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Rod has a passion for travel and good gastronomical experiences in all shapes and forms that has seen him travel and live around most parts of the world.  Now based jointly in Kuala Lumpur and Phuket Rod has lived and worked in the UK, North America, Asia (including the Cocos Islands) and Australia where his origins lie (which part is often debated).  Rod has a background in Finance and Law having been CFO of several listed ASX companies in the Travel, Property and Automotive verticals before joining Michelle at Deck of Secrets as an Executive Director. Rod Brandenburg


Brought up in New Zealand, Jerrold Poh is a Melbourne based software developer who builds handcrafted iOS and Android apps at Blue Cottage Software. He’s also the cofounder of UpShot, a mobile app which combines his two biggest loves – technology and coffee. JerroldPoh_app


Raised in Hong Kong, Simon Ostheimer spent his formative years criss-crossing Asia on family holidays – exploring colonial-era Saigon, wandering the hawker stalls of Singapore; jet-skiing off Boracay, and eating street food in Penang – so it’s little wonder that he eventually became a travel writer. Based in Phuket, from where he pens articles for a slew of travel magazines and websites, including Travel & Leisure, Conde Nast, CNN, and just about every airline that flies into the southern Thai island, you’ll most often find him out exploring his island home with his young family. SimonOstheimer_02_app


Sarah has lived and worked in Bali for twenty years, first as editor of the island’s ground breaking glossy, bali Echo and then at various publications including Hello Bali, Garuda in-flight and Taste magazine. She is also a contributor to many international publications, including Deck Of Secrets. She is currently editor of threesixtyguides and a busy food and travel writer for both local and international publications. SarahDougherty_app


Simon’s love affair with Istanbul started at the ripe old age of 16, as soon as he stepped off the train after a 3 day non-stop journey from the UK. The simit vendors, the lemonade and the baklava shops were of course an initial pull. Simon runs THAT Magazine a free printed cultural zine which if you’re lucky you might see lying around in one of the cafes you visit. Perhaps you’ll see Simon too, if so flag him down and offer him a Turkish tea and a cheese toasty. Istanbul_SimonJohnson_app


An Aquarian born in Izmir and raised in a family of journalists as the third generation. She moved to Istanbul to study Tourism where she became familiar with international cuisines and food and beverage management. Not only fond of food, but also arts, culture, travel and sports. She is an amateur sculptor, a lifestyle blogger, practices advanced yoga and works in a maritime company as trade manager. She’s an expert on Istanbul city life & trends often travelling to Europe and USA for work and leisure. Her website Gurulogy founded in 2013 has a motto saying ‘We Are All Gurus of Our Lives’. She is also the blogger for Mekanist (F&B portal) with over 1 million subscriptions. Istanbul_SerraTukel_app


Born and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area, Jennifer relocated to Istanbul in early 2008 after falling hard for the city’s chaotic energy. An environmentally and socially minded journalist with a penchant for art, food, photography, running, and travel, her writing has appeared in The Christian Science Monitor, The National, Salon, Time Out Istanbul, and Wired, among other print and online publications. When not hard at work, you’ll often find her wandering the city’s streets, taking in a gallery opening, or socialising with friends at one of her favorite Beyoğlu bars. Istanbul_JenniferHattam_02_app


Born in Istanbul into an eclectic family of different origins and vast interests from cooking to photography, music to design, Basak Miller earned a degree in Film, Writing & Photography from Emerson College, moving on to New York to study at Parson’s School of Design and work as a Graphic Designer. Going back to her roots five years ago, she now runs her own blog NEW-IST, where she fuses her diversified upbringing, exciting travels and personal experiences, and contributes to various publications with her reviews and opinion pieces. Istanbul_BasakMiller_01_app