SUNx Council

Co-Founder

Geoffrey Lipman leads SUN. Former top exec in IATA, WTTC and UNWTO, Geoffrey is President of ICTP and the Green Growth Travelism Institute (GGTI), as well as a Visiting Professor at Hasselt University, Belgium & Victoria University Australia.

  • Belgium

 

Co-Founder

Felix Dodds is an acclaimed campaigner for sustainable development & author. Formerly UN Stakeholder Forum Director, now Senior Fellow at the Global Research Institute at the University of N. Carolina & Associate Fellow, Tellus Institute.

  • USA

 

Alain St. Ange
Vice Chair SUNx

Alain St Ange is a Seychellois politician & former Minister of Tourism & Culture of Seychelles. He has been working in the tourism business since 2009. Alain has authored a number of books including the political history book ‘Seychelles, What Next?’

  • Seychelles
Director of RLKM

Ignace Schops is Director of RLKM, Belgium's largest national park, and President of the EUROPARC Federation. A leading environmentalist, he was awarded the Goldman Environmental Prize in 2008 and is a full member, Club of Rome.

  • Belgium
Chairman of SUN Ark

Tom Goldberg MBE is Chairman of SUN Ark, the innovative solar powered core of the SUN program. He is a veteran of the steel construction industry, former Managing Director of Atlas Ward, a leading UK based global construction corporation.

  • United Kingdom
CEO Ground_Up Project

Brindusa Fidanza is Founder/ CEO of The Ground_Up Project, a leading deal sourcing platform for green businesses under $10 million. Previously she designed and deployed the country program of the G20 Green Growth Action Alliance.

  • Switzerland
Maga Ramasamy
HR Manager Air Mauritius

Maga Ramasamy is Human Resources Manager at Air Mauritius and long time CSR advocate. He is the President of the Paille En Queue Social Club of Air Mauritius and also the Council Chairman of the World Airlines Clubs Association.

  • Mauritius
Rebecca Hawkins
Founder RHP

Rebecca Hawkins founded RHP providing resource saving advice to organisations across the hospitality/food-service, tourism and waste sectors over the last decades. She is a resource management specialist, tourism strategist and academic.

  • United Kingdom
Richard Prosser
Chairman Audley Travel

Richard Prosser is Chairman of Audley Travel and Tusker Direct. He has held senior posts in TUI and First Choice. He is an expert in finance and merger strategy and has led several high profile major financing initiatives in the travel sector.

  • United Kingdom
Julian Oliver
SG EurActiv

Julian Oliver is SG of EurActiv, a leading media agency covering EU policy & affairs. Previously DG of Global Express Association as well as European strategy lead for American Express. Julian has an excellent knowledge of EU politics & players.

  • Belgium
Rose Mukogo
Green Tourism Services

Rose Mukogo is an economist with experience in both public & private sectors in natural resource management. Formerly the Director of Research of the Zimbabwe Tourism Authority & Board of the Zimbabwe Parks & Wildlife Management Authority.

  • Zimbabwe
Barry Humphries
BKH Aviation

Barry Humphries is a veteran of the aviation industry, having held senior positions within the Civil Aviation Authority and Virgin Atlantic as well as several board level appointments on a range of aviation-related associations and committees.

  • United Kingdom
Yao Wang
Climate & Energy Finance

Yao Wang (Professor) is the Director of the Research Center for Climate and Energy Finance, Central University of Finance and Economics, and the Deputy Secretary General of China’s Green Finance Committee, China Finance Society.

  • China
Tony Charters
Director Tony Charters & Assoc.

Tony Charters is a research, policy, planning and development expert. He has long-term experience in natural resource management, forestry, national park and protected area management. He is a Founder of Ecotourism Australia.

  • Australia
Rosalin Kyere-Nartey
Founder Rosak Consult

Rosalin Abigail Kyere-Nartey is a World Economic Forum “Global Shaper” & Curator of Kumasi Hub of Global Shapers Community, Vital Voice Lead Fellow, Green Growth Tourism Advocate, Hospitality & Tourism consultant & social entrepreneur.

