About the Team

We are innovators, creatives, and explorers who share a passion for creating a better Bhutan, together.

Matt DeSantis

Founder

Matt is an entrepreneur, engineer, and investor who specializes in IT and business strategy, socioeconomic development, and sustainable tourism. He has extensive IT and management consulting experience, most notably with the Royal Government of Bhutan and Accenture. Matt holds engineering & management systems and economics degrees from Columbia University and the College of the Holy Cross. His hobbies include photography, long-distance trekking, baseball, and surfing.

Milton Glaser

Design Director

Milton is among the most celebrated graphic designers worldwide, best known for his I ♥ NY logo, Bob Dylan poster, the DC Comics bullet logo, and the Brooklyn Brewery logo. Milton is also the founder of New York Magazine. He has had the distinction of one-man-shows at the Museum of Modern Art and the Georges Pompidou Center. Milton’s current clients include the Brooklyn Brewery, JetBlue, Target, Coach, Trump, Eleven Madison Park, Alessi, Juilliard, the Rubin Museum of Art, Theatre for a New Audience, the School of Visual Arts, Bread Alone, ADV Magazine's Philly Gold Awards, Philip Roth, Clay Felker, and numerous periodicals.

Bill Fisher

Global Liaison

As an anthropologist, Bill has designed and implemented programs in Tanzania, USA, Chile, Japan, and Bhutan. His curated destination trips to Bhutan, Tanzania, and Japan have delighted travelers the world over, including Japan Orfeo and the 2017 Sister Marathons Peace Initiative Bhutan Marathon and Retreat.

Chechay Nidup

Operations Manager

Chechay, born and brought up in Bhutan has been in the travel business for the last 6 years. She developed her passion for discovering, exploring and experiencing Bhutan when she spent time with a British family with four children touring Bhutan for three months. She discovered her country through the eyes of the visitors and since has dedicated her time to explore Bhutan and help visitors experience her country.

Bethany Betzler

Customer Operations & Support Manager

Bethany's work focuses on socioeconomic development through design, media, and culture. She received her MA at University of the Arts London and studied entrepreneurship at London Business School, where she researched the impact of entrepreneurs on cities. Her career has led to a diversity of experiences. She's taught human-centered design to university students, led user research for a healthcare tech firm, consulted start-ups on brand strategy, and spearheaded several entrepreneurship initiatives. She also has created content for publications such as Monocle, Outside, and Oak Street Magazine. Bethany volunteers as an organizer for CreativeMornings (a global monthly speaker series) and loves travel and trail running.

Brian Partridge

Lead Software Engineer

Brian is a software engineer from California, USA, and has worked for world-class software companies building scalable web applications. He holds an engineering degree from the University of Miami. When he's not at a computer keyboard, Brian enjoys spending time with his wife, Jordan, and their son, Cooper, hiking with their two dogs, singing karaoke, comedy, and traveling.

Karma Dorji

Service Engagement Partner

Karma specializes in operations, customer service, and communications. He previously served as the media officer and events coordinator for the Bhutan Olympic Committee. He was the director for the Tour of the Dragon (the most difficult one-day mountain bike race in the world) and the first international marathon in Bhutan (Bhutan International Marathon). Karma was a graphic designer and video editor for the Bhutan Broadcasting Service. Karma is also the chief advisor for K Gangri School in Paro. He is the founder of the Bhutan National Baseball League. He graduated university with a degree in software engineering.

Harrison Rappaport

Chief Editor / Writer

A world-roaming writer, meditator, and practitioner of healing arts, Harrison joins the team from Berkeley, California. Drawn to the sky kingdom of Bhutan by a great reverence and enthusiasm for the sacred sites of the planet, his writing conveys vitality and fresh perspective on a magical land. In addition to his work with language, Harrison enjoys skiing, exploring, dancing, and creating music.

Sarah Cahlan

Marketing & Communications Lead

Sarah combines her love of storytelling with her experience with digital media platforms, photography and videography to produce cogent narratives for an international audience. Originally from Las Vegas, Nevada, her work has taken her from archaeological digs in Israel to the National Archives in Washington DC. Her footage has been featured in the New York Times and her writings at National Geographic.

Vincent Roazzi Jr.

Photographer / Videographer

Vincent Roazzi Jr. is a photographer and videographer specializing in intimate docu-style culture and travel photography. His work has been featured in The Guardian, ESPN, and India Times. Vincent is a business economics graduate from Pennsylvania State University and Co-Founder of the Miami Chapter of Sofar Sounds, an unplugged concert series promoting local artists.

