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Meet The Team

A brief insight to the people behind Adams & Butler Africa

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SIOBHAN BYRNE LEARAT

Founder & CEO

Siobhan Byrne Learat has been in the tourism industry since 1989 when she became Director of Sales for a Victorian Hotel in Killiney - the Bel Air of Dublin and home to Bono of U2. She has an honours BA in Spanish & Arabic; post-graduate degrees in business, Arabic & Middle Eastern History; and a first-class MBA from the Smurfit Business School. After managing Active Ireland, a property development company, she set up Adams & Butler in 2002, the business plan for which was her MBA thesis. Adams & Butler is an upmarket tour operator specialising in customised vacations and private visits for wealthy and sophisticated clients, including many celebrities, to Ireland and Britain from long-haul markets – the US, Canada, Brazil, Australia, Mexico, Argentina, Chile, Columbia, and Russia. Her true passion is Africa, and with her Kenyan Samburu husband Kasao, she launched a new company Adams & Butler Africa designing tailor-made safaris featuring intimate owner-managed camps and lodges and authentic cultural and tribal experiences. Siobhan has also set up a charity the Nalepo Educational Fund to provide basic education to the Samburu children in Northern Kenya and to empower their mothers and other young women there with essential life skills. Siobhan lectures part-time in Entrepreneurship and Innovation and is the President of the Ireland US Alumni Association and a member of the Institute of Directors. She is currently studying towards Chartered Director status with the IoD, having completed the Certificate and Diploma last year. Siobhan speaks several languages and she loves to walk, hike, ski and horse-ride. She is happiest when in the bush with her husband’s tribe. She and her husband Kasao have seven sons between them.

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Kasao Learat

Co Founder

Kasao Learat, Siobhan's husband, the founder and CEO of Adams & Butler, is an Elder of the Samburu tribe in north Kenya. Kasao is a member of the Kenya Professional Safari Guide Association and worked as a driver guide and manager for various safari companies and safari lodges in Kenya. During this time he was able to use his skills in areas such as game drives and walks, animal control and wildlife census, leopard baiting, wildlife welfare, and managing orphan animals and sick animals. Kasao then became head of the Anti-Poaching Unit of the Tsavo East Anti-Poaching Unit in Kenya, (Funded by the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust). The Anti-Poaching Unit arrested 60+ poachers while he was there and as a result, he was awarded Honorary Lifetime Wardenship of KWS for Tsavo East in recognition of his achievements as Manager. He has also worked with the well-known wildlife documentary film-maker, Reinhard Radke, maker of the film The Serengeti, working a Field Assistant on two of his films for National Geographic, Lions in the Mara and Cheetah: Fatal Instinct. Kasao is fluent in English, Samburu, Kiswahili and Maa and in his spare time, enjoys reading, camping and hiking.

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MAGDA TYLEK

SENIOR TOURS EXECUTIVE

Magda has worked in tourism and travel all her life, first helping her mother run a travel agency, then running her own business. After she graduated from Journalism & Political Science, she wrote articles for several travel magazines and later she became a licensed tour leader and Blue Badge guide. Magda joined Adams & Butler in 2014 and would love to go on a family safari to South Africa.

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Egle Budina

Senior Sales Executive

Egle has nine years’ experience working in the travel and tourism industry. Over the last three years at Adams & Butler, she has acquired an in-depth knowledge of high-end, inbound travel into Ireland and the UK. She’s visited Kenya, absolutely loved it and is looking forward to making a return visit.

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JULIANA SIMAO

Tours Executive

Juliana is originally from the south of Brazil but she has been living in Dublin for eight years and was recently made an Irish citizen. She graduated in Tourism & Hospitality and then worked for several years in hotels in Brazil and Dublin. She has been working in Adams & Butler for almost two years and loves taking care of our Latin American clients. Her dream is to go whale watching in South Africa.

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GIOVANA POLLA

Tours Executive

Giovana is originally from Brazil, but has also lived in Canada, Argentina, Scotland and now Ireland. She studied Tourism & Hospitality in Brazil before achieving her MBA at Queen Margaret University in Scotland. She worked in the hospitality industry for ten years before joining Adams & Butler. She recently returned from a fantastic trip to northern Namibia and can’t wait to return to experience the southern part of the country.

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RACHEL HERMAN

ACCOUNTS EXECUTIVE

Rachel is from Terenure in Dublin and has been working in Adams & Butler for the last two years. Rachel is our accounts person and before she worked in Adams & Butler, worked in her family’s auctioneering business. She’s lived and worked in Canada and Australia and one day hopes to do a dream safari in Kenya and Botswana.