Our People

Founders and Editors

Sabine Bergmann is the co-founder and Editorial Director of Hidden Compass. She is a professional writer, traveler and conservation activist. Her work appears in a dozen publications, including Wired Magazine, Sierra, Ethical Traveler and The Best Travel Writing series. She is the managing editor of the Adventure Collection — a travel blog backed by nine adventure travel companies that publishes award-winning writers from around the world. Sabine honed her storytelling abilities in Latin America, where she biked from the Andes to the Amazon, spear-fished invasive species in shipwrecks and co-hosted an environmental radio show in the Dominican Republic.

Sivani Babu is the co-founder and Creative Director of Hidden Compass. She is an award-winning writer and photographer, and a lifelong traveler. Her work has appeared on BBC Travel, CNN, and the Adventure Collection blog as well as in Backpacker MagazineNature Photographer, and Bay Nature, to name a few. Sivani’s love of adventure and storytelling has taken her sailing across the Drake Passage, chasing storms through Tornado Alley, bushwhacking through Rwandan forests in search of mountain gorillas, and road tripping around the United States with a former teacher of hers from high school.

Liz Shemaria is an Editor-at-Large at Hidden Compass. She comes from a family of storytellers and is motivated by a story’s power to inspire positive world changeA former daily news editor who longed to write features, as a freelance writer she has contributed to more than a dozen publications and organizations, including BBC TravelAFARRoads & Kingdoms, and Human Rights Watch. Her Northern California roots go back three generations, yet she views “home” as a global experience. She has trekked solo in the Himalayas, interviewed artists in military-ruled Burma, and studied art and history in Florence, Italy. Liz earned a master’s degree in journalism from the University of California, Berkeley with an emphasis on international reporting and new media.