The Rise of ESG and its Impact on Travel & Tourism

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About The Speakers

Julia Simpson - WTTC

Julia Simpson - President & CEO, WTTC

CEO and President of the World Travel and Tourism Council. She spent 14 years in the aviation sector on the Board of British Airways and Iberia and as Chief of Staff at International Airlines Group. Before joining British Airways, Julia was senior adviser to the UK Prime Minister. She held a number of key positions in the UK government and public sector, including Director at the Home Office and Department for Education and Employment; Assistant Chief Executive at the London Borough of Camden; and head of communications at the Communication Workers Union. Julia is on the Board of the London Chamber of Commerce.

Kelly Curtin - New York City Tourism + Convention

Kelly Curtin - Executive Vice President Membership & Destination Services, New York City Tourism + Conventions

Arnie Weissmann - Travel Weekly-1

Arnie Weissmann - Editor in Chief & EVP, Travel Weekly and Executive Vice President / Editorial Director for Northstar Travel Group

Award-winning journalist Arnie Weissmann has worked in virtually every aspect of travel media for the past 30 years. He created the industry's first destination information service (Weissmann Travel Reports), authored a best-selling textbook and served as publisher of critical hotel and destination guides for the travel industry in the U.S. and U.K. He was named editor in chief of Travel Weekly–USA in 2001, and also serves as executive vice president/editorial director for Travel Weekly’s parent company, Northstar Travel Media, the largest business-to-business travel media company in the world, serving audiences in the Americas, Asia and Europe.

Aditi Mohapatra - Expedia Group

Aditi Mohapatra - Vice President, Global Social Impact & Sustainability, Expedia Group

Aditi Mohapatra directs Expedia Group’s strategy across social and environmental sustainability and oversees efforts to maximize impact while delivering business value. In her role, she designed and launched Expedia Group’s Open World™ social impact and sustainability strategy and priority areas of focus across economic advancement, inclusive travel, and sustainability. Aditi is also one of the executive sponsors for the company's first-ever Accelerator program, designed to advance innovation in the travel industry by supporting startups and small and medium sized businesses (SMBs) to fast track their growth and innovate on Expedia Group’s purpose-built technology platform.

Prior to joining Expedia Group, Aditi spent nearly a decade with Business for Social Responsibility (BSR), where she served as Managing Director and worked with a wide range of global corporations to improve and advance their sustainability strategies. In this role, she also led BSR’s North American technology practice and across industries in the areas in diversity, equity, inclusion and human rights. Prior to that, she spent eight years with Calvert Investment Management, a leading sustainable and responsible investment firm. There, she led strategic planning for Calvert’s executive committee, and held various roles within the organization.

Lucas Bobes - Amadeus Group

Lucas Bobes - Environmental Officer and Head of ESG Reporting, Amadeus Group

Lucas is Amadeus´ Group Environmental Officer and Head of ESG Reporting. Since 2009, he has shaped Amadeus Group environmental policy and performance worldwide, promoted IT solutions that improve environmental performance and built partnerships with industry stakeholders to address common environmental challenges.

Before joining Amadeus, Lucas worked for American Express and for Dun & Bradstreet, where he led the development and implementation of credit scoring models.

A Spanish national, his education includes a Master of Science on environmental engineering from Stockholm’s Royal Institute of Technology and an economics degree from the Complutense University of Madrid. He has contributed to publications related to resolving disputes and facilitating multilateral cooperation in climate change negotiations.

Dan Darcy - Oliver Wyman

Dan Darcy - Principal in Transportation and Services Practice, Oliver Wyman

Dan Darcy is a Principal in Oliver Wyman’s Transportation and Services practice group. He is an expert in guiding organizations through critical transformations, particularly related to sustainability, digital customer engagement, and operational excellence.

Dan is the Climate and Sustainability lead for Oliver Wyman’s Transportation and Services Americas team. His team is currently developing a report with the World Travel and Tourism Council to evaluate the upcoming mandatory ESG reporting requirements in the US, Europe, and internationally, focused on the impact to travel organizations.

Prior to joining Oliver Wyman, Dan held multiple positions in the energy consulting industry, where he advised utility and government clients, experiencing first-hand the sustainability opportunities and challenges facing energy companies and regulators. His work included initiatives related to improving operational efficiency, designing policies to reduce GHG emissions, and the regulatory implications of distributed generation.

Denise Naguib - Marriott International
Denise Naguib - Vice President, Sustainability & Supplier Diversity, Marriott International

Originally from Cairo, Egypt, Denise graduated from the University of Oregon with a Bachelors of Science in Geography with an emphasis on human impacts on the environment. Denise became involved with Jean-Michel Cousteau’s Ocean Futures Society, implementing environmental education programs around the world. A decade later, Cousteau’s program took her to the Cayman Islands then eventually to Washington, DC as a member of Marriott International’s global operations team. Denise and her team lead the strategy, program implementation, and reporting for both sustainability and supplier diversity for Marriott’s 8000+ hotels around the world. Naguib currently serves as Chair of the Board for WEConnect International, the global organization supporting women businesses around the world. She is also on the Boards of The Ocean Foundation, Arbor Day Foundation, and Sheridan School.


Arnie Weissmann

Aditi Mohapatra

Denise Naguib

Dan Darcy

Lucas Bobes

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