SUNx Council

Posted On Friday, 02 December 2016 09:11

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



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


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
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
CTO The SUN Program

Marcel Henry, CTO SUN. 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

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
Impact-Travel Education

Sean Owens leads 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


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