The AIV Team

Mikael Audebert

Founder & CEO

Frenchman Mikael Audebert, has been in the business of making dreams come true for hundreds of travelers since 2000. Born with the “itch” to travel and owner of vast experience in the travel industry, he has extensively explored the four…

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Franck Jeuffroy

COO

Engineer, humanitarian worker, actor, singer, French Crêpes Chef, yogini…Franck has already had many lives in one. All united by two characteristics: the pleasure of traveling and the joy of sharing.

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Chef Kevin Fonzo

Executive Chef & Journey Director

A native of New York City, Chef Kevin Fonzo received his culinary training starting at the young age of fifteen while working in a country inn in upstate New York.

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Eric Townsend

Operations Director

Eric joined the team early 2018 as its Operations Director, and head of our Gratitude program. Eric comes from a corporate background, specializing in the hospitality industry. Thanks to his extensive experience working for a large hotel group, he is…

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Karen Brown

Markets Specialist & Journey Director

Karen Brown is a native Floridian currently living in Orlando.  She has a passion for shopping but more specifically, “Shopping Under Tents!”  Finding hidden treasures and bargaining at flea-markets, bazaars and souks!  She is always on the search for locally…

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Laura Monteiro

Accounting Manager

Laura joined the Art In Voyage team in 2017 as accounting manager. In charge of our financial department, Laura’s task in one of precision, requiring excellent people skills, which she possesses. Formerly assistant in a CPA firm, she brings her experience…

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Our Hosts

Gary Bogdon

Photojournalist & Guest host

Gary Bogdon has been a photojournalist his entire professional career with over 30 years of experience working on staff at The Miami Herald and The Orlando Sentinel before working for over 15 years at Sports Illustrated as a contract photographer….

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Jennifer McIlvaine

Executive Chef

Jennifer has been a professional chef since 1998. Her career began in her hometown of Philadelphia, but as she became more interested in organic and locally raised products, she found herself moving to Seattle. There she opened her first business,…

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Sophie Renaude

Sophie is a French pastry chef, most notably specialized in the creation of wholesome and diabetic friendly pâtisseries. Born in France, Sophie is a true Parisian with a natural appetite for great products, always happy to share her knowledge and…

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Tim Varan

Wine Educator

Tim is known in the wine industry for keeping detailed records of every wine he tastes. He’s also known for having a very accurate palate and a great selection of wines. He tastes wines weekly and judges them on their…

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Evan Scheepers

Wellness & Fitness Director

South African born, Evan is our Wellness and Fitness Director. Self accomplished and running a successful fitness business in Cape Town, he is an avid boxer and runner, as well as musician. His approach to fitness is unique and personal….

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Hervé Segata

Journey Director

Born in the French Alps, Hervé Segata made a radical change in his life when he settled in Argentina, 14 years ago. Seduced by the spirit of freedom and diversity peculiar to Buenos Aires, he decided to leave behind his…

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Pierre Scot

Journey Director

Pierre grew up by the sea in Britanny, France, where he spent most of his teenage years waiting on his surfboard for the next wave or eating Breton pastries. Since then he has lived in Bordeaux, Paris, Basel (Switzerland), New-York…

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The Wine Fairy (Katie Barratt)

Wine Educator & Journey Director

Winefairy (Katie) is one of our two incredible wine educators and is based in Cape Town. She specializes in wines of South Africa, yet her knowledge extends beyond, having traveled around Europe quite a lot. Witty and always fun, Katie…

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Kris Matela

Host, Asia Specialist

Born and raised in Poland during the Cold War and behind the Iron Curtain fueled Kris’ need to escape the harsh reality and discover new places, people, and cultures. A few decades later, Kris has traveled to 87 countries and…

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Marie Yagami

Co-host, Japan specialist

Marie is a performance costume designer, director, and yoga teacher. She was born in Japan and has lived and worked in New York and London. Her passion for art, culture and travel gives her the opportunity to discover the world…

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Scott Joseph

Food Critic

Scott Joseph is our resident food critic, co-hosting journeys with an important culinary element at their chore, and teaching our guests some of the all while showcasing some of the best dishes and culinary techniques. As such, Scott focuses on…

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Philip Cross

Journey Director

From a very fortuitous redundancy in 2014, and a subsequent 6 week house sit in Umbria a whole new world has opened up for Philip. Having been involved in sales his entire working life, prior to arriving in Italy, he…

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Javier Fuste

Co-host, Spain specialist

Javier, one of co-hosts specializing in our Spain destinations, is an Interior designer, with a background in Hospitality management. On his spare time, he is also the occasional blogger and columnist for lifestyle magazines. Javier is a passionate traveler, eager…

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