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Keynote Speakers

wangari-maathai-crop.JPGNobel Laureate Wangari Maathai

Dr. Wangari Maathai, the Nobel Peace Prize winner and the founder of Kenya’s Green Belt Movement, has graciously agreed to give the keynote address at the 2008 Travelers’ Philanthropy Conference to be held in Arusha, Tanzania, December 3-5, 2008. Read full press release here Nobel Laureate Wangari Maathai to Give Keynote Press play below or click here to see Wangari Maathai speak at the Traveler's Philanthropy Conference.

Click here to download the full transcript of Wangari Maathai's speech.


rotich.jpgNehemiah Rotich, Senior Programme Officer, Biodiversity, United Nations Environment Program (UNEP) - Rotich will introduce Dr. Maathai. He has 27 years of experience in working with wildlife, parks management and biodiversity. Before joining UNEP in 2003, he served as Kenya's Ambassador to UNEP, Director of Kenya Wildlife Service, and head of the East African Wildlife Society.

Click Here to read Nehemiah Rotich's Introduction



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David Western, Ph.D.

David Western is chairman of the African Conservation Centre.

A Kenya citizen, he was raised and educated in Tanzania, obtained a B.Sc. (Hons.) from Leicester University and a Ph.D. from the University of Nairobi.

Click here to view the slides from David Western's keynote presentation.

Click here to download the full transcript of David Western’s edited speech

Click here to download a summary of the Question & Answer Session following David Western’s speech

yusuf-ole-photo-introducing-western.jpgYusuf Ole Petenya - Yusuf Ole Petenya will introduce Dr. Western. Ole Petenya is secretary of Shompole Community Trust, a pioneering community conservation and ecotourism intiative located in Kenya's Rift Valley, just north of the Tanzanian border. He has represented Kenya in numerous international envorinmental forums and is a board member of Forest Trends.


SHORT COURSE: How to Establish & Manage Travelers' Philanthropy Programs

This 3.5 hour short course, which was offered prior to the official conference opening, is designed to cover the basics - the 'nuts and bolts' - of travelers' philanthropy. Its aim was to to help conference participants, particularly those without much understanding of the concept and how it works, to gain a good overview before they moved on into the conference's more in-depth discussions of issues, trends, and challenges within the field of travelers' philanthropy.

This premier travelers' philanthropy course is a joint effort of Basecamp Foundation and the Center on Ecotourism and Sustainable Development (CESD). The course instructors have acquired their knowledge through years of practice, participation, and promotion of travelers' philanthropy. This course is designed to help responsible tourism businesses, NGOs, and community organizations to prepare for, plan, implement, and manage travelers' philanthropy initiatives.

A handbook based on this course and produced by CESD will be coming out soon.

Instructors Led by: Judy Kepher-Gona and Lars Lindkvist Other Instructors: Les Carlisle, Jane Crouch, Priscilla Macy, Laura Driscoll, Martha Honey, and Gopinath Parayil.


Opening Remarks

Martha Honey PhotoClick here to download a copy of Martha Honey's opening remarks to the conference.


PLENARY SPEAKERS:

HIV AIDS and the Tourism Industry - Roles and Responsibilities
aids-plenery-hezron-mcobewa.jpg Dr. Hezron Otieno Mc'Obewa is Executive Director of the Ogra Foundation in Kenya. He is a family physician and public health consultant educated and trained in the UK and now resident in Kisumu. He founded OGRA Foundation in 1996 at the peak of HIV/AIDS in Western Kenya. He is currently consulting as a Regional Medical Advisor for Direct Relief International. He led the initial medical emergency response in Kisumu following post election violence.


raphael-robert-sic.jpgRaphael Robert is District Manager of Support for International Change (SIC) in Babati, Tanzania.This requires him to work closely with communities to fight against HIV. SIC’s development model has two sides. The first involves providing American and British students with meaningful volunteer work, preparing and supporting them to teach about HIV/AIDS in rural areas, while also generating income for SIC’s sustainable programs. The second involves providing HIV workplace trainings for safari companies and their employees.


lars-fixed.JPGLars Lindkvist, Basecamp Explorer - Lars R. Lindkvist is director of Basecamp Explorer, an aspiring global leading ecotourism provider with several tourism awards from its network of destinations in Africa, India, Europe and the Arctic. Lars is presently spearheading Basecamp’s newly established foundation as its CEO in providing solutions for sustainable destination development. He holds a PhD in Biogeography – specializing in environmental sustainability and development issues in Africa and India.


Julia Henn PhotoMODERATOR: Julia Henn is Senior HIV/AIDS Advisor for USAID in Tanzania. Prior to Tanzania, Henn worked in Senegal as a Population Fellow, first with ADEMAS, a Senegalese family planning organization, and later with USAID's reproductive health and HIV-AIDS projects. She worked next in Uganda in program areas of reproductive health, women in development, and HIV/AIDS. She holds a masters in Public Health from the University of Michigan, United States.


WORKSHOPS:



Stream 1 - Contributions to Conservation

Workshop 1 - Travelers’ Philanthropy & Marine Conservation Coastal environments around the world, from the Caribbean to the Pacific Rim to East Africa, play a central role in the development of tourism resorts and enterprises. These coastal environs are also often biodiversity hotspots, particularly in tropical areas with their rich coral reef ecosystems. The co-existence of expanding tourism developments with coastal ecosystems and marine life creates potential conflicts but also the potential for tourism businesses to make innovative investments in conservation. This panel will examine interactions between tourism development and marine conservation from East Africa and other parts of the world, focusing on ways that Travelers’ Philanthropy programs can be established to promote sustainable marine conservation project models.


robinvisa1.jpgRobin Anderson, Director, Peace and Justice Studies, Fordham University, USA - Robin Andersen is Professor and Director of Graduate Studies in the Department of Communication and Media Studies at Fordham University, and also teaches in the Environmental Studies Program. She is the author of 4 books and dozens of articles on the ways in which media influence public opinion and social policy. She won the Alpha Sigma Nu Book Award in 2007.


