Who We Are2018-11-22T06:42:48+00:00

Meet our Team

Our cultural and professional backgrounds are eclectic and diverse.

Our team is comprised of highly talented individuals; We’ve practiced and trained in psychology, international business, communications, theater, journalism, corporate finance, design thinking, anthropology, biology, intercultural management, marketing and political science.

Driven by an intense curiosity to learn and grow, and with a mission to transform business and the world at large, we are a microcosm of entrepreneurial thinking and actions.

Do take a moment to get to know us.

Head of Ecosystem

Aish Narang

Aish Narang joined WDHB in 2017 as a Program Manager based in the Denver, Colorado office. In 2017, she obtained her Bachelor of Science in Accountancy with a minor in Leadership Studies, as well as her Master of Accountancy, both from the University of Denver.

Prior to WDHB, she has conducted audit and advisory fieldwork for a Big Four accounting firm, while honing her entrepreneurial spirit by being heavily involved with the Denver startup market. Aish is also a public speaker for high school students where she has spoken in front of crowds of as large at 3,000 people on topics such as generation z, work ethics, and leadership in a global and dynamic world.

Much of her social work is conducted around supporting safe cities by using mobile application and data visualization platforms to combat sexual assaults across the globe with other entrepreneurs from the United Nations.

Currently residing in Denver, Aish grew up in Dubai, Scotland, England, and Belgium. She speaks English, Hindi, and is learning French. Outside of traveling, you can find Aish hiking Colorado’s Rocky Mountains, playing soccer, or spending time with her friends and family.

Head of Business Development Americas

Alana Vaughn

Alana Vaughn-Phillips is a Program Manager based in Europe. She holds an International MBA from Moore School of Business, a dual degree in Psychology and English from Davidson College, and has attended UNSW, National University of Singapore and Università Bocconi.

Alana founded an investor-backed green fashion technology company that was named “Top 5 Most Promising Startups in the World” and nominated for a TED award. She spent many years as a consultant on sustainable hospitality projects with industry leaders in hotel and spa design.

Alana has lived, worked and studied in 6 countries. She speaks English, Italian and French and is learning German and Spanish.

Alana is an avid runner and athlete, and when she’s not running marathons you can find her teaching Yoga and Group Fitness.

COO Discovery

Alex Drexler

Alex Drexler joined WDHB in 2015 as a Program Manager in Boulder, Colorado and is now our COO Discovery. He received a degree in Business Administration from the University of Colorado with an emphasis in Operations Management and a certificate in Social Enterprise.

Alex worked in South America, learning Spanish and gaining experience in an international work environment. Upon his return, he worked in operations at Justin’s Nut Butter – a Boulder based company in the natural food industry.

Passionate about exploring a diversity of ideas and thought processes, Alex aims to utilize creative collaboration in order to address current societal challenges. Outside of work, Alex is an avid outdoorsman and a yerba mate enthusiast.

Program Manager

Benjamin De Onaindia

Benjamin has been a Program Manager at WDHB since May 2017, and has since had the opportunity to create learning expeditions all around the world for key clients, such as Schneider Electric, L’Oréal, Leroy Merlin, and TF1.

Prior to joining WDHB, Benjamin worked in both the United States and in Europe. In Madrid, Spain, he developed sports marketing strategies and campaigns for well-known brands such as RedBull, Marca, Pringles, Hyundai, SCA, Samsung, and more. He has also worked in the communications department at Renault in Paris, and in finance at a multilateral trading facility.

The eldest child of four of a French father and American mother, Benjamin was born in Paris, France, where he currently resides, but grew up in Colorado. After graduating from Peak to Peak Charter school, he moved to Montreal to study Marketing, Information Systems, and Organizational Behavior at McGill University.

Benjamin plays guitar, piano, and drums, and loves music of all genres. He has also recently started the construction of his own YouTube channel, wherein he plans to share his chase after unique motorsport-related experiences across the world.

Head of Design

Caitlin Leahy

Caitlin joined WDHB as Head of Design in 2018. She holds a degree from Saint Louis University in Political Science, International Studies and Spanish.

Her enthusiasm for politics ignited when she took a semester off to work on the 2004 presidential election. After college, a congressional campaign in Colorado brought her out as a fundraising event coordinator. Following a successful campaign and a role in operations management in the natural food industry, Caitlin went into the non-profit world where she spent five years as the Director of Conferences & Events for the Association for Experiential Education. Her insight into experiential learning provides a unique basis and understanding of immersive learning.

Caitlin’s professional passion is to positively impact the world by creating space for the great thinkers and doers so they may converge and innovate.  When she is not traveling, Caitlin is an avid outdoorswoman – spending her weekends hiking, camping, running, climbing, fishing and playing volleyball.

