First Round Of TBEX International 2017 Speakers Announced


Please join us and welcome this first round of great speakers for TBEX International 2017 in Jerusalem.


Ajay Sood

Ajay Sood is a Canon Photo Mentor and Photo Tour Leader who has led photo tours to Tanzania, Goa, Ladakh, and countless iconic destinations. A Photo Educator, Ajay also conduct MasterClasses on Photography across India. He is also a Photo Jurist, and has been a panelist on numerous contests including Canon Photomarathon 2012 and 2015.

A world-class photographer, Ajay has won many awards including  OSM (Outlook Social Media) Photographer Of The Year 2016,  India’s biggest blogging contest – “Cox & Kings”, #GrabYourDreams (Season 2)”, Grand Prize National Geographic Traveller’s GetOutThere Photo Essay Contest, and Photography Grant #NeelDongreTrust.

Ajay’s award-winning photos have been published in: CondeNast Traveler, National Geographic Traveler, JetWings International, Travel Plus, Huffington Post…, and many other publications. His website/blog, Travelure, was recently ranked #1 by travel giants, Skyscanner Ltd.



Bill Fink

Bill Fink’s travel writing has been published in over 50 publications worldwide, including blogs, magazines, newspapers, websites, and guidebooks. He is a two-time SATW Lowell Thomas Gold Award winner for his articles, which have also been featured in The Best of Lonely Planet Travel Writing, and Travelers Tales “Best Travel Writing.” Bill focuses on adventure (and misadventure) travel, and is always on the lookout for the next great story angle. Read more about his adventures and mis-adventures at Bill Fink Travels.




Cailin O’Neil

Cailin O’Neil is an award winning travel video blogger and social media influencer who has been running the travel, video and food blog Travel Yourself for the past seven years. With a major in Film and a background working in the Film and TV industry, Snapchat is a natural fit for sharing her daily life, creative stories, and travels around the world … now at 50 countries and counting.






Chris Christensen

Chris is the founder and CEO of BloggerBridge, a startup influencer connecting bloggers and industry contacts. He is the host of the Amateur Traveler, an award winning online travel show that focuses primarily on travel destinations. It includes a weekly audio podcast, a video podcast, and a blog. In 2015, Chris won a Lowell Thomas Award for Travel Journalism from the Society of American Travel Writers (SATW) and was called the “Best Independent Travel Journalist” by Travel & Leisure Magazine in their annual SMITTY Awards. He has worked for years in technology startups in Silicon Valley.




Ciaran Blumenfeld

Ciaran Blumenfeld is creative entrepreneur and founder of, a social media analytics subscription service that offers insight into hashtag use and user accounts on Twitter and Instagram. As a social media and marketing expert with a strong online presence, Ciaran identified a need for ways to better understand and analyze Twitter and Instagram use, and then turning that data into action. She has been named as one of the “15 Most Powerful Moms in Social Media” by Working Mother Magazine and has been featured in Forbes, The New York Times and Fast Company.




Cory Woodard

Cory Lee was diagnosed with Spinal Muscular Atrophy at the age of two, but that certainly has not diminished his desire to travel – wheelchair and all. He has been everywhere from Australia to Iceland (to name just a few), and he blogs about his accessible (and sometimes not so accessible) travel adventures on Cory has been featured in The Los Angeles Times, USA Today, The Huffington Post, and several other publications, making him one of the leading accessible travel experts. Cory ongoing mission is to inspire others to break out of their comfort zones and start rolling around the world.




Eden Rudin

Eden Rudin is a social media and online branding strategist with a passion for Facebook. She loves infusing others with her passion for the power of social media in the business, branding and marketing space. Eden is continually staying up to date on the ever changing dynamics of Facebook; something most people would find a chore is what she thoroughly enjoys. Since 2009 Eden has helped hundreds of businesses and independent professionals maximize their activities and presence on Facebook. Her website, The Social Garden, offers insight into her strategies and clientele. In 2013 Eden and her husband Denny began traveling full time, while developing a Social Media Manager Academy and Facebook for Business courses.