workshop-01-christina-colon.JPGChristina Colon, Columbia University Center for Environmental Research and Conservation, USA - Christina Colon is Curator of Curriculum Development and Evaluation at the New York Botanical Garden and teaches conservation biology and ecology at several universities including Columbia, Cooper Union and Lehman College. She conducted her Masters' thesis on environmental education in Belize, and her dissertation on the impact of logging on wildlife in Borneo. She is also a freelance travel writer and author of three guide books to the Caribbean.


photo-for-frida-from-chumbe.JPGFrida Lanshammar, Project Manager, Chumbe Island Coral Park, CHICOP, Tanzania - Frida Lanshammer has a Masters degree in Environmental Engineering from Uppsala University in Sweden and has worked with diving in Eastern Malaysia before joining the Stockholm International Water Institute in 2004. She joined CHICOP in 2006 as coordinator for the conservation and education programmes and took over the Project Manager position from the 1st of January 2008.


mahen-sanghrajka-b5-copy.jpgMahen Sanghrajka, CEO and Founder, Big Five Tours & Expeditions, Tanzania - Mahen Sanghrajka is founder and CEO of Big Five Tours & Expeditions, a Florida-based tour operator specializing in luxury, individualized programs worldwide. Founded in 1973, the company has grown under his direction from an African safari outfitter to an award-winning international operator with journeys to five continents that encompass Africa, Latin America, Asia & the Orient, Australia and the Polar Regions.


Workshop 4 - Making Traveler's Philanthropy Work for Wildlife ConservationA wide range of travelers’ philanthropy initiatives seek to support wildlife conservation efforts, both in protected areas like national parks and in broader landscapes. For tourism operators, the challenge is to design effective and sustainable conservation projects which target the roots of conservation problems. For NGO’s, there is growing interest in partnering with tourism businesses to raise funds and awareness around conservation issues. This panel will examine various models from these different perspectives in order to explore some of the key lessons emerging from experiences in Costa Rica, Tanzania, and elsewhere.


steve.jpgSteve J. Aronson, Chairman, Café Britt Coffee Corp; President, ProParques, Costa Rica - Steve Aronson has founded coffee and cocoa processing companies in several Latin American countries, including Café Britt, the leading gourmet coffee company of Costa Rica. He is also President and one of the founding members of ProParques, a non profit organization committed to the sustainability of Costa Rica's National Parks.


david-bromham-compressed.jpgDavid Bromham, Abercrombie & Kent, Tanzania - Raised in India’s Himalayan foothills, a British education and military service, as well as a deep appreciation of wildlife and conservation, preceded David Bromham joining the world of Abercrombie & Kent in Florida. One of East Africa’s leading guides, Animal Planet selected David to guide a six episode reality TV safari.


Shadrack Kamenya PhotoShadrack Kamenya, Jane Goodall Institute, Tanzania - Shadrack Kamenya grew up near Gombe National Park and received a B.S. degree from the University of Dar es Salaam in Tanzania. At the University of Colorado, where he earned an M.A. and Ph.D. in Anthropology and Conservation Biology, Kamenya’s research included studying red colobus monkeys at Gombe National Park. From 1997 to 2008, Kamenya was the Co-director of the Gombe Stream Research Center of JGI-Tanzania. While this job requires a good deal of management and supervising, Kamenya is still very involved with conservation issues around the park. Currently, he is transitioning to a new role as the Director of Conservation Sciences at JGI-Tanzania.


Sue Van Rensburg, Grumeti Fund, Singita Grumeti Reserves, Tanzania -


kate-dodson-70×70.jpgMODERATOR: Kate Dodson, Deputy Director of Sustainable Development, United Nations Foundation, USA - Kate Dodson directs the sustainable tourism portfolio at the Foundation, including the development of a new Global Sustainable Tourism Criteria and the World Heritage Alliance for Sustainable Tourism. She also manages the Friends of World Heritage initiative, a grassroots outreach campaign targeted to the traveling public to raise awareness and funds to support community development around World Heritage sites.


Workshop 7 - Travelers’ Philanthropy as a New Source of Conservation & Development Assistance Tourism is the world’s largest industry, and this fact alone makes travelers’ philanthropy an important emerging new form of overseas development assistance, along with individual donors, private foundations, and international aid agencies. This panel of development experts will examine how some of the region’s major private and public development agencies are approaching tourism development and how the growth of travelers’ philanthropy can contribute to and be integrated with these forms of support.


pic-not-so-good.JPGPaula Nimpuno-Parente Nimpuno, Program Officer, Environment and Economic Development, Ford Foundation - Nimpuno was born in Mozambique where she earned her first degree in the Management & Business College and later in Geography at the Eduardo Mondlane University. She has a Masters degree in Development Studies from the Institute of Social Studies in The Hague, The Netherlands and two postgraduate diplomas on Human Settlement Planning and Gender and Development from the Institute of Housing Studies and DPU, University College London. She was involved in research and consultancy studies in Thailand and Kenya on Women’s access to Housing Finance as well as Women’s employment opportunities in the informal sector economy. She has done research on Community Foundations as a possible vehicle to invest in the empowerment of the socially and economically marginalized in South Africa. Recently, she worked for the Bernard van Leer Foundation as a programme specialist in the Netherlands, with grant making responsibilities in Brazil, Eastern and Southern Africa.


