What is the Positive Impact Ambassador Programme?
This is a way for you to champion the creation of a sustainable event industry. This is not about your job title, the company you work for or your level of experience - if you believe that the event industry should be more sustainable this is your chance to get involved and make a difference!
Why should I get involved?
Once you sign up as an Ambassador we will send you regular communications which will include opportunities for you to show your support for a sustainable event industry. For example, by signing the Positive Impact pledge and other campaigns which we partner with such as Fairtrade.
You could also have the opportunity to receive training at a reduced rate and have access to presentation materials so you can deliver presentations around the world, inspire people to change their way of working and create a sustainable event industry!
As well as allowing you to play a key role in transforming the events industry our Ambassador programme will also give you the following benefits:
- Reduced rate online course education materials
- Free case studies and other resources
- Become a member of the Positive Impact network
- Become a freelance educator
- Work with the leading education provider
What will I need to do?
Follow the two steps below or email our Partnerships Coordinator on firstname.lastname@example.org explaining why you would like to be an Ambassador. You will be added to the Positive Impact community and if you don’t already, you will start receiving the Positive Impact newsletter which includes a regular ‘Note for our Ambassadors’.
Step 1: Fill in this form
Step 2: Upload or email your photo
You can securely upload your profile photo via Dropbox (you don't need an account) by clicking on the button below, or alternatively you can send it to email@example.com.
In the future you may need to take part in training – either online or face to face. If a unique opportunity comes up and is suited to your experience and passion we will contact you directly about training requirements.
If you want to, in the future you can support our presentations around the world and the global campaigns which we are involved in but this is optional. As the numbers of Ambassadors grow so will the opportunities which we share with you and create for you. Remember, this role is voluntary so you may sign up just to show your support or you may sign up and contact us to ask to present at your local association event.
Will it cost me anything?
No, in fact you may even earn money as Positive Impact Ambassadors can receive sales commission from any materials which they sell.
Where can I find out more?
We've put together two PDF documents with even more information. You can download these by clicking on the buttons below.
Our current Ambassadors
David Kliman is an internationally respected hospitality industry leader and President of The Kliman Group.
The Kliman Group specializes in creating and facilitating customer advisory boards and strategic planning for DMOs and tourism industry organizations. The Kliman Group helps its clients maximize profitability and maintain market leadership through a strategic understanding and interpretation of customer trends and best practices.
The Kliman Group’s clients include numerous destination marketing organizations, convention centers and hotel companies.
David has served as International Chairman of MPI (Meeting Professionals International) and on the White House Council of Travel and Tourism. He has served on MPI’s Multicultural & Brand Advisory Councils and was awarded one of the meeting industry’s highest accolades, MPI International Meeting Planner of the Year.
David began his career in operations and sales at The Plaza Hotel in New York. He was recruited by Fireman’s Fund Insurance Company where he formed and led a large meeting and travel department. He was later promoted to a senior executive position heading that company’s administration and corporate communications department.
Ania is a Participation Officer at Participation People, and draws on her experiences of working with disadvantage young people in Europe and South America.
Ania is passionate about empowering young people in their communities, be that The Balkans, South America or the UK (all of which she’s had experience in!) and particularly loves her day-to-day, face-to-face work with young people.
Her specialisms are training for young people and facilitation.
She is a graduate of Leeds Metropolitan University, having studied Peace and Conflict Studies and International Relations.
Anke is a passionate Sustainability Consultant, currently working at NEF Consulting focussing on socio-economic and environmental impact assessment and reporting, including SROI and well-being.
She has worked with clients ranging from public sector and small businesses and NGOs to large corporations from various sectors, both in developing and developed economies. Previously, she managed the ground-breaking ‘Total Impact Measurement and Management’ (TIMM) project for The Travel Foundation in partnership with PwC, which measured TUI Group’s holistic impact in Cyprus. In addition to her consultancy work she is working towards a PhD in Responsible Tourism, researching the livelihood impacts of sustainable tourism interventions.
Before dedicating her career to support people and organisations on their sustainability journey, Anke managed travel businesses in Germany and the UK for almost two decades. Understanding clients’ needs and collaboratively building knowledge and creating solutions is still a big part of her role, and the one she enjoys the most.
“Being a Sustainable Events ambassador will give me the opportunity to keep up to date with the progress the events industry is making, and most of all being connected to a group of inspiring and like-minded people driving the sustainability agenda forwards.”
“When people can see a vision and simultaneously recognise what can be done step by step in a concrete way to achieve it, they will begin to feel encouragement and enthusiasm instead of fright.” -Erich Fromm-
Antonia is the Founder and Director of The Participation People. She founded The Participation People in 2010 after 5 years of working with young people – and has facilitated, managed and engaged with young people in the UK, Armenia, Canada, South Africa and South America.
Antonia is currently managing and delivering youth participation in Wandsworth and has recently managed a borough-wide youth conference and peer education project in Southwark.
She is an avid user of creative and digital media in her work and everything she does is injected with high-energy, creativity and fun!
Her specialisms include working with young people not in education, training or employment and those with learning difficulties and disabilities.
Antonia graduated with a degree in Physiological Sciences from Newcastle Upon Tyne University and speaks Spanish!
She is also a Trustee of DRIP Uganda, a charity that focuses on the construction of rainwater harvesting units and horticultural training within Uganda.
Héctor A. Venegas is Chief Executive Officer and Partner of SwarmWorks Ltd., a company specialized in interactive involvement of large audiences by making use of the collective intelligence of the attendees. Therefore SwarmWorks has developed world unique methods.
The company’s headquarter is based in Cologne (Germany) with offices in London (UK), Asheville and Boston (USA). Héctor graduated from law school at the University of Cologne. Besides his role at SwarmWorks, he is current President of the MPI Germany Chapter. He has been in leading roles within the events industry for more than 15 years.
My name is Jack Jeremiah a 40 year old man from Nigeria, with a good vision, love of others, trust, honest, kindness. I live in Rivers state, south part of the country. I have worked with a French company for 13 years now. I am also involved in a part time security job with my government as a security officer and with the transparent leadership initiative and development initiative program.
"Sustainability is important because all the choices we pursue and all the actions that we make today will affect everything in the future. We need to make sound decisions at present in order to avoid limiting the choices of generations to come.
