Meet the Travala.com Team

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Our Team - Travala.com

Behind every great brand is a team of experienced, dedicated, and passionate professionals, and Travala.com is no different.

The Travala.com team is the foundation of the business. An incredible group of individuals who are truly passionate about improving the way we will book travel services. While the core team operates out of Vietnam, our team hails from around the world and we would like to introduce you to the people making Travala.com the world’s leading crypto-friendly travel booking platform.

 

Executive Team

Matthew Luczynski - Co-founder and CEO - Travala.com

Matthew Luczynski

Co-Founder & CEO Linkedin

As Travala.com’s CEO, Matthew is responsible for overseeing and driving all Travala.com operations, business activities and resources and for ensuring that all corporate decisions align with the overall strategy and mission.

 

  Steve Hipwell - Co-founder & COO - Travala.com

Steve Hipwell

Co-Founder & COO Linkedin

Steve uses his expertise and experience from a decade in travel industry management to manage Travala.com’s day to day business operations and is responsible for ensuring Travala.com’s  outstanding customer experience.

 

Juan Otero - Co-founder & CSO - Travala.com

Juan Otero

Co-Founder & CSO Linkedin

With a wealth of experience in some of the largest tech companies in the world including Oracle and Booking.com, Juan is responsible for managing Travala.com’s strategic initiatives, ensuring that the company’s long-term strategy is embedded to all internal and external communications.

 

Kent Pham

CTO Linkedin

As Travala.com‘s executive lead for Technologies and Operations, Kent is responsible for outlining the technological vision, implementing technology strategies and ensuring that technological resources meet the company’s short and long-term needs.

 

Drew Currah - CFO - Travala.com

Drew Currah

CFO Linkedin

As a CFO and CFA charter holder with experience working for the De Beers Group and Christopher Guy in financial strategy, Drew has executive responsibility for managing the financial operations of Travala.com.

 

Advisors

Alexis Sirkia

Alexis Sirkia

Strategy Advisor Linkedin

Alexis is the founder of the leading blockchain incubator and accelerator Yellow.com and brings his extensive background in IT operations and security, including starting his career at the European Space Center to Travala.com.

 

James Seibel

James Seibel

Blockchain Advisor Linkedin

Formerly CTO of Airfox and former Head of Engineering at Apperian, James currently manages blockchain and trade engineering teams at the Poloniex cryptocurrency exchange and brings considerable value to Travala.com.

 

Juwan Lee

Juwan Lee

Asia AdvisorLinkedIn

With decades of experience, Juwan Lee is a veteran CEO and FinTech entrepreneur. He has served as Head of Equities for JP Morgan and co-founded the Blockchain Center of Hong Kong. Juwan is currently the CEO of Arrakis Ventures, and  is a great asset for Travala.com in the Asian Markets.

 

Management Team

Hilary Vu

Hilary Vu

HR ManagerLinkedin

As the HR Manager, Hilary is responsible for implementing all administrative functions and HR-related tasks including recruitment, interviews, staff salary and compensation regime and works as a link between the management and team members.

 

Steph Downing

Steph Downing

Finance Manager Linkedin

With previous experience at leading firms including EY, Steph is instrumental in maintaining the financial health of the company and analysing every day financial activities to provide financial advice and guidance to the Executive Team.

 

Andy Vu

Andy Vu

Product Manager Linkedin

As Business Analyst/ Product Manager at Travala.com, Andy uses his years of technical experience and customer research to harmonize the interests of stakeholders to bring the best quality products to customers.

 

Customer Experience Team

Jayden Trinh

Support Specialist Linkedin

An organized and creative professional with rich experience in IT and E-commerce industries for some of the largest brands in SEA, Jayden is currently covering in-depth activities of Travala.com social channels, customer acquisition and services.

 

Taro Dang

Taro Dang

Support Specialist – Linkedin

With extensive experience in the Hospitality Industry. Taro’s duties at Travala.com include helping to maximise brand awareness and to deliver exceptional customer experiences and interaction. 

 

Pink Tran

Pink Tran

Lead UX / UI Linkedin

As a Lead UX/ UI, Pink is responsible for overseeing all Travala.com designs, ensuring consistency  across all visual elements of desktop, mobile and mobile apps. She is responsible for reviewing, editing and implementing design  requests from the Executive Team.

 

Benjamin Dao

Benjamin Dao

UX / UI Designer Linkedin

As a UX/ UI Designer, Benjamin ensures that Travala.com designs align with branding, usability and functions that provide meaningful and relevant experiences to all customers and stakeholders.

 

Julia Nguyen

Julia Nguyen

SEO / SEM Specialist Linkedin

An experienced digital marketer, Julia is responsible for optimizing the Travala.com website for SEO and SEM purposes. Her daily tasks include on-page and off-page SEO activities and content development along with conversion optimization.

