Network/Global

These members contribute as preferred advisors and references to global cooperation in sustainable and innovative tourism development. The purpose is benchmarking and knowledge sharing for sustainable development in the tourism industry.

We all have a common global mission: To meet the challenges of developing sustainable solutions for the future, while preserving and developing the tourism industry.

Taleb Rifai
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  • Down to Earth for Tourism

Taleb Rifai, Secretary-General, UNWTO (United Nations World Tourism Organization)

Taleb Rifai, UNWTO Secretary-General, is one of the first advisors in the Global Tourism Innovation Network.

The World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) is the United Nations agency responsible for the promotion of responsible, sustainable and universally accessible tourism.

As the leading international organization in the field of tourism, UNWTO promotes tourism as a driver of economic growth, inclusive development and environmental sustainability and offers leadership and support to the sector in advancing knowledge and tourism policies worldwide.

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  • Down to Earth for Tourism
  • Tourism and Peace

Cordula Wohlmuther, Project Coordinator, Project Tourism and Peace / Down to Earth for Tourism.

Cordula coordinates the project “Tourism and Peace”, an initiative by UNWTO together with the University of Klagenfurt, Austria, and its center for peace research and peace. In her roll, Corulas is challenged to work with both developed tourism countries as well as nations where development is in its infancy. Tourism is a tool to create economic growth, but according to Cordula it is even more important to look at how tourism can be used as a peace-building instrument, which she is working with in the project “Tourism and Peace.” Cordula has previously worked as Deputy Regional Director for Europe of the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO), 2000-2006.

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  • Tourism and Peace

Center for Peace Research and Peace Education

The Centre for Peace Research and Peace Education at the University Klagenfurt, Austria takes the official lead and is responsible for overall coordination among the partners and for fundraising activities. It furthermore closely coordinates the work with the World Tourism Organization within the framework of the Project “Tourism and Peace” that is jointly implemented at the University.

The Center is represented by Cordula Wohlmuther and Werner Wintersteiner. Ms Wohlmuther is currently on special leave from her position as the Deputy Regional Director for Europe in the World Tourism Organization, and is now the Project Coordinator of the Project Tourism and Peace at the Peace Centre in Klagenfurt, Austria. Dr. Wintersteiner is the founding Director of the Peace Centre and his main research fields are peace education, cultural dimensions of peace, literature and peace, globalization, post-colonialism, transculturality and literature.

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  • Tourism and Peace

COMPASS GmbH

The research team of COMPASS consist of the two managing directors Martina Leicher and Karsten Palme (co-authors of the DSF-study ‘Tourism, Peace and Conflict: Effects, Strategies and the Private Sector Engagement in Peace-building’ carried out for DSF- German Foundation for Peace Research that was elaborated by swisspeace, CBS Cologne Business School and COMPASS GmbH in 2011) as well as a senior consultant, a junior consultant, an IT specialist and a scientific assistant. COMPASS will eventually take over the entire lead and project management within this project. COMPASS is an internationally operating tourism consulting company with a focus on developing countries, tourism and peace research as well as cross-border tourism development.

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  • Tourism and Peace

Swisspeace

The research team of swisspeace consists of Rina Alluri (co-author of the DSF-study), Andreas Graf and Andrea Iff as well as several experts in the case study destinations. Swiss Peace is the project’s adviser, when it comes to the development of the guidelines. In the practice test stage, swisspeace provides its experts and its network of test-destinations and reviews the selected guidelines of their practical applicability. As a practice-oriented peace research institute, swisspeace carries out research on violent conflicts and their peaceful transformation. The Foundation aims to build up Swiss and international organizations’ civilian peace-building capacities by providing trainings, space for networking and exchange of experiences. It also shapes political and academic discourses on peace policy issues at the national and international level through publications, workshops and conferences.

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  • Tourism and Peace

International Alert

The research team of International Alert consists of Dr. Ulrike Joras (co-author of the DSF-study) and Diana Klein. International Alert is the project’s adviser when it comes to the development of the guidelines. International Alert is a 27-year old peace-building organisation helping conflict-affected people to increase prospects for peace and security. By advising governments, international organizations and the private sector, International Alert specializes in cross-cutting peace and security themes – the economy, climate change, gender, international institutions’ roles, development aid impact, and the effects of good and bad governance. International Alert provides research and analysis on Fragile and Conflict Affected States (FCAS); implement peace-building programmes; and support others with conflict-sensitivity.

