Team Stratos

Bhawna Rao

Bhawna Rao is known among her circles as someone who has wheels under her feet.  Bhawna has pursued her love of travel, and her love to be with people by quitting a sales and marketing career in the financial sector to be in the travel industry.  She has lived and traveled extensively in India, U.S, Africa and South Asia.  Her experience includes travel planning, travel education, and travel writing.  She created Travel Mocha, an online travel community in order to combine her professional experience and knowledge with her passion for travel and her desire to share this knowledge and passion with others.

Bhawna completed her masters’ degree in travel and tourism from Bangkok.  She has been involved with creating tailor made incentive tours for corporates at various destinations. Some of the areas that she has handled in the travel space include:

  • Marketing properties for conferences and events
  • Incentive tours for top performers from various corporates in India to: Thailand, Malaysia, Singapore, Nepal, Maldives, Bali, Bhutan, Sri Lanka, Orlando, Las Vegas, Greece, Switzerland, Austria, Italy, France, Egypt and Mauritius
  • Specialised Tours for women to Thailand, Cambodia, China and Hong Kong
  • Adventure tours to Sikkim, Nepal and Bhutan
  • Buddhist cultural holidays into India, Thailand, Sri Lanka and festive based tours
  • Annual strategy meeting for various corporates
  • Sport theme holidays such as Formula One, Cricket tours and Golf holidays

In addition to corporate clients, Bhawna has handled boutique trous for individuals, couples and families to various destinations.  Bhawna has worked in a travel company in Thailand handling large groups from the Asian subcontinent into thailand for two years.  Bhawna’s personal and creative approach has ensured many memorable experiences for all her travellers.

Radha Venugopal

Travelling with my family on LTC packages every summer as a kid, I was bitten by the wanderlust bug.I walked the straight path of completing my Education in Arts and computers,marriage and kids in quick succession. It was followed by a 4 year stint working as development Manger in an IT start up company. My passion for travel was further fueled by my equally enthusiaistic and adventurous spouse Gopal. With his support I switched careers to complete my Masters in Tourism administration from Christ College Bangalore and my first brush with the travel industry was with the Royal Orchid Holidays division in Thai Airways.

Being a die hard romantic, planning honeymoons is my favorite. A foodie and a chocoholic, i love trying out local cuisine in the places I visit and my most adventurous gastronomic experience has been eating Crispy fried frog legs in cambodia. I could not pluck up the courage to sample the deep fried cricket though!

Kiran Hedge

Kiran Hegde comes with more than 12 years of experience in various facets of marketing. In his last assignment, he headed the southern region for Sudler & Hennessey, a leading healthcare agency. His previous stint with Solutions Integrated Marketing Services included conceptualizing BTL strategies & events for consumer clients like Britannia, BPL-Sanyo, HP, HSBC, NovoNordisk, Cycle Brand Agarbathies & DNA perfumes

An avid adventure enthusiast and a keen traveler, having journeyed across many countries like Kenya, Brazil, Turkey, Australia, Uruguay, Egypt, Jordan and Southeast Asia and many more.

With a BE in Electronics and a MBA in Marketing, Kiran brings with him an immense knowledge and experience in combining technology , travel and marketing.

Yogavelli Nambiar-Varma

Yogavelli has worked in the Public Relations, Communications and Events sector for eight years.  At Sun International, a prestigious hotel and casino chain in Southern Africa, she managed the PR activities, special events and media coverage for 9 hotels, including Sun City, the group’s flagship property.  During this time, she implemented high-level events and exclusive trips for Sun International’s MVGs (Most Valued Guests) throughout South Africa and in Sun International properties in Swaziland, Lesotho and Mauritius.

At Vodacom, the country’s leading cellular network provider, Yogavelli was responsible for the strategic implementation of the key areas of event public relations, and the effective execution of all Vodacom’s corporate events, which ranged from the most exclusive cocktail parties to multi-million rand annual dinner banquets for the executive management and key clients.  She formed the strategy on Executive Getaways which were held at the elite Fancourt Estate in George and in Mauritius and managed all aspects of the tour – from the pre-tour groundwork, to overseeing all activities, entertainment and logistics during the trip, to follow up post the trip.

Yogavelli handled the incentive programmes for Vodacom for four years.  During this programme, extensive teaser campaigns were implemented, with 86 people finally being chosen to go to Disneyworld, U.S.A each year.  Yogavelli was responsible for the strategy and execution of the entire campaign, which received some of the best feedback of all programmes run by the company.  It was highly commended by clients for its attention to detail, originality and professional arrangement. 

She has also arranged several international conferences in both India and South Africa.  The latest for 200 people took place in the award-winning Spier Wine Estate in Stellenbosch, South Africa.