Carrie Abendroth, USAID, U.S. -


final-pic-birgit.JPG Birgit Steck, Steck Online, Tanzania -


Workshop 10- Conservation, Tourism, and Community Rights: Finding Synergies & Reconciling Conflicts At the center of efforts to develop sustainable and responsible tourism businesses is finding ways to promote environmental conservation while also supporting local rights and development opportunities. Often conservation and development are pursued in ways that create conflicts, and tourism investments sometimes contribute to this by inflaming tensions over land ownership and access to resources. Tourism businesses, and investments in Travelers’ Philanthropy, need to target these underlying issues which are central to the sustainability of tourism enterprises and the resources on which they depend. This panel will examine linkages between conservation, tourism, and local rights in a several African contexts, looking at both positive and negative examples.


bola-adelekes-photo.JPGBola Adeleke, Redeemer's University, Nigeria - She is a 48 year old woman born in Oyo State, Nigeria, married with children. She completed her Masters and Ph.D degrees in Wildlife and Tourism Management from the University of Ibadan. She presently lectures in the Department of Transport and Tourism Studies of Redeemer’s University. Her research focus is socio-economic empowerment of residents surrounding protected areas through sustainable tourism practice.


workshop-10-jaqueline-asheeke-jpg-final.JPG Jaqueline Asheeke, FENATA, Namibia - Since 2003, Mrs. Jacqueline Wilson Asheeke has been the CEO of the Federation of Namibian Tourism Associations, representative body for the tourism industry in Namibia. She worked as an anti-apartheid activist and lobbying until Namibia's Independence in 1990 when she joined her husband as a diplomat representing Namibia on various posts. Mrs. Asheeke has written substantive research papers on tourism and poverty reduction, market trends in the tourism industry, tourism industry positioning for World Cup 2010, Sustainable Tourism, and a popular version of Namibia's Third National Development Plan.


wkshp-10-meitaya-photo.JPGPartalala Meitaya, Ujamaa Community Resource Trust, Tanzania - Partalala was born at Soitsambu village and is a resident of Ololosokwan village, both located in Ngorongoro District, northern Tanzania. He has worked for UCRT as a programme officer for more than 10 years, working with pastoralist and hunter-gatherer communities across northern and central Tanzania to strengthen community-level capacity to own, manage, and benefit from their lands and natural resources.


david-western-photo-for-website.jpgMODERATOR: David (Jonah) Western, USA - David Western is chairman of the African Conservation Centre. A Kenya citizen, he was raised and educated in Tanzania, obtained a B.Sc. (Hons.) from Leicester University and a Ph.D. from the University of Nairobi.


Workshop 13- Climate Change: Responsibility & Response of Travel Industry Global warming and carbon emissions issues are quickly assuming a central place in debates about sustainable forms of travel. While such debates occur on the global stage, tourism businesses and Travelers’ Philanthropy initiatives face new challenges but also opportunities for reducing carbon emissions and linking more sustainable tourism businesses with locally beneficial carbon offsetting projects. This panel will provide examples of how tourism companies in various countries are using travelers' philanthropy to creatively address global warming..


gopi-compressed.jpgGopinath Parayil, The Blue Yonder, India - Gopinath Parayil is the founder and chief executive of The Blue Yonder. He holds an MBA from the Ecole Nationale des Ponts et Chaussées. His passion for the region he comes from and a concern for a unique river civilization prompted him to set up one of the most innovative Responsible Travel companies in India in 2004.


jane-crouch.JPGJane Crouch, Responsible Travel Manager, Intrepid Travel, Australia - Jane works at Intrepid Travel, fostering best practise in responsible travel throughout Intrepid’s operations in over 90 countries and helps steer Intrepid’s sustainability strategies, carbon reduction and neutrality program and community support. Jane has had 25 years involvement with several international NGOs, established The Intrepid Foundation in 2002 and recently completed a Graduate Diploma in International Development.


wkshp-13-shimelis-with-trees-final.jpgShimelis Yigezu, Project Manager, Ethiopian Partnership Project & Founder and Board Member, Greener Ethiopia, Ethiopia - Shimelis Yigezu received his doctorate in Veterinary Medicine from Addis Ababa University in 1992. He is the Ethiopian Project Manager of the Ethiopian Partnership Project, which encourages urban development in rural towns by building programs for local communities and officials to make their areas healthy and attractive for the communities and for tourism. He is also the founder and board member of Greener Ethiopia. He is married with four children.


prahba-shastri-ranade.JPGMODERATOR: Prabha Shastri Ranade, Consulting Editor at ICFAI Business School Research Center, India - Prabha Shastri Ranade holds a Master’s degree in Geography and PhD in Social Sciences from Nagpur University. She has over 25 years of teaching and research experience. She is currently working as Consulting Editor at ICFAI Business School Research Centre, Ahmedabad. She has contributed numerous articles in academic journals, conference proceedings, edited books, newspapers and the Encyclopedia of World Geography (New York). She was the recipient of “Young Scientist” honour by the Indian Science Congress for her research contribution. Her areas of expertise and interests include geography, population, resource management, environment, and tourism.


Workshop 16 - Tourism and Climate Change in East Africa Tourism businesses and travelers' philanthropy initiatives in East Africa face both challenges and opportunities for reducing carbon emissions and supporting locally beneficial carbon offsetting projects. This panel will review a range of tourism industry responses to global warming and discuss how companies in East Africa can improve their operations, gain a marketing edge, and contribute to carbon offsetting projects that produce multiple benefits for communities and the environment.


wkshp-16-marc-baker.JPG Marc Baker, Director of Ecological Initiatives, Arusha - Baker has worked as a consultant for the UNDP – GEF cross border biodiversity project from 1998 – 2000 conducting a range of biodiversity surveys in Tanzania and Kenya before setting up his own company. He has also worked as a consultant for Danida, Care International and the Wildlife Division of Tanzania on biodiversity assessments, management issues and out of protected area tourism viability. He founded Carbon Tanzania in 2007 with the specific aim of driving in country value added carbon offsets directly to communities, to ensure both biodiversity protection and a community based understanding of climate change mitigation.


