FULL SPEAKER LIST

September 23-25, 2020

Meet The Speakers

Full summit agenda to be announced

Aaron Millar

Journalist

Aaron is an award-winning travel writer, journalist and author. He is The Times of London’s North American travel specialist and National Geographic Traveller’s USA columnist, as well as contributing to a range of other national and international publications.

Adam Klauber

Expert at Rocky Mountain Institute

Adam develops leading-edge sustainability solutions for corporate worldwide operations, products and supply chain. In this role, Adam leads multi-disciplinary teams to eliminate greenhouse gas emissions and conserve resources to capitalize on opportunities to advance sustainability.

Alexandra Avila

Co-Founder of REYA Communications

Alexandra is the founder of REYA Communications, a boutique agency for luxury travel brands with a commitment to conservation, sustainability and social impact. Having worked on the publishing, client and agency side of the business, her diverse background positions her as a thought leader.

Amanda Ho

Co-Founder of Regenerative Travel

Amanda is the Co-Founder of Regenerative Travel. Previously as the founder and Editor-in-Chief of Electrify Magazine, a multi-media publication, Amanda honed her craft as a storyteller and creative strategist for luxury hospitality and tourism boards and lifestyle brands with a passion for sustainability.

Anna Pollock

Founder at Conscious Travel

Anna has 45 years’ experience in tourism as an independent consultant, strategist, speaker and change agent. She founded Conscious Travel as an alternative model to mass industrial tourism that develops conscious hosts who can generate a higher net return for their business and host community.

Ashlan Cousteau

Journalist & Explorer

Veteran journalist Ashlan Gorse Cousteau travels the world in search of stories that entertain and inspire. From diving with great white sharks off Mexico, searching for tigers in the jungles of Nepal and filming caribou migrations in the Arctic, Cousteau engages viewers through incredible storytelling and experiences. 

Christina Beckman

Founder of Tomorrow's Air & VP Global Strategy Adventure Travel Trade Association

Christina is the founder of Tomorrow’s Air, a pioneering carbon removal collective for travelers incubated by the AdventureTravel Trade Association, a global organization with nearly 7000  travel business, government, media and individual members. She is also the VP of Global Strategy for the ATTA.

Ben Pundole

Founder of Stay Plastic Free

Ben Pundole is an entrepreneur, hotel manager, and editor-in-chief for the online travel magazine AHotelLife.com. Pundole has been involved in the startup and development of many hotels and hotel chains, including Edition Hotels, Morgans Hotel Group, Ruschmeyers, Surf Lodge, and King & Grove.

Bill Bensley

Architect

Bill is world renown for his outstanding, unique and inspiring award-wining hotel, landscape and interior designs and eye-catching architecture. He is also a concerned conservationist and passionate philanthropist. Bill’s philosophy is “besides having as much fun as possible, to help the needy, to educate, help animals and help the planet via conservation.”

David Leventhal

Co-Founder of Regenerative Travel

David is the Co-Founder of Regenerative Travel and Principal at Playa Viva. With years of experience in emerging media and technology companies, his recent endeavors are focused on real estate and hospitality following his values for environmental and social impact.

David Prior

Founder and CEO of PRIOR

David is the Co-Founder and CEO of PRIOR, a community for curious travelers that creates a global calendar of cultural celebrations and designs tailor-made travel. David was formerly Contributing International Editor of Condé Nast Traveler and was named by Bloomberg Businessweek as “One to Watch” in 2018.

Dereck Joubert

Founder of Great Plains Conservation

Dereck is a 7-time Emmy award-winning filmmaker, National Geographic Explorer-in-Residence and pioneering wildlife conservationist, who has been filming, researching and exploring in Africa for over 30 years with his wife the acclaimed photographer, Beverly Joubert. 

Daniela V. Fernandez

Founder of Sustainable Ocean Alliance

Daniela is the founder and CEO of Sustainable Ocean Alliance, a global organization that cultivates and accelerates innovative solutions to protect and sustain the health of the ocean. She is an award-winning social entrepreneur for ocean innovation, and technology, youth empowerment, and sustainability.

Dr. Dune Ives

Managing Director of Lonely Whale

Dune is the Managing Director of Lonely Whale, an incubator for courageous ideas that drive impactful, market-based change on behalf of our ocean. Dune brings 20+ years of expertise and a thoughtful and optimistic approach to the marine conservation industry as an advocate for an ocean free from plastic pollution.

Dr. Tara Stoinski

President of The Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund

Dr. Tara Stoinski serves as President and CEO and Chief Scientific Officer for the Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund. Prior to taking on the CEO role in 2014, she worked with the Fossey Fund for 13 years in a scientific capacity. Tara has studied gorillas for more than two decades and is the author of over 100 scientific publications. 

