Narelda Jacobs

Master of Ceremonies

Narelda Jacobs has been a journalist at Network 10 since 2000, spending 19 years in the Perth newsroom before heading to Studio 10 in Sydney. Narelda began her career at 10 as a reporter and became presenter of 10 News First Perth in 2008. In January 2020, Narelda joined the panel of Studio 10. Narelda has shared the stage with the Prime Ministers, international leaders and humanitarian advocates. She’s passionate about promoting equality and inclusion and has supported charities and organisations like Motor Neurone Disease Association WA, WA Aboriginal Leadership Institute, The Pinnacle Foundation, Reconciliation Australia, the Disability Services Commission and Breast Cancer Care WA

Ben Sherman

Chairman, World Indigenous Tourism Alliance

Ben Sherman is an Indigenous member of the Oglala Lakota Tribal Nation, born and raised on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in South Dakota, USA. Sherman is a founding board member and Chairman of the World Indigenous Tourism Alliance headquartered in Wellington, New Zealand. Sherman is a co-author of the Larrakia Declaration (2012), supported by the United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO), and advancing the principles of the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples in the field of international tourism. Sherman has spoken at numerous international venues on the subject of advancing Indigenous rights through tourism. He has worked to create and promote a set of standards for Indigenous tourism that includes advocacy for rights, cultural preservation, environmental stewardship and community development.

Greg Bakunzi

Founder, Red Rocks Initiative

Over the past years, I have gained experience working as a Rwandan tour organizer and guide for various international tour operators. My professionalism and reliability, along with my exceptional understanding of the needs and desires of international visitors, have gained me renown among clients and respect among the members of local communities. I am a co-founder and president of the Ruhengeri Community Eco-Tourism Association, a local association of people collaborating to enhance tourism development in Rwanda. I rely on a network of contacts in the area, all of whom are happy to take part in my project. With my experience, know-how and contacts, am able to l make your bespoke visitor experience memorable, while also benefiting the locals as much as possible. I work with an experienced and highly motivated local staff team responsible for client contacts, as well as tour development and facilitation.

Anna Pollock

Founder Conscious Travel

Anna Pollock, Founder of Conscious.Travel, has 45 years’ experience in tourism as an independent consultant, strategist, international speaker and change agent. Clients include the Canadian Tourism Commission, PATA, European Travel Commission, the Australian Tourism Export Council, Tourism Tasmania, Innovation Norway, Visit Flanders, Rotterdam Partners and departments of industry, conservation and tourism in New Zealand. Recipient of The Visionary of the Year Award from the Canadian tourism industry, Anna has undertaken seminal work in many aspects of tourism notably in education, sustainability and technology. During the 1990s Anna established herself as a thought leader on the strategic implications of the Internet; created the first internet-based tourism strategy for Scotland and co-developed one of the first multi-purpose destination management systems. Her strength is her ability to see the whole “big picture,” ask difficult questions and help others make sense of their rapidly and dramatically changing world. Her passion now is to help hosts and destinations flourish through a period of turbulent change and uncertainty in which many traditional business models are being disrupted. Over the past few years she has focussed on investigating emergent, alternative models for the tourism sector that enable it to shift from extraction to regeneration and that generate higher yields with less impact.

Mónica Zalaquett

Executive Council Chair, World Tourism Organisation and Tourism Undersecretary, Ministry of Economy, Development and Tourism, Chile.

Mónica Zalaquett studied Journalism at the Universidad de Los Andes and Political Science at Universidad del Desarrollo, as well as a diploma in Political Campaign Management at American University (Washington DC) and Marketing and Communication courses in New York and Rotterdam, among others. With more than 30 years of experience leading various projects, the undersecretary has a recognized career in the world of tourism, management and communications, among which her work as Commercial Manager of the Sheraton Hotel (Bolivia) and Lan Chile (Bolivia) ), in addition to its collaboration with various media, both national and international. Between 2010 and 2014 she was deputy for the 20th district (Cerrillos, Central Station and Maipú). During that period he chaired the Family, Tourism and Economy commissions, strongly promoting from this platform the formation of public-private alliances with the aim of relieving the contribution of tourism to the national GDP. After that, she worked as a strategic communication and corporate reputation consultant.

Professor Cheryl Kickett-Tucker

Professor Cheryl Kickett-Tucker is a highly respected Wadjuk Noongar Traditional Owner, researcher, community development practitioner and children’s fiction author. She is currently a research Fellow at Curtin University and the Founding Director of Pindi Pindi Pty Ltd- Centre for Research Excellence in Aboriginal Wellbeing. As well as completing her PhD (Edith Cowan University, Perth), Cheryl also has a Master of Science (University of Oregon, USA), a Bachelor of Applied Science (Edith Cowan University, Perth) and an Associate Diploma of Applied Science (Edith Cowan University, Perth). Cheryl has worked with Aboriginal people all her life in the fields of education, sport and health and is very passionate about using her research to make a real difference to the lives of Aboriginal children and their families. Her research interests include sense of self, Aboriginal identity and self-esteem of Aboriginal children, including the development of a series of culturally appropriate instruments for racial identity and self-esteem across the lifespan. Her research strength has been the translation of her research to Aboriginal community, most notably Kaat Koort n Hoops a basketball lifestyle program for 4-18 year-old children and young people. Cheryl is an emerging author of children’s fiction books and is the Chief Editor and co-author of national award-winning Mia Mia Aboriginal Community Development: Fostering Cultural Security. She is a very keen amateur photographer who likes to capture the strengths and positive elements of being Aboriginal.

Frank Antoine

Co-Founder - Moccasin Trails Inc.

Frank Antoine is from Bonaparte which is one of the seventeen communities of the Shuswap Nation of the Interior Salish Peoples of Canada. His tourism career started at the beautiful indigenous resort called Quaaout Lodge. Frank offered authentic indigenous experiences through the programs and projects he created with the community & leadership. He is continuing to grow his vision on promoting these experiences through his new company called Moccasin Trails Inc. His business partner Greg Hopf have started a canoe company in 2018. They are now expanding and developing their culture & business knowledge with other indigenous entrepreneur’s & communities. Their goal is to grow the capacity of indigenous tourism in the province of British Columbia. His relationships in the tourism industry has built partnerships with indigenous & non-indigenous volunteer boards. His cultural protocol of working together physically & mentally will continue the process of protecting and preserving mother earth’s natural resources for the animals & our future leaders. Quaaout Resort & Talking Rock Golf Course 2007-2018, Regional Chair - Thompson Okanagan Tourism Association 2016-2020, Provincial Co-Chair - Aboriginal Tourism of British Columbia 2016- 2020, Past Elected Band Councilor – Bonaparte - 2017 - 2019, Co-Founder - Moccasin Trails Inc. 2018 - Present, Board of Director - Indigenous Tourism of Canada 2019-2023, Leadership Council – World Indigenous Tourism Alliance 2019- 2020.