  • Ghana
Harold Goodwin
Advisor on Responsible Tourism

Harold Goodwin is the father of Responsible Tourism. He argues that sustainable tourism and green growth can only be achieved when individuals and the sector take full responsibility for ensuring sustainable development through tourism.

  • United Kingdom
Mariëtte_du_Toit-Helmbold
Founder Destinate

Mariëtte du Toit-Helmbold was CEO of Cape Town Tourism for 10 years before founding Destinate, and has more than 18 years' tourism and marketing experience. Under her leadership, CTT won critical acclaim as a DMO.

  • South Africa
Madan Bezbaruah
Fmr Sec. Indian Tourism Ministry

Madan Bezbaruah is a recognized international tourism expert and was previously Secretary of the Indian Ministry of Tourism. He has worked over several years on a number of important projects for the UN World Tourism Organisation.

  • India
Kaewta Muangasame
Assistant Dean, Mahidol U

Kaewta Muangasame completed a doctorate degree at the School of Tourism & Hotel Management, the Hong Kong Polytechnic University. She works on ecotourism projects as well as being as an Assistant Dean for Admin & Academic Support.

  • Thailand
Marcel Henry
SUNx Advisor

Marcel Henry, founder of In-Trip Travel Technologies (merged with Atlantic Bridge portfolio company, Civic Resource Group 2015). Marcel previously held a Senior Technology Management position in Microsoft.

  • Ireland
Roger Carter
MD TEAM Tourism Consulting

Roger Carter is a leading expert on tourism destination development, management and marketing. He has undertaken more than 250 assignments in 20 countries for tourism boards, government and development agencies.

  • United Kingdom
Jeanine Pires
Pires e Associados

Jeanine Pires has 20 years of leadership in national and international tourism marketing. As Head of Embratour, she managed bidding, marketing & communications for Brazil as a tourism destination in more than 40 countries & 6 Brazilian states.

  • Brazil
Terry DeLacy
Prof. Sust Tourism & Env Policy

Terry DeLacy, Professor in Sustainable Tourism & Environmental Policy in the Tourism & Events Research Unit at Victoria U, Melbourne. Formerly Dean of the CRC for Sust. Tourism, he has written & lectured on Sust. Tourism policy.

  • Australia
Paul Wilke
Upright Position Communications

Paul Wilke is an experienced communications and tourism industry professional committed to emphasizing the global impact of tourism to consumers, governments and the travel industry. Paul formerly led Visa's PR operations for South & SE Asia

  • USA
Geoff Buckley
Director New Earth Tourism

Geoff Buckley has more than 30 years’ experience in senior management, has specialized and extensive global strategic planning and marketing experience in the tourism and travel industry and is a former Head of Tourism Australia.

  • Australia
Juergen Thomas Steinmetz
Publisher eTurboNews

Juergen Thomas Steinmetz has continuosly worked in travel & tourism and is publisher of eTurboNews (eTN), one of the world’s most influential and most-read travel and tourism publications. He is also Chairman of ICTP.

  • USA
Nick Collin
MD Collin Consulting

Nick Collin is a management consultant and advisor to the SUN Program. He is Director of Collin Consulting Ltd and a Non-Executive Director of GreenEarth. He is an expert on payment systems and related technologies.


  • United Kingdom
Andrew Charlton
MD Aviation Advocacy

Andrew Charlton, MD of Aviation Advocacy, an air transport focused strategic consulting and govt. affairs. Previously, Andrew was the Chief Legal Officer of Qantas Airways before being responsible for Govt. Affairs for IATA & then SITA.

  • Switzerland
Jordi William Carnes
CEO Barcelona Tourism Board

Jordi William Carnes is a philology graduate and has worked professionally in the field of politics and for government bodies such as Barcelona Provincial Council, where he was Head of the President’s Office, the Catalan Government.

  • Spain
Eric Ricaurte
Founder of Greenview

Eric Ricaurte founded Greenview specializing in the metrics, measurement, and reporting of carbon and other tourism sustainability indicators within travel & tourism. He is a frequent speaker and writer on sustainability measurement.

