GSTC Trainers

GSTC works with sustainable tourism training experts from around the world who serve as official GSTC Trainers of the GSTC Sustainable Tourism Training Program. With our global team of trainers, the GSTC delivers Sustainable Tourism Training classes in several languages in addition to English.

 


Lewis Cheung

GSTC Trainer Lewis CheungCountry: Hong Kong Hong Kong
Languages: Chinese, English
Regions of Operation: East Asia

Dr. Lewis T.O. Cheung is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Social Sciences of the Education University of Hong Kong. He has received his Master in Geographical Information Systems and Doctor of Philosophy from the University of Hong Kong in 2004 and 2010 respectively. His research interests focus on sustainable tourism with particular emphasis on nature-based tourism in protected areas, environmental education, and environmental conservation.

His research papers have been widely published in the top tier international peer-reviewed journals such as Journal of Sustainable Tourism, Professional Geographer, Tourism Geographies, and Environmental Education Research. Lewis has been appointed to be a member of the ecotourism expert group of the Development Bureau, HKSAR to provide advices on sustainable tourism development in the Wolong National Nature Reserve. He has invited by the Development Bureau to prepare the developmental guideline and develop accreditation and certification systems for the sustainable tourism development.

 


Steven Cheung

GSTC Trainer Steven Fui CHEUNGCountry: Hong Kong Hong Kong
Languages: Chinese, English
Regions of Operation: East Asia

Mr. Fui (Steven) Cheung is the Founder of The Globe Ecotourism Training Centre and the Chief Development Consultant of HKTraveler.com Ltd with its subsidiaries of Hong Kong Ecotravel Ltd and Hong Kong Ecotourism & Travels Professional Training Centre. Steven has been focusing on building a strong corporate infrastructure, with sustainable tourism development as the core mission and corporate values, working with his international team of more than 100 professionals.

Steven completed his Master's Degree in education in 2003 from University of Wollongong, Australia, and became a certified trainer for Interpretive Guide by National Association for Interpretation (CIT, NAI) in 2016.

 


Dr. D'Arcy Dornan

GSTC Trainer DArcy DornanCountry: Brazil br
Languages: Portuguese, French, English
Regions of Operation: South America

Dr. D'Arcy Dornan is is the director of Tourism, Hospitality & Education Solutions. D'Arcy is the Brazil Country Representative for the GSTC, and serves as a Trainer for the GSTC Sustainable Tourism Training Program. D'Arcy completed his Ph.D. at the University of California, Davis, where he specialized in sustainable tourism development. He has taught, published and presented in tourism and hospitality and has been undergraduate/graduate program director at institutions in the U.S. and France.

He has worked in the industry and has experience conducting consultancy projects with NGOs, destinations and others in the industry (hotels, trade associations, tour operators, travel agents, etc). He is currently based in Brazil.

 


Dr. Mihee Kang

GSTC Trainer Mihee KangCountry: South Korea kr
Languages: Korean, English
Regions of Operation: East Asia, Southeast Asia

Dr. Mihee Kang is a research professor at Seoul National University, researching topics related to protected areas management and sustainable tourism. She received her Ph.D. degree at Seoul National University in 1999 and actively participated in numerous ecotourism and protected area projects in Korea and abroad such as Australia, Paraguay, China, Indonesia, Vietnam, etc. She has published many articles and books including the first ecotourism book in Korea and the recent one about ecotourism in ASEAN Countries.

She serves a number of key positions in both domestic and international organizations such as Ecotourism Korea, Korean Ecotourism Consulting Committee, Korean Geoparks Committee, Korean UNESCO MAB Committee, and Asian Ecotourism Network. Recently she co-founded Playforest, a cooperative of sustainable travel businesses designed to benefit local communities and local activists dedicated to the conservation of their forests and to provide genuine community-based natural tourism experiences to the visitors.

 


Antje Martins

GSTC Trainer Antje MartinsCountry: Australia Australia
Languages: English, German
Regions of Operation: Asia Pacific, Europe

Antje is currently the Customer Service & Training Manager for EarthCheck – the world's leading scientific benchmarking, certification and advisory group for travel and tourism. In this role, she manages the delivery of the EarthCheck suite of sustainability management products as well as EarthCheck training programs to more than 1,300 businesses across 70 countries. Her wealth of experience spans back 14 years across Germany, France and now Australia and has included work with major luxury hotel chains, airlines, food and beverage providers and market research companies.

