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Our Staff and Technical Advisors

The Sustainable Travel International team consists of talented professionals with a diverse background, and a deep passion for sustainability in travel & tourism. In addition to our core staff, Sustainable Travel International is supported by an executive board, a number of collaborating partners and amazing volunteers.

  • Brian T. Mullis's portrait

    Brian T. Mullis, CEO & Founder

    Brian T. Mullis is an internationally recognized expert in sustainable tourism development and destination stewardship. He founded Sustainable Travel International in 2002, and continues to serve the organization as its CEO. Mullis boasts an extensive track record of successful project development and implementation with international partners spanning 20-plus years. During his career, he has designed and… more

    Brian T. Mullis is an internationally recognized expert in sustainable tourism development and destination stewardship. He founded Sustainable Travel International in 2002, and continues to serve the organization as its CEO.

    Mullis boasts an extensive track record of successful project development and implementation with international partners spanning 20-plus years. During his career, he has designed and developed solutions for destinations and businesses in more than 40 countries across five continents, in areas like low carbon tourism, market access, capacity building, enterprise development, and sustainable tourism standards.
    Under his leadership, Sustainable Travel International has become the leading global NGO practitioner focused on innovative sustainable tourism development and conservation solutions for the travel and tourism industry. In 2013, he was appointed to the United States National Travel and Tourism Advisory Board.
    Brian has more than 21 years of experience in the travel and tourism industry. He began his career working in National Parks in the United States, then moved on to own and operated an international travel company specializing in adventure travel and ecotourism. His experience includes specialist knowledge of sustainable tourism policy and management frameworks as they relate to biodiversity conservation, cultural-heritage preservation and localized economic development.
    Brian has extensive experience working with the tourism value chain in the areas of sustainable and business development. He has assisted hundreds of companies and destinations, from Fortune 500 companies and SMEs to emerging destinations and SIDS.
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    Dr. Louise Twining-Ward, President

    Louise Twining-Ward is a sustainable tourism specialist with 22 years of international experience in planning, developing, and monitoring, sustainable tourism destinations. She is experienced in the management of complex projects and the coordination of public, private, and non-profit sector partners. She has expertise in capacity building, research, training, and communication. Louise has lived and worked… more

    Louise Twining-Ward is a sustainable tourism specialist with 22 years of international experience in planning, developing, and monitoring, sustainable tourism destinations. She is experienced in the management of complex projects and the coordination of public, private, and non-profit sector partners. She has expertise in capacity building, research, training, and communication.

    Louise has lived and worked in over thirty countries, helping businesses, destinations, and governments transition to more sustainable management practices. Her special area of interest is the development and use of indicators for monitoring sustainable tourism destination management.

    Prior to joining Sustainable Travel International in 2011, she was Consultant for The World Bank Finance and Private Sector Development Unit for Africa, and Senior Associate at Tourism Resource Consultants, New Zealand. Louise is Visiting Fellow at the University of Surrey, UK, an editorial board member of the Journal of Sustainable Tourism, and an accredited STEP Eco-Certification Assessor.

    Louise is the author of the 2010 UN Women and UNWTO’s Global Report on Women in Tourism, guest writer for UNEP’s Green Economy Report, and co-author of the book Monitoring for a Sustainable Tourism Transition: the Challenge of Developing and Using Indicators. Her work in the South Pacific included the Samoa Tourism Development Plan, the Cook Islands Tourism Human Resource Strategy, the South Pacific Accommodation Classification Program, the South Pacific Ecotourism Code of Practice, and the South Pacific Regional Tourism Handicraft project. Her work in Sub Saharan Africa includes the World Bank Africa Regional Tourism Strategy, the Africa Tourism Flagship Report, The Namibia Tourism Policy Note and the Seychelles Sustainable Tourism Label.

    She has a Ph.D. in Sustainable Tourism from the University of Surrey in the UK and a MSc. in Tourism Planning and Management also from the University of Surrey.

