2014 Speaker Bios

2014 Speaker Bios

 

Breakout Session Presenters

4/28 - A-1 Creating a Sense of Place

Sr. Jorge Moller - Revealing USA Today's "Secret Place" - Isla Chiloé in Enchanting Chile

Jorge Moller, (Chilean), founded “Eco Travel” in the south Chile in 1990, and has always been dedicated to nature and cultural tourism. A pioneer in the area of Specialist Interest Tourism throughout the country – an expert in general tourism services, as well as agro-tourism and ecotourism. Jorge is Director of Turismo Chile, one of Chile’s major tourism organizations and was a founding member of Chile’s adventure travel regulatory organisation (C.A.T.A.) and the Tourism Corporation of Puerto Varas. Jorge regularly participates as a negotiating consultant for the Santiago Convention Bureau, Puerto Varas Convention Bureau and is a Member of the South American Chapter of the Society of Incentive Travel Experts (S.I.T.E.).Darwin’s Trails Chile is a joint English / Chilean inbound Tour Operator with 20 years of experience with the ethos of providing real local colour experiences and local people contact for clients visiting Chile and Patagonia.

4/28 - A-1 Creating a Sense of Place

Ms. Ariane Janér - The Place of Animals in Ecotourism

Ariane Janér is a Dutch zoologist with an MBA who has been working with sustainable tourism in Brazil since 1991. She is a TIES advisory boar member. Together with other ecotourism pioneers, she co-founded Instituto EcoBrasil in 1993. Through her company Bromelia Consult she has been involved with projects that range from community tourism projects to private enterprise, from designing tours to websites, from business plans to marketing plans. Ariane is also technical director of the Instituto Homo Caballus (iHOCA). This NGO promotes horseriding and equestrian culture for wellbeing and as a way of connecting man to nature. Ariane builds on her experience in marketing and finance acquired through a career at Royal Dutch Shell, as a free-lance consumer market researcher for Euromonitor, as a financial analyst for Baxter Straub and as owner/director of an ecotourism operator. She is a regular speaker at events in Brazil and internationally.

4/28 - A-1 Creating a Sense of Place

Mr. Henrique Villas Boas - Projeto Gadonça - The value of ecotourism to foster jaguar conservation in the Brazilian Pantanal

Henrique is a biologist graduated by the University of São Paulo (1998), with a Master degree in Ecology and Conservation by the Federal University of Mato Grosso do Sul (2004), and now is pursuing his PhD degree at Trent University (Canada). He works as Biologist and Guide Supervisor at Fazenda San Francisco Agroecotourism and is an Associate Researcher at Instituto Pró-Carnívoros, having long experience as field biologist in research and conservation projects with wild cats in the Brazilian Pantanal. He has also worked for many years as naturalistic guide in this region, and is now responsible for the training and qualification of the guides of Fazenda San Francisco Agroecotourism. In the past seven years at this destination he has given more than than 900 lectures to almost 20 thousand visitors, having great impact on public awareness about conservation issues faced by jaguars in the Brazilian Pantanal. Biologist- Fazenda San Francisco & Instituto Pró-Carnívoros

4/28 - A-1 Creating a Sense of Place

Mr. Masaru Takayama - Eco-gourmet Rural Tourism in Japan

Mr. Masaru Takayama founded Japan Ecolodge Association (ECOLA), to promote ecotourism and ecolodge uniting responsible tourism and green buildings in Japan. The environmentally-friendly accommodations standard developed by ECOLA is fully recognized by Global Sustainable Tourism Council to bottom up the industry standards in the Japanese marketplace. Working as a global community-based ecotourism consultant, ecolodge advisor, and responsible tour operator ‘Spirit of Japan Travel’ in Kyoto, Masaru serves a number of key positions in the organizations both home and abroad pertinent to ecotourism and protected areas. – Vice chair, The International Ecotourism Society. Tourism for Tomorrow Awards Judge

4/28 - B-1 Conserving & Protecting Place

Dr. Kimberly Winter - U.S. National Forests as Partners in Global Nature Tourism

Kim sparked her passion for adventure travel by volunteering as a field assistant for a hawk study on the Galapagos Islands, then joined bird research projects in the U.S. Ozarks and Puerto Rico. She served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Bolivia, teaching environmental education near Amboró National Park. She was later invited by indigenous communities in Ecuador and Bolivia to document their subsistence use of natural resources, which empowered them nationally to help manage them. Those projects led to her master’s degree in Ecological Anthropology and doctorate in Wildlife Ecology and Management.

She has worked as International Coordinator for the non-profit, North American Pollinator Protection Campaign (NAPPC), as Habitat Programs Manager for the National Wildlife Federation, and currently, as National Leader for the U.S. Forest Service NatureWatch Program.

Kim currently lives near Washington, D.C.. She thrives on international travel, and relaxes by gardening or cycling with her daughter, Milagros.