For example, if you continue wasting water and polluting the dwindling supply of freshwater that we have today, we leave future generations with no other choice than to desalinate saltwater or treat contaminated water for their consumption and daily use. We can also be assured that, if that happens, all life that depends on clean freshwater will become extinct.
The same goes with the supply of soil that we currently have. Without proper care, our soils can easily lose quality enough that they will no longer be able to encourage growth and sustain life. If that happens, future civilisations will be void of crops and other natural sources of food. They will then have no other choice but to create man-made sources for nourishment and sustenance."
Jasmine is an Assistant Participation Officers at Participation People, after years of working on youth led projects where she developed a special interest for creative-led approaches to youth engagement.
She is dedicated to the arts as a tool to empower young people to create positive and lasting changes in their lives and community.
Jasmine has designed and managed the production of innovative learning workshops for young parents in Tottenham and led drama and performance based sessions for young people with severe and complex needs. Jasmine is also a mentor for The Ministry of Stories and Arts Emergency.
A specialism of Jasmine’s is the use of story-telling, creative writing and Spoken Word poetry to help facilitate self-expression and promote deeper understandings of our changing cultural identities.
Whilst at university, Jasmine conducted a research project in New York exploring the social and cultural impacts of the Spoken Word community for marginalised individuals on the fringes of society.
Music plays a big part in Jasmine’s life and whilst at university she produced and co-hosted a weekly soul and hip hop radio show and presented a music programme on her Student Union’s TV channel.
Josh is Senior Participation Officer at The Participation People, and joins us after an 10-year journey with youth engagement and participation projects.
From being a member of his local youth council in 2004 and a Member of the UK Youth Parliament to working for the National Council for Voluntary Youth Services, he has been involved in youth participation at every level.
He has recently managed Youth Participation in Greenwich, coordinated Affinity Sutton’s National Youth Ambassador training programme and managed the Newham Young Mayor elections!
In 2013, Josh worked in New Jersey, USA as a Drama and Theatre Activity Leader at an American summer camp, working with disadvantaged and hard-to-reach young people from the New York area.
He has expertise in working with young people who are LGBT, who are ‘hard to reach’ and who are in care. Josh’s particular specialisms are: training, facilitation and project management.
He is a first class graduate of Oxford Brookes University (BA Sociology and Education) and is a trustee of Adviza, a careers advice and guidance charity and of Artswork, the national youth arts development agency.
He is currently also enrolled onto the MA Education at Oxford Brookes University and is particularly interested in creativity and imagination in education, social and digital technologies for learning and youth civic engagement.
Kahar is an Assistant Participation Officer at Participation People, and joined after years of experience in youth led projects.
He has volunteered as a young people’s substance misuse advisor, worked alongside OFSTED in the inspection of youth services, chaired a national advisory board for The Children’s Society and has helped set up several youth participation projects in Tower Hamlets.
Whilst at university, Kahar held a role on the Volunteering Committee, originating and directing a team of project ambassadors to promote and showcase volunteering projects within the city of Sheffield. He also co-published reports on social policy and developed creative approaches to research as the Officer for Strategy and Development for Canvas, a political publishing based society.
Kahar is passionate about youth development, having designed and delivered a number of initiatives to optimise developmental progress among young people, including a public speaking and confidence building programme, a creative mentoring project and has also managed candidate support for the Newham Young Mayor Elections.
Kahar loves travelling; he has spent a lengthy amount of time in South America developing an understanding of the diverse cultures and learning to speak Spanish.
Kaaren Hamilton is Vice President, Global Sales for Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group. In this position, Ms. Hamilton oversees the North American based global sales organization. and leads a dynamic sales organization of senior global sales directors and is responsible for significant annual revenue.
With 20 years of experience in the hotel industry, Ms.Hamilton joined Carlson Hotels in 2007 as a Director of National Sales. She has received two significant promotions at Carlson, first to Director of Global Sales in 2008 and then to Vice President in 2009. Ms. Hamilton has received the Supplier of the Year Award from MPI in 2007 and has served a two year presidency of the New Jersey chapter. She also sits on the global strategic marketing committee for MPI Global.
Ms. Hamilton began her career with Trusthouse Forte hotels in London, England, completing a two year training course in some of the city’s most luxurious hotels. She spent the next part of her career with Hilton Hotels at the iconic 5 diamond Hilton Short Hills in New Jersey as Director of Meeting Services. Before joining Carlson Ms. Hamilton was part of Hyatt Hotels & Resorts sales organization.
Active in several industry associations, she is a frequent participant in industry forums and committees. Ms. Hamilton graduated from the prestigious University of Surrey Business School in Guildford, England with a Bachelor of Science degree.
Ms. Hamilton has over 20 years of experience in the meetings industry including direct corporate planning experience as well as many different roles as a supplier to the industry. She has a passion for the meeting industry and is driven to constantly elevate its professionalism and make meeting strategies an integral part of the overall organizational success.
Member of the Events Team at Zurich Insurance Company based in Zurich, Switzerland. The team is responsible for planning and managing events for the Group CEO and Group Executive Committee, as well as key sponsorship and customer events.
Examples of events managed include but are not limited to global team workshops, leadership team meetings, Annual General Meeting, Sponsorship events including World Economic Forum, Lucerne Festival, British Open, as well as smaller VIP dinners, team building activities, and key customer events such as the Zurich Global Risk Management Summit.
I have been in this Events role for only 2 years but previously had links with the industry through roles in Communications also at Zurich, both in the UK and more recently in Switzerland. Over the past year we have really started focusing on creating more sustainable events and this will be even more of a focus in 2016 and something I am keen to learn more about and get real life examples of what others are doing.
Nick Aster is a new media architect and the founder of TriplePundit.com
TriplePundit.com has since grown to become one of the web's leading sources of news and ideas on how business can be used to make the world a better place.
Prior to TriplePundit Nick worked for Mother Jones magazine, successfully re-launching the magazine's online presence. He worked for TreeHugger.com, managing the technical side of the publication for 3 years and has also been an active consultant for individuals and companies entering the world of micro-publishing. He earned his stripes working for Gawker Media and Moreover Technologies in the early days of blogging.
Nick holds an MBA in sustainable management from the Presidio School of Management and graduated with a BA in History from Washington University in St. Louis.
