On top of our large network of freelance contributors and part-time staff, we are a growing, international team with a common goal: to educate and inspire all people to experience, enjoy and protect wilderness.
- Apoorva PrasadFounder, CEO & Editor-in-Chief
Apoorva is an award-winning entrepreneur, multimedia journalist, photographer and writer; experienced rock climber and mountaineer, snowboarder and paragliding pilot, with over a decade of international media and outdoors experience in France, USA and India. Over his career, he helped launch Maxim magazine’s India edition in 2005; spent four years at the Paris headquarters of the international 24/7 news channel FRANCE 24; and has worked on projects as diverse as scripts with Shekhar Kapur and Gautam Chopra, to managing multimedia editorial projects for the New York-based Studio One Networks.
For many years he was the only international outdoor and adventure journalist of Indian-origin, with clips in The Australian, Gizmodo.com, Outlook Traveller, L’Equipe mag, Triathlete’s World UK, Climbing magazine (USA), Rockclimbing.com, Indian Mountaineer, The Economic Times, Maxim, Men’s Health, Open, Smart Travel Asia (Hong Kong), Extremium (Poland) and others. In the course of duty, he’s trained with the French Army at its elite National Commando Training Centre in Collioure, learned to race a Corvette Z6 at the Phoenix, Arizona-based Bondurant School of Race Driving, braved riots and snowboarded off Kashmir’s Mt. Apherwat, ridden backcountry over Chamonix’s glaciers, gone scuba diving in Corsica, rock climbed from Armenia to Yosemite, and called for helicopter rescue while winter climbing on the Mont Blanc Massif. He holds an Advanced diploma from India’s prestigious Nehru Institute of Mountaineering, and is an experienced snowboarder, with a working knowledge of skiing, paragliding, scuba diving and other sports.
Apoorva is a graduate of the first batch of New Delhi’s Vasant Valley School - the country’s number-1 ranked K-12 institution; has a degree in Economics from the University of Maryland, College Park, USA, and a diploma in French Cinema from l’Institute Catholique de Paris, France. He’s a member of the Himalayan Club and the Foreign Correspondents’ Club of South Asia, and is invited to speak at conferences in India and globally and has served on several committees and panels in the adventure space. He is currently serving as a judge for the 2016 edition of the prestigious Red Bull Illume photography competition.
- Nandini PrasadCo-founder & Publisher
Nandini Prasad grew up between India and Europe, exploring jungles in one and skiing in the Alps in the other. Over her long career she became well-known for having developed a Code of Ethics for Gender Mainstreaming in Broadcasting Organisations, and as the author of several research papers and books on gender and media. Until 2008, she led a USAID project in India, and before that, managed the gender and basic education portfolio in India for Development Cooperation Department of the Netherlands. Nandini has a Masters in Economics and a diploma in journalism and mass communication. An inspiration to her son Apoorva, she continues to travel, having recently snowmobiled in Svalbard in the Arctic Circle, and visited the Everest Base Camp on the Tibetan side.
- Lorenzo 'Zo' FornariCo-Founder & Chief Operating Officer (COO)
The question Lorenzo receives on a daily basis is “where are you now?”.
Ever since he was a child he’s been living, exploring, photographing, and sharing these travels. The only continent that has so far managed to be spared by his presence is Antarctica. From a family of diplomats and artists, he grew up between the Middle-East, USA, and Europe, where he got his Masters in Business and HRM and now (mostly) resides as a photographer and explorer by passion. Whenever he can get away he will dive the ocean depths in search of new adventures, from tickling giant groupers to exploring the WW2 wrecks in Truk lagoon.
- Rodrigo RodriguesChief Technology Officer (CTO)
Born into a family tree spanning six nations and two continents, travel and languages came naturally to Rodrigo. So did math, music and computers which, has he soon found out, all tap into the same skill set.
Graduated from Instituto Superior Técnico, the foremost Portuguese engineering school, he spent a few years doing research in machine learning and satellite communications, while building an online booking platform for whitewater sports.