 

4/28 - B-1 Conserving & Protecting Place

Dr. Ismar Lima  -  Governance and Ethno-ecotourism: Building up an Operational Managing Model

Ismar Lima is a PhD holder in Human Geography by the University of Waikato, New Zealand, and has a Master's degree in International Relations by the Intl. University of Japan. Currently, he works as Assistant Professor in the Tourism field at the State University of Roraima, UERR, and he is also the coordinator-in-chief of the Research Lab on the Northernmost Amazonia, MultiAmazon. He is the author of several articles on ecotourism and community-based tourism, and published the book entitled, The Micro Geopolitics of Ecotourism, available on Amazon.com. He has tracked an international career and has participated in international conferences around the world, the last one in Venezuela with a focus on indigenous tourism. His main research interests are the current ecotourism themes, issues and trends, as well as public policies,territorial management and governance related to Amazon Rainforest. Recently, prof. Lima has centered his attention to indigenous tourism issues in Brazil.   

4/28 - B-1 Conserving & Protecting Place

Mrs. Kate Wannan-Da Silva - Green Building Volunteer Tourism. Conserving Culture & Protecting The Environment

"Kate began her career in the tourism industry at the age of 16 working as a guide in Northern Ontario, Canada. After University she guided tours in South America; travelling to Inca Ruins in Peru, the Galapagos in Ecuador, through the Amazon Jungle in Boliva and Mat Atlantic Jungle in Brazil. She continued to gain experience managing Ecolodges in Ecuador and Brazil. Her work in the tourism industry was combined with time spent volunteering in conservation and teaching underprivileged youth. Her experiences inspired her to begin an innovative eco-tourism company that encompassed her ideals of community development through sustainable tourism and thus, the journey to create Ecolibrium Sustainable Adventures began. Kate has an Honours Bachelor of Outdoor Recreation, Parks and Tourism and a Bachelor of Arts in Geography from Lakehead University, Canada. She is also a Registered Massage Therapist, a wife, and a mother of two wonderful children."

4/28 - B-1 Conserving & Protecting Place

Dr. Mihee Kang - Partnership for grassroots initiatives on ecotourism development

Dr. Kang is a research professor at Seoul National University, researching topics related with protected areas management and sustainable tourism. She received her Ph.D. degree at Seoul National University in 1999 and became the first Ph.D. in the field of ecotourism in South Korea. She serves as an executive board member of Ecotourism Korea and as a consulting fellow of Ecotourism Consulting Committee organized by South Korea’s Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism. She has actively participated in numerous ecotourism and protected area projects in Korea and abroad such as Australia, China, Indonesia, etc. She published many articles and books including the first ecotourism book in Korea titled “Ecotourism: Guidebook for Alternative Development and Management of Ecologically Sensitive Local Area” and the recent one titled “Opportunities and Challenges of Ecotourism in ASEAN Countries”. She was also the winner of “UNESCO 2000 Young Scientists Awards”.

4/28 - C-1 Managing Destination Places

Drs. Albert Salman - Towards a holistic approach to tourism destination sustainability

Albert Salman, a Dutch national, holds a Dutch drs. (MSc) degree in biology (coastal ecology and management). A senior executive with 23 years international management experience co-ordinating a staff of 15-30 members; experienced senior expert with a broad orientation in coastal matters, specialising in sustainable tourism destination planning, Integrated Coastal Zone Management (ICZM, ICM), coastal erosion management, and adaptation to climate change. From 2005 he led the development of innovative approaches to measure and monitor performance in tourism sustainability at destination level: the QualityCoast and, more recently the QualityDestination programmes. As director of the Global Sustainable Tourism Network (GSTN) he developed the Global Sustainable Tourism Review (GSTR). He has been extensively involved in coastal, environmental and sustainable tourism issues, around the North Sea, in the Black Sea, in the UAE, and throughout the Mediterranean. In his work he was also involved in local development, environmental planning, and capacity building.

4/28 - C-1 Managing Destination Places

Kelly Galaski - Community Tourism Development in Partnership with the Private Sector: A case study of G Adventures' initiative with the Multilateral Investment Fund

Kelly Galaski holds a bachelor of commerce degree in hospitality and tourism management and a master in environmental studies in sustainable tourism development. She has over 15 years of hospitality and tourism industry experience, having worked in various positions in hotels, restaurants and travel companies. She has 7 years experience working in rural, underserved communities in Latin America and the Caribbean on developing community tourism plans, projects and initiatives, creating opportunities by connecting with the private sector. As Planeterra's program and operations manager for Latin America and assistant technical director of G Adventures' three-year technical cooperation project with the multilateral investment fund (MIF) of the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), Kelly works with the Central and South America field managers and local partners to develop projects in some of G Adventures' most important tourism destinations in the region.

