Glenn Jampol - Chair at Global Ecotourism Network
GLENN JAMPOL is a pioneer in Costa Rica and for the last 30 years has been the owner and developer of two award winning 5 level certified sustainable hotels in Costa Rica.Mr. Jampol is also a farmer and purveyor of single origin estate coffee producing yearly 12,000 kilos of award winning shade grown organic coffee.He worked for Costa Rica National Ecotourism Association (CANAECO), Costa Rican Tourism Board (ICT), he was the vice president of National Accreditation Commission (CNA) and he has also worked as a consultant on national and global sustainability policy of tourism for the Republic of Costa Rica. Mr. Jampol is currently the Chair of the newly formed Global Ecotourism Network (GEN) - comprised of all the ex-Directors of the TIES Advisory Board who in 2015 formed this new global organization representing global sustainable tourism and ecotourism.
Masaru Takayama - Founding Chair, Asian Ecotourism Network.
Mr. Masaru Takayama founded Japan Ecolodge Association (ECOLA), to promote ecotourism and ecolodge uniting responsible tourism and green buildings in Japan. The environmentally-friendly accommodations standard developed by ECOLA is fully recognized by Global Sustainable Tourism Council to bottom up the industry standards in the Japanese marketplace. He is president of travel agency ‘Spirit of Japan Travel’ in Kyoto.
Alex Crevar - Travel Journalist and Editor.
He is writer wand editor. He has reported travel stories as a regular contributor for publications such as The New York Times, National Geographic Travel, and Lonely Planet magazine for more than 20 years. He also regularly advises tourism organizations in the development of best practices. As well as serving as a guest lecturer at universities, Crevar teaches pro bono travel journalism workshops in countries around the world with writers in developing tourism markets.
Bogdan Papuc - Executive Director of Association of Ecotourism in Romania
Bogdan Papuc is director of Romanian Ecotourism Association. The association has achieved a partnership for nature conservation and tourism development among tourism associations, non-governmental associations acting in local development and nature conservation, nature conservation projects and travel agencies. Bogdan was tourism consultant, marketing and communication officer.
Dominika Zareba - Writer, journalist, ecotourism specialist, traveler
Author of Poland’s first book dedicated to ecotourism (“Ekoturystyka”, PWN, 3rd ed. 2010). Writer, freelance columnist and traveler, author of tourist guides and books. Co-founder of the Bezdroża Publishing House. She laid the foundations for the greenways program in Poland and initiated creation of greenway networks across Central and Eastern Europe. She is active with many environmental NGOs and ecotourism networks in Europe and world-wide.
Aivar Ruukel – Board member of the Estonian Nature Tourism Association.
Aivar Ruukel is the owner-operator of SOOMAA.COM /an ecotour operator in Soomaa National Park since 1994, and the Chairman of the Estonian Ecotourism Society (ESTECAS). Aivar is a winner of the Best Promoter of Tourism in 1997 by the Estonian Association of Travel Agents, and recently recognized by the Estonian Hotel and Restaurant Association as "Best in 2007".
Marta Mills - Stakeholder Engagement and Communications Director, TransCaucasian Trail Association (TCTA).
Marta leads stakeholder and community engagement efforts for the TransCaucasian Trail (TCT) project that contributes to the development of sustainable tourism in the Caucasus region. She has many years of experience in communications and stakeholder engagement, including five years at the UK’s Department for International Development (DFID), working on poverty reduction programs in South Caucasus, Eastern Europe and Central Asia.
Andrei Blumer - President of the Association of Ecotourism in Romania (AER)
Andrei Blumer worked as an ecotourism officer in one of the largest conservation project in Central and Eastern Europe: Carpathian Large Carnivore Project (1999 - 2003). He is one of the founders and the current president of the Association of Ecotourism in Romania (AER) since 2003. He gained extensive practical experience in the field of ecotourism, assisting for more than 15 years protected areas, small scale businesses in tourism and ecotourism destinations.
Marcus Bauer - Co-founder respontour - Responsible Tourism Communication, travel writer and tourism consultant.
Marcus Bauer is a travel writer and tourism consultant, based in the Bliesgau Biosphere Reserve in Saarland, Germany. Besides his work as a lecturer for International Tourism Management, Communication and Social Media at Saarland Business School, the University of Applied Sciences in Saarbrücken, he intensively travels to destinations worldwide and publishes about his travel experiences in various national magazines, newspapers and via social media.
Jeppe Klockareson - Owner & Founder at Fair Travel - Responsible Tourism Representation.
Jeppe has worked in tourism for over ten years with focus on ecotourism and responsible tourism. He is the former Managing Director of Basecamp Explorer Sweden, and left the company in 2008 to become the Product Manager of STA Travel Nordic. He’s a member of the board of the Swedish Ecotourism Society and in 2015 he was elected Chairman of the Steering Committee for Sustainable Tourism Management.
Michael Meyer - Co- Founder of OETE
Coming from the tourism sector, he first worked in the hotel industry and later as a tour guide and product developer for Wikinger Reisen GmbH in Canada, Italy, Poland, Lithuania, Latvia and Georgia. Michael helped to establish the branch office and network of the European Centre for Eco-Agro Tourism (ECEAT) in Germany supporting eco-farmers in developing and marketing offers on Holidays on Farms.
Early in his career he realised that it is important making an effort to influence policy makers to put the right frameworks on sustainable tourism. Together with the NGO Ecological Tourism in Europe (ETE), he contributed to the drafting, negotiating and finally adopting of the International Guidelines for Biodiversity and Tourism Development for the Convention on Biological Diversity with its 192 member states.
Managing Director at PRÁTTO Consulting d.o.o., Partner ITB Advisory,
Board Member at Global Ecotourism Network
Kirsi Hyvaerinen has been leading and consulting on change processes in travel and tourism since the mid-90s. She focuses on sustainable development in destinations, capacity building, organizational change, product diversification, branding and marketing. After working with Montenegro´s National Tourism Organisation and its partners 2006-2013, she continues as consultant and educator in the intersection of governments, destination management organisations, tourism SME and NGOs in emerging and developed destinations. In the past two years transnational co-operation projects, adventure travel and work with protected areas have kept her busy. Of Finnish origin, Kirsi loves the great outdoors. She holds a degree in Tourism Management and Marketing from Heilbronn University, Germany.