Michael Marquand

Photographer

Michael is a photographer from Washington, USA. His photographs focus on travel, people, interiors, culture, and food. His clients have included Conde Nast Traveler, Lonely Planet, El Pais magazine, Parents magazine, Whiskey Advocate, Microshiner, Harpers Bazaar, and Vanity Fair Italy among others. He studied commercial photography at the Art Institute of Seattle. Michael enjoys hiking, snowboarding, and a well-aged whiskey.

George H. Lewis

Photographer / Painter

As an artist, George seeks to cultivate a symbiosis across cultures, creeds and gender. In his travels over the past decade, he has made his way to over eighty countries, observing and documenting, allowing each and every person he comes across to feel comfortable in expressing themselves fully, without fear of society or the outside world. There is a story behind each piece that he produces, something more beautiful than its superficial appearance.

Wangchuk Dema

Community Engagement Officer

Wangchuk holds an IT degree from University of Madras, India. Wangchuk was crowned Miss Congeniality in the Miss Bhutan 2008 competition. She has worked as an assistant associate director for the Citizen’s Initiative in Centenary and Coronation Celebration of 2008 and as an executive marketing officer for private firms. Wangchuk is passionate about social services and believes no charitable action is too small.

Nathalie Kelley

Actress

Best known for her roles in The Fast And The Furious: Tokyo Drift and Body of Proof, Nathalie is a Peruvian-born Australian actress. She also starred in Bruno Mars’ video Just The Way You Are. A social sciences graduate of University of New South Wales, Nathalie’s hobbies include traditional textiles and weaving.

Yvan Rodic

Photographer

Publically recognized as Face Hunter, Yvan is considered one of the most influential portraiture, culture, and fashion photographers in the world. Yvan’s clients have included Vogue, GQ, Men.Style.com, UCLA, Lacoste, Absolut Vodka, Beefeater 24, W Hotels, Canon, Volvo, American Apparel, Topshop, Shu Uemura, Nokia, Motorola, Tokion, Cover, and Modette. He is also a regular contributor to The Observer. His social media content currently receives approximately 1.5 million hits per month. Yvan is a communications major from Polycom Lausanne. His hobbies include travel, writing, and fashion.

Sebastian Belaustegui

Photographer

Sebastián is a professional documentary photographer. His works have been published in books and magazines such as National Geographic, Times magazine, Newsweek, Travel & Leisure and UNICEF.

Jo James

Writer

Through her work as a travel writer and tour guide, Joanna strives to communicate her passion for slow and sustainable travel to a wider audience. A graduate of Cambridge and Peking Universities, Joanna has contributed to a series of guidebooks for Rough Guide and Dorling Kindersley, and regularly leads tours to off-beat Asian destinations.

Tashi Chhoden

Researcher

Tashi is from the district of Lhuentse, located in eastern Bhutan. She studied in India and holds a bachelors degree in legal studies. Tashi currently lives in Thimphu and loves adventure, hiking, trekking, dancing and eating out with friends.

Sonam Phuntsho

Videographer

Sonam is a filmmaker specializing in documentary films and travel documentaries. He previously spent 11 years working as a TV producer for Bhutan Broadcasting Service, the national television channel of Bhutan. In 2012, Sonam won the UNICEF Prix Jeunesse Award, hosted in Munich, Germany, for his children's documentary "Tashi and Sakteng". He was producer of one of the most popular television shows in Bhutan, a travel series called Nazhoen Express, which educates the youth of Bhutan about Bhutan's people, history, culture and traditions in the most remote districts and villages countrywide.

Kencho Dorji

Driver

Kencho is originally from the Gangtey valley in Phobjikha. He first started driving at age 16 and has since developed a deep passion for exploring the lengths of his country. Kencho left school to pursue a career as a driver in the tourism industry, and has spent over a decade driving clients to all 20 districts. Kencho joined MyBhutan because he enjoys the "passion and camaraderie amongst the team in each day's work." He is very knowledgeable about Bhutanese history. His favorite places in Bhutan are Phobjikha and Haa, where his in-laws reside. While not on tour, Kencho spends his time at home with his wife and child.

Mark Weins

Videographer

Mark is an eater and traveler, the author of Migrationology, and a food video maker. Mostly he just loves to eat food from all over the world and share it with his following of 20K+ travel food lovers. Migrationology.com is all about food, traveling, and learning about a country and culture through its food.

Nidup Peljor

Advisor

Nidup is the overall executive manager for the Bhutan Philanthropy Ventures and assumes the lead in consultancy, business development and corporate affairs. He is a an expert in the field planning and coordination for natural resource management. He has been part of the core planning and policy team for the Ministry of Agriculture and Forests at the Royal Government of Bhutan. Nidup also worked at the Bank of Bhutan as chief of the department responsible for research, planning, monitoring, public relations and media. He had a stint in sports development planning and advisory at the Bhutan Olympic Committee. His experiences include high-level secretarial functions, strategic planning and policy work, research, organizational development and strategic partnerships.