    Connect with Louise on LinkedIn.

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    Seleni Matus, Vice President, Latin America and Caribbean

    Seleni Matus has more than 12 years of professional experience in designing and directing large-scale and multi-stakeholder initiatives that have mainstreamed sustainable tourism principles into key sectors of the tourism industry. She has worked in close collaboration with private sector and governments in tourism destinations throughout northern Mesoamerica to develop and implement destination-level sustainable management… more

    Seleni Matus has more than 12 years of professional experience in designing and directing large-scale and multi-stakeholder initiatives that have mainstreamed sustainable tourism principles into key sectors of the tourism industry.

    She has worked in close collaboration with private sector and governments in tourism destinations throughout northern Mesoamerica to develop and implement destination-level sustainable management plans and programs, in particular for the cruise sector, that have enhanced the quality of tourism products offered and helped to ensure the long-term health of natural ecosystems.

    In addition, Seleni has significant experience in developing a wide range of sustainable tourism planning and business-to-business tools. Examples of these tools include industry-level criteria and indicators for sustainable marine tours for the cruise industry, and practical tourism planning guides such as Linking Communities, Tourism & Conservation: A Tourism Assessment Process that communities can use to help determine the viability of a proposed ecotourism business concept.

    Seleni’s professional experience is deeply grounded in Belize where she developed the country’s national-level tour guide training and certification program, and also managed Programme for Belize’s ecotourism tour operation and lodges. She recently served as Belize’s Director of Tourism overseeing an unprecedented organizational change process in which the Belize Tourism Board’s strategic programs were recalibrated and resources reallocated to more effectively meet the demands of a fiercely competitive global marketplace.

    Seleni was instrumental in the establishment of the Mesoamerican Ecotourism Alliance serving as a founding member and its first President. More recently she also served on the Global Sustainable Tourism Council’s Board of Directors.

    Connect with Seleni on LinkedIn.

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    Jeremy Sampson, Vice President, Marketing & Communications

    Jeremy, who joined Sustainable Travel International in early 2011, leads a variety of projects for destination and corporate partners focused on assessment, participatory planning, and sustainability marketing and communications. He is the program lead for the new global collaboration, the Sustainable Destination Leadership Network. He also oversees global marketing, PR, and communications efforts for the… more

    Jeremy, who joined Sustainable Travel International in early 2011, leads a variety of projects for destination and corporate partners focused on assessment, participatory planning, and sustainability marketing and communications. He is the program lead for the new global collaboration, the Sustainable Destination Leadership Network. He also oversees global marketing, PR, and communications efforts for the organization, while playing a key role in operations, business development, and strategic planning.

    Recent projects include: destination sustainability assessments based on the Global Sustainable Tourism Council’s Destination Criteria for Mara Naboisho Conservancy in Kenya, St. Croix, US Virgin Islands, and Samoa; branding and marketing strategy for the Northern Rangelands Region of Kenya; action planning for the 2015 Actively Green Campaign in Vail, Colorado; sustainability marketing assessment and action plan for Lanzarote, Spain; leadership of the Festivals and Events component of the North American Destination Marketing Campaign in Namibia; development and implementation of the Oregon Travel Philanthropy Fund; design and development of marketing workshops for Innovation Norway.

    Prior to his work at Sustainable Travel International, Jeremy spent a decade directing sales, operations and marketing efforts for two of the top for-profit supplemental education brands in the San Francisco Bay Area. He spent 4 years as Director of Marketing at Galileo Learning developing marketing strategies and creative communications plans, and prior to that worked for 6 years in multiple roles at SCORE! Educational Centers, including a stint as the Northern California Marketing Manager.

    An avid traveler, Jeremy spent a year in Rio de Janeiro teaching English to multinational corporate executives after graduating from UC Berkeley with a BA in Mass Communications.

    Connect with Jeremy on LinkedIn.

