Meet Our Expert Adventure Team

Sue Werner

Sue graduated as a veterinary nurse before embarking on a more adventurous life as a professional outdoor guide. Over the past 3 decades she has worked as an expedition leader, photographer and tour guide. Throughout that time she has been at the cutting edge of developments in adventure travel industry, mainly specialising in the polar regions. Her enthusiasm has taken her to many remote corners of the world, including Madagascar, the Amazon, Africa and the Himalaya. Spending three months living in Grytviken, working for the South Georgia Heritage Trust and ten months as a dog-sled handler in Svalbard during the Arctic winter was definitely two highlights of Sue’s career. In January, 2015, Sue purchased Adventure Associates and continues to plan even more exciting journeys to remote destinations.

Henrik Løvendahl

Henrik has worked as an expedition leader and guide in both the Arctic and Antarctic since 1998. He has lead numerous voyages to Northeast Greenland, Svalbard, the Antarctic Peninsula, Papua New Guinea, along the Norwegian Coast and Scotland. He has travelled extensively to far and remote corners of the world, scaled Andean peaks, trekked in the Himalayas and dived in many exotic locations; but his greatest passion is the polar regions. Henrik and Sue spent three months living and working on the remote Sub-Antarctic island of South Georgia and ten months as dog-sled drivers in Svalbard during the Arctic winter. Most recently Henrik spent six months living in the mountains of Norway working as a dog-sled driver. He is truly at home in the world’s wild places.

Mana Razafy

Mana was born in a little village called Mevarano. Sadly he lost his parents 
at an early age and was sent to Tana to work for a family, who also sent him to school. He saved his money, bought a book and cassette-tape and taught himself to speak English. After passing his Bachelor degree he did his National Service at twenty. When he returned, he completed a Master’s Degree in Management at the University of Antananarivo. Mana started his career in Tourism in 1999. He gained great knowledge about the flora, wildlife, history and the environment, which gives him much pleasure to pass on to his guests. When he is not touring he enjoys playing music, spending time with his family and teaching karate to the orphan children in his village.


Daniel Ademe Tire

Daniel has a vast knowledge of all aspects of Ethiopia, having been a high school teacher prior to developing an interest in tourism. The combination of his knowledge as a teacher, travel consultant and a naturally gregarious personality, makes him the ideal tour guide. Daniel has travelled widely, attending workshops and training sessions in Africa and other parts of the world, as well as obtaining his MA degree in Social Anthropology at Addis Ababa University, deepening his knowledge of the diverse cultures and peoples of Ethiopia. Daniel’s vision is to provide an authentic experience of his country, conserve the fragile environment, and to help boost the income of local communities through sustainable travel practices.


Alex Kinsey

Alex had been working as an accountant for almost thirty years in a variety of roles including private practice,  real estate management,  an international cosmetics company,  and now managing the day to day finances of Adventure Associates.  Her love of travel has taken her cycling across New Zealand’s south island, to Japan,  Nepal and Tibet,  where she hopes to return soon to visit the children she and her husband support. 


Tony Gordon

After a background in Theatre and Photography, Tony began a career in magazine and book design, becoming art director for Nature & Health and Simply Living magazines. In 1985 he was contracted by Dick Smith to design and produce the first issue of the Australian Geographic Journal. Over seventeen years at AG his role as Creative Director involved expanding the publishing division to produce Newton Graphic Science magazine plus a long list of quality books and related products. Upon leaving AG in 2001, Tony established the design consultancy Tony Gordon Printcounsel – specialising in book, magazine, and brochure design & production, print management and consulting for a select group of clients.