People

Executive committee

Mette Ehlers Mikkelsen

Mette Ehlers Mikkelsen, born 1972, is the chair of NomadMania’s Executive Committee. Mette is 3rd generation of four generations of women travellers. She has travelled extensively with all her three children Lærke, Ella and Nicolai and has brought them to challenging destinations in her quest to visit every country in the world. She is just two UN countries from her goal to visit every country and might be the first Danish women to do so.

Mette is also a professional board member, who insists she works in the board rather than sit in them. Her priorities in boards are leadership, growth, partnerships, internationalization and digitalization. She started as a Danish diplomat posted in Estonia, assisting in the process of becoming EU members. Later she has been a business CEO, IT Project Manager, EU negotiator, Tourism CEO and teacher.

As a traveller, Mette particularly enjoys connecting with women, and working mothers. She goes a long way to use her skills to empower them. She loves LEGO and the Danish Travelers Café. When she was dared, she washed her hair in cattle urine at the Mundaris’ camp.

Dondon Bales

Dondon Bales, born 1977, has an unlikely traveller profile - from humble beginnings in the Philippine countryside, financing his education through scholarship grants, becoming a breadwinner to his family, working as an I.T. project manager, migrating alone overseas to Australia, not having a full driver's license until the age of 43, never been married, never knowing how to use a DSLR camera.

Nevertheless, he has visited 160 countries and territories on 7 continents, circumnavigated the world three times, and authored the travel book "Galà: Adventures of the Most Well-Traveled Filipinos". He joined the Travelers' Century Club in 2015 and was the coordinator for Sydney. In 2021, he co-founded the Philippine Global Explorers travel club of Filipino world travelers where he currently serves on the Board of Directors. He is a Past President of the Junior Chamber International (JCI) Sydney Chapter and Past National Board Director for JCI Australia, a global network of young active citizens engaged in creating an impact on their communities. Dondon is based in Melbourne, Australia where he works full-time in the corporate world while pursuing his passion for creating a world of belonging through purposeful and sustainable travel.

Thomas Buechler

Thomas Buechler, born 1958, is a Swiss traveller/globetrotter from the canton of Luzern. He has lived almost half his life in the Philippines where he was working in tourism and export of fashion jewelry. He has visited all 193 UN countries (last one beautiful Namibia in 2016). His full list of travel achievements are listed in his travel blog www.thomasthenomad.ch where his personal highlights to visit in each country are also mentioned. He organizes each trip on his own, and usually travels by public buses, trains and collective taxis to have genuine encounters with the locals.

He has always been a hardened traveller, not afraid to engage in extreme adventures to see as much of the world as possible. He is also a UNESCO enthusiast and has visited so far 895/1154 WHS or about 78%. He supports the NomadMania Series, and sees them, together with the interactive map, as revolutionary ways of discovering a new region/city. He is currently No. 3 on the Series ranking.

Since 2013, he has been NomadMania’s internal surveillance associate, responsible for the verification of high-ranking members.

Thomas is married and has 2 children.

Eleonora Gromov

Eleonora Gromov, born 1997, is a full-time traveller. She was born and raised in Kazakhstan before she moved to Germany at the age of 15. She started to travel by herself very early, her first solo trip being to Italy, where she worked as an au pair. Since then she has visited almost 80 countries, most of them since 2020 with her husband Yannik. They got married spontaneously in Las Vegas after just six weeks of being in a relationship and have been exploring all corners of our planet since.

Eleonora loves trying different kinds of travelling, going back and forth between luxury and couchsurfing or popular destinations and places barely visited by tourists. She likes to see the world as a huge puzzle, where every region of the world that you get a real deep understanding of is a new piece you gain and a step towards understanding the world better. A step towards understanding the world better. ​Eleonora has lived in 6 countries already and after finishing school has spent most her time traveling or working to save up money for traveling. She’s an absolute pro at traveling on a tight budget!

Lucy Hsu

Lucy Hsu, born 1981, was raised in California's Silicon Valley. She has visited 192 of the 193 UN countries. Her travels started in 2004, after earning her Bachelor's in Music and Psychology. As a daughter of Vietnamese refugees, her childhood challenges led to her pursuing a career in educating children in underserved communities.