Tiffany is a Participation Officer at Participation People recently shipped over from Cape Town. Youth Voice structures work differently in South Africa. She draws on her 8 years of experience of working on school and university student councils.
Tiffany’s biggest passion is empowering young people to make their voices heard.
A specialism of Tiffany’s is co-producing research with children and young people. Her Honours dissertation looked at the importance of placing children in the role of participatory researchers.
Tiffany graduated with an Honours degree in Anthropology from Rhodes University, South Africa. She can speak Afrikaans quite well (she thinks!). She is a huge fan of singing and has been in choirs since the age of 7.
Tarek is the General Manager at Oman International Trade and Exhibitions. He is a B2B specialized Exhibition Manager with a track record in launching, developing and managing exhibitions and events in Qatar and UAE since 2003.
Tarek has worked and is working for leading exhibition organizing companies including DMG Events and Reed Exhibitions beside Trans Continental Fairs Managent.
Pierluigi is founder and managing director of MyStadium Ltd, a sustainability consultancy that offers strategic advice and guidance for sport managers and event professionals seeking to manage effectively their organizations’ environmental impact, social responsibility and economic performance.
Pierluigi actively contributed at the development of ISO 20121 while sitting on the BSI - UK mirror committee. ISO20121 is the international standard for event sustainability and was inspired by London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games.
In June 2011 he became a member of the British Standards Society, the UK standard users’ organization that shares and develops good practice in the use of British Standards and contributes to British Standards development and implementations.
Pierluigi holds an MSc in engineering business management and he is specialised in stadium/events management with vast knowledge of and varied international experiences relating to sport including the UK, Europe, Australia and the US.
Katrine is a consultant, writer and project manager specialising in sustainability and social change.
She has a passion for the event industry and has organised conferences, workshops and hospitality gatherings in both corporate and non-profit settings, including a 5-year stint as an Event Manager at PricewaterhouseCoopers. This positions her perfectly to understand the unique challenges faced when the aim is to plan and run a flawless event.
Through her work Katrine advocates sustainability and seeks to inspire us all to play our role in cultivating a world that makes the most of finite resources without sacrificing on quality.
She has an MSc in Global Development Management and a Post-Graduate Diploma in Advanced Journalism complimented by a Level 3 Award in Training and Education with a focus on facilitation and adult education.
You can learn more about her on katrinecarstens.com.
Sian is a consultant, facilitator and coach and has worked with organizations for over 25 years to help them deliver their business strategies and create environments that encourage people to develop and succeed. Her current focus is on helping organizations and leaders rise to the challenge of leading for a sustainable world. She has a particular interest in sustainability within the events industry and has set up an online directory of “sustainable venues” to promote venues that have great sustainability credentials.
Her belief is that as sustainability becomes more central to business, more a ‘built in’ than a ‘bolt on’, organizations will increasingly require a clear and compelling vision and strategy that incorporates sustainability, alignment of policies and processes, creativity and innovation at all levels. They will need bold leadership and employees who are able to collaborate, focus both internally and externally, engage stakeholders and work within the global context of increasing ambiguity and complexity.
Sian’s goal is to work with organizations to develop and implement innovative sustainability strategies that become a source of competitive advantage, delivering long-term business success whilst preserving environmental integrity and accelerating positive social change.
I study Sustainable Development at Häme University of Applied Sciences in Finland and soon I'll become a Bachelor of Natural Sciences.
Events are my passion. I want to have a positive effect on the event industry and make it more sustainable. With events it is possible to reach big crowds and they are a create platform to create a better world.
Anna is deeply fascinated by the changing world we live in and is committed to making a change in the business she understands.
With 10 years experience in the MICE sector as a venue finder and event manager, helping to plan events globally, she brings awareness of what makes great events and wants to see this industry get green. At the same time, she is studying for an MSc in Sustainability and Adaptation planning to broaden her scientific knowledge to compliment her natural leadership skills and enable her to make a difference.
Jeff Chase is the VP of sustainability at Freeman based in San Francisco, USA.
"I am the founder member and Co-ordinator of Rural Tourism Network which hopes to build global partnerships and networks that will provide communication platforms which enhance sustainable village-based tourism practices, cultural and natural heritage, environmental conservation, climate change adaptation & mitigation and effective policy frameworks that facilitates a shift towards a green economy."
Rural Tourism Network has adopted the 4 C's criteria:
1.Company- managing the longterm bussiness sustainability of community based tourism enterprises
2. Conservation- conservation of natural and cultural resources used for tourism
3. Community- enhancing benefits for host communities at tourist destinations by involving the locals in planning, decision making, fair labour, product development and services
4. Customer- ensuring authentic destination experiences for tourists
Leanne’s passion for the sustainable development and management of events first began whilst undertaking an undergraduate degree in Events Management. Since successfully gaining a First Class degree with Honours, she has continued her studies within the field and is currently undertaking an MSc in Global Meetings and Events Management with particular reference to the social, economic and environmental sustainability of events. Upon completion of this, Leanne hopes to continue her journey into the world of Sustainable development.
Leanne is also an active member of the Scouts Association and was successful in being selected to represent the United Kingdom during the 23rd World Scout Jamboree in Japan in 2015. The Scouting movement is a valuable force for global connection and the Jamboree provided a platform for young people to grow physically, intellectually and socially and to contribute to their sustainable development of their communities upon returning home.
As an active member of MPI and PCMA Northern California, with a B.A. in Marketing & Communications from CSU, Sacramento and over 20 years of event industry experience, Roberta is an effective program manager who has held a variety of positions from Marketing Events Program Manager at both Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory and Macromedia to President of The Plan, an independent event and marketing consultancy. Roberta is currently the consulting Executive Producer for Avista Audio Visual Rentals & Events. She is dedicated to business development and providing Executive Production services for a variety of clients including: Salesforce, PayPal and Google. She has recently produced events with programs that featured Suze Orman; Parker Harris (co-founder of Salesforce); Steve Wozniak; and was honoured to work with Maya Angelou prior to her passing. Her speciality is design and management of face-to-face event programs for senior level and internal teams. Roberta is highly experienced in the production of hybrid programs that incorporate video and multimedia, satellite broadcasts, web conferencing tools and webcasts. Roberta enjoys the program management process, especially supporting clients while establishing their objectives and vision, elevating the original vision by adding creative elements, and then managing all the details to successful completion. She has been an invited speaker for the Advanced Learning Institute and the Bay Area Business Alumni Association.