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    Robert Chappell, Senior Director, Standards and Certification

    Robert (Bobby) Chappell is a sustainability professional with over 12 years’ experience in environmental assessment and tourism. In his role as Director of Standards Development and Eco-certification, Bobby is at the forefront of the sustainability movement. He is the architect behind the STEP Sustainability Management Framework and Green Communities Program, and is also the lead… more

    Robert (Bobby) Chappell is a sustainability professional with over 12 years’ experience in environmental assessment and tourism. In his role as Director of Standards Development and Eco-certification, Bobby is at the forefront of the sustainability movement. He is the architect behind the STEP Sustainability Management Framework and Green Communities Program, and is also the lead facilitator for industry training workshops and assessor training courses.

    Bobby has helped variety of global businesses, destinations, corporations, alliance organizations, and tourism boards implement the STEP Framework, including Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd., Hostelling International, Vail Resorts, Leading Hotels of the World, Globus Family of Brands, Guinness Storehouse, Timberline Lodge, Travel Oregon, and Jackson Hole Chamber of Commerce. He has also been influential on standards development projects like the European Union Indicators, Seychelles Sustainability Standard, and the Green Municipalities Self-Assessment Tool.

    Bobby’s professional career started as a wilderness ranger and environmental consultant, conducting endangered species surveys, watershed assessments, and visitor use impact studies. From there, Bobby immersed himself in the eco and adventure tourism industries, living and working in Costa Rica for more than four years. He has worked in the hospitality and accommodations sectors, and has extensive experience in travel planning, tour guiding, and service-learning study-abroad programming.

    Connect with Robert on LinkedIn.

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    Jessemin Sheyda-Losick, Senior Director of Planning

    Jessemin Sheyda-Losick is the Senior Director of Planning for Sustainable Travel International. Jessemin is a sustainable tourism specialist with 10 years international experience in planning, developing, and managing sustainable travel programs. He is experienced in the management of community development projects that leverage tourism resources to achieve community and conservation goals. Jessemin has traveled and… more

    Jessemin Sheyda-Losick is the Senior Director of Planning for Sustainable Travel International. Jessemin is a sustainable tourism specialist with 10 years international experience in planning, developing, and managing sustainable travel programs. He is experienced in the management of community development projects that leverage tourism resources to achieve community and conservation goals. Jessemin has traveled and worked in over 50 countries, coordinating with private, public and non-profit sector partners to develop unique, community driven travel experiences. He has expertise in community development, research, training, and risk management. Prior to joining Sustainable Travel International, Jessemin acted as Director of Global Sustainability for Rustic Pathways, an innovative adventure travel company operating in 19 countries on 5 continents.  Jessemin has consulted for the Mozambican Ministry of Science and Technology on the Millennium Villages project and led field research for Columbia University’s Earth Institute on projects in the Brazilian Amazon and Southern Africa. Jessemin is currently the President of the Rustic Pathways Foundation, a 501(c)(3) non-profit foundation that raises funds for community development and education projects in the communities where Rustic Pathways operates. He has an M.P.A in Development Practice with a focus on tourism from Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs in New York, NY, USA as well as a B.A. in Government from Georgetown University in Washington, D.C., USA.

     

    Connect with Jessemin on LinkedIn.

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    Neota Webb, Director, Finance and Operations

    Neota Webb joined Sustainable Travel International in 2014. She has more than 10 years of accounting experience in both the NGO and public sectors.  Neota has a dynamic accounting background that allows her to use various experiences to bring a more worldly view to both finance and operations management.  Neota has her Bachelor’s Degree from… more

    Neota Webb joined Sustainable Travel International in 2014. She has more than 10 years of accounting experience in both the NGO and public sectors.  Neota has a dynamic accounting background that allows her to use various experiences to bring a more worldly view to both finance and operations management.  Neota has her Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Oregon and her MBA from American InterContinental University.

    Connect with Neota on LinkedIn.

