Richard Bowen, Travel Director

Richard has two decades of experience in tourism and quite frequently works with institutional travel organizations, such as museums and church organizations, and students from the UK, Ireland, the United States and Canada.  As a result, he spends much of his time traveling all over Europe. He brings this cosmopolitan and pan-European experience to bear on his work with HTP, constantly making connections to other cities and countries in the course of his travel programs.

Originally from England, Richard Bowen has lived in Rome for over 20 years. He holds a bachelor's degree in humanities from Middlesex University, and a master's degree in medieval and twentieth-century history from University College London.

Jasmina Dvorsek, Travel Director

Jasmina Dvorsek, a travel director from Slovenia, was destined to be a traveler! Her father was a tour guide and she grew up listening to the stories of his travel adventures. She also frequently visited her family in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

Jasmina started working as a guide in 1996, while still a student, focusing on history and journalism. Both her career as a journalist and as a travel director have given her opportunities to travel the world extensively but Slovenia, the Balkans, Central and Eastern Europe are still the destinations she holds most dear. She currently lives in Ljubljana, Slovenia.

Raffaella Golinucci, Travel Director

For over 16 years, Raffaella has been organizing and leading travel programs for colleges and universities, business groups, choirs, orchestras and even professional rock bands.  Originally from Cesena in Northeast Italy, Raffaella now frequently travels between Italy and her adopted home in London.

Following her degree in English language and literature from the University of Bologna and a masters in marketing management for the travel and tourism business, she began her career in tour managing and operations. This has given her the opportunity to travel extensively across Europe and the United States while working with a large variety of clients and educational travel groups.

Raffaella loves her job and looks forward to sharing her passion for Italy with you!

Jay Borkland, Academic Advisor

Jay is a geophycisist with a passion for underwater exploration and adventure. He is also a Senior Lecturer on the faculty of Northeastern University, College of Professional Studies. He teaches courses on Environmental Studies, Geology, Oceanography and Geophysics. His academic research and interests include Archaeology, History, Marine Studies, Earth Science, Natural Resources, Ecology and Geophysics. Jay has traveled around the world and believes in the transformative nature of travel.

Roger Hart, Global Security Advisor

Born in London, Roger joined the British Diplomatic Service after studying modern languages at the University of Birmingham, England.  He has served as the British Ambassador to Peru, Angola and Sao Tomé & Principe, and Consul General in Mexico City and Rio de Janeiro. He was decorated by HM The Queen in 1997 for services to British diplomacy.

Both Roger and his wife, Angeles, love to travel. In the course of their diplomatic career, they worked in ten countries and have visited over 80. Roger is a life-long fan of the London soccer club, Arsenal, and in the US he has a soft spot for the Pittsburg Penguins. Now they divide their time between homes in London and Madrid, together with regular visits to their two sons and four grandchildren in Boston.