To be the world's number one go-to travel management platform for a hassle-free travel experience.
The Genesis of TravelerBuddy
Driven by what they experienced at their EMBA program with the London Business School, Columbia University (New York) and The University of Hong Kong, along with their diverse corporate backgrounds, three forward-thinking, adventure-seeking friends and seasoned travelers - Juerg, Philippe and Sam - came together, with one single goal of redefining the way the world travels.
As varied as current technology for traveling may be, these three friends realise that there is not one single unifying platform that can address simply, yet sophisticatedly, the travel needs of and difficulties encountered by the global business traveler.
With this in mind and a vision of hassle-free and paperless travel in the near future, Juerg, Philippe and Sam generated their business idea, validating it with nearly 100 people, shaping their idea based on client feedback, extensive first-hand traveling experiences and the objective of enhancing the entire (pre-travel, travel and post-travel) travel experience.
Out of their common addiction to travel, a shared passion of bringing far-reaching solutions to existing challenges business and frequent travelers face, and a desire to fulfill their entrepreneurial calling, TravelerBuddy was born.
The TravelerBuddy team is a global one, comprising passionate team members from Singapore and Switzerland working together in a multi-lingual environment (English, German, French, Spanish, Chinese, Bahasa, Melayu, Bahasa Indonesia and Tagalog) to fulfill TravelerBuddy's common vision.
Philippe P. Graeppi, Chairman & Founding Partner
One of three founding partners at TravelerBuddy, Philippe wears two hats - one as TravelerBuddy's Chairman and the other as its Chief Financial Officer - making decisions on both the strategic and financial fronts.
Raised in an entrepreneurial family with a global mindset, Philippe developed an affinity for traveling and business adventures through venture capital investments. With over a million travel miles and anecdotes accumulated over the past 10 years of private and business travels, Philippe brings to TravelerBuddy a wealth of understanding and first-hand experience of the needs of business and frequent travelers.
His educational background, combined with professional expertise garnered from his various roles in wealth management, global entrepreneurial mindset and extensive business networks are key assets that will further strengthen the development of TravelerBuddy.
Outside of work, Philippe is an active ice hockey player during the winter months. In the summer, he exchanges the hockey stick for a tennis racket. Philippe is equally passionate about cooking and collecting and savouring fine wines.
Philippe holds a Master of Arts in Business and Economics from the University of Bern (Switzerland) and Tilburg (Netherlands), and an Executive MBA from three Ivy League Business Schools - the London Business School (LBS), the Columbia Business School (CBS, New York), and the Hong Kong Business School (HKU). He is also a CFA Charterholder.
Juerg Kaufmann, Chief Executive Officer & Founding Partner
With an extensive experience that includes over a few hundred thousand miles of traveling from two decades of executive work in the private banking and insurance industry, Juerg brings with him a profound understanding of the needs, behaviour and desire of the modern global traveler.
This passion for both business and personal travel, and his determination to create lasting peace of mind for the entire travel process are to be the fundamentals behind the brainchild that Juerg and his co-founders proudly named TravelerBuddy.
Prior to TravelerBuddy, Juerg enjoyed a rewarding corporate career for leading banks like Credit Suisse and UBS. He also had a successful decade-long track record as entrepreneur in the luxury and jewellery industry in Switzerland.
The proud alumnus and Global EMBA graduate of the world’s top three business schools - the London Business School, Columbia Business School and Hong Kong Business School - is also an avid animal-lover, snowboarder, scuba-diver, golfer and tennis player.
Crystal Yaptinchay, Chief Marketing Officer
Being the Chief Marketing Officer at TravelerBuddy, Crystal understands the changing landscape of marketing and brand communication in these current times. Bringing the brand forward, she aims for everyone to know that TravelerBuddy is the one-stop-solution app for travel management.
Over 10 years of Marketing with agency experience and Business Project Management background for Various Industries and FMCG Global Brands. Even if passionate about Digital and Integrated Marketing Solutions, she finds time to city and beach travel, learn about different cultures, participates in business organizations and charitable foundations, and enjoy time spent with those around her.
Tom Thurnherr, Chief Technology Officer
Tom has has held technology consulting and executive positions in Switzerland, Australia, and the Philippines spanning 15 years. Tom's main experience is in Quality Management, User Experience and Solution Management, widespread in different industries from Finance to Telco and Consumer Mobile apps.
As the CTO of Traveler Buddy, he is determined to build the best fitting setup to allow the most efficient co-working of latest technology, creative, innovation and world-class customer support provided by our team of specialist.
Fabian Kaeser, Head of Product and Software Development
Fabian has been managing major SAP ERP implementation projects for large corporations for over 15 years. He gained a broad experience in IT, which is including (but not limited to) SAP, Linux, Amazon Web Services, Databases (Oracle, DB2, MSSQL), Android & iOS at global players like IBM, Siemens and Atos. With experience in diverse industries, from insurance to industrial to banking & finance.
After relocating to Indonesia in May 2013 he has been managing major business and software development projects in Asia's bustling startup scene.
In January 2016, Fabian joined TravelerBuddy and is excited to be working with the rest of the team to build your awesome personal digital travel assistant.
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