2015 Conference Speakers
Rochelle Turner, Head of Research, World Travel & Tourism Council
Rochelle plans and executes the policy and economic research studies for The World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC) that feed recommendations to governments. Rochelle has a background in consumer and market research and has conducted research in or for the travel sector for over 15 years. Prior to joining the WTTC, Rochelle’s roles included Head of Travel Research at Which?, the UK's consumer organisation, Senior Research Manager at TUI Travel and lead researcher for leisure research at MORI (now Ipsos-MORI). She currently sits as an independent representative on the UK's Civil Aviation Authority Air Travel Insolvency Protection Advisory Committee (ATIPAC). Rochelle holds a BA in Anthropology and Economics from the University of Manitoba, Canada, an MSc in Tourism Management from the University of Surrey, UK, and an LLDip from the College of Law, UK.
Doug Lansky, Travel Writer & Keynote Speaker
Doug Lansky has been living abroad and traveling for the last nearly 20 years in over 120 countries. He is the author of 10 books, including three for Lonely Planet and three for Rough Guides, had a weekly syndicated travel column in over 40 newspapers for five years, hosted a Travel Channel show, served as a correspondent for Public Radio’s Savvy Traveler show, served as an editor for Scandinavian Airlines inflight magazine and contributed to publications such as National Geographic Traveler, Reader’s Digest, Esquire, Men’s Journal, The Guardian, and Huffington Post. On the speaking circuit, Doug has given acclaimed lectures at nearly 100 universities, spoken to a sold-out audience at National Geographic Headquarters, for the United Nations World’s Tourism Organization, set the attendance record for keynote lectures the 2012-13ITB Berlin conferences, and recently gave a TED Talk in Stockholm.
Rhiannon Jacobsen, Vice President, Strategic Relationships, U.S. Green Building Council
Rhiannon Jacobsen joined the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) in March, 2006. Rhiannon currently serves as an integral member of the Strategic Accounts team focused upon a variety of clients and initiatives related to the green building industry. Rhiannon’s areas of professional oversight include the overall manufacturing, IT, and hospitality sectors, as well as all traditional philanthropic and corporate sponsorship activities of USGBC. Rhiannon specializes in engaging corporations and foundations and further connecting them to USGBC through a vast portfolio of activities that include everything from a leading role with Project Haiti (building of a LEED Platinum orphanage in Port au Prince), to the LEED Manufacturing User Group, to international business development.