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Team

Members & advisors for the future

Get to know some of our team members and feel free to get in touch to explore the potentials of Camino.

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Ralf Usbeck

CEO

Ralf Usbeck is the founder and CEO of Peakwork AG. Customers of his leading technologies include international travel companies & global Internet giants such as Google and Facebook. In 2013, Ralf Usbeck received an international award as 'Serial Innovator of Travel Technology' at the World Travel Market in London. He is also the founder of TravelTainment (sold to Amadeus in 2006), Vtours, and Weekend.com.

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Ralf Usbeck

CEO

Ralf Usbeck is the founder and CEO of Peakwork AG. Customers of his leading technologies include international travel companies & global Internet giants such as Google and Facebook. In 2013, Ralf Usbeck received an international award as 'Serial Innovator of Travel Technology' at the World Travel Market in London. He is also the founder of TravelTainment (sold to Amadeus in 2006), Vtours, and Weekend.com.

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Thomas Stirnimann

COO

Thomas Stirnimann is the chairman and owner of Alpha Golf Travel AG and a board member at Hotelplan Holding AG. Until December 2020, he was the CEO of the Hotelplan Group for eight years. Before that, he worked for more than 20 years at Kuoni Travel Holding AG, responsible for the markets in Switzerland, Scandinavia, and Greece. Thomas was responsible for Travelhouse, and he is the founder of Edelweiss Airways.

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Thomas Stirnimann

COO

Thomas Stirnimann is the chairman and owner of Alpha Golf Travel AG and a board member at Hotelplan Holding AG. Until December 2020, he was the CEO of the Hotelplan Group for eight years. Before that, he worked for more than 20 years at Kuoni Travel Holding AG, responsible for the markets in Switzerland, Scandinavia, and Greece. Thomas was responsible for Travelhouse, and he is the founder of Edelweiss Airways.

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Pablo Castillo

CTO

Pablo Castillo, CIO and Executive Board member Hotelplan Group 2014 to 2021, has vast and proven experience delivering complex projects across all European markets with a strong business focus. He started his career in tourism over 20 years selling trips for Kuoni and has held various positions in Data & Content Management, eCommerce, Project & Innovation Program management.

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Pablo Castillo

CTO

Pablo Castillo, CIO and Executive Board member Hotelplan Group 2014 to 2021, has vast and proven experience delivering complex projects across all European markets with a strong business focus. He started his career in tourism over 20 years selling trips for Kuoni and has held various positions in Data & Content Management, eCommerce, Project & Innovation Program management.

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Anke Hsu

Head of Business Development

With more than 25 years of experience in the travel industry, Anke Hsu has worked in various leadership positions for the Lufthansa Group, flights.com, Sabre Corporation, FTI Group, and InteRES GmbH (a subsidiary of TUI) at locations in Germany, France, Switzerland, the USA, and Brazil. In addition to her position as Head of Business Development and Growth at Chain4Travel, she is an external doctoral blockchain researcher at the University of Zurich, ranked as one of the top blockchain universities worldwide.

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Anke Hsu

Head of Business Development

With more than 25 years of experience in the travel industry, Anke Hsu has worked in various leadership positions for the Lufthansa Group, flights.com, Sabre Corporation, FTI Group, and InteRES GmbH (a subsidiary of TUI) at locations in Germany, France, Switzerland, the USA, and Brazil. In addition to her position as Head of Business Development and Growth at Chain4Travel, she is an external doctoral blockchain researcher at the University of Zurich, ranked as one of the top blockchain universities worldwide.

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Alexander Koch

Head of Technology

Alexander Koch is a technology enthusiast and expert in high-performance computing. After studying and working at the Computing Center of RWTH Aachen University, he started his career in the travel industry in 2010 as a software engineer at Peakwork, where he was instrumental in driving player technology together with Markus Pfau. Striving to broaden and deepen his knowledge, Alex is a key driver for strategic projects, innovations and new technologies.

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Alexander Koch

Head of Technology

Alexander Koch is a technology enthusiast and expert in high-performance computing. After studying and working at the Computing Center of RWTH Aachen University, he started his career in the travel industry in 2010 as a software engineer at Peakwork, where he was instrumental in driving player technology together with Markus Pfau. Striving to broaden and deepen his knowledge, Alex is a key driver for strategic projects, innovations and new technologies.