julia-bishop-best.JPGJulia Bishop, Company Carbon Assessments, Carbon Tanzania - Julia Bishop is an independent consultant operating in Tanzania, performing measurement of carbon footprints in the tourism sector. She works in a strategic partnership with CAMCO - a carbon asset management company based in UK with offices in Nairobi, Dar es Salaam and Johannesburg. CAMCO works with governments and businesses to define policies and strategies to help mitigate climate change and to encourage sustainable development in developing companies. The carbon footprinting process involves the measurement of greenhouse gasses produced on site, calculation of the carbon dioxide equivalent tonnage emitted, analysis of combustion sources, carbon mitigation recommendations, and reporting of offset possibilities.


workshop-16-selemani-kinyunu.JPGSelemani Kinyunu, Deputy Chair of Tanzania Entrepreneurship Society, Tanzania - Selemani is a social entrepreneur the founder of Offset East Africa, East Africa’s first for-profit, retail carbon offset company. The company works with rural farmers to convert dilapidated and unused rural lands into carbon generating tree planting projects. The Project won first prize in Tanzania’s national business planning competition co-sponsored by Google Org.


wkshp-16-edith-alusa.jpgMODERATOR: Edith Alusa-Bosire, Ecotourism, Kenya - Edith has over nine years of experience in conducting environmental audits and impact assessments, research and training in Kenya, UGanda, Tanzania and Rwanda. She has been awarded with the prestigious Chevening Scholarship, Jonathan Ziman travel grant, and is a founding member of the Institute of Waste Management in Kenya.




Stream 2 - Investing in Communities

Workshop 2 - Local Equity and Partnership in Tourism Enterprises How can tourism enterprises be structured in ways that maximize local benefits? What kinds of community partnerships or joint ventures are most effective and most sustainable? What motivates tourism businesses to enter into long-term relationships with local communities? This panel will examine these key questions, with a focus on east and southern African experiences.


wkshp-2-jeroen-harderwijk.jpg Jeroen Harderwijk, Managing Director, Asilia, Tanzania - Jeroen Harderwijk is Managing Director of Asilia, a leading up-market eco-tourism operator in Tanzania. Asilia has a strong track record in the field of eco-tourism. Its property on Zanzibar, Matemwe, featured in international studies on eco-tourism (‘Eco-Tourism and Sustainable Development – Who Owns Paradise?’ - 1999) and recently featured in a documentary by CNN on the subject.


wksp-2-peter-john-massyn.JPGPeter John (PJ) Massyn, Africa Safari Lodge, South Africa - Peter John has extensive experience in tourism as a form of rural development. He has taught at various universities and has been active in the private sector as a tourism entrepreneur and as a consultant in the fields of tourism, conservation, rural development and land reform. He is currently CEO of the ASL Foundation and a private consultant to, amongst others, the World Bank and International Finance Corporation.


final-pic-birgit.JPG MODERATOR: Birgit Steck, Steck Online, Tanzania -


Workshop 5 - Serving Local Development Priorities through Travelers' Philanthropy Numerous projects and programs have emerged through travelers’ philanthropy which attempt to promote local social and economic development. Such projects need to develop a deep understanding of local development priorities and existing challenges. Often travelers’ philanthropy projects will be most effective and sustainable when executed in partnership with experienced rural development organizations or government agencies. This panel will review key lessons and experiences for developing effective local development projects.


photo-aditi-chanchani.JPG Aditi Chanchani, Programme Coordinator, EQUATIONS, India - Aditi Chanchani is a researcher with EQUATIONS and has been associated with the organization for over 5 years. Her focus areas of work include community based rural tourism, tourism impacts and sustainable tourism. She has a Master degree in Tourism and Leisure from Lancaster University, UK.


erwin-kinsey-wkshp-5-stream2.jpgErwin Kinsey, Director of Operations, Global Service Corps, Tanzania - He is the past Tanzania Director of Heifer International-Tanzania with 30+ years experience in Tanzania developing sustainable livestock projects countrywide among 90+ local partner NGOs.



sam-raphael-resized.jpgSamuel Raphael, Developer/Operator of Jungle Bay Resort & Spa , Dominica - Samuel “Sam” Raphael is one of the Caribbean’s leading pioneers in the emerging niche of Community Tourism. His most recent development, Jungle Bay, is an award winning boutique resort that has successfully integrated environmental conservation and social/economic development of the local population into its guest experience.


picture-31.png MODERATOR: Hussein Sosovele, Senior Lecturer, University of Dar es Salaam & Policy Program Coordinator, WWF-Tanzania, Dar es Salaam - Dr. Hussein Sosovele is a Senior Lecturer at the Institute of Resource Assessment, University of Dar es Salaam, as well as the Policy Programme Coordinator for WWF-Tanzania. He obtained his PhD from University of Bremen, in Germany in 1993 and has experiences in tourism issues through teaching and research work. He has taught at the Universities of Wageningen (Germany) and Addis Ababa (Ethiopia) courses related to tourism development. He has authored a book on Tourism for Sustainable Development in Tanzania, published by Dar es Salaam University Press in 2001.


Workshop 8 - Making Communities Tourism “Ready”: Lessons Learned Community-based tourism ventures and products are a growing part of many tourism industries, and a new source of income and employment for many marginalized local groups of people. But experiences with these businesses are often mixed. Common challengers are often weak marketing, inconsistent product, quality consistency, and a lack of local capacity. This panel will examine experiences with community-based tourism, focusing on ways to ensure that communities are effectively equipped to sustain and manage local tourism products and ventures.


meitamei-dapash-compressed.JPGMeitamei Dapash, Kenya - A native Maasai from the Narok District of Kenya, Mr Dapash is the founding director of the Maasai Environmental Resource Coalition [MERC], a network of grassroots Maasai organizations and community leaders dedicated to protecting Maasai land rights, conservation, and community development. He developed several community-based tourism programs in Kenya as models to reform conventional safari travel in Maasailand. Mr Dapash will also run again for a seat in the Kenya Parliament in the next election.


