Meet the Acanela Team:


Kylie C | Founder & CEO

Kylie has spent numerous years living abroad leading tours across the continents of Europe, Asia, and Africa. She studied Business Strategy and International Development at the Marriott School of Management. Further, she attended the Universities of Oxford and Cambridge to study Social Innovation and Business Strategy and has lived in Portugal, India, and Malawi.  Her international experience and love for authentic travel led her to found Acanela Expeditions, allowing individuals the opportunity to immerse themselves in hands-on cultural experiences around the world. Follow Kylie's Adventures At:

Andrew C | Director of Operations & Finance

Andrew grew up in the metropolitan city of Hong Kong, where he had the opportunity to learn about a variety of different cultures from a very young age.  He spent his childhood and teenage years volunteering for groups such as Habitat for Humanity in Thailand, Climbing mountains in Malaysia & Indonesia, and biking through the beautiful trails of Australia & New Zealand.  He studied Business Strategy, after which we chose a career in Management Consulting.  He has a passion for travel, rock climbing, and anything that has to do with  innovation.


Scott B | Videography Intern

Scott grew up in California and calls Encinitas his home. He'd rather be behind the camera than in front of it. He first started shooting photos and taking video of his friends skateboarding. Now, he works with Acanela to create video content that captures the spirit of each trip. At the top of his bucket list is surfing in Bali. Scott is usually snowboarding but he also studies Advertising at BYU. 

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Ashley H | Director of Marketing Partnerships

Ashley's deep desire for adventure and travel first sparked when she heard the song "I Lived" by One Republic.  One of her life goals includes visiting the 7 Wonders of the World with her family, and has already completed 2 of the 7.  She desires to help build unique experiences for individuals through travel and the creation of positive media content.  Her education is in Business Management with an emphasis in Marketing, from the Marriott School of Management at Brigham Young University. Her spirit animal is a koala bear, and her hobbies include basketball, magic tricks, Disney movies, and filming travel videos with her fiancé.


Ashley G | Sales & Marketing Manager

Ashley is passionate about photography and capturing the beauty of the world, and has spent years developing her talent as a content creator and digital marketer. She received a Fine Arts degree in Photography and has spent the past several years directing large scale photography projects on land, overseas, and underwater. She loves traveling and enjoys learning about new people, places, and cultures  - while still taking a moment to capture each moment on camera. She is originally from Idaho where she developed a love for mountains, lakes, and wildlife.


Alex B | Editor & Content Creator

Alex has dreamed of traveling the world since she was a little girl. While enrolled in Boston University’s College of Communication, she spent a semester abroad in London, where she interned at a digital agency and had the opportunity to write for multiple travel sites. Since graduating with a degree in Public Relations, she’s decided to combine her passion for travel, writing, and PR and is thrilled to be generating content for Acanela! She hopes the future will bring more travel and new experiences her way. When she’s not working, she can be found attending concerts, exploring cities, and watching Borussia Dortmund, her favorite soccer club.

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Kaitana D | Director of Sales

Kaitana grew up in a native Yup’ik Eskimo fishing village in Alaska, where she learned to cherish diversity of people and culture. She later relocated to Idaho, continuing to visit amazing parts of the world as frequently as possible. Kaitana played basketball at Dartmouth College, where she earned degrees in Neuroscience and Religious Studies. While an undergraduate student, Kaitana spent time living in Peru and Spain, which allowed her the opportunity to travel and experience various cultures in South America and Europe. Kaitana’s love for immersive cultural experiences continues today, which she hopes to instill in her growing family. 


Holly C | Operations & Sales Manager

Holly has spent many years traveling and putting together trip itineraries all across the globe visiting countries such as India, Costa Rica, and Italy.  She is a globetrotter at heart, and always welcomes a new adventure.


Tanner C | Social media Intern

Tanner is passionate about all things creative. He is from Laguna Niguel, California where we spent his days surfing, reading, and laughing with his friends.  He is currently pursuing a Marketing Degree in Business School and has spent the past several years with a camera in his hand capturing stunning photos & videos. He brings a lot of talent to the Acanela Team and looks forward to many great travel experiences in the near future!

Country Directors:

Bheem | Acanela Northern India Director

Biju | Acanela Southern India Director

Chris | Acanela Zambia Africa Director

Anthony | Acanela Botswana Africa Director

Abdul | Acanela Tanzania Director

Jessica | Acanela Southeast Asia Director

Chetana | Acanela Cambodia Asia Director

Loc | Acanela Vietnam Asia Director

Claudia | Acanela Central Europe Director

Javier | Acanela Southern Europe Director

Eleni | Acanela Eastern Europe Director

Rostom  | Acanela Northern Africa Director

Domingo  | Acanela South America Director

Robert | Acanela South America Director

Yuting | Acanela Northern Asia Director


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