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Daniel Poerschke

Managing Director

As Managing Director and Head of Product at Chain4Travel, Daniel supports the creation of a decentralized infrastructure for the travel industry. Daniel is a tech enthusiast with a background in the hospitality industry. He studied International Management (Dipl. BWL) and Computer Science (M. Sc.) and started his career in the hospitality industry as Food & Beverage Manager and Sales Manager before diving into Travel Tech at Peakwork, taking on the roles of Technical Project Manager and Product Owner at Peakwork. There, he helped launching the Rail-Package-Player and utilizing innovative A.I. to manage non-bookable-content.

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Daniel Poerschke

Managing Director

As Managing Director and Head of Product at Chain4Travel, Daniel supports the creation of a decentralized infrastructure for the travel industry. Daniel is a tech enthusiast with a background in the hospitality industry. He studied International Management (Dipl. BWL) and Computer Science (M. Sc.) and started his career in the hospitality industry as Food & Beverage Manager and Sales Manager before diving into Travel Tech at Peakwork, taking on the roles of Technical Project Manager and Product Owner at Peakwork. There, he helped launching the Rail-Package-Player and utilizing innovative A.I. to manage non-bookable-content.

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Vincent Usbeck

Head of Sales & Marketing

Vincent Usbeck is Head of Sales and Marketing at Chain4Travel. During his studies with a focus on management, philosophy and economics, Vincent founded a start-up in the travel sector and was able to gather various expertise and establish relationships in the industry. After his studies, he worked in South America. He is passionate about making innovative technologies such as blockchain accessible to new markets, which determines his daily work at Chain4Travel.

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Vincent Usbeck

Head of Sales & Marketing

Vincent Usbeck is Head of Sales and Marketing at Chain4Travel. During his studies with a focus on management, philosophy and economics, Vincent founded a start-up in the travel sector and was able to gather various expertise and establish relationships in the industry. After his studies, he worked in South America. He is passionate about making innovative technologies such as blockchain accessible to new markets, which determines his daily work at Chain4Travel.

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Helena Vossen

Marketing Manager

Helena earned her bachelor's degree in Tourism Management from Heilbronn University of Applied Sciences and her master's degree in International Marketing and Media Management from RFH University of Applied Sciences Cologne. Helena found her passion for innovative technologies early on during her bachelor's studies, which led her to write her thesis about the potential of blockchain technology for the travel industry. In her position as Digital Marketing Manager at the German National Tourist Office in London, Helena was responsible for creating and realizing cross-media campaigns. Today, she can apply and intensify her knowledge in the disciplines of marketing and blockchain in her daily work at Chain4Travel.

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Helena Vossen

Marketing Manager

Helena earned her bachelor's degree in Tourism Management from Heilbronn University of Applied Sciences and her master's degree in International Marketing and Media Management from RFH University of Applied Sciences Cologne. Helena found her passion for innovative technologies early on during her bachelor's studies, which led her to write her thesis about the potential of blockchain technology for the travel industry. In her position as Digital Marketing Manager at the German National Tourist Office in London, Helena was responsible for creating and realizing cross-media campaigns. Today, she can apply and intensify her knowledge in the disciplines of marketing and blockchain in her daily work at Chain4Travel.

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Meet the advisors

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Beat Blaser

Beat Blaser is Co-Founder and Managing Partner at Falkensteiner Ventures. He gained a comprehensive overview of travel and hospitality tech startups, managing a diverse portfolio of investments. Until 2018, Beat was MD at Thomas Cook for their City/Domestic tour operator platform, serving multiple markets in Continental Europe, the UK, and the Nordics. Currently, he is a Board Member in several startups and grownup companies in travel and hospitality across Europe.

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Beat Blaser

Beat Blaser is Co-Founder and Managing Partner at Falkensteiner Ventures. He gained a comprehensive overview of travel and hospitality tech startups, managing a diverse portfolio of investments. Until 2018, Beat was MD at Thomas Cook for their City/Domestic tour operator platform, serving multiple markets in Continental Europe, the UK, and the Nordics. Currently, he is a Board Member in several startups and grownup companies in travel and hospitality across Europe.

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James Carter

James Carter is SVP Engineering of Delivery Hero. He started his career in 2006 as a software engineer at ITA Software (sold to Google in 2011). After that, he was Engineering Director at Google (2011-2019) and CPTO of Trivago (2019-2021). At Google, he developed tourism solutions for Google, such as Book on Google and Google Flights with his team. James is well versed in new technologies and connectivity to third-party systems.

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James Carter

James Carter is SVP Engineering of Delivery Hero. He started his career in 2006 as a software engineer at ITA Software (sold to Google in 2011). After that, he was Engineering Director at Google (2011-2019) and CPTO of Trivago (2019-2021). At Google, he developed tourism solutions for Google, such as Book on Google and Google Flights with his team. James is well versed in new technologies and connectivity to third-party systems.

