The GSTC Country Representative Program ended in December 2019.
GSTC is a global organization consisting mostly of volunteers supporting our mission and work. GSTC Country Representatives play a valuable role, serving as the “eyes and ears” and in many ways the voices of GSTC in their respective countries or regions. Country Representatives can also help you better understand and engage with the GSTC.
The following individuals are authorized representatives of the GSTC for the geographic areas indicated:
Canada: Blake Rogers
Originally from Nova Scotia on Canada’s east coast, Blake started his career in tourism working as a server, a guide and a Marine Naturalist aboard a whale tour boat. Blake traveled to South Korea in 2003 where he taught ESL for a year and explored Asia before earning a Bachelor of Education at the University of Maine in Fort Kent. In 2007, Blake moved to the Yukon Territory – the most northwestern region of Canada. While in the Yukon, Blake has taught in a rural community, worked as a communications consultant, and gained experience as a political advisor. In his free time, Blake is an avid mountain biker, hiker and skier. Blake has been the Executive Director of the Tourism Industry Association of the Yukon since March 2012. He has sat on numerous national boards and committees, including the Aboriginal Tourism Association of Canada.
Chile: Jorge Moller
Jorge Moller started with ecotourism in 1985 in the South of Chile, always aware of 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 communities 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 country 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 Católica and a strategic partner of Fedetur (installing the Sustainable Distinction “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 cofounding and development of the South American Sustainable Tourism Network (SAST Network), which came into existence after this year’s GSTC AGM and the ESTC in Bonito, Brazil. Jorge is also a GSTC Country Representative and trainer in Chile. Founder of Regenera NGO.
Dominican Republic: Felipe Beltrán
Felipe Beltrán is an enthusiastic professional with passion about travel, tourism, sports and environmental management. Originally from Mallorca, Spain, Felipe has been living in the Dominican Republic for the last 15 years. Felipe holds a degree in Law and a Master of Business Administration. Over the past 10 years, Felipe has been the President of Ecoservices Dominicana, a leading sustainable management company, and has been involved as an auditor for Green Globe and Biosphere, as well as other related standards. Felipe’s environmental commitment and social sensitivity help developing relationships in the tourism market in the Dominican Republic and in other destinations. Felipe is also a committed university teacher of sustainable tourism, willing to prepare and assist in the personal and professional development of the people who can reciprocally share the information and preparation received.
Ecuador & Colombia: Natalia Naranjo Ramos
Tourism and development expert advisor. She is currently Country Representative in Colombia for the Canadian Organization for Technical Cooperation – Canadian Executive Service Organization CESO-SACO, Country Representative in Colombia and Ecuador for the Global Sustainable Tourism Council – GSTC, and official trainer for the same organization. Natalia is a leader for the development and strengthening of COMUNITUR – the Tourist Community for Development, a network that works hand by hand with communities and initiatives to promote sustainable and responsible development. Natalia has an undergraduate degree in Finance and International Relations from the Externado de Colombia University, and a master’s degree in Environment from the Social Psychology Faculty from Barcelona University, Spain. She has worked in Colombia, Peru, Ecuador and Spain with the private and public sector, local communities, and NGOs. She has more than 10 years of experience in tourism, development, and international relations. She is a professor at Externado de Colombia University in tourism public policies and analysis of international conjuncture for the Tourism and Hospitality Business Administration Faculty. She has experience in events organization, and training with rural communities; she has also been a lecturer at various national and international conferences.