Mark Eddy has been with GES for 5 years and part of that time was spent as the Managing Director of the design and custom build division at Melville Exhibitions & Events. Mark’s current duties for the parent GES sees him oversee new business development for the group. This covers activities for the General contracting and custom-build divisions of GES International. Mark coordinates activities across Europe and the Melville Middle East as well as the US custom build sales team.
This affords Mark the ability to build the ideal team from across the Global office network for each and every project. This flexibility of offering means the very best teams can be deployed and managed centrally leaving GES Global clients with an International offer and standard but with local expertise and delivery. Mark’s knowledge covers all areas to do with Show services, Exhibition stand design and Conference delivery across the EMEA regions.
Ian Whiteling is joint editor of innovative online and social media experience Meeting the World, which provides insight and inspiration for the travel and meetings community, plus groundbreaking highly sustainable marketing services for destinations and hotels through its in-depth documentary-style video guide packages. Ian is also director of content marketing agency three-sixty.
Diana, MSc, BA, is an environmental and sustainability consultant with over 6 years of experience in the UK and East and West Africa.
Her background is in sustainable water resource management, hygiene and sanitation, international development, corporate and small business sustainability, water footprinting and efficiency, waste and pollution management and stakeholder engagement.
She moved into sustainable events because of her personal interest in sport, film production and event organisation, and after volunteering for London 2012.
Monica works in environmental management with public, private, not-for-profit and SME organisations to help them reduce their environmental impacts in areas such as energy, waste, travel and IT. Within her various roles, Monica has conducted carbon footprint exercises, the first step in identifying an organisation’s impact, put in place carbon reduction plans and supported projects to help reduce carbon and costs.
I am delighted to be part of the Positive Impact Ambassador Programme.
At Manchester Central we have become true industry leaders in sustainability. We became one of the first venues in the UK to achieve ISO 20121 in 2012, and we are now looking at new ways of ensuring sustainability is embraced in every part of our business. We strive to achieve best practice in every aspect of how we work.
By embracing sustainability businesses can reap huge rewards, such as driving down energy costs and creating new efficiencies to work in smarter and more effective ways.
My role as ambassador is to work with Positive Impact to demonstrate to others in the industry the benefits that sustainability brings.
Sustainability Consultant and social entrepreneur with the project SOSTENIBILIDAD A MEDIDA. Determined to foster a culture of sustainability associated with any activity and to tell it from the websites TE HAGO ECO y DOBLE FILA. Write from very close to a natural paradise, Cabo de Gata in Almeria.
"I work to promote sustainability in the event industry, and I want to highlight the ability of these to be communication tools that help transform society and generate social and environmental value.My company is a social enterprise, that values at the same level the economical rentability and the social and environmental impact that its activity reaches.
Only applying sustainability to all our activities, including events, we can achieve the necessary balance between economy, social welfare and environmental conservation necessary to preserve our planet. So why not start this transition?
I think as ambassador I will have more resources to reach more audience and increase awareness of society around sustainability issues, and I also will reach a new geographical area, southern Europe and also, because I write on Spanish, any Latin America."
Babs discovered her passion for the event industry 5 years ago when she became Business Development Manager at Amsterdam RAI. She is responsible for bringing large corporate events to Amsterdam. In addition, Babs is also CSR ambassador at Amsterdam RAI. Within this role, she has among other things contributed to the organisation’s CSR marketing study.
Babs is also President and initiator of the Dutch chapter of the GMIC (Green Meeting Industry Council).The latter’s objective is to provide its members with an effective, ‘green’ network and education. She considers it crucial to provide a ‘green’ contribution to the industry.
Babs also spoke to use about her role as an Ambassador. Read her interview here!
Ruth is a committed sustainability professional with experience working in a FTSE250 and FTSE100 environment delivering sustainability strategy, high level reporting, stakeholder and employee engagement, supply chain management and business change. She is passionate about sustainable business and producing results whilst retaining a commercial focus.
Ruth was previously Group Head of Sustainability for the Thomas Cook Group plc, where she was responsible for leading and overseeing the Group wide sustainability functions; developing, implementing and coordinating strategy and operations across 22 countries and in a FTSE100 business. She is on the advisory panel for the International Centre for Responsible Tourism and works with events companies and venues as well as tourism businesses to support strategic sustainability implementation and creation of better business.
“Sustainability – it’s not green or eco, it’s just better business.
When most people working in business hear the word ‘sustainability’, they think of going green –recycling and switching lights off. What does this mean for my customers though, what do I need to do? That’s just something extra to do and we have enough work to do already.
But sustainability isn’t something new or something difficult – it’s just about better business. Business being more efficient, business working with and supporting people, business attracting and motivating employees, business protecting and enhancing reputation, business future proofing and business making profit.”
Rachel Ley has worked in the events industry for nearly 20 years and runs her own event management agency. She has lead and managed a huge variety of events ranging from high security International summits, receptions, conferences, recognition incentives and launch parties.
In addition she specialises in designing and executing bespoke team concepts and corporate responsibility activities for a wide variety of clients.
Rachel has a passion for education and lectures at Westminster University and UFI; she guest lectures at University of Surrey and Southampton Solent University. In addition she teaches Event Essentials Summer School for the Event Business Academy in Oxford.
Rachel is a Board Member for the UK Trade Association for Events, Eventia and is the Head of the Education Committee.
Caitlin first gained a passion for sustainability whilst studying Events Management with Arts and Entertainment at Sheffield Hallam University. During her final year she focused her dissertation on to what degree students were influenced by the sustainability policies and practices of music festivals. This inspired her to learn more about the industry by undertaking a three month internship at Positive Impact, which then turned into a part time position.
Within the organisation Caitlin’s key responsibilities were to research and create online education such as in-depth reports, newsletters and how to guides (which can be found on the website). During her time with Positive Impact Caitlin gained a solid knowledge of sustainability reporting standards ISO 20121 and GRI EOSS. In addition through she has a good understanding of how organisations can start implementing sustainability at their events, what challenges they may face and of best practice examples.
