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Ian Michler
Consultant, Researcher and Lead Character
for Blood Lions

Ian has spent the last 27 years working as a safari operator, specialist guide, environmental photo-journalist and ecotourism consultant across Africa. During this period (1990–2003) he spent 13 years living in the Okavango Delta, Botswana where he was co-owner of a successful lodge.
His writing has appeared in a broad range of local and international publications, and for 15 years he was a feature writer, columnist and blogger for Africa Geographic covering all the significant conservation, wildlife management and ecotourism issues of the day. He is also the author and photographer of seven natural history and guide books on Africa, and is a past winner of the bird category in the Agfa Wildlife photographic competition (1997).
Currently, he is actively involved in a number of conservation initiatives. Blood Lions (www.bloodlions.org and https://www.facebook.com/BloodLionsOfficial/) is a feature documentary that exposes the horrors of predator breeding and canned hunting. Ian is the Consultant, Researcher and Lead Character and is part of the leadership team running the global campaign.
Ian is a member of the International League of Conservation Writers (www.ilcwriters.org) and is a Director of Eden to Addo (www.edentoaddo.co.za), a South African corridor conservation NGO, and a trustee of the Conservation Action Trust (www.conservationaction.co.za), a group of concerned naturalists that are focused on current conservation challenges.
Ian is currently enrolled as a part-time student for a MSC in Sustainable Development at the Sustainability Institute, Stellenbosch University.
Prior to his life in the wilderness, Ian spent eight years practicing as a stockbroker in Cape Town and Johannesburg. He left the world of finance in 1989. He is presently based along the Garden Route in South Africa where he is co-owner and manager of Invent Africa (www.inventafrica.com), a specialist safari company that runs trips to 15 countries across Africa.

Rhian Berning
Founder of EcoAtlas

Rhian Berning is an environmentalist and eco entrepreneur who initiated Eco Atlas, a unique online platform for South Africa which empowers both locals and tourists to make informed choices about where to eat, play and stay based on social and environmental criteria. She strongly believes we should vote with our wallets for change on a grand scale and a viable future for all and Eco Atlas provides the tool to do so. Eco Atlas was awarded runner up in the Green Economy for the Mail & Guardian Greening the Future Awards as well as merit awards in the Eco-Logic Awards for Green Economy two years running. Eco Atlas has also been longlisted for the World Responsible Tourism Awards as well as the African Responsible Tourism Awards. While Rhian studied Environmental Science at UCT with a postgrad in Education she has experience in university lecturing, teacher training, school food gardens, environmental education and environmental project management and consultancy. Her favourite pastime is to sit in her vegetable garden listening to the bees doing their work and watching the plants grow while her children play and look for gooseberries, bliss.

Amy Webster
Campaign Driver at YouthForLions

Amy drives the YouthForLions campaign initiated by Blood Lions, which is supported by Wildlands. Due to the number of exploitative activities involving the youth, the Blood Lions™ team, in association with Wildlands, the Marchig Trust and Regulus Vision, are launching a global youth-focused awareness campaign.
Amy graduated with a Master’s degree in Environmental Sciences from the University of Kwa-Zulu Natal in 2016. Thereafter, she joined the global movement against predator breeding and canned hunting.

Joshua Morgan
Founder of Xhosa Talk

Joshua is an English teacher working for the NGO Axium Education in Zithulele Village, Mqanduli, Eastern Cape. He founded Xhosa Talk in May 2017 as a start of a campaign for increased use of isiXhosa among South Africans in general. Xhosa Talk seeks to facilitate this through providing quality, memorable, free, accessible isiXhosa learning resources. This operates mainly through the website www.xhosatalk.com.

Louise de Waal
Owner of Green Girls in Africa

about Green Girls

Dr. Louise de Waal has an academic background in environmental science and 15+ years’ experience of working in various capacities in the sustainable/responsible tourism industry in Africa. For 12 years, she ran an outbound, UK-based tour operator specialising in tailor-made African responsible holiday packages, one of the first tour operators certified by Fair Trade Tourism (FTT).

