Meet the team

WeTravel is built with love in San Francisco by a passionate and highly diverse team. Combined, we speak 14 languages and have lived in 23 countries. If you like the travel tech industry, are a proven self-starter and want to be part of a strong and fast growing team, WeTravel might be a great fit for you! Get in touch, tell us what you like about WeTravel and what you want us to achieve together.
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Johannes Koeppel
CEO & Co-Founder
Johannes has 5 years of travel industry experience working for various airlines and organizing tours. Before obtaining his MBA from Berkeley-Haas, Johannes worked for MSF and the Red Cross (ICRC), visiting political prisoners and managing a team of 14 in Uzbekistan and Tajikistan. He speaks 7 languages fluently.
Garib Mehdiyev
CTO & Co-Founder
Garib has more than 10 years of Dev-Ops and IT-management experience. Before coming to the US, he was the CTO for Unibank, one of the largest private banks in in Azerbaijan. Upon arriving in the US in 2009, Garib founded and sold his first company. Previously to joining WeTravel full-time, Garib was a senior engineer at Fuze Inc.
Zaky Prabowo
CMO & Co-Founder
Zaky holds an MBA from Berkeley-Haas and has done user acquisition for 2 venture-backed hospitality market-places: EatWith (SF) and GetNinjas (Sao Paulo). Before, he was a consultant at McKinsey and a special aide to the President of Indonesia. He co-founded Indorelawan, the first marketplace in Indonesia connecting volunteers and NGOs.
Javidan Guliyev
Lead Engineer
Javidan has over 8 years of IT-development experience in various roles. Javidan used to work as a developer for both Azerfon and Acercell, the country’s two largest telecom operators. Javidan also worked for MEQA Cooperation and Baku Telekom in various IT roles. Besides Rails, Javidan codes in Java, PHP, Python, JS, MySQL and Unix.
Pia Flake
Yoga Happiness
Pia has more than 9 years of work experience in the travel industry, consulting, and financial services. Before joining WeTravel she worked as a Project Manager at Allianz in Germany. Pia holds an MBA and a B.A. in tourism management, co­founded the YMI network and speaks 5 languages fluently. She is a certified yoga teacher and mediator.
Jen Corley
Yoga Development
Jen started her career in private equity, but left after five years to pursue her passions for language, travel, and yoga. She completed an M.A. in Islamic Studies (Stanford) and a 500­ hour teaching certification (YogaWorks) between 2012­-2015. She has since worked as a yoga teacher and management consultant to Namaste Yoga + Wellness.
Maksym Vidienin
Sr. Backend Engineer
Maksym graduated with a CS degree from the NTU KhPI university with honors. He has more than 7 years of experience in Ruby, PHP and JavaScript. He also has deep practical knowledge of DBMSs MySQL, PostgreSQL and MongoDB. Before joining WeTravel, he previously worked for Calle Arco, Rocketroute and Rallyware.
Greta Lenartaviciute
Retreat Destination Specialist
Greta holds a Double Bachelor’s degree in International Business Communication and Business Administration. She obtained her diplomas while studying in well-recognized business schools in Norway, Lithuania, and Portugal. Before coming to the US, she worked at the Commercial department of the Maltese national airline Air Malta.
Emery Renner
Sales Development
Emery studied Finance and Decision Sciences at San Francisco State University. There he was very involved in the student organization, coordinating graduation events for the Management Department as President of the Management Organization. Emery loves backpacking in the deserts and mountains of California as well as playing music. He previously was the singer and guitarist in a jazz trio.
Helen Valjataga
Customer Support Manager
Helen has earned a business administration degree from the oldest business school in Estonia. After graduation, she worked as an assurance consultant at EY gaining experience in retail, manufacturing, insurance and real estate sectors. Before turning to business, Helen worked as a musician and published poetry.
William Ruzvidzo
Social Media
William has 6 years of experience as a social media content strategist. Before joining WeTravel, William worked at GMR and at J. Walter Thompson (JWT), one the world’s best-known marketing agencies. He has worked with brands including Visa, Wrigley, Moët-Hennessy, Johnson & Johnson, Walmart, the United Nations and Brand USA.
