GROUND Advisory Board

Willem Niemeijer CEO

Willem Niemeijer

CEO, YAANA Ventures

With over two decades of experience as the founder of destination management leader Khiri Travel, Willem advises GROUND on issues of strategy and sustainability. From the beginning, Willem was committed to growing his business in a sustainable manner using responsible travel practices at the core of product development and operations. He strongly advocates that sustainability is no longer a luxury but an imperative in order to leave a world that is livable for our children. Willem is married and has two daughters. He speaks Dutch, English and Thai.

Follow Willem on Twitter: @WillemNiemeijer

Lachlan Bunn

Lachlan Bunn

CEO, Antipodeans Abroad

After completing Commerce and Psychology Degrees at Monash University in Melbourne, Australia, Lachlan set off on his own global expedition. Travelling, working and volunteering in South America & South East Asia, ski instructing in Austria and social work in London reaffirmed his passion for education and travel. This inspired a return to Australia in 2002 to found the Asia-Pacific arm of World Challenge, one of the world’s largest educational and experiential travel organisations for high school students. Over the past 14 years, Lachlan has been at the forefront of youth development in Australia and New Zealand owning, operating and developing Australia and New Zealand’s largest student travel organisations.

He is currently CEO of Antipodeans and in 2015 launched Unearthed Travel in California, USA. These organisations are focused on developing leadership, resilience and mindfulness in young people sending thousands of students every year around the world on life changing adventures. He is very excited to be part of the GROUND Advisory Board.

Mark Remijan

Mark Remijan

CFO, YAANA Ventures

Mark grew up in Valparaiso, Indiana, just one hour east of Chicago, USA. He attended MIT in Cambridge, Massachusetts where he earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Engineering. Mark later went on to earn his MBA in Finance at the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania, in Philadelphia.

Mark has spent 20 years living in Southeast Asia, immersing himself in the various cultures. Thailand, Cambodia, Vietnam and the Philippines are places Mark proudly calls home. Fluency in English, Thai, Vietnamese, Khmer, Tagalog, Spanish and Arabic has helped develop his love and appreciation for travel and the riches of cultural exploration. Mark’s goal for his team is “Growth– in the fullest sense and to continue building a dynamic team while developing strong values, distinctive brands, performance cultures and continuous innovation.”

Daniel Donati

Daniel Donati

Director, Antipodeans Abroad

Dan has over a decade of experience working in personal development and student travel heading up the sales & marketing teams for Australia and New Zealand’s largest student travel companies. His time on expeditions in places such as Vietnam, Cambodia, Borneo and Costa Rica has seen him experience first hand the amazing impact these kinds of trips have on young people. Hugely passionate about leadership development, Dan loves engaging young people to take the road less travelled… his motto is ‘just go!’. He is very excited to part of the GROUND Advisory Board.