Jonathan Kalan is an award-winning photographer, journalist and media entrepreneur. He's traveled over 70 countries, and lived for extensive periods in Africa, the Middle East and Asia reporting for BBC, The Atlantic, The New York Times, Foreign Policy, and Huffington Post, among others.

Before launching into Unsettled, he was the founding editor-in-chief of Timeline, a mobile-first newsroom designed to "break history", providing deep historical context to breaking news and current affairs. 

In his spare time, he hustles leaf plates and is an avid surfer, kayaker, biker, sailor and all-around adrenaline junkie. He recently graduated from TED's inaugural Residency Program in New York City, along with Michael.


Michael is an adventurer and entrepreneur who loves starting new (ad)ventures in work and in life. In addition to Unsettled, he is the co-founder of Idea / Shift, a digital creative agency for early stage ventures.

He is the co-founder of Innovations Stories, a multimedia storytelling publication out of MIT and has a decade of experience as an entrepreneur or innovator building new ventures and programs for Fortune 500 companies, investors, and leading academic institutions. 

He's an avid mountain and road biker, sailor, traveler, and backcountry explorer. He recently graduated from TED's inaugural Residency Program in New York City, along with Jonathan.

Alexandra  Mandel
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Head of community growth

Alex is passionate about curating experiences that broaden peoples' perspectives. She joined Unsettled as Head of Community Growth after managing partnerships at a travel tech startup in San Francisco. With a degree in International Development from American University, Alex devoted her early career to facilitating service-learning experiences in India and Israel at Project TEN, where she went on to lead their North American operations. As a first generation American, she was exposed early and often to the diversity of the human experience and the depth of its ingenuity. She speaks French, Hebrew, and English and has paid rent in DC, Hyderabad, Tel Aviv, Oakland, and a tree-house in Goa. Depending on the season, Alex can be found either chasing powder days (repp'ing SheShredsCo.), rallying her community around social justice and sustainable business, or working from an Unsettled retreat.

Allie Silver
location manager, Buenos Aires

Allie "Alita" Silver has spent the past seven years absorbing the best of Buenos Aires and sharing it with the world. Since founding a music management and consulting company called Free Radical Productions, she's been on the road non-stop producing and managing over 25 international tours throughout Europe, the US, Africa, Asia, Oceania and Latin America. Allie has worked in the world music industry for the past 10 years in a variety of roles, from managing ZZK Records in Buenos Aires to festival production and radio host for the Chicago World Music Festival, to being a guest speaker and lecturer from everywhere from Valencia to Taiwan. She is absolutely thrilled to work with Unsettled on promoting entrepreneurship, the mobile office lifestyle, and sharing all the magic that her favorite city of Buenos Aires has to offer.

Liza Schmidt
Operations Manager

Liza’s experience has taken her deep into the world of international education, first as an international student herself and then in a variety of management roles. She has managed international relations and study abroad programs at a major Colombian university, overseen student relations at an international experiential education provider, and managed volunteer programs at Colombian nonprofits. She brings all this on-the-ground experience , as well as her experience as a Location Manager and Experience Leader at Unsettled, to her role as Operations Manager where she kicks ass getting thing set up and working with our local partners! She currently lives in Medellín, Colombia where she founded La Vaina News, a weekly Spanglish news bulletin, and believes life is better when she can speak Spanish, dance salsa, make jam, and listen to people's unique stories. Reach out to her to share yours or why you think your hometown could be our next best Unsettled destination!

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Head of experience

Born in the states to a Californian-hippy mom and a Fijian-islander dad, Leilani (Lala) has lived in Asia since the age of 7. She is your quintessential multicultural TCK (that’s Third Culture Kid in plain-speak) who has a hard time answering the question ‘so where are you from?’ Lala has called Thailand home for the past 18 years, where she has indulged her love of art and design as a Bangkok-based fashion and textile designer, and freelance teaching-artist. Her latest adventures have seen her walking across Spain, dancing Sevillanas, and exploring Europe as a digital nomad and the Creative Content Director for Jetsettrasia. She has a life-long fascination with creating stories that move and loves bringing seemingly mismatched pieces together into a thoughtful and inspiring whole, something she can be found doing on Unsettled retreats as the Head of Experience.

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Corey Schultz

Originally from Illinois, Corey knows something about embracing an Unsettled lifestyle. Feeling unfulfilled in his career as an educator and fundraiser for science museums and universities in the States, he left it all behind a few years ago for a new life in Southern Africa working with the Peace Corps. He lived among African Elephants, Spotted Hyenas, and Black Mambas in Botswana's Okavango Delta, where he worked as a primary school teacher and capacity builder. Today, as an Experience Leader, he is eager to curate exciting moments - from organizing book clubs and discovering new cooking techniques to spontaneous accent battles and learning a new joke in every language.



Originally from Philly, Patrick has spent the past 15 years studying, living, and working around the world. He comes to Unsettled with a strong leadership background from his time in the U.S. Army and State Department where he served as a Platoon Leader in Iraq, a Company Commander in the Army National Guard, and a Foreign Affairs Officer for the U.S. State Department. He recently made South America his newest home by moving to the mega city of São Paulo, Brazil, with his equally adventurous wife. As an Unsettled Experience Leader he also secretly hopes to further his quest of learning new languages, taking awesome pictures, and finding the world's best ice cream.

