Tell us about the social innovator behind this idea.
This social innovation is built and developed on the knowledge and wisdom of several individuals who have over the years came to support and critic the idea so that the impact of tourism could be mitigated and leveraged for the benefits of communities and travelers.
Over the past 15 years, Luc Lapointe has worked on several local, national, and international initiatives. His work as a consultant began with a mandate to help reform the Canada Banking Act. His successful efforts to build a national coalition brought major changes to the financial sector in Canada, including the creation of the Financial Consumers Organization as well as new regulations to protect consumers and increase transparency.
Having had the opportunity to put forward successful national health strategies, build coalition for vaccine preventable impact research, access to education, succession planning in agriculture, policy framework for labour market and aging workforce; gives Luc a comprehensive outlook on creative solutions to complex issues.
An avid traveler, Luc began to network with thought leaders in the tourism industry to better understand the issues and potential solutions to reduce leakages and increase opportunity for development of communities in countries of destinations. His determination and drive to research, investigate and personally invest in this project demonstrate an ability to bring project and deliverables to fruitful completion.
David Clemmons is the founder of VolunTourism.org. As a pioneer in focusing on the intersection of voluntary service and travel & tourism, David has published hundreds of articles and blog posts on the subject for more than a decade. He has served the numerous voluntourism stakeholder groups through such publications as The VolunTourist Newsletter, The VolunTourist Weekly Review, and The VolunTourist Webcast. He has advised destinations, hoteliers, tour operators, NGOs, and educational institutions; he is recognized globally as a thought leader on voluntourism, and is regularly quoted in media publications worldwide.
Roberto Telleria, Bolivian, has fifteen years of professional and academic experience in areas of rural development; credit; international trade; policy analysis, and capacity building. Throughout these years has held professional posts in international and research institutions such as the International Center for Agricultural Research in the Dry Areas - ICARDA (in Syria), the Food and Agricultural Organization of the United Nations - FAO (in Italy) and the European Union (in Bolivia). Has worked with governments of Latin America (Argentina, Bolivia, Chile, Panama, Uruguay and Venezuela), Asia (Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, Thailand and Syria) and Africa (Angola), and as free-lance consultant for USAID, ECLAC, GCIAR, DAI and others. Familiar with the UN system and agencies, NGOs and global issues and priorities.
Currently PhD Programs Coordinator at the Higher Degree School - Faculty of Economic and Financial Sciences (Autonomous University Gabriel René Moreno – UAGRM), where he coordinates economic and administrative-related PhD programs. He is also coordinator of a DFID-funded programme in Bolivia called Trade and Poverty in Latin America - COPLA (http://www.cop-la.net/es/node/45), and a think tank network named Territorial Economic Development Network for Latin America and the Caribbean -DETE-ALC (http://www.dete-alc.org/reddete-grupos-bol.html). He is economist from the National University of Córdoba (Argentina, 1995), Master of Science (2000) and Doctor in Philosophy (2007), both from the University of Reading (UK). Current applied research areas include agricultural trade and food security, credit and poverty and environment.