Symposia & Workshops

Symposium: Policy Mechanisms for Plastic Reduction

Friday, 27 September 2019

10:30 – 12:00


Name: Dr. Dra. Dewa Ayu Laksmiadi Janapriati, M.Par

Title of Talk: Bali Sustainable Tourism – Policy Mechanism for Plastic Reduction.

Bio: Dewa Ayu Laksmi started her duty as a staff in Government of Bali Office. She graduated from Biological Science in the University of Udayana, Bali. She continued her Master Degree in Tourism at Udayana University. After promoted as a Chief of Staff, she continued for Doctoral study in Tourism.  After finished her Doctor, she was appointed as a Head of Marketing Division at Bali Government Tourism Office. She is active giving lecturing on Tourism, environment and Industrial Tourism Revolution 4.0.

Name: Nguyen Thi My Hanh

Title of Talk: Vietnam’s Actions To Reduce Plastic Waste In the Tourism Industry.

Bio: Nguyen Thi My Hanh has been working at the Hotel Department of the Vietnam National Administration of Tourism for five years. Her department is responsible for Vietnam accommodation standards that includes environmental management and sociocultural policies.

Name: Phonemaly Inthaphome

Title of Talk: Current to Future State: Issues and Action Steps for Policy to Support Plastic Reduction in Tourism in Lao PDR.

Bio: Phonemaly Inthaphome currently serves as Deputy Director General of the Tourism Development Department, Ministry of Information, Culture and Tourism, Lao PDR. She graduated from Flinders University of Adelaide, South Australia. She was involved in the development of Lao National Tourism Strategy 2012-2020, and the Tourism Development Plan for CLV Triangle Area 2020-2025 as the team leader.  Her department is also responsible for the implementation of several ASEAN standards in Lao PDR.

Symposium: Development of Local Human Resources in the Tourism and Hospitality Sector

Friday, 27 September 2019
13:30 – 15:00

Name: Renate Bleeken

Title of Talk: Dual-Cooperative Training (DCT) as a Sustainable Approach to Labour Market-Oriented Human Resource Development

Bio: Renate has worked for international donor projects as senior technical advisor and expert for the tourism and hospitality sector for 15 years. She has developed  TVET strategies and curricula, as well as implemented National Qualification Framework. Renate is an expert for dual training approach, having worked in Asia for nine years with ASEAN Common Competency Standards for Tourism Professionals.

NamePhouxay Thepphavong

Title of TalkDCT Service Centre – How LNCCI Helps to Improve Human Resources in the Hospitality Sector

Bio: Mr. Phouxay Thepphavong currently serves as Secretary General of the Lao National Chamber of Commerce and Industry (LNCCI). Having worked with LNCCI for more than 12 years already, Mr. Phouxay has held many different responsibilities with LNCCI, including supervising all divisions and offices of LNCCI, and coordinating and organizing LNCCI’s Standing Committee and Board meetings to discuss about LNCCI’s policy and development. Mr. Phouxay graduated with a Bachelor of Arts (major in Business Administration) from the Europe-Asia Business College and the National University of Laos. He also participated in a variety of business management trainings, including long-term leadership training in India, a business management training programme in Japan, and other trainings in Europe and Asia. He is the recipient of an Economic Empowerment Fellowship in Washington, DC, USA.

Name: Lee Sheridan

Title of Talk: Skills for Tourism Project and the Private Sector

Bio: Lee has been working in the tourism sector across Laos, Thailand, Cambodia and Myanmar for nearly 20 years, with a passion for responsible tourism and creating sustainable, experience-rich travel products.   Lee is currently working with the Skills for Tourism project which is being jointly implemented by LuxDev and the Ministry of Education and Sports. Lee’s area of focus within this project is on enhancing and expanding the scale and variety of vocational education and skills development programmes within tourism and hospitality.

Symposium: Towards a Circular Economy in Food – The Role of the Tourism Industry

Friday, 27 September 2019
15:30 – 17:00

Name: Nicolas Legroux

Title of Talk: Recycling and Enriching Organic Food Waste from Hospitality Industry

Bio: Environmental sustainable development has always been a preoccupation for Nicolas. After working as in France in the field of organic fruits and vegetables trade, Nicolas created his individual artisanal landscaping company, focused on the reasoned management of green spaces, in particular for reasoned fertilization plans. The economic crisis settling in France, Nicolas decided then to assert his qualifications and experiences in Southeast Asia, working more than four years in Vietnam. With his long-standing friendship and partnership with a French company dedicated to the production of biofertilizers and promotion of G.A.P around the world and his professional network, Nicolas decided late 2018 to start the Gaia Vita Bio Fertlizers project in Vientiane Capital with his four partners. With the company undergoing installation, early 2020 will start seeing Gaia Vita offer its first batch of bio-fertilizer production available for the domestic market.

