Who We Are
Our powerful team of Changemakers around the world offers a breadth of consulting expertise and experience in sustainability, tourism, events and communications. We are united with one purpose: to inspire and enable regeneration through tourism and events.

Changemakers

Guy Bigwood, FIEMA
Chief Changemaker and CEO
Guy Bigwood, FIEMA
Chief Changemaker and CEO
For the last 17 years, Guy has been delivering award-winning consulting services focused on helping cities, governments, corporations and associations step up, scale up and speed up their sustainability programmes and regenerative practices. Guy’s pioneering work has been recognised with 22 sustainability awards including the Events Industry Council Pacesetter Award, and recognition as a Fellow of the Institute of Environmental Management and Assessment.

He is a recognised expert and visionary on creating sustainable destinations through multi stakeholder collaboration and co-creation. In 2015 Guy launched the Global Destinations Sustainability Index to accelerate the development and performance of sustainable business tourism destinations.

From 2006 to 2018, Guy was the Sustainability Director of MCI, the world’s largest association management, communications and events agency. He launched a CSR program across the corporation’s 60 offices, developing a business strategy that positioned MCI to be an award winning sustainability champion, and the organiser of over 1000 events about sustainable development, Smart Cities and energy.

Guy is a passionate and outstanding communicator, who has delivered over 440 keynote presentations and facilitated workshops engaging over 40,000 participants in more than 40 countries. He teaches Regenerative Leadership at Esade Business School, and is a visiting lecturer at various universities around the world.

Previously, Guy was the Managing Director of MCI in Spain, on the management board of MCI Group, President of the Green Meeting Industry Council and worked for HP as a Technology Consultant for 11 years.

When not working, you can find Guy cycling or climbing in the Pyrenees, planting vegetables in his organic garden in Barcelona, cooking up a feast for friends or dancing Lindyhop.

Anja Spice
Changemaker, Communications
Anja Spice
Changemaker, Communications
Over the past 15 years, Anja has gained international experience in the travel and hospitality as well as the events industry. Anja specialises in sustainability, PR/Communications, digital marketing, and event planning. 

Originally from Germany, Anja has lived in the United Kingdom and currently resides in Spain. Anja developed and executed various digital marketing and communication strategies for clients such as ForwardKeys, Energy & Environment Alliance, and the INSEAD Alumni Association UK. She has also worked on ESG leadership for the hospitality sector, secured media partnerships, and created social media and content marketing strategies.

Anja’s commitment to sustainability shines through due to her previous role as the Co-Chair at the Global Sustainable Tourism Council’s Communications Committee and her tenure as the Tourism for Tomorrow Awards Manager at the World Travel & Tourism Council, where she demonstrated her proficiency in sustainable awards criteria, project management, and event planning.

Anja is very sociable and always hungry for new knowledge. Beyond her professional endeavours, Anja is an enthusiastic traveller who has explored Europe, Asia, and South America, fuelling her passion for diverse cultures. In her leisure time, she enjoys practising yoga or taking long walks amidst the picturesque Catalan countryside.

Anja holds an MSc in Environmental Strategy and Sustainable Development at the University of Surrey in the UK, and has received a Postgraduate Diploma in Public Relations from CIPR London.

She is the Global Destination Sustainability Movement’s Digital Marketing Manager.

 

 

Elisabeth Spanggaard
Changemaker, Communications
Elisabeth Spanggaard
Changemaker, Communications
With a lifelong passion for storytelling, exploring, and responsible living, El joins the GDS-Movement Team, enabling her to continue to share a regenerative vision with the UK and Irish destinations.

Born and raised in Denmark and brought up on an organic “økologisk” farm, Elisabeth (“El”) was introduced to tourism through tour guide education for a small Danish travel agent, which kick-started her love for adventure and exploration. Having lived and worked in 7 different countries on 3 continents, El chose to make Scotland her home in 2017.

She holds a 2015 Master’s degree in Global Tourism Development from Aalborg University campus in Copenhagen and has continued pursuing her passion for sustainable travel and tourism.

