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China

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China

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Yuan Lee

Yuan Lee

CEO Biosphere China

Recognised as a highly visible, collaborative and creative pioneer with over 11 years of leadership experience in the tourism industry. Helped build an ecotourism system and actively promote sustainable tourism development in China with management experience in hotels and scenic spots. Able to achieve zero-to-one development by exploring new markets, establishing strategic and creative partnerships through new cooperation opportunities.

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Argentina

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Buenos Aires

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Fabián Román

Fabián Román

CEO Biosphere Argentina

Chemical Engineer of the National University of Buenos Aires, specialist in Sustainable Development of the Bolivarian University of Chile and Master in Management of Sustainable Tourism of the University for International Cooperation (UCI).

Founder and President of Fundación Plan21 for the Sustainable Human Development of Argentina.

Director of the Institute of Sustainable Tourism for Latin America and the Caribbean since 2014.

He is Professor and Principal Investigator of the National University of Lanús, with more than 20 years of teaching experience and from 2012 to 2017 he was director of the Master's Program in Sustainable Tourism Management at the UCI, one of the oldest in Spanish speech.

As a consultant, he has been part of international cooperation projects of Multilateral Organizations, Public Sector and Private Foundations. He was co-founder in 2003 of the Sustainable Tourism Certification Network of the Americas and co-founder of the Global Sustainable Tourism Council, where he served as the first representative of Latin America in the Board of Directors in the period 2010-2012.

As a writer he has written essays and several articles on the environmental, social and economic problems of the current development model, highlighting the authorship of the book "Tourism and Sustainability, a complex relationship" and the co-authorship of "Tourism and Poverty, an approach to the development models "and" Notes on Human Development ".

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Bolivia

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La Paz

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Arq. Gonzalo Alfonso Elio García Crispieri

Arq. Gonzalo Alfonso Elio García Crispieri

CEO Biosphere Bolivia

Architect of the National University of La Plata - Argentina. Master's degree in Engineering in Environment and Natural Resources, at the Loyola University of La Paz, Bolivia. Diploma in Latin American Cultural Heritage at the Blas Pascal University of Córdoba, Argentina. Participant of the Program of Conservation and Management of Historic Buildings at the University of Lund, Sweden.

Founder and President of the Dr. Manuel García Capriles Foundation "emegece" of Bolivia created in 2006. Founder, Partner and Legal Representative of the Ecobiological and Academic International Consultancy "EcoDreams" of Bolivia created in 2008. Former President of the College of Architects of Bolivia. Former President of the Regional of Architects of the Andean Group. In the field of Education he works as a workshop trainer and teacher of Diplomas from the Universities of San Simón, Autónoma Tomas Frías, Oruro Technique, Mayor of San Andrés, Bolivian Catholic "San Pablo", Our Lady of La Paz, and Public of El Alto.

As a consultant he has been part of international cooperation projects of Multilateral Organizations, Public Sector and Private Foundations. He was the driving force since 2014 of the Geopark concept in Bolivia and promoter of the creation of the First Andino Torotoro Geopark. As a writer he has authored essays and several articles on the environmental, patrimonial and architectural conservation issues, having published in a sustained manner since 2006 a newsletter on these issues. In addition to having published several books on Heritage.

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Chile

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Mauricio Ferro

Mauricio Ferro

CEO Biosphere Chile

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Colombia

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Maribel Lozano

Maribel Lozano

CEO Biosphere Colombia

Professional in Finance and Foreign Trade with international vision, ability in the development of sustainable businesses and ability to assess how global trends affect business strategy. 13 years of experience in research, formulation, management and dissemination of innovative projects in bioeconomy and sustainable tourism.

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Costa Rica

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Costa Rica

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Gerardo Monge

Gerardo Monge

CEO Biosphere Costa Rica

Bachelor in Industrial Engineering and with a postgraduate degree in Supply Chain Management; He has more than 20 years of work experience, and has been an external auditor and facilitator for third-party certification bodies for 15 years. He is representative for Nicaragua, Costa Rica and Panama of Q4C Group, a company dedicated to quality certification, and of Planet 4 People, a company dedicated to the solution of markets for conservation.