Program Manager

Céline Chevalley

Céline joined WDHB as Program Manager in 2017. She is passionate about building bridges between industries and people. Céline holds a Bachelor in International Hospitality Management from Ecole Hotelière de Lausanne and a Master of Arts in Social Sciences from Université de Neuchâtel.

Before joining WDHB, Céline worked for Procter & Gamble where she optimized processes and coordinated multiple projects and partners. She has also worked in a variety of roles in the hospitality industry, from creating tailored stays for VIP clients to accompanying young adults of a care institution to balance their lives.

This diversity of settings and customers is what motivates Céline to constantly renew, challenge her beliefs and help others grow.

Outside of work, Céline enjoys combining nature and adventure. In the winter, you can find her going up mountains on cross-country skis, and in the summer she’ll run down any steep trail in the Alps!

COO Development

Christophe Ramamonjy-Ratrimo

Christophe Ramamonjy-Ratrimo is the COO Development and based at the WDHB’s Paris Office. Prior to WDHB, he worked as public affairs consultant, at TBWA Corporate, and as financial analyst at Vodafone Procurement Company.

He has lived in seven countries and speaks French, German and English fluently. He holds a Master’s degree in European Studies from the Institute of Political Studies of Lyon, and a Masters in Business from the ESCP Europe Business School.

He has now been in judo training for 22 years, and when he’s not traveling, he studies and practices Mixed Martial Arts.

Program Manager

Hui Yin Yeo

Hui Yin Yeo is a Program Manager in WDHB’s Singapore office. She holds an honors degree in Science from Nanyang Technological University Singapore, specializing in biology, chemistry and education.

Before joining WDHB, Hui Yin has worked in several different industries. As an education officer with the Ministry of Education Singapore, she was the Head of Cohort and also focused on leadership development and overseas learning journeys. Having the zest for travelling and meeting new people, she turned it full-time by joining Singapore Airlines as a flight attendant. On top of her experience in education, she is also proficient in English-Mandarin translation and interpretation.

Her interest in the local arts scene has led her to volunteering for several local theatre productions. She loves exploring new countries and experiences and is always on the move in search of her next adventure. She speaks English, Mandarin, Cantonese, Teochew and is currently working to improve on French.

Besides travelling, she also enjoys being outdoors, water sports, classic movies, musicals and a good cup of coffee.

Chief Strategy Officer

Imane Terrab

Imane Terrab joined WDHB in 2008, and has worked as a Program Manager and as Head of Design and Research, before leading WDHB’s development and strategy. She is based in our Paris office.

Before joining WDHB, Imane worked in marketing at Microsoft, and as a research officer at a marketing institute. She has a Masters in Business Adminstration from HEC Paris, and a PhD in Innovation Management from Paris-Dauphine University, where she was also an assistant professor.

Imane grew up in Morocco and has lived in Spain, the US and France. She speaks fluent French, Arabic, English and Spanish. A lifelong learner, she’s currently pursuing a degree in contemporary history.

Program Manager

John Levesque

John Levesque has been a Program Manager at WDHB since November 2018, joining the Paris office. He holds an MS in Technology & Innovation Management from Dauphine University & Mines ParisTech, as well as a Master’s degree in Innovation & Entrepreneurship Management from the Sorbonne.

Prior to joining WDHB, John worked in US political campaign outreach in Ohio before completing a BA at McGill University, in Montreal, focusing on Political Science and Italian Studies. After two experiences in Corporate Communication, he went into Executive Search consulting for 5 years in Miami, specializing in Life Sciences and working on senior level recruitments for international biotech and pharmaceutical companies in the US, LatAm and Europe. In his last experience, he worked as a consultant in Innovation Design & Technological Foresight in Paris.

John is French-American, speaking English, French and Spanish, and currently learning Italian & Portuguese. He is passionate about Innovation and Creative Design, cultivating a strong interest in the future of HR and people-centered management. He is also an avid reader and traveler.

Head of Business Development EMEA

Jose Romero

Based in Switzerland, Jose Romero brings to WDHB over a decade of relevant international working experience in the private and public sectors. Having lived in 3 continents and traveled to more than 40 countries around the world, he is considered a truly global mind by his network. He successfully completed study programs in 6 different universities from various countries and holds a Master’s degree in International Relations by Monash University from Australia.

Additionally, Jose has won different awards along his career and is an internationally certified Corporate Coach by International Coach Federation, Worldwide Association of Business Coaching and Singapore Management University. Strategic learning, traveling, business & people development, coaching and corporate training are part of his way of life. He enjoys working with thought leaders and has worked on several projects with clients from several MNC companies across industries.

Outside of work you can often find him enjoying wine tastings with his Japanese wife, cooking Asian and Mediterranean food, doing volunteering work and playing racquet sports.

Program Manager

Killian Fjellbakk

Killian is a Program Manager at the Zurich Office, having joined in 2017. Before WDHB, he worked internationally in the hotel, NGO & financial sector.

