2016 Conference Profile

Hobart, TAS

21–23 November 2016

Keynote Speakers 2016

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Jane Hutchinson
CEO, Tasmanian Land Conservancy (TLC)

Jane is CEO of the Tasmanian Land Conservancy (TLC), a non-for profit, non-government, non-political, environmental organisation with a vision for Tasmania to be a global leader in nature conservation. The TLC started from humble beginnings with only $50 in the bank. Since then it has grown to being one of the largest private landowners in Tasmania and has worked in partnership with landowners, governments, supporters and volunteers to achieve nature conservation across more than 2% of Tasmania’s private land. Since becoming CEO, Jane has managed several multi-million dollar conservation projects, established a long term endowment called “the TLC Foundation” to achieve a perpetual income stream to steward the TLC’s Reserves, monetised a carbon initiative and overseen the implementation of the Midlands Conservation Fund (MCF), a partnership with farmers, Bush Heritage Australia and the State and Commonwealth governments to put nature conservation on farm balance sheets in the Tasmanian Midlands.


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Prof. Geoffrey Lipman
Founder, Green Growth & Travelism Institute

Former Executive Director IATA: President WTTC: Assistant Secretary General UNWTO. Currently Director of Greenearth.travel & Founder SUN

• He has played a leading role in the emergence of Travel & Tourism as a serious socioeconomic sector. o As Executive Director at IATA in the 1970's helped drive a new liberalization agenda, responding to airline deregulation.

o As first President of WTTC throughout the 1990's, he worked to pioneer new systems of measuring the sector, creating CSR Certification and supporting China’s efforts to open Tourism markets.

o As Assistant Secretary General of UNWTO, in the first decade of this millennium, he spearheaded new development support systems, created the ST-EP Program, led the Davos Climate Summit and launched G20 Summit recognition program.

o As Director of Greenearth and it’s not for profit Green Growth & Travelism Institute he is curating SUN a global initiative to support Climate Resilience, the SDG’s and Emergency Response through Green Growth & Travelism.

• Served on public / private sector Boards in Africa, Europe, Middle East and Canada: Tourism Envoy to UNDP Administrator; Member EU Commissions on Airline Liberalization and on Tourism Employment: Environment Advisor to the Governor of Jeju Island, Korea: President ICTP (International Coalition of Tourism Partners)

• Written / lectured widely on tourism strategy, sustainability & liberalization; coauthor/ editor of two books and numerous journal articles on Green Growth & Travelism as a visiting Professor, Victoria U. Australia and Hasselt U. Belgium.

• Lipman has promoted Travelism with Heads of State, Ministers, Chief Executives and grass roots activists and is currently leading a global green growth initiative – the SUN Program, a legacy project of Maurice Strong designed to champion Climate Resilience and SDG support for Communities, through Green Growth & Travelism.

• He has worked closely with the World Economic Forum since the early 90's on its Competitiveness and Smart Travel activities and is the longest serving Member of its Travel & Tourism Global Agenda Council.

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Camilla Schippa
Director, Institute for Economics and Peace

Camilla leads the daily operations of the Institute for Economics and Peace (IEP). She is responsible for setting the strategy for the global think tank and aligning it with opportunities to advance IEP's global reach and impact. She oversees and coordinates activities of IEP’s offices in Sydney, New York, Brussels and Mexico City. With 20 years of professional experience in building new initiatives for development and peace, guiding public-private partnerships, leading teams and coordinating vast public outreach efforts, Camilla’s first-hand expertise is in intergovernmental organizations, philanthropic strategy and academic research.Camilla’s career includes experience working at the UN, for NGOs, in academia and in foundations. She is a published author and public speaker. A Swedish-Italian citizen, she holds an MA summa cum laude in International Political Sciences from the Universita’ degli Studi di Perugia, in Italy.


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Ceillhe and Neill Sperath
Founders & Directors, TIME Unlimited Tours

Ceillhe and Neill Sperath are Founders & Directors of TIME Unlimited Tours, winners of now three global tourism awards for indigenous and ecotourism in addition to a total of 18 awards for their outstanding tours around Auckland and New Zealand. TIME Unlimited Tours (where “TIME” stands for “To Integrate Maori Experiences”) focuses on providing the New Zealand luxury experiences for its guests. TIME Unlimited Tours is one of New Zealand’s most iconic tour operators servicing the luxury market and offers an extensive range of high-quality tours available both in Auckland and throughout New Zealand.  Both the range and quality of their tours makes them one of the most awarded tourism businesses in New Zealand.