workshop-8-david-mutinda.jpgDavid Mutinda, Green Belt Safaris, Kenya - Mutinda is the assistant project officer with Green Belt Safaris, and is currently planning and organizing rural community groups in Kenya for ecotourism activities. Mutinda earned his diploma in Environmental Studies from the Kenya Politechnic.


smaller-james-fernie.JPGJames Fernie, Uthando (Love) South Africa - Fernie grew up on a farm in a rural part of South Africa, the Eastern Cape. He qualified lawyer but only practiced for a few years. Since 2001 have been a volunteer at Nazareth House, an orphanage where many of the children are HIV positive. Since 2003 he did the international marketing for a portfolio of very exclusive hotels and safari lodges in Southern Africa.


beatrice-buyu-thumbnail.JPGMODERATOR: Beatrice Buyu, Director, African Conservation Center, Kenya - Beatrice Buyu has a great deal of both public and private sector experience. After graduating with degrees in Biochemistry and Zoology from the University of Nairobi, she became Assistant Development Manager at East Africa Industries. She went on to many other jobs in the private sector. In 2000, as Managing Director of the Kenya Tourism Board, she re-launched Kenya as a tourist destination. In November of 2008, she joined the African Conservation Center as their Director.


Workshop 11 - Travelers’ Philanthropy & Local Communities: Experiences from Southern Africa This panel will present examples of Travelers’ Philanthropy initiatives involving local communities in southern African countries, focusing on case studies from Namibia and South Africa.


photo-conference.jpgJulia Janis, Researcher, PhD Candidate, Institute of Development Studies, University of Helsinki, Finland - She is a researcher in a research project “Tourism and regional development in Namibia” since 2006. Her research interests include, tourism and development issues in Southern Africa, community-based tourism as a tool for rural development and the role of governments in tourism planning and policy making.


paul-m.JPGPaul Meidema, Director, Calabash Tours; Director and Co-Founder, Calabash Trust - Calabash Tours was started in 1997, and operates in Port Elizabeth. It specializes in linking tourists with disadvantaged communities – townships. Calabash Trust started in 1999. It is an NPO specifically engaged in harnessing travelers’ philanthropy. Calabash Tours was accredited with Fair trade in Tourism South Africa in 2004. Calabash Tours and Trust won the Responsible Tourism Award at World travel Market in 2004 in category Poverty Reduction, and was declared joint overall winner.


wkshp-11-sharon-roling.jpgSharon Rolling, Vice President of Innovative Development Services (IDS), South Africa - IDS consulting company helps NGO’s work to effect social change. IDS has provided clients—working to promote travel and tourism to Africa, achieve corporate transparency, and create economic opportunity—with strategic planning and media relations, advocacy, fundraising and conference organization. Prior to IDS, Sharon worked as a Project Director at the Economic Cooperation Foundation in Tel Aviv, Israel, where she helped build cross-border cooperation programs among Israelis, Palestinians, Jordanians and Egyptians.


wksp-2-peter-john-massyn.JPGMODERATOR: Peter John (PJ) Massyn, Africa Safari Lodge, South Africa - Peter John has extensive experience in tourism as a form of rural development. He has taught at various universities and has been active in the private sector as a tourism entrepreneur and as a consultant in the fields of tourism, conservation, rural development and land reform. He is currently CEO of the ASL Foundation and a private consultant to, amongst others, the World Bank and International Finance Corporation.


Workshop 14 - Travelers’ Philanthropy & Communities: Experiences from East Africa This panel will provide examples of travelers’ philanthropy initiatives and models from Tanzania and Kenya, including innovative models for community-based conservation, social service provision, and ‘voluntourism’.


thumbnail-daudi.JPG Daudi Peterson, Co-founder, Dorobo Safaris and Dorobo Fund for Tanzania, Tanzania - Daudi Peterson grew up in Tanzania and carried out pioneering studies of wildlife distributions in the pastoralist landscape of the Maasai Steppe during the 1970s, before founding Dorobo Safaris with his brothers Mike and Thad in the 1980s. They established the Dorobo Fund for Tanzania, which helped found the Ujamaa-Community Resource Trust in the late 1990s as a way of addressing rural conservation challenges, local livelihoods, and community empowerment in an integrated and grassroots manner.


peter-ongera-photo.JPGPeter Ongera, Director, African Homestay Services, Kenya - Peter Ongera runs an African cultural tourism agency that links up tourists who want to LIVE (homestay), STUDY (cultural and educational)and WORK (internship and volunteer) in Africa with local hosts in rural villages and towns and institutions.


julian-page-photo.JPGJulian Page, Director of Operations, Livingstone Tanzania Trust - Julian Page achieved a Masters Degree in International Development Studies with Sustainable Tourism at Westminster University, London, UK. He is the founding Trustee and Director of the Livingstone Tanzania Trust (LTT), a micro-charity seeking to alleviate poverty in rural Tanzania through education. LTT is based in Babati, Manyara Region, Tanzania. He is a member of Tourism Concern’s Ethical Tour Operators Group.


workshop-14-judi-wineland.JPG Judi Wineland, President Wineland, Thomson Adventures, Inc., Tanzania & USA - A remarkably skilled entrepreneur and dedicated philanthropist, Judi has founded several successful adventure travel companies like Thomson Safaris, realized community-initiated development projects in Karatu and Enashiva, spearheaded an education-based non-profit called Friends of Tanzanian Schools and developed sustainable tourism practices, all guided by Tanzania’s self-stated vision for the future.


workshop-14-daniel-yamat-compressed.JPG Daniel Yamat, Manager, Enashiva Nature Refuge, Thomson Safaris, Tanzania - As Thomson Safaris’ charismatic project manager for the Enashiva Nature Refuge, Daniel Yamat has two lifelong passions — helping people and wildlife. Beginning his career as a veterinarian, Mr. Yamat has worked on conservation and community projects in Tanzania for nearly a decade. He graduated from the College of African Wildlife Management in 1999.


wkshp-14-m-damian-bell.jpgMODERATOR: Damian Bell, Sokwe-Asilia - Damian Bell is the Director and Co-Founder of Honeyguide Foundation, Sokwe Asilia Group, Arusha, Tanzania. A driving force behind a broad range of conservation and community development projects aimed at communities benefiting from tourism in Tanzania, he was previously Chairman of the Tanzania Association of Tour Operators (TATO) and director of Karibu Fair.


