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Ron Wixman

History and cultural lecturer

Ron Wixman

Professor Ron Wixman has studied the cultures of the Baltic region for the past 50 years and offers stimulating lectures during our Luxury Expedition Cruises on subjects such as Vikings and the rise of the Baltic nations.

Dr James McClintock

Climate scientist

Dr James McClintock

James is a climate change expert who has authored four books. He has led 14 expeditions with A&K to the White Continent and was awarded the Antarctica Service Medal. James has voyaged to both polar regions and has engaged in geology expeditions.

Philip Leighton

Senior product manager

Philip Leighton

Philip has been finding the most exquisite holiday homes in France for 20 years. He is dedicated to delivering the best villa experiences for each group of guests.

Amanda Springer

Senior product manager

Amanda Springer

Growing up on the North Norfolk coast, Amanda realised she needed to travel further afield to find sun-drenched beaches. Her search for perfection has taken her all over the world but her favourite destination remains the Maldives.

John Niva

Kenya guide

John Niva

With more than 30 years of experience, Nairobi-born John Niva has been with A&K since 1989 and started out as one of the youngest safari guides in the industry. He enjoys hosting family safaris and sharing his extensive knowledge of African wildlife and culture.

Kelvin Pronet Kinabo

A&K private guide

Kelvin Kinabo

Kilimanjaro-born Kelvin studied biodiversity conservation and wildlife management in Mweka, and worked with the African Wildlife Foundation to monitor elephant migration as well as track primates. In 2006, Kelvin joined A&K and his wildlife experience is greatly appreciated by travellers he has guided.

Mohamed Ossama

Egyptologist and guide

Mohamed Ossama

Mohamed Ossama joined A&K in 1999 as an Egyptologist and guide. He says: “A&K is the most well organised company all over Egypt with the best style of service”. When it comes to being a guide, he says it combines the two things he loves most, which is meeting new people and his passion for history.

Sara El Emery

Saudi Arabia guide

Sara El Emery

Sara is excited to be a guide in this new destination for A&K. She is looking forward to showcasing Tabuk, AlUla, Jeddah, and the south region of Abha and Jazan. “The Tabuk region remains largely unexplored, it has the landscape, history, and Red Sea all in one place.”

Anshuman Tripathi

India guide

Anshuman Tripathi

Adrenaline junkie Anshuman, known as ‘Indie’, is renowned for his trekking trips, wildlife expeditions, and tours of the famed Golden Triangle, which connects the capital New Delhi with Agra, home of the Taj Mahal and Jaipur, plus the deserts of Rajasthan.

Franklin Vargas

Peru guide

Franklin Vargas

Franklin Vargas has guided curious visitors around Peru for 21 years. He speaks four languages including Quechua – an Indigenous language of the Andean people. Franklin has led hiking trips along the Inca Trail, even summitting the 2,693-metre mountain of Huayna Picchu twice in one day.

Hatsuko Tsujimura

Country manager

Hatsuko Tsujimura

Osaka-born Hatsuko’s passion for the history and culture of Japan – especially Seto Inland Sea, one of the country’s best-kept secrets lying between the islands of Honshu, Shikoku and Kyushu – shines through for her clients.

Tuan Doan Ngoc

Operations manager

Tuan Doan Ngoc

Tuan has been leading A&K Vietnam's office in Da Nang since it opened. With almost 20 years of experience in the industry, Tuan has championed guest experiences and provides efficient on-the-ground support in central Vietnam.

Jess Spence

Senior travel specialist

Jess Spence

Jess discovered a love of travel through dance styles influenced by cultures around the world. She has a passion for South America, particularly Costa Rica. “I love how the locals are supporting their environment to help the wildlife.”

Vicki Cooke

Senior travel specialist

Vicki Cooke

Vicki has been sending clients to California for 15 years. “I love it as it has something for everyone. The weather is always great to enjoy the sights of San Francisco and hike in Yosemite National Park. You can also enjoy a desert experience in Palm Springs or head to the bright lights of Hollywood.”

Cristina Francescon

Personal shopper

Cristina Francescon

Cristina is a Venetian based in Milan with Florence as her second home and Rome in her heart... She is passionate about the real ‘Made in Italy’ tag and will introduce you to skilled craftspeople and artisans. As she says, “stop dreaming of Italian style and live it”.

Walter Contu

Villas contracting manager

Walter Contu

Walter meticulously inspects all our Italian villas from authentic farmhouses in Tuscany, coastal retreats along the Amalfi Coast and luxury palazzo in the eternal city of Rome for you to enjoy.

Ben Harrison

Platinum travel executive

Ben Harrison

Father-of-three Ben knows what it takes to create a seamless safari. “Africa is an amazing destination to visit,” he said. “My top tips for families would be to get back to nature with the kids.” He recommends visiting South Africa’s Eastern Cape wildlife reserves and Cape Town.

Basadi Ramhitshana

General manager of Sanctuary Stanley’s Camp

Basadi Ramhitshana

Botswana-born Basadi studied hospitality management and started working for Sanctuary Retreats in 2002 as a waitress and is now general manager. She is proud how all her staff and guides create an outstanding experience for guests. “They all make a difference,” she said.

Laura Fordyce

Senior travel specialist

Laura Fordyce

Laura been a passionate traveller since the age of nine. “Every destination I've visited has a place in my heart… Going away is a real escape from reality.” Laura’s top tip is to take as many pictures as possible.

Margarita Sanchez

Country manager

Margharita

Margarita has over 17 years of experience in the Ecuadorian Tourism Industry. As a French, English and, of course, Spanish speaking professional, Margarita has brought great experience and expertise to the Quito office, and manages our team of dedicated operational staff, drivers and guides.