El is joining GDS-Movement from VisitScotland, where she worked on a variety of projects, including the Destination Net Zero programme, and Quality Assurance programme, its official grading system for tourism businesses and all our associated schemes

Outside of work, El loves spending time walking and running with her dog, hiking the Scottish countryside, baking, cooking, and wrestling with her garden.

Giulia Mouly
Changemaker, Events and Education
Giulia Mouly
Changemaker, Events and Education
Giulia is a passionate and dedicated professional with a background in event organising, hospitality management, and environmental awareness.

Her journey has been guided by a love of exploration, meeting new people, and a deep commitment to environmental sustainability.

With a passion for travel, culture, and ocean conservation, Giulia embarked on a career that allowed her to transform her interests into a profession.

She worked on sporting and cultural events organisations, where her belief in the power of events to connect people and promote cultural exchange has been a driving force. She has experience in managing hospitality establishments, providing exceptional customer experiences and promoting local culture and flavours. Working on public awareness events for ocean protection and plastic waste reduction aligned perfectly with her commitment to having a positive impact and promoting sustainable practices.

Outside of work, you can find her hiking in the mountains or scuba diving underwater. She likes getting lost in new places and trying out new food.

Giulia recently joined GDS-Movement to support GDS-Academy and GDS-Events projects.

Claudia Bustinza
Senior Changemaker, United Kingdom and Latin America
Claudia Bustinza
Senior Changemaker, United Kingdom and Latin America
Claudia has over 15 years of experience enhancing sustainable tourism management systems for governments, businesses, and international organisations.

From a young age, she had a passion for cultural heritage. This led her to study tourism and its cultural implications. She began her professional journey as a tourism consultant to develop public-private partnerships for destinations in her native Peru.

Before joining GDS-movement, Claudia was the Assurance Manager at Global Sustainable Tourism Council (GSTC), creating and implementing policies and procedures providing a recognition of standards and accreditation to sustainable tourism certification bodies.

She also served as a Tourism Specialist for the Ministry of Foreign Trade and Tourism of Peru, coordinating a sustainable tourism strategy for Machu Picchu, developing a public-private air connectivity strategy, and updating Peru´s National Tourism Strategic Plan.

Claudia has worked for the public and private sectors in a wide range of positions in Latin America and Europe leading collaborative projects in multicultural environments. The opportunity to “wear different hats” in her professional roles empowers her to be sensible about the complex task of making tourism more sustainable.

She holds a Master in Responsible Tourism Management from Leeds Beckett University, and an International Master in Innovative Hospitality Management from the School of Tourism and Hospitality Management Sant Ignasi at Ramon Llull University, Spain.

Claudia currently lives in the beautiful Cornish seaside in the United Kingdom. In her free time, she enjoys running, the cinema, and solving puzzles.

She joins GDS-Movement to lead the development of GDS-Index, supporting its benchmarking, and consulting with destinations and other industry organisations worldwide.

Mary Isgro
Changemaker, North American Region
Mary Isgro
Changemaker, North American Region
Mary's interest and commitment to regenerative tourism comes from her belief that collectively, our purpose and mission is to build the capacity of all ecosystems, including humans, to restore, renew, and evolve.

She is a globally-minded connector with a reputation for relationship-building, creative contributions, and problem resolution. She has over 12 years of experience in the travel and tourism industries and has a personal interest in the sustainability of mountain resort communities, and the intersection of land-use/land-access issues.

She holds a master’s degree in Tourism Administration with a concentration in Sustainable Tourism Management from George Washington University. Additionally, she possesses two professional certifications in Sustainable Tourism, one from the Global Sustainable Tourism Council (GSTC) and another from the International Institute of Tourism Studies.

Mary supports participating GDS-Index destinations from North America in improving their sustainable performance towards regeneration.

Mary resides in the Colorado Rocky Mountains in the United States, surrounded by the abundant natural beauty of the mountains and rivers. She enjoys spending time connecting with nature through activities such as hiking in the mountains, swimming in the rivers, mountain biking in the summer, and skiing or snowboarding in the winter.

