The Wild Asia team comprises of advisors, management, staff and close professional associates. We are a multicultural and international assemblage. We all share a common understanding of social and environmental issues from the “ground up”. These skills have been applied in a number of ways to assist companies understand, manage and monitor their social and environmental impacts. Our team have proven to be balanced, approachable and trustworthy and have used this relationship to develop a number of strategic engagements with international and local businesses.
Claudine ‘s background is in international development and sustainability, with a particular focus on natural resource management and tourism. She has 15 year’s experience spanning community based tourism and eco-tourism, hotel sustainability, sustainable palm oil, forest conservation, community forestry and climate change. Her experience in the tourism sector includes assessment and re-design of a community-based tourism project in Ecuador, supporting development of community-based eco-tourism initiatives in National Parks in India, and product development for an award winning responsible tour operator in Thailand. She has been an approved Auditor for the Travelife Sustainability System for Hotels since 2013, and has conducted over 15 hotel audits in the past four years. Claudine currently leads Wild Asia’s Responsible Tourism Initiative.
As our Responsible Tourism Associate Specialist, Deborah oversees several initiatives such as the Responsible Tourism Initiative and corporate responsibility projects. With her extensive experience in strategic communications and branding, she also manages Wild Asia’s communication channels working with our talented editorial team. She has assessed more than 60 sustainable tourism award applications, visited over 30 sustainable tourism operators across Asia and provided advisory support and trained numerous tourism establishments . She managed the Wild Asia Responsible Tourism Awards for 3 consecutive years. Her experience at Wild Asia has given her the privilege of providing advisory support to prominent tourism pioneers and leaders in sustainability. They range from community based operators to high-end luxury boutique hotels. In 2010, Deborah was chosen to be part of the judging panel for the PATA Gold Awards. Her varied skills allows for great versatility in understanding sustainability issues and adapting to different industries, destinations and people groups. Deborah holds a (BA) in Communications, majoring in journalism and cultural studies. She has been involved in community development and relief aid projects all across Asia, including Banda Aceh and Dumai in Indonesia, throughout Malaysia, Thailand and Cambodia. She is currently based in Kota Kinabalu, Sabah and continues to assess tourism operators around the region.
Amy has a decade long, varied background in tourism, and is a specialist in responsible tourism, with hands on experience in the UK, India, Malaysia, and Cambodia. She has led sustainability campaigns that have received international recognition, such as Winner Best Destination Virgin Holidays/Responsible Travel.com Responsible Tourism Awards 2010 and Finalist Destination Stewardship Tourism for Tomorrow Awards 2011. To date she has assessed hundreds of tourism properties, most recently many across Asia through her role as our Wild Asia Responsible Tourism Awards Manager (which she has been managing since 2012), where she administrates the judging process based on the Global Sustainable Tourism Criteria and coordinates the ceremony held at Asia’s biggest B2B travel trade show, ITB Asia. Her specialty areas in this industry include protected area management, community based development, and communications. In 2014, she co-founded Ayana Journeys, a small educational travel company in Cambodia. Learn more about the Responsible Tourism Initiative and our professional services.
Nicolas Dubrocard has been improving environmental efficiency and implementing eco labels in hotels and resorts for the past decade. He has been the International Director of Green Key, an international eco-label implemented in 40+ countries, and prior to that he managed his own consultancy company in Morocco advising hotels about sustainability and certification and running Every Drop Counts programme for the Travel Foundation. He also recently implemented the Kuoni Water Management Project in Thailand. Nicolas’s knowledge of sustainability managment is furthur strengthened through his work auditing more than 100 eco hotels in 25 countries for various schemes: Green Key, Travelife. Based in Malaysia since 2014 he already provided team building on sustainability topics for destination, such as Tioman Island and supported accommodations to receive Travelife International Eco-Label.