Our Team

Learn more about the talented team at Explorica.

Olle A. Olsson, Founder & Chairman

Olle Olsson, Founder & Chairman Explorica Olle is the visionary behind Explorica. He has a quarter-century experience in educational student travel, having worked as everything from a program consultant to the president of EF Educational Tours, an industry leader. He founded Explorica to combine the best of traditional student travel with top new technology to improve every aspect of your travel encounter-from researching, planning, and booking to actually taking the trip. Olle brings both his extensive background and his creative foresight to Explorica, helping ensure an unparalleled travel experience for you. A 15-year resident of the U.S. and a native of Sweden, Olle has also lived in England, France, and Switzerland. He's fluent in German, Swedish, English, French, and HTML (well, sort of).


Matt Wertz, Chief Executive Officer

Matt Wertz, Chief Executive Officer ExploricaMatt joined Explorica as an IT consultant in 2001, quickly getting involved in every facet of the educational touring experience. Right away, Matt passionately embraced Explorica’s mission to make educational travel accessible to as many students as possible. Within a year, he signed on as the lead IT architect and manager, developing innovative technology solutions that would transform the entire educational travel industry. By 2006, he had become the Vice President of Technology, and later became CFO, overseeing Explorica’s technology and financials worldwide. In 2012, due to his demonstration of interdepartmental leadership, innovative thinking and dedication, Matt was made Chief Executive Officer of Explorica. As such, he will continue to push Explorica to provide the most affordable, high quality educational travel in the world. Before partnering with Explorica, Matt worked as an e-commerce consultant and graduated Summa Cum Laude with B.S. Electrical engineering from Boston University.


Dan Kellerd, Global Vice President of Operations

Dan Kellerd, Executive Vice President of OperationsFor over 20 years, Dan has covered every aspect of student travel for major North American and European student travel companies. From resort management to tour directing throughout Europe, from negotiating the best hotel deals to designing the smoothest tour itineraries, Dan has provided educational opportunities for over a million North American and European students and teachers. His background in this field is second to none. Dan is using his extensive industry knowledge coupled with the latest technology to ensure that Explorica travelers get the best value and experience.


Rich Beekman, Vice President of US Sales

Rich Beekman, Vice President of US Sales

Rich joined Explorica in August of 2000 as one of our first Program Consultants, and has since enjoyed working with thousands of teachers and students.  During his time at Explorica, Rich has held roles in Custom Tours, Product Development, Client Retention, as well as opening Explorica's San Diego office. While traveling on over 15 Explorica Conventions and Teacher Trainings as well as still actively managing clients he has had for 10+ years, Rich understands what teachers are looking for in an educational travel partner.  Rich is a graduate of Boston College with a BA in History.


Stephane Cosse, Vice President of Air Operations

Stephane Cosse, Vice President of Air Operations Stephane has over ten years of international experience in both the Consulting and Airline Operations fields. Prior to joining Explorica in 2002, he worked for Accenture Ltd. in Paris and Chicago, conducting process re-engineering and change management consulting services for airline clients. Stephane has a Masters in Strategy and Management from Paris-X University / H.E.C. Business School, France and attended a Masters in Business Administration-Exchange Program at Texas Tech University. At Explorica, he negotiates air contracts, develops close working relationships with major air carriers, and supervises the management of air operations for Explorica travelers. Delivering quality flight itineraries on-time and under budget is Stephane's ultimate goal.


David Conklin, General Manager, Canada

David joined the Explorica team in 2016, bringing extensive industry expertise from more than a decade of leadership with both EF Tours and WorldStrides. He was drawn to Explorica’s mission to use travel as a means of bringing experiential learning into students’ overall educational experience and enjoys helping teachers create tours that build upon their curriculum. The Toronto native is a graduate of the University of Western Ontario and Wilfrid Laurier University, and when he's not helping Canadian students experience the world David and his wife enjoy traveling with their daughter.