Greece: Dr. Ioannis Pappas
Dr. Ioannis Pappas, CEO of Green Evolution SA, is an experienced professional engineer, with over 25 years of work in several fields of science, focusing on sustainability and tourism, energy and environmental efficiency in infrastructure and buildings. He is also auditing and advising on standardization of companies and technological implementation of climate adaptation and mitigation methodologies. Dr. Pappas is Co-founder and a Board Member of a number of organizations (Sustainable Building Council of Greece, Hellenic Passive House Institute, Hellenic Start-Up Association) as well as Co-founder of the Hellenic Ecotourism Society. He worked with the Joint Research Center-IE of European Commission and was a Greek representative as an expert for ITL at UNFCCC. Dr. Pappas is auditing, consulting and training on all matters of interest to the tourism sector, as a Sustainable Tourism Manager by Jean Monnet European Centre of Excellence, Travelife Accredited Auditor for Green Tourism, Green Globe Accredited Auditor for Green Tourism, Auditor of the Greek Government on new Legislation for Stars Evaluation of Hotels and Villas, Certified Energy Auditor in the Hellenic Republic, Accredited Trainer of Passive House Standard and Accredited Verifier of Airports GHG. 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, European Energy Manager – EUREM and as a Trained Consultant of ISO 50001 Systems to mention the most important ones.
India: CB (Ram) Ramkumar
CB Ramkumar has been an active GSTC member, serving formerly on the GSTC Election Committee and was influential in the adoption in 2014 by the government of India of national sustainable tourism standards which drew heavily from the GSTC Criteria. Ram is an author, speaker, trainer, consultant, an entrepreneur and an expert in applied sustainability. He developed a model for sustainable living when he built the first 100% eco resort – Our Native Village in Bangalore, India. Over the last decade, he has extended his expertise to sustainable living – sustainable food, sustainable health, sustainable service, marketing & branding. Ram had been an advertising and marketing professional for two decades. His long career in the advertising & marketing took him to global companies like Saatchi & Saatchi, Ogilvy & Mather, Publicis and Standard Chartered Bank.As the GSTC Country Representative for India, Ram also serves as a liaison for other South Asian countries.
Ireland: Mary Mulvey
Ecotourism Ireland CEO Mary Mulvey has considerable senior management experience including the English Tourist Board, Bord Fáilte, Heritage Towns of Ireland and Irish Peatland Conservation Council. Mary is passionate about raising the profile of ecotourism at national and international levels with relevant government agencies, tourism bodies and stakeholders to ensure that ecotourism is on Ireland’s tourism agenda and ensuring a credible policy is developed and promoted. She is a tireless advocate on sustainability and finding a clear way to educate all on the subject and plan future tourism on these principles.The Greenbox Project was Ireland’s first Ecotourism Destination and was recognised by Tourism for Tomorrow Awards, Virgin Responsible Travel Awards, and Green Apple awards. The Ecotourism Ireland Label was globally recognised by Global Sustainable Tourism Council in 2012. In 2010 Mary was Commended in The Shine awards for Female Talent for her outstanding commitment to sustainability in Tourism. She has spoken at many international conferences. Mary currently serves in a voluntary capacity on Board of The Glens Theatre, Manorhamilton Co Leitrim, Forestry Stewardship Council and Treasurer of Leave No Trace Ireland.
Mexico: Beatriz Barreal Danel
Beatriz Barreal Danel is currently the CEO – founder of Sustainable Riviera Maya. Since 2009 Beatriz has dedicated her time to the success of Sustainable Riviera Maya. She dedicated efforts for making Sustainable Tourism the primary engine for development, wealth and the engine of peace; preserving at the same time, natural treasures, local culture and society, as providing a linking platform that encourages seminars, congresses, encounters, processes, training and certifications, in sustainable strategies, solutions and actions in the Riviera Maya, aligned to international standards and knowledge. She is also responsible for developing marketing strategies, branding, and communication in the corporate field. From 1989 to 2013 Beatriz was the founder of Beatriz Barreal Consultancy and from 1993-2000 the Founder and CEO of Neographika Inc. Additionally, from 1995-2009 Beatriz supported locally based NGO’s in the State of Quintana Roo. She dedicated her time to support environmental conservation, empowering women and indigenous groups, and addressing issues concerning teenagers in risk categories, due to domestic conditions and health. For 11 years Beatriz was a Board Member for the AMIGOS DE SIAN KA’AN Assoc. During that time she developed corporate image, created a corporate communication strategy, and ran fundraising and communication campaigns.