Workshop 17 - Travelers’ Philanthropy & Local Communities: Around the World This panel will provide examples of innovative and locally-grounded travelers’ philanthropy projects from diverse settings around the world. The panelists are among the oldest and the newest companies to have created travelers’ philanthropy programs.


sonya-bradley-photo.jpgSonya Bradley, Tour Manager, and Chair, Country Walkers’ Responsible Tourism Program, USA - Sonya Bradley develops and manages walking tours in Latin America, Africa, and Canada for Country Walkers, an international tour operator. As chair of the company’s Responsible Tourism Program, Sonya guides the company’s initiatives for sustainable business and travel practices on and off the trail. Her passion for world wide travel and cultures emerged from her early years living in Africa, which instilled a life long commitment to giving back to the communities she visits.


new-image.JPGKelly S. Campbell, Founder and Partner, The Village Experience, USA - Kelly S. Campbell graduated from Indiana University with a B.A. in Apparel Merchandising and Business. She received her Master's Degree in International Relations from the University of Indianapolis and the University of Stellenbosch in South Africa. While abroad, she lived and volunteered in South Africa and Kenya for local non-profits. Upon return to the U.S. she was employed as Vice President of Ambassadors for Children and spent 5 years developing their voluntourism program. She has traveled extensively through Africa, Asia, Middle East, and Latin America designing trips and developing projects. Kelly is currently Founder and Partner in The Village Experience - a new concept in international trade and tourism.


wkshp-17-andrea-holbrook-stream-2.JPGAndrea Holbrook, President, Holbrook Travel Inc. / Selva Verde Lodge, Costa Rica - Andrea Holbrook is from Gainesville, FL. After graduating from Columbia University she lived in Sarapiquí, Costa Rica where her family had founded Selva Verde Lodge. There she became involved with the Sarapiqui Conservation Learning Center, an organization that connects local communities with conservation through educational opportunities and ecotourism. She now directs Holbrook Travel, a tour operation focused on educational and natural history travel and remains very involved with Selva Verde as well.


bill_durham.jpgMODERATOR: Bill Durham, CESD, Stanford University, USA - CESD's Director at Stanford, Durham is the Bing Professor in Human Biology, in the Department of Anthropological Sciences, and the Yang and Yamazaki University Fellow. Co-editor of The Social Causes of Environmental Destruction in Latin America (Michigan, 1995), Bill has particular interest in ecotourism as a means to address conservation and development issues in Central America, the Amazon Rain Forest, and Galapagos.




Workshop 3 - Rights & Wrongs of Philanthropy: Mistakes Made/Lessons Learned Travelers’ Philanthropy is not always a ‘win-win’. There can be downsides – even dark sides – to philanthropic or development projects that are poorly conceived, not driven by the community, not properly managed and monitored, and so forth. This panel, made up of experts with many years of experience in travelers’ philanthropy and community development work, will discuss in frank terms some of the mistakes they have made or observed, the important issues they consider, and what they view as some of the best practices for creating and implementing travelers’ philanthropy projects.


solome-lemmacompressed.jpgSolome Lemma, Program Officer Africa, Global Fund for Children, USA - Solome Lemma is the program officer for Africa. Prior to joining GFC, Solome worked with the UN Development Programme in Ethiopia and Human Rights Watch in New York City. She recently interned with the International Rescue Committee in Liberia, where she worked on trainings to combat gender-based violence. She is fluent in Amharic.


lars-fixed.JPGLars Lindkvist, Basecamp Explorer - Lars R. Lindkvist is director of Basecamp Explorer, an aspiring global leading ecotourism provider with several tourism awards from its network of destinations in Africa, India, Europe and the Arctic. Lars is presently spearheading Basecamp’s newly established foundation as its CEO in providing solutions for sustainable destination development. He holds a PhD in Biogeography – specializing in environmental sustainability and development issues in Africa and India.


wkshp-17-andrea-holbrook-stream-2.JPGAndrea Holbrook, President, Holbrook Travel Inc. / Selva Verde Lodge, Costa Rica - Andrea Holbrook is from Gainesville, FL. After graduating from Columbia University she lived in Sarapiquí, Costa Rica where her family had founded Selva Verde Lodge. There she became involved with the Sarapiqui Conservation Learning Center, an organization that connects local communities with conservation through educational opportunities and ecotourism. She now directs Holbrook Travel, a tour operation focused on educational and natural history travel and remains very involved with Selva Verde as well.


workshop-03-judy-kepher-gona-moderator.jpg MODERATOR: Judy Kepher-Gona, Basecamp Explorer, Tanzania - Judy Kepher-Gona has over ten years experience in ecotourism in Kenya, most of which were spent at the helm of Kenya’s national ecotourism society, Ecotourism Kenya. She is credited with Africa’s premier and most successful sustainable tourism certification program, the Kenya Eco-rating scheme, as well growth of community based tourism in Kenya. Among her latest efforts in promoting responsible tourism in Kenya is a program she conceptualized while still at Ecotourism Kenya, to assist tour operators to measure their carbon footprint and to implement mitigation and adaptation programs.