 

Stephen Morrison

Senior Copywriter Linkedin

A seasoned and respected travel, health  and crypto writer with articles for Expedia and the British Medical Journal, Stephen’s duties include creating  and editing engaging copy and helping Travala.com reach new audiences.

 

Development Team

Alan Pham

Alan Pham

Senior Backend Developer Linkedin

As one of  Travala.com’s longest-serving team members, Alan is a Technical Lead and a Backend Developer. Alan is responsible for server-side development and database creation, integration, and management.

 

Chris Pham

Chris Pham

Senior Frontend Developer Linkedin

As a senior front-end developer, Chris is responsible for building Travala.com products by implementing modern, rich web application user interfaces with high requirements for quality and reliability. He works closely with the design team and backend team for the best possible solutions.

 

Alex Tran

Alex Tran

Senior Mobile Developer Linkedin

An experienced Mobile Developer in the information technology and services industry,  Alex is responsible for developing Travala.com’s mobile apps on different platforms including Android, Apple and Windows.

 

Shawn Nguyen

Shawn Nguyen

Fullstack Developer Linkedin

Shawn is responsible for implementing the layers of full stack development which includes the backend and frontend. He works side by side with other development members who together deliver technical solutions for Travala.com.

 

Peter Do

Fullstack Developer Linkedin

With an extensive technical background, Peter is a Travala.com full stack developer. He is responsible for handling all work pertaining to databases, servers and client system engineering.

 

Harry Tran

Fullstack Developer Linkedin

With strong competence in system analysis and system design, Harry joined Travala.com as a full-stack developer who is responsible for building and developing the backend platform as well as supporting in building the UI web application.

 

Aron Le

Aron Le

Senior Frontend Developer Linkedin

Aron works with other frontend developer team members and works closely with the backend developer team. He implements the user interface, SEO tasks and engineers the experience of Travala.com website.

 

Johnny Le - Frontend Developer - Travala.com

Johnny Le

Frontend Developer Linkedin

Johnny is responsible for developing the front-end web application, analyzing and resolving website issues, bugs and proposing new technical features to ensure the customer experience in the most convenient and friendly way.

 

Otis Nguyen

Otis Nguyen

Frontend Developer Linkedin

As a Frontend Developer, Otis is responsible for building website interface including cutting edge html/css based on the provided designs. He also works on other tasks assigned by the CTO/ Technical Lead.

 

Abert Nguyen

Abert Nguyen

Backend Developer Linkedin

As a backend developer, Albert is in charge of creating, coding the Travala.com server-side application, and databases and collaborating with the front-end developers and other team members.

 

Sarah Tran

Sarah Tran

BA Linkedin

As a Business Analyst, Sarah is responsible for gathering business and system requirements from the management team and suggesting ideas and providing solutions. She also works directly with the Product Manager to develop the product roadmap in detail and works in conjunction with the development team/QC team for the best product qualification.

 

Adam Tran - HR Executive - Travala.com

Adam Tran

HR Executive Linkedin

Adam is responsible for all the tasks assigned by HR Manager and COO including recruitment, compensations and benefits, HR administration. 

 

Quality Assurance and Control Team

Enda Trinh

Enda Trinh

Senior QA / QC Linkedin

Responsible for taking multi-tasks on web/ performance testing on Travala.com to ensure the most seamless experience for our customers. Her daily tasks mainly involve creating test cases, scenarios and executing tests in IT/ST/UAT level and logging and tracking bugs.

 

Xuki Pham

Xuki Pham

Senior QA / QC Linkedin

With strong QC background, she is responsible for planning and controlling the testing process, setting quality metrics for the Travala.com product and coordinating with the development team to fix bugs.

 

Moon Le

Moon Le

QA / QC Linkedin

As a QA/ QC Tester, Moon works together with other members in QC team to look for bugs in each build. She analyzes project requirements & creates a test plan, makes test reports or on demand as well as communicates with developers, BA and product managers.

 

Tracy Ngo

Tracy Ngo

QA / QC Linkedin

As a QA/QC Tester at Travala.com, Tracy is responsible for performing testing based on test cases and working closely with developers and BA to ensure the product quality and system requirements. She reports test results and logs bugs on the system for the development team.


About Travala.com
Travala.com is the world’s leading cryptocurrency-friendly hotel and accommodation booking service with 2,000,000+ hotels and accommodations in 230 countries and a champion of cryptocurrency adoption, accepting over 20 leading cryptocurrencies in addition to traditional payment methods. The Travala.com value proposition is bolstered by AVA. As the native cryptocurrency of the platform, AVA can be used for payments, receiving and redeeming loyalty rewards, refunds, and as a store of value, among several other use cases.

For more information, visit: https://www.travala.com


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