Designed Experiential Tourism & Sustainability Conference
Welcome address by Linda Speldewinde, Chairperson AOD & Founder SLDF
Introduction by The Future Laboratory
*Keynote by H.E Tshering Tobgay was exclusively for the period of the festival, We invite you to listen to his inspiring TEDx talk, for more on Bhutan.
Tourism Futures by The Future Laboratory
Speakers at the Conference
Key takeaways by The Future Laboratory
Sri Lanka has always had the vision of being a sustainability influencer not only by sharing its own island initiatives built over the last two decades especially in industries such as tourism, but also by sharing the impactful progress made in the South Asian region which has much to offer in this post pandemic world.
Given the significant contribution of the tourism industry to Sri Lanka’s development, this forum will include ideas, methodologies and trends from international and local experts, thought leaders and innovators from these sectors on how sustainability makes perfect business sense and will be the only way forward.
Conference Hosts and Speaker:
The Future Laboratory
Chris Sanderson: co-founder
Martin Raymond: co-founder
The Future Laboratory is one of the world’s leading strategic foresight consultancies. It exists to help companies make a better future by giving them the confidence to take the decisions today that will create economic, environmental, technological and social growth tomorrow. From its offices in London and Melbourne, The Future Laboratory offers a range of strategic foresight products and services to help its clients harness market trends, adapt to emerging consumer needs, and keep them ahead of their competitors. Stay on top of the latest consumer trends and market shifts by visiting its trends intelligence platform, lsnglobal.com, and find out more about its client work at thefuturelaboratory.com.
H.E Dasho Tshering Tobgay
Former Prime Minister of Bhutan
Tshering Tobgay served as the leader of the opposition party in the National Assembly of Bhutan from 2008 to 2013 and as prime minister from 2013 to 2018.
He is also an environmentalist, cultural advocate and a TEDx speaker. He is a firm believer and advocate for replacing the gross domestic product (GDP) with gross national happiness (GNH). According to Tobgay, people and their happiness must come first and focus on happiness before economics. He has also spoken about conservation, climate change, poverty, democracy and happiness in various international conferences.In this year’s virtual edition of SLDF, he will be sharing his personal thoughts and experiences on the relationship between sustainability and economics and what it takes to re-establish that harmony.
Join us at the Designed Experiential Tourism & Sustainability Conference to be a part of this conversation!
Lifestyle Journalist, Sustainable Activist, Former Editor-at-large,
Bandana Tewari writes for The Business of Fashion extensively on a variety of topics from indigenous ‘made-by-hand’ economies of India and Indonesia, to transgender and LGBTQ representation in fashion. For Paro Good Earth, her writing focuses on ancient Indian wisdom—Vedanta.
Bandana is a TEDx speaker. She travels the world speaking in conferences about mindfulness in the luxury business, with a special focus on Gandhi & Fashion—a speech that focuses on sartorial integrity.
As Vogue India’s Editor-at-Large for 13 years, Bandana was responsible for planning, visualizing and ideating fashion features for the ultimate style bible. Her ringside view of the rapidly evolving industry coupled with her signature ability to take the long view in every commentary has made her one of India’s foremost authorities on fashion and lifestyle.
Bandana’s pieces have also appeared in well-regarded publications such as The New York Times, Vogue Arabia, Harper’s Bazaar India, US Vogue, UK Vogue, Wallpaper*, and Tank.
Malik J. Fernando
Director, Dilmah Tea
Managing Director, Resplendent Ceylon
Malik is a Director of Dilmah Tea. Established by Merrill J. Fernando; Dilmah, named after his two sons Dilhan and Malik, was the first producer owned tea brand, offering tea ‘picked, perfected and packed’ at origin. Dilmah is founded on a passionate commitment to quality and authenticity in tea, it is also a part of a philosophy that goes beyond commerce in seeing business as a matter of human service. 15% of earnings are directed to social justice and the environment through the MJF Charitable Foundation and Dilmah Conservation.
Malik is also the Managing Director of Resplendent Ceylon, the first Sri Lankan luxury resort brand. This “best of Sri Lanka” circuit features three distinctively original resorts, connected by a thread of peerless service. Ceylon Tea Trails, Wild Coast Tented Lodge and Cape Weligama are the sole Sri Lankan members of Relais & Chateaux, the global fellowship of individually owned & operated luxury hotels and restaurants. Three more resorts are in development.
Chief Experience and Sustainability Officer at The Fabulous Getaway Managing Partner at Sustainable Sri Lanka
Miguel is an accomplished and success orientated entrepreneur and consultant with extensive experience in building innovative travel and tourism businesses. In 2003 Miguel moved to Sri Lanka beginning his career in the travel and tourism sector. Since then Miguel has co-founded several innovative specialist tourism businesses in Sri Lanka and he has also been an advisor to numerous others. His passion for travel and tourism is evident in the awards and accolades he has received: Conde Nast Top Traveller Specialist for Sri Lanka and Wendy Perrin’s Trusted Travel Advisor for Sri Lanka. He is also the RECO Trip Advisor Specialist for Sri Lanka. Miguel and his team pioneered experiential travel in Sri Lanka and over the years has planned very sophisticated and highly experiential trips for clients to the country, including international celebrities, ex-heads of state, and many leading multinational companies. More recently Miguel founded Sustainable Sri Lanka, a consulting company with a mission to help the Sri Lankan tourism industry become a regional sustainability champion.