MEET OUR TEAM

Welcome to our team members page!

Our vision for BUZZ.travel is to become the biggest active online destination for travel professionals – both for companies and individuals. We are a dedicated team that believes a disruption in the travel industry is needed to make the life easier for travel professionals. Get to know the team by scrolling down to see what they are up to!

Jan Larsen

Founder & CEO

Jan Larsen is focusing on financials and strategy. Jan used to be a “number guy” – investment banking etc. He has started several projects. He is Danish and has besides Denmark lived in the UK, Switzerland (French and German parts), Germany, Poland and now US and Portugal. He holds a Ms. in Economics and an MBA from IMD.

Katja Larsen

Founder & COO

Katja Larsen is an entrepreneur and global marketing strategy specialist with more than 20 years of experience in the travel industry, international business development & management, marketing communications; network & partnership development. Katja is responsible for the overall coordination, functional management, and leadership of all Public Relations, Social Media, Digital Marketing and Marketing Events for BUZZ.travel.

Marcus Schäfer

CNO

Marcus Schäfer takes care of BUZZ.travels´s network and is the responsible manager for all process questions of our members. In his “former life” in Germany, he has been working in banks, insurance companies, and business administration and so brings a lot of experience of proper processes to the table. He loves connecting and interacting with different kinds of people from all over the world. Marcus lives in Gran Canaria, Spain.

Valeria Lykova

Customer Success Supervisor

Valeria studied Tourism and Hospitality Management at the Saint Petersburg State University. Now she is up to revolutionize the work of Travel Professionals with BUZZ.travel.

Maximilian Auerbach

Key Account Manager

Maximilian Auerbach is fascinated by traveling, exploring different destinations, and loves knowing new inspiring cultures & its people. After various positions with global agencies & service providers, he is now up to change the travel industry with BUZZ.travel. Max holds a Ms. in Engineering.

Sebastian Worel

Senior VP Business Development

Sebastian Worel is a highly experienced professional in the tourism industry with a vast, worldwide network – including, but not limited to, tour operators, whole-sellers, inbound operators & DMC’s, hotel chains, travel tech companies, and National Tourism Offices. He gained his expertise and contacts during 25 years in leading positions in management, business development & consultancy. Sebastian has been instrumental in developing the BUZZ.travel strategy and he “opens doors for BUZZ.travel”. He appreciates a good cigar!

Alexander Dingeldey

Data Security Commissioner

Prof. Dr. Alexander Dingeldey studied business and applied computer science in Munich and Regensburg. As a strategy business consultant, he has done projects with clients across the tourism value chain and key players in the German tourism industry. Since 2014 he is program coordinator for Tourism with the specialization distribution and transport at the Baden-Wuerttemberg Cooperative State University (DHBW) in Ravensburg. Alex is our Data Security Commissioner.

Ekaterina Balakireva

Customer Success Manager

Ekaterina (Kate) has been working in customer support in several companies. She has gained intercultural experience living in the Netherlands for some time. She loves to study new languages and meeting new people – a big plus for her position at BUZZ.travel.

Vladislav Tipukhov

Customer Success Manager

Vladislav currently lives in Saint Petersburg, Russia. He spent half his life in the United Arab Emirates where he studied business administration. Working in the hospitality has as well given him the opportunity to advance his skills regarding organization and communication.

Vera Kaliuzhnaia

Customer Success Coordinator

Vera has been working in customer relations for over four years and after traveling around the world she joined BUZZ.travel. She lives half of the year in Saint Petersburg, Russia and half time in a cute, small city in Mexico – Tijuana.

Igor Koptelov

Customer Success Coordinator

Igor is an experienced customer manager with years of experience as a B2B seller and support. Living in Moscow, he joined BUZZ.travel to support all our members to get the most out our Social Network.

Igor has graduated law school.

Evgeniya Atutova

Customer Success Coordinator

Evgeniya has been working as an English Tutor and Content Manager before she joined the BUZZ.travel team. She loves travelling and learning languages. Evgeniya is a creative person that not only enjoys supporting our members but creates great content as well.

Dasha Zauzolkova

Customer Success Coordinator

Dasha has years of experience in various customer care services and loves her job. In her spare time, she likes to organize leisure activities for her friends and everyone who shares her hobby – motorcycles.

Ilona Falina

Customer Success Coordinator

Ilona studied English and Chinese Language at the Vladivostok University in Russia. After her graduation she started her career in the tourism industry and has been working in it for about 8 years now.