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Meet the Ker & Downey® Africa team

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Ker & Downey® Africa

Private Clients

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.

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.

Lauren Barnard

Personal Travel Advisor, Private Clients

Lauren is a Personal Travel Advisor with over 14 years experience and has extension knowledge of the hospitality and tourism industry.

Natasha Langley

Travel Administrator

Natasha joins the team with over 12 years of experience in all aspects of the travel industry. She has spent the last eight years living and working in Hwange National Park in Zimbabwe and is now based in Cape Town.

Marietjie Thomas

Travel Administrator

Marietjie is a valued Travel Administrator in the Private Clients division. She enjoys working as part of the global team and assisting with developing unique itineraries.

Jessica Solomon

Travel Advisor

Jessica is the trusted advisor for our private clients. She has over 9 years of experience in the industry and is a valued member of the Ker & Downey® Africa team.

North America

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.

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.

Ken Hermer

Sales Manager, North America

Ken joins the team with over 35 years of experience in destination training and the global promotion of East and Southern African safari lodges and luxury boutique hotels.

Ker & Downey® South Africa

Spanish-Speaking & Latin America

Renata Ferreira

Sales Manager, Spanish-Speaking Markets

Renata joined the Ker & Downey® Africa team in 2021 and brings with her 23 years of experience in the tourism industry from marketing, commercial, and product management.

Catalina Schweizer

Travel Consultant, Latin America

With over 25 countries ticked off her bucket list and over 5 years of experience in the travel industry, Catalina joins the Latin America team as our trusted Travel Consultant.

Portuguese Speaking Markets

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.

France

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.

Lynn Mbity

Sales Consultant, French Division

Born in Gabon and based in Cape Town, Lynn joins the French DMC division as an expert Sales Consultant with an education in Travel & Tourism Management. She has over 8 years of experience in the industry and is a valued addition to the Ker & Downey® Africa DMC team.

Kevin Power

Sales Consultant, French-Speaking Markets

Kevin is part of the French division as a trusted Sales Consultant with over 10 years experience in the travel and tourism industry.

Germany, Switzerland & Austria

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.

Russia & Eastern Europe

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

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. 

China & Hong Kong

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.

Central Resources

Product and Marketing

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.

Julie Graham

PR and Content Manager

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

Joshua Forbes

Senior Digital Designer

Joshua is a tech-savvy Senior Digital Designer that has joined the Ker & Downey® Africa team with a mission to take the brand to new heights.

Daniel Koopowitz

Content Writer

Daniel joins the Ker & Downey® Africa team as an inspiring content writer with qualifications in digital marketing and writing from Vega School and the University of Cape Town.

 

Natasha Jorge Mercury

Senior Product Executive

Natasha joins the Ker & Downey® Africa team as a Senior Product Executive with extensive tourism knowledge. With over 16 years experience in the industry, she is a valued addition to the team.

Finance

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.

Anita Christiaans

Assistant Accountant

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

Robyn De Freitas

Financial Administrator

Robyn joined the Ker & Downey® Africa team in December 2021. Her expertise as a financial administrator in the hospitality industry makes her a valued addition to the team.

Technology and Data

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.

Brondwyn Nel

Travel Administrator, Product and Rates

Brondwyn is our Travel Administrator and has over seven years experience in the travel industry. She is very technology focused.

Elene Wagenaar

Travel Administrator, Product and Rates

Elene joins the team as a Travel Administrator working with products and rates. With over 4 years of experience, she is meticulous about detail and providing the very best service.

Human Resources

Mauritz Labuschagne

Head of Human Resources

Mauritz heads up Ker & Downey Africa’s HR Department and is crucial in overseeing recruitment, staff training and development, and all matter of workplace policies.

Meet Mauritz

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