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    Andrew Grossmann, Director, Partnerships & Engagement

    Andrew joined the Sustainable Travel International team in November 2011. He is currently program lead for the organization’s Carbon Emission and Philanthropy program while providing support on sustainability training and corporate engagement initiatives. He first became interested in sustainability while studying Environmental Policy at Ithaca College in New York, where he attended the UNFCCC COP conferences… more

    Andrew joined the Sustainable Travel International team in November 2011. He is currently program lead for the organization’s Carbon Emission and Philanthropy program while providing support on sustainability training and corporate engagement initiatives. He first became interested in sustainability while studying Environmental Policy at Ithaca College in New York, where he attended the UNFCCC COP conferences in 2008 and 2009.

    Before arriving at Sustainable Travel International, Andrew spent time volunteering at eco-lodges in Ecuador, studying with Tibetan monks in Northern India and working on organic farms and apiaries in New Zealand and France. During his time abroad, Andrew became passionate about the benefits of voluntourism and cultural heritage study.

    Connect with Andrew on LinkedIn.

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    Lizzie Keenan, Marketing and Communications Manager

    Lizzie Keenan joined Sustainable Travel International as the Marketing and Communications Manager in October 2013. She currently manages organizational marketing and communications for the organization. Additionally, Lizzie contributes to the implementation of key Sustainable Marketing and Communications projects, including work with the Northern Rangelands Trust in Kenya and Royal Caribbean International. Prior to her work… more

    Lizzie Keenan joined Sustainable Travel International as the Marketing and Communications Manager in October 2013. She currently manages organizational marketing and communications for the organization. Additionally, Lizzie contributes to the implementation of key Sustainable Marketing and Communications projects, including work with the Northern Rangelands Trust in Kenya and Royal Caribbean International.

    Prior to her work at Sustainable Travel International, Lizzie spent three years working in the marketing and travel trade departments at Visit California. Here she garnered a strong understanding and passion for strategic planning and brand marketing.

    Lizzie’s professional career started as a Senior Programs Coordinator for ACCENT International, a study abroad program provider. This, coupled with her own experiences of studying abroad in England and Bali, and volunteering in Germany and Greece, helped solidify her passion for travel and sustainable tourism.

    Lizzie has an MSc in Tourism Development from the School of Hospitality and Tourism Management at The University of Surrey in Gulidford, UK.   Her dissertation research focused on marketing the sustainability of adventure travel to attract the Y Generation.

     

    Connect with Lizzie on LinkedIn.

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    Sam Huang, Director, Taiwan

    Samantha Huang is currently a PhD Candidate in Behavioral Neuroscience at Boston University School of Medicine. She also holds a BSc degree in Chemistry from National Taiwan University, and a Masters in Philosophy from the University of Oxford. Prior to pursuing her academic career, Sam worked in the information and communications industry for more than… more

    Samantha Huang is currently a PhD Candidate in Behavioral Neuroscience at Boston University School of Medicine. She also holds a BSc degree in Chemistry from National Taiwan University, and a Masters in Philosophy from the University of Oxford. Prior to pursuing her academic career, Sam worked in the information and communications industry for more than 15 years, specializing in marketing and international cooperation. She has traveled extensively and witnessed numerous natural disasters caused by climate change, as well as observed human damage caused by overdevelopment and unsustainable growth strategies in Asia. Sam founded Lohas Traveler in 2007 together with her partners in Taiwan, hoping to raise awareness of the importance of sustainable travel, especially in the greater China region.

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    Monique Chen, Assistant Director, Taiwan

    Monique Chen first realized her passion for traveling when she joined a mountaineering club while attending university. While kayaking and hiking with friends around Taiwan, she had the opportunity to delve deeply into aboriginal heritage, and vastly appreciated her encounters with the people she met on her journey. After graduating, Monique was engaged in cultural… more

    Monique Chen first realized her passion for traveling when she joined a mountaineering club while attending university. While kayaking and hiking with friends around Taiwan, she had the opportunity to delve deeply into aboriginal heritage, and vastly appreciated her encounters with the people she met on her journey.

