TEAM

International expertise

Areka’s multicultural team brings together a vast knowledge of local and global markets to offer the right expertise for your projects.

 

Our consultants are business travel specialists with longstanding experience in travel management and diverse backgrounds in consulting, procurement and IT.
We are already present in seven cities in Asia Pacific, Europe, North America and growing fast.

Areka Consulting, team and partners

Partners

Having worked in the frontlines of business travel consulting, Areka partners share an ambition to bring fresh solutions to the market, building on proven experience and new technology.

Pascal Jungfer, CEO, Paris

Pascal has more than 20 years’ experience in business travel and consulting, with expertise in sourcing and global project management. In the 10 years before creating Areka, he set up and managed the consulting division of a world-leading travel management company, growing the team to more than 100 consultants worldwide. He also brings more than a decade’s experience in management consulting with companies including Accenture, Cap Gemini and Mars &Co. A graduate of the ESCP management school in France and the Franco British Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Pascal has worked and lived in France, Singapore and Gabon and speaks French, English and Spanish.
Contact: pjungfer@areka-consulting.com

Guillaume Bizet, Paris

Guillaume brings to Areka solid skills in global project management, negotiation and the airline industry. Prior to founding Areka, he worked for 10 years in the consulting division of a major travel management company, first as an air sourcing specialist and then as European director leading a team of 50 consultants for air and hotel sourcing, travel policy and compliance, ground transportation and meetings and events. He has also worked in Germany and the Czech Republic in B2B marketing for Nestlé and Danone. Guillaume is a graduate of the French ISG business school and Munich University of Applied Sciences (FHM) in Germany. He speaks French, English and German.
Contact: gbizet@areka-consulting.com

Aurelie Duprez, Paris

Aurelie is a specialist in cost reduction modeling and airline strategy. Prior to founding Areka, she worked for five years in the consulting division of a major travel management company, where she was in charge of projects for major global clients, negotiating air contracts on their behalf. She also has experience in the agri-food retail business in London. Aurelie is a graduate of the ESSEC business school in France, having ranked first in the national entrance exam, and the Vienna University of Economics and Business Administration. She speaks French, German, English and Spanish.
Contact: aduprez@areka-consulting.com

Mike Mannix, Sydney

Mike has worked in consulting since 2000 – first starting and leading the Hotels consulting business in Europe for a major TMC. In 2006, he moved back to Asia-Pacific to start and lead the consulting business, as well as the global Airline practice for the same TMC. He brings deep knowledge of the TMC, aviation and hotel markets and has worked with many of the world’s largest and most sophisticated corporations to design and lead strategies and sourcing projects across the globe. Mike has worked in over 40 countries and understands what it takes to successfully deploy global strategies in local markets, and what it means to integrate local needs into global strategies.
He is fluent in English and French.
Contact: mmannix@areka-consulting.com

Louise Miller, Pittsburgh

Louise has more than 30 years in the travel industry including airline, car rental, buyer and travel management company roles. As an Executive team member of a top 3 global TMC for over 20 years, she reported to President / CEO. Louise consults on the entire travel value chain in her role with Areka Consulting as Managing Partner for the Americas. Her areas of experience include: All travel value chain categories, P&L management, finance, pricing, marketing, sales, account management, operations, product portfolio management, IT infrastructure and innovation. Louise is active promoting innovation with customers, associations, suppliers and the media.
Contact: lmiller@areka-consulting.com

Michael Silvey, Dallas, TX.

As veteran of 20+ years, Michael is an individual who applies creativity, analytical rigor, pragmatic view, and leadership skills to build value in the face of declining markets and competitive threats. He is a champion engaging employees, applying behavioral economic principles in all engagements with customers to ensure a top down and bottom up communication method. To facilitate such, Michael is always excited to perform a 360 degree value chain assessment, which includes financial cost/benefit analysis to identify the total cost of a program. All of which can be managed by analyzing the employees buying rationale and then decision.
Contact: msilvey@areka-consulting.com