Workshop 6 - Diverse Models for Travelers’ Philanthropy This panel will examine some of this growing diversity in emergent Travelers’ Philanthropy projects from Latin America, Asia, and Africa. Many ‘voluntourism’ programs provide opportunities for people to spend their holidays working on local social service projects while other programs center around education, conservation, or cultural activities. NGOs are also developing new tourism-linked projects.


workshop-6-tanya-pergola.jpgTanya Pergola, Terrawatu, Tanzania and US - Dr. Pergola works as a bridge between the States and Africa co-creating Terrawatu and People-to-People Safaris with a local team in Arusha, Tanzania. Founded in 2000, Terrawatu implements successful projects focused on traditional medicine, education and environment by sharing its vision with university groups and social investors from the States.


jasveen-rattan-compressed.jpgJasveen Rattan, Masters Candidate, Tourism Policy and Planning, Canada - Jasveen Rattan is currently a Masters student at the University of Waterloo, Tourism Policy & Planning program. She has been fortunate enough to have travelled extensively worldwide and has participated in various volunteer tourism activities. Upon graduation, she hopes to work in the tourism industry on projects involving conservation and sustainable development.


wkshp-6-brad-weiss.jpgBrad Weiss, SAVE Program, Honduras - Bradley is a sustainable tourism development consultant currently working in Ethiopia. In recent years, he has been engaged in projects in Mozambique, Mali, Ecuador, Armenia, Panama, and Mexico. Previously, he worked at the United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO), where he served as the Education Council Coordinator. He has also written travel guidebooks in five Latin American countries and led eco-tours in Brazil. He holds a Masters in Tourism Administration degree from The George Washington University.


MODERATOR: David Krantz, Washington Coordinator, CESD, USA - David Krantz facilitates a variety of the center's projects. David’s background includes work as an international trade paralegal, in hospitality management at a DC hotel, and over two years of experience in adventure and ecotourism in the developing world as he backpacked through South America, Eastern Europe, and Southern Africa. Prior to joining CESD, David coordinated environmental conservation initiatives in the tourism industry with Conservation International’s Center for Environmental Leadership in Business. He holds a Masters of Tourism Administration from the George Washington University.


Workshop 9 - Mainstreaming Travelers’ Philanthropy: Resorts, Hotel Chains, Airlines Today an increasing number of large tourism businesses, from resorts to airlines, are engaged in travelers’ philanthropy initiatives that involve both corporate giving and guest education and solicitations. Some of these projects are raisings millions of dollars. The experts on this panel will discuss some of the innovative models for large tourism companies to 'give back' to host communities.


workshop-09-mark-spalding.jpg Mark J. Spalding, President of The Ocean Foundation - Also concurrently serving as the Executive Director of the St. Kitts Foundation and the Fundación Bahía de Loreto A.C. Mark has also served as a consultant to Rancho La Puerta spa/resort and its foundation regarding the conservation of the Tecate River Valley, and as an advisor to Kerzner International Limited to assist its formation of the Kerzner Marine Foundation. He is the co-author of the North American Commission for Environmental Cooperation's study on ecotourism, and conducted green hotel evaluations in India. Mark chairs the Council of the (US) National Whale Conservation Fund, and is an active member of the marine working group, Baja California group, and coral reef group of the funders' organization, the Consultative Group on Biological Diversity.


roberto-koppers-photo-compressed.JPGRoberto Kopper, Director, Marina Papagayo at Peninsula Papagayo, Costa Rica - Roberto Kopper has a BA Babson College and Commercial License for Airplanes and Hot Air Balloons. He has dedicated the last 20 years to work in the Agroindustrial and Tourism sectors. Actively involved coffee production and processing as well as several public offices and private associtations. Strong leadership skills have taken him to work during the last 5 years as Director for Marina Papagayo; from design, construction and soon to initiate operation, the largest world class marina in Central America.


nancy.jpgNancy Rivard, President and Founder, Airline Ambassadors, USA - Nancy Rivard began Airline Ambassadors to give flight attendants (like herself), a way to use their time off and job benefits to help children around the world. Now, with over 6000 members from all professions, Airline Ambassadors has hand-delivered over $50 million of aid to children in 51 countries in orphanages, clinics and remote communities. Members have started schools, clinics, housing projects and vocational training programs, impacting over 500,000 children.


india-march-2008-les-and-claire-howse-compressed.jpgMODERATOR: Claire Howse, CC Africa, South Africa -


Workshop 12 - Using the Internet & Media to Promote & Solicit Donations for Travelers Philanthropy The media and the internet are important tools in helping to promote travelers’ philanthropy initiatives. Today scores of websites are featuring community projects and offering secure portals for receiving donations. Major broadcast and print media are carrying stories about how travel companies and travelers who are giving back to host communities. And some media have started their own travelers’ philanthropy programs. This panel will discuss specific examples of how the media and internet are being used to build awareness of travelers’ philanthropy and increase donations.


kevin-doyle-smaller.JPG Kevin Doyle, CondéNast Traveler - As News Editor at Condé Nast Traveler, Kevin Doyle oversees the magazine’s “Stop Press” section, which covers global developments in technology, transportation, politics, and the environment that influence how and where we travel. He also writes the magazine’s “Think Again” column, addressing sustainable travel and ethical issues related to tourism. Kevin has appeared on numerous national news and morning shows including Today, CNN American Morning, Good Morning America and Fox and Friends. In 2006, “Stop Press” was nominated for a National Magazine Award.


laura_driscoll.jpg Laura Driscoll, Coordinator, CESD, Stanford University, USA - Laura Driscoll is CESD's Coordinator at Stanford, CA, overseeing the Travelers' Philanthropy website and program, helping to secure funding, organizing conferences and events, and assisting with all aspects of CESD's work. She graduated from Stanford University in 2007 with both an M.A. and B.A. in Anthropological Sciences. Her master's research examined the cultural effects of ecotourism on indigenous identities in the rain forest region of southeastern Peru.


