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Our Executive Board

The Sustainable Travel International team consists of talented professionals with a diverse background, and a deep passion for sustainability in travel and tourism.

  • Amanda North's portrait

    Amanda North

    Amanda is founder and CEO of Artisan Connect (http://www.artisanconnect.com), the first online marketplace focusing on high quality home décor products from artisans in developing countries.  The objective of this social venture is to help sustain artisans in their traditional livelihood. Amanda conceived of Artisan Connect while she was recovering from injuries sustained in the Boston… more

    Amanda is founder and CEO of Artisan Connect (http://www.artisanconnect.com), the first online marketplace focusing on high quality home décor products from artisans in developing countries.  The objective of this social venture is to help sustain artisans in their traditional livelihood. Amanda conceived of Artisan Connect while she was recovering from injuries sustained in the Boston Marathon bombing. She is applying her 30 years experience as a Silicon Valley marketing executive to make a difference in an area about which she is passionate.

    Previously, Amanda was VP Marketing and Communications at AOptix, a leader in wireless communications infrastructure. As VP Corporate Communications at Splunk, Amanda helped prepare the company for its successful IPO in 2012. Before that, Amanda served as Global Head of Energy and Environment for Porter Noveilli. As VP Corporate Marketing, Amanda prepared Calico Commerce for its public offering in 1999. In addition, Amanda led two highly regarded branding and web design agencies, as President of Studio Archetype (acquired by Sapient) and Managing Director of Sequence. Early in her career Amanda ran the Desktop Publishing Group at Apple.

    Amanda holds a BA in politics and economics from Princeton University and an MBA from Stanford University. She conducted graduate studies in economics at Trinity College, Cambridge under a Rotary Club scholarship. Amanda is a private pilot and serves as a mentor in Santa Clara University’s Global Social Benefits Incubator program.

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    Nicolas Desolino

    Nick Desolino is a sustainability consultant at accounting firm KPMG in the UK. He has advised a number of organizations in various sectors (hospitality, banking, retail, education, transport, private equity, etc.) on their sustainability initiatives and reporting. Nick recently worked in partnership with the World Travel and Tourism Council, the International Tourism Partnership, and 23… more

    Nick Desolino is a sustainability consultant at accounting firm KPMG in the UK. He has advised a number of organizations in various sectors (hospitality, banking, retail, education, transport, private equity, etc.) on their sustainability initiatives and reporting. Nick recently worked in partnership with the World Travel and Tourism Council, the International Tourism Partnership, and 23 leading hotel companies to develop a standard methodology to calculate and communicate the carbon footprint of hotel stays and meetings in a consistent and transparent way. The methodology (the Hotel Carbon Measurement Initiative or HCMI) has since been adopted by over 16,000 hotels around the world.
    Nick has also advised clients on supply chain ethical trade issues, compliance with environmental regulations, waste management, water risk, health & safety management, and energy efficiency programs. He also supports a number of internal sustainability initiatives at KPMG to reduce costs and demonstrate to stakeholders that the firm “walks the talk”.
    Prior to joining KPMG, Nick held various roles in the hotel industry. He was part of the opening team of the Ritz Carlton New Orleans and also managed housekeeping and food & beverage operations at the Westin Times Square in New York.
    Nick has a Bachelor degree in Hospitality Management from the University of New Orleans and a MBA from Tulane University. He is also an Associate of the Institute for Environmental Management and Assessment. In his career, Nick has worked in France, the UK and the US; and is a native French speaker.

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    Jamie Sweeting

    Jamie Sweeting is Principal, Sweeting Sustainability Solutions, providing support to companies, NGOs, governments and destinations on a wide range of sustainability issues. In addition, Sweeting is the Chairman of the Board of Sustainable Travel International. Sweeting also serves as Global Sustainability Advisor to Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. Previously Sweeting served as Vice President, Environmental Stewardship… more

    Jamie Sweeting is Principal, Sweeting Sustainability Solutions, providing support to companies, NGOs, governments and destinations on a wide range of sustainability issues. In addition, Sweeting is the Chairman of the Board of Sustainable Travel International. Sweeting also serves as Global Sustainability Advisor to Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd.

