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.
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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.
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.
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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.
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.