    After graduating, Monique was engaged in cultural and environmental restoration work for five years in Taiwan. Her most recent position job was Chief of Operations & Promotion in the Taipei County Gold Ecological Park, a gold mining village where she was able to explore local history with mine workers and local residents, while developing a more sustainable approach to economics and environmental conservation. Monique hopes that increased education about sustainable travel can lead to progress in Taiwan and other Chinese communities.

Technical Advisors

  • Kumud Sengupta's portrait

    Kumud Sengupta, Advisor

    Kumud is based in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, and manages operations and business development for the Middle East and India regions.  An economics graduate with an MBA degree, Kumud has over 28 years of experience in marketing, advertising, research and consulting. Kumud’s background is complemented by 15 years of specialist consulting experience in the hospitality and travel… more

    Kumud is based in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, and manages operations and business development for the Middle East and India regions.  An economics graduate with an MBA degree, Kumud has over 28 years of experience in marketing, advertising, research and consulting.

    Kumud’s background is complemented by 15 years of specialist consulting experience in the hospitality and travel & tourism sectors.
    She is a certified assessor and consultant for the Sustainable Tourism Education Program (STEP), and is also the Managing Editor of Spotlight on Sustainable Tourism (SOST), an e-journal with a mission to promote sustainable business practices among stakeholders in the tourism industry.

    Kumud is the co-founder & Director of Market Vision, a research and consultancy services firm based in Dubai, and a regular speaker at tourism conferences and events.

    Connect with Kumud on LinkedIn.

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    Marc Myers, Advisor

    Marc was born in Zimbabwe and spent most of his life travelling throughout Africa, Europe and the Nordics. He has worked with the tourism industry for the majority of his career starting as a professional guide in Zimbabwe and progressing to lodge management and operations and finally to building and owning his own lodges in… more

    Marc was born in Zimbabwe and spent most of his life travelling throughout Africa, Europe and the Nordics.

    He has worked with the tourism industry for the majority of his career starting as a professional guide in Zimbabwe and progressing to lodge management and operations and finally to building and owning his own lodges in East Africa. He is now an experienced tourism consultant with over 15 years of industry based experience throughout Europe and Africa.

    Marc has worked for a variety of agencies including; tour operators, hoteliers, local authorities, governmental departments, NGO’s, educational bodies, parks authorities, media and marketing firms and destination management organizations.

    Marc studied Environmental Sciences and then Countryside Management in the UK and gained a Masters in Sustainable Tourism Management in early 2002. During his studies he worked with influential figures in tourism certification based in the Caribbean and East Africa (Environmental Audits for Sustainable Tourism ‘EAST’ and the Kenyan quality standard initiative through the Ecotourism Society of Kenya). Marc’s thesis was titled; ‘The potential development of a tourism certification programme in East Africa’.

    He is an accomplished sustainable tourism management/development consultant and business adviser; Experienced in private, public and the voluntary sectors. He has particular strengths in planning, research, directing and advising on project/programmes. Areas of ‘key’ strengths include strategic management, tourism development, environmental management systems, benchmarking & indicators, restructuring & strengthening, interpretation, capacity building, problem solving, leveraging in funds and issues-management.

    Marc is currently the sustainability specialist and senior consultant for Horwath HTL, based in Oslo. The consulting firm Horwath HTL concentrates on working with Hotels, Tourism and Leisure and is the largest specialist consulting network in this sector, with 50 offices in 39 countries.