4/28 - C-1 Managing Destination Places

Mr. Frederico Costacurta - Architecture of lodges within protected areas: A socialenvironmental evaluation

Architect and Urban Planner (FAU USP 1981), Master of Regional Development and Environment (2006), consultant and auditor ABNT 15.401:2006 (Sustainability Management Lodging Facilities). APA Manager (2004-2006), Executive Director of the Institute of Ecotourism Cocoa Coast (2004-2007), coordinator of the Master Plan and the Project Orla Ilheus, BA (2006). Creator of Polo de Ecoturismo 4 Cantos da Lagoa (Lagoa Encantada, Ilheus, BA). Associate architect of Ungaretti + Costacurta Architecture (Sao Paulo), associate architect of Whywood Decks and Wood for Living (São Paulo, SP) and associate consultant of Parkia Consulting (Ilheus, BA).

4/28 - C-1 Managing Destination Places

Mr. Randall Durband - From Failure to Success: Marketing CBTs Through Private Partnerships

Randy Durband has had two careers in travel and tourism – 20+ years in senior leadership positions at tour companies, having served as President for Travcoa, INTRAV, and Clipper Cruise Lines, (brands within TUI Travel plc), plus Executive Vice President of Tauck World Discovery. These days, in his second travel and tourism career, Randy supports Sustainable Tourism as an advisor, consultant, and speaker. He brings his knowledge of the business of travel, his global network of travel professionals, and a passion for sustainability to support sustainable tourism destination management and marketing. He is a member of the board of directors of the GSTC and chairs its Market Access working group. His current affiliations also include the International Cultural Tourism Committee of ICOMOS (International Council on Monuments and Sites) and the Sustainability & Social Responsibility Committee of PATA (Pacific Asia Travel Association). He has held several board positions in travel and tourism, and has extensive speaking experience.

4/28 - D-1 PANEL 1 HR Sustaining Places Through Planning, Crisis Management, Monitoring, & Life Cycle Planning

Mr. Rogerio Dias - PANEL: ICMBio plans, actions and challenges to increment and improve ecotourism in Brazilian National Parks

 

Bachelor of Science (Cornell University, USA), Specialization in Wildlife Management and Conservation (National Zoo, USA), and Master in Tourism Management (Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand). Field researcher on wildlife ecology (1987 to 1992). Working with ecotourism projects in Brazil since 1993. Technical consultant for Brazilian governmental institutions (Ministries of Environment and Tourism, and states and counties departments), for non-governmental institutions (WWF-Brasil, FUNATURA, GAMBA, ECOBRASIL, Grupo Nativa, and FBB), and for private entrepreneurs. Since 2002 coordinates the Center for Environmental Education at COEPi - Educational Community of Pirenópolis (ngo). Ecotourism researcher, project manager and lecturer at the Center of Excellence in Tourism at the University of Brasilia (2003-2013). Recently took up the position of General Coordinator of Public Use and Businesses at ICMBio - the Brazilian federal authority in charge of the creation and management of federal protected areas.

Sandro Roberto da Silva 4/28 - D-1 PANEL 1 HR Sustaining Places Through Planning, Crisis Management, Monitoring, & Life Cycle Planning

Mr. Sandro Roberto da Silva - PANEL: ICMBio plans, actions and challenges to increment and improve ecotourism in Brazilian National Parks

 

Graduated in Biological Sciences (Federal University of Mato Grosso do Sul) and Master in Environmental Sciences (University of Maringá). Worked as a Laboratory Technician with a specialty in Limnology. In 2002 joined the IBAMA, sent to a conservation Unit (Tapirapé Biological Reserve) in Pará state. In 2003 was manager of a National Forest (National Forest Itacaiúnas), and in late 2004 moved to manager a Unit Conservation in the Midwest of Brazil (Environmental Protection Area of the islands of the Paraná River and Wetlands). In 2010 was removed to the coast of Northeast Brazil, where he was manager of two protected areas (Environmental Protection Area Mamanguape River and Area of Relevant Ecological Interest Mangrove River Mamanguape). In 2013 was transferred to the National Park of Serra da Bodoquena, in the city of Bonito/MS, which until now serves as manager of the protected area.

4/28 - D-1 Sustaining Places Through Planning, Crisis Management, Monitoring, & Life Cycle Planning

Mr. Fábio Araujo - PANEL 1: ICMBio plans, actions and challenges to increment and improve ecotourism in Brazilian National Parks

 

Mechanical engineer, graduated from the Air Force Technological Institute (ITA). Master in science in geophysics, from the Programme for Research and Graduate studies in Geophysics, a partnership between the Federal University of Bahia and Petrobras.



