Costas Christ is the Global Travel Editor and Columnist for National Geographic Adventure magazine and serves as the Chairman of Judges for the National Geographic's - World Legacy Awards, which honor the companies, organizations, and destinations driving the positive transformation of the tourism industry, showcasing leaders and visionaries in sustainable tourism best practices, and sharing their stories with millions of today's travelers. He is a noted international expert on sustainable tourism and his work and travels have taken him to more than 100 countries.
Céline Cousteau has travelled the world working to help communicate the stories that connect humans and the environment. Founder and president of CauseCentric Productions, a non-profit organization amplifying the voices of grassroots organizations and individuals around the world, Céline is a passionate spokesperson for sustainability.
In 2015, Céline was named TreadRight Ambassador, helping to tell the stories of the many sustainability partners TreadRight helps to support around the world.
Brett Tollman is President and Chief Executive of The Travel Corporation (TTC), family-owned company that has been in business for four generations over nine decades. Brett has more than 30 years’ experience in the travel industry.
A businessman who believes in “giving back”, Brett is proactive in helping those in need. Brett donates his time towards helping others through the Young Presidents Organisation, and the value of volunteerism impacts his employees with every TTC staff member receiving two additional days paid leave to enable them to volunteer for either an organisation TTC already supports, or another agency of their choice. A Vice Chairman of the World Travel & Tourism Council, Brett is responsible for TreadRight's support of the Tourism for Tomorrow Awards. Brett co-founded the Travel Corporation Conservation Foundation, now known as TreadRight, in 2008.
David Hosking is an experienced businessman who has built for himself an impressive career over the past 35 years in the global travel industry. Born in New Zealand in July 1953, Hosking later moved to Europe in 1976 and joined the globally well-known youth travel brand, Contiki.
David is an integral part of the global managerial structure of TTC. With over 30 years of experience in the travel industry, David Hosking expanded his managerial reach to sustainable tourism and became a founding director of the Treadright Foundation. David is actively involved on the Steering Committee to advance the interests of Treadright to the Group’s sustainable tourism.
Shannon Guihan has been involved in tourism development for more than 15 years. As the former Executive Director of The Icarus Foundation, she worked with the Canadian based not for profit to promote a tourism industry that balances ecosystems and prosperity. Shannon holds a masters degree in Tourism & Environmental Management, and has developed sustainable tourism strategies and initiatives for some of the world's leading tour operators. As Program Director for the TreadRight Foundation, Shannon sits on the World Travel and Tourism Working Group for Sustainable Tourism, as well as the Hotel Carbon Management Working Group, a joint initiative between the WTTC and the International Tourism Partnership.
A trusted and respected global strategic advisor and five-time author in Travel, Tourism & Development, Anita Mendiratta is the Founder and Managing Director of CACHET CONSULTING, an international firm working closely with leaders in government, private sector business, international organisations and the media.
Originally from Canada, though having been based in South Africa for over two decades, Anita possesses unprecedented professional working and living experience across almost all continents. This direct global experience, innate ability to feel the ‘heartbeat’ of societies, and acute understanding of the economic, social, political and environmental dynamics impacting and inspiring nations facing change, have turned Anita into one of the most sought after international speakers and advisors on the subject of national growth, development, and often recovery, through Tourism.
Alongside her business leadership, Anita is also honoured to be:
- Special Advisor to the Secretary General of the UNWTO,
- Strategic partner to the WORLD BANK GROUP
- Lead consultant of CNN International’s T.A.S.K. GROUP