Team

Sabrina Bessard – Paris

Sabrina has more than 14 years’ experience in Office Administration. Prior to working for Areka Consulting, she was an expat for 3 years in Angola where she was responsible for the financial and accounting management.
Sabrina has experience in both SMEs and large Multinationals, which permits her to bring us skills in administration, accounting, and office management. She holds a trilingual advanced vocational diploma in Administration and speaks French, English and Portuguese. Additionally she has completed training in purchasing during her career.
Contact: sbessard@areka-consulting.com

Francis de Broux, Brussels

Francis has more than 25 years’ experience at a majoent company supporting various business travel functions through IT development and infrastructure, ranging fror travel managemm consolidation, supplier data management and program reporting to accounting/finance. He brings expertise in various IT tools, including Oracle (SQL), Cognos (BI) and Visual Basic, on platforms such as Windows and Unix. Francis speaks French and English and holds a commercial engineering degree from Université Catholique de Louvain in Belgium.
Contact: fdebroux@areka-consulting.com

Richelle DeGuzman, Pittsburgh

Richelle has an expertise in business travel as well as proven experience in project management working with global clients.
Richelle’s experience includes: leading TMC consolidation and negotiation projects for global clients; monitoring supplier programs and building reporting; auditing international travel and expense programs; redefining travel and expense strategy and supporting clients on global projects; creating local and global travel and expense policies.
Richelle speaks English and is a graduate of the American University Kogod School of Business School in Washington, D.C. She holds an MBA specialized in Management Consulting..
Contact: rdeguzman@areka-consulting.com

Dave Curtiss, Indianapolis

Dave has an extensive background in corporate travel as global travel leader for a Fortune 200 pharmaceutical company for 17 years and a global aerospace company for 11 years. Dave has created travel policies and lead global airline, hotel, travel agency, online booking tool, expense management systems and other travel sourcing initiatives. Dave also was responsible for selecting a global traveler security company and system to track travelers on business trips. He formed and led the global travel advisory group, an integrated team of key functions to oversee and manage the global travel program. Dave has a BS from Michigan State University and holds the Certified Travel Consultant designation.
Contact: dcurtiss@areka-consulting.com

Fanny Gomard, Paris

After gaining experience as an Account Manager in a French travel management company, Fanny worked on various consulting projects, such as Travel and Expense audits, global airline sourcing, online booking tool implementation and travel management company RFP for multinational companies. Fanny has a strong understanding and expertise of the Business Travel market. She speaks French, English and Spanish, and holds an MBA International Travel Management specialized in Corporate Travel, and ultra-specialized in IT project management, delivered by the ESCAET, a French Business School.
Contact: fgomard@areka-consulting.com

Tauseef Hussain, Paris

Tauseef has a passion for data and analytics and has a wide variety of experience working in Business Intelligence, Business/Data Analytics and Web Development- both as a consultant and an analyst.
Prior to completing his Master’s degree in France, he worked for one of the world’s largest and most successful IT consulting firms in India- where he initially retained responsibility for the development of a number of in-house Business Intelligence tools, design and implementation of data-visualisation techniques as well as database design. Within the same firm, he was promoted to Consultant and was responsible for leading design and delivery for large and complex data consolidation, data automation and data visualization projects.
Tauseef holds a Masters in Information Systems from EPITA in Paris as well as a Telecommunication Engineering degree from VTU in Bangalore.
Contact: thussain@areka-consulting.com

Jean-Michel Kadaner, Trier

Subject Matter Expert (SME), in the Travel Supply Chain, managing large consulting project over the last 20 years, after a 22 years Corporate and Operational career in Purchasing in large American (ITT) and European (Alcatel-Alsthom) multinational companies. Several times expatriated, multi-lingual, backed up by a law degree, and various executive management courses, he specializes, in particular, with large TMC, Tools (OBT, Expenses, Reporting), and payment means tenders for large scale customers as well as Travel audits and Benchmarks. Regular speaker at Acte and GBTA conferences, global and local chapters. Belgian born, living in Germany, travels intensively.
Contact: jmkadaner@areka-consulting.com