Duke Phillips

CEO & Founder, Ranchlands

Duke is a 3rd generation rancher dedicated to living with the land in the United States, Latin America and Australia. Duke’s extensive journey has led to creating a set of core beliefs that is both inductive and instructive, demonstrating the manifold ways that balance ranching, conservation, and economics.

Elizabeth Ojo

Director of Operations at ALU School of Wildlife Conservation

Elizabeth Babalola is the Director of Operations of the School of Wildlife Conservation at the African Leadership University. She is passionate about environmental management and education – preparing the next generation of stewards to solve environmental problems and effectively manage our natural capital.
 

Eric Ricaurte

Founder of Greenview

Eric founded Greenview in 2008, an international consultancy helping organizations catalyze innovation and best practice through strategy, programs, data management, benchmarking, and reporting. Greenview’s clients include most of the largest hotel companies as well as hotel owners and developers, and more.

Eugene Mutangana

Head of Conservation at the Rwanda Development Board

Eugene he has vast tourism and conservation experience where tourism and conservation played a key role in boosting the socio-economic development of Rwanda. He has also worked at Volcanoes National Park as a tourism warden, a home to the endangered mountain gorillas.

Geordie Mackay-Lewis

Managing Director of PELORUS

Geordie served as a Captain in a British Army reconnaissance regiment, deploying twice to Afghanistan before running a series of businesses across Europe. Prior to founding PELORUS he spent a number of years as MD of a high-end adventure travel company. Geordie is a fellow of the Royal Geographic Society.

Harsha L’Acqua

Founder of Saira Hospitality

From her career with Six Senses, Fullerton Hotel and Aman Resort across Asia, Harsha brings a global eye for education and hospitality to her work around the world. Saira partners with luxury hotels, creating bespoke pop-up schools to educate and empower local communities for employment in hospitality. 

Jake Haupert

Co-Founder of Transformational Travel Council

Jake is dedicated to unleashing travel’s superpowers in transforming self and society. Proudly guiding, supporting, and empowering connections and growth through travel by unifying transformational destinations, practitioners, and travelers in a global forum, for the betterment of all.

Jamal Galves

Conservation Biologist

Jamal is a conservation biologist and 2017 Nat Geo Photo Ark EDGE Fellow, working to conserve the endangered Antillean manatees of Belize. He is the Program Director with the Clearwater Marine Aquarium Research Institute. He has been named an Oceana Ocean Hero and WWF Planet Hero.

Janice Lao

Director of Group Corporate Responsibility & Sustainability at HSH Limited

Janice is a multi-awarded, sustainable business expert with 15+yrs experience working in multinational blue-chip companies and the think tank World Resources Institute. She is an international expert in developing and implementing sustainability strategy, communications and reporting, and green finance.

Jimmy Carroll

Business Development Director of PELORUS

Jimmy served as a Captain in a British Army reconnaissance regiment, with tours to Iraq and Afghanistan. Upon leaving he was appointed expedition manager for Xtreme Everest 2. Prior to co-founding PELORUS, Jimmy worked as head of marketing and communications for the design studio Winch Design.

Juliet Kinsman

Sustainability Editor at Condé Nast Traveller

Juliet is the first ever Sustainability Editor of Condé Nast Traveller. Her book ‘The Green Edit: Travel, Easy Tips for the Eco-Friendly Traveller’ is published by Ebury has just come out. As the founder of Bouteco, she works with award-winning luxury brands to amplify their sustainability messaging.

Katalina Mayorga

Founder of El Camino Travel

As the Colombian-American founder of El Camino Travel, an immersive group travel company, Katalina never meant to get into the travel industry. A quick conversation (about drug cartels) with a taxi driver in Guatemala dramatically changed the course of her life and veered her from international development to hospitality and tourism.

Kyle Wiggins

Co-Founder and CEO of Keteka

Kyle is the Co-Founder and CEO of Keteka, a global digital booking platform that connects local guides and operators in emerging markets with the world’s travelers. Prior to founding Keteka, Kyle served as a Community and Economic Development Peace Corps Volunteer in Colón, Panamá.

Kris Tompkins

Co-Founder of Tompkins Conservation

Kristine is currently the Co-Founder of the Tompkins Conservation. As the previous CEO of Patagonia Inc., she has spent the last 27 years protecting Chile and Argentina’s wild beauty and biodiversity through creating national parks, restoring wildlife, and fostering economic vitality.

Lauren Riley

Managing Director Environmental Affairs at United Airlines

As Managing Director, Global Environmental Affairs and Sustainability at United Airlines, Lauren is responsible for leading United’s environmental sustainability strategy, including sustainable aviation fuel, carbon management, environmental compliance, and waste, water and energy programs. 

Martinique Lewis

President of Black Travel Alliance

Martinique is a diversity in travel consultant and content creator. Trusted amongst her peers as a ‘’connector’’ she is always connecting the dots to ensure the travel industry is mindful of diversity , not just as a ‘buzz word’’ but a call to action that produces results.

