Meet the Challengers: Day 2
Meet the challengers putting their mental and physical limits to the test on the groundbreaking inaugural PURE Pursuit in Iceland…
Owner at BRU&BRU Exclusive Travel Designer
Since childhood, Ana’s parents instilled in her a hunger to discover, explore and get to know the culture of travel. They taught her that to succeed involves knowing how to surround yourself with a good team… And they showed her that to move forward means being innovative, always venturing one step further, with confidence. They passed all that passion on to Ana, the same passion that today she uses to inspire her clients to realise their dreams through once-in-a-lifetime trips and experiences.
Ana is passionate about designing unique trips and creating new experiences. She is always able to recommend what she has experienced first-hand and loves to make the impossible possible.
Ana is an incurably curious free spirit and loves to travel around the world to discover interesting people and places; to explore remote destinations and secret properties; to live transformative experiences that enrich here life. Born to travel, to innovate, to discover and to explore – because to Ana, life is an endless and exciting journey.
And what’s more: Ana will be the first Spanish woman travelling to space with Virgin Galactic in a near future!
Co-Founder of Epic Road
Fine art photographer; gallery owner; global nomad; environmental and humanitarian activist; recovering lawyer; Travel+Leisure 2015 Top Travel Specialist; and Co-Founder of NYC-based tour operator Epic Road.
Lakin’s passion for exploration, adventure, luxury, photography and philanthropy galvanised a journey across all seven continents that continues today. Mark is a hands-on travel designer creating the most extraordinary, bespoke experiences for curious global nomads in Africa, the Arctic, Antarctica, Asia and the Indian Ocean. Satellite collar a lion with conservationists; join a bow and arrow hunt with a click-speaking nomadic tribe; give the gift of solar light to a community without electricity; climb a glacier with a climate change scientist… And then dine, drink and dream at the world’s most extraordinary hotels.
Lakin’s travel photography spans seven continents. His celebrity portraits include Bono, Stevie Wonder, Beyonce, Jay-Z, Usher, Coldplay, Alicia Keys, Bon Jovi, Carrie Underwood, Kings of Leon, Tiesto, and Gwen Stefani. Mark sits on the board of several charities dedicated to orphan education, economic empowerment, preservation of cultural heritage, and conservation of our planet’s biodiversity. He is also a member of the Explorer’s Club and regularly speaks at academic institutions, galas and private clubs on topics related to travel, conservation and development.
Owner at Peplum & Traveller Made
Quentin is the founder, owner and CEO of Peplum, since 2008; he is also the founder and President of Traveller Made and has been since autumn 2012. Born and raised in northern France, he is 48 and married with three kids.
Quentin is a member of different entrepreneur organisations such as Croissance +, Christian Entrepreneurs (EDC) and the French Chamber of Commerce.
He is passionate about entrepreneurship and believes this is the major source of innovation and job creation in the world.
Managing Director of Borgo Egnazia
Aldo comes from a traditional Southern Italian family. At 19, he helped his mother transform Masseria San Domenico, then a rustic farmhouse, into the first luxury hotel in Puglia. With a mind for numbers, he moved to London in 1997 to study and then work in investment banking. In 2003, after a brief marketing stint in Italy, Aldo moved to the US to pursue an MBA at the Wharton School. He moved to New York City in 2005 where he worked for Morgans Hotel Group; then returned to Europe in 2007 to spearhead the development, construction and launch of Borgo Egnazia, which opened in May 2010. In 2015 he started Nowhere Else Places in order to take over management of his family hotels and launch some new hospitality ventures, including a project for the relaunch of secondary destinations in Italy.
Throughout his career, Aldo has balanced finesse for finance and vision with a deeply rooted passion for his homeland and its native elements. Along with his wife and two daughters, Aldo divides his time between Puglia and London. He is a member of the Young Presidents’ Organisation and the youngest board member of Fondazione Altagamma – Italy’s network of top high-end brands.