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A Cape Town native, Lynne’s career has been filled with projects aimed at reducing unemployment, increasing skills transfer, and developing human potential in a desire to live a “life less ordinary.” She is the founder of many firsts in South Africa, including the first in-cinema coffee bar, the first pizzeria in Soweto and Scully Scooters, South Africa’s first  business-on-a-bike scooter employment initiative. An avid traveller and Unsettled Experience Leader, she is drawn to anything that lets her experience new cultures, places, and people (preferably on a scooter herself!). She is Certified Entrepreneur Mentor who loves partnering in the development stage of new and growing businesses. Ask her about her own life journey, including her days as a ski bum and sous chef and find her zipping around as she launches Unsettled’s first ever Cape Town retreats!


Christiana Melinioti

An epic go-getter, Christiana (aka Christy) has spent the last five years facilitating local and international programs for entrepreneurs, startups, and SMEs in her home country of Cyprus. With a focus on meaningful collaboration, exploring innovations, and building trust she has worked in everything from environmental and social projects to sustainable tourism initiatives, local festivals, and off-grid workshops. To feed her own entrepreneurial and nomadic spirit she loves building multicultural communities where each individual can bring their unique skills, cultures, and perspectives… something she gets to do regularly as an Unsettled Experience Leader. Her spare time is filled whatever gets her moving - beautiful hikes, deep conversations, big laughs, busting a pose on the dance floor or yoga mat, and sharing her contagious energy on Unsettled trips.



Our local Medellín expert on the ground, Yuri has spent most of his life between the two worlds of Medellin and London, with a few sneaky places fit in between. From training local bartenders in Phnom Pehn and managing major event venues in London, Yuri loves to host visitors and friends alike! For the past three years he has spent time producing a local arts and music festive, Invazion, aimed at connecting with Medellin’s community of youth, something that keeps him young at heart! For fun, you will also find him cycling, woodworking, strumming the guitar or play-fighting with his kitten as he aims to live a full, fun, and healthy lifestyle.


Kelly Sheila

Originally from Jakarta, Kelly has called Bali home for the past 5 years and has spent her time exploring everything the island has to offer and amassing a wide network of awesome people, places, and thing. With a background in hospitality and restaurant management and a side passion for fine art, she joins Unsettled in Bali to share her best cultural tips, tricks, and hotspots. Ask her about where to find the best beach dance party, her favorite local bites, her background in ceramic throwing, her surprising love of data entry, and her drone pilot husband.


Shitika Anand

Shitika is a social media strategist and a digital convert with a journalist’s heart. In the last 10 years, she has penned words for publications like Time Out, Grazia, Huffington Post, CNN, Forbes, and Cosmopolitan while living in New Delhi, Brisbane, Sydney, London, and Dubai. In an unexpected plot twist, she left her job with a top lifestyle magazine and set out on a 6 month digital nomad adventure that took her across Asia. She finally landed with Unsettled where she analyzes emojis on Instagram for a living (among many other things, of course!). When not scheduling posts on Facebook, connecting to our active online community, or sharing pics from our adventures on the ground, Shitika can be found making the perfect Old Fashioned cocktail or settling into a meditation session on her own quest for balance.

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Liliana Castro
Location manager, Portugal

As an Indie magazines junkie, Liliana launched FES Agency and is a communication manager dedicated to tell stories and give the stage to startups, entrepreneurs, and creative projects. She is a dedicated do-er of things, with a special ability to get it all done even when working on multiple projects. Highly connected to Portugal’s startup scene,  she also launched Press Pause - an after-work networking event and Portuguese Women in Tech, a community that showcases the awesome things Portuguese women are doing in the tech industry. Nowadays she spends her time between communication, events, coworking spaces and is Unsettled’s Portuguese expert on the ground to help us connect to the vibrant local scene.



Born and raised in London, Jade thinks it’s unfair she only gets to have one life and so is trying to cram as much into this one as possible. With a background in corporate recruitment, Jade embraced her "why not?" life philosophy and set out to explore the world one adventure at a time.  From studying Philosophy and teaching English in Seville (olé!) to now living totally unsettled in Bali, Jade is happiest when she is exploring the world and the many interesting people in it. When not interviewing the next crop of Unsettled peeps, Jade can be found running an online meditation course, getting her yoga and or coffee on, and pinching herself that this is her life (as she sings Beyoncé songs while driving her scooter around town)!


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Location manager, Peru

Having lived the life of both a local and an expat, Gizella was born in Peru and raised in Ecuador before returning to Lima in her early twenties. She immersed herself in the study of psychology and has worked as both a cognitive behavioral psychotherapist and certified life coach in order to help people connect more deeply to their personal journeys. With a background in hospitality, she regularly welcomes visitors to Peru from around the world, sharing her local knowledge and unique perspective on Peruvian culture. In her down time, you can find Gizella riding local Paso horses, working on her blog, cooking up some delicious vegetarian food, or diving into new intellectual pursuits to quench her curiosity.

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