Claudia Kusche, Munich

Claudia started her career with a major Travel Management Company and held several roles in sales, key account management and business development in Germany. Due to her success Claudia was asked to manage an important IT-client as Head of Travel, Groups and Events.
Claudia decided in 2007 to become an independent consultant in Strategic Meetings & Events Management (MICE Management). Since 2007, Claudia’s analyzing skills, strategic purchasing skills and complete service dedication created high cost reduction opportunities for some of the leading DAX companies and many other international clients. Over the last 15 years, Claudia has developed a strong relationship with many travel managers, events managers and suppliers for travel and event solutions. Claudia speaks German and English.
Contact: ckusche@areka-consulting.com

Nathalie Maréchal, Paris

Nathalie brings 25 years’ experience in business travel to Areka’s clients, drawn from working in a variety of companies.
She has held leadership roles in both travel management operations and multinational account management with American Express GBT. Prior to join Areka, Nathalie worked for a business travel consulting firm where she assisted customers with all areas of their business travel programs – from travel policy creation to TMC, tools and payment solution sourcing and implementation.
Nathalie is solution-minded and she supports customers by designing practical solutions, while driving change and optimizing business travel processes and costs.
She is fluent in French, English and Spanish.

Contact: nmarechal@areka-consulting.com

Margot Molia, Paris

Margot has two years consultancy experience across a number of different industry sectors and countries., acquiring specialist expertise in project management; data collection, consolidation and analysis; strategy development and implementation of recommendations. Margot has worked for Areka Consulting on several projects including hotel sourcing management, RFP of TMCs and data reporting.
Margot has a strong international profile and is fluent in French, English and Spanish. She graduated from the Grenoble School of Management with a MSc in Business Development and has a Master 2 PGE from Normandy Business School.

Contact: mmolia@areka-consulting.com

Marie Pagès, Paris

Marie has a strong knowledge of business travel. Prior to join Areka, Marie worked for a Travel and Expense tool provider where she assisted customers and TMC as a service manager. She has an expertise in customer service as well as proven experience in project management working with international clients and TMC.
Marie’s experience includes: Supporting clients and TMC on the use of T&E tools, auditing T&E tools configuration, implementing OBT for TMC and customers, optimizing business Travel process, managing change management for SBT implementation.
Marie speaks English, Spanish and French and is a graduate of the ESCAET Business School in France. She holds an MBA International Travel Management specialized in Business Travel.

Contact: mpages@areka-consulting.com

Norma Rohrbach, Houston,

Norma has over 25 years’ experience in global travel procurement for several Fortune 500 companies in the financial, insurance, service and petroleum industries. She has strong expertise for vendor negotiations, contract management and vendor performance across all types of travel products. Through her global experience she is cognizant to local market nuances and how this integrates into a global strategy. She is highly effective in developing comprehensive solutions for cost savings. In addition, she is active with the Global Business Travel Association (GBTA) having served on several committees at both the local chapter and national level and as a member of the Board of Trustees of the Foundation. She currently holds the Global Leadership Professional Designation (GLP) and Global Travel Professional (GTP) certification, along with the Chapter President’s Council Business Services Award. She majored in Theatre and Communications at Emerson College in Boston.
Contact: nrohrbach@areka-consulting.com

Lucie Turpault, Paris

Lucie has strong expertise in corporate travel. Her experience includes: global airline and hotel sourcing management, travel & expense audits, TMC contract renegotiation.
Prior to work for Areka Consulting Lucie worked for the consulting subsidiary of a major TMC on several project for F500 companies. She holds a MBA International Corporate Travel Management from ESCAET (school specialized in corporate travel).
Contact: lturpault@areka-consulting.com

Kate Watson, United Kingdom

Kate has over 15 years’ experience in the corporate travel industry, she brings an extraordinary understanding of the travel category having worked on both the supplier side and the buyer side. She has a wealth of experience in procurement, contract management, travel category strategy, change management, project management and negotiation across all travel sub categories. Prior to joining Areka Kate worked for Credit Suisse where she held both travel management and most recently travel commodity lead roles; prior to this Kate has spent time working for a global travel management company HRG, helping blue chip organisations to develop their travel programmes. Additionally she has experience working in the travel technology sector and hotel sectors.
Contact: kwatson@areka-consulting.com

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