     

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    Costas Christ, Advisor

    Costas Christ is an internationally renowned expert on sustainable tourism. Costas served as a founding member and former Chairman of the Board of The International Ecotourism Society and is an Executive Board member of Sustainable Travel International. His work has taken him to more than 100 countries across six continents to support tourism as opportunity… more

    Costas Christ is an internationally renowned expert on sustainable tourism. Costas served as a founding member and former Chairman of the Board of The International Ecotourism Society and is an Executive Board member of Sustainable Travel International. His work has taken him to more than 100 countries across six continents to support tourism as opportunity for protecting the environment and sustaining the social and economic well being of local communities. Costas has in depth understanding of institutional issues related to tourism development and small islands. He has been involved in a number of Sustainable Tourism Masterplans

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    Dr. Susan Guyette, Advisor

    Susan Guyette, Ph.D. (Métis – Micmac and Acadian French) has 25 years of direct experience working with indigenous and rural communities in cultural tourism, as well as cultural centers and museums. She is an award-winning author – prior books include Sustainable Cultural Tourism: Small-Scale Solutions; Planning for Balanced Development: A Guide for Rural and Native… more

    Susan Guyette, Ph.D. (Métis – Micmac and Acadian French) has 25 years of direct experience working with indigenous and rural communities in cultural tourism, as well as cultural centers and museums. She is an award-winning author – prior books include Sustainable Cultural Tourism: Small-Scale Solutions; Planning for Balanced Development: A Guide for Rural and Native American Communities, the co-author of Zen Birding: Connect in Nature, and the author of several texts for American Indian Studies. She is the owner of Santa Fe Planning & Research in New Mexico (USA) and the Executive Director of the organization Cultural Resilience.

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    Julie Klein, Advisor

    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.

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    Eric Lombardi, Advisor

    Eric Lombardi is the Executive Director of Eco-Cycle, Inc., and CEO of his global consulting firm Zero Waste Strategies International. Lombardi is a specialist in resource conservation, social enterprise development and public-private project development. Eco-Cycle is a national pioneer in the recycling industry and has grown under Lombardi’s tenure to become the largest community- based… more

    Eric Lombardi is the Executive Director of Eco-Cycle, Inc., and CEO of his global consulting firm
    Zero Waste Strategies International. Lombardi is a specialist in resource conservation, social
    enterprise development and public-private project development. Eco-Cycle is a national pioneer
    in the recycling industry and has grown under Lombardi’s tenure to become the largest community-
    based Zero Waste organization in the U.S.A. with a staff of 80 and processing of over 55,000 tons
    of diverse recycled materials per year (2011). Lombardi is often a keynote speaker and consultant
    on the social and technical aspects of creating a “Zero Waste – Or Darn Near” society.

    Lombardi works nationally and internationally as a project consultant, keynote speaker and
    workshop leader for government and private sector clients across the USA, New Zealand, England,
    France, Scotland, Romania, Australia, Tobago, American Samoa, Wales and Saipan. His work has
    covered such diverse topics as the Waste/Climate Connection, the creation of recycling facilities, the
    collection and marketing of “hard to recycle” (HTR) materials such as electronic scrap, the benefits
    of a social enterprise approach, the politics of growing community recycling programs, and the
    strategies for long-term recycling business survival. He is currently serving as a Special Advisor to
    SUEZ Environnment (Paris), the largest integrated water/waste company in the world, Sustainable
    Travel International, he is a Steering Committee Member for Zero Waste International Alliance,
    and is a member of the ICLEI Community Climate Protocol Waste Advisory Committee, and is the
    Environmental Representative on the ANSI SCS-202 Standards Committee on Climate Metrics.

    Lombardi has both facility and program design experience, including the creation of the first
    curbside recycling program and design/construction of the first MRF (materials recovery facility) in
    North Carolina (1986). He has designed and built numerous community recycling centers in Boulder
    County, Colorado, worked as a facility and program consultant for the Wal Mart “Green Store” in
    Kansas, designed, built and operated the first “Center for Hard-To-Recycle Materials” (CHaRM) in
    the USA (Boulder), was lead consultant for the creation of a for-profit paper recycling program in
    Romania, and led the design effort of the new MRF in Boulder County that was declared “the nicest
    MRF I’ve ever seen in the world” by George Weyerhaeuser, the V.P. of paper recycling for the global
    100 corporation of the same name.

