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
Head of community growth

Alex is passionate about creating shared experiences that broaden peoples' perspectives. She joined Unsettled as Head of Community Growth after managing partnerships at a travel tech startup called Peek 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
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Experience Leader

Allie "Alita" Silver has spent the past six 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.

Ramon Arora

Ramon Arora
Marketing Director

Ramon, AKA "The International Marketing Man of Mystery" as we like to call him, absolutely loves all things marketing. He's spent several years working with major brands and various clients on high performance marketing campaigns. Ramon's love of travel stems from his desire to party in every major global city in the world (where you'll meet his alter ego, Ramón...), followed by exploring, adventuring, and becoming a better version of himself. He's currently writing his own bio in third-person, which, at first, he found strange. But as he continues to write, he thinks "this is not so bad". He also loves puppies. 

Liza Schmidt
Experience Leader

Liza has spent the past five years working in various roles in international education. She has managed international relations and study abroad programs at a major Colombian university, oversaw student relations at an international experiential education provider, and managed volunteer programs at Colombian nonprofits. She currently lives in Medellín, Colombia where she founded La Vaina News, a weekly Spanglish news bulletin. In her free time, she loves to dance salsa, learn new languages, make homemade jam, and listening to people's unique stories and backgrounds. Reach out to her to share yours. 

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Head of experience design

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 Design.



Bonnie has literally been a "giver of life"; in her role as a Labor Doula, she's been involved in and supported hundreds of births. She's also spent many years as a wellness educator, and held various positions in several startups. Her guiding leadership reference is "to know is to listen and to listen is to know", and she believes balance is the answer to just about everything. She joins us from Seattle, Washington. Oh, and she loves goats. Ask her about it. 



Patrick has served in multiple leadership positions for the U.S. Army and State Department, ranging from service as a Platoon Leader during a deployment in Iraq to a Company Commander in the Army National Guard and as a Foreign Affairs Officer for the U.S. State Department. As he transitions out of one leadership role and into another, he brings with him proven leadership and service to others. He spends his time traveling the world, learning new languages, seeking bold adventures, and searching for the world's best ice cream. He's newly married (congrats!) and is joining us from his current home of Sao Paulo, Brazil.

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Lynne has truly lived a "life less ordinary." A Cape Town native, her career has been filled with projects aimed at reducing unemployment, increasing skills transfers, and developing human potential. 

She is the founder of many firsts in South Africa, including the first in-cinema coffee bar, the first pizzeria in Soweto and recently Scully Scooters- which has so far put over 1400 unemployed, previously disadvantaged youth into either jobs or into their own Business-on-a-Bike. But, she equally loves to talk about her days as a ski bum and sous chef. An avid traveller, she is interested in experiencing new, interesting places and cultures, preferably on a scooter. Lynne is also a Certified Entrepreneur Mentor and loves partnering in the development stage of new and growing businesses. 


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