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.
Tural Mehdiyev
Sr. Frontend Engineer
Tural holds a BA in Computer Science from Qafqaz university and has more than 7 years of IT development experience working for ASAN and various startups (Kvotter and Ikeboon) before joining WeTravel. Tural is fluent in Java, Javascript, PHP, C, C++ and C# and is also an Android developer. Tural is currently getting his MBA in the bay area.
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.
Helen Valjataga
Business Development Specialist
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
Design
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 the DMO in the most visited area of Estonia in Estonia. His expertise includes SEO, growth hacking, tourism marketing and project management. He enjoys taking group selfies, facilitating group project and collecting records.
Sonja Thomson
Travel Stories Editor
Sonja studied Law and Criminology in New Zealand, before realising she just wanted to travel the world. After 6 years of living and working abroad she’s based herself in the United Kingdom. Sonja is a freelance writer and social media manager, and continues to travel and write about her experiences on her blog.