About

Meet the Ker & Downey® Africa team

Lee Kelsall

CEO of the Ker & Downey® Africa Group

Lee Kelsall is our CEO, although he prefers the title Chief Adventure Officer internally – the perfect illustration for the strategy and direction he is currently enabling Ker & Downey® Africa to pursue and perfect in the age old safari industry.

Meet Lee

Jenieen van den Heever

Head of Sales and Operations

Jenieen is responsible for the seamless operations and sales department at Ker & Downey® Africa and boasts 10 years of experience in the travel industry.

Lisa Nel

General Manager: Product & Marketing

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.

Sarah Morris

LuxVenture® Designer

Sarah is potentially our most epic adventurer. If there’s something adrenaline pumping, she’s done it or planning to do it. Sarah’s a world traveling adventurer that’s all about the experience and the ride.

Meet Sarah

Julie Graham

LuxVenture® Designer

A travel writer at heart and a safari expert by trade, Julie is our LuxVenture® Designer with expertise in Southern African destinations.

Zeena Ponto

Customer Experience Coordinator

Zeena is our trusted Customer Experience Coordinator who ensures our clients receive a seamless, personalised experience with us.

Marcelo Novais

Managing Director, Ker & Downey® Africa DMC

 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.

Emma Perrin

LuxVenture® Designer, Ker & Downey® Africa DMC

Emma’s African travel knowledge goes far beyond her 5 years in the travel industry. She is one of our top Luxury Safari Consultants for the North American B2B markets.

Sharleen Smith

Safari Concierge, Ker & Downey® Africa DMC

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

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. 

Marike Cronjé

Brand Manager

Marike’s passion for the Ker & Downey® Africa brand, luxury travel and staying ahead of travel trends makes her essential to our marketing team.

Cassandra Labuschagne

Finance Manager

Cassandra is our devoted Group Finance 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.  

Luana Do Coutto

Managing Director, Ker & Downey® Africa Brazil DMC

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

African Specialist Consultant, Ker & Downey® Africa Brazil DMC

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

African Specialist Consultant, Ker & Downey® Africa Brazil DMC

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

Silke Wahl

Managing Director, Ker & Downey® Africa Germany DMC

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

Senior Operations Manager, Ker & Downey® Africa Germany DMC

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

Johanna Jobel

Travel Consultant, Ker & Downey® Africa Germany DMC

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

Managing Director, Ker & Downey® Africa Asia DMC

Korshad has 12 years of experience in selling luxury African travel to Asian Markets and has been appointed Managing Director of Asia DMC.

David Dai

Regional Director of Sales and Marketing, Ker & Downey® Africa Asia DMC

David has 12 years of experience in sales and marketing of luxury travel in Chinese markets making him the perfect addition to our Asia DMC.

Wendy Liang

Social Media Manager, Ker & Downey® Africa Asia DMC

Wendy is the Social Media Manager for our Asia DMC and is based in Shanghai. 

 

Siboniso Sikhakhane

Accounts Clerk

Sibo is our trusted Accounts Clerk who always goes above and beyond in everything that he does.