    Lombardi was invited to the Clinton White House in 1998 as one of the Top 100 USA
    Recyclers to advise on national recycling issues. He co-founded and served as the President of the
    national GrassRoots Recycling Network (www.GRRN.org), and is a co-founder of the global Zero
    Waste International Alliance, based in Wales (www.ZWIA.org). He served from 1997-2004 on the
    National Recycling Coalition’s (NRC) Policy Work Group, and was an executive Board member of
    the NRC from 1991-1995. In 1992, he co-founded the National Nonprofit Recyclers Council. Since
    getting an advanced degree from Washington University (St. Louis) in Engineering and Public Policy,
    Lombardi has been working at the interface of where society/technology/business come together to
    bring beneficial change to all the stakeholders.

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    Eric Ricaurte, Advisor

    Serving several leading global hospitality companies, Eric engages the industry to advance sustainability through measurement and reporting, bringing his 10 years of experience in operations and consulting in diverse nature and cultural tourism projects. His recent industry work includes authoring the Cornell studies “Developing a Sustainability Measurement Framework for Hotels: Toward an Industry-wide Reporting Structure,”… more

    Serving several leading global hospitality companies, Eric engages the industry to advance
    sustainability through measurement and reporting, bringing his 10 years of experience in
    operations and consulting in diverse nature and cultural tourism projects. His recent industry work
    includes authoring the Cornell studies “Developing a Sustainability Measurement Framework
    for Hotels: Toward an Industry-wide Reporting Structure,” and “Determining Materiality in
    Hotel Carbon Footprinting,” and serving as technical consultant for Phase 1 of the Hotel Carbon
    Measurement Initiative, a joint initiative of the International Tourism Partnership and the World
    Travel & Tourism Council to standardize carbon metrics across the industry.
    Eric began his career managing a rainforest lodge and tour operation in Costa Rica and winning a
    student research finalist award in 2001 for his paper titled “Carbon Sequestration, Credit Trading
    and Offsetting, and their Relation to Travel and Tourism.” Since then Eric has consulted globally for
    hotel properties; hotel companies; hospitality vendors; tourism operators, attractions and complexes;
    tourism boards and tourism clusters. He is principal of Greenview, and a research associate at
    the Cornell University Center for Hospitality Research. Eric is the sustainability columnist for
    HotelNewsNow.com, and a member of the Global Sustainable Tourism Council and ASTM Technical
    Committee 60.02 (Hospitality and Sustainable Events).
    Eric earned a Bachelor of Science degree from the Cornell University School of Hotel Administration
    and a Master of Science degree in Tourism & Travel Management from New York University. He is
    fluent in Spanish and Portuguese. In his free time he has enjoyed playing capoeira for over 10 years,
    and tries to improve his French and Korean.
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    Andrew Rylance, Advisor

    Based in South Africa, Andrew is a private sector specialist with nearly ten years experience working in Africa and Europe. He specialises in two areas of work: business development and investment in rural areas and natural resource economics. He holds a Masters degree in Development Studies from the University of KwaZulu-Natal, a Post Graduate Certificate… more

    Based in South Africa, Andrew is a private sector specialist with nearly ten years experience working in Africa and Europe. He specialises in two areas of work: business development and investment in rural areas and natural resource economics. He holds a Masters degree in Development Studies from the University of KwaZulu-Natal, a Post Graduate Certificate in Applied Environmental Economics from the University of London and a Bachelors Degree (Honours) in Economics and Politics from the University of York. He is also a research fellow to the University of Johannesburg. He has previously worked for the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH in South Africa and Rwanda as an expert in Local Economic Development. In addition, he has been involved in PPPs and payments for ecosystem services in South Africa, business development in World Heritage Sites for the World Bank and developed business tourism training manuals for ITC/UNCTAD.