Margaux Delacroix
Changemaker
Margaux Delacroix
Changemaker
A Sustainable Destination Management graduate, Margaux joined the Global Destination Sustainability Movement (GDS-Movement) as a Changemaker based in Barcelona.

Deeply passionate about sustainable tourism, Margaux was previously in charge of the hospitality sustainability certification, Green Key, in Belgium.

While with Green Key, she helped many tourism infrastructures to improve their sustainability, whatever their starting point.

At GDS-Movement, Margaux supports clients of GDS-Index located primarily in France, Switzerland, and Belgium. She assesses destinations for benchmarking using the GDS-Index Methodology and provides suggestions for their sustainability performance improvement (Performance Improvement Reports).

She is inspired to guide destinations to become responsible and regenerative. This makes her happy and motivates her.

When relaxing, you can find Margaux welcoming her friends at home, cooking for them, spending time in nature, enjoying the sunlight, or doing ceramics.

Margaux has energy to spare. She is always up for a new challenge!

Janie Neumann
Senior Changemaker, Certifications + Climate
Janie Neumann
Senior Changemaker, Certifications + Climate
Janie has over 20 years' experience in the tourism industry, working to support the delivery of responsible practices that benefit and build resilient businesses, provide enriching quality experiences for visitors, enhance the communities tourism operates in, and protect the natural and cultural heritage it depends on.

At Visit Scotland for 11 years, Janie was a key sustainable tourism driver focusing on industry and wider organisational commitments to more responsible, low-carbon tourism development.

As VisitScotland’s Sustainable Tourism Manager, she led its Destination Net Zero efforts, which involved developing the national organisation’s climate action plan, as well as delivering a wide range of projects supporting the industry’s and regional destinations’ transition to a net zero future.

Janie represented VisitScotland on the drafting committee of the Glasgow Declaration for Climate Action in Tourism, which aims to act as a catalyst for urgent climate action of the global travel and tourism industry.

Janie also brings extensive experience in certification and assessment, mainly through her work at Green Tourism, a global leader in sustainable tourism certification, assessing and advising the sustainability journey of more than 300 businesses in multiple destinations the UK, as well as the development of New Zealand’s and Canadian British Columbia’s own sustainable tourism certification programmes.

Originally from Berlin, Janie has spent much of her academic and working life in Scotland, with stints in the US and Canada. Janie has been lucky to live her passion for travel, exploring countries and cultures all over the world, but also enjoys the simple pleasures at home, like the outdoors, and cooking with her family.

Janie will be supporting participating GDS-Index destinations from the UK, Germany, and Austria, as well as advising destinations on their climate action journey and wider sustainability strategy.

Inge Krogh Larsen
Senior Changemaker, Nordic Region
Inge Krogh Larsen
Senior Changemaker, Nordic Region
With 25 years’ collective professional experience in travel and tourism, senior sustainability consultant, Inge Krogh Larsen, is on a mission to help destinations, CVBs, SMEs, and the meetings and events industry develop strategies and understand the need for positive change.

She fuels her mission with wisdom acquired by working in Danish business and leisure tourism for 11 years. During her time with VisitAalborg and Inspiring Denmark she naturally migrated towards sustainability. This journey was further nurtured by her employers’ participation in the GDS-Index. With a renewed and enlivened career focus on people and planet, Inge went freelance. For the last 2,5 years she supported SMEs and destinations with sustainability certification. This is a boon she brings to GDS-Movement and the GDS-Index in particular. Having been through the benchmarking process herself, Inge knows first-hand what destinations experience in their progressive journey towards greater regenerative destination management, and how to help them get there.

In her spare time, Inge enjoys her garden, cooking, good food, family, and friends. Her biggest wish is for green fuel to become readily available so she can travel long-distance again.

See her latest Changemaker Check-in here.

