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Neota Webb

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Vice President, Operations

The daughter of active duty marines, Neota Webb knows how to pack a suitcase. She’s been to all US states and lived in 15 of them as well as Niger, where her mother was an accountant for the ambassador.

With more than 10 years of accounting experience for both non- and for-profit organizations, Neota brings calm and order to our finance and operations.

“I believe in what Sustainable Travel International is doing to save destinations so that I’ll get to see them one day and so will my children and their children too,” reflects Webb.

She holds a BA from the University of Oregon and an MBA from American InterContinental University.

Roger Lang

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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.

Arnfinn Oines

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.

Robert Chappell

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Senior Consultant, Standards & Monitoring

Robert has over 20 years of progressive experience evolving from a conservation scientist to an ecotourism operator to a sustainable development planner. He is a dedicated, mission-driven, systems-oriented problem solver who brings quantifiable results to project partners by listening to their needs, crafting strategies based on objective data, building capacity for long term success, and monitoring project impacts for continuous improvement. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Forest Resources and a Masters in Natural Resources, both from the University of Georgia, where he focused on the socioeconomic and ecological impacts of wilderness recreation and ecotourism respectively.

Robert has led Sustainable Travel International’s work in Vail, Colorado, where he worked with stakeholders to design and pilot the first sustainable mountain destination standard; Innovation Norway, developing an online sustainability management system for destinations; and Royal Caribbean, Hostelling International, and G Adventures, for whom he developed supplier sustainability standards, assessment tools, and sustainability management frameworks. Bobby also builds the capacity of public and private sector on partners on the practical application and monitoring of sustainability practices and impacts, designing and delivering training programs for businesses, destination managers, auditors, and certifiers.