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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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

Oslo

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VIP MANAGER/PA

 

Amy has spent nearly a decade working across some of the UK's leading luxury hotels and London's 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 on a hotel opening in the UAE. 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 and event experiences for our clients. I am proud to provide support and assistance to such a dynamic and diverse team of professionals who all have such passion about what they do.

Amy Stonadge

London

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CLIENT RELATIONS DIRECTOR

 

Steve grew up travelling – born in Bahrain, and growing up between Cape Town and the Arabian gulf – he ticked off all the continents by the age of 11. He has also lived in two other great cities – Sydney and London. His career so far has seen him in the world of finance and travel – and now at beCuriou he is looking forward to combining his varied wealth of experience to better serve our clients. Married, with two young daughters – if Steve isn’t planning your trip – he is likely to  be somewhere in the world, helping his family explore its many wonders..

Why I work for beCuriou?

I love nothing more than discussing, researching, planning and executing amazing trips around the globe. Anyone can travel – but it takes a specialist to really curate meaningful, and at times, life-changing experiences. Alongside that helping our clients to truly understand the culture and people they are visiting, enabling them to positively and responsibly impact the region they are in.

Steven Upton

London

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CLIENT RELATIONS MANAGER

 

After completing her business studies in London, Helene started working for a green London-based start up where she worked in business development and managed the B2B relationships, primarily global fashion houses, and the VIP/HNW clients. Now based in Zürich, she is working on establishing the new office there in order to fully launch beCuriou in Switzerland, whilst also working further on beCuriou’s environmental initiatives. She believes travelling is an important part of self-development as the privilege of experiencing different cultures can teach us a lot about ourselves

Why I work for beCuriou?

The fact that beCuriou has such a strong focus on Corporate Social Responsibility makes me feel very inspired. We can offer clients the best travel experiences, creating life long memories, whilst also offering a meaningful experience introducing them to local CSR initiatives at the destination.

Helene Hamansen

Zürich

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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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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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CLIENT RELATIONS & OPERATIONS MANAGER

 

Elin holds a degree in Economics and Business Law and is the company’s operations manager. She has previous experience from property management industry, and acknowledges and appreciates the importance of keeping a close eye on our finances and operations. In addition to the operations, Elin loves to travel and explore different places and cultures all over the world. She is genuinely interested in people, and believes that the best customer experience is achieved by good communication every step of the way.

Why I work for beCuriou?

After working for a big organization for many years, I find it very inspiring to be part of a smaller company with many dedicated colleagues. Moreover, I enjoy having a greater ownership of my work which feels more impactful.
And of course being able to create wonderful and memorable holidays for people must be one of the best jobs in the worlds.

Elin Fagerli

Oslo

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SENIOR FLIGHTS & CLIENT RELATIONS MANAGER

 

Anne Gro grew up on a farm on the south-west coast of Norway and travelled around Europe for swimming competitions. After finishing high school, she followed her dream and moved to New York for a year. After her US stint she returned to Norway where she continued to study and became a travel coordinator. She has since worked in the travel industry in various roles. Her extensive travel industry career including seven years with Emirates airline have given her valuable experience, especially with regards to flights.

 

When Anne Gro is not at work, she is travelling with her family, exploring the USA, travelling through Asia, or enjoying great cities like New York, Bangkok, London, and Dubai.

Why I work for beCuriou?

Because I get the chance to help our customers fulfill their holiday dreams, facilitating all the small details – some of which they might not even think about themselves – which is very satisfying. Together with a group of talented and competent colleagues I strive to give the best travel experience possible.

Anne Gro Rimestad

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.  

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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.