Melissa Baird
Changemaker, Communications
Melissa Baird
Changemaker, Communications
Melissa is a communications specialist whose career has spanned publishing, advertising, brand, and marketing development. She has worked with global NGOs, local government, major brands and was head of strategy at specialised advertising agency Ogilvy Earth. She has worked with the GDS-Index since 2015, and is GDS-Movement's Chief Storyteller and Course Faculty Lead for the GDS-Academy Storytelling and Communication Strategies for Regeneration.

She is also an experienced event creator and content curator specialised in conceptualising and presenting at transformation events about sustainability and regeneration. Examples of her work include co-creating Sustainable Brands Cape Town 2016, event host and presenter at Sustainability Week South Africa and being MC at the inaugural Sustainable Brands Oceans event in Porto, Portugal in 2019.

During her career Melissa was the editor of Green Home magazine, The Green Economy Journal and is the founding publisher of South Africa’s first conscious lifestyle publication and website – Life in Balance.

Melissa is a published poet, inspiring presenter and lecturer, editor of business books, academic papers, opinion pieces and an expert in crafting sustainability strategies and narratives relating to social, environmental, and economic regeneration.

Milda Salciute
Changemaker and Event Manager
Milda Salciute
Changemaker and Event Manager
Senior Changemaker Milda has more than 10 years' experience helping meetings and events to be more sustainable.

She has managed the social, economic, and environmental impacts of in-person, digital, and hybrid events.

She consults with event clients on behalf of GDS-Movement, helping associations and companies initiate and develop the vision, actions, measurement, and evolution of their event’s sustainability strategy, impact, and communications.

Previously Milda was a Strategic Project Manager at TNW (a Financial Times company), navigating the ever-changing tech start-up ecosystem. Prior to that, she held an integral role managing education and sustainability projects at the IMEX Group for its two leading exhibitions, IMEX America and IMEX Frankfurt.

Born and raised in Lithuania, Milda has travelled widely, and lived in Norway, Denmark, and the United Kingdom. She currently resides in Amsterdam, where she actively embraces her love of yoga, sustainable living, and volunteering.

Jessica Vandy
Changemaker, Asia-Pacific Region
Jessica Vandy
Changemaker, Asia-Pacific Region
Born in London, raised in Raglan New Zealand, Jessica has spent the last seventeen years in the tourism, events and business events sector in Australasia. Mostly recently spending five years in the international bid team at Tourism New Zealand, securing international conferences and developing their social impact programme Conference Impact Aotearoa.

In 2020, Jessica launched her own consultancy The Tenth Letter to support the tourism, events, and business events sector with developing and implementing strategies for achieving tangible and measurable social change. She believes the future of the tourism regeneration relies on our ability to demonstrate impactful change in communities. Recognition and attribution of social, environmental, and cultural impacts provides much greater value to the tourism sector than economic impact alone.

Jessica is teaching faculty for the Meet4Impact’s ‘Impact Strategy and Management Masterclass’ in the GDS-Academy.

In August 2021, Jessica joined the GDS-Movement team to support and grow our presence in the Asia Pacific region.

Mònica Molina
Senior Changemaker
Mònica Molina
Senior Changemaker
After 22 years in tourism she is still as passionate about this industry as the first day. Mònica holds a PhD in Geography with a specialisation in accessible and sustainable tourism.

A professional with a hybrid profile, she divides her working days between her sessions as a lecturer-researcher at the Faculty of Tourism of several universities and professional training sessions both for tourism technicians of public administrations and private companies. She is a keynote speaker at congresses for the tourism sector.

She also works as a consultant and her main aim is to help to build bridges connecting all tourism stakeholders, facilitating the dialogue between them, looking for meeting spaces for exchange, and the promotion of innovation.

She advocates for the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (UN SDGs), focusing on the social aspects of destination sustainability, where universal accessibility – which she is an expert in – plays a vital role.

An endless learner, Mònica is currently focused on the role of digital transformation in the tourism industry, particularly Blockchain technology that she feels will be to tourism what the Internet was to the 90s – a total gamechanger.