Name: Duong Van Truc

Title of Talk: A Case Study of Waste Transformation Closed Loop Farming in Vietnam

Bio: Sawaen is an environmental technology based company. Besides the strengths of consulting, waste water treatment, emissions, solid waste and technology transfer in the field of environment, they also develop integrated solutions that are highly applicable in converting agricultural and domestic waste into resources, produce high valued and sustainable products to serve the community and to improve the environment. Sawaen has successfully researched, experimented and applied a pilot models on 4-level waste conversion and closed farms in some localities in Vietnam.

Name: Benjamin F.R. Lephilibert

Title of Talk: Food Waste in Hospitality – Misconceptions, Impact, and Solutions

Bio: Self-made Food Waste solution designer is how to best describe Benjamin, who started his career in sustainability in 2008 with Accor as a Green Globe certification manager for 45 Asian Novotel. He founded LightBlue Environmental Consulting in 2012, with the vision to reconcile business excellence and sustainability, and now works predominantly on food waste prevention across Asia and Europe with Hotel groups (Marriott, Accor, IHG..), restaurants (Cofoco Denmark) as well as with International Organizations (EU, WWF) and government agencies (TCEB). He is an international speaker (11 countries), judge for awards on sustainability, guest-lecturer in Culinary Schools (Institut Paul Bocuse) and a certified trainer for the Global Sustainable Tourism Council. With a consortium of academics and experts, he co-developed The PLEDGE on Food Waste, the most comprehensive certification on the topic endorsed by the International Food Waste Coalition (IFWC).

Name: Michael Hogan

Bio: Michael Hogan has been influenced by food his entire life. Having spent his childhood cooking for his family in Queensland, Australia, Chef Michael learned his craft as a chef’s assistant at a small restaurant just down the street from his home. Since then, his career has taken him to the kitchens of high-end hotels across Asia Pacific. Chef Michael’s passion for cooking is clear to see, and his creative talent is evidenced by the array of awards he has won, including JW Marriott’s global ‘Chef of the Year’ and Marriott International’s ‘Chef of the Year’ for Asia Pacific in 2014 and 2017. In 2016, Chef Michael joined Bangkok Marriott Queen’s Park Hotel’s pre-opening team, tasked with developing the creative direction of the Thai capital city’s largest hotel, in line with Marriott’s “Travel Brilliantly” philosophy. Growing up on the family farm, he has a strong connection to food and where it comes from. This is what drives his desire to cook well and produce ethically. One of his mantras at the Bangkok Marriott Marquis Queens Park is “cook with care and taste, and you will have less waste.”

Workshop: How Sustainability Helps Accommodation Businesses Save Money
(pre-registration required)

Saturday, 28 September 2019
09:30 – 12:00

Leader: Patricio Gonzalez Morel

Bio: Patricio is an engineer with 20 years of experience in sustainability and pollution prevention, which he employs to help companies become more profitable and sustainable by using water, energy, materials and chemicals more efficiently in their operations. He is an expert in resources conservation in the hotel industry, and has conducted detailed sustainability assessments in countless hotels across the Americas, Europe, Asia and Africa. Through this work he has been able to amply demonstrate that low-cost and high-return equipment and operational upgrades can generally reduce a property’s utility costs by 20 to 40% while significantly enhancing its environmental performance.


Seminar: Grow Your Business with Great Communication

Saturday, 28 September 2019

13:30 – 15:00

Leader: Jo Hendrickx

Bio: Jo Hendrickx is the Founder and CEO of Travel Without Plastic, a sustainability consultancy specialising in supporting hotels and hospitality businesses with the reduction and elimination of single use plastic.  Throughout the course of her career, Jo has worked with hundreds of hotels and thousands of travel industry colleagues playing a key role in preparing them for sustainability certification.  She has considerable experience in using targeted communications to bring sustainability to life and raise the positive profile of businesses engaging in good and best practice.

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