Company: Hostelling International
Job Title: CEO
Number of years as a WYSE Travel Confederation member: 11+
Which Sector Panel do you fall under? Accommodation
Years of relevant experience you have for this role: 11
Please indicate any relevant qualifications you have for this role
Bachelor of Arts (BA): Business Administration and Management,
General – Master of Science (MSc): Environmental Management and Sustainable Development –
Internal Auditor for Accommodation – SDGEXCHANGE
Please give a full outline of your professional and personal experience and skills that are relevant to your application
Currently, I am a committed sustainability leader and CEO of Hostelling International (HI), the non-for-profit founder organisation of the youth hostelling movement recognized by UNESCO. HI is the 6th largest accommodation provider in the world with over 3,000 hostels in 88 countries and one of the largest youth global community of travellers with over 3,5 million members who seek to discover more about our world in a sustainable and ethical way. Up to date, we have welcomed over 1,5 billion travellers.
During my time at HI, I have especially contributed to placing sustainable development and quality at the heart of the mission of the International Youth Hostel Movement. Over the course of my career, I have developed strong skills in strategic analysis, leadership, cultural understanding, quality and sustainability. As a result, we have conducted strong network developments for climate protection and social change as well as global programmes such as Sleep for Peace, HISF or HI-Connect.
During the last 10 years, as responsible of quality and sustainability at HI, I had the opportunity to modernise our quality and sustainability management and certification system (HI-Q&S) as well as update and modernise our minimum standards. Today, our certification system is recognized by the GSTC (Global Sustainable Tourism Council). I have been able to audit and certified hostels and head offices in over 10 destinations including New Zealand, USA, Australia, China, Belgium, Portugal, Iceland or Hong Kong. Therefore, I have a very good understanding of hostel operations around the world.
Finally, I hold a BA in Business Administration and Management and a MSc in Sustainable Development and Environmental Management. I’m also recognized as Sustainability Internal Auditor. I sat on the board of UNWTO Affiliate Members and currently chair UNWTO SDGs Support Working Group. As a volunteer, I also serve as an industry expert for the Global Sustainable Council Industry Criteria Working Group.
In no more than 25 words please state why you are perfect for this position
My experience, expertise, network, cultural and diversity understanding and commitment to the industry makes me a perfect candidate for this position.