we can really curate unforgettable memories for all our clients.

Hannah Scott

London

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ASSISTANT CFO/COO | CLIENT RELATIONS

 

Daniel is a highly ambitious individual who is currently finishing his Master's degree in Finance in Oslo and who has a true passion for travel. He has previous experience in supply chain management and brings a fresh perspective to beCuriou. Daniel also strives for excellence within the travel industry.

Why I work for beCuriou?

Because of beCuriou’s reputation for providing its clients with the most exclusive and luxurious travel experiences. I recognize our commitment to quality, seamlessness and attention to detail which align with my own values. I am also excited to be a part of a team that shares my passion for creating unforgettable travel experiences.

Daniel Olaisen

Oslo

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CLIENT RELATIONS DIRECTOR

 

Elliot’s passion for travel started when he packed up his bags and booked a one-way flight to Australia. Since then, he has been lucky enough to visit over 60 different countries and growing.

Having managed itineraries for some of the world’s most discerning UHNW travellers over the years, he feels that really getting to know what makes his clients tick is instrumental in helping to create cherished memories.

In his spare time (and when he isn’t jetting off somewhere) Elliot is a keen chef and has a love for quality dining and great wine.

Why I work for beCuriou?

Getting to work for a company that consistently exceeds client’s expectations gives me great satisfaction. Also working alongside such a diverse and skilled group of professionals makes every day different and exciting.

Elliot Gwyn

London

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CLIENT RELATIONS DIRECTOR

 

Anna has been a travel fanatic from a young age and experienced a wide range of destinations growing up in a family also keen on adventure. After spending a year living in Spain, she jetted off to spend six months exploring the highlights and hidden charms of Latin America. On her return to London, she threw herself into a travel career and has since spent over eight years designing luxury trips for clients worldwide. She loves to visit new and exciting destinations, with a particular passion for destinations with diverse culture and a vibrant culinary scene.

Why I work for beCuriou?

The team at beCuriou are incredibly inspiring, I love the drive and ambition that ensures we are the best in the industry.  I thrive working with people, and what better way to do so than to work together, planning unforgettable trips that exceed all expectations, time and time again.

Anna Louise Dennis

London

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CLIENT RELATIONS & EVENT DIRECTOR

 

Marie's journey is rooted in hospitality, as she grew up with parents who ran a hotel. Her early exposure to the industry allowed her to gain valuable experience in various hotel departments, setting a strong foundation for her career.

 

Marie spent a decade in the corporate world, honing her skills in sales, marketing, and event management. However, it was in 2017 that she made a significant shift, dedicating herself full-time to event management, where she creates lasting memories and unforgettable events.

Why I work for beCuriou?

I work at beCuriou because it's the perfect place for me to combine my passion for creating unforgettable memories with my expertise in event management. This company shares my dedication to providing top-notch travel experiences for both private and corporate clients.

Marie Sørli Norbraathen

London

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SENIOR CLIENT RELATIONS & EVENT MANAGER

 

Oscar has travelled for as long as he can remember. Born in Singapore to Norwegian/Swedish parents, he grew up in Houston, Texas and the Netherlands. He later moved to his native Norway where he attended university. During his studies, he worked at numerous private and corporate events, before managing events and logistics at Norway's largest hotel after graduating. He has worked on a diverse range of events, from small meetings to larger conferences, banquets, concerts, and weddings.

Why I work for beCuriou?

My goal has always been to work in an organisation where innovation and a creative approach to events is at the core. I simply want to be a team player who takes on new tasks with curiosity and with a desire to exceed expectations. I am excited to have joined the team at beCuriou, where I’ll be a part of a team that sets new industry standards within customer service and experiences.

Oscar Ramstad

Oslo

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CLIENT RELATIONS & EVENTS DIRECTOR

 

Miriam grew up between the UK, Israel, and Canada, travelling from a young age. After completing a B.Sc. in Hotel, Food & Tourism Management, Miriam began her career in the high-end travel and events industry and has never looked back.

 

Keeping up with the trends and having a keen interest in the finest details allows her to provide the very best in travel services. After work, she’s found in the kitchen, reading a book, or thinking about the next road-trip.

Why I work for beCuriou?

Being part of a team with the know-how and means to create unforgettable experiences for our discerning clients, means everything. The support provided within the team and to our travellers is unparalleled.  

Miriam Braun

London

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SENIOR FLIGHTS & CLIENT RELATIONS MANAGER

 

Elena studied intercultural communications at Moscow State Linguistic University and Humboldt University in Berlin as well as obtaining a Travel Professional certification. She has been working with the corporate and leisure travel industry since 2006 with responsibility for VIP clients. Travel is her biggest passion, and she loves finding and exploring exciting new destinations together with her family and friends – especially learning about different cultures and meeting new people! Living in Norway for the last 20 years Elena has travelled all around the country by car, hiking in the mountains, swimming in the fjords and skiing in winter. 

Why I work for beCuriou?

Because I believe that travel is the only thing you can buy that makes you richer! My best motivation in my job is to make people happier and create memories for a lifetime. Clients’ positive feedback inspires me to exceed expectations and work even harder!

Elena Gredneva

Oslo

The Board &Advisory Board

ADVISORY BOARD MEMBER

 

Ebba Rusten is the Corporate partnerships, Legacy and Major Donor Specialist at UNICEF Norway. She has broad and dynamic background extending from the oil industry to environmental projects incl. the Norwegian Environment Agency where she was the Senior Executive Office. Her experience ranges from storing CO2 underground and Nox reduction on the Norwegian shelf to voluntary work in Dhaka, Budapest and Thailand. Previous roles include petroleum engineer and reservoir engineer.

Ebba Rusten

HEAD OF ADVISORY BOARD

Martin Skancke is Chair of the Principles for Responsible Investment (UN Global Compact), board member at Storebrand ASA, Summa Equity AB and Norfund and member of the FSB Task Force on climate-related financial disclosures (TCFD). In 2018, he chaired the Norwegian Government’s commission on climate risks for the Norwegian economy.

Martin Skancke was head of the Asset Management Department of the Norwegian Ministry of Finance from 2006 to 2011, with responsibility for overseeing the Norwegian Government Pension Fund. Previous roles include Director General of the Office of the Prime Minister of Norway, head of the section for monetary policy and fiscal affairs at the Norwegian Ministry of Finance and consultant at McKinsey & Co.

Martin Skancke

ADVISORY BOARD MEMBER

Margrethe Melbye is the Head of System & Data in Norges Bank Investment Management. She has previously worked in various management positions within DnB IT and Operations, as well as working as a Senior Project Manager in Hewlett Packard, and as a Technical Advisor for EDIFACT development in Brussels. Furthermore, she has over seven years work experience from the Norwegian Customs and the Norwegian Directorate of Customs and Excise. She has been board member in various companies, recently Eiendomsverdi AS and DNB Invest Denmark AS, and holds a Master of Business Administration from the Norwegian School of Management and Ècole Superior Commerce Paris (ESCP-EAP).

Margrethe Melbye

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

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

120+

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.  

12

Our team currently consists of 12 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 Europe according to Financial Times!

1000+

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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