ATCF Board of Directors Candidates
As a member of the Adventure Travel Conservation Fund, your company may vote to add three (3) new seats to our Board of Directors, with terms to begin on January 1, 2018. Please review the brief bios of following candidates who have been nominated to fill these positions.
Once you have reviewed the information, please complete and submit your ballot by August 15, 2017. Please note that each ATCF member may only submit one ballot.
The ATCF strives to represent the needs of the adventure travel and outdoor industry as much as possible. We hope that the candidates presented on the ballot, and elected to the Board of Directors, will help to represent your priorities as they relate to ATCF’s strategic direction our conservation goals.
malia asfour, jordan tourism board
Malia Asfour, director of the Jordan Tourism Board in North America (JTBNA), began handling tourism for the Jordanian government in the U.S. as tourism attaché in Washington in 1995. She was a key participant in creating the country’s first tourism office in North America, which was launched in 1997. She has been responsible for opening up the North and South American markets for Jordan tourism. She helped with opening the Russian and Chinese markets and has been instrumental in increasing revenue to Jordan through her marketing expertise. Malia moved to the US in 1990 and handled the press for the Jordan Information Bureau.
Nicky Fitzgerald, angama mara
Nicky and her husband Steve opened their first hotel in 1982 at the foot of the African continent. Thirty-five years on and they are still in the industry running their own lodge, Angama Mara, in Kenya. Nicky’s journey in hospitality has taken her from South Africa’s Western Cape through all the major wilderness high spots of Africa, and later India, where she was part of a team that built, opened, ran and marketed over 50 safari lodges for &aBeyond. Nicky also spent two years exploring ecotourism possibilities in Latin America. Now she is back at the front door of her lodge – a place she loves best of all.
norie quintos, communications specialist
Norie Quintos is a consultant for the travel industry on communications strategy, media relations, custom content, and messaging. She helps emerging destinations and like-minded travel companies find and tell their stories, through communications audits, seminars and training, coaching, and print and pixel projects. She is also an Editor at Large for the Washington, D.C.-based National Geographic Travel, contributing content and representing the award-winning brand. She is an AdventureEDU educator, leading seminars, offering training, and developing online courses for adventure travel operators. She is the former executive editor of National Geographic Traveler and was an editor at U.S. News and World Report and Caribbean Travel and Life. She has lived abroad, speaks several languages, and is involved in a couple of travel startups and nonprofits. She bikes, hikes, and tweets.
neil rogers, dulabab travel
Neil started in the travel trade in the 80’s with Journey Latin America in London, enjoyed an extended stay in Belize in the 90’s working with The Lodge at Chaa Creek and Coppola Resorts before moving to the US as Director of Latin America Development at International Expeditions, Inc. He’s served as Chair of the Destinations Working group at the GSTC and as a judge for the WTTC’s Tourism for Tomorrow Awards. As a consultant he’s worked on UNDP and EU Interreg projects, for conservation NGOs in Belize and for Nordic DMOs such as Kiruna in Swedish Lapland, Destination Røros, Visit Sápmi, Visit Norrbotten Region Västerbotten and for NCE Tourism Fjord Norway.
amit Sankhala, encounters asia
Amit Sankhala has pledged to continue the legacy of the Sankhala family by carrying forward the mission of nature conservation and wildlife tourism. As the Managing Director of Encounters Asia., Tiger Resorts Pvt. Ltd and Jamtara Wilderness Camp, Amit has vast knowledge and boundless enthusiasm in the field of tourism which enables him to succeed in his profession. He has had the privilege of experiencing first-hand Rudyard Kipling’s version of the Jungle Book, growing up seeing the National Parks of India as it should be and knowing the importance of its flora and fauna. He has also been involved with various innovative projects, such as Tiger Nation, which has created one of biggest databases of Tigers in India.
mandip singh soin, ibex expeditions
Mandip Singh Soin is an Mountaineer-Explorer, Adventure Traveler and Eco pacifist who is the Founder & MD of Ibex Expeditions Pvt Ltd , India's pioneering and award winning Adventure, Cultural & Luxury Travel company based in New Delhi. He has received several National and International accolades for his work in Adventure & Ecotoursim and is also the Founder President of the Ecotourism Society of India.He was awarded the highest civilian National award in Adventure called the Tenzing Norgay Lifetime achievement award for Adventure. He was also awarded the Citation of Merit from the Explorers Club of USA.