He has been actively involved as a trainer in organizational management models, quality and environmental management systems, strategic planning; and consultant of projects of improvement of processes, strategic planning, quality, environment, neutral carbon, security and occupational health, tourism and continuous improvement in organizations of diverse economic activities.

Gerardo has been involved in the design, development and planning of national, regional and international technical standardization, which led to actively participate in the updating of the reference standard, training of auditors and scheme for certification of tourism sustainability in Costa Rica.

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Dominican Republic

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Street Helios #11, Edificio Narciso I, C-3, Bella Vista, Santo Domingo, D.N., Dominican Republic.

Phone +1 (809) 770-8953

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José Alney Uribe

José Alney Uribe

CEO Biosphere Dominican Republic

José Alney Uribe Graduate in Tourism and Hotel Management, Founder of Rincones de Mi País, Tour Operator of sustainable experiences of nature, culture and adventure. Director of Rincones de Mi País Foundation (FURDEMIPA) for the development of entrepreneurship in the sustainable tourism value chain. Director of Pure Dominican Vacations, a marketer of accommodation based on real experiences of nature, culture and adventure and bicycle touring. Founder of Urban Adventures in Dominican Republic  to run sustainable urban experiences, partner of the Intrepid Group. Member of the Board of Directors of the Dominican Network of Rural Tourism (REDOTUR), Photographer of Nature, Culture and Adventure and member of the Board of Directors of the Association of Nature Photographers of the Dominican Republic (ADFONA).

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Ecuador

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Ecuador

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Mauricio Ferro

Mauricio Ferro

CEO Biosphere Ecuador

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Mexico

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Mexico

 (+52) 558 851 5921

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Fernando Mandri Bellot

Fernando Mandri Bellot

CEO Biosphere Mexico

Fernando Mandri is an expert in tourism quality, marketing planning and tourism development, with over 20 years of national and international experience, he has a Master in Tourism from the University of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, Spain. He has conducted numerous studies in more than 16 countries and is the founder of INTEGRA Tourism For Good S.L. based in Barcelona, Spain, with offices in México Distrito Federal and Santiago de Chile. Some of his most relevant projects have been the implementation of tourism quality systems in Spain, Belgium and Mexico, the creation of integral tourist development plans in countries such as Panama or the Tourism Marketing Plan for Ecuador, as well as various international projects such as the re-launch of a 1200-room hotel in Yalta, Ukraine or the development of the national quality plan in Nicaragua.

Dalia Barreda Rodríguez

Dalia Barreda Rodríguez

Quality Expert

Expert in tourism quality and implementation of quality programs for federal SECTUR as Tesoros de Mexico in states such as Oaxaca, Morelos, Puebla, and Guanajuato. She is also an auditor of the Sustainable Tourism Biosphere Certificate.
She has more than 18 years of experience in the hotel industry, she has been the director of hotels and obtained these high-quality certifications. She also served as director of food & beverage, as well as a restaurant entrepreneur. She is currently a senior consultant in tourism companies.
She has given training courses in government programs in the states of Guanajuato, Oaxaca, Edo. de México, San Luis Potosí, among others, covering topics such as marketing, quality, service, innovation, and creativity.
She has training in Hotel Management in Les Roches, Switzerland.

Paulina González Hernández

Paulina González Hernández

Marketing Expert

With a degree in Tourism Resources Management, Paulina González is an expert in logistics, marketing, quality and project development.
She has coordinated the development of various national and international events and projects, highlighting: state tourism training programs, the Sustainable and Social Tourism Summit Cancun, public relations agendas for the public and private sectors, both national and international. She has developed and coordinated several international tours to promote destinations, tourism fairs, workshops and presentations.
She is a dynamic, cheerful, proactive and focused on results. She is currently a senior consultant in tourism, implementing tourist quality programs such as Biosphere of the Responsible Tourism Institute, and Tesoros de México, also as an expert in logistics and PR.