Now working full time in the education sector, Caitlin is passionate about engaging students with sustainability and continues to support Positive Impact through her role as an Ambassador, most recently delivering seminars to Event Management students at Huddersfield University.
Kate is currently an educator at Bournemouth University in Events Management. She also works on multiple event projects outside of her teaching role, with a keen focus on ensuring events have a minimal impact on the environment. She is also a keen singer, and sings in a local Bournemouth Choir called “Sound of Soul”.
“Sustainable events provides for a sustainable future of the event industry. My motto is recycle and reuse where you can!”
Mike Fletcher is a multimedia content provider, freelance journalist, social media strategist and photographer. He has worked as Contributing Editor (online & social media) for London & Partners, and launched the virtual press centre for non-accredited media attending the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games. He is an experienced editor of business magazines and a regular contributor to a range of titles aimed at events professionals.
He also consults on digital strategy for a wide variety of events-orientated clients and regularly runs training workshops for social media enhancement. Mike has launched three magazines on behalf of Haymarket Media Group and is co-founder of the EventProfs Index – a directory of twitter handles for the events sector. Examples of Mike’s written work can be accessed via his blog, whilst his personal Twitter feed is @MikeyFletch.
Mike is extremely well connected within the world of events and is often called upon as an influencer for social media campaign amplification.
Serial green entrepreneur, PR and brand guru, Iain Patton co-founded the boutique sustainable innovations agency called Satellite the Green Agency in 2004, Green Consultancy in 2009 and the inaugural International Green Awards™ which launched in 2006. Most recently a new initiative called the Ethical Team launched to offer sustainability consultancy specialising in developing partnerships, sponsorship and media engagement.In 2013 Iain is looking to convert the International Green Awards™ into a social enterprise for future public benefit.
"Each of us has a responsibility to reduce our overall consumption and waste in order to ensure a future worth living for. Sustainability is no longer an option for modern businesses or humanity as a whole. It is an absolute requirement for any business and an imperative that we must all adopt with immediate effect. The entire world must now be built on sustainable principles.”
I love to empower others by facilitating knowledge development and deeper understanding of ‘complex’ phenomena. I have more than15 years of international work experience: having worked in Portugal, I moved abroad and worked in the UK and France, settling in the Netherlands. Currently I manage research and knowledge development at Academy of Leisure, NHTV-University of Applied Sciences, in Breda the Netherlands. In addition,my interests and expertise are in the area of sustainability events and in relation with strategy, marketing, and supply chain management.
“Front runners are usually the ones applauded but the peloton has a lot to say regarding the pace of a race … so you may not be able to be a front runner, but you can help setting the pace!”
As operations manager, my role is to ensure that we’re showing real leadership, which doesn’t just focus on environmental processes but also economic and quality of life as well. We collaborate with the local community and help companies to stage events that engage both their staff and customers in dialogue for improved sustainable living and business practices.
"You need to look at all levels of the business, all of the time. It’s not enough to say, right that’s our sustainability credentials and then not return to them. I’m a big fan of marginal gains. Always look to improve different aspects of the business by marginal points and in time, these will result in large strides towards a more sustainable future."
Nadine Dereza is an experienced business presenter and has presented for CNN, BBC, Sky TV, SABC, Simply Money, Summit TV, and has recently filmed ‘The Simply Business Show’ for Associated Press. Nadine has a wealth of international experience and has worked in Europe, Middle East, Asia Pacific, Africa and North America, with an in depth understanding of the whole business spectrum from entrepreneurs, SMEs, right through to FTSE 100 and Fortune 500 organisations. As London Markets Correspondent for the Financial Times, she was awarded ‘Financial Journalist of the Year’. Nadine was appointed as Non-Executive Director of WorldSkills London, tasked with creating a lasting legacy for apprenticeships and vocational education across the UK. She is an Ambassador for Workers’ Educational Association, and is currently studying a part time BSc degree in Environmental Studies. Nadine chairs and moderates conferences and live events for a diverse range of clients across many sectors globally.
"Sustainability will one day be the norm and central to everything we do in both our business and personal lives - until we get to that point, we need to show leadership and best practice in this area to positively promote the benefits."
I was first introduced to the sustainability aspect of events whilst completing an MSc in International Events Management at Leeds Metropolitan University, from which I graduated with Merit. Also inspired by a life-long passion for environmental and social issues, I decided to focus my dissertation on sustainable facility management practices followed by sports stadia managers and how these are influenced by stadia design. In addition, I have published an article on sustainable facilities management within event venues. Following my graduation and for more than four years, I was the Events Manager & Actions Coordinator of an environmental NGO. During my time there I designed and delivered more than 50 events, project managed EU projects, coordinated awareness raising campaigns, secured sponsorships from and acted as a CSR consultant for businesses, wrote and presented grant proposals and established strong relationships with a variety of stakeholders. I am currently working as a freelancing event consultant whilst advocating for sustainability within our industry.
"The events industry has a bad reputation of creating a lot of waste for a short – lived experience. Adopting a more responsible attitude is only the first step for businesses. They then have to convince their stakeholders to do the same. For me, the sustainable future of events can only be achieved by a collective of small everyday changes that make businesses more efficient and communities happier."
I founded Ephymera Sustainability, a consulting about sustainable events in Spain, a project that has enabled me to help the main events planners of Spain, to organize their events in a more sustainable way. I also work in the organization of sustainable festivals. One of my greatest achievements is have been helping to improve the sustainability of the spanish events industry, through numerous conferences, social networks and sensitization articles in my blog. In 2013 I coordinated the development of the first study on sustainable events in Spain, which it had great impact on the spanish industry of events. I am vicepresident of the Green Meeting Industry Council for Spain and Portugal, and I coordinate Reinspira, the first latinmerican network of experts on sustainable events, with several members from Spain, Mexico, Argentina, Chile, Costa Rica and Uruguay.
"The event is ephemeral, its impact is not", this is the philosophy that motivates me to try to go further in my efforts to achieve more sustainable events in my influence area. I understand the events as a powerful tool for mass communication, so if we teach the companies to contemplate sustainability criteria in their events, we will be helping those "sustainable messages" to be implanted with increasing strength in people, groups and society."