Worked in the private sector in geophysical survey projects, with applications in environment protection, underground water and mining. Entered the public sector in 1998, as a Public Policies specialist, and has worked for 14 years in the Brazilian Ministry of Environment (MMA), in the implementation of the Brazilian protected areas system. Fabio is working now in the Instituto Chico Mendes de Conservação da Biodiversidade, the Brazilian federal agency for protected areas, as the coordinator for visitors's management.



Fabio is an outdoor enthusiast, with interests in mountaineering, long distance hiking and sea kayaking, among other nature bond activities.

4/28 - D-1 PANEL 2 Sustaining Places

Mr. Mikael Castro - PANEL: Case studies in Community Based Tourism: Brazil, Myanmar and Belize

Based in Rio de Janeiro, Mikael has recently taken on the management of a reputable sustainable travel operator, Brazil Ecotravel. With over seven years of experience in the industry, Mikael has worked a multitude of sectors including businesses, trade associations, and non-profits. Spending many years in Washington, DC Mikael has engaged in tourism consulting with Solimar International and has organized international conference for the International Ecotourism Society (TIES). Mikael has managed a high-end hotel, Orixas Art Hotel, in Ceara, Brazil where he implemented a comprehensive international marketing strategy, attracting major European tourists and sporting events to this remote destination. In 2010, he completed an 8-month media expedition through 18 countries in southern and eastern Africa, during which he produced travel stories featured in several Brazilian media outlets, Mikael has extensive travel experience, having visited over 75 countries and holds a Masters in Tourism Administration from the George Washington University.

4/28 - D-1 PANEL 2 Sustaining Places

Ms. Mariana Madureira - PANEL: Case studies in Community Based Tourism: Brazil, Myanmar and Belize

Master in Cultural Heritage (FAU-USP), specialized in Urban Planning (PUC-MG), graduated in Tourism (UFMG), MBA in Management of Social Bussiness (Fundação Dom Cabral). Served as volunteer on INTaP (International Network of Tourism against Porverty) in Italy during the time of attendence in Economia dell’Ambiente e Del Turismo Sostenibile at Univesity of Siena. Coordinated projects related to international promotion of ecotourism, creation of governance in touristic destinations, empowerment of groups in comunities and NGOs management. Became an entrepreneur in 2003 when co-founded Território Turismo Jr UFMG, in 2006 when created Raízes Turismo e Desenvolvimento Local (consultancy) and in 2009 the Raízes Artesanato – social business with a focus on fair trade handicraft marketing in the Valley of Jequitinhonha. In 2012, adds and expands the previous experiences, by implementing the Raízes Desenvolvimento Sustentável (Sustainable Development company).

4/28 - D-1 PANEL 2 Sustaining Places

Ms. Kathy Eow - PANEL: Case studies in Community Based Tourism: Brazil, Myanmar and Belize

Kathy Eow recently joined the team at Tiger Trail Outdoor Adventures, a local tour operator committed to responsible tourism in the UNESCO World Heritage town of Luang Prabang, Laos, where she is building Tiger Trail’s Fair Trek program. Fair Trek extends the company’s commitment to responsible tourism by developing community-based tourism projects in remote villages in Luang Prabang province. Prior to Tiger Trail, Kathy worked in tourism for EF Educational Tours in Boston and most recently as an intern for the International Gay and Lesbian Travel Association in Fort Lauderdale. Kathy will receive her M.S. in Hospitality and Tourism Management from Florida International University in May 2014, with a focus on community-based tourism in Southeast Asia. She is currently working towards publishing her research on community-based tourism in Myanmar. Kathy holds a BA with a concentration in Spanish language and literature from Loyola University in Maryland.

4/28 - D-1 PANEL 2 Sustaining Places

Dr. Carolin Lusby - PANEL: Case studies in Community Based Tourism: Brazil, Myanmar and Belize

Dr. Carolin Lusby is an assistant professor in the School of Hospitality and Tourism Management at Florida International University. She received her Ph.D. in Tourism, Recreation and Sports Management from the University of Florida and her M.S.degree from Wageningen Agricultural University in the Netherlands. Her research and teaching interests include sustainable and ecotourism in marine and land settings, global learning through international travel and grass roots community development.

4/28 - E-1 SPECIAL PANEL

Mr. Hitesh Mehta - Authentic Ecolodge Sense of Place

A Kenyan citizen, Hitesh is a pioneer in ecolodge planning and design, with over 26 years experience and having worked and consulted in over 57 countries on six continents. He is also an Adjunct Professor and the author of three books, including the recently published "Authentic Ecolodges" (Harper Collins) and what is considered the Bible on Ecolodges, "International Ecolodge Guidelines".

