Speakers

Megan Epler Wood

Megan Epler Wood is a conservationist, ecotourism pioneer, research leader and consultant on questions of managing sustainable tourism for destinations, business, and civil society.  She has spent her career working with local people to achieve net positive results for the environment and local well-being.  Since 2010, her research and teaching with Harvard and Cornell universities has vetted a wide range of solutions to help protect destinations using advanced business management, social science, technology, landscape design, and environmental science.  As a principal consultant for her firm, EplerWood International, she has worked in over 35 countries for international development agencies to develop regional strategies for sustainable tourism and economic development.  She is dedicated to helping global industry and governments to leverage the positives of tourism while genuinely addressing the tough questions of managing rapid tourism growth worldwide.  Epler Wood is the author of the 2017 book, Sustainable Tourism on a Finite Planet and the 2019 report Destinations at Risk; The Invisible Burden of Tourism

Jesper Øraker

Jesper Øraker is the founder and owner of Greenland Escape, a destination management company in Nuuk, Greenland. Before starting Greenland Escape, Jesper was the managing director of the largest logistics company in Greenland, where he focused his expertise on agency services and tourism. After a successful logistics career, spanning 12 years and three countries, Jesper now manages Greenland Escape’s ventures including buses, small properties, souvenirs, bike rental and awesome experiences in and around Nuuk. Greenland Escape especially caters to small groups wanting to experience Greenland in a safe and sustainable way.
When not heading up rescue missions for distressed super yachts, Jesper enjoys all that the breathtakingly beautiful nature of Greenland has to offer. You can find him boating, fishing or hiking with his wife and children.

Kellian Adams Pletcher

Kellian Adams Pletcher is the founder and mastermind of Green Door Labs, a company that works with informal education organizations to create games and playful learning experiences.
Kellian has worked in many capacities of education technology and immersive design from QA to sales, production, project management and of course, game design. Since starting Green Door Labs in 2012, she’s built games and immersive experiences with the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Smithsonian and the National Park Service at Mount Rushmore as well as creating original immersive theater experiences like Club Drosselmeyer and Save the Munbax. Kellian’s mobile web software, the Edventure Builder is a platform to build simple, mobile choose-your-own adventures, scavenger hunts and escape rooms and she teaches game design at Northeastern University in Boston MA. You can check out her adventures at www.greendoorlabs.com or www.edventurebuilder.com.

Joanne Orr

Joanne Orr brings over 30 years of experience working in heritage, both in the UK and internationally. For the past 13 years she was the CEO of the National Development Body for all museums in Scotland, leading on a national strategy . On the fore-front of museum and heritage best practice, Joanne has extensive experience in cultural heritage development programs including curatorial, research and Intangible Cultural Heritage (ICH). She is a trained facilitator for UNESCO and part of the Global Facilitators Network for the 2003 Convention.
In her current role as Vice President, Collections, Research and International Programs Joanne oversees research, learning, exhibitions, BC Provincial Archives and the museum’s collections of art, natural history and human history, including its holdings of Indigenous collections and resources and the developing Repatriation team.
Before joining the Royal BC Museum, Joanne’s resume included positions of CEO of Museums Galleries Scotland, Edinburgh, Assistant Director of Cultural Services, Collections and Strategy for the Durham County Council, Museum and Arts Director at Tullie House Museum and Art Gallery for Carlisle City Council and Director of two Open Air Museums in Scotland. The Founding Chair of UNESCO Scotland, she also served as a Director on UK National Commission for UNESCO and as a Director for the Board of ICOM UK. Joanne has served on several Tourist Boards in Scotland and the UK and was a winner of the Scottish Tourism ‘Oscars’ as Young Manager of Year for the industry.

Mikey Sadowski

Mikey Sadowski is the North American Marketing Director at Intrepid Travel, a purpose-driven organization that is both the world’s largest adventure travel company and travel B Corp. Intrepid Travel has a long history of responsible business, having been carbon neutral since 2010 and known for being the first global tour operator to ban elephant rides. As Marketing Director, Mikey has been involved in shaping the brand’s position and communications in North America as a leader in responsible travel and in using tourism as a force for good. He is a contributor to Forbes, publishing articles on strategic communications, and in 2018, co-authored a book chapter on sustainable tourism development in Cuba. He is an invited lecturer at Ryerson University, his alma mater, where he graduated with a major in Hospitality & Tourism Management, specializing in policy and sustainable tourism. He also holds a marketing certificate with distinction from The Wharton School. Mikey visited all seven continents before the age of 25, with experiences ranging from living with indigenous reindeer herding communities in Siberia to cycling across Tanzania.