Founder of the 1st SE Europe Green Culture Conference, taking place in Montenegro, 15-17 May 2014. Being active in promoting less well presented cultures in the UK through cross-border and cross-cultural collaboration, as well as raising awareness on the importance of implementation of sustainable practice in the creative Industries.
"By promoting sustainability in the Creative Industries we are equally protecting and enriching both human cultural life and the environment. The Arts and Culture through its own different forms have a profound ability and influence to affect change and inspire others to live and work more sustainably."
Cherryl Brazier, Director - Global Sales with Carlson Hotels Worldwide, part of Carlson's new global team set up to represent the 400 International properties. Previously Global Director of Group and Incentive Sales with Millennium Hotels and Resorts covering West Coast and Texas based in Los Angeles, also held position as Director of Group, Meeting and Incentive sales at Thistle Hotels with responsibility for sales and marketing plans for the US and Canada. In 1998, she arrived in the USA to take on the position as Senior Marketing executive with the British Tourist Authority in Los Angeles.
Cherryl began her career in London and the U.K. holding a number of management positions including prestigious venues such as the Café Royal and the Brewery in the City of London. She was responsible for the implementation and launch of “Meeting 2000” for Hilton UK and in 1996, she joined the Royal Garden Hotel, in Kensington London, initially as Conference and Incentive Sales manager and then as Assistant Director of Sales during the reopening of the property.
A 20 year industry veteran Brazier was educated at Leeds Polytechnic School of Hospitality Management in the U.K. and has been a member of the Society of Incentive and Travel Executives for 10 years. An active MPI and SITE member, served as Chair of the 2007 SITE International Conference and previously on Site International Board of Directors.
Cátia Relíquias Teresa joined the Social Responsibility Unit of SportAccord in January 2012. Before moving to sport administration, Cátia worked as a physical education teacher and women’s football coach while being a football athlete herself. She is passionate about and works with sport, social responsibility, sustainability and events. Cátia has collaborated with Rio2016, organised the (International Federation) IF Forum 2012 and implemented the social programmes associated with the SportAccord Combat & Mind Games. Currently, Cátia is further developing the SportAccord Sustainable Sport Events Strategy which is to benefit its 93 member International Federations’ events directly.
"Middle sized and mega sports events have huge economic, social and environmental impacts. Thinking sustainable from the planning stages of such events will minimize its negative consequences and will allow the organisers to save money, increase brand value and create significant legacy for the sport, the event and the local community. After comparing the costs and benefits of implementing sustainability, my only question is: Why Isn't This Common Practice Yet?"
Valentina, 29 years old, Visual artist, owner of Ambientalizate, an environmental project which is trying to introduce a sustainability concept to events in Chile.
"Sustainability is respect, love, compassion and most of all intelligence."
#creative passionate curious hungry mind #socially conscious innovator, since 1992 business expert in the tertiary sector with 16 years of management career in hospitality-meeting industry on national and international market. Since 2007 freelance professional at Olimpia Ponno Consultancy, providing strategic & operational communication-marketing-education solutions with creativity and fun. Trainer & coach since 2002, diversity&inclusion specialist, she leads people to personal, professional growth and organisations to achieve ROO, ROI. Opinion maker, speaker, author, Olimpia counts about 10.900 results on google, online-offline publications, articles, interviews, researches as the first Biodiversity Chart applied to organisational ecosystems. Sustainability is her way of life: volunteer, positive impact ambassador, project leader of many initiatives for non-profit for-profit associations and disadvantaged categories in Italy & abroad. Since 2003 proactive member of MPI, President MPI Italia 2013-2015, awarded by the Salerno Chamber of Commerce for improving the territorial image of the city in the meeting professionals community. In 2014 selected member of the Italian planner jury at the European Best Event Awards in Seville. Her interests: tailor made travels, photography, food & wine tasting, music, art, cinema, dancing, water sports. Main social networks: https://twitter.com/olimpiaponno, https://www.linkedin.com/in/olimpia-ponno-60192b7, https://www.facebook.com/olimpia.ponno, https://plus.google.com/118421279110038556804/posts
London based Event Director. Working in event management and marketing communications.
Significant experience in creating and executing successful event & marketing campaigns. Account director for global events within a corporate travel environment.
Obsessed with travel, events, all things marketing
Selina Juul is the Founder of Stop Wasting Food movement Denmark (Stop Spild Af Mad), Denmark’s largest non-profit NGO against food waste, which contributed to the Danish national reduction in food waste by 25% in 5 years. Selina Juul is Denmark's leading Expert on Food Waste, Food Activist, International Keynote Speaker, TEDx Speaker, Lecturer and Author. Partner in projects and campaigns with EU and UN. Selina Juul is also a Blogger on food waste at The Huffington Post.
For her work against food waste, Selina Juul was awarded with:
Recipient of The Womenomics Influencer Award 2016
Included in the Who's Who of Denmark 2015
Dane of the Year 2014
Winner of Nordic Council Nature and Environment Prize 2013
Recipient of Svend Auken Prize 2013
Recipient of ALT for damerne magazine's Women Prize 2013
Recipient of Cross of Merit Pro Utilitate Hominum 2013
Winner of JCI Denmark's The Outstanding Young Person award 2011
Tamara is a Sustainability professional, currently working at Travelife the International Sustainability Certification for Hotels & Accommodations with members in over 57 countries, which is a subsidiary of ABTA The Travel Association.
She has extensive experience in hotels and the tourism sector. Having studied tourism and specialized in Sustainable Tourism, currently is finishing a MSc in Responsible Tourism at Leeds Beckett University where she has collaborated in projects like 'Sustainable sourcing of seafood and responsible supply chain for Hilton Hotels' or 'Social Impact Assessment of the Gaudi Crypt for Tourisme of Barcelona'.
I'm Artistic Director of Lichfield Festival in the Midlands and St Andrews Voices Festival in Scotland (which I founded). I'm also Vice Chair of the British Arts Festivals Association.
I believe the arts, and festivals in particular, have a social responsibility to engage with and highlight the big issues of today. Sustainability is something that affects us all and the arts have a role to play in that conversation.
I'm the Director for Presstour DMC in Madrid and a passionate event planner for years and years. This industry has grown enormously but in a wild way, without rules and norms. So it’s the moment to make it sustainable as all other industries and contribute to the quality of life of all the people in the planet earth.
