The Kiwi Experts
Your cinephile pal gives you the 411 on what films are worth the 120 minutes. You mine the wine snob you know for the best Pinots (which you then pour for your friend in finance hoping his stock market tips pour out). The good news is, when it comes to travel, you’ve got a whole portfolio of pundits—The Kiwi Experts. Our collection curators, they pick the perfect properties for doing business, the hottest hotels for honeymooners and the best boutiques for design admirers. Now it’s time to get to know your new friends.
Brian Mumby is our Zoomer Kiwi Expert (Zooming Boomer!) After a very successful career building infrastructure across western and northern Canada, Brian was looking forward to continuing his passion for travel around the globe in a much more relaxed manner with his lovely wife Karen. Other circumstance prevailed however, and since co-founding Kiwi Collection in 2003 he has been hard at work building the company while still continuing to zoom around as the President. A golf resort is Brian’s perfect getaway, regardless of location.
Sherry Hall is Senior Vice President of Hotel Programs for Kiwi Collection and has over 20 years experience in OTA and tour operator hotel relations. Before her current role at Kiwi, Sherry worked with notable companies such as Vantage Point Deluxe Vacations, TNT Vacations and Cheap Flights, bringing with her well-rounded insights in all areas of the travel industry.
Even Kiwi Experts need a little help from their friends. Helping ensure that no swell hotel is overlooked is a second group of travel tipsters that includes graduates of the world’s top hospitality schools, master marketers and one highly respected, well-traveled eco-expert. Meet the rest of our road crew.
Federica Antonioli is a Gordon Ramsey in the kitchen, and that eye for high-quality trickles over into her role as Director of Hotel Programs EMEA (but we assure you, she’s much less temperamental). Educated at the prestigious École hôtelière de Lausanne, she worked as market manager for Splendia.com before coming on board with Kiwi Collection. While she expertly plans her sojourns before taking off, upon arrival she takes everything as it comes. Including cocktails. Find her drinking in every ounce of Mezzatorre Resort & Spa in Italy, Armani Dubai or Morukuru Lodge South Africa.
Farah Khan Always on the move, Farah was schooled in Canada and has lived in the Middle East, Asia, Eastern Europe and most recently in Sydney, Australia where she served as Kiwi’s Director of Hotel Programs for Asia Pacific. Farah is now Kiwi Collection’s Director Hotel Programs for The Americas and when she’s not concentrating on adding new hotels to our collection in the US, she will find any excuse to visit Tokyo, her favourite urban escape, where she considers The Mandarin Oriental Tokyo the standard for the the ultimate 5-star experience.
Natalie Kim’s passion for the industry started from childbirth. Born and raised in Kenya, she spent her early years enjoying safaris in the Masaii Mara and making friends with the locals. Graduated from the leading Les Roches International School of Hotel Management in Switzerland, Natalie was invited to join the Eta Sigma Delta honour society. Starting her career with Four Seasons Hotels & Resorts, she was then introduced to Kiwi Collection where she has since been promoted to Director of Hotel Programs. Natalie works closely with hotels at the brand level to strategically increase exposure via various marketing channels. Her favourite hotels include the Four Seasons Hotel George V in Paris and Evason Ma’in Hot Springs in Amman.
Mauricio Galvez ran a successful leisure and corporate events and elite lifestyle company for 5+ years before taking his excellent relationship, sales and customer service skills to the film and financial industries. Now Regional Account Manager overseeing hotels in Latin America, Caribbean, Mexico, and the Asia Pacific, Mauricio takes his entrepreneurial spirit and superb service skills to help hotels achieve their goals. Mauricio is fluent in Spanish.
Hitesh Mehta‘s dedication to our environment is infectious and impassioned. Dubbed as one of five Sustainable Tourism Pioneers in the world by National Geographic Adventure, he has worked in over 55 countries on six continents. Born in Kenya, he owns his own architecture and landscape architecture practice and is a true trailblazer in eco-lodge planning and design. Aside from being featured in over 110 international publications and authoring three books, Hitesh is one of five founding members of Ecotourism Kenya and continues to support his home country through his work and charity efforts.
John Nielsen is a true Renaissance man who’s been part of the Kiwi family since 2006, which included a two-year stint as our Regional Director in Asia Pacific. His love of travel began with extensive travels as a child, continued with education throughout Europe and Asia, and working in senior management with respected hotels like The Grand Hyatt Hong Kong and Crown Towers in Melbourne. As if that wasn’t enough, he also co-founded Liquid Assets Wine Storage in Melbourne and completed his Masters of Business with an added Master Degree in Tourism. Now based in Sydney with his family, John is the GM of a high-end catering company – that is when he’s not finding an excuse to seek out new destinations with stunning hotels and unique wines.