Killian has been involved in, and granted prizes for, his work on innovative housing solutions in arctic regions for the Norwegian government in Svalbard and consulted on co-living and working projects for the private sector in Switzerland.

Killian holds a degree in International Business and Hospitality Management from École Hotelirère de Lausanne, with a specialization in finance and entrepreneurship.

Before his formal studies, Killian spent 2 years in India at the Mahindra United World College where he coordinated volunteers at the Paud’s Children Home and the volunteer fire service team at Van Vihar Biodiversity Reserve.

Killian speaks French, English, Norwegian, Italian and is steadily looking to exchange ideas and step outside his comfort zone. In his spare time, he enjoys fixing old motorcycles, practicing Thai Boxing and trying new things.

Program Manager

Kim Schürch

Kim Schürch is a Program Manager at WDHB, where she passionately helps create the most impactful learning experiences for every client.

Kim grew up, lived and worked in eleven countries over the course of her life, including Australia, India, Iran, the Netherlands, and Taiwan. Coupled with her Swiss Singaporean background, this travel exposure has allowed her to develop an understanding of multiple cultures, backgrounds and ways of thinking.

She graduated with High Honors and a degree in International hospitality management at the Ecole hôtelière de Lausanne, with a specialization in business development, revenue and portfolio management. After graduation, Kim worked as an Academic Assistant for the final-year Bachelor, Master and EMBA Finance courses, leading tutorials and conducting research.

In her free time, you’ll find Kim hiking all over the world in spots that are as tourist-free as she can find. As a huge food lover, you may also see her discovering new restaurants and cuisines. To make up for that, she does lifts weights at Crossfit and stretches out during yoga class. Feel free to approach her in German, Swiss German, English or French.

Head of Expeditions

Lisa Hughes

Lisa Hughes joined WDHB in 2016 at the Denver office. She has an M.A. in International and Intercultural Communication from the University of Denver. Lisa has worked in Paris managing International HR Master’s programs located in Paris and Beirut. She collaborated with French CAC 40 companies and helped build partnerships with universities in Spain and Hong Kong. She also taught English in southeast France.

Lisa has experience in event planning, marketing, communications and translation, having worked for various non-profit organizations related to cross-cultural exchange as well as at the Roland Garros tennis tournament in Paris.

Originally from Louisville, Kentucky, Lisa enjoys doing anything that will bring her outside, especially running, soccer, hiking and kayaking.

Head of Finance

Michelle Zimmermann

Michelle joined WDHB at its Zurich Office in 2018 as a Finance Associate. She is responsible for recording all financial transactions and managing WDHB’s accounting as well as a variety of financial analytics and projection projects covering all of WDHB’s four entities.

Prior to joining WDHB, Michelle managed a civil engineering office as administrative assistant. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration and graduated recently with a Master’s degree in Business and Law from the University of Bern. Michelle also holds a Federal Diploma from her commercial apprenticeship at a fiduciary practice.

Outside of work, Michelle plays in an accordion orchestra, of which she also serves as chairperson organizing concerts and other events. You will also find her hiking mountains across the Alps or engaging in cooking or baking experiments in her expansive kitchen.

Chief Growth Officer

Samuel Mueller

Samuel Mueller connects with clients to transform their needs into customized expeditions. As Head of WDHB Europe GmbH, he is primarily responsible for the exemplary care of our customers in Europe.

Before joining WDHB, Samuel was Head of Operations at the Swiss innovation company BrainStore. During those 8 years, his responsibilities included facilitation, business development, innovation management consulting, and quality control of strategic client projects.

Samuel holds a degree in International Relations from the Graduate Institute for International Studies in Geneva. He is fluent in German, English and French and considers himself a design and travel gourmet.

Head of Quality & Technology

Sandi Bednarz

Sandra Bednarz joined WDHB in 2017 as a Program Manager at WDHB’s Denver Office. She has degrees in Hospitality Management and Psychology from the University of Central Florida and is a Certified Meeting Professional. Her previous experience includes work with non-profit events, conference coordinating and entertainment management.

Before settling in Denver, she traveled around the world while working onboard cruise ships with Royal Caribbean International. That exposure has fostered a fascination with different cultures and unique perspectives that cultivate change.

Sandra is a member of MPI (Rocky Mountain Chapter). She also loves teaching gymnastics, taking classes in circus arts and alpine skiing.

Program Manager

Shavonne Ravlich

Shavonne Ravlich is a Program Manager in WDHB’s Singapore Office. Prior to joining WDHB in 2017, she completed her BA in Geography from University College London. Throughout her studies and following her graduation, Shavonne worked in various non-profit organisations with a primary focus on migrant and refugee populations.