As planner it is my job and duty to suggest our clients a sustainable way of doing their events or include “sustainability” in moments of their event. It will take time to change a mentality but we have to start and continue this mission.
Annie graduated from Durham University in Physical Geography in 2016. With a passion for sustainability, she is always looking for creative ideas to combat climate change. Annie was Environment Representative for her college whilst at university, before graduating and becoming Project Management and Communications Intern at Positive Impact. She has also worked at Buxton Festival Fringe, and co-founded a small theatre company.
I am an event professional with a deep interest in how to impact positively tourism through sustainability. I want to incorporate the professional and personal aim to leave a better world, and a better industry, through different initiatives to transform the event industry into a more conscious one.
Rachael Riggs is Sales Manager for Tourism Vancouver in the Chicago regional sales office. In this role, she leads the Midwest sales effort for Vancouver, including booking the 2016 Convening Leaders program. Additionally, Riggs leads the #Vangiving program, a unique CSR program that combines social media, brand recognition and giving back.
Prior to working in sales, Riggs owned an independent meeting planning company, RMR, Inc. consulting to tech companies and associations. She served as the Director of Corporate Events for Sterling Software while managing this business. Additionally, Riggs worked for Smith Bucklin & Associates and The Sherwood Group (now knows as Kellen) in the convention departments leading teams to produce both corporate and association meetings and events.
Riggs has developed many CSR programs as a supplier and a planner.
Riggs stays active within the hospitality industry serving on committees for various organizations. She currently sits on the Greater Midwest Chapter PCMA Board of Directors as the Secretary. Nationally for PCMA, she was named the 2016 Supplier of the Year. Additionally, she has served as Responsible Business Taskforce, Chair of the Awards Committee and Education Conference Committee (now knows at the Education Conference), Vice Chair of the PCMA Annual Meeting Program Committee.
She has served on Association Forum of Chicagoland’s Supplier Working Group, the Honors Gala Committee and the Holiday Showcase Committee. She has served as Ch
I have worked in many areas of the Events Industry, starting out in Exhibition Sales for a Trade Fair Organiser in London 2002, moving to Barcelona with the same company in 2004. In 2010 I began working on Corporate Events of all sizes and characteristics, first in a Production Agency and more recently in Destination Management for Kuoni DM.
Over the past 18 months I have become increasingly involved in Sustainability and am now implementing a Sustainability Event Management System for one of the company's business streams which will be certified to the global standard ISO 20121 in 2017.
I am keen to learn much more about sustainability, share best practice and grow a global network.
Growing up on a farm, I've had a strong relationship with the environment and animals whilst understanding the importance of supporting local businesses. Over the last 25 years the farm I grew up on has moved with the times and now has a field of solar panels, biomass heating system and my family have electric cars.
I am a final year Geography (BA) student at Nottingham University; and the President and Founder of the University of Nottingham Sustainability Society.
"The greatest threat to our planet is the belief that somebody else will save it."
For as long as I can remember, I have been passionate about sustainability; with its beguiling simplicity and flexibility. Sustainability, like many contemporary theories and practices, can be understood in a number of ways: environmentally, socially, culturally, politically and psychologically. It can be adapted and expanded, and in its own right, it can become a philosophy to which we centre our beliefs and our morals about the world, and the way in which we preserve and maintain it for future generations.
I became interested in the concept when I was just nine years old, and I reluctantly watched “The Day After Tomorrow” with my family. After initial unwillingness, I began watching the film, and its themes struck a chord with me. I started to consider the extent of our selfish anthropocentric actions that I, in a fit of angered bewilderment, (and the heavy rain), placed posters around my local area urging people to switch off the lights and to use less water. Of course, as a nine year old struggling to make sense of the world, I was initially captured by the personal-environmental perspective of sustainability; and this inspired my later behaviours. However, as I began to discover more about sustainability, I realised although each individual can make a profound difference; the sustainable movement cannot be a unitary approach, and thus should not be tackled alone. For this reason, amongst many others, I would love to become an Ambassador, and to promote sustainability initiatives and ideas to enhance collective participation in our sustainable movement.
I am currently a final year Environmental Science with Certificate in European Studies student at the University of Nottingham. I come from Bulgaria, where sustainability is not yet a main objective neither of the government, not of the private industries and locals. Environment and sustainable development have always been my passion and I am determined to make in impact - hopefully not only in my home country.
I am really interested in and passionate about sustainability and how we can make our world develop in a more sustainable way. I know that this is extremely challenging especially nowadays, which makes it even more interesting for me. I would be glad to be involved in different projects, presentations, training. I believe that in this way I will be able to make an impact and spread my knowledge.
Marta Isach is the Communications Manager at Positive Impact. She has spent 10 fulfilling years working in Marketing, Advertising and Communications in Spain. With a passion for sustainability and technology, Marta is thrilled to find herself combining her interests, skills and effort to significantly support the growth and reach of Positive Impact.
I am studying for a Natural Sciences masters at Durham, and have an environmental career goal. I am currently head of the Environment Committee for my college, and Community Liaison officer for the People and Planet society.
Climate change is the most important and urgent issue our world is facing. It affects everyone and everything on the planet - And it's something we can actively, positively get involved in, by changing our society to become more sustainable. It's time for everyone to get on board - What's not to love?
Sustainability is of the highest importance to me, and want to get involved in promoting this any way I can. While doing my degree I'm taking part in as much environment-related extra-curricular activity as I can, and after Uni my aim is to get a job in the environment and sustainability sector. Getting behind organisations like Positive Impact is essential to transitioning into a sustainable and long-term society. It seems like you are undertaking some fantastic work and I would love to get involved.
Freelance journalist and a regular contributor to The Observer. Marketing officer for Buxton Festival Fringe. I believe climate change is the most important challenge for the world at the moment and am keen to embrace the values of sustainability.
I work with community events and UK festivals to help improve their sustainability performance. Sustainability Manager and director at Redfest Bristol. Event Coordinator at Natural Event (compost toilets at Glastonbury, BoomTown, Notting Hill Carnival, Shambala).
I am a Sustainable Entrepreneur and Artist that focus on studying and teaching the complex subjects of event sustainability because I believe that events are a space for openness, love and self-development, where people can be outside of their comfort zone and redefine their opinion about the world and how to interact with it.
