Russ Spollin

Russ Spollin has a passion for events and sustainability, working with UK festivals and community events to help improve their sustainability performance. His sustainability journey began as a workplace union environment representative and has taken him many wonderful places, including deep down compost toilets and high atop mountains of recycling! His main activities are as Director and Sustainability Manager for Redfest Bristol, a social enterprise arts and community festival attracting 20,000 people annually.

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Josep Jonas Cortes

Trained in Knowledge-driven Economy and Market research (UOC-Universitat Oberta de Catalunya www.uoc.edu), and IESE Business School alumni, I am leading the development of new events at Fira de Barcelona with a special focus on sustainability and infrastructures. Formerly in charge of professionals trade shows, I have overseen such events as Smart City Expo World Congress | www.smartcityexpo.com, Circular Economy European Summit | www.circulareconomysummit.com, Innovate 4 Climate | www.innovate4climate.com, Barcelona Building Construmat | www.construmat.com, iWater | www.iwaterbarcelona.com, Smart Mobility World Congress | http://www.smartmobilitycongress.com and Piscina & Wellness Barcelona | www.piscinawellness.com. I am a frequent lecturer at several Business School in Barcelona and also speaker in some events http://www.siehuesca.es/josep-ponente-del-siehuesca17-2/ . Nowadays, I am doing a Ph.D. investigation about Sustainable Development in th MICE Industry.
There is no business in a dead planet. It's is for that reason, sustainability is about progress, not perfection.

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Ana Dorly Jaramillo Salazar

I am married, have a son and a wonderful family. I have a degree in Biology. Genetics and MSc biologist Sanitary and Environmental Engineering. I have worked for over 15 years in cleaner production, sustainable production and consumption with different productive sectors. I was environmental coordinator for the World Games Cali 2013 and I am supporting events and restaurants to make them more sustainable. I have my brand: Events Sostenibles. I am passionate about sustainability because I love to enjoy natural areas, want to prevent or minimize negative impacts to the environment and while people will go well. I want things to happen. Moving from Theory to Practice.

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Gill Thomson

I work in sustainable tourism and have for many years. I am looking at starting to work within the education sector so thought this would be a good way to mentor people but also keep an eye on what is going on within industry.

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Heather Lishman

A graduate of the University of Surrey, Heather had roles with DeVere, InitialStyle Conferences and Quality in Tourism before forming her own business in 2010 providing services to a diverse range of hospitality organisations. In her role as Association Director of ABPCO she has used her business skills to focus on ‘Promoting Excellence in Association Conferences and Events’ and to grow the engagement, membership and the surplus of the association and is thrilled to be the Association Director in this their 30th year. Heather is also a Director of Hospitality Assured a business which helps hospitality organisations achieve competitive advantage through business and service excellence. Heather sits on the Executive Board of the Institute of Hospitality. Heather believes that all hospitality and events businesses should consider how to integrate corporate social responsibility into their business planning and operational delivery models, and works hard to help organisations see how they can achieve this.

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Claire O'Neill

Claire is the Co Founder of A Greener Festival (AGF), Event Producer and Programmer of Green Events & Innovations Conference (GEI), Creative Producer & Aerialist for Arcadia Spectacular. Events and Festivals around the world are assessed and awarded for their sustainability efforts internationally, through the "Greener Festival Award" and "Greener Event Award".

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Norzakiah Mohamed Bakhari

I am impressed by the "world tourism day" this year with the theme sustainable tourism for development. as i am lecturer in tourism management, i also teach event management and operation class. As event is part of tourism i hope i can share with my student more about positive impact when organizing an event and how event can be a platform to spread the positive impact of sustainability towards tourism industry.

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Morgane Stein

After experiencing the richness of cultural heritage and natural diversity through various travel and work experiences in Egypt, India, USA, Malaysia, Lebanon, China, Australia and now Malta, I acquired a strong experience in business event management and while producing big seminars across industries from finance to oil and gas, sustainability was always a theme close to my heart, but most of the time completely absent from the policies of the organisations I was working with. On a path to re-aligning my career with my values, I then decided to embark on the start-up journey in order to demonstrate that sustainability applies everywhere, hoping to inspire others to take action as there is no better way to move forward. Events being my core expertise so far, it came natural to look at how sustainability can be embedded in the event management process. ONE OF MY FAV QUOTES: With a little seed of imagination, you can grow a field of hope. ~ African proverb

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Rossella Costantino

4th year International Festival & Events Management with Language student at Edinburgh Napier University. Passionate about the world of festivals and events, but aware of the necessity to implement actios to save our beautiful world, and make sustainability and festivals a one thing only.

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Maud Wirén

Sustainability has always been important to me. In my private life and in my work as a independent event manager. I have worked over 30 years within the meeting industry. Today the awarness of how important it is to create sustainable events is ok. I want it to be excellent. I want it to be a natural part in the planning of an event. I want that every costumer I work for will understand that sustainability = profit.

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Mel Bevan

Having lived in 6 different countries and seen the diversity & beauty of our natural world, I want to do everything I can to protect our environment and planet. I have done my best to implement sustainable practices and habits into my daily life, including following a purely plant-based diet. If we can bring sustainability and environment awareness to events in order to shed some light on the issue and educate people on what they can do to help, this would be a step in the right direction. I would love to be an ambassador because protecting the health of our planet is a priority, and I wish for others to join the cause.

The health of our planet is the most important thing we, as citizens, should be focusing on. Without a flourishing earth, our efforts in other areas aren't as valuable.The health of our planet is the most important thing we, as citizens, should be focusing on. Without a flourishing earth, our efforts in other areas aren't as valuable.

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Amy Johnston

I'm Amy and I've recently graduated from university with a 2:1 in Human Geography. Through my course my passion for sustainability grew and it allowed more to become much more knowledgable on sustainable practices. I am now interning at Sustainable Events Ltd (the sister company to Positive Impact) which has allowed me to make a difference in the events industry, helping to make it more sustainable. My quote isn't exciting or new, but is a quote that was drilled into my head throughout university from the Brundtland Commission: "sustainable development is development that meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs". This was the first time a definition was coined for sustainable development and I think was the starting point for real talk on sustainable development.
The health of our planet is the most important thing we, as citizens, should be focusing on. Without a flourishing earth, our efforts in other areas aren't as valuable.

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Vasilena Kolarova

'The greatest threat to our planet is the belief that someone else will save it'. -Robert Swan


I work as partnerships and business development coordinator at Positive Impact. My mission is to work towards the creation of environmentally sustainable events. I have developed a passion for environmental sustainability and have started a personal journey towards a zero waste, minimalist and vegan life style. 

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Giovanna Lucherini

From Florence but work as Director of Convention Bureau Napoli
Immediate Past President of MPI Italia Chapter and member of SITE Italy Chapter
Passionate about Women's leadership, Sustainable Events, #MICE
Active volunteer for an Italian Non-Profiit association as Event planner     

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Emma Channon

I'm an Australian-born journalist for leading events title, M&IT magazine (Meetings & Incentive Travel). I am passionate about sustainability because this isn't our planet to destroy and it would be devastating to lose natural wonders like the Great Barrier Reef.

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Gill Thomson

 I work in sustainable tourism and have for many years. I am looking at starting to work within the education sector so thought this would be a good way to mentor people but also keep an eye on what is going on within industry.

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Mohamed Shehata

I have strong sustainability goals and eradication of poverty and work to consolidate the spirit of justice and the elimination of unemployment as well as the development of society and reduce pollution because it will lead to environmental risks

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