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    Dr. Edward Sanders, Advisor

    Dr. Ed Sanders has a broad background in sustainable development planning, environmental finance, ecotourism project development, and international public policy issues. He co-founded Eco Tourism International, an ecotourism consulting firm specializing in market assessments, feasibility studies and project planning. He is a former Vice-Chairman of the Board of The International Ecotourism Society (TIES) and currently… more

    Dr. Ed Sanders has a broad background in sustainable development planning, environmental finance, ecotourism project development, and international public policy issues. He co-founded Eco Tourism International, an ecotourism consulting firm specializing in market assessments, feasibility studies and project planning. He is a former Vice-Chairman of the Board of The International Ecotourism Society (TIES) and currently serves on a part-time basis as Director of Special Projects at the Center for Sustainable Tourism in the Business School at the University of Colorado at Boulder. He co-authored The Business of Ecolodges: The Economics and Financing of Ecolodges (TIES, 2001) and authored a comprehensive study of the U.S. outbound ecotourism market for the World Tourism Organization, The U.S. Ecotourism Market (WTO, 2002). He is a partner in a 13,000-acre ecotourism and conservation project in southern Belize. Dr. Sanders had previously co-founded an international environmental consulting firm (Sanders International, Inc.) and an international business consulting firm (IPAC, Inc.). Prior to that he served as Staff Director of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee following a career as a civil servant in the President’s Office of Management and Budget where he rose through the ranks from Budget Examiner to Associate Director. Ed has a BA in economics from Pomona College, a Ph.D. in economics from Yale University, and attended the Advanced Management Program at Harvard Business School.

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    Dr. Anna Spenceley, Advisor

    Based in South Africa, Anna is an international consultant with nearly 20 years experience on sustainable tourism projects Africa, Asia, Europe and the Caribbean.    Dr. Spenceley holds a PhD from the University of Greenwich with a doctorate on sustainable tourism in protected areas, and an MSc from Imperial College, London, in Environmental Technology. She is chair… more

    Based in South Africa, Anna is an international consultant with nearly 20 years experience on sustainable tourism projects Africa, Asia, Europe and the Caribbean.    Dr. Spenceley holds a PhD from the University of Greenwich with a doctorate on sustainable tourism in protected areas, and an MSc from Imperial College, London, in Environmental Technology. She is chair of the IUCN World Commission on Protected Areas (WCPA) Tourism and Protected Areas Specialist group, a senior research fellow at the School of Tourism and Hospitality at the University of Johannesburg. She was a founding director of the Global Sustainable Tourism Council and is an Expert Group member of the Global Partnership on Sustainable Tourism. Her publications include coordination of a special edition of the Journal of Sustainable Tourism on ‘Tourism and Poverty Reduction’, and production of the book ‘Responsible Tourism: Critical issues for conservation and development’

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    Jonathan B. Tourtellot, Advisor

    Consultant, journalist, and editor, Jonathan Tourtellot specializes in sustainable tourism and destination stewardship. Jonathan originated the concept of geotourism, defined by National Geographic as “tourism that sustains or enhances the geographical character of a place—its environment, culture, aesthetics, heritage, and the well-being of its residents.” He founded and ran National Geographic’s Center for Sustainable Destinations… more

    Consultant, journalist, and editor, Jonathan Tourtellot specializes in sustainable tourism and destination stewardship. Jonathan originated the concept of geotourism, defined by National Geographic as “tourism that sustains or enhances the geographical character of a place—its environment, culture, aesthetics, heritage, and the well-being of its residents.” He founded and ran National Geographic’s Center for Sustainable Destinations for nine years. There he instituted the Geotourism MapGuide program and the landmark Destination Stewardship surveys published in National Geographic Traveler, 2004-2010. He continues to serve as Geotourism Editor for Traveler and Portal Editor for www.DestinationCenter.org. His consulting firm is Focus on Places LLC.

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