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Nicaragua

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Nicaragua

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Gerardo Monge

Gerardo Monge

CEO Biosphere Nicaragua

Bachelor in Industrial Engineering and with a postgraduate degree in Supply Chain Management; He has more than 20 years of work experience, and has been an external auditor and facilitator for third-party certification bodies for 15 years. He is representative for Nicaragua, Costa Rica and Panama of Q4C Group, a company dedicated to quality certification, and of Planet 4 People, a company dedicated to the solution of markets for conservation.

He has been actively involved as a trainer in organizational management models, quality and environmental management systems, strategic planning; and consultant of projects of improvement of processes, strategic planning, quality, environment, neutral carbon, security and occupational health, tourism and continuous improvement in organizations of diverse economic activities.

Gerardo has been involved in the design, development and planning of national, regional and international technical standardization, which led to actively participate in the updating of the reference standard, training of auditors and scheme for certification of tourism sustainability in Costa Rica.

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Nigeria

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Nigeria

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Sidi Osho

Sidi Osho

CEO Biosphere Nigeria

Pioneer & Past Vice Chancellor, Afe Babalola University, and the President/Founder of Sidi Osho Foundation, Nigeria.

An award winning, outstanding and hardworking Agriculture and Higher Education Expert that is action and result oriented; highly productive academic, with leadership qualities managing multi-disciplinary projects. With over 35 years’ experience in administration, strategic planning, International and Private Sector Partnerships. An International Scientist that graduated from Michigan State and Ohio State University in USA worked with the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA), and in several African countries in the area of Agriculture.

Prof Sidi Osho has strong interpersonal skills successfully demonstrated in both national and international assignments.  She has travelled widely in Africa and all over the World while managing research projects for International Development Research Center, Canada (IDRC). United Nation Children Education Fund, (UNICEF), World Bank and UNDP.

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Philippines

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Philippines

 (+63) 999 198 4125

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Frederic Tardieu

Frederic Tardieu

CEO Biosphere Philippines

Frederic TARDIEU is a retired property developer that, together with his wife Christiane MASTANTUONO, interior decorator, decided to devote their energy to the conservation of biodiversity and ecosystem systems in small islands, and to promote the development of their Island, Pangatalan, Palawan (Philippines) through sustainable tourism.

Fred is the Chairman of Sulubaai Foundation Environmental Foundation (SEF), a Philippine-based non-profit organization dedicated to conserve, protect, and restore the natural resources of Palawan Island through environmentally sustainable practices and active ecosystems restoration. It is a private initiative funded by eco-tourism.

Cristina Abreu

Cristina Abreu

Biosphere Delegate for Philippines

Cristina Abreu has a Master in Sustainable Tourism Destinations and Territorial Tourism Planning at University of Lleida / Barcelona, a degree in Biology from the University of Lisbon, Portugal, Postgrad in Ecosystem Services - University of Minho and holds the title of Professional Environment Expert by the Portuguese Chamber of Biologists (Ordem dos Biólogos). She is the founder and CEO of TecAmbiente Lda, a consulting company on environment, sustainable development and tourism.

She has a vast international experience as Auditor on Tourism and Environment Certification Systems both implementing and auditing management and certification.

As a biologist she worked on ecology, nature conservation, and protected areas including UNESCO Biosphere Reserves, Natura 2000 sites.

She is connected to teaching at secondary and university level as well as on professional and long life training.

Currently she does research on nature-based solutions in tourism under a PhD Programme on Tourism Management.

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Panamá

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Gerardo Monge

Gerardo Monge

CEO Biosphere Panamá

Bachelor in Industrial Engineering and with a postgraduate degree in Supply Chain Management; He has more than 20 years of work experience, and has been an external auditor and facilitator for third-party certification bodies for 15 years. He is representative for Nicaragua, Costa Rica and Panama of Q4C Group, a company dedicated to quality certification, and of Planet 4 People, a company dedicated to the solution of markets for conservation.

He has been actively involved as a trainer in organizational management models, quality and environmental management systems, strategic planning; and consultant of projects of improvement of processes, strategic planning, quality, environment, neutral carbon, security and occupational health, tourism and continuous improvement in organizations of diverse economic activities.