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Shu Tan
Founder, Sapa O'Chau

Shu Tan is a Black Hmong girl from Lao Chai Village, Sapa, Vietnam. She had first hand experience as a street peddler of handicrafts when she was 13. Determined to improve the lives of her community, she helped to build the first ethnic minority owned homestay in Lao Chai village in 2009. She grew Sapa O’Chau from selling cafe tours in 2011 to the first ethnic minority owned international tour operator in Vietnam in 2013.


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Katherine Teh-White
Managing Director, Futureye

Katherine’s social licence to operate methodology and problem-solving approach has made organisations more successful in an era of quickly shifting community expectations and instantaneous communication. Her approach integrates public policy, strategy, risk communication, and foresight and change management. She has developed social licence strategy for projects ranging up to $60 billion to entire supply chain transformations across nations. With an innovative approach to sustainable development, Katherine has also facilitated projects that have resulted in communities, companies and governments signing-off on share vision and together implementing a transformation that achieved sustainable development outcomes.

Her pioneering social licence to operate methodology has improved the corporate responsibility for a broad range of industries including, food, water, energy, mining and pharmaceutical. In 2002 she founded Futureye which is Australian based but delivers projects in Asia, Europe and the Americas through our geographically diverse team. In the past six years she has also founded WikiCurve that provides a digital platform to engage with society on key policy issues and to report the progress of societal expectations.

Katherine is a board member of the Castan Centre for Human Rights at Monash University and a director of the Research Unit for Public Cultures at the University of Melbourne. She has been a director on a series of boards including: Chairman of an Academic Advisory Board for International Studies, environmental purchasing, independent private school, leadership school centre and women’s enterprise-development.

She has won a number of awards including the Golden Target award from the Public Relations Institute of Australia (1994), Telstra Business Woman of the Year private sector awardee (2001) and Victorian Women’s Honour Roll (2003). She has been listed in Who’s Who of Australian Women since 2007. She worked actively for 15 years to engage companies to sign-on to the UN Global Compact, participated in the leaders group with Kofi Annan UN Secretary General at UN Global Compact conference in New York USA (2004) and was provided an opportunity to speak to the leaders group at the 10 year anniversary. Katherine helped co-found the United Nations Global Compact Cities Programme and was appointed as a Global Advisor in 2015.


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Jalsa Urubshurow
Founder & CEO, Nomadic Expeditions

Jalsa Urubshurow, Founder and CEO of Nomadic Expeditions & the Three Camel Lodge has been dedicated to promoting sustainable tourism in Mongolia for the last 26 years. After the peaceful revolution that brought democracy to Mongolia in 1990, its first Prime Minister recruited Mr. Urubshurow to advise on expanding accessibility to Western travelers, which led to the establishment of Nomadic Expeditions. Nomadic Expeditions has replicated and shared Mr. Urubshurow’s experiences exploring the wonders of Mongolia’s cultural and natural treasures with thousands of adventurers from around the world. Mr. Urubshurow has been named the “World’s Top Travel Specialist” for Mongolia by Condé Nast Traveler for the past 6 consecutive years. In 2002, Nomadic Expeditions opened the Three Camel Lodge, the first true eco-lodge accommodation in Mongolia, a pioneer and practitioner in sustainable tourism and best practices. National Geographic Traveler named the Three Camel Lodge one of the “25 World’s Best Lodges” in 2013 and the Three Camel Lodge has recently joined an acclaimed collection of National Geographic Unique Lodges of the World. Mr. Urubshurow also served as a judge for the 2011- 2014 Tourism For Tomorrow Award of the World Travel and Tourism Council (WTTC). He is the recipient of the Order of Polar Star – the highest civilian award the government of Mongolia – and recently his company Nomadic Expeditions became one of the founding partner sponsors of the World Legacy Awards initiated by the National Geographic Society and ITB Berlin.


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