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The founders & directors

Alex Le Beuan, founder and director
Alex Le Beuan, Founder and Director

I fell in love with Asia 20 years ago. After finishing my studies at INALCO (National Institute of Languages and Oriental Civilizations) in Indian civilizations, I travelled the roads and paths of Asia as a tour guide and then as a destination manager for French travel agencies. In 2005, I founded Shanti Travel, a local travel agency with a human face. Shanti Travel creates tailor-made trips offering high quality services, off the beaten track tours and a range of different themed trips.

I truly believe that it is by meeting with the people and experiencing the culture that a journey becomes magical and remains eternal. I founded Shanti Travel to share this idea with other travellers from across the world. At Shanti Travel we are constantly searching for new experiences to share with you so you can be sure that your travels to Asia will always be speckled with surprises.

Jérémy Grasset, director
Jérémy Grasset, Director

Passionate about travel and new adventures, I went to India 10 years ago as a consultant. I started my own company in Chennai before I joined my partner and good friend Alex at Shanti Travel in 2007. I graduated from ESCEM business school and have a background in finance, project development and computer science which apply in my role here at Shanti, whilst also sharing my passion for travel and adventures.

My role also sees me represent Shanti Travel abroad as I travel across the globe visiting new places and new people, sharing our Shanti story and concept. One thing is for sure, being flexible and versatile are two imperative qualities for this position.

Raphaël Ivara, CEO
Raphaël Ivara, CEO

Passionate about travelling, I got hooked on Asia during my twenties when I travelled around the world for a whole year. After this amazing experience, I did not see myself in the typical "French routine" and decided to settle down in South East Asia (Cambodia and Thailand) where I spent almost 13 years and worked in many different fields such as marketing, engineering and tourism.

When I got the opportunity to join the Shanti family, I did not think twice and accepted the challenge in April 2018. As Shanti's CEO, I have been managing the day to day activities of the group while channeling the strategy from the Board of Directors to the whole Shanti team!

I am truly delighted to be able to combine my passion for travelling with my never-ending curiosity and to share this with our travelling guests!

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