Speaking with one voice at the Responsible Tourism in Cities Conference and Gala

As you know by now, the City of Cape Town is hosting a Responsible Tourism in Cities Conference and Gala Event from 27-28 November 2014 to engage the South African tourism industry and other key stakeholders in a stimulating dialogue about moving Responsible Tourism practices into the mainstream.

On Thursday the 27th, the City of Cape Town will be holding the Gala Event, hosted by the Mayoral Committee Member for Tourism Events and Economic Development, Cllr Gareth Bloor at the One & Only Hotel, and the Conference will take place the following day, at the same venue.

Two exciting guest speakers will be joining us – Chris Whelan will be discussing why leadership is key to a sustainable future at the Gala Event and Jonathan Hanks will be speaking about identifying opportunities for creating shared value at the main Conference on Friday the 28th.

Chris Whelan is the CEO of Accelerate Cape Town, a business think tank that is focused on growing a robust, sustainable and inclusive regional economy. Chris is also the Vice-Chairman of World Design Capital 2014 and a member of the Western Cape’s Trade and Promotions Agency (Wesgro) board.

Chris has extensive knowledge and experience as a management consultant and business strategist, and considers himself a futurist. He engages businesses in strategic thinking, strategy development and business transformation.

Specialising in the use of systems thinking, scenario planning and foresight development, Chris is an expert in performance improvement. He spends his time on leadership development, business relationship building and advocacy in the focus areas of Africa, such as innovation, entrepreneurship, connectedness and talent attraction.

Jonathon Hanks is the founder and director of Incite. He has years of practical experience in advising leading companies on corporate sustainability strategy, policy development, auditing, stakeholder engagement and reporting, across a range of sectors in Southern Africa and globally.

He is a visiting senior lecturer at the University of Cape Town’s Graduate School of Business and a regular contributor to training programmes hosted by the University of Cambridge Programme for Sustainability Leadership and other academic institutions. 

Jonathon is a member of the South African Integrated Reporting Committee’s Working Group and the International Integrated Reporting Council’s (IIRC) Advisory Group. He has also recently chaired the global multi-stakeholder negotiation process associated with developing the ISO 26000 standard on social responsibility.  

Other speakers at the event include:

  • Bekithemba Langalibalele (National Department of Tourism);
  • Nombulelo Mkefa (City of Cape Town);
  • Wilna Botha (Africa!Ignite);
  • Samantha Annandale (Hotel Verde);
  • Jan Hutton (Deloitte SA);
  • Fiona Buchner (Sustainable Advantage);
  • Iain Harris (Coffeebeans Routes);