Philippines: Susan Santos Cardenas
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 a focus on organic farm tourism, environmental conservation, climate change mitigation, disaster preparedness, management, and recovery.
South Korea: Dr. Mihee Kang
Dr. Mihee Kang is the President of 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. She was 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. She serves a number of key positions in both domestic and international organizations such as Korean UNESCO MAB Committee, Korean Geopark Committee, Global Sustainable Tourism Council, and Asian Ecotourism Network. She has actively participated in numerous ecotourism projects in Korea and abroad such as Australia, China, Indonesia, Vietnam, Paraguay, etc. She has also published many articles and books including the recent book about ecotourism in ASEAN Countries.
Spain: Susana Conde
Susana Conde is Founder and Director of Agrotravel Turismo Responsable, Spanish Travel Agency, Consultancy and Training on Tourism Sustainability. Expert Consultant and Trainer for Sustainable and Responsible Tourist Management and Green Marketing, CSR in the Tourism Sector and Carbon Footprint in Tourism during last five years. Susana is Partner and Responsible for European Market of the Cultural Tourism and Ecotourism Mexican Operator, Totonal Viajes Que Iluminan. She is an International speaker at, and organiser of, Sustainable Tourism events and forums. Specialised teaching of Tourism on the Elearning platform LeafMedia Alliance. She regularly works with the media, writing columns for some ecological and tourist publications, in addition to one-off projects with other national and international media. She was Founding partner of the several associations: Bidaietico, Association for the Promotion of Responsible Tourism Interpretur, Iber-American Forum for the Interpretation and Communication of Cultural Heritage in Tourism Arduratur, Basque Centre for Responsible Tourism.
Sweden: Jeppe Klockareson
Jeppe Klockareson is passionate about travel, nature and sustainability issues and has worked in tourism since 2004, focusing on ecotourism and responsible tourism. He’s held previous positions at Basecamp Explorer Sweden and STA Travel Nordic, as Managing Director and Product Manager and is the owner and founder of Fair Travel. Fair Travel is committed to sustainable tourism and travel principles, offering advisory and consultancy, sales & marketing support, lectures, keynote speaking and project work.He’s been instrumental in developing specialized sustainable tourism training programs for travel trade professionals in cooperation with higher vocational educations in Sweden. He’s a returning teacher and speaker both in Sweden and beyond, on training workshops and capacity building for sustainable tourism development.
Jeppe is a current board member of the Swedish Ecotourism Society, and he’s held positions at the Steering Committees of various tourism educations. Jeppe is also the organizer of several sustainable tourism development events and forums in the past.”
Peru: Carlos Alberto Arrarte (1954-2017)
Economist graduated from the University of Pennsylvania, PAD in Business Administration from the University of Piura, Director for Latin America of the Hertz Corporation Miami – Florida, Manager of RRT – Miami. International speaker, tourism sector. ISO 9001 Quality Manager for the tourism sector. Carlos Alberto had vast experience in the services and commercial sector. He had obtained important success in designing and implementing products in the sector, aimed at increasing the company’s profitability and making human development the basis of his organizations.On Friday, 13 Oct 2017, Carlos Alberto died in a traffic accident in The Sacred Valley of the Incas. He was on his way to a meeting of authorities and representatives of different public and private institutions to carry out the “Wallata Plan”, a Tourism Development Plan for Ollantaytambo, during 2016-2021, to ensure the sustainability of Ollantaytambo as a “Living Inca Town” destination.
GSTC does not seek a representative in all countries. Rather, we welcome support in the home country of persons who already know GSTC very well by virtue of long-time membership and engagement and who are willing to play this support role without financial compensation. As such, we do not accept unsolicited applications.