Association of Tourism Professionals
DANIEL SARAMANDIF,a dedicated and compassionate professional who specializes in the field of tourism and demonstrates strong expertise with the proven ability to access and make appropriate decisions accordingly. Attributed to the field of development with the aim of improving standards of tourism through the use of different strategies, He is an experienced person who thrives in highly challenging environments.
Having a can-do and will-do attitude, Mr. Daniel Saramandif has successfully achieved his diploma in Marketing, Travel & Tourism Management, Airline Marketing & Sales IATA both at the London Chamber of Commerce & Industry Hastings Management Centre, London, United Kingdom. He has also attained a diploma in the Management & Training Program for Small & Medium Hotels.
In addition to his expertise knowledge, He has been awarded of the “Medaille d’Or d’honneur de l’Exellence des PrestationsTouristiques” and for the Business Leadership Development, Customer Service & Relationship Management.
Acquiring all of the above, his aim is to work and promote the island for a better future.
Co-founder and Managing Director
Abhijit has 22 years of experience in Investment banking, Financial Services, SME Funding and Development / Impact Financing. He started his career in State Bank of India in 1993 and then moved to SIDBI and served there for 11 years in various capacities viz., providing loan and grants to MFIs / SMEs in different parts of India He joined Unitus in 2006 to develop capital markets practice and closed 6 guarantee transactions, arranged portal based funding for 2 MFIs. He also led a team in formulating Rural Micro Finance strategy for a new generation Private Bank.
In 2008, Abhijit co-founded Unitus Capital and successfully led and closed multiple equity and debt transactions totalling US$ 1 bn.. Abhijit is also a Advisory Committee member in various debt / equity funds across the globe.
Abhijit co-authored articles on microfinance in international journals and has been quoted in different articles on micro finance / social enterprises in leading national dailies. He has been a panellist in many global conferences on Microfinance / impact investing.
Abhijit is a Economics Graduate and a Certified Associate of IIBF, Mumbai. He attended “Strategic Leadership programme in Microfinance” at Harvard Business School, School of Applied Microfinance (SAM) 2005 in Kenya and Strategic Planning for MFIs in South Africa.
Dr. O.T. Obakeng
Dr. O.T. Obakeng
Director Of Water Affairs
Department Of Water Affairs- Botswana
Dr Obolokile Thothi Obakeng holds a PhD in Hydrogeology/Hydrologyobtained at VrijeUniversiteit, Amsterdam, in the Netherlands in 2007. He is also in possession of an MSc.(with distinction) in Water Resources Management(Hydrogeology) which he obtainedfrom the International Institute for Aerospace Survey and Earth Sciences (ITC-Netherlands) in 2000 and a BSc. degree in Geology obtained from the University of Botswana in 1995. In 1996, within the framework of GRES II he studied Isotope Hydrology at the Royal University of Groningen, in the Netherlands. He joined the public service in 1997 as an assistant hydrogeologist at the Department of Geological Survey where he progressed to the position of Principal Hydrogeologist I in 2007. He was then transferred to the Department of Water Affairs on promotion as Deputy Director in 2008 where he progressed to the position of Director of Water Affairs in 2010, the position he is currently holding.
Dr Obakeng has published several papers, reports and articles in the areas of water resources and environmental management. His research work is predominantly on relations between plants, water (soil moisture, surface water and groundwater) and atmosphere (climate change) in the Kalahari. Dr Obakeng is a member of the International Association of Hydrogeologists (IAH).
He is a board member of the Botswana Environmental Assessors and Practitioners Association (BEAPA). BEAPA is a statutory body which certifies all environmental practitioners in Botswana as provided by Environmental Impact Assessment act of 2011.
Dr Obakeng as the Director of water affairs is charged with the responsibility of the water resources management countrywide to ensure the equitable distribution of the resource to the various sectors of the economy. He is also responsible for the trans-boundary water resources management throughthe four (4) river-basin organizations which are Orange-Senqu river-basin Commission (ORASECOM), Limpopo river-basin Commission (LIMCOM), Okavango river-basin Commission (OKACOM) and Zambezi river-basin Commission (ZAMCOM).
Dr Obakeng is currently the Acting Deputy Permanent Secretary responsible for policy and programme development in the Ministry of Minerals, Energy and Water Resources.
Some of his recent noteworthy contributions are in;
- Capacity building of the Department of Water Affairs where he initiated collaboration with three Swedish institutions (namely, Stockholm International Water Institute, Swedish Meteorological and Hydrological Institute and Chalmers University), following the water sector restructuring, primarily to realign the department with its new mandate. Some 200 employees have been trained so far.