Upon earning her Master's in Educational Leadership and Cross-Cultural Curriculum, Lucy brought her work experience overseas. She has led Teacher Training Programs and Curriculum Design Initiatives throughout Africa, Asia, and Central America. Her global involvement expanded to include community development, relief work, wildlife conservation, and refugee aid.

In addition to being an educator, Lucy has also pursued her passion in the field of Psychology. As a trained Crisis Counselor and Global Alliance Yoga Instructor, she continually promotes mental wellness through therapy and yoga classes offered both in-person and online. Now as a mother, Lucy continues to travel extensively, bringing her daughter along to uncover more global wonders while supporting charitable causes. In her free time, she pursues her hobbies as a marathoner, mountaineer, cake designer, and pianist.

Kostiantyn Liorek

Kostiantyn Liorek, born 1970, is a Ukrainian globetrotter who is currently living in Poland due to the situation in his native country. He has lived in a number of countries in the past, including the UK, Norway, Albania, Russia and Peru. Having visited 186 UN countries and more than 220 countries and territories, his goal is to complete the entire 193 UN list soon. He was officially recognized as the most travelled Ukrainian during the pandemic by the National Book of Records (Ukraine) as he visited 50 countries and territories during this period. He is also a fan of sending postcards from all his visited places.

Kostiantyn loves exploring new places through local cuisine, drinks, music and communication with local people. As a historian by education, he especially admires World Heritage sites and places of high historical importance. He has been working for decades in corporate business, introducing several famous brands in the new markets of Eastern Europe, Central Asia and Caucasus. He is also a big lover of reading, languages and cats.

Cameron Mofid

Cameron Mofid, born 2000, is an American traveller of Lebanese-Iranian origin who is currently in the midst of his quest to visit every country in the world. As a child, he was an avid tennis player, and competed in the International Tennis Federation’s Junior Tour. After his playing days ended, Cameron founded Legends United, which is an organization where professional tennis players donate their signed memorabilia to raise money for a variety of charities. This work experience enabled him to travel the world. In 2019, Cameron traversed 46 countries across 6 continents, which would eventually lead to his desire to visit every country on Earth.

Always a native of Florida who is proficient in Spanish, Cameron graduated from the University of Miami in May of 2022 with a BBA in Finance and Management and is currently pursuing his MBA. In addition to tennis and travel, Cameron is passionate about mental health awareness, which he spoke about during his TEDx Talk in 2021.

Khadija Musa

Khadija Musa, born 1956, left Kenya as a teenager and never dreamed of becoming a "world traveler". She is of Somali descent and attended college in the US, first at Northeastern University in Boston while working for Henwell Corporation as an Executives Assistant. Later she moved to Berea College in Kentucky to be a full-time student & complete a BA degree in Business Administration. While a student, her first international trip beside leaving Kenya was to France, Switzerland and Italy by rail.

After graduating from Berea College, she worked as a UN Tour Guide and concurrently finished her master’s degree in communication at the New School for Social Research in New York. She then commenced a career as a UN Program Officer with UN Development Program in New York.

Twenty-nine years later, she retired as a UN Resident Coordinator & head of the overall UN program in Guyana. Khadija worked & lived in Liberia, Egypt, Uganda, Guyana and traveled the world managing programs funded by UN agencies, USAIDs, World Bank, Norway & other donors in countries such as Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Cyprus, Comoros, Egypt, Laos, Mali, and Suriname to name a few.

Until recently, she never thought how much she has travelled but so far, she has visited over 120 countries often travelling with her husband Ed Hotchkiss. She considers herself more of an accidental traveler than an extreme one. After meeting others crisscrossing the globe, she now plans on travel to those countries she hasn’t yet visited and learning about their histories and cultures.

Slawek Muturi

Slawek Muturi, born 1965, is a half-Polish, half-Kenyan traveller who has visited all 193 countries in the world at least twice. He started travelling with his parents when he was 4, and independently since the age of 18. His favourite way is to travel overland - his first such trip was from Poland to Kenya in a Land Rover in 1989 at the age of 23 which took 9 months. Slawek speaks some 12 languages and holds 3 masters' degrees (including an MBA from London Business School).