Louise now continues her passion by helping tourism businesses to travel the road to sustainability by among others undertaking business sustainability scans, assisting businesses with triple bottom line development and eco-certification processes, creating custom-made responsible tourism toolkits, developing responsible tourism policies, and communicating achievements through travel writing and social media. She is also the driving force behind the #HandsOffOurWildlife campaign fighting for more ethical captive wildlife encounters within the wider tourism industry.

Omololu Olumuyiwa
Managing Editor at Travelscope Magazine

Mr. Omololu Olumuyiwa is the Managing Editor of Travelscope Magazine, the monthly publication promoting the global aviation, tourism and hospitality sector.

Mr. Omololu Olumuywa as a professional travel/tourism journalist, is a member of The Chartered Institute of Journalists, UK: a member of The Tourism Society, UK; member, World Federation of Travel Journalists and Writers (FIJET) and Member & National Secretary, Association of Nigerian Journalists & Editors of Tourism (ANJET).

Mr. Olumuyiwa is passionate about youth involvement in the tourism sector for positive transformation and never relent in his selfless efforts in encouraging the youth to key into the untapped potentials in the tourism and hospitality sector for sustainability. He is the convener of the annual Youth Tourism & Hospitality Leaders Forum and coordinator of YTHLF Ambassadors in Nigeria.

Hannelie du Toit
COO at SATSA

Hannelie du Toit joined the SATSA team in February 2015 and has played an instrumental role in developing and steering various important projects including the Open Safari Vehicle (OSV) Self-Regulation, Adventure Tourism Self-Regulation, and SME Market Access projects. She furthermore took on responsibilities to drive transformation and provide guidance to members and industry on the newly implemented transport Operating License regulations.

She has a proven track record of over 23 years’ experience in tourism, marketing and economic development and as a result, an in-depth understanding of both the industry and organisation. This, combined with having worked closely with SATSA’s membership over the past 2 years, gives Hannelie the best perspective for her current role at SATSA.

She started her tourism career in 1994 at Hungwe Tours and Safaris and spent six years at senior executive level at the Tourism Enterprise Partnership. Throughout her career Hannelie has served on various committees and boards including as a FEDHASA Board Member (2011 – 2013) and as a member of the National Tourism Planning and Coordinating Forum.

Being described as a passionate individual she is known to ‘get things done’. Before her culture, her race or her gender, Hannelie is firstly a proud South African.

Harald Kreiner
Harald Kreiner
Director of ICEF GmbH

about ICEF

Harald is the Director of Business Development at ICEF, the industry leader in connecting international educators and service providers with student recruitment agents to key markets and networks worldwide, helping them to achieve the results and efficiencies they require in growing quality international student enrolments.

Harald works closely with education and service providers from all over the world and in all sectors (university, vocation, secondary, language) to find the most cost effective and efficient way of meeting international student recruitment goals. Through a consultative approach, Harald has successfully assisted education associations and hundreds of educators to access new markets and increase student enrolments.

Before joining ICEF, Harald worked in various marketing roles at Pioneer Investments, Ireland; Swarovski, Austria and L’Oréal, Germany

Kim Whitaker
Kim Whitaker
CEO of Once Youth Hostels
Kim is an impassioned South African Youth Travel professional, SAYTC's biggest fan, ho(s)tellier and mom. She is the co-founder of Once in Cape Town and Once in Joburg - centrally located youth hubs in Cape Town and Johannesburg for the adventurous and young at heart!
Bheki Dube
Bheki Dube
Founding Director of Curiocity Hostels

about Curiocity Hostels

Dubbed as the Minister of Tourism in the Maboneng Precinct at age 25, Bheki Dube is the force behind Curiocity Hostels in Joburg and Durban.
Today Curiocity is the beating heart of the neighbourhoods it inhabits, and if you meet Bheki you will understand why. His creativity, proactive attitude and genuine passion for the African continent ensures that the Curiocity spaces are ever-evolving and are curated to meet travellers’ needs.
Rory Haschick
Sector Specialist: Investment Promotion at Eastern Cape Development Corporation (ECDC)
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Curious Megan
Curious Megan
General Manager at Curiocity Durban

