The trip.me team | Who we are
CEO | Head of Operations
Background: Sandra joined the trip.me team in the founding year and created the operational backbone of the company before taking over the leading role as CEO of trip.me. She drew from past experiences working for traditional tour operators and incoming agencies in Ecuador, the UK, and Germany. Sandra is passionate about travel - especially to Latin America - and loves to see more and more travelers join the trip.me community. Her goal is to carry the trip.me way of travel further into the hearts of travelers worldwide.
German | Languages: DE, EN, ES
Travel fact: Sandra once snorkeled with hammerhead sharks in the Galapagos Archipelago.
Co-Founder | Head of Finance & Legal
Background: Matthias is a serial entrepreneur with extensive strategic and operational experience gained over 25 years in the software and internet business. He holds a degree in industrial engineering and loves working with younger people, what makes perfect sense since he is the oldest one in the trip.me team. At trip.me his main focus is to ensure that everything is done legally correct and that money is kept and forwarded safely.
German| Languages: DE, EN
Travel fact: Matthias is a passionate traveler who has visited 45 countries in the past decades. In the West Bank he has joined a irrigation project. In the Sahara he was kept in a sandstorm for a day. Since then he is always carrying a bottle of water with him
Co-Founder, Head of IT
Background: Stefan is passionate about Software Development. Luckily, he was able to bring this together with his passion for travelling by working in a travel agency for many years. That allowed him to work in different countries, mainly in beautiful Colombia. Now, he's responsible for the technical side of the implementation of all the great ideas of the trip.me team.
German | Languages: DE, EN, ES
Travel fact: The day he climbed the Cotopaxi in Ecuador (not to the top), Stefan forgot his own birthday and only remembered in late afternoon. He had worked late the day before and was so happy travelling again.
Head of Marketing
Background: After getting in contact with trip.me at a travel exhibition in 2015, Edgar decided to join the team in Berlin. He felt the need to offer travelers a unique experience to bring them in direct contact with local experts. At trip.me Edgar combines his passion for travel, marketing, and data.
Edgar is proud to be Dutch and has strong emotions when they Dutch national sports teams play their games. Unfortunately for him, he has to support Germany during the world cup in 2018 ;)
Dutch| Languages: NL, EN
Travel fact: Edgar loves to visit football games when he is traveling. Edgar and his friends were the only tourists in a stadium of a game of Bangkok United. He also went to the famous derby of Medellin (El Clásico Paisa) in Colombia.
Background: After her study for travel agent Anna finished a study in Business management. During this study, she had a lot of experiences in the travel industry in Germany and mainly in other countries. At trip.me Anna works closely together with the local destination experts in the English and German speaking market to bring more travellers in direct contact with the real experts.
German | Languages: EN, DE
Travel fact: Anna likes to discover and taste the local cuisine of all destination during her travels.
Background: Shirley started working in the industry as a Tour Leader in Africa Middle East and Asia. After 5 years of traveling around, she worked for over 7 years at a tour operator in Amsterdam. Since October 2017 she is living in Berlin and recently started with her new challenge at Trip.me with a focus on the Dutch-speaking travel market. Her favorite destinations are Madagascar, Namibia, and Uganda.
Dutch | Languages: NL, EN
Travel Fact: Always try to connect with the local people and learn from their culture, customs and especially enjoy the nature.
Background: Willem studied international business and marketing in Maastricht. After finishing his studies Willem travelled through South-east Asia for 7 months. After this adventurous trip Willem moved to Berlin to further develop his SEO skills in different start-ups. Travelling and marketing are his biggest passions, which he can combine both while working for trip.me.
Dutch | Languages: NL, DE, EN
Travel fact: When traveling, Willem always tries to eat local dishes. He searches for places where the most locals are and orders the dish that most of the locals are eating.
Sales & Account Manager
Profile: After her studies (business economics & tourism) Lena worked for a regional travel agency chain before she decided to pack her bags to be a tour guide on board of a big cruise ship company. After two years of traveling the seven seas and with a bunch of impressions from all over the world she joined the trip.me team in summer 2018.
Germany | Languages: EN, DE
Travel Fact: Lena's travel tip - don't go with the flow. Worked well: After the beautiful sunrise at the temples of Angkor Wat do your tour simply the other way round. Or have you ever thought about visiting the Church of the Holy Sepulcer in Jerusalem? Do it at 05:00 AM!
Online marketing manager
Background: As a lover of new experiences, Felipe crossed the ocean with a background in digital advertising to find trip.me. With his passion for travel, marketing and performance, at trip.me he can combine this strengths to assist people to travel and to realize their dreams. And to him, that means a world more united.
Brazilian | Languages: PR, EN, SP
Travel Fact: Eat a local dish and walk through street markets and you'll know more about the place that you're visiting than if you rush into tourist venues. Enjoy your trip!
Chair, Board of Advisors
Background: Cofounder of Moz, Gillian is a globe trotting speaker, author, and startup whisperer. Host of CEOcoach at WebmasterRadio.fm, Gillian is best known for her ability to build highly engaged global brand communities.
American | Languages: EN, with smatterings of DE, FR, SP
Travel fact: Gillian is known as SEOmom to more than a million digital marketers in approximately 100 countries. She's the founder of SearchCycle, a growing event that brings technologists, digital marketers, and entrepreneurs out, from behind their desks, to cycle in cities - and between cities - around the world.