  • USA
Daniel Pillai
Founder/CEO BIPVCo

Daniel Pillai, Founder BIPVCo, a company manufacturing leading edge, innovative, building-integrated photovoltaics by adding PV functionlaity to metal & membrane substrates. He was formerly Director of SBEC and for Tata Steel Europe.

  • United Kingdom
Wayne McKinnon
CEO Green Growth 2050

Wayne McKinnon, Founder VisionCSR, a sustainability consulting firm providing leading CSR reporting technologies, frameworks and assessment services. He has worked as auditor for leading Tourism certification organizations.

  • Australia
Pankaj Pradhananga
Four Season Travel &Tours

Pankaj Pradhananga, Director Four Seasons. With over 20 years experience on Green Growth & Inclusive tour operations in the Himalayas. He has led initiatives to develop accessible Tourism in Nepal including the 'Wounded Heroes Trek.'

  • Nepal
Salmina Jobe
Director, Min. of the Environment

Salmina Jobe, is Director, Centralized Project Coordination Unit at Ministry of the Environment, Climate Change & Natureal Resources, The Gambia. He has specialised in agricultural & natural resources policy formulation & management.

  • The Gambia
Matthew Wood
Director of Ops & Comms, EFMD

Matthew Wood, is the Director of Operations and Communications at EFMD, a leading global network focussed on management education and development, and oversees the services from EFMD for business schools and companies.

  • United Kingdom
Wei Shi
Wireless Media Strategy Analyst

Wei Shi, is a Media Strategy Analyst focussing on strategic, business & competitive intelligence. Formerly Head of Account Management for Intel., Corp. Strategy at Nokia he has led teams across Finland, USA, China, Japan & Singapore.

  • China
Dr David L. Edgell
Prof. Trade, Tourism & Econ. Dev.

Dr David L. Edgell, is Professor of Trade, Tourism & Economic Development at East Carolina University & an Independent Tourism Consultant. Dr. Edgell was one of the architects of the US National Tourism Policy Act & Senior Exec Director, USTTA.

  • USA
Nick Mkiramweni
Lecturer, Sokoine U of Agriculture

Nick Mkiramweni, is a lecturer in the Dept of Tourism & Recreation at Sokoine U of Agriculture, Morogoro, Tanzania. He has a PhD in Sustainable Tourism from Victoria U, Australia and has published widely on the effects of climate change on tourism.

  • Tanzania
Tom Selänniemi
Dir, Finnish Nature Centre Haltia

Dr. Tom Selänniemi , has over 25 years of experience in tourism research & business. He was chair of the Tour Operators’ Initiative for Sustainable Tourism Development (TOI), and was deputy MD of the largest tour operator in Finland, Aurinkomatkat-Suntours.

  • Finland
Bea Broda
Producer/Writer/Host/Speaker


Bea Broda has produced, hosted and written several TV travel series, and publishes travel news and video on popular websites & channels. A Past President of the Society of American Travel Writers, Bea is dedicated to working towards sustainable tourism.

  • Canada
Jan Peter Bergkvist
Senior advisor, SleepWell


Jan Peter "JP" Bergkvist, has worked in Sustainable Business at an executive level in the hospitality industry, since the early nineties. 15 years in Scandic, including 4 years with Hilton International in the role of Director of Environmental Sustainability.

  • Sweden
Stanton (Stan) Carter
MD, Brand Caribbean

Stanton (Stan) Carter, has been a high profile figure in Ontario’s & Caribbean’s travel industries for almost 4 decades. He is a former Director of Tourism for Dominica - Nature Island of the Caribbean, & former Manager, Canada for the Barbados Board of Tourism.

  • Canada
Sean Owens
Thinking Tourism

Sean Owens advises on our education development & online learning systems. Sean's career spans hotel management, tour operating, and as a sustainable tourism consultant. Previous Sean worked for TUI as a core member of their sustainability team.