Born and raised in Barcelona, she is fluent in Catalan, Spanish, English, and French. A lifelong traveller from the age of one, she enjoys her family and friends as much as she does socialising with people from all walks of life.

In her spare time, she mixes her role as beach fan, traveller, wine lover, reader, tireless dancer, and techie explorer.

Mònica joins the GDS Movement team as a senior consultant to contribute her broad vision on the different aspects of social sustainability, bringing her expertise to both consulting and training.

Beatriz Ibanez
Senior Changemaker, Impact and Events
Beatriz Ibanez
Senior Changemaker, Impact and Events
Beatriz is an entrepreneur with 20+ years' experience in MICE-sector management positions. She's passionate about events and projects with a triple bottom line: those focusing on three key aspects of performance – positive social, environmental, and financial impact.

In 2009, she founded SITevents (Social Impact Travel & Sustainable events) a DMC with purpose, working with companies and organisations from around the world to design and produce unique and memorable events and corporate experiences that are also more environmentally and socially responsible.

She was the congress director of the Ship2B Impact Forum from 2017 till March 2023, and a member of the Ship2B Foundation steering committee from 2020 till March 2023. There, she worked to build, foster, and engage the impact community while developing this flagship, Spanish-impact economy congress.

She has mentored impact startups with the aim of accelerating their growth for more than 5 years. Beatriz joins the GDS Movement team to contribute her know-how and expertise in tourism, events, and the impact economy sector.

Rebecca Johnson
Senior Changemaker
Rebecca Johnson
Senior Changemaker
Rebecca’s passion for process and results driven sustainability strategies in tourism and events organisations has led her on a fast and furious journey in recent years, fine tuning her sustainability knowledge and experiences to become an expert in her field.

With a full bundle of qualifications under her belt (ISO 20121, ISO 14001, GSTC, Travelife Auditor, GRI, Biosphere, Sustainable Event Alliance accreditation) and experience in providing sustainability trainings, Rebecca is well equipped to guide the full range of destination stakeholders in their mission to develop and implement a sustainability strategy.

As a multilingual Brit (Spanish, French, German, Catalan) Rebecca has been living in Barcelona for 16 years and working in events for 20. She has thrived in the international Event Management sector, where her roles in Trade Fair Management, Event Production, Meetings, Incentives and Congresses have all allowed her endless opportunities to learn, grow and meet people from different cultures and backgrounds.

Rebecca supports the GDS-Index with a mission to drive the sustainability performance of destinations.

In her spare time Rebecca enjoys recharging batteries with good food, good company and the great outdoors.

Noah Joubert
Changemaker
Noah Joubert
Changemaker
Noah was raised in Ecovillages, and through this has had the privilege of being immersed in the practice of sustainable living from a young age. He has grown into the Tourism and Events industry through the GDS-Movement, and is supporting the GDS-Index development.

Having graduated from The University of St Andrews with a MA in Sustainable Development, he worked for the GDS-Index, and now the GDS-Movement, since 2019.

In his personal life he is passionate about nurturing the people around him with good food, and himself by practising yoga and listening to Jazz.

Bella Shahsuvaryan
Changemaker
Bella Shahsuvaryan
Changemaker
As a Changemaker at Global Destination Sustainability Movement, Bella supports destinations around the world to develop more regenerative tourism and events.

Based in Barcelona, Spain, and speaking English, Spanish, and French, Bella is a Relationship Manager for a variety of European destinations participating in the GDS-Index. She provides direct support for benchmarking assessments (which measure destinations’ sustainability performance) as well as advising clients on sustainability programmes and operational practices year-round.

Prior to joining GDS-Movement, Bella owned a travel agency providing hospitality services in Armenia and Georgia. She has also lived in Beijing for 2 years, an indispensable experience that helped her develop intercultural communication and interpersonal skills.

Bella is a versatile and dynamic person who loves connecting with people from around the world. When not working, you might find her dancing, playing tennis, or enjoying the beautiful landscape of Catalunya. What brings her the most immense joy, however, is seeing her work have a positive and long-lasting impact on communities.