Mary Holland

Journalist

Mary is a South African writer based in New York. Before moving to the United States, she worked as an editor at GQ South Africa. She has written for WSJ Magazine, Monocle, Condé Nast Traveler, Bloomberg, AFAR and BBC. She specializes in covering Africa and conservation.
 

Milena Stoyakova

Founder of Positive.Travel

Milena is the Founder and CEO of Positive Travel. Having lived across 4 continents and visited over 80 countries has made her acutely aware of the environmental and social issues we are currently facing. Milena has worked at several financial institutions and large multinational corporations.

Neil Jacobs

Chief Executive Officer of Six Senses

Neil’s passion for wellness, sustainability and making travel purposeful led him to Six Senses in 2012. Ever since, his focus has been to elevate the brand in terms of responsible design, green initiatives and wellness programming. He has sought to broaden the company’s global footprint to urban environments.

O'Shannon Burns

Director and Sustainability Officer at National Geographic

O’Shannon is a Washington, DC-based sustainability consultant who has developed and managed sustainability, conservation, and tourism initiatives in both the business and nonprofit sectors and is currently overseeing a number of projects for EplerWood International that support the sustainable recovery of the tourism industry from COVID-19.

Paul Herbertson

Chief Executive Officer of Wild Philanthropy

A zoologist by training, Paul Herbertson is Wild Philanthropy’s CEO. Paul joined Wild Philanthropy in 2017 to direct the charity’s conservation finance and enterprise work and assist with its business planning, strategy, development and fundraising.

Paul Robinson

Chief Operating Officer at Bawah Reserve

As Chief Operating Officer of Bawah Reserve, Paul he has spent the last three years changing the way traditional resorts have been run by respecting the natural environment and minimizing its future impact. In 2019, Bawah Reserve took part in the WWF Signing Blue initiative to further support marine conservation in the Anambas Archipelago.

Portia Hart

Owner of Blue Apple Beach

Portia is an entrepreneur and expert in hospitality in rapidly developing markets. Since 2015, founder of two boutique hotels, three beach clubs, two bars and a not-for-profit foundation in Cartagena, Colombia. She is now working with Regenerative Resorts to implement benchmarking initiative

Praveen Moman

Owner & Founder of Volcanoes Safaris

Praveen is the founder of Volcanoes Safaris, globally recognized for the unique great ape tourism model it has created. Under Praveen’s vision, Volcanoes has designed and built four lodges near the great ape parks, become a charter signatory to the UN Kinshasa Declaration on Saving the Great Apes.

Robert Silk

Senior Aviation Editor, Travel Weekly

As Travel Weekly‘s senior editor for aviation, Robert Silk provides coverage and analysis of route networks, service offerings and distribution as well as airline industry trends and political/policy debates. He also writes the Wheels Up opinion column about commercial aviation.

Shivani Ashoka

Travel Writer & Diversity Advocate

Shivani is a travel writer reporting for Conde Nast Traveler, The Sunday Times, and more. With a special interest in global social impact, sustainability and racial diversity, she is the co-founder of fortnightly newsletter, ‘Unpacking Media Bias’, which helps media tackle unconscious bias in all forms of the press.

Sophy Roberts

Author and Journalist

Sophy is a writer based in the UK focused on remote places. She is a graduate of Oxford University and the Columbia School of Journalism and is a regular contributor to The Financial Times, among other titles. Her critically acclaimed first book, The Lost Pianos of Siberia, was published in 2020.

Steve Csonka

Executive Director at Commercial Aviation Alternatives Fuel Initiative

Steve is a commercial aviation professional with 27 years of broad airline and aviation OEM experience. Steve is a strong industry advocate who seeks pragmatic solutions to the challenges of aviation growth.

Teresa Baker

Founder of the Outdoor CEO Diversity Pledge

Teresa is the founder of the Outdoor CEO Diversity Pledge. Through the pledge, she works to create relationships with outdoor brands, retailers and conservation organizations, with the hope of fostering a more diverse experience for underrepresented communities in outdoor spaces.

Travis Levius

Journalist

Travis is a travel writer and editor, content creator and hospitality consultant loosely based in London. His work has appeared in Condé Nast Traveler, Travel + Leisure, Departures, National Geographic Travel, Lonely Planet and others.

Zita Cobb

Founder and CEO of Shorefast/Innkeeper at Fogo Island Inn

Growing up on Fogo Island, Zita developed a deep belief in the inherent value of place. She is now the Founder and CEO of Shorefast and Innkeeper of the Fogo Island Inn. A registered Canadian charity, Shorefast uses business-minded means to help secure economic and cultural resilience for Fogo Island, Newfoundland: one of Canada’s oldest settlements.

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