    Previously Sweeting served as Vice President, Environmental Stewardship and Global Chief Environmental Officer for Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. where he was was responsible for establishing the company’s long-term environmental strategy and working to ensure responsible corporate environmental performance. Sweeting’s expertise guided Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd.’s work to conserve and protect the environment.

    Sweeting has over 20 years of experience in tourism, conservation and business management. Prior to working with Royal Caribbean Cruises, he served as senior business advisor and senior director of the Travel and Leisure program for Conservation International’s Center for Environmental Leadership in Business.

    Sweeting received a Master of Tourism Administration from The George Washington University in Washington, D.C., and a B.A. honors in Leisure and Business Management from Manchester University in England.

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    Keith Sproule, Vice Chair of Board and Tourism Specialist, World Wildlife Fund

    Keith Sproule’s areas of expertise include tourism planning, investment facilitation and community enterprise development. Mr. Sproule has worked and traveled to over 100 countries, with regions of extended experience in Asia, Latin America, the Caribbean, Middle East, North and Southern Africa. His hybrid career includes positions in the public, private and NGO sectors. He has… more

    Keith Sproule’s areas of expertise include tourism planning, investment facilitation and community enterprise development. Mr. Sproule has worked and traveled to over 100 countries, with regions of extended experience in Asia, Latin America, the Caribbean, Middle East, North and Southern Africa. His hybrid career includes positions in the public, private and NGO sectors. He has managed large land acquisition and tourism development projects in the US and the Caribbean and served as a senior policy advisor to government ministries, including three years with the Belize Ministry of Tourism, two years with the Egyptian Tourism Development Authority and three years as the Ecotourism Advisor to the Supreme Commission for Tourism in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. He is a past two-term Chairman of The International Ecotourism Society (TIES) and a current member of the board of the Charture Institute. He is the founder and managing director of The Bentwood Inn, a luxury lodge in Jackson Hole, Wyoming.

    Keith currently lives with his family in Windhoek, Namibia, where he manages the tourism portfolio of the World Wildlife Fund Namibia Program, focusing on joint-venture lodges with communal conservancies.

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    Karyl Leigh Barnes

    Karyl Leigh Barnes is the managing partner of DCI’s Tourism Practice, the leader in marketing places. She directs the company’s PR/Consumer Marketing, Digital Marketing, Trade Marketing, Meetings/Incentive Sales and Research Divisions, overseeing offices in New York, Los Angeles, Toronto and regional staff in Chicago and Tampa. Since joining DCI in 1998 from a New York… more

    Karyl Leigh Barnes is the managing partner of DCI’s Tourism Practice, the leader in marketing places. She directs the company’s PR/Consumer Marketing, Digital Marketing, Trade Marketing, Meetings/Incentive Sales and Research Divisions, overseeing offices in New York, Los Angeles, Toronto and regional staff in Chicago and Tampa. Since joining DCI in 1998 from a New York State DMO, she has led destination strategy and campaign implementation for travel destinations on every continent except Antarctica. Karyl Leigh is passionate about the preservation and sustainability of tourism destinations around the globe because tourism allows humans to gain a greater understanding of the world around them and enhances the quality of life of local residents through job creation.

    She holds a master’s degree in global marketing communications from Emerson College/Brussels, a bachelor’s degree in marketing from Anderson University, is professionally accredited in marketing communications by the International Advertising Association and has completed her CDME with Destination Marketing Association International (DMAI).

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    Richard Edwards

    A college exchange program took Richard to the midst of ecotourism and sustainable development in Costa Rica in its early years in the 80′s. Living there for over a decade, he’s been immersed in adventure and sustainability ever since. As the founder of the marketing and destination firm, ecoism, he’s committed to helping companies and destinations… more

    A college exchange program took Richard to the midst of ecotourism and sustainable development in Costa Rica in its early years in the 80′s. Living there for over a decade, he’s been immersed in adventure and sustainability ever since. As the founder of the marketing and destination firm, ecoism, he’s committed to helping companies and destinations benefit from taking a more practical and cost-effective approach to marketing, while doing all in their power to develop and promote a socially and environmentally responsible approach to travel.