Bella has a Master’s degree in Destination Management and holds a Professional Certificate in Sustainable Tourism issued by GSTC (Global Sustainable Tourism Council). Bella is also an Advisory Member at BestCities Global Alliance.

Anne Seeberg
Changemaker, Operations Manager
Anne Seeberg
Changemaker, Operations Manager
Anne is a marketeer with extensive experience in event management, B2B marketing strategies, and export initiatives.

Anne holds a bachelor in marketing and communications and a master’s in management. She started her marketing career with VisitDenmark meetings and events department and has been involved in the industry ever since. She is a long-time member and board member of MPI Scandinavia.

In her career, she has excelled in B2B marketing, sales strategies, and customer relations. In her positions as event director for conferences and exhibitions, she has implemented successful sales strategies, elevated brands, and pioneered sustainability initiatives, reflecting her unwavering commitment to innovation and strategic progression. 

Anne is the Operations Director for GDS-Movement and oversees company development, partnerships, sales and processes.

Jess Henson
Changemaker, Communications
Jess Henson
Changemaker, Communications
Jess is a passionate content creator with a track record of copywriting, editing, campaign management, and digital strategy. She is the GDS-Movement's Marketing and Communications Manager.

Her portfolio features creative work used in a broad range of media and applications, from print to pixel, mobile to video. With a focus on clarity and originality, her speciality is compelling messaging; her advantage is that she cares.

She cut her teeth as an arts journalist covering live, original music with authenticity and integrity. She moved into supporting the creative arts more strategically, dabbled in events coordination, and broadened her focus to responsive and responsible tourism and events.

Along the way she learnt how to bend algorithms and blend best practice and combines it all with natural networking to share good ideas with good people.

If the medium is the message, she manages both with the certainty that positive engagement is key to growth, health, and balance, in any organisation or ecosystem.

She is the Global Destination Sustainability Movement’s Marketing and Communications Manager.

Alejandra Hernández Zita
Latin American Changemaker
Alejandra Hernández Zita
Latin American Changemaker
Alejandra is a sustainable events pioneer in Latin America, a specialist in the transition from sustainability to regeneration, and a tourism professional with more than 20 years of experience.

She has worked for large hotel chains like Hilton, JW Marriott, and Fiesta Americana and in DMC agencies in Cancun, Riviera Maya, and Los Cabos. Additionally, she has ecotourism experience with tour operators and theme parks.

As a director of Evensus, she provides training to companies and professionals. Since 2017, she has trained more than 500 professionals as an instructor of the first Sustainable Events Certificate Course in Spanish (CES).

In addition, she is the first Latina to join the Global Destination Sustainability Movement at an international level, supporting DMOs (Destination Marketing Organisations), Convention Bureaux, and association events to co-create their sustainability strategy and improve their performance.

She has a master´s degree in Sustainable Tourism from the University of International Cooperation of Costa Rica (UCI) and is a Sustainable Events Professional certified by the Events Industry Council.

She loves meditating, being with her cats, listening to music, volunteering in an animal shelter, visiting local communities, camping and being around nature.

As part of the team at GDS-Movement, Alejandra supports the Latin America Tourism and events sector to improve its sustainable performance towards regeneration.

Alexis Kereluk
North American Changemaker
Alexis Kereluk
North American Changemaker
After working in tourism and events for over 10 years, Alexis set out to bring change to the industry by making positive social and environmental impacts the foundation of events and tourism.

Her ethos comes from a place of personal experience. Although she graduated from Simon Fraser University, she found her best education has been her life experiences of global travel and working abroad in Africa, Colombia and the Philippines. Tourism is a very powerful tool to help solve global inequality and enact environmental change. But can be detrimental to communities and the environment if not managed properly.

Therefore, she co-founded ConnectSeven Group – a project management firm focused on social and sustainable tourism projects including sustainable tourism development, social procurement, environmental analysis, sustainable event production and destination development.

She graduated from Simon Fraser University with honours from the Bachelor of Business Administration program with majors in Finance and Management Science. She is based in Vancouver, BC, Canada and is the North American GDSM Changemaker.

