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Paul Bennett Headshot

Paul Bennett

Paul Bennett Headshot

Award-winning former journalist turned travel entrepreneur, Paul co-founded Context Travel, a network of 1500+ scholars and specialists who lead tours and other immersive experiences in 44 culture capitals worldwide. Context is a certified B-Corp and was a finalist for National Geographic’s Geotourism award. A blue water sailor with over 20,000 nautical miles under his keel, Bennett is a five-time Conde Nast Traveler Top Travel Specialist and member of Wendy Perrin’s WOW list. Writing credits include National Geographic, Smithsonian, Architectural Record, a Lowell Thomas award for travel writing, two time selection in the Best of American Writing series (travel and science writing), and author of 5 books on architecture and design. He currently lives on a sailboat with his wife and three daughters in Indonesia.

John Francis Board Member

John Francis

John Francis Board Member

As Vice President for Research, Conservation, and Exploration at National Geographic, John Francis directed the Society’s grant-making programs around the world as well as its sustainable tourism efforts. A marine biologist and National Geographic grantee, John began his career studying seals and sea lions on remote islands in North and South America. A film on his work led to his role as a producer of wildlife films, covering everything from chimps and tigers to whales and sharks. He continues to travel worldwide furthering National Geographic’s global research and conservation efforts.

Geoff Bolan

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Geoff Bolan recently stepped down as the CEO of Sustainable Travel International, where he led the organization’s global efforts to combat threats like environmental degradation and economic inequality. His background includes more than 25 years of management, business development, and strategic planning on a global scale in both the non-profit and private sectors.

Geoff joined Sustainable Travel International in January 2016 as the organization’s Chief Operating Officer.  He has held multiple leadership roles with the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC), leading all commercial development for the Americas region, then running all aspects of U.S. operations.  He has also held management positions in the hospitality sector with TravelCLICK, McDonalds, and iExplore. He started his career in enterprise and ecotourism development with Conservation International, working primarily in Latin America.

Geoff holds his MBA from Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management and a BA in international relations from Tufts University. He speaks Spanish, Portuguese, and French.

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.