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
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.
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.
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.