 

 

4/28 - E-1 SPECIAL PANEL

Mr. Paul Stanley - Authentic Ecolodge Sense of Place

Paul has been a member and advocate of TIES for many years, he presently resides in Caracas, Venezuela and is the founder and President of Angel-Eco Tours, Angel Conservation and Fundacion Etnika. He formerly lived in Brooklyn New York for some 25 years working in the book printing industry and while there he attended the launch of The International Year of Ecotourism at the United Nations and then the first ecotourism summit in Quebec. His love of Venezuela led him there three years ago and he does a lot of work with the Pemón community in Canaima National Park (the home of Angel Falls) and most recently with a Piaroa tribe in the Amazonas region of Venezuela. Paul also founded EcoAlianza and Expoecoturismo in Venezuela. He has presented previously in Trinidad at an ecotourism event organized by the CTO (Caribbean Tourism Organization).

4/28 - E-1 SPECIAL PANEL

Mr. Arturo Kayser - Authentic Ecolodge Sense of Place

Arturo Kayser was born on January 18th 1961 in Guayaquil, Ecuador

He married Maria Menendez Kayser and he has 3 sons.

Arturo has been work since he was 18 years old in the shrimp industry and later in the fish production and distribution.

His uncle was Jorge Kayser who invented and designed the first "shrimp farm" in Ecuador. At 30 years old, he moved with his family to United States and resided in Miami Florida. He established a fish and seafood distribution company. He became interested in the development of ecological hotels when he come back to the Galapagos Island for business and saw an amazing opportunity to create a new hotel concept never used in the Islands . Immediately , he found a "Galapagos Organic, Orgal SA" and hired the well- known architect Hitesh Meta to start a pioneering project called "Cerro Verde Ecolodge Hotels".

4/30 - A-2 Creating a Sense of Place

Dr. Kelly Bricker - Parks and Protected Areas and Quality of Life: Expanding benefits in a world of rising costs.

Dr. Bricker is an Associate Professor and the Interim Chair of the Department at the University of Utah in Parks, Recreation, and Tourism. She also works as a Senior Research Scientist – in Recreation with HDR. Dr. Bricker completed her Ph.D. research with the Pennsylvania State University, where she specialized in sustainable tourism and natural resource management. She has special research and teaching interest in ecotourism, sense of place, natural resource management, and the environmental and social impacts of tourism. Kelly has conducted research on heritage tourism, social impacts of tourism, natural resource-related tourism environments, and visitor management issues on public lands. She has presented papers on issues in ecotourism, sustainable tourism management, sense of place, tourism and natural resource management, and incentive travel programs. She has published articles on sense of place, ecotourism certification and policy, and health and sustainable tourism relative to community well-being and quality of life. With her husband Nathan, she developed an ecotourism operation called Rivers Fiji. She serves currently as the Chair of the Global Sustainable Tourism Council.

4/30 - A-2 Creating a Sense of Place

Ms. Deirdre Campbell - Celebrating a sense of place: 5 step plan to creating a digital marketing plan

The owner of The Tartan Group, Deirdre has been a communications professional in Canada for over 20 years and Tartan celebrated its 12th anniversary in 2013. Together with her team of five coworkers, Deirdre is committed to helping businesses and organizations become more sustainable and substantially raise their community, national and international profile through integrated marketing and PR. In Deirdre`s words – there is no better and more exciting time for ecotourism operators to promote themselves using traditional and new communications tools. These tools are cost effective with wide reaching results, and with time and dedication, the potential for higher ROI is better than ever. Her mantra is “it’s not just about social media, it’s about integrated marketing communications.”

Luiz Penna Franca 4/30 - A-2 Creating a Sense of Place

DSc. Luiz Penna Franca  -  The Case of Corporate Code of Conduct in Quality Hospitality Committed to Sustainability

 

Luiz Penna Franca, DSc, has a professional background on engineering and environmental sciences. He has worked for over 30 years with government, companies and ngos on the field of environmental management for sustainable development. Since 2003 he is with Roteiros de Charme Hotel Association helping associated members in implementing sustainability practices into hospitality activity.

Tiago Mondo

4/30 - A-2 Creating a Sense of Place

 

Prof. Tiago Mondo   -  Using Trip Advisor for Online Reputation Managment of Destinations, Cases of Bonito and Florianópolis

 

Tiago Savi Mondo, graduated in Tourism and Hospitality, specializing in Project Management has a Masters in Business Administration and Ph.D. in Business Administration. He works as a Professor for the Federal Institute of Santa Catarina, with expertise in the areas of tourism planning and marketing. He has national and international publications in the field. He is a Member of the Group of Studies and Research in Marketing at the State University of Santa Catarina and is a leader in the Center for Hospitality Studies at the IFSC.

