ABOUT US

OUR STORY (so far)

yuriQa was born out of equal parts inspiration and frustration. Having worked hands-on in Travel Management on both sides of the supply chain for more than 20 years, our co-Founder Philippa Johns has seen first-hand the challenges that Travel Managers and Travel Agencies face trying to extract insights from data that can inform or support business decisions, in time to take action.

Collaborating with veteran Business Intelligence and Information Management specialist Brad Riley and a team of agile developers, yuriQa was developed from the ground up to answer the ‘So what” questions from data for Corporate Travel Managers, Travel Agencies and Travel Management Companies, By using technology to do the heavy lifting on analysis and by ingraining travel management best practices, we set out to surface meaningful insights as they occurred so that time could be spent actioning the insights, and not on creating them.

Travel Agencies and Travel Management Companies, By using technology to do the heavy lifting on analysis and by ingraining travel management best practices, we set out to surface meaningful insights as they occurred so that time could be spent actioning the insights, and not on creating them.

In 2018 Virtual Travel Manager analyses more than $1billion in spend growing at an average rate of nearly 20% each month, with customers in 8 countries.

The next phase of our story is to leverage Artificial Intelligence to make the delivery of actionable insights even easier and our R&D project is underway.

OUR TEAM

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PHILIPPA JOHNS

Prior to founding yuriQa in 2016, Philippa founded The Business Travel Consulting Group in 2003 to help organisations to improve their Travel Management and business performance. In that business, she was passionate about making data insights actionable and giving clients the information that they needed in time to take action.

In yuriQa, the proprietary technology builds on this, making it faster for customers to access need-to-know insights from an unlimited big data set.

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BRAD RILEY

Brad is a Business Intelligence + Information Management (BIIM) professional with over 18 years’ experience in managing and delivering projects in the BIIM domain.

He’s held management, advisory and development roles that have required him to provide strategic leadership and operational management to stakeholders, vendors, and development teams responsible for delivering organisational change and improvement programs at an executive level.

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KRISTIE CASSANO

Kristie has held several senior positions on both sides of the Travel & Expense supply chain both in Australia and the US.

With a strong background in Corporate Travel Agency operations through her tenure at the publicly listed global agency Corporate Travel Management and as General Manager of Concierge Business Travel. Kristie also managed the North American T&E program for Macquarie Bank, covering US, Canada, Brazil, Mexico and Argentina.

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KAREN LETHBRIDGE

As Asia Pacific Manager in Advisory Services for American Express, for 7 years, Karen developed multi-disciplinary skills in business development, T&E management consulting, travel & expense category optimisation, change management strategies, business travel outsourcing and Business Intelligence.

Prior to Advisory Services, Karen worked with Payment Cards and Airlines and has seen the best and the worst of travel data.

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ADRIAN AUGELLI

Bringing data to life is Adrian’s passion and through his work on solution design, development and leadership he has gained a high level of experience with a broad spectrum of contemporary BI technologies (including Amazon Web Services, MS SQL BI Stack (SSRS, SSAS and SSIS), UNIX shell scripting, Oracle PL/SQL, Business Objects universe development and report writing).

Adrian is a proactive team player and leader with a common-sense attitude who regularly exceeds customer expectations and thrives on customer satisfaction.

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DAVE GARDINER

Dave is a successful entrepreneur, a thought leader in procurement and supply chain, and an experienced investor and supporter of start-up businesses. Over a 25-year career he has held senior management positions with Shell, Mars and A T Kearney.

In 2002 he founded management consulting business Portland Group, specialising in procurement and supply chain consulting. He sold this business to Infosys in 2012. In 2014 he was Co-founder of Carthona Capital, a venture capital business focused on supporting start-ups and early stage businesses. Dave has worked with some of the leading global companies on their travel spend issues and opportunities (both as a manager and consultant) and has a deep understanding of the corporate travel market.