BTA Board Member Feature – Xavier Owona

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Xavier Owona –


Xavier is a travel ninja who has lived in 12 countries and counting and traveled extensively to 65+. I call London home (for now). A management consultant by trade, Xavier is also a digital professional who led the Travel vertical @Google. Xavier is also a founding member of BTA and the founder of Blackvoyageurs, a discovery & booking platform that curates off-the-beaten path immersive travel experiences to Afro-descendant travelers, in destinations around the world.

What Inspired You To Help Launch BTA? What Is Your Ultimate Goal For The Organization

Frustration! I was exhausted from having to go through the same problems affecting our industry over and over again. The ultimate goal is to drastically change the face of the Travel industry for the better. In order to do that, we as an organization, need to build a safe environment for black content creators, where they can thrive professionally and have access to the same opportunities as everyone else in the industry. We want this change to happen not only in the US but also internationally.

When I’m Not Fighting For The Cause, Things I Like To Do Are

I’m passionate about all things Africa, Startups, and Travel!

My Favorite Food/Drink I’ve Had and In Which Country

Ndolé in Cameroon is hands-down my favorite dish!

Currently Reading or Listening To Right Now

Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe

Organization or Charity Supported

Haiti Nou La, run by Charly Gonzalve

Three Things You Cannot Live Without

Ah ah, in no particular order: My cellphone, good music and good food!