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About us

MEET BOATAFFAIR

Boataffair crafts unique experiences at sea. Established in Switzerland, we understand excellence, it's in our DNA. You can trust us to deliver exceptional and authentic experiences. 

If you are looking to rent or charter a premium yacht, with or without crew, or are simply looking for some inspiration, our team of experts are on hand to help. We hand pick our charter yachts from all around the world, ensuring they are first class boats and are of the highest quality. 

Our concierge service also gives you unrivalled access to authentic local experiences, that have been designed by our boat owners. We promise adventures that you will not find in any guidebook. What are you waiting for? Explore our experiences offering now! 

OUR STORY

Boataffair was founded in 2017 by husband and wife Adrian and Natalya.

The founders’ passion for boats and for designing authentic and beautiful experiences led them to found Boataffair. As boat owners themselves, they realized how this beautiful experience can be easily shared with other passionate boaters and holiday seekers. Adrian and Natalya wanted to build and establish a secure process and be a trusted partners for creating experiences of a lifetime.

For this reason, they created a boutique platform with an emphasis on quality above all things. The company has grown fast since and now has a passionate and professional team of 8 and a vibrant community of thousands of clients, holiday makers and passionate boaters worldwide.

Within our team, we speak eight languages fluently and have an extensive network in the yacht industry and the travel space. It is our belief that we open up opportunities for professional yacht owners and managers as well as holiday makers by connecting them on Boataffair via our trusted platform.

Our verification process ensures that like-minded people with the same values are connected, boats are used more to their full capacity and boat seekers will be able to enjoy an authentic and smooth experience without having to own their own boat.

OUR TEAM

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Natalya Walker

Founder & COO


Natalya is the COO of Boataffair, responsible for managing operations. Natalya has extensive experience in Business Development, E-Commerce and Marketing. Prior to Boataffair, Natalya was the Head of Business Development for several start ups for 2 years, and Managing Partner of Strategy Council, which she exited in March 2017. Natalya gained executive experience as a Business Development Executive for FTSE company Informa Plc in London for 7 years. Natalya holds a MSc in E-Commerce from University of Westminster and an MBA from Imperial College London.

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Adrian Walker

Founder & CEO


Adrian is the CEO of Boataffair. Prior to Boataffair, Adrian has worked as an Investment Manager for a Venture Capital Fund, and thereby assumed the role of the CEO for 18 months for one of its investments. Adrian gained management experience as an Internal Auditor for the Sika Group and Auditor and Consultant for PwC Zurich, and qualified as a Chartered Accountant in 2011. Adrian holds a Business degree from the Zurich University of applied sciences and an MBA from Imperial College London.

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Serhii Kosse

CTO


Sergey is the chief architect and the software developer of the Boataffair platform. He has over 20 years of experience in software engineering. His experience in designing and developing corporate projects ranges from payment systems and billing systems to CRM and full cycle software development. Sergey holds a bachelor’s degree in Information communication networks from the Odessa Academy of Communications in Ukraine.

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Reto Kaufmann

CIO & Head of Experiences


Reto is the driving force behind our experiences and fosters innovation as Chief Innovation Officer in the Boataffair group with his constructive view on matters. Prior to Boataffair, Reto has worked for 6 years as a commissioning engineer and 2 years as the head of commissioning for gas- and steam turbines in Brazil, including support of a customer at one of the largest combined-cycle power plants in South America. Reto gained extensive engineering experience as an expert in control software and in operation and maintenance of power plants in various countries. Reto holds an engineering degree from the University of Applied Sciences Northwestern Switzerland.

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Emilia Biala

Head of Community


Emilia is working on developing our community of passionate boat owners who want to share authentic experiences and try out different boats in new locations. Emilia is a freediver, freediving coach and vice-world champion and multiple national record holder in freediving. Prior to that, Emilia spent 10 years as a Business Developer in the international audit, financial advisory and outsourcing company Mazars in Poland. Emilia shares her deep love and connection to water by teaching freediving all around the World: in Poland, Philippines, Thailand, Indonesia, Croatia and Egypt. She has a Masters degree from the University of Maria Skłodowska-Curie in Lublin.

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Carlo Zanon

Manager Business Development


Carlo is a Manager at Boataffair, responsible for Business Development in Europe. Carlo spent his summers working for yacht charter agencies in Italy, gaining extensive knowledge of the sector. His passion for yachting, combined with his knowledge and determination allow him to work with precision and joy. Carlo holds an undergraduate degree in Management and a Master's degree in Maritime Operations and Management.

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Andrew Sutherland

Strategic Partnerships


Andrew is responsible for Strategic Partnerships at Boataffair. Andrew has spent 8 years working as a General Manager for an International Marine Tourism Operator, Bali Hai Cruises. During this time Andrew oversaw the expansion of its Asian operations through vessel acquisition, mergers and more general business development.  Andrew gained experience working with high profile clients and tourism partners such as Cunard line and Four Seasons. His work promoting Marine Tourism was recognised in 2017 with Google Choice Brand award for Tourism in Asia.   Andrew holds a degree in Marine Science and Technology from Newcastle University, UK, and an MBA from Imperial College London.

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