Slawek was a management consultant with Andersen and later with Deloitte, rising to the position of a Partner. Thanks to his investments in apartments for rent, Slawek retired in May 2009 at the age of 43. His mission has since been to help people achieve financial freedom - he has published 10 books in Poland and given thousands of lectures and interviews. He also set-up Mzuri - a property management company which manages over 8000 apartments in Poland and is now helping his daughter, Natalia, and son Oskar run the business. Both like travelling and have visited close to 100 countries each.

Anna-Katri Raiha

Anna-Katri Raiha, born 1983, is a solo female traveller from Finland. She is on a mission to be the first woman in Finland to visit every country in the world, currently at 185 countries. As an adventure traveler, she has a special interest in unusual destinations and deep experiences.

She has 15 years of experience in sustainability consulting and project management. Her key competences are environmental and social impact assessments, carbon footprint calculations and climate roadmaps to net-zero. She worked in large consulting companies more than 10 years before starting as a full-time entrepreneur in 2020.

In addition, she has created a the Finnish travel blog Adalmina’s Adventures. She has also organized travel related events, group tours and photography courses for her followers as well as been a speaker in different events. Recently Anna-Katri was awarded as a travel influencer of the year 2022 in Finland.

Combining her environmental expertise with her passion for sustainable development and responsible traveling, it is very rewarding for her to work with environmental and social issues in different countries as well as help her clients and followers to create a better and a more sustainable future.

Yui Pow Redford

Yui Pow Redford, born 1979, is a UK-based Singapore native who completed the UN 193 in 2017, becoming the first Asian woman to achieve the goal, as well as the first Singaporean national. Over half of her journeys were done solo, including all of Africa, the Middle East, the Caribbean, and the South Pacific.​

After spending years gaining experience in the corporate realm, she branched out on her own, building a portfolio career that leverages her skills as a linguist, educator, and consultant. She works with global clients from different industries in a variety of capacities, including teaching, training, writing, editing, branding, and consultancy. She is a keen advocate of education as a means of empowerment and the founder of a nonprofit that supports causes in developing countries. She also serves as a Charity Development Minister for NomadMania.

She loves exploring the world through travel, language, and music. A proud mama who started a family after completing the UN countries, she finds joy in viewing the world through the eyes of a child and considers parenthood the greatest journey of all.

Nomadmania team - internal

Milana Bojinović

General Manager. Scuba diver, nature lover, under travelled.

Thomas Buechler

Internal Surveilance Minister, responsible for verifying travel claims. World Heritage Sites expert.

Daniel Zagrodzki

IT consultant/ developer. For work - loves IT; in spare time - loves all outdoor activities.

Eugene Petrus

Marketing manager - a Ukrainian marketing and customer experience specialist. He is the biggest fan of his pet and a travel star Traveling Chapati and he aims to contribute to the travel community and further increase the value of NomadMania. He is open to your insights and suggestions you may share to eugene@nomadmania.com

William Obinyah Tetteh

Associate. William is funny, open-minded, gentle and loves to discover.

Nomadmania team - external

Wojciech Fedoruk

Former Executive Committee member and former Vice-Minister of Internal Relations. Showing the world to his children. Fan of polar regions.

Orest Zub

Automated Communications Minister. Online entrepreneur, blogger and author from Ukraine.

Serhii Rykhtik

Associate. An architect who is eager to learn the cultural heritage. Adventurer, always open to suggestions.

Yuzhou Yan

Translation associate. Linguist and programmer who travels to listen, as well as to see.

Jon Opol

Website tester. Jon is an intrepid traveler from the Philippines. His goal is to visit every country in the world only with Philippine passport.

Artem Golubchak

Designer. Artem is a web developer, designer, traveler and digital nomad from Ukraine.

Ron Perrier

Series Quality Inspector. Ron hardly traveled until he retired from his medical practice at age 53 in 2006. He spends a lot of time on his diary style website which is filled with travel data.

Yevhen Medvedkov

Designer. Yevhen is one of our scholarship recipients from Ukraine. After managing to escape the war, we offered him a temporary position where he helped us developing some nice new designs for various projects.

Anja Jurić

iOS developer

Predrag Kecman

Android developer

Donors

We are waiting for the explicit confirmations from our donors to be put to this page. Most of them have already stated that they wanted to be a silent donor. We thank them and appreciate them for all their help!

Organisations

Alumni

Founder

Harry Mitsidis

Founder. Global nomad, bowling, aviation, statistics, Eurovision Song Contest fan!

harrymitsidis.com