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Martin Kloeckner

Martin Kloeckner is Senior Technology Consultant at PricewaterhouseCoopers (Pwc) in Australia, where he advises clients on IT strategy and contributes to the blockchain/web3 practice build in the APAC region. He started his travel tech career in Germany in 2008 at TravelTainment, managing key accounts in the DACH market before he implemented strategic XML connectivity projects with international hotel channel managers and OTA's as Partnerships Manager at HRS. After his migration to Australia in 2015 Martin endeavoured on a five-year entrepreneurial journey as co-founder and managing director of BBQ Buoys, a multi-award winning leisure experience provider for local and international customers in Adelaide.

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Martin Kloeckner

Martin Kloeckner is Senior Technology Consultant at PricewaterhouseCoopers (Pwc) in Australia, where he advises clients on IT strategy and contributes to the blockchain/web3 practice build in the APAC region. He started his travel tech career in Germany in 2008 at TravelTainment, managing key accounts in the DACH market before he implemented strategic XML connectivity projects with international hotel channel managers and OTA's as Partnerships Manager at HRS. After his migration to Australia in 2015 Martin endeavoured on a five-year entrepreneurial journey as co-founder and managing director of BBQ Buoys, a multi-award winning leisure experience provider for local and international customers in Adelaide.

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David Henderson

David Henderson has over 30 years experience selling Technology Solutions across Travel, Telecoms & Software. He is currently Co-founder of Hangout on Holiday, pioneers in Digital Communications App Platforms. He has lived in Switzerland, Greece and the USA managing Corporate teams on every continent and spearheaded the launch of several VC backed, US start-ups into Europe. He was VP Intl & Board Member at Holiday Taxis ahead of its sale to Hotelbeds.

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David Henderson

David Henderson has over 30 years experience selling Technology Solutions across Travel, Telecoms & Software. He is currently Co-founder of Hangout on Holiday, pioneers in Digital Communications App Platforms. He has lived in Switzerland, Greece and the USA managing Corporate teams on every continent and spearheaded the launch of several VC backed, US start-ups into Europe. He was VP Intl & Board Member at Holiday Taxis ahead of its sale to Hotelbeds.

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Andrew Owen-Jones

Andrew Owen-Jones has over 30 years of travel technology experience and knowledge in multiple key markets. He is CEO and Co founder bd4travel 2013 - now. He won the Award of ML based business serving travel and retail businesses. He was CEO Amadeus Leisure Group 2009 - 2011. Director Leisure Strategy Amadeus 2001 - 2009. Board Member Comtec, Multicom, CCO Virgin Travelstore 2000, GM IT Virgin Atlantic 1997 - 2000

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Andrew Owen-Jones

Andrew Owen-Jones has over 30 years of travel technology experience and knowledge in multiple key markets. He is CEO and Co founder bd4travel 2013 - now. He won the Award of ML based business serving travel and retail businesses. He was CEO Amadeus Leisure Group 2009 - 2011. Director Leisure Strategy Amadeus 2001 - 2009. Board Member Comtec, Multicom, CCO Virgin Travelstore 2000, GM IT Virgin Atlantic 1997 - 2000

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Markus Pfau

Markus Pfau is a brilliant developer. He has already developed technologies that have significantly changed distribution and production in the tourism industry. For example, Markus developed the caching technology of TravelTainment (now Amadeus). He is the inventor of the Player Hub technology and the founder of Peakwork. He has been developing successful blockchain projects for several years.

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Markus Pfau

Markus Pfau is a brilliant developer. He has already developed technologies that have significantly changed distribution and production in the tourism industry. For example, Markus developed the caching technology of TravelTainment (now Amadeus). He is the inventor of the Player Hub technology and the founder of Peakwork. He has been developing successful blockchain projects for several years.

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Michele Ruberl

Michele is a veteran technologist with a 20+ year career delivering software solutions on four continents. Michele “Mik” Ruberl has been involved in blockchain for traveltech since 2017, as the CTO of Sandos Hotels & Resorts first and now serving as the Head of Architecture & Integration at Alpitour. Under his leadership, various projects were implemented, such as a decentralized travel loyalty federation and several NFT applications for the tourism ecosystem.