I want to be an Ambassador because after my last two years of introspection deeply understanding what I want to do with my life, I reached the conclusion that I want to promote sustainability through events. This is the perfect fit for me and I would like to know how can I be more active in this community and, in the future how can we be partners since I am planning a sustainable festival to start this summer.
"DO NOT ASSUME IT'S IMPOSSIBLE BECAUSE YOU FIND IT HARD BUT RECOGNIZE IF IT IS HUMANLY POSSIBLE, YOU CAN DO IT TOO."
Caroline Cockburn is PR & Marketing Executive at Eunomia Research & Consulting Ltd. an international environmental consultancy with offices in Bristol, London, Manchester, Glasgow and Brussels. Caroline shares Eunomia’s innovative research with a wider audience covering a variety of areas including waste management, low carbon and renewable energy, resource efficiency and the circular economy, ecosystem services and green infrastructure, marine planning and climate change adaptation.
Working closely with directors and consultants, Caroline curates Eunomia’s range of marketing materials including written, visual and digital content. She communicates with the media, event organisers and across social platforms on a daily basis.
Organising internal and external events is part of Caroline’s role and sustainability is considered as one of the most important criteria during the planning and delivery stages of Eunomia events.
I believe events are one of the best ways to share ideas, be inspired and create collaboration within industries, which is essential for innovation. They don’t have to leave a huge ecological footprint either, there are ways you can make them exciting, memorable, and sustainable - Positive Impact is creating a platform for this. The industry standard, community and resources will help make sustainability an essential part of the decision making process when planning an event. I would like to be part of the growing network that creates a sustainable events industry.
A highly self-motivated professional with strong leadership and commercial skills. My professional experience gained both in Spain and the UK gives me a multicultural background to successfully work with different countries and products.
For Courtney Lohmann, CMP, a successful event isn’t about her, it’s about the joy it brings to other people. “In college, one of my courses focused on the importance of leisure and recreation in our lives and how that keeps us balanced and happy and healthy as humans. Events bring a piece of that balance to people,” she says. Courtney has used that mindset as a foundation for an incredibly successful career, which began with early achievements. In Chicago, she began producing a street art fair for a client and within three years, it had become one of the top 25 fine art fairs in the US. By the time she relocated to South Florida and joined the Koncept Events’ team, she had an array of major festivals, concerts and high-profile events under her belt.
She began as a Program Manager with Koncept Events, but as the company grew and its needs changed, so did her role. As the current Director of Culture, Courtney is a company health leader, go-green ambassador, internal cheerleader, continuing education champion, community give back coordinator and one of the most successful leaders on staff at Koncept Events. That may sound like quite a full plate to some, but for Courtney, it comes with ease thanks to her dedication to seeing things through and ability to be a team player no matter what situation she is in.
I am Corporate Event Coordinator of Siteimprove. Founded in Copenhagen in 2003, we´re a global software company offering a strong suite of SaaS-based products that allow customers to effectively manage, maintain, and optimize their corporate websites. I am happy to join and seeks sustainability knowledge and hopefully inspire others to create a better world, online and offline!
Sustainability is extremely important in terms of economic, social and environmental development. We can do so much to improve gender equality, to stop poverty, to improve communities and to help prevent climate change. Being an Ambassador is a step in the right direction in order to achieve these goals.
I am passionate about sustainability as I believe that because industry has such a big impact on the environment and society, it needs to be positive in order to not destroy it.
- The world is where we live so we need to look after it for ourselves and our children. The same goes with society; we need to look after each other and recognise each other's needs.
Having previously worked at a socially conscious technology start-up aimed at reducing food waste, I realised the importance of sustainability in our everyday lives. I am passionate about our planet and believe everyone has a duty to look after it for the next generation.
Sustainable way is almost a compassionate and kind way of thinking about the future. There is a lot to discover and a lot to learn about our planet and we need to embrace the change to see it through to a beautiful, diverse planet.
I believe a better world evolves through the combined skills of creative thinking, committed attitude, and compassionate humans with a common goal. I dream of sustainability being a path of living for a better world.
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Graham Ross is CEO of Kusaga Athletic, pioneers in future fabrics and lifestyle apparel. He provides strategic growth advice to planet friendly companies.
As a multiple Ironman-distance triathlete and marathoner, he has real world perspective of climate change as he swims, bikes and runs across the planet.
“We're in this together, and if we united and we inter-culturally cooperated, then that might be the key to humanity's survival.”
Jeremy Gilley, TEDTalks.
President of MPI Belgium, the international association of meeting professionals. Our goal is to share knowledge, experience, trends and developments from inside our industry with our members. Sustainability is a part of our industry. Quote: We're the first generations to feel the impact of climate change and the last generation that can do something about it - Jay Inslee
I'm an Events Management student at Manchester Metropolitan University, I was introduced to sustainability in events this year and I felt obliged to join the cause and promote sustainability in any way I can. I love how inclusive sustainability is, it really is so easy to make a difference and spread the word!
In developing countries like mine (Azerbaijan), where events are commonly held to promote a country, it is obvious how our actions negatively affect all three dimensions of sustainability and put next generation in danger. I think sustainability actions is a key solution to minimising negative effects now and eliminate any in the future.
Claudia is a multilingual professional with multidisciplinary experience in global corporations and agencies. She has been working for 20 years in the field of live communication and marketing. She helps design strategic and measurable programs that create value and sustained impact. Claudia has award winning experience in sustainability and corporate responsibility. She spearheaded the integration of sustainability into global corporate events with direction of frameworks as ISO 20121 Event Sustainability Management System, APEX/ASTM Environmentally Sustainable Event Standards, the GRI Sustainability Reporting Guidelines and the Event Organizers Sector Supplement.
Passionate about sustainable development and social advocacy, entrepreneurial thinking, continuous learning, connecting people and ideas, collaboration and co-creation, Claudia is an active advocate to forward societal change by promoting solutions through sustainability and design thinking, multi-stakeholder engagement, interdisciplinary and integrated communications for change of mindsets and behaviors.
She is also engaged in pro-bono work for NGOs and leadership committee work for the GMIC (Green Meetings Industry Council), An Initiative of the Convention Industry Council.