 

4/30 - B-2 Destination Development

Ms. Cristina Cuiabalia - Sesc Pantanal Ecological Reserve

Doctorate student in Environmental Science at São Paulo University, Brazil. Master in Geography, in the concentration area Environment and Regional Development at Federal University of Mato Grosso, Brazil. Degree in Biological Sciences at Federal University of Mato Grosso, Brazil. Experience in conservation biology and conservation of the landscape, management of protected natural areas and Permaculture. Researcher collaborator at Support Center for Research about Human Populations in Brazilian Wetlands (NUPAUB), São Paulo University, Brazil. Researcher collaborator at Geography Research Group of Agricultural and Conservation of Biodiversity in the Pantanal, Federal University of Mato Grosso, Brazil. Currently is Manager of Infrastructure of the Private Natural Reserve Sesc Pantanal, Brazil.

4/30 - B-2 Destination Development

Mr. Mauro Castex - Trails of São Paulo Program

Graduated in Business Administration – USP /SP (1996). Postgraduated in Ecotourism – SENAC /SP (2000). Postgraduated in Social and Environmental Management for Sustainability - FIA /SP (2011). Over 14 years experience developing ecotourism activities and facilitation of outdoor training programs for companies. Professor of Postgraduate Ecotourism - SENAC / SP (2002 to 2003). Consultant in Permaculture: System of Design and Handling of the Landscape for Construction in Sustainable Human Ambiences - IPEMA/SP. Actually, working at Forest Foundation in Business and Partnerships for Sustainability Department, an agency of the São Paulo State´s Department of Environment, responsible for the management of 94 Integral Protection Conservation and Sustainable Use Units in São Paulo State.

4/30 - B-2 Destination Development

Ms. Tânia Regina Comerlato - Sustainable Tourism and Children

Graduated in Business Administration – USP /SP (1996). Postgraduated in Ecotourism – SENAC /SP (2000). Postgraduated in Social and Environmental Management for Sustainability - FIA /SP (2011). Over 14 years experience developing ecotourism activities and facilitation of outdoor training programs for companies. Professor of Postgraduate Ecotourism - SENAC / SP (2002 to 2003). Consultant in Permaculture: System of Design and Handling of the Landscape for Construction in Sustainable Human Ambiences - IPEMA/SP. Actually, working at Forest Foundation in Business and Partnerships for Sustainability Department, an agency of the São Paulo State´s Department of Environment, responsible for the management of 94 Integral Protection Conservation and Sustainable Use Units in São Paulo State.

4/30 - B-2 Destination Development

Dr. Heros Lobo - Ecotourism as a Way to Management of Show Caves and Karst Protected Areas

PhD in Geosciences and Environment. Bachelor in Tourism. Adjunct Professor in Federal University of São Carlos (UFSCar), Brazil. Chairman of Commission on Sustainable Development of Show Caves of International Show Caves Association (ISCA).

4/30 - C-2 Trends & Markets

Dr. David Lansdale - A New, Sustainable Model for Ecotourism, with Tourists and Local Leaders as Stewards of Place

 

Dr. Lansdale was born and raised in Thessaloniki Greece, and moved to the United States for his undergraduate (Oberlin) and graduate (Stanford) education in the early 1970's. He has been living in Quito, Ecuador for over 10 years, and teaches Entrepreneurship at the Universidad San Francisco de Quito, Ecuador's leading private liberal arts university. Passionate about his latest home, he launched the Beyond Chacay Foundation to promote Ecotourism as Stewardship to Ecuador, the most biodiverse country, per square meter, in the world. Dr. Lansdale is an advocate of the co creation of value based on relationships between ecotourists and their destination communities, with entrepreneurship based on local value chains as the driver for change and quality of life. The Helix serves both as a heuristic to identify local communities, as well as the engine to promote collaboration between the public, private, civic sectors and academia to create green (eco) businesses.

4/30 - C-2 Trends & Markets

Mr. Glenn Jampol - Understanding the Financial Context in Certification; Weaving Sustainability Norms into a Quality Product

GLENN JAMPOL has been a board member of TIES since 2004 and for the last 6 years has been the President of the National Ecotourism Association (CANAECO) in Costa Rica. He is also the president of two award winning certified sustainable hotels in Costa Rica., Finca Rosa Blanca Coffee Plantation and Inn and Arenas Del Mar Beachfront and Nature Resort. In 2013 Conde Nast Traveler named Finca Rosa Blanca the Best Hotel in Central America. Mr. Jampol also produces high quality shade grown, specialty organic coffee and in 2010 was the global winner of the Rainforest Alliance Sustainable Standard Setter Award. Glenn is a pioneer in Costa Rica and was one of the authors of the Certification for Sustainable Tourism, and is the creator of the renowned International Conference in Costa Rica, Planet, People, Peace, bringing together some of the world's most knowledgeable advocates for sustainability solutions.

4/30 - C-2 Trends & Markets

Mr. Arthur Medeiros - Spaventura: Hospitality Based Sustainability

He began his career in hospitality market in 1995, where he worked in various roles within a hotel. Professional with over 18 years working in the hospitality area, working for such by companies as Network Riema, Bristol Hotels, Renaissance Hotel, Hospitality Travel Inn, Marriot Hotels Network and Villa Rica. His passion and dedication for the hospitality lead to study and analysis of the market, further raising the level of his knowledge. This also brought extensive experience in family businesses with succession and professionalization projects in hospitality management. Provides trainings and lectures for hoteliers and hotel staff, always with the focus of good service and profitability in all sectors. Moreover, he is also a columnist with the Revista Hotéis and has written numerous articles published in the trade press.
 
4/30 - C-2 Trends & Markets

Ms. Suênia Sousa - Sustainability in Small Business

Suênia Maria Cordeiro de Sousa, Civil Engineer, Expert in Innovation Systems and Technology, focusing on Architecture and Sustainable Buildings. Actually is an Analyst at Sebrae in Mato Grosso, manage the Sebrae Sustainability Center, which is a national project with operations throughout Sebrae System. This Reference Center aims to assist states in serving small businesses with the theme Corporate Sustainability.

She had training in dynamics group by the Brazilian Society of Dynamics Groups and attended the Leader Program Training at Fundação Dom Cabral and Amana Key.

4/30 - D-2 Sustaining Places Through Planning, Crisis Management, Monitoring, & Life Cycle Planning

 

Ma. Daniela Maria Rocco Carneiro - Innovation for Sustainability: The Good and Best Practices for Increasingthe Competitiveness of Brazilian Tourist Destinations

 

Doctoral student in Sustainable Development, at the University of Brasilia / DF (UnB), Brazil, in the area of Environmental Policy and Management; Master of Science in Sustainable Development at the UnB, in the area of Education an Environmental Management (2009-2010); Master of Science in Tourism and the Environment, at the Centre UNA University, Brazil, (2008-2009) and is a graduate in Tourism at the Pontifical Catholic University of Mina Gerais (2003-2006), Brazil.Has worked as a visiting professor and researcher at the TOurism Center of Excellence in TOurism (CET / UnB), Brazil, at the University of Deusto / Orkestra-Basque Institute of Competitiveness (Spain) and at the Center for Cooperative Research in TOurism - CICtourGUNE (Spain). Currently is a visiting doctoral researcher at the Laboratory of Studies in TOurism and Sustainability (LETS), in the Center for Sustainable Development (CDS / UnB) and is an innovation consultant. Her passions are innovation, creative economy, sustainability, travel and your blog Innovatur.  

 

4/30 - D-2 Sustaining Places Through Planning, Crisis Management, Monitoring, & Life Cycle Planning

Ms. Rika Jean-Francois - Human Rights and Tourism

Rika started working in tourism as an incoming agent in Greece, while studying at the University of Crete. In Berlin she became counsellor at the University’s International Academic Exchange Office, travelled to Iran, Malawi, Haiti and graduated in Social Anthropology and Iranian Studies. She then studied Quality Management and worked for the evaluation of development aid workers' education for the German Development Service. Since 2004 she has been with ITB Berlin, heading its CSR initiatives. She is chief coordinator for ITB Berlin Partner Countries and the LGBT travel segment. She is a Board Member of IGLTA.

4/30 - D-2 Sustaining Places Through Planning, Crisis Management, Monitoring, & Life Cycle Planning

Dr. Lori Pennington-Gray - Preparing and Managing Tourism Businesses During Catastrophic Events

Lori Pennington-Gray, Ph.D. is the Director of the Tourism Crisis Management Institute at the University of Florida in Gainesville. Tourism has been touted as the largest industry in the world. One of the most critical issues related to tourism is the sustainability of the destination. My research uses a “systems approach” to understand both demand-side and supply-side issues related to tourism. On the demand side, my primary research agenda has concentrated on the consumer travel behavior. On the supply-side, my research has focused on the decision-making process of destination marketing organizations and a primary focus of my research is tourism crisis management and how a destination responds to crisis. Dr. Pennington-Gray received her Ph.D. from Michigan State University (1999), her MS from The Pennsylvania State University (1994) and her BS from Waterloo University in Canada (1993). She has expertise in tourism marketing, planning and development, policy and crisis management. She has been involved with a number of tourism studies globally and has worked with a number of countries on tourism policy initiatives. Dr. Pennington-Gray has supervised a number PhD students who are primarily interested in tourism crisis management. She has received external funding to support these initiatives.

4/30 - D-2 Sustaining Places Through Planning, Crisis Management, Monitoring, & Life Cycle Planning

Sr. Arturo Justicia - Programa de Responsabilidade Socioambiental da Associação Comercial de Ilhabela - Selo Verde ACEI

Arturo Justicia is founder and director of the consulting firm Conecta Tecnologia Socioambiental, acting in southeastern Brazil, in the implementation of environmental management systems and corporate social responsibility, focusing on the development of sustainable tourism in the region.