Training development and delivery, speaking engagements and workshop facilitation has always been an integral part of her journey, including on-the-job training of new staff, facilitating climate change workshops, speaking at industry conventions and now managing the EarthCheck Training Academy. Antje is driven by her passion to reduce the impact of the tourism industry on its social, cultural and ecological environment through teaching how to achieve sustainable tourism outcomes for a more resilient and sustainable global visitor economy. She currently holds a Master's Degree in Sustainable Tourism Management, a Bachelor's Degree in Business Administration and has recently become a Certified Asia Pacific Visitor Economy Expert through PATA.

 


Julian Matthews

GSTC Trainer Julian MatthewsCountry: United Kingdom United KingdomGreat Britain
Language: English
Regions of Operation: UK, India

Julian Matthews founded TOFTigers in 2004 in response to plummeting tiger numbers across Asia. He remains the main driver of the organisation. Julian believes that wildlife tourism is a critical force in saving wildlife, gaining community support and ensuring wilderness conservation and is passionate about advocating and helping to develop a more responsible and sustainable approach to ensuring it's used for wildlife and habitat preservation across the Indian subcontinent and other tiger bearing landscapes. In 2012 he launched a web-based tiger watch project, called Tiger Nation.

Alongside many Indian colleagues and tiger experts he put together the 'Facebook for Tigers' – allow users to follow the daily dramas of tigers in the wild - as a direct way of keeping them safe in their forest home and as a global educational medium on the daily lives of specific tigers. Julian has been interviewed for radio and TV around the world, writes numerous articles, as well as lectures on nature and wildlife conservation both in the UK, in India and around the globe.

 


Jorge Moller

GSTC Trainer Jorge MollerCountry: Chile cl
Languages: Spanish, English
Regions of Operation: South America

Jorge Moller started with ecotourism in 1985 in the South of Chile, always aware o bringing an environmental education perspective into a tourism experience. Moller is the owner of Darwin's Trails Chile, a joint English-Chilean inbound Tour Operator with 20 years of experience providing authentic local experiences and local people contact for clients visiting Chile and Patagonia. Jorge works as a consultant with indigenous communitieis such as the Mapuches, Likan Antai and Rapa-Nui to provide them tools for sustainable development.

As an active member of the Board of the Chilean Tourism Bureau, Moller promotes the ountry of Chile in a sustainable way so as to include all type of experiences around the multiple Chilean territories. Jorge is also a teacher at the Universidad Catolica and a strategic partner of Fedetur (installing the Sustainable Distiction :S: in Hotels and Tour Operators coming up...). In 2013, Moller participated in the GSTC Early Adopter Program in Chile and had the privilege to represent Chile's Lake Region at the GSTC AGM in Bonito, Brazil. Jorge was instrumental in the cofoundin and development of the South American Sustainable Tourism Network (SAST Network), which came into existence after the GSTC AGM and the ESTC in Bonito, Brazil. Jorge is also a trainer in Chile.

 


Natalia Naranjo

GSTC Trainer Natalia NaranjoCountry: Colombia ec
Languages: Spanish, English
Regions of Operation: South America

Natalia Naranjo is an expert advisor for tourism and development. She is currently Country Representative in Colombia for the Canadian Executive Service Overseas CESO-SACO, a Canadian organization for technical cooperation; Country Representative in Ecuador and Colombia for the Global Sustainable Tourism Council - GSTC and official trainer for the same organization. She is a leader strengthening COMUNITUR – the Tourism Community for Development, working hand by hand with communities and international networks.

She is an expert in sustainable tourism and community-based tourism and is representing the Guardagolfo Organization in the Urabá-Darién in the National Committee for Tourism and Peace in Colombia and internationally. Natalia has an undergraduate degree in finances and international relations from the Universidad Externado de Colombia, and a master's degree in environment from the Social Psychology Faculty at the Universidad de Barcelona, Spain. She has worked in Colombia, Perú, Ecuador and Spain with private and public sector, local communities and NGOs. Natalia has more than 10 years of experience in tourism, development and international relations. She is a lecturer at the Universidad Externado de Colombia in tourism public policies and international analysis.

 


Steve Noakes

GSTC Trainer Steve NoakesCountry: Australia Australia
Language: English
Regions of Operation: Asia Pacific, Scandinavia

Steve Noakes has been a leading advocate for sustainable tourism practices across the Asia Pacific region for more than 30 years. He is founder of Pacific Asia Tourism Pty Ltd, an international project management company focused on tourism’s capacity to contribute to the Sustainable Development Goals and the Global Code of Ethics for Tourism. He is also Director/part-owner of Ecolodges Indonesia, operating ecolodges with a wildlife & biodiversity conservation focus across Indonesia and Chair of Accessible Myanmar.