  • United Kingdom
David Sheppard
Consultant, World Bank

David Sheppard is an experienced CEO and change manager specialising in climate change, environmental management, and heritage conservation. He has worked as CEO of SPREP www.sprep.org, as a Senior Executive in the Australian Government (NSW) and also with the World Bank and the Asian Development Bank.

  • Switzerland
Alexander Rayner
CEO, SmartData.travel

Alexander Rayner is Chief Executive Officer at SmartData.travel that specialises in developing data-driven decision making in the travel and tourism sector, and to ultimately make data useful.


  • Hong Kong
Daniel Morrell
CEO, CHANT Live

Daniel Morrell is the CEO of Chant, and a leading environmentalist who traded the worlds first tonne of carbon in 1988 and went on to found, Future Forests in 1992. He is an accomplished climate change campaigner and entrepreneur.

  • United Kingdom
Gerd Hesselmann
Chair, Hesselmann & Assoc.

Gerd Hesselmann has held leading positions in the German & European tourism sector including: MD, ADAC Reise GmbH; CFO of abr Reisebüro, Chairman Amadeus Travel Agency Advisory Board; President German Travel Agent & Tour Operator Assoc.

  • Germany
Rob Spierings
Johan Cruyff Academy

Rob Spierings is Team Coordinator at the The Johan Cruyff University and specialises in Sports Marketing and non-conventional Sport Business development, sport organization consultancy, transformation through sports and global sport development.

  • Netherlands
Bernard Metzger
Founder at Travelindex

Bernard Metzger is a communication and data management specialist in the travel and tourism sectors with over 25 years of experience. Fmr. consultant, Int. Finance Corporation (World Bank Group).

  • Hong Kong
Paul Bierman-Lytle
Sust. Env. Assoc. Corp.

Paul Bierman-Lytle is a dedicated and results-driven architect and exec development director of international 'high performance' mixed-use projects with a focus on integrated sustainability solutions.

  • USA
Stuart Jauncey
Dean, The Emirates Academy

Dr Stuart Jauncey is Dean at The Emirates Academy of Hospitality Management, Dubai. Fmr Head School of Hotel & Catering Studies Galway-Mayo Institute of Technology, Ireland where he founded the West of Ireland Centre for Tourism and Hospitality Research.

  • UAE
C.S. Kiang
CEO, Sust Dev Tech Fdn.

Professor C.S. Kiang was Chairman of the Peking University Environment Fund and the Founding Dean of the College of Environmental Sciences at Peking University. His vision is to set up the infrastructure for the development of leadership in sustainable development by China.

  • USA
Francesco Frangialli
Hong Kong Polytechnic U

Francesco Frangialli served as Secretary-General of the United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) from 1997 to 2009. He is an Honorary Professor at the School of Hotel and Tourism Management, Hong Kong Polytechnic University.

  • France
Esther Nairesiai
FECTO Kenya

Esther Nairesiai is an environmentalist with over 12 years of experience in project planning and management, natural resource management and community tourism. She has worked in both the public and private sector and has global strategic planning & marketing experience.

  • Kenya
Jorn Gieschen
Tourimpax & Tourismbrains

Jörn Gieschen runs Tourimpax, focused on sustainable & creative destination growth support, and Tourismbrains, a global tourism expert recruiting service. He is a former director of THR Intl and was the destination specialist at TUI Group Corporate Strategy.

 

  • Germany
Sergio Arzeni
Director, OECD

Sergio Arzeni is the Head of the LEED Programme and Senior economist at the OECD. Previously he worked at the European Commission & the Italian Parliament. He is a visiting professor in Int Economics, Entrepreneurship & Innovation at various universities.

  • France
Paul Whitelaw
Director, William Angliss Inst.

Paul Whitelaw is Associate Director Higher Education & Quality at William Angliss Institute. Prior to this he was a Senior Lecturer in the College of Business at Victoria University. Prior to this, Paul enjoyed nearly 15 years’ experience in various line and executive positions in the Hospitality Industry.