- Establishment of the Water Accounts and Operational Hydrological Forecasting Units at Water Affairs.
- Coordination of the development of an Integrated Water Resources Management/Water Efficiency Plan for Botswana.
- Provision of overall oversight (on quality, contractual and financial coordination) of mega water development projects such as dam and pipeline construction etc.
- Initiating research collaboration framework between University of Botswana, BIUST and the Department of Water Affairs to make an assessment of factors affecting Gaborone dam yield.
- Development of environmental monitoring network for water resource and environmental management across the Kalahari.
- Provision of expert knowledge in environmental impact assessments (EIA) referred to Water Affairs Department by Environmental Affairs Department.
- Examining University of Botswana MSc theses.
- Developing School Information Management System (SIMS) to help to improve the management of all public schools (Primary and Secondary) in Botswana. SIMS is at the moment being rolled out to all public schools. This was a special assignment given by the National Committee of the Improvement of the Education Sector.
Dr Obakeng is an award winner of the Global CSR and Leadership award presented by the Word Congress at Taj Lands Ends in Mumbai on the 18 February 2015. He is also an award winner of the Visionary award presented by World Vision Academy, Ahmedabad, India on the 12 April 2015.
Alea Group Global-Kuwait
Mohammad Al Duaij graduated from Leeds University Business School in 2002 and started his career at Kuwait Fund for Arab Economic Development followed by Global Investment House and since 2008 he is managing a family's office business activities compromise of investment advisory, commodities trading and retail business as Managing Director.
Zuraina Dato' Seri Zaharin
Zuraina Dato' Seri Zaharin
President & CEO, ECOLOO Malaysia
Chief Sustainability Officer
Zuraina is an avid adventurer, international speaker, author, social entrepreneur, environmentalist and wealth adventure coach.
Using her principles called Summits of Sustainable Success that she discovered throughout her journeys to the cold summits in the Himalaya, combined with her knowledge and experience in eco social business, she has designed her speech and created a life-changing awareness programs that will literally transform life and grow rich as you go green.
She has lived through extreme adventures, challenges and successes that made her become not only physically, mentally, emotionally and financially conscious but also environmentally conscious. To achieve sustainable wealth, going green is crucial to everyone. Every environmentally related conference she attended concluded that gas emissions from human activity rose drastically from 70s to present, and continue to rise at an increasing pace.
As a result, climate change is unequivocal and the impacts include an increased risk at extreme weather events such as hurricanes and drought, a decrease in the availability of fresh water for hundreds of millions of people, an increase in potentially deadly heat waves and serious food supply problems in Africa and other parts of the world.
On top of that, about 2.5 billion people have no access to sanitarily acceptable toilet systems and this lead to the dying of 5 million people from diarrheal disease, more than dying from HIV and malaria. Flushing toilets do not solve problems but instead create more problems such as drinking water shortage, sewage problems and pollution due to transportation of wastes, hence the huge demand of sustainable toilet system.
This made her venture into sustainable sanitation business using inclusive social business model with objective to solve water, sanitation and hygiene issues and eliminate poverty by creating awareness on the importance of sustainable living to achieve sustainable wealth which starts from ECOLOO.
Datin Jeanette Tambakau
Datin Jeanette Tambakau
SWEPA Immediate Past President
Co Founder & Director of Jari Jari SdnBhd
A visionary leader, Datin Jeanette Tambakau has inspired many women entrepreneurs in Sabah with her bold and energetic approach to business. During her term as President of SWEPA in 2013-2015, she has brought SWEPA to new heights with collaborative international programs while making a mark as the leading women’s NGO in Sabah.
She is the Co Founder & Director of Jari Jari Sdn Bhd, a wellness spa and international training academy. Since its inception in 2005, her company has won numerous awards, such as Top 3 Best Day Spa, Malaysia Series @ Hospitality Asia Platinum Awards 2013-2014, Best Service Excellence Award - TripAdvisor 2013 & 2015 , Best Traditional Local Folk Treatment @ Malaysia Spa & Wellness Aw
Founder & CEO
Childhood and adolescent years were difficult for Latrache. Due to challenging personal circumstances, Latrache struggled with school from an early age and ended up in foster care. Having never properly learnt to read or write and being unsupported at such a critical time in his life, Latrache felt he didn't suit education, and that education didn't suit him.
With a lack of an education Latrache had a limited number of career options and an ultimatum from his wife; "get an education or I will leave you". Since then Latrache has never looked back.