Through the Portuguese Government's highly selective "Contacto" program, Rodrigo was then entrusted with an international mission in the Portugal Telecom Group. Within three years, he was appointed CIO of the French and Swiss spin-offs of the Group. He went on to collaborate in multiple startup ventures.
While traveling, Rodrigo prefers to learn the local script by decrypting menus and street signs.
- Nuno RochaChief Marketing Officer (CMO)
A marketer that loves learning from strangers. After a childhood where the beach was his playground, he trekked the four corners of the globe, studied Media and Communications and became fluent in six languages. He then went on yet another journey via the highly selective Portuguese Government Contacto program. This move took him to Brussels and Paris where he became the marketing director at Renova – case study winner of the year by the prestigious INSEAD business school.
- Trivik VermaChief Science Officer (CSO) & Associate Publisher
It was -40C in The Arctic. Trivik hadn’t slept in over 34 hours. The Aurora Borealis finally showed – a mere ten minute window – perhaps the longest that season.
Trivik has spent most of his adult life outside, either climbing thousand foot cliffs or exploring the terrain of The Alps. His PhD in Complex Networks, subtitled “Nature always has the last word”, is an effort to understand nature through science. He spends his time exploring life in the mountains through adventure travel, and focussing on business and scientific pursuits to further the cause of a healthier, happier planet.
- Himraj SoinAssociate Editor
An adventure travel journalist who helped launch The Outdoor Journal as the very first employee. An avid skier and climber who studied at Colorado College, he is also a National Geographic Student Expedition leader. His expeditions have taken him to Tibet, Mongolia, Bhutan, Borneo, Madagascar, Peru, Morocco, Namibia, Argentina, Chile, and Antarctica, amongst others.
- Alyssa FowlerContent & Marketing Specialist
On her first plane at 6 weeks old, a severe case of wanderlust hit her young. She’s been accepting and welcoming that diagnosis and its symptoms ever since.
Following her studies in Political Science & Human Rights in Ottawa, Canada, and Yoga Teacher Training in Vancouver, life led her over the Atlantic to capture the world the best way she knew how, words. From the slopes to the waves, it is hearing and sharing stories that keeps her going—hoping to inspire people to think differently about the way we treat each other and the planet that lets us do what we love.
- Madhuri ChowdhuryAssociate Editor
She’s an experienced horseback rider who has been on assignment on multiple riding expeditions, including through the Thar Desert in India and across the Mongolian steppe. She also enjoys hiking and skiing. Madhuri graduated from the University of Warwick with a degree in Film and Literature, and continues to love words and images that tell stories. When she isn’t travelling, she’s usually found at TOJ HQ, on location at photo shoots or in the park with her dog Coco.
- Meesha HolleyPhoto Editor
Specialising in aquatic photography and videography. Meesha is a BA Fine Art Photography graduate from Falmouth University, England, and a BSAC trained Professional Underwater Videographer. Her nomadic lifestyle frequents between coastal regions and mountains throughout the year, exploring the cultures that surround these terrains.
- Louise BondCommunications Officer
Having sailed to the Great Barrier Reef at the age of 5, Louise caught the travel bug early. During her degree in French and History, she spent her university holidays au pairing in France, trampoline coaching in Canada, hitchhiking across Europe and trekking through South America and Tibet. Her career in travel kicked off on her Erasmus year abroad in Martinique where she worked as a tour guide while learning to surf and speak Créole with the locals.
Forever seeking to discover new cultures and experiences, Louise draws inspiration from her work researching and chatting to adventure operators around the world to promote the upcoming reviews and bookings platform, The Outdoor Voyage .
- Michael LevyJournalist
Originally from New York, Michael studied English and Middle Eastern Studies at Williams College. After school he spent several years working for a think tank, at a tech startup, as a climbing guide in Vietnam and as an outdoor educator in China. Now he writes. Michael has written for Rock and Ice, Climb, and Action Asia among others. When he’s not writing you’ll likely find him climbing the cliffs in whichever country he’s in at the moment and searching for the best cup of coffee around.