MASTERCLASSES GIVEN BY EXPERTS:
Garrit Wes Anderson | Travel Expert & Influencer
Topic: “Do’s & Dont’s of Drone Filming/Photography”
For the past 3 and a half years he has been working in Europe, based in Florence, as a tour guide. Wes eventually became a content creator because he had an eye for travel photography and a proclivity for filming, since he was traveling to many destinations. In 2017 he started flying drones and he learned quite quick. He wanted to show people the world, so he worked hard to attain most aspects and geography of a city in order to share the beauty in full. Wes has been to 50 countries to date as he creates content throughout his travels, including video edits that gain millions of views.
Sabine de Witte | YourAmbassadrice
Topic: “Do influencers also have resposibilities when it comes to traveling?”
Sabine started 10 years ago sharing her luxury travel and lifestyle adventures and working for hotels and the hospitality/travel/tech industry as a freelance content creator, journalist and consultant. Besides working as a travel journalist for National Geographic Traveler (NL/BE) Monocle, citizenM and brands like Travelteq, nowadays she works for Amsterdam Marketing as a social media executive. And she coaches the hospitality and tourism industry about responsible tourism and influencer marketing.
Amanda Mouttaki | MarocMama.com
Topic: “Building a business from a Blog”
Amanda Mouttaki is an American blogger, food tour owner/operator, and freelance writer living in Marrakech, Morocco. She has been blogging for over ten years having started it as a hobby in 2007 and transitioning to a full time career in 2014.
Amanda holds a BA in International Politics as well an MBA in Project Management. After working in both corporate and non-profit positions, she decided to become self- employed. Using her skills and expertise in blogging and social media she started a business with her husband in her adopted hometown of Marrakech.
Megan McDonough | Bohemian Trails
Topic: “How to create more revenue streams for your blog/personal brand”
Megan Eileen McDonough is an award-winning travel writer, social photojournalist, and the blogger behind Bohemian Trails. Through travel guides, social media, and immersive writing retreats held around the world, Megan inspires women to lead lives of magic and meaning. Megan has worked as a content specialist for brands such as Hearst, Conde Nast, Uber, and Cannon among others. Her work has appeared on Lonely Planet, Fodor’s, Teen Vogue, WIRED, BravoTV, AFAR, and various in-flight magazines. This November, Megan will be co-leading ‘Magic in Morocco—a 5-night writing and Yoga retreat in Marrakech.
Marco Cartasegna | Influencer & Digital Entrepreneur
Topic: “Being an influencer, from Amateur to PRO”
Marco is a a young professional with a background in business, entrepreneurship and digital channels. Graduated at Bocconi in Business & Management, MSC at IE Business School in International Management.
Marco has a specialization in Digital Business and he is the Co-Owner of Crystal.ai a Digital Influencer and also entretainer.
Lena Tarasyuk | TravelMonkey
TOPIC: “How to create your own book: from idea to publishing”
Lena Tarasyuk is a travel writer, social media creative, and a published author of a travel guide “Insane Ukraine” selling across bookstores in Ukraine, on Amazon, and Travel Monkey blog.
She is the co-founder of the Travel Monkey blog, a resource for adventurous full- time dreamers, who are looking for their place in this world through exploration and traveling with a pinch of style and humor. Here you can find offbeat vibrant destinations, indie road trips, chic city breaks, and dramatic into the wild escapes.
Lena offers inspirational guides for navigating through life as a millennial without permanent roots and with stubborn avoidance of life within a box. You can find Lena in a cozy coffee shop behind her laptop or at a concert enjoying terrible teenage music.
Marta Ostoja | WhereLifeIsGreat
Topic: “The Art of Negotiation – get brand deals you deserve!”
Marta Ostoja is the travel, lifestyle blogger and social media influencer of Where Life Is Great. After working 5 years as a Marketing Manager for a retail-oriented tech company in Barcelona, she decided to use her creative and business skills to start her own company. Her mission is to inspire other to live truly great life and to follow their dreams. Where Life Is Great is a place for Marta to share her travels, the fashion that inspires her while exploring beautiful destinations and unique hotels, as well as the tips for bloggers and aspiring influencers.
During her blogging carrer Marta has partnered with multiple tourism boards and hotel groups. She helped co-create clothing line for a fashion brand and has created content for well-known brands. Marta is currently working on a new proyect that will help dreamers who like her want to leave 9-5 jobs and join the global online movement. Follow along on her adventures as she uncovers the secrets for living your best life one trip at a time.
Beata Korczak-Nowak & Piotr Nowak | Betty On The Go
Topic: “Photography skills – from taking pictures to final production and editing“
Beata and Piotr are a travel couple. Two and a half years ago, only few months after the first date, they officialy said yes and ever since then are travelling through the world together. After living in beautiful Vienna for the past few years, they have just decided to move to their home land – Poland. They both graduated from university of economics and have a strong busineess background in a banking sector, Beata in Human Resources Management, Piotr in Strategic Risk and Analytics. They combine full time jobs with travel passion. He is capturing moments on photographs, she is writing a blog Betty On The Go, focusing on travel and fashion. Adventurers, wine lovers and self-taught sommeliers. Beata and Piotr during their travels often visit wine regions and explore local wine productions. They seek for unique destinations and share their findings on social media – instagram, blog and Facebook. They promote creative approach to travelling and give practical hints about places they visit.
Dakota Adan | Digital Storyteller
Topic: “How to influence and inspire through video”
Dakota Adan is a traveling visual poet and filmmaker who has been telling stories from around the world, and leveraging social media to fuel his adventures. He has worked with brands such as Shangri-La, Sony, Jeep, Paul Mitchell, Alaska Airlines and many more; all while building an engaged community of over 100,000
followers. He has been featured in Marriott Traveler Magazine, and blogs as a “serial creative to watch.”
Dakota balances his own passion for creation with commissioned work for tourism boards and companies in places as far as India, Japan, and Egypt. With his unique application of poetry and storytelling, Dakota also
enjoys helping companies bring a human touch back to their brand message and digital strategy. He is the CEO of a social media service company in Los Angeles, and serves as an advisor on digital marketing campaigns.
With every syllable and pixel, he reminds his tribe of the beauty in our human journey; and teaches brands that authentic community, remains the only adventure truly worth taking.