When not working, you can find her sailing, at the dog park or on trying to pull together a last minute international trip.

Emma C. Parston
North American Changemaker
Emma C. Parston
North American Changemaker
Emma was raised between Canada, England and the United States and has experienced first hand the difference that a community's values have on an individual's growth and opportunities. This has instilled in her a passion for improving destination's sustainable development and goals via education and buy-in.

Emma is the co-founder of ConnectSeven Group – a project management firm primarily working with social and sustainable development projects that enact global positive change. They focus on social enterprise supply chain integration, environmental analysis, sustainable event production, destination development, and producing large conventions enacting social and sustainable change. They work with the likes of the United Nations, TED, Buy Social Canada and Destination Canada, and integrate the Sustainable Development Goals into everything they do. The close alignment between ConnectSeven and the GDSM, have made Emma a great representative for the Movement in North America.

With over 15 years experience in the event world, previously Emma was the Director of Operations for MCI Canada and worked with the global Sustainability Director to implement sustainable policies into their North American events and operations. She was also a key member of the TED production team, and was a lead project manager on the Dalia Lama’s Canadian tour. She has been on the board of MPI and ILEA and was recognized as top 40 under 40 in North America by CollaborateMeetings.

Emma lives on beautiful Vancouver Island, and in the rare moments she has to herself you can find her doing yoga or on her paddle board – followed by a local craft beer or glass of wine.

Janet Cheung
Chief Financial Changemaker
Janet Cheung
Chief Financial Changemaker
Janet is passionate about helping people be and feel well. She is a holistic health practitioner, acupuncturist and Reiki master. Qualified in Traditional Chinese Medicine, Janet splits her time as the CFO of the GDSM, as a therapist helping individuals and as a consultant helping event professionals to be more balanced and healthy people.

Over the last 16 years, Janet has developed a holistic approach to wellness that combines the wisdom and practices of western and oriental techniques; Entitled “Inner Sense”, this approach not only has helped her patients stay healthy but has been developed into a way to work with employees and participants at events. The simple mantra being healthy people make healthy organisations.

In another life, Janet was a chartered accountant and worked for 15 years for PWC. In the GDSM, she oversees finance, administration, and talent management.

She lives in the hills near Barcelona, and when not working can be found in her organic garden or enjoying nature in the mountains.

Ed Gillespie
Resident Futurist
Ed Gillespie
Resident Futurist
+44 7957 562035
Ed Gillespie is a keynote speaker, writer, communications specialist, serial entrepreneur and futurist.

He is the author of ‘Only Planet – a flight-free adventure around the world’ a book about his circumnavigation of the globe without getting on a plane. Ed’s core talent is to take the complex, interconnected, interdependent nature of the many urgent challenges the world faces, from climate change to disruptive innovation, and make common sense of them for non-specialist audiences in a pandemic world.

He started his career as a marine biologist and has worked and lived all over the globe, including in Jamaica, the Orkney Islands, Australia and New Caledonia.

Professionally Ed is known for his own unique brand of authentic ‘insultancy’ – being strategically and playfully cheeky to clients, with judicious wit and wisdom to inspire them to greater heights and aspirations.

As well as the Resident Futurist at the GDS-Movement, Ed is a facilitator with the Forward Institute for responsible leadership, a Director of Greenpeace UK, a Trustee of Ecolibrium, co-founder of the pioneering Change Agency Futerra, and a founder investor and former Chair of pioneering online rail ticketing business ‘Loco2’ now rebranded as Rail Europe. He is also an investor in pioneering slow travel agency Byway and deep work start-up Flown. Ed co-hosts Itunes chart-topping podcast ‘Jon Richardson and the Futurenauts’ and ‘The Great Humbling’. He is a regular media contributor from the BBC to the Guardian (for whom he wrote a regular column during his flight-free navigation of the world – ‘The Slow Traveller’) to Conde Naste (‘How to embrace a travel mind set while staying at home’) 

 

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• envision thriving places and communities activated by regenerative tourism and events?