  • Australia
André Clodong
Aviation Consultant

André Clodong is an independent consultant specialising in public affairs related to aerospace manufacturing, air carriers, airports and air navigation. He is former Staff Dir., Comité des Sages for Air Transport to the EC; Head of Public Affairs, United Technologies Europe & Deputy Head of PR, Pratt & Whitney Canada.

  • Belgium
Susanne Becken
Griffith Institute for Tourism

Dr Susanne Becken is the Director of the Griffith Institute for Tourism and a Professor of Sustainable Tourism at Griffith University, Australia. Susanne has led a broad range of large-scale government-funded research projects & consultancy work in Asia-Pacific and for organisations such as UNWTO, UNEP, UNISDR and UNESCO.

  • Australia
Harith Wickrema
President Island Green Living

Harith Wickrema is an innovative educator, hospitality visionary and award-winning event producer who has been recognized internationally for sustainability and environmental responsibility over his 30+ year career, including president of Harith Productions, his global event production company.

  • US Virgin Islands
Jinfeng Zhou
Secretary-General CBCGDF

Dr Jinfeng Zhou is Secretary-General of China Biodiversity Conservation and Green Development Foundation (CBCGDF). He has earned a global reputation as a seasoned supporter of sustainable development, biodiversity conservation, environmental protection, & poverty alleviation.

  • China
Florian Wupperfeld
Fndr. Leading Culture Destinations

Florian Wupperfeld acted as a consultant to numerous brands, developing opinion-forming communities for luxury, hospitality and culture brands across the world. After 7 years at the Soho House Group, Florian launched his new venture, Leading Culture Destinations, a unique travel channel which celebrates the best cultural institutions around the world.

  • United Kingdom
Carol Hay
Caribbean Tourism Organisation

Carol Hay is Director of Marketing UK Europe Caribbean Tourism Organisation. She sits on the World Travel Market (WTM) Advisory Council, The International Coalition of Tourism Partners (ICTP) Advisory Board and is a member of the UNWTO Panel of Tourism Experts.

  • United Kingdom
Alessandra Alonso
Fndr. Women in Travel

Alessandra Alonso is a freelance business consultant, coach and lecturer. She has been mentoring and developing individuals and businesses, commercially and as a volunteer since 2004. As co-founder of Shine People & Places she pioneered the use of structured mentoring in Travel & Tourism - now widely used in the industry.

  • United Kingdom
Vicky Smith
Fndr. Earth Changers

Vicky Smith is a sustainable tourism expert. She's worked in tourism for over 20 years, and sustainable tourism for over 10 with marketing creativity, and a passion for wildlife, wilderness and adventure. Vicky has worked in UK head offices, in game reserves, developing countries, tours, web development, ecommerce & marketing.

  • United Kingdom
Mike Fabricius
MD, The Journey Tourism Advisors

Mike Fabricius is an experienced strategist, manager, marketer and entrepreneur who has played a leadership role in the successful development of the South African tourism industry and has been consulting at an international level since 2005.

  • South Africa
Hisham Zaazou
Egyptian Minister of Tourism

Hisham Zaazou is an Egyptian businessman and politician who has been serving as the minister of tourism since 2012. He began his career in the City Bank Group then helped to establish a tourist agency in the US focusing on the Egyptian market. From 2004 to 2007, Zazou served as the chair of the Egyptian Tourism Federation.

  • Egypt
Theuns Vivian
Destn Dev, City of Cape Town

Theuns Vivian is an academic, writer, entrepreneur and administrator focusing on tourism and entrepreneurship. He lectured at Unisa, joined Satour Cape Town (1993), Senior lecturer and Acting HOD Cape Peninsula University of Technology (2000-2005), visiting Professor Brussels University, founder member Tourism Entrepreneurship Academy.

  • South Africa
Mohamed Elamiri
Aviation Consultant & Instructor

Mohamed Elamiri has more than 36 years of experience with the Moroccan Civil Aviation Administration, and the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO). He is currently a senior consultant with ICAO and the Chairman of the International Foundation for Aviation and Development (IFFAAD).

  • Morocco

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