Meet the Sustainability Leaders team:
Founder & Editor
Florian Kaefer launched Sustainability Leaders in 2009. A true cosmopolitan with a curious mind, he is driven by the ambition to build bridges across disciplines, cultures and language barriers.
Natalia Ferrer Roca has been helping build Sustainability Leaders from the very beginning. As Associate Editor she is in charge of the Spanish version. Natalia holds a Ph.D. in Media Studies (New Zealand) and has degrees in Journalism (Barcelona) and Communications Policy (London, UK).
Tanner C. Knorr holds a B.A. in Archaeology and a M.S. in Administrative Studies, concentrating in Economic Development and Tourism Management from Boston University. He is interested in the connections between ecotourism, cultural heritage management, and sustainability.
In alphabetical order:
SEO (June 2015)
Amanda Lambert is the founder and director of Green Getaways Australia, the first directory of eco-friendly accommodation in Australia. Amanda supported Sustainability Leaders by providing pro bono advice on search engine optimization.
Social Media Assistant (April – Oct 2015)
Angela Rodriguez helped us build our social media presence and managed the profiles of our Spanish version, Turismo Sostenible Ya. She recently completed a Masters in Responsible Tourism Management at Leeds Beckett University in England.
Editorial Assistant (Nov 2015 - Feb 2016)
Azam Bahrami has a Ph.D. in Environmental and Development Studies (with specialization in Sustainable Tourism and Ecotourism) from the National University of Malaysia (UKM). She has more than ten years of experience in ecotourism, sustainable development, rural tourism and community development.
Translations (March 2015 - Dec 2016)
Carla Gamboa is an international marketing professional with a degree in graphic design and an MBA in marketing from The University Anahuac del Sur in Mexico, her home country. She just graduated from her second MBA focused on sustainability, with specialization in green marketing. At the moment, she works at the School of Global Environmental Sustainability at the Colorado State University in Fort Collins Co, where she lives.
Research (July - August 2016)
With a background in International Development and Tourism, Cimoan Atkins‘ passion is in tourism policy and monitoring and evaluating tourism businesses and destinations. Her motivation in wanting to support Sustainability Leaders is to be part of a dialogue that is “…helping leading responsible tourism businesses and destinations communicate their sustainability initiatives to global audiences.”
Translator (February – April 2016)
Deby Stabler is a consultant specializing in sustainability analysis, reporting, and strategy to help communities and organizations reduce their negative environmental and socioeconomic impacts. She formed Project Azul Verde to deliver innovative sustainability consulting to clients of all needs, sizes, and funding levels through efficient and accessible solutions.
Social Media Assistant (May - Oct 2015)
Gaby Alvarado recently completed a Masters in Responsible Tourism Management at Leeds Beckett University in England. Previously she worked for an airline for five years. A native of Chile, Gaby sees huge potential for her country to become a well-known destination focused on sustainable tourism.
Translations (April 2015 - Aug 2016)
Gemma Sagué is an avid traveller and a curious mind, always looking for new cultural experiences. Which is why she decided to study tourism, a degree to which she later added general management focused on the hospitality industry.
Social Media (May - July 2016)
Born in the city of La Paz, Bolivia, Jeanine Blanco Arraya is an enthusiastic teacher, entrepreneur, and a keen traveler. She holds a Bachelor in Tourism and recently completed a Masters in Sustainable Tourism Development at Universidad Mayor de San Andrés, where she just joined the faculty in rural studies. Jeanine also teaches at El Alto University, and conducts research into tourism and sustainability. She speaks Spanish, English, French and is now learning Aymara.
Communications (July - Sept 2016)
Originally from the US, Julia Guerra is an adventurous traveler who roams the world from the Philippines to Spain. She is the former Director of Operations at The International Ecotourism Society and is studying towards her Masters in Responsible Tourism Management at Leeds Beckett University. Julia is particularly passionate about communicating sustainable tourism initiatives through market research, webinars, and storytelling.
Editing (NOV 2015 - AUGUST 2016)
Lauren Chan recently completed her Bachelor of Commerce in Hospitality and Tourism Management from Canada. In recent years, Lauren’s work and studies have taken her across Canada, Central Europe and Asia. Lauren recently completed an internship with United Nations World Tourism Organization in Zhangjiajie National Forest Park, in China. She speaks Japanese, Chinese and is studying conversational French.
Social Media (June - Sept 16)
Lourdes Zamanillo grew up in Mexico. After majoring in Communications in Universidad Iberoamericana, she worked as a journalist and community manager within Ashoka, an NGO that promotes social entrepreneurship and innovation. Lourdes has written for media such as National Geographic and Forbes. She recently moved to Melbourne to study a Master in Sustainable Tourism at Monash University.
Translator (April 2015 – April 2016)
Mariana García works for the Tourist Information in San Miguel de Allende, her home city in Mexico. She previously completed a Bacherlor in International Tourism Business at Universidad de Valle in Mexico, which got her involved in development projects both in Mexico and the Galapagos Islands.
Translations (May 2015 - January 2017)
Nuria Chacón obtained her bachelor in Environmental Sciences at University of Alcalá (Spain), and holds a masters in Restoration of Ecosystems. Her specialization is the conservation of protected natural areas and wildlife, together with a growing interest in ecotourism as a way to develop natural areas. She is the co-founder of STIPA consultancy and an active member of international networks, such as TIES, ECOLNET, and Ecoclub.
Social Media (March – June 2016)
With a Masters of Advance Study in Sustainable Tourism degree from Arizona State University, Sarah Mueller hopes to bring her passion, commitment, and experience with grassroots organizing on a local, regional, and national level to the tourism industry, as she feels there is unlimited potential to help create a more sustainable Earth. Her interests are related to wildlife conservation through community development and tourism with a specific focus on sun, sand, and surf destinations.
Social Media (July 2015 - January 2017)
Born in Russia, Tatiana Makarova is a marketing specialist passionate about travel. After pursuing a Bachelor degree in Marketing she spent a year in Madrid to study a Master in Territory Dynamics and Development at UCM. Tanya is keen to work for sustainable development of tourism, with a focus on community–based tourism and local empowerment.
Associate Editor (Jan - Dec 2016)
Tracy Johnson has spent the last decade living in 12 countries and traveling many more. Along the way, she completed a Masters in Tourism Business Management at ESERP Business School in Barcelona and became fluent in both Spanish and Swedish. She has worked in several positions within the travel industry, including two years at the Swedish Ecotourism Society, and seen firsthand the need for sustainable practices in order to turn tourism into a force for conservation and economic development not destruction.
Editorial Assistant (April – June 2016)
Xiaomin Liu from Xi’an, China, recently graduated from the Patel College of Global Sustainability at University of South Florida with a Master’s Degree focused on Sustainable Tourism and Renewable Energy. She has gained valuable experience as intern for both the Ecotourism Australia certification organisation, and Solheimar Ecovillage, a historical sustainable village in Iceland.
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