In 2008, Steve was honored with the inaugural Eco-tourism Australia Medal, recognizing his (then) 30 years of active engagement in the Australian and international tourism industry. He was an active contributor to the development of the Global Sustainable Tourism Council, serving on the GSTC Board, the Education & Training Working Group, the Election Committee and the GSCT Trainers Selection Committee. He has also been an active participant on the UNWTO Panel of Tourism Experts and the World Committee on Tourism Ethics, contributing to a number of UNWTO projects in Asia and East Africa. Steve has also worked as a sustainable tourism consultant to numerous international development agencies and a number of governments in the Pacific Asia region. He is an Adjunct Professor in Sustainable at Griffith University, Australia, a Visiting Professor in Business Economics at UiT The Arctic University of Norway and Visiting Professor in Sustainable Tourism & Indigenous Cultures at Bond University, Australia.

 


Dr. Ioannis Pappas

GSTC Trainer Ioannis PappasCountry: Greece gr
Language: Greek, English
Regions of Operation: Europe

Dr. Ioannis Pappas is the Greece Country Representative for the GSTC, and serves as a Trainer for the GSTC Sustainable Tourism Training Program. In addition, he is Approved Auditor for Hotels and Accommodations for Travelife, and Certified Auditor for Green Globe. He is an experienced professional engineer, with over 25 years of work focusing on sustainable tourism, energy and environmental efficiency, auditing or advising in standardization of companies and technological implementation of climate adaptation and mitigation methodologies.

He is active in auditing, consulting and training on all matters of interest to the tourism sector, as Sustainable Tourism Manager by Jean Monnet European Centre of Excellence and PM4SD, Auditor for Stars Evaluation of Hotels and Vilas in Greece, Accredited Trainer of Passive House Standard, Accredited Verifier of Airports GHG and European Energy Manager. He also has extensive experience on Project Management as Coordinator and/or Manager in more than 20 National & EU Research Projects, as Certified Auditor of ISO 9001 and 14001 Systems, and as Trained Consultant of ISO 50001 Systems. Dr. Pappas is a Co-Founder and CEO of GREEN EVOLUTION, a unique Advising Company in Environment, Energy & Carbon Finance in Greece, and has been an active participant member of various international working groups (UNFCCC, CITL, ITL, CEN, TAIEX). He has a Diploma in Mechanical and Aeronautical Engineering, a PhD in Mechanical Engineering and a Post-Doc in Applied Mechanics in Energy Applications.

 


Kathleen Pessolano

GSTC Trainer Kathleen PessolanoCountry: USA United States of America
Language: English
Regions of Operation: North America, Latin America

Kathleen Pessolano is Director of Destinations Program and Associate Technical Director for the GSTC. Kathleen is an attorney and international practitioner at the intersection of tourism and sustainable development. She assists destinations with planning, policy, and management systems to develop tourism while protecting the natural and cultural resources. Kathleen especially enjoys working directly with communities to build capacity, devise strategies to broaden community benefits from tourism, and launch public-private governance structures for sustainable destination management.

Kathleen is particularly passionate about coastal tourism issues and small island development. In the last decade, she has worked for the GSTC, The Heritas Group, Cultural Heritage Partners PLLC, Sustainable Travel International, and served as an attorney for the U.S. Federal Trade Commission and the law firm O'Melveny & Myers LLP. Before law school, Kathleen helped the Center for International Private Enterprise advance private sector development in Latin America & the Caribbean.

 


CB Ramkumar

GSTC Trainer CB RamkumarCountry: India in
Language: English
Regions of Operation: South Asia

CB Ramkumar (Ram) is an author, speaker, trainer, consultant and an entrepreneur. He is passionate about sustainability and has over the years acquired application knowledge in sustainable living concepts. He developed a model for sustainable living when he built and founded Our Native Village, an eco resort just outside Bangalore, in South India. Over the last decade, he has extended his expertise to sustainable living – including topics such as sustainable food, sustainable health, sustainable marketing and branding.

Ram is also a trained Climate Leader after undergoing a training programme by the Former US Vice President and Nobel laureate, Mr. Al Gore. In addition to being a regular guest faculty in colleges across India, Ram is a guest faculty for the Indian Forest Officers training programme for eco tourism for the Jungle Lodges & Resorts in Karnataka and the International Centre for Environmental Audit & Sustainable Development in Jaipur.