Rasim Rakhmanov
Rasim studied Mechanics and Mathematics at Baku State University but quickly realized that design was his real passion. He has 10 years of web design experience for Unibank and McCann Erickson before joining WeTravel. He is also the co-founder and art director of the MAGNUM advertising company and loves landscape photography.
Natalia Kusumo
Business Development Specialist
Natalia is a graduate of Cornell University’s distinguished School of Hotel Administration. She has worked as a consultant, real estate developer, and in several business development roles, across Asia and the United States. An avid traveler and lover of international cultures, she lives and breathes hospitality and adventure.
Sander Sillavee
Online Marketing Specialist
Sander has 4 years of marketing experience and a bachelor degree in tourism management. He has worked for a Destination Marketing Organization in the most visited area of Estonia. His expertise includes SEO, growth hacking, tourism marketing and project management. He enjoys taking group selfies, facilitating group projects and collecting records.
Aliaga Aliyev
Frontend Developer
Aliaga studied in Azerbaijan University of Arts and Culture and he quit to pursue his passion for coding. He joined "Code Academy" in Azerbaijan to strengthen his coding skills. Aliaga codes in Javascript, React, Node JS, PHP, and MySQL. He also has 5 years experience of bartending.
Lucas Ennis
Sales & Business Development
Lucas spent 10 years in banking and then realized he wanted to spend his days differently. Post banking he spent two years at a San Fransisco based software company while coaching a 7th-grade boys basketball team and building a small online store. Traveling had always been a big part of his life and at the beginning of 2017 Lucas and his fiance took a year off to travel in Southeast Asia and Central America. While traveling they ran a travel blog to keep family and friends updated. Upon returning to the Bay Area in 2018 he joined the WeTravel team.
Keri Pfeiffer
Sales & Business Development
Keri has over 4 years of SMB sales experience. Before joining WeTravel, she worked at Yelp in New York City and left to take a year off and travel the world. She holds a B.A. in Marketing and French from the University of Wisconsin Milwaukee and became 200-hour yoga teacher certified while in Thailand in 2017. She has since joined the "digital nomad" community and is now pursuing her passion for traveling while working remotely for WeTravel.
Evelina Korvel
Marketing Specialist
Evelina holds a Professional Bachelor degree in Business with honors. During her studies, she was a part of the world's largest youth-run organization AIESEC. Afterward, she worked for historical hotel San Miniato in Italy, adventure tour operator AvenTouro in the Czech Republic, and the National Tourism Business Association in Lithuania. Evelina is a professional licensed tour guide in her home country Lithuania.
Emil Gambarov
Quality Assurance Specialist
Emil has 3 years of front-end web development experience. He has had interest in IT since childhood. After working in various companies as a help desk and junior system administrator, he decided to shift his career and learn to code. He joined WeTravel to deepen his knowledge in quality assurance.
Farid Asadli
Quality Assurance Specialist
Farid has 7 years of IT management experience. He worked on projects to improve and develop network infrastructures, document management systems, ticket management systems, and payment systems. Outside of work, he's passionate about maths, physics, and painting. Farid likes to work under pressure.
Oleksii Kartamyshev
Full-Stack Developer
Oleksii worked as an independent developer for over 6 years with high reviews. He has skills in both frontend and backend development. Oleksii is passionate about tabletop, comics, miniatures, and biking. He previously worked for Docket, Needu, Content Snare, and FaceIt.
Thiago Zeni Diniz
Sales & Business Development
Thiago holds a bachelor degree in Tourism Administration and has over 10 years experience in Sales, Business Development, and Customer Success. Passionate about getting to know new cultures, Thiago is always thinking about what will be the next place to discover. On an average day, you will find him trying to put as many miles as he can on his bicycle.
Sakit Memmedli
Frontend Developer
Sakit has more than 4 years of IT experience in various roles. He worked as a security installation specialist for 3 years in Azerbaijan. He's currently teaching coding in "Code Academy" in Azerbaijan. Sakit codes in HTML, CSS, Javascript, React, C#, ASP.NET MVC, and MSSQL skills.
Elijah Ozimec
Sales & Business Development
Elijah is originally from California and currently living in Spain. A graduate of the University of California, Santa Barbara, Elijah has a degree in International and Global Studies. Before joining WeTravel, he gained experience working in a variety of tech companies, eventually choosing to combine his passions for technology and travel in WeTravel.