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 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

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

SENIOR CLIENT RELATIONS MANAGER
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 the UHNW client, 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 rooftops to hidden gems 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

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

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

SENIOR CLIENT RELATIONS MANAGER & HEAD OF ESG

 

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. He just returned after having spent several months across different countries in South-America.

 

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

Why I work for beCuriou?

Because 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

REGIONAL HEAD ASIA

 

With the expansion of beCuriou, Sher Li was appointed Regional Head of Asia, where she is responsible for the management and strategic development of the business across the region. She has held roles in various international financial institutions in the last decade, most recently as client advisor to UHNW clients. Her career began in Singapore Airlines due to her love for travel, and has always prided herself in providing exceptional service standards. An honours graduate in Marketing, she is also passionate about gender equality and mentoring young women to achieve their true potential. 

Why I work for beCuriou?

Because it is gratifying to be able to make a positive impact to the local communities through the experiences we curate for our clients. Moreover, working with a diverse team of colleagues with similar set of values and the continuous strive toward excellence is highly motivating.

Sher Li Han

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

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

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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 ten 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!

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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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