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Our Advisory Board

Sustainable Travel International’s Advisory Board provides expertise and support to our team in the development and successful implementation of programming that helps us to deliver on our mission.

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    Beth Beloff, Founder and President of BRIDGES to Sustainability

    Beth Beloff is Founder and Principal of Beth Beloff & Associates, a consulting group that develops sustainability strategies and assessment methodologies. She is President of BRIDGES to Sustainability Institute, which she founded in 1997 to develop approaches to support corporate decision-making regarding sustainability. It is currently producing “beyond the Divide,” an innovative multimedia film and… more

    Beth Beloff is Founder and Principal of Beth Beloff & Associates, a consulting group that develops sustainability strategies and assessment methodologies. She is President of BRIDGES to Sustainability Institute, which she founded in 1997 to develop approaches to support corporate decision-making regarding sustainability. It is currently producing “beyond the Divide,” an innovative multimedia film and stage production bringing together indigenous and international performers and wisdom keepers to offer perspectives on protecting the Earth for future generations.

    In 2005, Golder Associates acquired the intellectual property of BRIDGES; for three years Beth developed and directed US sustainability practice of Golder Associates while refreshing the vision of BRIDGES. Previously, Beth founded and directed the Institute for Corporate Environmental Management (ICEM) in the business school at the University of Houston. ICEM developed executive development seminars/ workshops on how business could best integrate environmental issues into its core business strategies.

    She chairs the sustainable supply chain roundtable of major chemical companies working within the American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE) to address supply chain issues and developed a sustainability statement endorsed by all of the US engingerring societies for the UN’s Rio +20 Conference, to which she was a delegate. She is on the boards of both the Santa Fe Chamber Festival and the Santa Fe Concert Association. She has written extensively on how to develop actionable sustainability strategies.

    Ms. Beloff is one of the founding directors of Sustainable Travel International and a past chair. Beth has a BA degree from the University of California at Berkeley, a Master of Architecture degree from UCLA, and an MBA from the University of Houston.

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    David Michael Jerome

    David Michael Jerome has global experience in making large, publicly traded companies more innovative, sustainable, effective, efficient and relevant to their customers.   He has always found the complexity and importance of these issues appealing and has established and successfully managed these areas on three continents and across all major corporate staff.   Areas of experience include:… more

    David Michael Jerome has global experience in making large, publicly traded companies more innovative, sustainable, effective, efficient and relevant to their customers.   He has always found the complexity and importance of these issues appealing and has established and successfully managed these areas on three continents and across all major corporate staff.   Areas of experience include: Branding and Reputation Management, Corporate Affairs, Measurement and Reporting, Stakeholder Engagement, Public Policy, Communications, Value Chain Management (supplier/distributors/franchisees), CO2, Emissions, and Energy Management, Organizational Effectiveness and Integration into the Core Business.

    Prior to private consulting, David Michael Jerome was the Senior Vice President for Corporate Responsibility (CR) at InterContinental Hotels Group based in the United Kingdom.  David founded and led IHG’s Global CR Team from IHG’s headquarters in the United Kingdom from 2006 until the end of 2012.  Under David’s leadership, IHG came to lead the hotel industry in environmental innovation with its sustainable hotel design, building and operations programs.  David also established new collaboration models to support local communities and led all CR related new product innovation, development and brand integration.

    David teaches sustainability at Cornell and Cambridge Universities.  Additionally, he has published on branding and sustainability and presented at TED Global on the future role of hotels in society and currently serves on the TED climate change challenge team.

    Before IHG, David led Corporate Affairs for AB InBev, the world’s largest brewer.  Prior to AB InBev, David worked for General Motors in a variety of staff and operational roles.  He was head of GM Korea before assuming responsibility for GM’s global reputation and corporate responsibility activities.   David practiced law in Washington,D.C. before joining GM.

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    Steve Noakes, Founding Chair, Pacific Asia Tourism Pty, Ltd.

    Steve Noakes is founding Chair of Pacific Asia Tourism Pty Ltd, an international project management company focused on tourism’s capacity to contribute to the MDGs and the Global Code of Ethics for Tourism. He is also Director of Eco-Lodges Indonesia, owning and operating five properties with a wildlife & biodiversity conservation focus across Indonesia. In… more

    Steve Noakes is founding Chair of Pacific Asia Tourism Pty Ltd, an international project management company focused on tourism’s capacity to contribute to the MDGs and the Global Code of Ethics for Tourism. He is also Director of Eco-Lodges Indonesia, owning and operating five properties with a wildlife & biodiversity conservation focus across Indonesia.