Gerardo has been involved in the design, development and planning of national, regional and international technical standardization, which led to actively participate in the updating of the reference standard, training of auditors and scheme for certification of tourism sustainability in Costa Rica.

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Peru

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Lima

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Omar Carbajal Barreda

Omar Carbajal Barreda

CEO Biosphere Peru

Bachelor in Tourism Administration with postgraduate studies in Strategic Project Management, Marketing and Sustainable Tourism. Work experience developing functions of planning, training, development and marketing of tourism products, especially those related to ecotourism and rural communities. Experience in teaching in recognized educational institutions of the country. Ability to plan and manage projects, financial plans, marketing and sales plans. Knowledge of web technologies and electronic commerce. More than 20 years of experience in the commercialization of tourist destinations and project development, working in public and private institutions. Currently director and founding partner of the consulting company TURSE, the Bite Peru Travel Agency and the Sacred Valley Lodge Hotel located in Cusco, Peru.

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Portugal

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Portugal

 (+351) 232 418 463

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Patricia Malheiro Araújo

Patricia Malheiro Araújo

CEO Biosphere Portugal

With a degree in Journalism and a Masters in Communication and Marketing, Patricia Araujo has worked since 1997 in Client Management, New Product Creation and Project Management. Since 2015 she has been Director of Marketing and Projects for Biosphere Portugal

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Puerto Rico

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Carlos E. Soutto Colón

Carlos E. Soutto Colón

Managing Partner - Biosphere Puerto Rico

Specialist in territorial analysis and planning of tourism, sustainability, world heritage and cultural management has a Juris Doctor from the Interamerican University of Puerto Rico and a bachelor in biological sciences from the Universidad del Sagrado Corazón in Puerto Rico. To this is added a master's degree in Territorial Analysis and Management with a specialization in Territorial Planning from the Rovira i Virgili University (Spain) and the University of Granada (Spain), a Master's Degree in World Heritage and Cultural Projects for the Local Development of the University of Turin (Italy) and University of Barcelona (Spain), a Master's Degree in Planning and Tourism Management from the University of Jaén and a postgraduate degree in City Management and Creative Entrepreneurship from the National University of Córdoba in Argentina.

Carlos is co-Founder of the Puerto Rico Outdoor Recreation Industry Association and co-Director of Envision Puerto Rico L3C. He is also a member of the Ibero-American Research Network in Higher Education in Tourism (COODESTUR) and the Education Committee of the Puerto Rico Hotel and Tourism Association.

Jorge Quintana

Jorge Quintana

Born seaside in the island of Puerto Rico instilled in Jorge the importance of environmental protection and seeking sustainable means to maintain his lifestyle. This combined with relentless entrepreneurial spirit from a young age and a passion to help others has lead Jorge into a very unique personal and professional life.
Jorge specialized his studies in the Business Administration in Marketing graduating from Curry College in Boston, MA. As further development he became a LEED AP, Certified Energy Auditor from BPI and member of Al Gores, Climate Reality Project. In his professional career Jorge has been involved in renewable energy and business development management for over 12 years in emerging markets in the Caribbean and Latin America. Working with companies like Johnson Controls, Daikin, and most recently as Sr. Channel Account Manager for Tesla.

Through his passion to help those around him and share his knowledge with others, Jorge founded The School of SUP in San Juan, PR. He is World Paddle Association and PaddleFit instructor. Jorge is also a co-founder for the Puerto Rico Outdoor Recreation Industry Association and Country Manager for Waves For Water organization.

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Spain

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Tenerife

 (+34) 922 242 904

Catalonia

 (+34) 934 614 657

Andalucía - Satour

 (+34) 658 122 728

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Patricio Azcárate Díaz de Losada

Patricio Azcárate Díaz de Losada

CEO Biosphere Spain

Patricio holds a bachelor's degree in biology from the Universidad Complutense de Madrid and an MBA from the MBA Business School.
He has more than 10 years of professional experience in the field of scientific research and in the tourism sector. He is responsible for the coordination and strategy of Biosphere projects, and contact point at an international level.