 


Susan Santos de Cárdenas

GSTC Trainer Susan Santos de CardenasCountry: Philippines ph
Languages: English, Tagalog
Regions of Operation: Southeast Asia

Susan Santos Cárdenas specializes on sustainable tourism development and stewardship initiatives with Community Social Responsibility (CSR) at grassroots application. A savvy tourism professional and hotelier with more than 20 years’ experience managing sales, marketing, operations, events - M.I.C.E. and human resources development for start-ups and luxury hotel resorts, tour operators, travel agencies, lifestyle events and publications, in the Philippines, Singapore, Peru and Japan.

She had been a keynote speaker & resource person in capacity building and training workshops for sustainable tourism development to include Ecotourism, Community-based & Agri-tourism promotion. She was a consultant and adviser for Local Government Units (LGUs) in the Philippines for grassroots communities with focus on organic farm tourism, environmental conservation, climate change mitigation, disaster preparedness, management and recovery. She is CEO and President of Society for Sustainable Tourism & Development Inc. (SSTDI) and founding board member of the Asian Ecotourism Network.

 


Dr. Anna Spenceley

GSTC Trainer Anna SpenceleyCountry: Seychelles Seyshelles
Language: English
Regions of Operation: Southern Africa, Eastern Africa, Europe

Dr. Anna Spenceley is an independent consultant based in South Africa. She works on sustainable tourism issues for a wide range of international agencies, including the World Bank group, the International Trade Centre, UNWTO, UNEP, UNDP and SNV. Anna’s work includes participatory policy and master plan development, triple bottom line assessments (economic, social, and environmental), tourism certification and indicators, market research, value chain analyses and also training.

Anna is Chair of the IUCN World Commission on Protected Areas (WCPA) Tourism and Protected Areas Specialist Group (TAPAS Group), and leads capacity building for the Southern African Development Community's (SADC) Sustainable Tourism Forum. Anna is on the editorial boards of the International Journal for Sustainable Tourism and Koedoe. Her book publications include "Tourism and Poverty Reduction", "Responsible Tourism: Critical issues for Conservation and Development" and "Evolution and Innovation in Wildlife Conservation. Anna was a founding board member of the GSTC, and currently sits on the GSTC Destination Working Group and acts as GSTC trainer.

 


Derek Tse

GSTC Trainer Derek YueTak TseCountry: Hong Kong Hong Kong
Languages: Chinese, English
Regions of Operation: East Asia

Mr. YueTak (Derek) Tse is the General Manager of HKTraveler.com Ltd., Hong Kong with its subsidiaries of Eco Travel Ltd and Hong Kong Ecotourism & Travels Professional Training Centre. With over 10 year’s experiences in the field of education and sustainable tourism industry, he specializes in developing sustainable tourism business model, plan and strategy. To contribute to the tourism industry, he is currently the Training Committee Member of Hong Kong Tourism Council and the Recommend Geopark Guide (R2G) of Hong Kong UNESCO Global Geopark.

He actively promotes the sense of sustainability, has been the keynote speakers and trainers in the field of sustainable tourism, ecotourism, geotourism and cultural tourism for government authorities and education institutes in Hong Kong, Macau, Taiwan and Mainland China. He holds a Master’s degree of Arts in Cultural and Heritage Tourism; and Postgraduate Diploma in Education, Bachelor’s degree of Arts in Geography from The University of Hong Kong.

 


Dr. Alan Wong

GSTC Trainer Alan WongCountry: Hong Kong Hong Kong
Languages: Chinese, English
Regions of Operation: East Asia

Dr. Alan Wong received his PhD from the School of Hotel and Tourism Management (SHTM), The Hong Kong Polytechnic University in 2008. He is currently teaching there for undergraduate and postgraduate courses. His main research interest is in leadership in the hospitality and tourism industry with the cross-cultural perspective. He also interested in researching tour guiding and ecotour guiding.

He is an Honor Advisor of Hong Kong Association of Registered Tour Co-ordinators (HARCOT) and he runs different workshops for tour guides in Hong Kong and the Pearl River Delta region. He is also an Honor Advisor for The Tai Po Environmental Association and Fung Yuen Butterfly Reserve, Hong Kong; a board member of Asian Ecotourism Network(AEN). Lately, he initiated a Service Learning subject in the university, entitled "Ecotourism in rural and developing regions" which provided an excellent opportunity to educate young people on the ecotourism principles as well as helping different local communities. In 2002, Dr. Wong received the first Teaching Excellence Award from SHTM in recognition of his superior classroom teaching and significant contribution to the enhancement of teaching and learning. Alan is committed to contribute in promoting ecotourism through education and training to young people and different stakeholders in the ecotourism context.

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