    In 2008, Steve was honored with the inaugural Eco-tourism Australia Medal, recognizing his 30 years of active engagement in the Australian and international tourism industry. He is a long-standing member of the Bangkok-based Pacific Asia Travel Association, and an advocate for sustainable tourism practices. He was an active contributor to the development of the Global Sustainable Tourism Council, serving on the GSTC Board, and has also been an active participant on the UNWTO Panel of Tourism Experts and the World Committee on Tourism Ethics, contributing to UNWTO projects in Indonesia, Korea, Bhutan and East Africa.

    Steve has also worked as a sustainable tourism consultant to the World Bank, the International Finance Corporation, International Labor Organization, Asian Development Bank and a number of governments in the Pacific Asia region, southern Africa and east Africa. He is an Adjunct Professor at Griffith University, Australia, and a Visiting Professor at the Lapland University Consortium, Finland.

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    Arnfinn Oines, Social and Environmental Conscience, Soneva Resorts

    Arnfinn Oines works as Social & Environmental Conscience for Soneva Resorts. He is overlooking the responsible business practices at Soneva, which have received numerous environmental awards including the prestigious World Travel & Tourism Council’s Tourism for Tomorrow Award 2008. He oversees the operational resorts and supports the new projects are being developed in line with… more

    Arnfinn Oines works as Social & Environmental Conscience for Soneva Resorts. He is overlooking the responsible business practices at Soneva, which have received numerous environmental awards including the prestigious World Travel & Tourism Council’s Tourism for Tomorrow Award 2008. He oversees the operational resorts and supports the new projects are being developed in line with the company value known as SLOW LIFE™ (Sustainable-Local-Organic-Wellness Learning-Inspiring-Fun-Experiences).

    Arnfinn has been involved in implementing and establishing the Soneva Carbon Calculator, Soneva Clean Water Projects, Soneva Forest Restoration Project, The Soneva SLOW LIFE Trust, The Soneva Sustainable Future Symposium and the group’s Social & Environmental PnPs.

    He joined Soneva in 2005 and set up an Environmental Management System, which led Evason Phuket to become the first resort in South East Asia to become Earth Check Certified. Arnfinn was also heavily involved in the development Earth Check’s Sector Benchmark Indicators for Spa Operations, world’s first ecolabel for spas.

    Arnfinn co-founded and opened Earthworkers Hotel in Siem Reap, Cambodia as General Manager. He also worked as Course Director for International Tourism Institute in Andalusia, Spain. He has worked several years as a free-lance journalist in Norway. Arnfinn holds a BA in Adventure Tourism Management and MBA in Hospitality & Tourism.

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    Rob Torres, Managing Director, Google Travel

    Rob Torres is Managing Director of Google Travel and previously served as Vice President, Strategic Accounts at Expedia. He also serves on the Executive Board at HSMAI and USTA. Rob brings 20+ years of strategic experience with strong new business development skills and a deep understanding of the global digital marketplace and advertising community. At Google, he… more

    Rob Torres is Managing Director of Google Travel and previously served as Vice President, Strategic Accounts at Expedia. He also serves on the Executive Board at HSMAI and USTA. Rob brings 20+ years of strategic experience with strong new business development skills and a deep understanding of the global digital marketplace and advertising community. At Google, he is responsible for executing revenue strategies, account planning and business processes for global travel accounts, resulting in $600M of global marketing revenue. He also leads efforts to define the next generation of media platforms and products needed for the travel industry.

     

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    Luis Vargas, General Manager, Adventures at The Clymb

    Luis Vargas is a savvy global executive who consistently jumpstarts world-class results for international product innovators including market leading brands like Disney, Athletes Performance, Cloudbreak and Backroad’s. Luis exhibits a keen global insight, delivering international business development leadership across 6 continents and possessing native Spanish and conversational Italian language skills. In roles including Vice President,… more

    Luis Vargas is a savvy global executive who consistently jumpstarts world-class results for international product innovators including market leading brands like Disney, Athletes Performance, Cloudbreak and Backroad’s.

    Luis exhibits a keen global insight, delivering international business development leadership across 6 continents and possessing native Spanish and conversational Italian language skills. In roles including Vice President, Director and General Manager, Luis elevates service and quality for premium products to industry benchmark levels. In addition, Luis seamlessly expands global product bases and perceptively identifies complex market trends.

    Luis continually surpasses corporate goals with award-winning results, drastically increasing Disney’s global travel offerings by 1000% while achieving the #1 guest satisfaction rating across the entire Disney Park and Resorts portfolio. Luis is known as an experential travel, guest experience, and brand building expert and has earned Certified Sommelier and Certified Wine Specialist certifications, further illustrating his expertise across lifestyle products and experiences. Luis has built a reputation as a exceptional leader, high impact consultant, noteworthy communicator, dynamic spokesperson, and seasoned travel and hospitality executive. Luis has a passion for sharing the world, and enabling others to engage with the planet and its people in meaningful, fun and active ways.

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