Caitlin Graaf (she/her/hers) is a South African-American sustainable tourism researcher and consultant focused in issues of power and inequality in Africa's protected areas.
Presently, she holds positions as Board Vice President at the Impact Travel Alliance, Strategy & Engagement Manager at Imagine Scholar, Subject Matter Expert and Instructor in Community Development and Social Economic Development at GVI, and Postgraduate Research Fellow at the African Wildlife Economy Institute at Stellenbosch University. She earned her BA in Environmental Management at the University of South Africa, MA in Tourism, Environment & Development at King's College London, and Certificate in Sustainable Business Strategy from Harvard Business School.
Caitlin joins RISE Travel Institute with a keen interest in education for sustainability and a passion for equipping young leaders with the tools they need to shape the future of tourism.
Kelley (she/her/hers) is a travel entrepreneur passionate about storytelling and sustainability, and she is the founder of Impact Travel Alliance, the world’s largest community for socially and eco-conscious travelers. She also runs Elsewhere Agency, a boutique creative agency for travel companies.
Kelley has built her career through carefully selected opportunities in the United States and abroad, including leadership roles in marketing, entrepreneurial endeavors and social impact projects. A content creator herself, Kelley is an avid photographer and writer. Kelley is a passionate connector, and has an innate ability to build loyal and diverse communities.
She has held several keynote speaking positions, and presented at the United Nations, MMGY’s Vail Summit and Women’s Travel Fest. Kelley has been interviewed by press including the New York Times, Fast Company, National Geographic Travel, Forbes and Mashable. She is the recipient of an award as an Outstanding Woman in Hospitality from Women in Travel & Tourism International (witti) as well as a Bessie Award for excellence in Social Impact from the Women in Travel Summit (WITS). Kelley has also been noted as one of the Top 100 Female Founders by Travel Massive.
Kelley has a bachelor's degree in Media & Culture from The New School. She is based in Brooklyn, New York.
Alissa Murray (they/them/theirs/she) is a writer, scientist, and activist. They serve as the Director, Program Operations at The Sustainability Laboratory, a nonprofit organization dedicated to tackling the urgent sustainability challenges facing the planet. Additionally, they are the founder, content creator, editor, and designer of a sustainable travel website, In Locamotion, which promotes social justice and sustainability while encouraging mutually beneficial travel experiences for the traveler, host community, and planet. Their interests include language learning, dancing, and, of course, traveling whenever possible.
Steve Hesse (he/him/his) is an educator and writer living in Tokyo. He graduated from Vermont Law School, where he received a JD and an LL.M, and is now a professor in the Law Faculty of Chuo University, Tokyo, as well as Associate Director of the Chuo University International Center. His column, Our Planet Earth, appeared monthly in The Japan Times for 25 years, until 2015, and his research interests include global environmental governance, biological diversity conservation, ESG & CSR, Sustainable Travel, Fair Trade, and the internationalization of higher education.
Eliza Raymond (she/her/hers) is the co-founder and director of operations for GOOD Travel, a New Zealand-based social enterprise working globally to transform the tourism industry into a force for GOOD. Through trips, research and advocacy, GOOD Travel inspires and empowers travellers to have a positive impact on the places they visit.
With a Master of Tourism from the University of Otago in New Zealand, Eliza continues to be actively involved with tourism research and her work has been published in leading academic journals including the Journal of Sustainable Tourism. Eliza also teaches entrepreneurship, innovation and social change at the University for Peace established by the General Assembly of the United Nations.
Genevieve Huneault (she/her/hers) is the Principal Consultant and Founder of Social Root Consulting, an award winning consulting collective that advises on ethical and sustainable development practices in BC, Canada. She also works with the Indigenous Tourism Association of Canada within the development department, Genevieve's work seeks to adapt the United Nations 17 Sustainable Development Goals towards regenerative approaches for systemic change across Canada and globally.
Genevieve’s career is grounded in participatory-based community development, with an expertise in natural resource management, gender analysis, and regenerative tourism development. She has travelled to over 23 countries for both pleasure and work, which has provided her the opportunity to completing projects that focus on:
-Wildlife protection & economic growth in Western Africa
-gender analysis for outdoor recreation activities in rural northern BC
-tourism development training on Central Vancouver Island
-Regional and localized food security management on Vancouver Island
Genevieve's aptitude for leadership is demonstrated by her call to action to share knowledge with others, and build a community of courageous leaders. She is a seasoned guest speaker and conference presenter, and has had the pleasure of presenting to over 100 conferences and tourism events in the last decade. When Genevieve is not immersed in regenerative tourism development, you can find her traveling and experiencing community culture around the world and spending time with her husband and dog exploring the forests of Vancouver Island.
Justine Abigail Yu
Justine Abigail Yu (she/her/hers) is a communications and marketing strategist who has worked with organizations operating in North America, Central America, East Africa, and Southeast Asia. Her expertise lies in growing enterprises from the ground up through strategic digital marketing, compelling storytelling, and genuine community engagement all through an anti-oppression lens.
Justine currently serves as Wanderful's Communications Director. She is also the Founder and Editor-in-Chief of Living Hyphen, an emerging magazine that explores the experiences of hyphenated Canadians – that is, individuals who call Canada home but who have roots in often faraway places.
She and the publication have been featured on international, national, and local media outlets including NextShark, CTV National News, CBC Metro Morning, CBC Ontario Morning, and CityTV’s Breakfast Television, among other news outlets.
Justine Abigail is a fierce advocate for diversity, equity, and inclusion – and ultimately, anti-oppression. Her mission is to stir the conscience and spur social change.