Angel Díaz

Angel Díaz

Associate Director

More than fifteen years dedicated to conflict resolution in matters related to the tourism and leisure sectors, and strategic and operational consulting. Graduate with a degree in Biology, Central University of Barcelona. Bilingual Master in Economics and Business Management, IESE, Barcelona. Master in Tourism Business Management, ESADE, Barcelona. Founding partner of Advanced Leisure Services, S.L. (ALS) company of consultancy and promotion of projects in tourism, leisure and entertainment. Founding partner of Developing Natural Activities, S.L. (DNA), company of promotion and development of projects of tourism and leisure related to nature.

Cipriano Marín Cabrera

Cipriano Marín Cabrera

Associate partner

Cipriano Marín was the Secretary General of the First World Conference on Sustainable Tourism (1995), and Deputy Secretary of INSULA (International Scientific Council for the Development of Islands, 1995-2006). He has promoted or coordinated five international conferences related to sustainable tourism, in addition to working as a consultant for both UNESCO and the European Commission.

He has worked in innovation and field projects related to sustainable development, tourism and energy, including activities as head of Renewable Energy Futures for UNESCO and as coordinator of the Biosphere Smart Initiative, an observatory of UNESCO for the exchange of knowledge on climate change, green economies, and sustainable development.

Roberto Álvarez

Roberto Álvarez

Associate Partner

Manager at Satour Tourism Consulting and Marketing Director at Hanoi Red Tours, Flamingo Group Vietnam with a total of 1800 employees divided between a tour operator and two eco-resorts and based in Granada, Andalusia.

He studied Protocol and Institutional Relations at the University of Granada and Master in Marketing and Business Management. Since 2008 he has helped different companies improve their tourism products. With more than 50 stamps in the passport, Roberto continues to spend as much time as possible in continuing to meet Indochina corners and helping local businesses to generate sustainable tourism that respects the environment and the local population.

Passionate about Art, Classical Music and Opera is part of the organization of the annual Art in the Forest Contemporary Art contest in Vietnam. A residency program for young artists that combines their three passions. Annually 20 artists come together to develop their creations in a forest of more than 10 hectares where classical concerts and opera recitals are also organized among the works of the painting and sculpture exhibition.

Juan Manuel Ribera de Frías

Juan Manuel Ribera de Frías

Associate Partner

With more than 30 years of professional experience he has developed the second half of his career as a strategy consultant in the tourism sector. With projects in more than 20 countries, his main skill is the management of multidisciplinary teams and his foundation is the responsibility of achieving sustainable development. Juan Manuel Ribera holds a degree in Business Administration and an MBA from the Barcelona School of Business Administration and Management (ESADE)

Raffaele Sisto

Raffaele Sisto

Superior Architech and Civil Engineer (Universitá Federico II di Napoli), Urbanist (FH Potsdam) and Master in City Sciences (Universidad Politécnica de Madrid). Co-founder of Smart&City Solutions, from which is CEO and works as Sustainable Development Consultant specialized in urban indicators. In parallel is doctorated investigator in Urban Indicators at the Center for Innovation in Technologies for Development of the Polytechnic University of Madrid as well as being expert consultant for JRC of the European Comission. He has developt projects in Spain, Italy, China, Russia and India. His experiences is focused on the useage of Indicators for the measurement of the ODS compliance and the impacts of these lasts ones en several scopes as social, environmental and economical, and the set-up of strategics plans alienated with the 2030 Agenda. 

Alberto Quintanilla Cabañero

Alberto Quintanilla Cabañero

Telecommunication Engineer and Master in City Sciences (Universidad Politécnica de Madrid). Co-founder and CTO of Smart&City Solutions. Until 2017was Innovation Manager in ABB Spain, developing digitization solutions for renewable energy generation systems. He has worked as data scientist and digitization specialist in the ambit of sustainable and intelligent cities and territories. His experience is focused in data treatment, its analysis and visualization in order to measure its sustainability, the accomplishment of the ODS and the elaboration of strategic plans in an urbanistic level. 

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