More specifically, International Alert has been engaging with the private sector for over a decade, researching its role in conflict and peace and assisting businesses in mitigating conflict risks and impacts. International Alert is one of the founding members of the Voluntary Principles on Security and Human Rights and the author of Conflict Sensitive Business Practice: Guidance for the extractive industry.

Dr Michael Flynn
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  • Down to Earth for Tourism

Dr. Michael Flynn, Scientist of the Bioenginering Branch at NASA

Dr. Flynn is the lead of Water Technology Development Laboratory at NASA Ames Research Center. He has over 23 years experience in the development of advanced water recycling technologies for NASA. He has over ninety relevant peer reviewed publications in the field. He has received two R&D 100 Award, a Wright Brothers Medal, and an Arch T.Calwell Merit Award.

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Dave
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  • Down to Earth for Tourism

Dave Van Smeerdijk, Head of Marketing and Sales, Wilderness Safaries

Dave has a bachelor of economics and MBA and is based in Cape Town.  He has worked in the travel industry for 25 years, specializing in operating and marketing eco-lodges and camps in East and Southern Africa as well as the Indian Ocean.

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  • Down to Earth for Tourism

Cecilia Hertz, CEO and Founder, Umbilical Design

Cecilia founded Umbilical Design in 2001 and has since then worked with space design in collaboration with NASA and the European Space Agency. During her years as design student she spent much of her training at NASA and the Johnson Space Center in Houston, where she took part of various projects. Down to Earth for Tourism is based on a methodology developed by Umbilical Design, where technology and knowledge transfer from space is used to create new innovations and products.

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Johan Rockström
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  • Down to Earth for Tourism

Johan Rockström, Executive Director of the Stockholm Resilience Centre

Is a strategist on how resilience can be built into land regions which are short of water, and has published over 100 papers in fields ranging from practical land and water use to global sustainability.

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  • Down to Earth for Tourism

Faith Taylor, Innovation and Sustainability Expert for Wyndham Worldwide

Faith Taylor currently oversees Wyndham’s worldwide sustainability program which includes over 50 brands, 28,000 employees and over 90,000 locations in 100 countries. She has overseen the development of the company’s corporate policy, strategies and key initiatives and Wyndham’s Green council since 2007. She also co-developed Clear Air by Pure, an allergy free program for Wyndham as well as one of the first to hotel market green uniform program with Cintas. She is Vice Chair of the American Hotel and Lodging Association’s Environmental and Engineering Committee in Washington D.C. and a member of the World Travel & Tourism Council and International Tourism Partnership organizations as well as on the board of directors for Sustainable Travel International.

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  • Down to Earth for Tourism

Tim Smit, Chief Executive and co-founder, Eden Project.

Tim Smit operates as Chief Executive and co-founder of the world famous and multi-award winning Eden Project. Tim is known as “The Richard Branson of Cornwall.” Eden Project is an ecological experience center with music, drama and culture, linked to climate research and global partnerships. Eden is the world’s fourth largest visitor attraction with over 8 million paying visitors.

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Karin Nilsdotter
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  • Down to Earth for Tourism

Karin Nilsdotter, CEO Spaceport Sweden

Karin is the CEO of Spaceport Sweden, which is a pioneering initiative to establish commercial human spaceflight in Kiruna and become Europe’s gateway to space. Spaceport Sweden was voted as the innovation of the year in Sweden 2012.

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  • Down to Earth for Tourism

Michael Martelon, President and CEO, Telluride Tourism Board

As President and CEO of the Telluride Tourism Board, Michael Martelon leads the economic development of the destination’s travel and tourism efforts, including marketing, messaging, brand and packaging development, central reservations, group and conference sales. Also, even though Telluride has a unique environment and history, and was ranked as the Nr. 1 ski resort in 2012 and 2013 by the readers of Conde’ Nast Traveler; Telluride addresses the challenge of sustainable destination development and season variations, in terms of offering an attractive product both winter and summer.

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  • Down to Earth for Tourism

Teo Härén, Creativity Expert, interesting.org

Teo Härén is a leading creativity expert, author of several creativity books and president of interesting.org. Innovation and entrepreneurship are themes that Teo enjoys to lecture about, as well as what business owners can do to become more inspiring, passionate and creative. Teo was, together with his brother Frederick Härén, announced as the Speakers of the Year 2006 -2007 and was also nominated contractors in 2003 by the magazine Shortcut and Företagarna.

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