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.
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.”
Marisa De Brito
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
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.