Machiel Valkenburg is owner of Rubythroat Birding Tours. He was born in the Netherlands but travels all over the world finally brought him to Central Asia where is has lived for over eight years. He currently resides in Spain from where he runs the daily management for RBT. He is a tourleader for the biggest bird tour company in the world, Victor Emanual Nature Tours for whom he leads tours in Asia and Europe. Machiel has an excellent ear for bird sounds and a keen eye. Nowadays he also counts butterflies to his expertise and is developing himself more and more in the field of Asian nature. Machiel is a devoted traveler, making trips in Europe, Africa and Asia. The former Soviet Union countries and their avifauna however have a special place in his heart. Travelling extensively the last 10 years to Central Asia and Siberia has resulted in the founding of Rubythroat Birding Tours. He has a calm approach. Respect, good atmosphere and a good laugh combined with good birding are keywords for trips guided by Machiel.
Madina Akhmetova was born in eastern Kazakhstan in the city of Ust-Kamenogorsk. She studied international relations in Almaty, after her graduation she started here her professional career. She is an open-minded person whom loves to meet new cultures and persons from all over the world. She loves to widen her horizon and spends a lot of time traveling, Italy being a favourite destination. In her spare time, she loves sports, reads books and spends time with friends and family. She is a talented young woman with a very organized and thorough mind, perfectly skilled for the job of operational manager in RBT.