Ashish Sanghrajka

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President, Big Five Tours and Expeditions

Spend just a few minutes with Ashish Sanghrajka, president of Big Five Tours & Expeditions, and you see clearly that he is driven by passion. A native-born Kenyan, Sanghrajka learned about the family travel company at an early age.

In the mid-1980s, his family relocated to New York, and later Florida. Sanghrajka attended the University of Arizona in Tucson, graduating with a degree in political science, with a special focus on international economics.

In Charles Schwab’s Capital Markets Division, he worked as an economic analyst and trainer. But his passion for travel resurfaced, and he formally joined the family business, Big Five Tours & Expeditions, in 2002.

He became president of Big Five Tours & Expeditions at the end of 2008. He took the helm of the luxury travel company founded in 1973 in Nairobi, Kenya by his father, Mahen Sanghrajka, who continues as CEO.

An innovative leader, Sanghrajka took family travel in a new direction, approaching it from the child’s point of view. We developed Precious Journeys® and Precious Journeys® College Edition adventures with children at the heart of each journey. As it turns out, that was just the first step.

Big Five is focusing even more on travel from the kids’ perspective, this year launching a first of its kind in the industry – a Kids Kouncil. This Junior Board of Directors. They range in age from 5 to 19 and meet a few times a year to help teach us about what travel mean to them and what they really want. We extended that to include a Kids DNA page to our www.yourtraveldna.com, which we developed to help travelers pinpoint their ideal destinations.

Sanghrajka lives in Jensen Beach, FL with his wife and two young children, who inspire him to continue to grow and deepen Big Five’s commitment to family travel.

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