    A wide-ranging career in the adventure travel industry through the 90’s had Richard in various leadership positions with a number of luminary adventure organizations, such as Costa Rica Expeditions, Wildland Adventures, and Austin-Lehman Adventures. His work as the founding Executive Director of the Trusted Adventures consortium allowed him to assist a host of pioneering adventure companies on their marketing, positioning and branding efforts. He has always found time for interesting and unique projects working on marketing strategy, messaging, product development, CSR programs, and community development with destinations, such as Belize and Korea, large corporations like Discovery Communications and Hilton, as well as his own boutique adventure company GreenSpot.Travel. Most recently Director of Marketing & eCommerce at the adventure giant G Adventures, he was also the first Director of the company’s non-profit Planeterra, the global organization dedicated to sustainable community development through travel. He continues to be part of the executive boards of several non-profits dedicated to ecotourism and sustainability in travel.

    Condé Nast Traveler cites Richard as a Top Travel Specialist for his ability to bring results-oriented travel marketing and great product together with sustainability to build award-winning trips for upscale adventure travelers.

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    Alexi Huntley Khajavi, Vice President, Global Strategy, Mercury CSC

    Alexi Huntley Khajavi is the Vice President of Global Strategy at MercuryCSC where he is responsible for curating and cultivating trends, research, capabilities and industry developments in the categories of expertise for MercuryCSC; travel, outdoor retail, food and sustainability. Alexi also leads the company’s organic and new business growth in domestic and international markets. Prior… more

    Alexi Huntley Khajavi is the Vice President of Global Strategy at MercuryCSC where he is responsible for curating and cultivating trends, research, capabilities and industry developments in the categories of expertise for MercuryCSC; travel, outdoor retail, food and sustainability. Alexi also leads the company’s organic and new business growth in domestic and international markets.

    Prior to joining MercuryCSC, Alexi spent 8 years at Nature Group where he was Chief Marketing Officer, a Central American travel consortium. Alexi led the branding, marketing, sales and corporate social responsibility programs for four affiliated brands—regional airline Nature Air, tour operator Nature Vacations, travel publication Landings and an aviation school. During his tenure Nature Group grew from $1M to nearly $18M in sales, making it one of the fastest growing travel companies in Latin America.

    Alexi was the project manager behind the carbon reductions and offset initiative, helping Nature Air become the world’s first certified carbon neutral airline. He is a graduate of University of California.

  • Julie Klein's portrait

    Julie Klein, Principal, Confluence Sustainability

    Julie is the Principal of Confluence Sustainability, LLC, a consultancy focused on collaborative strategies and solutions, utilizing travel and tourism as a catalyst for sustainable growth and a bridge to preserving and celebrating cultural heritage. Her work encompasses destinations, public and private partnerships and organizations committed to broad-based, stakeholder engagement to build scalable, multi-sector programs and replicable best practices…. more

    Julie is the Principal of Confluence Sustainability, LLC, a consultancy focused on collaborative strategies and solutions, utilizing travel and tourism as a catalyst for sustainable growth and a bridge to preserving and celebrating cultural heritage. Her work encompasses destinations, public and private partnerships and organizations committed to broad-based, stakeholder engagement to build scalable, multi-sector programs and replicable best practices.

    Prior to establishing Confluence Sustainability, she was the Director of Environmental Affairs for RockResorts and Vail Resorts Hospitality, a wholly owned division of Vail Resorts, Inc. where she led hospitality and corporate-wide sustainability programs across the company’s domestic ski and transportation divisions and international hotel portfolio. During her tenure with Vail Resorts, she also served as the Director of Environmental, Health and Safety for the Grand Teton Lodge Company where she led U.S. Department of Interior award winning environmental and health and safety programs certified to ISO 14001, 9001 and OSHA Voluntary Protection Programs. Her career is also marked by serving as the administrator for Denver Recycles/City and County of Denver, Colorado’s municipal recycling program and nearly 10 years of media relations and marketing communications experience in ski, travel and hospitality industry segments.

    Julie has a Masters’ Degree in Environmental Policy and Management from the University of Denver, a Bachelor’s Degree in Speech Communication and Journalism from Colorado State University and is a USGBC, LEED AP.

