Board Members for 2016 – 2019
Elise Allart, TUI Group (Tour Operator Seat)
Since 2014 Elise Allart has been appointed Manager Sustainable Tourism for TUI Benelux, which comprises TUI Nederland and TUI Belgium. She has been working for TUI Nederland since 2002 and is also responsible for the corporate foundation TUI Care Foundation. TUI Benelux is part of TUI Group.
She studied tourism and hospitality management at NHTV Breda University in the Netherlands, Dalarna University in Sweden and Northern Arizona University in USA. Her Master’s degree in European Tourism Management was completed at Bournemouth University in the UK and Savoie University in France.
“As the largest tourism business in the world with 30 million customers yearly, we believe that TUI Group can make a difference in the protection of children in holiday destinations and those travelling with us. We will use our network and experiences in our airlines, cruise lines, hotels & resorts, travel agencies and tour operators to make the holiday destinations a safe place for all children and youngsters.” – Elise
Arnaud Herrmann, AccorHotels (Hotel Chain Seat)
After studying engineering and graduating with a master’s degree from the HEC business school, Arnaud Herrmann spent ten years in the environment and sustainable development department at EY (Ernst & Young). He oversaw the B2C sector (consumer goods, tourism, distribution, media-telecom) and was in charge of activities related to management systems and the “product” approach.
He joined AccorHotels in 2013 as the group’s Sustainable Development Director. In that role, he coordinated the PLANET 21 programme, which was rolled out to 3,800 hotels spanning close to 100 countries. He is also a member of the Ethics and CSR Committee, whose role is to establish and pursue the achievement of the Group’s sustainable development and compliance commitments.
Rika Jean-François, ITB (Airline/Other Seat)
Rika Jean-François, holding a Master Degree in Social Anthropology and Iranian Studies with an expertise on ethnic identities, sustainable development and diversity issues has been actively engaged in tourism since her early days when she had been working as a historical guide and coordinator with an incoming agent in Greece. Later, she worked at the Free University of Berlin consulting foreign students, undertook herself field trips to Iran, Malawi and the Caribbean and engaged herself in quality management with the German Development Service. Working for ITB Berlin since 2004 she built up the fair’s Corporate Social Identity, including involvement in responsible tourism. She is coordinating and planning all CSR related activities taking place at ITB Berlin and Asia and is an enthusiastic speaker at sustainable tourism events internationally.
Supporting human rights, she has spearheaded ITB’s implementation of the LGBT travel segment and became member of the board of directors of IGLTA (International Gay&Lesbian Travel Association) and the IGLTA Foundation. She is a jury member of international responsible tourism contests like the ITB National Geographic World Legacy Awards, the TO DO! Awards and the Toura d’Or Film Contest for Sustainable Tourism and is a member of the PATA (Pacific Asian Travel Association) Sustainability Committee. Under her CSR leadership ITB Berlin and Asia have signed the Code of Conduct against the Sexual Exploitation of Children in Tourism as well as the Global Code of Ethics of the UNWTO.
Susanna Saari: Skål International (Open seat linked to industry)
A Senior Lecturer at Turku University of Applied Sciences (TUAS), Finland and a Doctoral student at University of Lapland specializing at wellness tourism. Susanna is a representative of TUAS at the Turku Tourism Academy, a network of universities teaching hospitality and tourism in South-West Finland and a board member of The Finnish Society of Tourism Research. A member of Skål International (Association of Travel and Tourism Professionals) since 2004, Susanna is the Vice President of Membership Development and Young Skål.
“I strongly believe in the idea that good environmental management is fully comparable with good business practice; either protect the environment that is the basis of your industry, or have no industry to worry about. This includes protecting those most vulnerable in the destination, the children”
Dorothy Rozga: ECPAT International, Thailand (Permanent ECPAT Seat) – Vice-Chair
Dorothy is a child’s rights professional with a background in public health and over 40 years of experience in the non-profit sector, with the last 30 years served with UNICEF. Most recently UNICEF’s representative in Tanzania, Dorothy took over as ECPAT International’s Executive Director in Thailand and as Vice-Chair of The Code’s Board in 2013.
Zared Garzón, Fundacion Renacer / ECPAT Colombia (Local NGO Seat)
Zared Garzón is therapist of speech and language, communications specialist who for 18 years working for comprehensive care for sexual exploitation in Colombia. In the past 11 years she has served as Assistant Director of Prevention at the Renacer-ECPAT Colombia Foundation, to identify vulnerabilities of commercial sexual exploitation in different contexts, with an emphasis on the presence of this offense relating to travel and tourism.
Zared has worked in the motivation of the tourism sector in order to establish policies and actions to protect and guarantee the rights of children against commercial sexual exploitation, actions that over time have become good practice today replicate in several regions of the country, undoubtedly one of the fundamental tools for this process has been the Code and through it has led the accompanying companies to adopt their criteria, but also the follow-up to meet the same , in order to make these companies real environments protection and prevention collaborating agents.
Theo Noten: ECPAT Netherlands (Local NGO Seat)
An experienced marketer, Theo has over 17 years of experience working in the non-profit sector. He joined The Code’s Board in 2013 but has worked closely with The Code for over ten years through his work as a Program Manager with ECPAT Netherlands. Theo has also been Co-Chair of the NGO Council on Violence against Children since 2012.
“I strongly believe that only through a multi-stakeholder setting, we can achieve change and make sure that children get the protection they are entitled to.” – Theo
Lotta Sand: Travel Education Center, Sweden (Open Non-Industry Seat)
Lotta has been working in the tourism industry for over 30 years. She holds a Bachelor´s degree in Psychology from the University of Stockholm and is a licensed Psychotherapist. She is currently Operations and Program Manager for Travel Education Center in Sweden. Previously, Lotta worked with both Kuoni and Fritidsresor/TUI. She joined the Code’s Board in the end of the 1990’s and has been the Code’s Legal representative since 2010. She was elected in 2013 to the open seat for individuals or organisations committed to the cause.
“Protecting children is the very heart of Human Rights. After more than 30 years in the tourism business and being aware of the strong connection between growing tourism and increasing commercial sexual exploitation of children, I wonder how anyone can choose not to get engaged and act.” – Lotta
The Board has also co-opted an observer-status member:
Maga Ramasamy is presently the Manager Corporate Sustainability and Social responsibility at Air Mauritius. He has been involved in the Airline Industry for more than 35 years and based on his experience in the Human Resources department and getting the employees involved in community projects, the Air Mauritius management solicited him to put in place a well organised CSSR unit within the company. Today he has a dedicated team collaborating with him.
Maga has been instrumental in adhering the social wing of the national carrier Air Mauritius, the Paille en Queue Social Club of Air Mauritius to join the Code as a member and also to have the Association Airline Ambassadors ( NGO) to act as the Local Code representative in Mauritius and the Indian Islands States.
Maga has the passion for the good cause of protecting the children against all sorts of commercial exploitation. He officially collaborates with the Ministry of Gender Equality, Child development and Family Welfare and Ministry of Tourism of the Republic of Mauritius as well as the Mauritian authorities on matters related to protection of the children.
He is also the president of the World Airlines Clubs Association ( WACA) which Headquarter is based in Montreal where the issue of child protection is high on the agenda of WACA. Maga also forms part of the advisory board of the International Coalition of Tourism Partners ( ICTP) and is the coordinator of the International Institute of Peace through Tourism for the Indian Ocean islands. Maga is an accredited mediator and also teaches the university students Sustainable Tourism and Corporate Social Responsibility as part time lecturer.