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Michele Ruberl

Michele is a veteran technologist with a 20+ year career delivering software solutions on four continents. Michele “Mik” Ruberl has been involved in blockchain for traveltech since 2017, as the CTO of Sandos Hotels & Resorts first and now serving as the Head of Architecture & Integration at Alpitour. Under his leadership, various projects were implemented, such as a decentralized travel loyalty federation and several NFT applications for the tourism ecosystem.

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Christian Schuhegger

After finishing his studies in mathematical physics at the Technical University in Munich, Christian started his career with a fellowship program at the European Laboratory for Particle Physics (CERN) in Geneva. He then moved to Munich and spent five years at a bank as a software engineer and later on as team leader. In 2008, Christian acted as interim head of the consumer finance department's IT division at Ukrsibbank in Kiev before joining 360T (now part of the Deutsche Börse Group as their Foreign Exchange arm) in the role of Head of Technology. The core capability of the 360T foreign exchange trading platform is low latency, high throughput geo-scale distributed computing. Christian served at 360T in the role of Head of Technology and member of the Group Executive Board for 10 years until end of 2018 and he is still an Advisor to the Group Executive Board at 360T. Since late 2020 Christian joined Arabesque S-Ray (ESG Book) as platform expert and is helping to make the platforms developed at Arabesque a success.

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Christian Schuhegger

After finishing his studies in mathematical physics at the Technical University in Munich, Christian started his career with a fellowship program at the European Laboratory for Particle Physics (CERN) in Geneva. He then moved to Munich and spent five years at a bank as a software engineer and later on as team leader. In 2008, Christian acted as interim head of the consumer finance department's IT division at Ukrsibbank in Kiev before joining 360T (now part of the Deutsche Börse Group as their Foreign Exchange arm) in the role of Head of Technology. The core capability of the 360T foreign exchange trading platform is low latency, high throughput geo-scale distributed computing. Christian served at 360T in the role of Head of Technology and member of the Group Executive Board for 10 years until end of 2018 and he is still an Advisor to the Group Executive Board at 360T. Since late 2020 Christian joined Arabesque S-Ray (ESG Book) as platform expert and is helping to make the platforms developed at Arabesque a success.

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Ulrich Sieber

Ulrich Sieber performed different leadership roles in the financial services industry. His entire professional career anchors in investment banking and functions in Human Resources. His career started at Bayerische Vereinsbank in Munich, followed by employment at Credit Suisse, JPMorgan, and Dresdner Bank. He served at the Board of Managing Directors at Commerzbank Group, focusing on integrating Dresdner Bank into Commerzbank.

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Ulrich Sieber

Ulrich Sieber performed different leadership roles in the financial services industry. His entire professional career anchors in investment banking and functions in Human Resources. His career started at Bayerische Vereinsbank in Munich, followed by employment at Credit Suisse, JPMorgan, and Dresdner Bank. He served at the Board of Managing Directors at Commerzbank Group, focusing on integrating Dresdner Bank into Commerzbank.

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Jan Stenger

Jan Stenger is a serial entrepreneur and digital business expert. He developed his first b2b platform in 2000 and has since helped scale over ten more. With his company Companion D, he is transforming traditional companies and building up new digital businesses and, above all, tech teams for owners and investors, including transatlantic. Jan is also an advisory board member of several different travel tech/cyber companies in the US and Europe.

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Jan Stenger

Jan Stenger is a serial entrepreneur and digital business expert. He developed his first b2b platform in 2000 and has since helped scale over ten more. With his company Companion D, he is transforming traditional companies and building up new digital businesses and, above all, tech teams for owners and investors, including transatlantic. Jan is also an advisory board member of several different travel tech/cyber companies in the US and Europe.

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Benjamin Usinger

Benjamin Usinger is the Chief of Staff to the CEO at BitMEX and the Lead for their token projects. In this role, he designed and launched successful Token projects. Prior to this role, Ben was an Associate Director in KPMG Hong Kong and founder of their Crypto Advisory team since 2017. For more than 8 years, he has been working with Crypto Asset Service Providers and Banks on their institutionalisation and adoption of digital assets and brings deep expertise in Tokenomics & utility development, token issuance, market mechanics, liquidity and crypto asset regulation.

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Benjamin Usinger

Benjamin Usinger is the Chief of Staff to the CEO at BitMEX and the Lead for their token projects. In this role, he designed and launched successful Token projects. Prior to this role, Ben was an Associate Director in KPMG Hong Kong and founder of their Crypto Advisory team since 2017. For more than 8 years, he has been working with Crypto Asset Service Providers and Banks on their institutionalisation and adoption of digital assets and brings deep expertise in Tokenomics & utility development, token issuance, market mechanics, liquidity and crypto asset regulation.

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