Latrache began to read books and develop his basic literacy skills. When stumbling across a video by Sugata Mitra showing how fast underprivileged children were able to learn without a teacher and just by using the internet on a computer that Mitra set up in slum areas; Latrache was inspired to start using online educational videos. In 2013 Latrache received his high school diploma, he was then accepted to study Psychology at a Danish university. The entire process and personal struggle has led him down the path to help and inspire those who are underprivileged, less fortunate or living in areas with limited or challenging access to educational facilities.
Latrache has started working with schools in Denmark to help children find new ways of learning their curriculum instead of labelling them with 'learning difficulties'. School systems are in need of different methods of teaching and learning in order to cater to today's child in whatever situation they may be in.
With Equal Learning, Latrache aims to use digitised education as a rehabilitation tool in prisons, as a tool for new learning methods with children, and as an alternative access tool for children in war/crises affected societies.
Soren Svinth Vandel
Soren Svinth Vandel
Co-Founder - Equal Learning
CEO - Restudy
Soren is passionate about education and different methods of teaching and learning. When he grew up, he wanted to become a teacher but had too little patience with the existing education system. Every road seemed to lead back to education and teaching as he married a high school teacher, and started the company Restudy that produces educational videos.
Soren is proud to be part of Equal Learning as he sees great potential in the project. To Soren, it is not only about educating students and finding new methods of learning but also about having a positive impact on the children's self esteem, helping students that feel lost, and bringing the education to where it is needed the most.
Head of Communications
Nicoline Qvortrup holds a BA in South Asia Studies, and a MA degree in Cross-cultural Studies from University of Copenhagen. Nicoline’s expertise is in the subject of intercultural communication and education in sustainability.
For a couple of years Nicoline has worked with the shipping company Maersk Group educating employees in cultural competencies and how to optimize collaborations across borders and cultures. She has worked in Maersk departments in Copenhagen, Mumbai, and London.
Being the daughter of two teachers, education and schooling had always been a natural part of Nicoline’s life, and being a strong believer in equality in education joining Equal Learning as Head of Communications was a natural step for her.
Nicoline believes that knowledge and education should be accessible to children across cultures and socio-economic borders, but she is also believes that is is essentially important to adapt the product of Equal Learning to the different cultural contexts, which is also crucial in education on the topic of sustainability.
Danielle Tow Yin WONG NG, C.S.K
Danielle Tow Yin WONG NG, C.S.K
National Corporate Social Responsibility Committee
March 2012 Elevated to the rank “Commander of the Order of the Star and Key of the Indian Ocean (CSK) in for contribution to the industrial sector by the Government of Mauritius.
April 2009 made Honorary Fellowship of the Mauritian Institute of Management,
November 2008 Conferred Honorary Citizenship of the town of Curepipe..
In 2000, she was instrumental in MEPZA’s winning the National Unity Award
1975 Licence en droit international Prive et Public
Université de droit d’économie et de sciences sociales de Paris II (Assas) France
1969 Higher School Certificate : College Bon et Perpetuel Secours, Mauritius
1968 School certificate, Loreto convent, Mauritius
Career & Experience in Private Sector & Other institutions
- Chairperson National Corporate Social Responsibility Committee
- Trustee, Vice President of Global Rainbow Foundation
- Chairperson, Disabled People International, Mauritius
- Project Consultant for Celero Group Port agent & Logistics Services
1988 – 2014
- Director - Mauritius Export Association
- Closely linked with the emergence of the export sector as a pillar of the Mauritian economy
- Launched pioneering initiatives in the field of quality
- Organised the International Quality Award in 1996, 1997 & 1998
- Initiated the Maurice Patureau Ethics Award 1999
- Initiated Blue Carbon Footprint Award 2009 2011
- Organised ITMF, Origin Africa Fiber to Fashion Mauritius ,16-18 March 2011
- Organised “La semaine Logistique in Mauritius 2008-2011, Seafoodconference 2008
Experience as Chairperson & Board Director:
- World EPZ Association1988- 1996
- Development Bank of Mauritius
- Stock Exchange of Mauritius
- University of Mauritius
- Employers’ Welfare Fund 2006 – up to now
- Apparel Cotton Textile Industry Federation of Sub Saharan countries, Nairobi , Kenya
- Fashion and Design Institute
- Mauritius Cargo Community Services 2008 -2012
- Chaired Port Users Council Mauritius 2005-2009.
- Chairperson Equity Working Group Of “Maurice Ile Durable” (MID)2008 -2009
- Chairperson Training & Employment of Disabled Persons Board june2014- mar 2015