Meet the Team

INTRODUCING THE MEMBERS OF THE DISCOVERY TEAM

Not only are our roots deeply in Myanmar, each member of our managing team boasts over a decade of experience in the travel industry. A genuine passion for guest delight runs across our offices throughout the country. We celebrate diversity with staff drawn from different ethnic minority groups in Myanmar, and we all share in the same, warm brand of Myanmar hospitality the country is known for.

Meet theTeam

Mika Itavaara / Managing Director

Mika is one of the pioneering adventure travel tour operators and travel agents in Myanmar with excellent country knowledge. He has over 15 years experience of organizing tours in Myanmar and has traveled far and wide across the country. He still loves to survey and research new ideas for our travelers. He also has contributed to several travel guide books as Myanmar specialist.

Before moving to Myanmar Mika owned leading active travel tour operator in Scandinavia. He has organized and lead trips from Iceland, European peaks, Central Asia, Africa, South America to Vietnam and Borneo jungles.

Southeast Asia and Myanmar have always had a special appeal to Mika which convinced him to move to Myanmar and pursue his dream of being explorer to remote frontiers.

Ivan Golikov / General Manager

Ivan also arrived to Myanmar around 15yrs ago while still working on completing his Southeast Asian studies and thesis on Kingdoms of Taungoo. Fascinated by the culture, people and language of Myanmar Ivan decided to stay. He is fluent in Burmese and has extensive knowledge of the country. Ivan has contributed to Nat Geo and Conde Nast Traveller (Russian edition) among many other publications as a Myanmar specialist.

Ivan’s passion is to ride his mountain bike and motorcycle and to explore many the remote regions and unknown deserted beaches of Myanmar. He did last year 6000km motorbike trip mapping out best routes for our road adventures.

Oskar Koski / BIZ Development

Oskar is our business developer and adventures manager. He is bright and enthusiastic young professional who had already finished his MBA at age of 23. Oskar returned back to Myanmar to work with us full time after his tenure with Finnish Chamber of Commerce in Vietnam. Oskar is developing our trips portfolio and coordinating our tours sales and marketing activities.

Oskar has lived most of his life in Southeast Asia and thus has travelled extensively in the region and knows well what are the most amazing places to visit and how to avoid the crowds. He is passionate foodie and adventurer. Beyond Myanmar explorations Oskar traveled recently to trek in Nepal.