Gary Bembridge

After 30 years in senior global marketing roles at multi-nationals, Gary is now semi-retired and focuses full-time on his Tips For Travellers blog, weekly podcast, and YouTube Channel. He is also one of the co-founders of Travelator Media, a collective of 50+ proven and awarded travel content creators that provide content and social media services for brands and tourist boards looking to meet this demographic. Gary is based in London.





Leif Pettersen

Leif Pettersen is a freelance writer, humorist, world traveler, and Tourism Communications Manager for Mall of America in Minnesota, the most visited tourist attraction in the U.S. He has traveled through 55 countries and previously lived in Spain, Romania, and Italy.

Pettersen was a silver medalist at the 2014 International Jugglers’ Association championships, loves chocolate, hates pickles, types with exactly four fingers, and can escape from a straitjacket. He has not vomited since 1993, making him a consummate travel journalist and excellent party guest.

Leif’s book, “Backpacking with Dracula,” explores fact, legend and fiction surrounding Prince Vlad “The Impaler” Dracula and the vampire monster he inspired, while traveling through Romania visiting sites associated with both the Prince and the Count.



Mike Shubic

Mike Shubic is a professional travel video blogger and publisher of Mike’s Road Trip, a travel blog he has published for nearly 7 years. Mike has worked with the Travel Channel, USA Today, Yahoo Trave,l and is a currently a Travelocity Gnational Gnomad brand ambassador. He also has his own ROKU Channel and his videos will be distributed on DirecTV and other cable outlets at the beginning of 2017 as the industry rolls out a new streaming technology.





Ralph Velasco

As President/CEO at Photo Enrichment Adventures, Ralph has organized, administered and led more than 60 cultural tours around the world. Building on this experience he teaches latent travelers to move from an ordinary life, often consisting of mundane work in a cubicle, to a truly fulfilled and exciting life of getting paid real money to travel the world by creating a profitable career as a tour organizer and trip leader.

Ralph is on the road internationally more than 9 months per year, scouting and leading trips, teaching others how to organize and lead their own trips, and speaking around the world.



Simon Lewis

Simon Lewis’s TCS (Travel Concept Solution) is a marketing agency specializing in creative ideas for building travel brands online. They created the first national South African blogger campaign in 2011, and have been working with video bloggers since 2012. TCS has worked with SA tourism on several #MeetSouthAfrica campaigns including the budget travel road trip video. They created #LifeOnIos project in Greece with the aim of rebranding the famous Greek Island of Ios through the use of creative Video Bloggers and Influencers. Simon has a particular passion for the concept of video as the future of travel marketing, which has led him to create a series of road trip video campaigns.




Scott Herder

Scott Herder is a travel photographer and blogger specializing in timelapse and hyperlapse photography. He currently travels full-time with his wife Megan, and writes for their blog, BoboandChiChi, and collaborative site with travel tips, stories, beautiful photography and stunning hyperlapse videos from from their global travels, from Borneo to Bali and beyond. Scott was also a featured speaker at TBEX Asia 2016 in Manila where he led a breakout session on hyperlapse photography.





Tammilee Tilson

Tammilee Tilson began blogging after she left her corporate career for the more adventurous and exciting world of travel. A professional blogger for over six years, Tammilee utilizes her corporate business knowledge as well as her education and MBA on a daily basis, and shares her knowledge with thousands of followers and fans. She and her husband John run Tammilee Tips, a highly successful blog featuring the best of travel, food and life lessons.



REGISTER TODAY to join us and these incredible speakers at TBEX International 2017 in Jerusalem, March 20th – 22nd. We’ve also enlisted some amazing keynote speakers for our premiere International conference, including opening keynote by Gary Arndt and our second day opening keynote by HoneyTrek. And there’s much more to come … so pleased stay tuned!

Please use the hashtag #tbexjlm when sharing your TBEX International 2017 experiences with your fans, followers and friends.

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