Shavonne was born in Australia (to Singaporean and Kiwi parents) but grew up in Beijing and has lived in London, San Diego and Singapore. Her multicultural background has made her extremely adaptable and fostered her interest in exploring new places and cultures. In her free time you can usually find Shavonne outside playing sports and going for hikes, visiting galleries and wandering through the streets of cities.

Chief People Officer

Sophie Bonnot

Sophie Bonnot joined WDHB in 2018 as Chief People Officer. In her role, she is responsible for creating a supportive work ecosystem and an engaging company culture to enable WDHB’s entrepreneurial growth.

Before joining WDHB, she worked as e-business consultant, advising companies in creating their first online marketplaces. In Singapore, she helped to set up a leading US-based financial trading and execution systems company in several offices across south-east Asia, developing an attractive, thriving company culture and work environment.

Back in Europe, she took various positions as global HR Business partner to support transformation projects at Maersk in Copenhagen and Barry Callebaut in Zurich.

Fascinated by people’s psychology and culture, she enjoys deep conversations about philosophy and cultural differences. Well-versed in various wellbeing techniques, she has been practicing Bikram and Ashtanga Vinyasa yoga for more than 10 years. She strongly believes in the power of movement and the greater impact body movement has on the mind.

President & CEO

Sunil Narang

Sunil is a corporate executive turned serial entrepreneur, bungee jumper and passionate bridge-builder across geographies and industries. He is the President & CEO of WDHB, a global pioneer in applying experiential approaches to strategic and organizational transformation.

Sunil holds degrees as certified accountant in multiple countries and looks back on a corporate career working 25 years for French, Japanese and American companies across the world. His truly global business experience includes living and traveling in more than 75 countries as a senior executive managing cross-functional teams worldwide. Thanks to his international biography, he has a deep knowledge of various cultures, understands what it takes to be successful in different environments and has learned to appreciate and respect people from all walks of life.

After successful years in corporate roles, with his resulting expertise in tow, wanting to make a difference following his purpose, Sunil established an independent firm providing advice and solutions in business transformation and process reengineering. In 2010, he acquired WDHB, the world leader in Learning Expeditions for executives, as a complement to the back-end focus. While orchestrating the evolution of WDHB into the first-choice partner for any organization seeking change in culture, performance and innovation, Sunil has found a platform to apply his cross-cultural expertise and engaging facilitation style to the intense and intimate work with international leadership teams in extraordinary situations of re-orientation.

Sunil strongly believes that the current VUCA environment with its exponential changes and profound disruptions calls for a new paradigm of agility in organizations. In this constantly evolving world, a human-centric people strategy is the ultimate differentiator in defining success. His mantra is to keep it simple and take ownership of your actions and decisions.

Sunil is a regular speaker at conferences on strategy, innovation and transformation for companies across the globe. He is a passionate facilitator of WDHB’s tailor-made Learning Expeditions. When not traveling for work, Sunil is an avid reader and a lover of sports, following his path as a former professional soccer player, certified coach and referee.

Program Manager

Vincent Vasina

Vincent Vasina is the Denver, Colorado based Program Manager for WDHB, where he enjoys working closely with the rest of the program team to plan and deliver the highest quality learning expeditions.

Vincent recently graduated from the University of Colorado Boulder with a bachelor’s degree in Business Operations, an Italian minor, and international business certificate. He is thrilled to apply the concepts he learned throughout his academic career to his role at WDHB and help global business leaders explore diverse workplaces.

Before joining WDHB and throughout his college career, Vincent worked as the Business Manager for a three million USD summer camp operation. Along with other responsibilities, Vincent oversaw the day-to-day operations of three retail stores, including demand forecasting, inventory management, cash flow management and accounting, as well as managing payroll and HR work for the camp’s seasonal staff of 120. Under Vincent’s management, the stores met 110% of their sales targets, saw increased efficiency and staff morale while offering superb customer service.

In his first exposure to applied international business, Vincent worked for a consumer packaged goods company while studying in Florence, Italy. As a Market Research Intern, Vincent analyzed population demographics to determine potential new markets for the company’s products. He also proposed joint ventures and partnerships to strengthen the company’s brand recognition and cater to a more global audience.

Vincent participated in both the triathlon team and the marching band at the University of Colorado, and has started to dive into competitive cycling as his newest hobby. He also loves to spend time outside hiking, backpacking, and skiing, to name just a few.

WDHB World

Founded in 1989 in the dynamic San Francisco Bay Area, WDHB has evolved to become a small but truly global company: In 2010, WDHB opened an office in Zürich, Switzerland, to be closer to European clients. Offices in Singapore and Paris have been added in 2014 and 2017.

We have delivered more than 600 bespoke programs, and our network of partners and contributors spans 5 continents.

Our Values

WDHB’ s long-standing reputation is supported by our unwavering commitment to our values: