ESTC12 Speakers

ESTC12 Speakers

Breakout Session Presenters

Alex Adams Mr. Alex Adams, Managing Director & Co-Founder, Coastal Tourism Research, LLC
Coastal Tourism Research projects combine Alex's professional experiences as a mariner, wilderness guide, and educator. Alex has published papers on the impacts of cruise ship tourism on small coastal communities as well as on using marine technology to develop new forms of ecotourism in marine environments. Alex is dedicated to helping those interested in sustainable tourism achieve their goals through research, planning, and guidance.
Ms Heather Arrowood, Technical Advisor, Organisation Ecotouristique du Lac Oguemoué (OELO)
Heather is currently based in Gabon as a technical advisor for the local NGO, OELO. As an ecotourism consultant, she has also worked on sustainable tourism initiatives in the US, Cameroon, Kenya, Tanzania, Gabon, and the Caribbean. Heather has led tours and designed responsible excursion options for Travel Dynamics International at ports of call in 20 African countries.
Dr. John Avella Dr. John Avella, Director, Hospitality Management Program, Cal State University at Monterey Bay
John has been Vice President of Human Resources for Marriott Corporation, The Rainbow Room and Windows on the World. He was also the Human Resource Director at the 2002 Olympics for all food service facilities. He is also President of EQ International Perspectives (New York and Monterey) their clients include: Coca Cola, Toyota, New Jersey Restaurant Association, Sony Pictures, and Metro-North Railways.
Chris Barclay Mr. Christopher Barclay, Chief Daydream Believer, The Ginkgo Society
Chris has spent most of his adult life in China. He has designed several award-winning eco-lodges in China, including the Yangshuo Mountain Retreat, The Yangshuo Village Inn and most recently the Old Theatre Inn in Yunnan. His current project is restoring the Pear Orchard Temple, a 300-year old folk temple in Shaxi Yunnan, which will continue to serve as a community and religious center as well as a visitor information hub for the Shaxi Valley. He writes the blog UnboundedLife and heads the preservation initiative The Ginkgo Society based in Dali Yunnan.
Amanda Barney Ms Amanda Barney, Managing Director, Coastal Tourism Research
Amanda holds a master's degree in Marine Affairs and has worked extensively in fisheries science, coastal tourism development and resource management. Currently Amanda is both a managing director at Coastal Tourism Research, a tourism research and consulting firm in the Pacific Northwest, and a member of the fisheries team at Ecotrust Canada. where she works for the crab fishery in Prince Rupert, BC and supports tourism development opportunities in this coastal community.
Kimberly Batty Dr. Kimberly Batty, Instructor, Lock Haven University
Kimberly A. Batty received her Masters Degree in Leisure Studies and her PhD from Penn State in Workforce Education and Development. She has worked in both the for profit and non profit sector. Some of her responsibilities have included marketing recreation programs, organizing community events for residents and tourists in New Zealand, and evaluating programs and services in central, Pennsylvania. Currently, she is a faculty member at Lock Haven University and teaches Commercial Recreation, Special Event Management, and Program Planning.
Abbie Beane Ms Abbie Beane, Director of Sustainable Programs, The Offset Project
Abbie is Director of Sustainable Programs for The Offset Project, a 501c3 committed to reducing carbon emissions and waste through zero-waste and renewable energy programs. She is a recent graduate of the Monterey Institute of Int'l Studies, where she earned her Masters in Int'l Environmental Policy. Abbie also contracts with the Product Stewardship Institute in Boston and serves on the board of the local Carmel River Watershed Conservancy. She is a former full-time sports and news journalist, currently focusing on developing waste reduction programs for special events and businesses.
Kent Beierle Mr. Kent Beierle, Principal, Architect, EDI (Environmental Dynamics, Inc.)
An award-winning architect, Kent specializes in energy, water and resource efficient design. His innovative work includes custom commercial, residential and master planning projects. Kent is a founding partner of EDI, an architecture firm celebrating sustainability with an integrated "whole systems/regenerative design" approach. Residing in the Southwest, Kent is at home exploring the mountains, desert and ocean while sharing his love of the natural world with his children. Kent is a member of TIES and the US Green Building Council, a former committee chair of USGBC NM and a former member of the NM Sustainable Energy Collaborative.
Deborah Benham Dr. Deborah Benham, Owner, Wild at Heart
Deborah Benham (MSc, PhD) is a marine biologist, ecotourism specialist, accredited guide and interpretive trainer. She runs a small company (Wild at Heart) based in North Scotland, offering eco-friendly holidays. She is also an ecotourism consultant, recently working for Ecotourism Ireland, The Wild North, Wild Scotland, the Moray Firth Coastal Partnership, Bournemouth University and the Wildlife Safe scheme. She runs certified interpretive guide courses for the National Association of Interpretation.
Dr. Rosemary Black Dr. Rosemary Black, Senior Lecturer, Charles Sturt University
Dr. Black is a Senior Lecturer at Charles Sturt University in Albury Australia. She has over 30 years experience in industry and academia. She has published three books and more than 30 refereed publications. She is a member of the GSTC Training and Education Working Group and a member of the IUCN Commission on Education and Communication. She is co-editor of the upcoming publication Sustainable Tourism & the Millennium Development Goals: Effecting Positive Change (Jones & Bartlett Learning, 2012).
Ms. Sheila Bowman Ms. Sheila Bowman, Seafood Watch Senior Manager of Outreach, Monterey Bay Aquarium
Trained as a marine scientist and passionate about conservation, Sheila has been with the Monterey Bay Aquarium for over 20 years. She leads the Seafood Watch Outreach team as they provide information and programs for consumers, chefs and businesses, including over 200 Conservation Outreach Partners and 2,500 advocates nationwide. Seafood Watch has distributed over 40 million of their pocket guides and downloaded over one million of their Smartphone applications, making it easy for everyone to choose ocean-friendly seafood.
Ian Burns Mr. Ian Burns, Graduate Research Assistant, University of Maine
Ian graduated from the University of Maine in 2008 with a B.S. in Business Administration. He grew up in Manila, Philippines until 2004. During his undergraduate studies, he served on the leadership team for SPIFFY, an autonomous $1.6M real-money student managed investment portfolio. Serving as a graduate assistant at University of Maine, he has facilitated learning in undergraduate marketing and international business courses and worked with Prof. Harold Daniel on a pair of market research studies.
Deirdre Campbell Ms Deirdre Campbell, Owner, The Tartan Group
The owner of The Tartan Group, Deirdre has been a communications professional in Canada for 20 years. Tartan is committed to helping businesses and organizations become more sustainable and substantially raise their community, national and international profile through marketing communications and public relations including reputation management, stakeholder relations, media relations, event management, advertising, promotion and community partnerships. Tartan represents clients in Seattle, BC, Alberta, Manitoba, Mexico, Costa Rica, and Nicaragua.
Mark Campbell Mr. Mark Campbell, Principal, Cascadia Marketing
Mark Campbell specializes in marketing, branding and storytelling and helps companies to discover their unique brand story and designs solutions to both meaningfully differentiate them and create enduring emotional bonds with their customers. Mark has over 25 years of marketing, communications and general management experience. His background includes consumer goods, specialty retail, travel and hospitality and most recently, his own marketing and branding consultancy, Cascadia Marketing. Mark has also held senior management positions with Mountain Travel Sobek, Virtuoso, TCS Private Jet Expeditions, and Kimpton Hotels & Restaurants.
Colmore Christian Dr. Colmore Christian PhD, Assistant Professor, Alabama A&M University
Dr. Christian has had many years of experience working at senior administrative and technical levels in the Caribbean. During his public service career in Dominica he held the positions of Park Superintendent, Director of Forestry and Wildlife, and Permanent Secretary. In 2007, Dr. Christian joined the faculty in the Forestry, Ecology and Wildlife Program at Alabama A&M University, as an Assistant Professor. His current funded research projects focus on Small and Medium-sized Private Sector Outdoor Recreation Enterprises, Outdoor Recreation Use Patterns on Public Lands, and Intensive Training of Minority Landowners in Southern USA.
Todd Comen Prof. Todd Comen, Professor, Johnson State College
Todd Comen is Professor of Hospitality in Vermont with thirty years experience in tourism. He is a Ph.D candidate in Natural Resources at the University of Vermont with a Masters Degree in Hotel Administration from Cornell University. His passion for rural tourism began in 1982 with the development of a country inn/farm in California. After Cornell, he worked with the Zimmer Group in Texas as a hospitality consultant working on feasibility studies and designing boutique hotels. He also founded The Apple Works, an agritourism attraction and organic apple orchard in Wisconsin.
Joselito Costas Mr. Joselito Costas, National Director, Project Seahorse Foundation for Marine Conservation, Inc.
Joselito's interest in development work started during his nine-year stint as communications officer for community-based environment projects funded by USAID and CIDA in the Philippines. This has led to consulting work where he combines his expertise and experience in development, communications and media. He has been published in "Windward: Steering Community-Driven Projects for Environmental Protection, A Casebook of Asian Praxis," published in 2006 by the Asian Institute of Management and the UNDP. In 2009, he organized and developed the Bojo (Aloguinsan) Eco-cultural Tour Project, recognized as the first community-based ecotourism project in Cebu Province.
Dr. Stuart Cottrell Dr. Stuart Cottrell, Associate Professor, Colorado State University
Dr. Stuart Cottrell is an associate professor in the Department of Human Dimensions of Natural Resources at Colorado State University whose research and teaching focus on sustainable tourism development and protected area management in EU protected areas. Stuart completed his PhD at Penn State University and taught at Wageningen University in the Netherlands for 6 years prior to coming to CSU in 2004.
Kristin Cushman Mrs. Kristin Cushman, Executive Director, The Offset Project
Kristin is the Executive Director and founder of The Offset Project, an environmental nonprofit that has been instrumental in developing sustainable management systems for non-profits, businesses and event promoters. By developing partnerships, TOP looks at the entire event footprint to determine materials that can be eliminated, bought in bulk or have their lifecycles extended. Kristin is a steering committee member serving Communities for a Sustainable Monterey County, Monterey Bay Regional Climate Action Compact, US Green Building Council and is the District 5 representative on the County’s Integrated Waste Task Force Committee.
Harold Daniel Dr Harold Daniel, Associate Professor, University of Maine
Dr. Harold Daniel is Associate Professor of Marketing for the University of Maine Business School and former Director of the University of Maine’s Center for Tourism Research and Outreach (CenTRO). Dr. Daniel has taught Marketing Research and Marketing Management in both the undergraduate and MBA programs. His research interests include the investigation of buyer – seller relationships in tourism distribution channels and tourism retailing.
Nicole DeJonghe Ms Nicole DeJonghe, Senior Program Director, Sierra Business Council
As the Senior Program Director for the Sierra Business Council, Nicole directs and oversees a variety of projects including the Sierra Nevada Geotourism project. Nicole's professional experience includes environmental analysis for Patagonia Inc., launching two businesses, managing LEED certification projects, and teaching. Nicole holds a Masters degree in Environmental Science and Management, with a specialization in Green Innovation and Business, as well as a Masters degree in teaching. Nicole brings a passion for working towards a balanced and prosperous Sierra Nevada region, and believes in empowering others with the tools necessary to make positive change.
Chris Desmond Mr. Chris Desmond, Managing Director, Research & Education, Sea Excursions, Inc.
Chris Desmond is the Managing Director of Sea Excursions' Research & Education efforts. He provides overall direction of the company's dolphin research efforts and the use of media and information collected on the Dolphin Explorer expeditions for educational purposes. In 2011, he launched the "Direct to the Classroom" program with an elementary school district in Pittsburgh, PA which is considered a "stunning success" by teachers, students and parents.
Daniel Dustin Dr. Dan Dustin, Chair, Dept. of Parks, Recreation and Tourism, University of Utah
Daniel L. Dustin is Professor and Chair of the Dept. of Parks, Recreation and Tourism, University of Utah. His academic interests center on environmental stewardship and the ethical bases for leisure preferences and behaviors. A past president of the Society of Park and Recreation Educators and the Academy of Leisure Sciences, he is a recipient of the National Recreation and Park Association's Literary Award. In 1994 he was named an honorary lifetime member of the California Park Rangers Association for his contributions to the literature of outdoor recreation planning and policy.
Ms Emily Eddins Ms Emily Eddins, PhD Candidate, Colorado State University
Emily Eddins is a PhD Candidate in Human Dimensions of Natural Resources at Colorado State University. She completed her Master’s degree in Human Dimensions of Natural Resources in 2009, and her Bachelor’s in Geography from Miami University (Ohio). Her research interests include international development, sustainable development, ecotourism, and participatory research methods. Currently, she is finishing her dissertation on the intersection between sustainable livelihoods approaches and volunteer tourism in rural Panama.
Richard Edwards Mr. Richard Edwards, Founder, Ecoism
Condé Nast Traveler cites Richard as a Top Travel Specialist for his ability to bring effective travel marketing and great product together with sustainability in destinations. Through the marketing and destination firm, Ecoism, he's committed to helping companies and destinations benefit from taking a more socially and environmentally responsible approach to travel. He is a board member of The International Ecotourism Society (TIES) and the executive board of the Global Sustainable Tourism Council as their Communications and Finance Chair.
Paul Eshoo Mr. Paul Eshoo, CBET Advisor, Wildlife Conservation Society
Paul Eshoo joined the Peace Corps in Nepal as a national parks volunteer, stationed in Langtang National Park and Koshi Tappu Wildlife Conservation Area. He later moved to Laos and developed community-based ecotourism with various agencies including UNESCO, WWF, WCS, the EU GTZ, the Asian Development Bank, and SNV, as well as projects in Cambodia and Vietnam. In 2009 he became the site coordinator for the Nam Et-Phou Louey National Protected Area Management and Tiger Conservation Project in northeastern Laos.
Malia Everette Ms Malía Everette, Director Reality Tours, Global Exchange
Since 1997, Malía has directed Global Exchange's popular and rapidly expanding Reality Tours program, overseeing the growth and development of alternative travel programs and fact finding human rights delegations to over 40 destinations in Asia, and promoting in-depth experiential education and socially responsible travel as an alternative to the type of "sun and fun" tourism that often results in cultural homogenization and does little to benefit local communities and host economies. Malía has an MA in International Relations, serves on many boards, and consults for established and emerging tourism companies.
Judith Fox-Goldstein Ms Judith Fox-Goldstein, Administrative Director, University of Hawaii & Hawaiian EDventure
A recognized consultant, grants writer and public speaker, Ms. Fox-Goldstein designed and developed the "Hawaiian EDventure" travel program which distinguished itself as Hawaii's premier educational and cultural travel program. The EDventure program is the recipient of the Hawaii Visitors & Convention Bureau "Best of Show" and was selected as a Best Practice program by the Native Hawaiian Hospitality Association. Judith was named as one of Hawaii’s "Top 10 Business Women" in 2010 and is now the President-Elect of the Hawaii Island Chamber of Commerce.
Dr. Nancy Furlow Dr. Nancy Furlow, Associate Professor of Marketing, School of Business Administration, Marymount University
Originally from New Orleans, Nancy has had a life-long interest in environmental issues and conservation. While working on her doctorate at The University of Southern Mississippi, she concentrated her research on environmental labeling and advertising. Nancy's career in marketing communications has spanned over 15 years and has included corporate, nonprofit and government agencies. A position with WWF took her to the Washington, DC area where she also worked for the Smithsonian Institution's National Zoo.
Kelly Galaski Ms Kelly Galaski, Program & Operations Manager, Planeterra
Kelly's work with Planeterra has included marketing, communications and international partnership coordination, and and is now focused on Planeterra’s Latin America program and internal operations. Kelly works with the Latin America project coordinators and Planeterra Ambassadors to identify local project development partners in each of the important destinations that Planeterra’s industry partners serve.
Rafael Gallo Mr. Rafael Gallo, President/Founder, Rios Tropicales
Rafael Gallo, founder and current President of the International Rafting Federation, has pursued a passion for whitewater paddling, from learning to paddle in the Great Smoky Mountains during college to founding and developing Rios Tropicales, one of the best rafting companies in the world. He has led a fight against a dam on Pacuare river by purchasing and protecting 2,000 acres of rainforest along the Pacuare, and has planted almost 14,000 native tree species. Rafael was the organizer of the 2011 World Rafting Championship in Costa Rica.
Photo not available Ms Danella George, Partnerships and Outreach in Sustainable Tourism, California Bureau of Land Management
Danella George is California BLM's Partnerships and Outreach in Sustainable Tourism. She has MS in Forest Soils and BA in Soil Science. She has held various positions ranging from Forest Soil Scientist to EPA Community Based Watershed Grants Lead for Louisiana, National Monument Manager to current position since 2006.
Dr. Jasmine Goodnow Dr. Jasmine Goodnow, Assistant Professor and Program Coordinator of Recreation Leadership and Ecotourism, Ferrum College
Jasmine Goodnow is an Assistant Professor and Program Coordinator of Recreation Leadership at Ferrum College. She teaches in the Recreation Leadership major and Ecotourism minor. Her research specialization is in ecotourism and her passion is developing and teaching faculty-led study-abroad courses. She has led Eco-Adventure and Cultural/Heritage Tourism courses to South Africa, Costa Rica, New Zealand, and Alaska.
Maureen Gordon Ms Maureen Gordon, Co-owner & Marketing Manager, Maple Leaf Adventures
Maureen Gordon is a co-owner of the award-winning, Canadian safari-cruise company Maple Leaf Adventures. She is also a director of Raincoast Conservation Foundation. For a decade Maureen has witnessed the development of ecotourism in the Great Bear Rainforest through her work in the field and in the boardroom at Maple Leaf. She has a longstanding working relationship with the scientists at Raincoast as well. Maureen is an experienced speaker, presenter and award-winning writer.
Dr. Sonya Graci Dr. Sonya Graci, Associate Professor, Ryerson University
Dr. Graci is a specialist in sustainable tourism, corporate sustainability and environmental management and has over 16 years experience in these fields. She is currently an Associate Professor at the Ted Rogers School of Hospitality and Tourism Management at Ryerson University. She's also the Director of Accommodating Green, an environmental consulting agency that works with organizations to integrate sustainability in their business operations. She has worked in several countries developing sustainable tourism strategies including Canada, China, Indonesia, and Honduras.
Jeff Greenwald Mr. Jeff Greenwald, Executive Director, Ethical Traveler
Jeff Greenwald is the Executive Director of Ethical Traveler, a global alliance of travelers dedicated to human rights and environmental protection. He's also the author of six travel books, including "Shopping for Buddhas," "The Size of the World", and "Snake Lake." Jeff's writing appears in many print and online publications including Smithsonian, The San Francisco Chronicle, LA Times, Afar and Salon. His one-man stage show about his adventures, "Strange Travel Suggestions," has won critical acclaim in the Bay Area and beyond.
John Gunter Mr. John Gunter, General Manager, Frontiers North Adventures (FNA)
Working with a team of five managers and 50+ staff, John is responsible for daily operations of FNA. In 2011, FNA won the Responsible Travel & Tourism Forum's 2011 Leadership Award and was selected as an inaugural Canadian Tourism Commission Signature Experience. In 2009 FNA was recognized as Skål International's Ecotourism Operator of the Year. Since 2003, John has developed FNA’s relationship with Polar Bears International and secured partnerships with WWF-Canada and Hudson Bay Company. Recently John played an integral role earning for FNA the first-ever business license to operate in Parks Canada's Wapusk National Park.
Muna Haddad Ms Muna Haddad, Managing Director, Baraka
Muna started her career in tourism working at the Jordan Tourism Board as the Regional Marketing Manager, she left to move to China and traveled extensively in Asia conducting research on the negative impacts of tourism and indulging in a variety of travel experiences. She moved on to establish Baraka, a company dedicated to designing and creating sustainable tourism experiences using innovative methodologies. She has consulted for the Royal Society for the Conservation of Nature in Jordan on a World Bank-funded project and designed the tourism component in four new nature reserves in the Kingdom as well as designing a trail in the famed red rose city of Petra. She was a member of the drafting committee of the Dana+10 declaration for the rights of mobile Indigenous communities presented at Rio+20.
Dr. Bill Hendricks Dr. Bill Hendricks, Professor and head of the Recreation, Parks, & Tourism Administration Department, Cal Poly University
Bill has authored or co-authored more than 150 publications, presentations, and reports. For nearly two decades he has worked cooperatively with the U.S. Forest Service on a variety of research projects. In addition, he regularly collaborates on projects with California State Parks. Bill is a member of the California Roundtable on Recreation, Parks and Tourism, and is a fellow in the American Academy of Park and Recreation Administration.
Christina Heyniger Ms Christina Heyniger, Consultant, Vital Wave Consulting
Christina specializes in small and medium sized business development in the tourism sector, with a focus in emerging markets. She offers training workshops, market intelligence and business strategy through Vital Wave Consulting. She writes and speaks regularly on business and tourism issues related to the environment and human development. She was a contributing author of two chapters in a National Geographic book Riding the Hulahula to the Arctic Ocean- A Guide to 50 Extraordinary Adventures. Christina holds a BA in Communication from Cornell University, an MA in Communication, Culture and Technology from Georgetown University, and an MBA with a concentration in Entrepreneurship from American University.
Glenn Jampol Mr. Glenn Jampol, President, CANAECO
Glenn has been a pioneer in sustainable tourism and its certification for more than 20 years. He is currently president of CANAECO, the Costa Rican National Ecotourism Association and president of Finca Rosa Blanca Coffee Plantation and Inn and Arenas Del Mar Beach and Nature Resort. He is one of the original authors of the Certified Sustainable Tourism program in Costa Rica and is currently the president of the National Accreditation Commission for the Tourism Board. He also is the president of Empresas SXJ, where he produces Rainforest Alliance-certified organic, shade grown coffee.
Ariane Janer Ms Ariane Janér, Technical Coordinator, Instituto EcoBrasil
Working in the area of ecotourism and sustainable development since 1991, Ariane has consulted projects in many parts of Brazil. In 1993, she helped found EcoBrasil, the Brazilian Ecotourism Society and has been actively involved with this NGO. As a consultant she works on challenging projects that become a practical benchmark or constructing a platform for change. Ariane builds on her wide range of experiences in marketing and finance acquired through a previous 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 a small ecotourism operator.
Rika Jean-François Ms Rika Jean-Francois, Commissioner ITB Corporate Social Responsibility, ITB Berlin - Messe Berlin
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.
Chris Khan Mr. Chris Khan, Principal, Khan-Bernier
Chris Khan is the principal of Khan-Bernier, a business services consultancy to private start-up companies and public entities. He has worked with over two hundred incubator clients since 2003 and has been serving as Associate Director of the Marina Technology Cluster since 2007. He is on the steering committees of the Monterey Bay Regional Climate Action Compact and the Monterey Bay National Heritage Area Alliance.
Judy Karwacki Ms Judy Karwacki, Director, Small Planet Consulting
Judy is the founder and owner of, a sustainable tourism consulting and marketing consultancy, and, a travel agency. Judy is an industry veteran and has worked around the globe in sustainable tourism and emerging destinations tourism, including numerous indigenous tourism projects. Judy is passionate about authentic tourism experiences that provide local communities and destinations with sustainable long-term economic and social benefits while protecting in their natural and cultural heritage.
Deb Kersetetter Dr. Deborah Kerstetter, Professor, Dept. of Recreation, Park & Tourism Management, Pennsylvania State University
Dr. Kerstetter is an Associate Professor, Department of Recreation, Park and Tourism Management, The Pennsylvania State University. She has co-authored, with Dr. Kelly Bricker, the chapter "Yasawan islanders' perspective on tourism's impact on health and well-being" in The International Ecotourism Society's upcoming publication, Sustainable Tourism & the Millennium Development Goals: Effecting Positive Change.
David Kestenbaum David Kestenbaum, Director, Certification for Sustainable Transportation at University of Vermont
David is the Director of the Certification for Sustainable Transportation (CST) at the University of Vermont. As Director, David has helped design, develop, and operationalize the CST and its many components, and is in charge of leading its day-to-day operations. He also serves as the program’s primary liaison with external partners. As a specialist working in the field of sustainable development, David has been instructing courses at the University of Vermont for 13 years.
Wendy Lama Ms Wendy Brewer Lama, Co-Owner, KarmaQuest Ecotourism and Adventure Travel
Working in Nepal, Tibet, Sikkim and Ladakh India, Bhutan, China, Iran, Pakistan and Kyrgyzstan with UNESCO, USAID, UNDP, WWF, The Mountain Institute and other international organizations, Wendy has helped shape the development of ecotourism at local to national levels. Wendy co-owns and operates KarmaQuest Ecotourism and Adventure Travel, an award-winning company that specializes in educational, adventure and cultural trips throughout Asia. Wendy also instructs a course on ecotourism for the University of Puget Sound's Pacific Rim study abroad program.
Chuck Lennox Mr. Chuck Lennox, Principal/Consultant, Cascade Interpretive Consulting LLC
Chuck develops interpretive and education plans, conducts interpretive training sessions, develops curricula and interpretive media materials. His experience includes interpretive planning and program development, community training, and providing consulting support for interpretive projects. Past projects examples include the Interpretive and Wayfinding Plan for the Washington Park Arboretum (Seattle, WA), training river guides for ROW Adventures, and developing exhibit plans for Oregon State Parks.
Karen Lewis Ms. Karen Lewis, Founder and Owner, Lapa Rios Ecolodge
In 1990 John and Karen Lewis, former Peace Corps Volunteers and avid Minnesota birdwatchers, founded Lapa Rios: a 1,000 acre private conservation reserve in the tropical rain forest in Costa Rica’s remote Osa Peninsula. They built the country’s preeminent ecolodge to maintain the reserve’s bio-diversity and to propel sustainable development in this region. Today, Lapa Rios is a model of social and environmental responsibility, dedicated to education, continuous environmental improvement, and cultural interchange between local people, international travelers and global business.
Lars Lindkvist Dr. Lars Lindkvist, President, Basecamp Foundation
Dr Lars Lindkvist, besides working for the Swedish Government both in Africa and Sweden, has working experience from India prior to joining his present position with Basecamp Explorer and Basecamp Foundation. He serves as the Executive Chairman of Basecamp Foundation Kenya and as the Chairman and Board Director of Basecamp Explorer Kenya. He is a member of the Bureau of Experts at the Centre for Responsible Travel, as well as an advisor to the Greenbelt Movement, a Kenya based NGO responsible for planting over 40 million trees in Africa over the last 30 years.


Gabi Logan Ms Gabi Logan, Freelance Writer, Eco Traveller Guide
Gabi Logan is a freelance blogger, travel writer, and social media consultant who educates travellers about local cultures and sustainable travel techniques through her writing. Her work has appeared in such magazines as Transitions Abroad and Italy Magazine and websites such as USA Today, Tripadvisor, and, and she is a senior contributor to EcoTraveller Guide. Gabi has created comprehensive social media and multimedia marketing campaigns for NGOs promoting sustainable food, local culture, and international education and previously worked for the MIT Center for International Studies.

James Macletchie

Mr. James Macletchie, Sustainability Tourism Consultant, Unwind in Nature Ltd.
James Macletchie has devoted much of his life to developing tourism in remote places and working closely with Indigenous cultures to ensure sustainability. His tireless enthusiasm and love of nature has seen him develop lasting legacies and experiences in tourism experiences through his business Unwind in Nature. He has also starred on TV alongside the BBC's Presenter Monty Halls in his "Great Hebridean Escape" shown in 2010, been the first face of Green TV and recently presented a one hour documentary on ALBA called "The Falkland Islands".
Mr. Ted Martens, Sustainability Director, Natural Habitat Adventures Mr. Ted Martens, Sustainability Director, Natural Habitat Adventures
Ted is the Sustainability Director for Natural Habitat Adventures, an ecotourism company offering the world's greatest nature expeditions. Ted is also adjunct faculty at Metro State University in Denver, CO. Ted began his career in the tourism industry as a researcher and instructor at Arizona State University, where his work focused on ecotourism development in Central America. Trading the Arizona desert for the mountains of Colorado, Ted became the Director of Outreach and Development for Sustainable Travel International (STI).
Michael McColl Mr. Michael McColl, Founder & CEO, McColl Communications
Michael is a seasoned marketing and PR professional, specializing in consulting for travel-related organizations. He has over 20 years of experience in branding, direct marketing, SEO, marketing and PR. His award-winning marketing efforts have been recognized by Forbes magazine ("Best of the Web", 2000). An inveterate world traveler, he's visited 50+ countries on all seven continents. He broke into the ecotourism business as a whitewater raft guide for Cal Adventures. Later he served as a founding writer of Fodor's eco-minded travel series, "The Berkeley Guides." He is a co-founder of Ethical Traveler, and the founder of and
Charise McHugh Ms Charise McHugh, President/CEO, Half Moon Bay Coastside Chamber of Commerce and Visitor’s Bureau
She has been instrumental in increasing membership at the Chamber from 330 to 650 members and tripling its budget. The Half Moon Bay Coastside is now a destination resort and home to 26 lodging facilities and a Ritz Carlton. Charise founded a Hotel BID in 2004. Charise founded the only broad-based ecotourism program in the state of California and is spearheading state recognition of ecotourism as a tourism destination.

Mr. Manuel Miroglio, Responsible Tourism Expert Consultant, ECO GROUP
Manuel Miroglio is a French-born consultant, teacher and speaker specialized in responsible and comunity-based tourism, living in Mexico. He works with rural communities helping them to develop and promote ecotourism projects. He is also a teacher of the Tourism Management Bachelor at the Technological University of Leon and a media correspondent for the main responsible tourism portal

David Morton Mr. David Morton, Tour Organizer/Leader, Roman Road Walks
For twelve years Mr. Morton has organized walking tours in Italy for mini-groups (two to six people). An avid walker and a lifelong student of Mediterranean culture, he has combined these passions, enriched by a growing family of Italian friends and many wonderful restaurants. The itineraries are largely his own inventions, the fruit of extensive research on ancient roads and pathways in the countryside. He had a ten-year stint as an aerospace engineer; currently he operates a residential construction business in Santa Cruz, California, while spending 2-3 months in Italy each year leading walks and developing itineraries.
Brad Nahill Mr. Brad Nahill, Director & Co-Founder, SEEtheWILD
Brad launched SEE Turtles with Dr. Wallace J. Nichols in 2008 to build the market for sea turtle conservation tourism. He has worked in sea turtle conservation, ecotourism, and environmental education for 12 years with organizations including Ocean Conservancy, Rare, Asociacion ANAI (Costa Rica), and the Academy of Natural Sciences (Philadelphia). He has also consulted for several ecotourism companies and non-profits, including EcoTeach and Costa Rican Adventures. He has authored several book chapters, blogs, and abstracts on turtle conservation and ecotourism and has presented at major travel conferences and sea turtle symposia.
Daniel Noll Mr. Daniel Noll, Co-Founder & Chief Storyteller, Uncornered Market
Daniel is a writer, digital storyteller and photographer at one of the world’s top travel blogs, Along with his wife, Audrey Scott, he has been traveling around the world for nearly six years, telling stories about destinations' more personal and human dimensions, often challenging stereotypes and shifting perceptions along the way. Daniel works with DMOs and travel companies to combine storytelling techniques, content strategies and social media platforms to reach new audiences and to foster engagement with customers. Recently, Uncornered Market was retained by the Global Sustainable Tourism Council (GSTC) to develop and implement its social media strategy.
Gopinath Parayil Mr. Gopinath (Gopi) Parayil, Founder, The Blue Yonder
Gopi is the founder and chief executive of The Blue Yonder (TBY), one of the most innovative responsible travel companies in India. Gopi set up Nila Foundation in 2004 out of the passion for the region he comes from and a concern for a unique river civilization. While exploring a sustainable financial support for the foundation, he came up with the idea of TBY. Featured amongst the 50 Social Entrepreneurs in India by the Outlook Business magazine, Gopi is a regular contributor to international conferences on sustainable tourism. He co-founded Responsible Tourism Networking initiative and is currently the 'Ideator' at TBY Associates, the consulting arm of TBY group and 'Key Connector' at Isthmus Connect, the marketing arm based in Berlin, Germany.


Carol Patterson Ms Carol Patterson, President, Kalahari Management, Inc.
Carol Patterson has helped emerging tourism destinations for over two decades. Her work in product development provides innovative new travel products, some increase revenues 25% in one season. Other ideas gain support from DMOS like her adventure diversification strategies that garnered an Excellence in Tourism Award from the Nevada Commission of Tourism. Carol's travel writing is regularly featured in the Red Deer Advocate and she is the author of several books including The Business of Ecotourism.
David Randle Dr. David Randle, Dir. Sustainable Tourism Concentration, USF Patel School of Global Sustainability
Dave holds a doctorate in Spiritual Disciplines, Wellness, and Environmental Concerns from the University of Northern Colorado. He coordinates the University of South Florida Masters of Global Sustainability Sustainable Tourism Concentration, is Managing Director for Waves of Change, and serves as Lead Adviser in Florida for Sustainable Travel International. He has worked as a wilderness guide in Colorado and Utah.
Mr. Ben Sander, Travel Program Coordinator, National Parks Conservation Association Mr. Ben Sander, Travel Program Coordinator, National Parks Conservation Association (NPCA)
Ben has spent the last few years pursuing his passion of the overlay between environmental education and ecotourism. He spent a year in Costa Rica to study and write his master's thesis during his summer nature guiding experience at Rara Avis. Since graduating in 2010, Ben has used the knowledge he gained and has worked to expand and strengthen the travel program at NPCA. He also still loves to give bike tours of Washington DC where he lives.
Philip Sarnoff Mr. Philip Sarnoff, Ph.D. Candidate, University of Utah
Phil's research focuses on the environmental beliefs and behavioral intentions of skiers and snowboarders. The emphasis of this research is on climate change as a leveraging tool in initiating changes in environmental behavior. Phil also works for Salt Lake City in the Division of Sustainability. He has presented nationally and internationally on the topics of climate change and winter recreation and sustainable, nature tourism.
Julie Schmelzer Ms Julie Schmelzer, Resource Management Director,
A champion for the integration of natural resources preservation into community planning, Julie has successfully led several communities in balancing preservation with development along stretches of the international Niagara Escarpment, her state's largest inland lake, and along other environmental corridors. She is employed with Calumet County, Wisconsin as the Director of Resource Management, a county government department that specializes in planning, conservation, toursim and economic development.
Jeremy Schultz Mr. Jeremy Schultz, PhD Candidate, University of Utah
Jeremy is currently completing his final year of a Ph.D. at the University of Utah in the Department of Parks, Recreation, & Tourism. His current research efforts include ecotourism projects in Fiji's rural highlands, sustainable recreation perceptions and the U.S. Forest Service, and sustainable tourism certification programs in America. In addition to his research, Jeremy is also involved in curriculum development and instruction of sustainable tourism coursework at the University of Utah.
Keri Schwab Dr. Keri Schwab, Assistant Professor/Lecturer, University of Utah
Dr. Keri Schwab is assistant professor/lecturer in the department of Parks, Recreation, and Tourism at the University of Utah. Her research interests include family leisure, youth development, and doing applied research and service with community groups.
Audrey Scott Ms Audrey Scott, Co-Founder & Chief Storyteller, Uncornered Market
Audrey is a writer, digital storyteller and photographer at one of the world’s top travel blogs, Along with her husband, Daniel Noll, she has been traveling around the world for nearly six years, telling stories about destinations' more personal and human dimensions, often challenging stereotypes and shifting perceptions along the way. Audrey works with DMOs and travel companies to combine storytelling techniques, content strategies and social media platforms to reach new audiences and to foster engagement with customers. Recently, Uncornered Market was retained by the Global Sustainable Tourism Council (GSTC) to develop and implement its social media strategy.
Ben Sherman Mr. Ben Sherman, President, Native Tourism Alliance
Ben Sherman is a member of the Oglala Lakota Nation, born and raised on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation. Sherman is a founding member of the Native Tourism Alliance, Business Enterprises for Sustainable Travel, First Peoples Fund, American Indian/Alaska Native Tourism Association and the World Indigenous Tourism Alliance. Sherman has been a national leader in the development of American Indian tourism efforts in the United States. He has organized and presided over numerous American Indian tourism development conferences, workshops and trade shows.
Keith Sproule Mr. Keith W. Sproule, Tourism Business Advisor, WWF-Namibia
Keith Sproule is the Tourism Business Advisor with WWF in Namibia, where he works with Conservancy Tourism and the development of new Joint Venture (JV) Lodge Agreements, including issues of negotiation, financing, oversight and training. Over 240,000 rural Namibians participate with the conservancy program, underwritten in large part by the largest number of JV Agreements of any destination. He has been an advisor on ecotourism policy and planning to governments on three continents, and has worked and traveled in over 105 countries around the world.
Joe Staiano Mr. Joe Staiano, Founder, Meaningful Trips
Joe has two decades of experience in responsible travel and personal destination knowledge spanning 75 countries on 7 continents. He has worked on responsible tourism efforts in Africa, Asia & Latin America and is also a guide, photographer and speaker. Joe recently launched Meaningful Trips; in addition to providing the best in sights, activities, food, lodging, etc., trips address and lend support to development issues. Support is also given to programs addressing domestic hunger and poverty issues in USA. Meaningful Trips supports ECPAT and The CODE to help end exploitation, and wants to see more industry companies support this.
Wolfgang Strasdas Dr. Wolfgang Strasdas, Professor, Eberswalde University for Sustainable Development
Dr. Strasdas is the director of the bilingual Master’s program Sustainable Tourism Management at the Eberswalde University. This program is the only one of its kind in Germany and has a strong focus on ecotourism, sustainable business management, and integrated destination development. He holds a Master’s degree in environmental management and a PhD in ecotourism management. He has worked for many years as a freelance consultant, researcher and trainer in Latin America, Africa and Central Asia, mostly on behalf of German development cooperation agencies (GTZ, InWEnt) and the Ministry of the Environment of Germany.
Masaru Takayama Mr. Masaru Takayama, Executive Director, Japan Ecolodge Association
Masaru founded the Japan Ecolodge Association (ECOLA) to promote the concepts of ecotourism, responsible tourism and green buildings in Japan. The environmentally-friendly accommodations standard developed by ECOLA is now recognized by Global Sustainable Tourism Council (GSTC). Working as a global community-based ecotourism consultant, ecolodge advisor, and president of the responsible tour operator Spirit of Japan Travel in Kyoto, Masaru serves a number of key positions in organizations both home and abroad pertinent to ecotourism and protected areas.


Nataliya Tkachenko Mrs. Nataliya Tkachenko, Business Development Manager (Ukraine), Vesselka Consulting Ltd.
Nataliya is a business development and marketing manager with over 10 years' experience developing and directing growth of Ukrainian based businesses with international clients. Through Vesselka Consulting Ltd., she provides consulting services for clients investigating opportunities in Ukraine and specifically working with government representatives and NGOs on the Black Sea Sustainable Rural Tourism Program.
Marcela Torres Ms. Marcela Torres, Founder, Sales and Marketing Manager, Southern Cone Journeys
With more than 15 years of experience as a bilingual journalist, and over 5 years of experience in tourism, working a wide range of management levels within the productive chain of the sector, Marcela knows the inbound tourism operations business inside out. Marcela was born in Santiago, Chile, and has lived in the United States, Costa Rica, and Australia, where she earned a Master of Tourism degree, with a major in Ecotourism, from James Cook University.
Mariska van Gaalen Ms Mariska van Gaalen, Strategic Consultant, The Blue Yonder
Mariska has diverse experience in the field of tourism in product development, marketing, tour guiding, curriculum design and tutoring in sustainable destination management, in Germany and India. After her BA in Arts & Social Sciences, Maastricht University, the Netherlands, she pursued a MA in Sustainable Tourism Management at the HNE Eberswalde in Germany. She concluded this with in-depth research on travelers' perspectives, gaining insights from their experiences for sustainable destination development. Mariska is interested in researching different perspectives within travel and tourism, writing and consulting.