September 23-25, 2020

This 3-day virtual summit will unite global stakeholders and independent travel companies dedicated to environmental and social impact progress in tourism and hospitality.

Hear and learn from field experts, as we explore how to move beyond sustainability to regeneration in order to reverse climate change and use tourism to rebuild for a more positive future.


Alexandra Avila

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Featured Speakers

More speakers to be announced in the coming weeks

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. 

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. 

Elizabeth Babalola

Director of Operations at African Leadership University

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.

Dereck Joubert

Founder of Great Plains Conservation

Dereck Joubert 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. 

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.

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.

Praveen Moman

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.

Zita Cobb

Founder and CEO of Shorefast and 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. 


September 23, 2020

8:30 - 9:00 AM EST

What is Regenerative Travel?

Alexandra Avila, Co-Founder of REYA Communications (Moderator)

Amanda Ho, Co-Founder of Regenerative Travel

Portia Hart, Standard Bearer at Regenerative Travel

9:00 AM - 12:00 PM EST

What are the biggest threats to our environment and what is the role of tourism to combat climate change?

Land & Conservation Management

9:00 AM – 10:00 AM EDT

O’Shannon Burns, Program Director of Eplerwood (Moderator)

Dereck Joubert, Founder of Great Plains Conservation

Duke Phillips, Founder and CEO of Ranchlands

Elizabeth Ojo, Director of Operations of ALU School of Wildlife Conservation

Kris Tompkins, Founder of Tompkins Conservation

Paul Herbertson, CEO of Wild Philanthropy


Marine Conservation

10:00 AM – 11:00 AM EDT

Ashlan Cousteau, Journalist and Explorer at EarthEcho (Moderator)

Daniela V. Fernandez, Founder & CEO of Sustainable Ocean Alliance

Dr. Dune Ives, Managing Director of Lonely Whale

Jamal Galves, Program Director of Clearwater Marine Aquarium Research Institute

Paul Robinson, Chief Operating Officer of Bawah Reserve


11:00 AM – 12:00 PM EDT

Robert Silk, Senior Editor for Aviation at Travel Weekly (Moderator)

Adam Klauber, Sustainability Expert at Rocky Mountains Institute 

Christina Beckmann, Founder of Tomorrow’s Air

Lauren Riley, Managing Director of Environmental Affairs at United Airlines

Steve Csonka, Executive Director at Commercial Alternative Aviation Fuels Initiative


September 24, 2020

8:00 - 9:00 AM EDT

Travel Companies Approaching Sustainability in Unconventional Ways

Katalina Mayorga, Founder of El Camino Travel (Moderator)

Bill Bensley, Architect

Geordie Mackay-Lewis, Managing Director of PELORUS

Kyle Wiggins, Co-Founder and CEO Keteka

Jimmy Carroll, Business Development Director of PELORUS

Milena Stoyakova, Founder of Positive.Travel

Zita Cobb, Founder and CEO of Shorefast/Innkeeper at Fogo Island Inn

9:00 AM - 10:00 AM EDT

The Intersection Between Hotels, NGOs, and Government

Alexandra Avila, Co-Founder of REYA Communications (Moderator)

Eugene Mutangana, Conservation Management Expert of Rwanda Development Board

Praveen Moman, Founder of Volcanoes Safari

Dr. Tara Stoinski, President and CEO of The Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund

10:00 AM - 11:00 AM EDT

The Journalist’s Role In Creating Impact

David Prior, Founder and CEO of PRIOR (Moderator)

Aaron Millar, Journalist

Sophy Roberts, Author and Journalist

Mary Holland, Journalist

Juliet Kinsman, Sustainability Editor at Conde Nast Traveller UK

Travis Levius, Journalist


September 25, 2020

8:00 - 9:00 AM EDT

Introducing The Regenerative Pledge and Key Metrics of Impact

Eric Ricaurte, Founder at Greenview

Portia Hart, Standard Bearer at Regenerative Travel

9:00 AM - 10:00 AM EDT

How Regeneration, Environmental, and Social Equality Are Connected

Shivani Ashoka, Journalist and Diversity Advocate (Moderator)

Harsha L’Acqua, Founder of Saira Hospitality

Portia Hart, Owner of Blue Apple Beach

Teresa Baker, Founder of The Outdoor CEO Diversity Pledge

10:00 AM - 11:00 AM EDT

How Do We Create Regenerative Travelers?

Ben Pundole, Founder of Stay Plastic Free and AHotelLife (Moderator)

Anna Pollock, Founder of Conscious Travel

Dana Krauskopf, Owner of Hamanasi Resort

Jake Haupert, Co-Founder of Transformational Travel Council

Janice Lao, Director of Group Corporate Responsibility and Sustainability at HSH Limited (The Peninsula Hotels)

Martinique Lewis, President of Black Travel Alliance

Neil Jacobs, CEO of Six Senses

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In Partnership with REYA

We are proudly supported by REYA Communications, a boutique communications agency for luxury travel brands. Navigating the media world with a commitment to conservation and sustainability. 

Climate Week NYC

We are proud to be an official event for Climate Week NYC. As the focus shifts to how we rebuild after COVID-19, Climate Week NYC 2020 will explore what lessons we can learn in the pursuit of a net-zero future through just transition.  The Climate Group’s mission is to accelerate climate action to achieve a world of no more than 1.5°C of global warming and greater prosperity for all.

In Support of Saira Hospitality

The summit supports Saira Hospitality, a non-profit transforming the way hotels connect with local communities through education. Saira partners with hotels to create pop-up schools that provide local communities with the knowledge and skills they need to build a career in hospitality. 

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