workshop-12-angus-begg.jpgAngus Begg, Ecoclub Writer, South Africa - Having grown up between Canada, the UK and South Africa, Angus Begg has been travelling for fair chunks of his adult life too. Working as a photojournalist and a broadcaster, his travels have taken him through the fields of current affairs and travel, from the genocide in Rwanda to the Serengeti migration, tea with Buddhist monks in Darjeeling, hiking New Zealand and reflecting on Poland’s Auschwitz. As news editor he helped set up SABC Africa (DStv) and today works as a producer/director for MNet’s Carte Blanche and columnist for South Africa’s Business Day weekly newspaper, The Weekender. He also contributes to various magazines; Getaway, Travel Africa and CNN Traveller.


nancy.jpgMODERATOR: Nancy Rivard, President and Founder, Airline Ambassadors, USA - Nancy Rivard began Airline Ambassadors to give flight attendants (like herself), a way to use their time off and job benefits to help children around the world. Now, with over 6000 members from all professions, Airline Ambassadors has hand-delivered over $50 million of aid to children in 51 countries in orphanages, clinics and remote communities. Members have started schools, clinics, housing projects and vocational training programs, impacting over 500,000 children.


Workshop 15 - Moving from Charity to Social Empowerment & Entrepreneurship While traditional philanthropy often consists of well-intentioned charitable hand-outs, increasingly global philanthropy promotes innovative approaches such as social entrepreneurship, this panel argues that fostering local entrepreneurship and social empowerment are more effective tools for building long term community development. These experts will examine how travelers’ philanthropy can promote such innovative models in an effort to achieve deeper impacts and more sustainable investments.


karen-valenti.jpgKaren Valenti, Kilimanjaro Porters Assistant Project, Tanzania - Karen Valenti is from Denver, Colorado and has been working with the Kilimanjaro Porters Assistance Project, a Tanzanian NGO in Moshi, since 2004. She also currently oversees the International Mountain Explorers Connection, a U.S. nonprofit organization. She has served as a volunteer with Visions in Action in Moshi (2002-2003) and is a former Peace Corps Volunteer (1990-1992). Karen has bachelor’s degrees in Biology and Physical Therapy as well as a Masters degree in Nonprofit Management.


tricia_rt_awards_2004.jpgPatricia Barnett, Director, Tourism Concern, UK - Patricia Barnett is Director, Tourism Concern, UK. She is passionate about her work. For 20 years Tourism Concern has advocated for those whose human rights are abused by tourism. Today it is a dynamic and influential organization that has helped raise public consciousness and works to find solutions so that tourism is responsible and beneficial for everyone involved.


wkshp-15-m-fred-nelson.jpgMODERATOR: Fred Nelson, Director, Maliasili Initiatives and consultant, Center on Ecotourism and Sustainable Development, Tanzania - Fred Nelson has worked on community-based natural resource management, ecotourism, and conservation policy in eastern Africa since 1998. From 2000-2005 he served as the first Tanzania programme director for the Sand County Foundation Community Based Conservation Network, working with a number of pastoralist communities in northern Tanzania and helping to establish the Tanzania Natural Resource Forum. In 2007 he founded Maliasili Initiatives, a consulting firm working to address biodiversity conservation and natural resource management challenges using innovative, collaborative, and market-based strategies. He is a member of the IUCN Southern Africa Sustainable Use Specialist Group and IUCN Commission on Environmental, Economic, and Social Policy.


Workshop 18 - Engaging Travelers: Bad Practices & Best Practices Responsible tourism is, in part, about education. And travelers are more willing to provide support for local community and conservation projects if they learn about them first hand and have meaningful interactions with local people. This panel of experts will discuss a range of issues around guest giving, including what motivates visitors to want to contribute to local development needs, and what are the strategies that tourism companies are using before, during, and after a trip to help educate and engage travelers in supporting local projects. Based on their years of experience, the panelists will also reflect on some good and bad practices of guest interaction with host communities.



les-carlisle.jpgLes Carlisle, Group Conservation & Beyond, CC Africa, South Africa - Les Carlisle feels privileged to be involved in the live wildlife translocation revolution in South Africa in the 80’s. He was involved in the Management and Development of Private Game Reserves until he had the career changing opportunity to develop &Beyond’s Phinda Private Game Reserve in 1991. He sits on the management boards of two Private Game Reserves, one in Namibia and one in South Africa, and consults on the tourism planning of many National Parks. Attended and spoken on the &Beyond Model at numerous International Conferences. Sits on advisory committee of ICER at Griffith Uni in Australia.



maryann-photp.jpg Maryann Fernandez, Founder & President, Philanthropy Indaba, USA - She is Founder & President of a unique consultancy that focuses on experiential philanthropy - crafting exclusive, customized field trips, journeys, and service/internship opportunities for wealthy individuals/families and their close advisors. She specializes in utilizing her diverse network of contacts to bring the right partners to the table, identifying synergies, and nurturing partnerships. Her past experience includes consulting with Ashoka, building a network of 200 philanthropists, and developing high-level wealth management events.


pj_stehekinl.jpgPriscilla Macy, Managing Director, Global Sojourns - As managing director of Global Sojourns, Priscilla Macy provides customized travel experiences that help clients understand the places they visit and the people who live there. Priscilla’s 10 years of living, studying, and working outside of the U.S. and commitment to development, make her passionate about helping Americans experience Sub-Saharan Africa on a deeper level.


laura_driscoll.jpg MODERATOR: Laura Driscoll, Coordinator, CESD, Stanford University, USA - Laura Driscoll is CESD's Coordinator at Stanford, CA, overseeing the Travelers' Philanthropy website and program, helping to secure funding, organizing conferences and events, and assisting with all aspects of CESD's work. She graduated from Stanford University in 2007 with both an M.A. and B.A. in Anthropological Sciences. Her master's research examined the cultural effects of ecotourism on indigenous identities in the rain forest region of southeastern Peru.



 

 
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