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Advisory Board

The advisory board consists of tourism and events industry leaders. Their role is to provide constructive criticism and new ideas for development of GDSM strategy, initiatives and alliances within the tourism and events industry.

Adrien Genier
CEO, Geneva Tourism
Adrien Genier
CEO, Geneva Tourism
Annleyg Lamhauge
Mice Manager, Visit Faroe Island
Annleyg Lamhauge
Mice Manager, Visit Faroe Island
Arve Lindgren
Director of Conventions & Events, Bergen
Arve Lindgren
Director of Conventions & Events, Bergen
Dennis Speet
Director, Amsterdam Convention Bureau
Dennis Speet
Director, Amsterdam Convention Bureau
Flavie Baudot
Chief Operating Officer, City Destinations Alliance (CityDNA)
Flavie Baudot
Chief Operating Officer, City Destinations Alliance (CityDNA)
Idoia Rodés Torróntegui
President, MCI Benelux
Idoia Rodés Torróntegui
President, MCI Benelux
Melissa Riley
Vice President, Convention Sales and Services, Destination DC
Melissa Riley
Vice President, Convention Sales and Services, Destination DC
Peter Lee
CEO, Goyang CVB
Peter Lee
CEO, Goyang CVB
Roger Lehner
Head of Sustainability Team, IMEX
Roger Lehner
Head of Sustainability Team, IMEX

Technical Advisory Committee

The technical advisory committee consists of destination sustainability experts. Their role is to provide constructive criticism and new ideas on the development of the benchmarking criteria, reporting indicators, and other technical developments.

Julie Benisty Oviedo
Head of Sustainability, Bordeaux Metropole Tourism and Congress
Julie Benisty Oviedo
Head of Sustainability, Bordeaux Metropole Tourism and Congress
Xavier Font
Professor of Sustainability Marketing, University of Surrey
Xavier Font
Professor of Sustainability Marketing, University of Surrey
Loren Christie
Managing Director, BestCities Global Alliance
Loren Christie
Managing Director, BestCities Global Alliance
Kristin H. Oishi
Senior Sustainability Advisor, Amesto Footprint
Kristin H. Oishi
Senior Sustainability Advisor, Amesto Footprint
Hildur Björg Bæringsdóttir
Project Manager, Meet in Reykjavik – Iceland Convention Bureau
Hildur Björg Bæringsdóttir
Project Manager, Meet in Reykjavik – Iceland Convention Bureau
Alenka Soršak
Sustainable Tourism Consultant, Ljubljana Tourism
Alenka Soršak
Sustainable Tourism Consultant, Ljubljana Tourism
Lone Bak Kirk
Project and Sustainability Manager, VisitAarhus
Lone Bak Kirk
Project and Sustainability Manager, VisitAarhus
Melissa Radu
Director of Social & Environmental Sustainability, Explore Edmonton
Melissa Radu
Director of Social & Environmental Sustainability, Explore Edmonton
Marine Moustier
Sustainability Project Manager, ONLYLYON Tourism and Conventions
Marine Moustier
Sustainability Project Manager, ONLYLYON Tourism and Conventions
Shelby Luzzi
Senior Manager, Sustainability, Destination DC
Shelby Luzzi
Senior Manager, Sustainability, Destination DC
Pat Satkhum
Sustainable events expert
Pat Satkhum
Sustainable events expert
Jac Callan​
Sustainability and Impact Manager, Visit Belfast
Jac Callan​
Sustainability and Impact Manager, Visit Belfast
Catharina Aas
Head of Sustainability, Wonderful Copenhagen
Catharina Aas
Head of Sustainability, Wonderful Copenhagen
Lara Gallmann
Sustainability Manager, Zürich Tourism
Lara Gallmann
Sustainability Manager, Zürich Tourism
Fanny Beaulieu Cormier
Sustainability Manager, Tourisme Montreal
Fanny Beaulieu Cormier
Sustainability Manager, Tourisme Montreal