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Meet the Ker & Downey® Africa team

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Lee Kelsall

CEO of the Ker & Downey® Africa Group

Lee Kelsall is our CEO, although he prefers the title Chief Adventure Officer internally. He is passionate about travel and is committed to leaving a positive legacy for his children and the communities that he serves. 

Sarah Morris

General Manager, Private Clients

Sarah is one of our most seasoned travel pros. With 15 African countries ticked off her bucket list, Sarah’s firsthand experience gives her unique insight in planning a seamless African safari experience.

Lisa Nel

Head of Group Marketing and Product

With 24 years of experience in the travel industry, Lisa’s Southern and East African product knowledge is second to none. She is also our go-to expert on sustainable travel practices and African family travel.

Jenieen van den Heever

Head of Group Technology and Data

Jenieen is responsible for creating a seamless client experience and boasts 10 years of experience in the travel industry.

Peter Pittendrigh

Operations Manager, Private Clients

Peter is responsible for the seamless operations at Ker & Downey® Africa and boasts over 11 years in the travel and tourism industry.

Emma Perrin

Business Development Manager

Emma’s African travel knowledge goes far beyond her 5 years in the travel industry. She is is perfectly suited to this role.

Marcelo Novais

General Manager, North America

 With 20 years of experience in the luxury travel industry and 40 countries ticked off his bucket list, Marcelo is one of our most seasoned travelers, and managers to date.

Danalee May

Travel Consultant, North America

With over 22 years in the safari industry and 50 countries ticked off her list, Danalee is one of our most experienced travel consultants at Ker & Downey® Africa DMC.

Sharleen Smith

Travel Consultant, North America

22 years of experience in the travel industry and counting, Sharleen is our on-the-ground travel consultant based in Florida.

Zanél Potgieter

Travel Assistant, North America

With more than 8 years of experience in the travel industry, Zanél is our trusted Travel Assistant at Ker & Downey Africa North America.

Cynthia Deneux

General Manager, France

With almost a decade of experience in the luxury travel industry and a variety of African destinations ticked off her travel list, Cynthia’s first-hand experience makes her the perfect fit to head our French division.

Irina Jordaan

General Manager, Russia & Eastern Europe

With over 15 years experience in the travel industry, Irina successfully heads the Ker & Downey® Africa Russia & Eastern Europe DMC. 

Bente Rieser

Bente

Senior Consultant, Russia & Eastern Europe

Born in Sweden and based in Cape Town, Bente joins our Russia & Eastern Europe DMC division as a Senior Travel Consultant. She has over 14 years of experience in the travel industry and is a valued addition to the team. 

Julie Graham

Content Specialist

A travel writer at heart, Julie has traveled extensively throughout the African continent, including South Africa, Namibia, Botswana and more.

Lindsay Krause

PR & Communications Manager

Lindsay is our PR and Communications Manager. Since joining Ker & Downey® Africa in 2018 she has secured coverage in top publications across the globe. 

Luana Do Coutto

General Manager, Latin America

With 14 years of experience in the luxury travel industry in both Brazil and South Africa, Luana’s background has given her a unique insight into the needs of boutique tour operators and the demands of valuable clients.

Paulo Florencio

Travel Consultant, Portuguese Speaking Markets

With 8 years of experience in the travel industry and 27 countries ticked off his bucket list, Paulo is one of our most seasoned B2B sales consultants.

Adriana Hirata

Travel Consultant, Portuguese Speaking Markets

With 19 years of experience in the travel industry in both Brazil and Southern Africa, Adriana’s expertise lends herself to boutique agents in Portuguese Speaking Markets.

Silke Wahl

General Manager, Germany, Switzerland & Austria

Since joining Ker & Downey® Africa in 2014, Silke has built up our German DMC division from the ground-up. Her three-man team specialises in 6-star luxury travel to Africa.

Patrick Müesse

Travel Consultant, Germany, Switzerland & Austria

With 17 years of experience in the travel industry, Patrick is the perfect addition to the three-man German division.

Johanna Jobel

Travel Consultant, Germany, Switzerland & Austria

Johanna has worked in the travel industry for 6 years and has lived the African dream for 4. Her adventurous and positive nature makes her a great addition to Silke’s team.

Korshad Adili

General Manager, China & Hong Kong

Korshad has 12 years of experience in selling luxury African travel for the Chinese & Hong Kong markets.

David Dai

Regional Director of Sales and Marketing, China & Hong Kong

David has 12 years of experience in sales and marketing of luxury travel in Chinese markets making him the perfect addition to our China & Hong Kong division.

Wendy Liang

Social Media Manager, China & Hong Kong

Wendy is the Social Media Manager for our China & Hong Kong team and is based in Shanghai. 

 

Cassandra Labuschagne

Head of Group Finance

Cassandra is our devoted Head of Group Manager who is at the core of our success as a company. Her 8 year career at Ker & Downey® Africa has given her unrivalled experience in Tourism and Finance.  

Anita Christiaans

Assistant Accountant

Anita is our trusted Assistant Accountant, and the right hand woman to our Head of Group Finance.

Brondwyn Nel

Travel Administrator, Product and Rates

Brondwyn joins the Ker & Downey® Africa team as our Travel Administrator and has over seven years experience in the travel industry. 

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