about Curiocity Hostels

Megan preferred the warm tropical weather of Durban to Cape Town and continued her passion in tourism there. She is a natural-born marketer and brand-builder and loves what she does and considers it an honor to be able to do this for life.
Natasha Mlunjwa
Natasha Mlunjwa
Owner / General Manager of 33 South Backpackers
Natasha is a grounded, family oriented, out going, people loving, very self driven, risk taking and very independent young business woman. Hospitality is her passion. She loves a good bottle of wine accompanied by good food and topped up with a breathtaking view on her travels.
Noxolo Daniel
Quality Assurance and Development Manager at the Tourism Grading Council
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James Steere
James Steere
Co-Founder of I-Drop Water
James is the Co-Founder of I-Drop Water and a reformed management consultant and water technology / business expert. I-Drop Water is a for-profit mission-driven company that is aiming to revolutionize the drinking water industry. I-Drop’s objective is to get safe, affordable drinking water to everyone, everywhere without harming the environment. The company installs drinking water purification and dispensing machines at no cost, sharing ongoing sales revenue from water-entrepreneurs who sell purified water refills to their shoppers. By purifying water at the point of sale to shoppers who reuse water containers, I-Drop dramatically lowers the price of safe drinking water and reduces plastic, carbon and water waste. James has an MBA from the University of Oxford and an undergraduate degree from UCT.
Kate Thiers Steere
Kate Thiers Steere
Co-Founder and CEO of I-Drop Water
Kate is the Co-Founder and CEO of I-Drop Water and is the I-Drop’s business and operations expert. I-Drop Water is a for-profit mission-driven company that is aiming to revolutionize the drinking water industry. I-Drop’s objective is to get safe, affordable drinking water to everyone, everywhere without harming the environment. The company installs drinking water purification and dispensing machines at no cost, sharing ongoing sales revenue from water-entrepreneurs who sell purified water refills to their shoppers. By purifying water at the point of sale to shoppers who reuse water containers, I-Drop dramatically lowers the price of safe drinking water and reduces plastic, carbon and water waste. A firm believer in the power of business to deliver sustainable, social and economic benefit, Kate comes from a background in management consulting in the USA, healthcare-sector programme management in Europe and non-profit executive management in South Africa. Kate holds an MBA from the University of Oxford and an undergraduate degree from the Wharton Business School at U. Penn (USA).
Wilson Chifike

Wilson Chifike
Local Sales Representative at Nomad Adventure Tours

about Nomad Tours

Wilson is an outdoor enthusiast who absolutely loves sharing knowledge of southern & east Africa.
Ian Dommisse
Ian Dommisse
Founder of The EcoBrick Exchange (EBE)

about EcoBrick

Ian Dommisse is an architect and social entrepreneur. He received his master's degree in architecture in 2012 from Nelson Mandela Metropolian University and has gained industry experience in the built environment since then.
In 2013 he founded The EcoBrick Exchange (EBE), a social enterprise which builds structures of value using upcycled plastic waste.
In 2014 the EBE won a Social Innovation Award grant from the SAB Foundation which contributed to the pilot preschool's development.
Further support was achieved in 2015 when the EBE was recognized by the United Nations through the SEED Awards for Entrepreneurship with Sustainable Development at the symposium held in Nairobi, Kenya.
Ian was selected as one of the 2016 Redbull Amaphiko Social Entrepreneurs and is currently receiving their support towards developing the enterprise.
Gordon Turner
CA Trust Company (Pty) Ltd

about CA Trust Company

Gordon is an erudite chartered accountant who, during his successful 25-year career, has held senior positions both locally and internationally. He has been trusted to hold numerous board member and trustee positions and the position of audit committee chairman. Among his many skills, Gordon is an expert in assisting owner-managed businesses with accounting, taxation, estate planning and trust administration. Understanding the local economy is critical in advising his clients.
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