Arturo earned an MBA in environmental management and corporate social responsibility, with 10 years of experience in the marine industry in the implementation of environmental management systems ISO 14000, OHSAS 18000, AS 8000. As well as GRI reports ans global compact.

Acts as a representative of civil society in urban development councils, cultural policy, tourism and environment in the city of Ilhabela - São Paulo.

Arturo is responsible for implementing the Program for Environmental Responsibility of Comercial Association of Ilhabela - São Paulo wich aims a certification in sustainable tourism.

Actually he is studying an especialization on urban planning and management of cities in the Politecnic School of University of São Paulo.

 

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Ms. Deirdre Campbell - PANEL: Sustainable Tourism as a mechanism to preserve the ecological and cultural heritage of Minca, Colombia.

The owner of The Tartan Group, Deirdre has been a communications professional in Canada for over 20 years and Tartan celebrated its 12th anniversary in 2013. Together with her team of five coworkers, Deirdre is committed to helping businesses and organizations become more sustainable and substantially raise their community, national and international profile through integrated marketing and PR. In Deirdre`s words – there is no better and more exciting time for ecotourism operators to promote themselves using traditional and new communications tools. These tools are cost effective with wide reaching results, and with time and dedication, the potential for higher ROI is better than ever. Her mantra is “it’s not just about social media, it’s about integrated marketing communications.”

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Ms. Teryn Wolfe - PANEL: Sustainable Tourism as a mechanism to preserve the ecological and cultural heritage of Minca, Colombia.

MA graduate at the Monterey Institute of International Studies in Monterey, California. MA in International Environmental Policy, Business, Sustainability and Development. Passionate environmentalist and development practitioner with experience in Latin America, Africa Europe and the United States. Focus on business for sustainable development and generating equitable benefits and outcomes at the nexus of ecological conservation, improving livelihoods and wellbeing and economic growth. My previous work focused on fair trade models for precious metals in Latin America in Africa with the Alliance for Responsible Mining in Medellin, Colombia. Currently, I am working with a partnership beween Mision Gaia and the Monterey Institute of International Studies in California to find innovative and ways to develop the sustainable tourism industry in the ecologically sensitive areas near Minca, Colombia.

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Ms. Arianne Renee - PANEL: Sustainable Tourism as a mechanism to preserve the ecological and cultural heritage of Minca, Colombia.

A California native, Arianne Renee Dilts is committed to exploring the world in search of innovative solutions to humanity's greatest challenges. She graduated from Franklin College in Switzerland in 2010 with a BA in Environmental Studies, and she is now pursuing her MA/MBA in International Environmental Policy and Business Administration at the Monterey Institute of International Studies. Her studies and experiences in most recent years have focused on exploring the role of business as a force for good in catalyzing sustainable development. Arianne has traveled extensively, visiting nearly 25 countries across the globe and conducting studies in Latin America, the Middle East, and Europe. Her professional portfolio includes a range of research, volunteer, and work experiences that have engaged her at different organizational levels –-from multi-national institutions like UNESCO to local community-led non-profits–- to analyze the greatest opportunities for development that meet the triple bottom line.

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Ms. Cristina Falcione - PANEL: Sustainable Tourism as a mechanism to preserve the ecological and cultural heritage of Minca, Colombia.

Cristina is an MBA candidate at the Monterey Institute of International Studies in Monterey, CA. She holds a B.S. in Marketing from the University of Delaware with minors in International Business and Spanish. Her professional work experience includes marketing, finance and analytics in the private sector. Driven by desire to make an impact, she also led additional projects to improve office recycling and boost employee volunteer programs. In 2013, she joined the full time MBA program at the Monterey Institute to pivot her career on her passions for sustainability and international travel. Her most recent experience in Colombia as a project team-lead for sustainable tourism development has provided insights on challenges faced by developing communities and potential strategies to overcome those challenges. Originally from the Philadelphia area, in her free time she enjoys running, cooking and of course, traveling. 

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Ms. Whitney White - PANEL: Sustainable Tourism as a mechanism to preserve the ecological and cultural heritage of Minca, Colombia.

Originally from Atlanta, Georgia, Whitney graduated with a B.A. in Conservation Studies from The University of the South: Sewanee in Tennessee, where she successfully led several campus-wide operational sustainability initiatives. Having worked professionally for environmental organizations spanning government, education and non-profit sectors in the U.S. and in Latin America, she returned to graduate school to pursue a joint MBA/MA in International Environmental Policy. Applying her academic studies focused on community-based ecotourism and her field experience contributing to a National Geographic geotourism project in Panamá, she recently returned from Colombia. Co-leading a team of graduate students, they conducted a full Tourism Assessment in Minca, Colombia in partnership with a Colombian NGO and community members. Together the team crafted appropriate strategies to support the preservation of ecological and cultural heritage in the face of a rapidly increasing rate of tourism in rural destination.