  • Roger A. Lang, Jr.'s portrait

    Roger A. Lang, Jr., Principal, Lang Studios

    In addition to being the principal of Lang Studios, Lang previously was owner and founder of the Sun Ranch Group (SRG). Lang devised SRG’s market-driven model for conserving important tracts of the American West. Passionate about the need to conserve wildlife habitat and migration corridors, Lang developed a model for a market-driven conservation approach that… more

    In addition to being the principal of Lang Studios, Lang previously was owner and founder of the Sun
    Ranch Group (SRG). Lang devised SRG’s market-driven model for conserving important tracts of
    the American West. Passionate about the need to conserve wildlife habitat and migration corridors,
    Lang developed a model for a market-driven conservation approach that included sustainable
    lodging and recreation, cattle ranching and ecology-driven residential real estate development
    appropriate for open space.

    Earlier in Lang’s career he co-founded a financial software company, Infinity Financial Technology,
    which grew to become the world’s leading supplier of derivatives trading, risk management and
    processing software. As Infinity’s founder and Chief Executive Officer, Lang led the company
    through its initial public offering on NASDAQ in 1996, and its subsequent merger into SunGard
    Data Systems in 1998. Lang was named one of the 50 most influential people in the history of
    financial risk management by Risk magazine, a major industry publication. Lang is the largest
    investor of Fluid, Inc., an e-commerce software and services company, and is the founder and
    chairman of Cutthroat Communications, Inc., a rural broadband and telecommunications company
    headquartered in Montana. Lang is an active angel investor to innovative technology companies
    including SnapLogic, 4delite, GroupPrice, Catch.com, Rock Prodigy, and others.

    In the world of non-profit organizations, Lang has been a board member or chairman of several
    entities. He is currently chairman of the Pollinator Partnership, the goal of which is to influence policy
    relating to food security and the vital role of pollinators to human populations. Lang is also a board
    member of the Turneffe Atoll Trust, focused on finding solutions for coastal development that aim for
    sustainability of coral reef systems.

    Lang holds a B.A and M.A. from Stanford University, graduating Phi Beta Kappa, with distinction and
    honors.

  • Richard Weiss's portrait

    Richard Weiss, Former Vice President of Operations The Walt Disney Company, Adventures by Disney

    Richard Weiss is an active/adventure travel industry veteran with over 30 years experience in the field. Originally a New Yorker with an undergraduate degree from Stanford, he moved to Canada in the late 1960s after a disagreement with the US government over his role in foreign policy, particularly in Southeast Asia. He stayed in Toronto… more

    Richard Weiss is an active/adventure travel industry veteran with over 30 years experience in the field. Originally a New Yorker with an undergraduate degree from Stanford, he moved to Canada in the late 1960s after a disagreement with the US government over his role in foreign policy, particularly in Southeast Asia. He stayed in Toronto for twenty years where he received an MA from the University of Toronto in Classical Chinese Poetry. Richard began his career in the adventure travel business leading wilderness trips for the Sierra Club in the late 1960s canoeing and backpacking throughout Canada and Europe. After a couple of failed but interesting careers (college academic, professional chef, et al.), he quickly got more comfortable and better fed by leading bike trips for Toronto-based Butterfield & Robinson in France and Italy, becoming their Director of European Operations in the mid-1980s. He returned to the US in 1988 to head the international division of Vermont Country Cyclers.

    Richard’s shift back to more adventurous travel started when he became CEO of Mountain Travel Sobek in 1995. Since then he has held senior executive positions with Backroads and Grand Expeditions, where he had responsibility for five GrandEx companies from Vermont to Boca Raton as President of the Eco/Adventure platform. Most recently Richard spent two years setting up Adventures by Disney, The Walt Disney Company’s™ entry in the (so-called) active travel space. Richard supports a variety of non-profit ventures by sitting on a number of boards of directors over the years. These include: The International Ecotourism Society, Environmental Traveling Companions (offering rafting and seakayaking to disabled children), Sustainable Travel International, Global Service Corps, Travelers’™ Philanthropy Fund and others. He currently heads Strategic Travel Consulting, an Oakland-based consulting firm, where he offers all levels of travel-related consulting, and manages his executive and life coaching practices.

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