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International Board

Galeo Saintz – South Africa
Chair
Rim of Africa

Galeo Saintz is a conservation adventurer, a professional speaker and mountain wilderness guide. A founding member of numerous conservation NGOs including the mountain conservation trail initiative Rim of Africa and the biodiversity corridor initiative Eden to Addo in South Africa.

As a peace activist, he is founder of the Wild Peace Alliance, a global initiative addressing conflict between humans and wildlife using adventure, technology, workshops  and cultural interventions to promote peace.

Galeo is founding Chair of the World Trails Network, an international initiative championing the international trails industry and promoting the world’s leading trails and trail destinations. He holds an MSc in Holistic Science from Schumacher College (UK).

Laura Belleville – United States
Vice-Chair, Team Leader: Strategy
Appalachian Trail

Laura Belleville joined The Appalachian Trail Conservancy staff in 2005 as the Southwest and Central Virginia Regional Director, assuming the Conservation Director role in 2007. She currently leads a dynamic team of 25 staff in the Appalachian Trail Conservancy’s conservation department on many programs, including trail management, land acquisition, volunteer development, education and outreach, environmental monitoring, and advocacy. Her organization works on the management of the 3515km Appalachian Trail corridor. She has a passion for engaging local communities and volunteers in conservation projects. She also serves on the board of the American Hiking Society. Laura is proud to work for an organization that aspires to implement the community building vision of Benton MacKaye, while protecting and promoting a premier hiking destination.

Jackie Randle – Canada
Secretary
Bruce Trail

Jackie Randle has been the Director of Volunteer Programs for the Bruce Trail Conservancy (BTC) since 2002. As Director of Volunteer Programs, Jackie is responsible for setting the direction of the Volunteer Program, implementing new policies and procedures, providing training materials and developing new ways to provide access to necessary training resources. Since Jackie joined the BTC, the volunteer program has grown from 800 volunteers to over 1350 volunteers, representing 15% of the total membership of the BTC. Major projects include the 50th Anniversary of the Bruce Trail celebrations; creation of a standardized volunteer database; and the creation of an international image for the Bruce Trail Conservancy through the introduction of Friendship Trails and an ongoing presence at the World Trails Network. Jackie has a Bachelor degree in Anthropology, a post-graduate diplomas in Volunteer Management  and Human Resources

Fivos Tsaravopoulos – Greece
Treasurer
Paths of Greece

Fivos Tsaravopoulos holds two MSc titles in European Studies and Environmental Management. He is the Co-Founder of the Social Co-operative Enterprise “Paths of Greece“, and he has been actively involved with the implementation of walking trails across all of Greece since 2010. He has developed or helped with the implementation of several path networks on the islands of Sifnos, Kythera, Serifos, Karpathos, Kefalonia, as well as in Messinia, Marathon, Athens and Drama. During his free time, he likes climbing, hiking and he is a passionate photographer.

Sumit Baral – Nepal
Board Member
Great Himalaya Trails

After working in multiple sub-sectors in tourism space for over 17 years within and outside of Nepal, Sumit has developed a passion for trails as they are the inherent assets for Nepal’s tourism. Great Himalaya Trails, a network of vast array of ancient trail routes of Nepal, is his work space and he is involved with an aspirational vision to establish it as a brand that promises enhanced quality, experience and safety assurance to the users and provides a sustainable livelihoods to the resident community. He has wide-ranging industry experience in trail planning, management with linkage to tourism business, agribusiness, manufacturing, trade, export and skill sectors. He has demonstrated authority in trails and business linkage and has a consulting career with international agencies like World Bank Group/ IFC, Asian Development Bank, DFID etc. Writing and hiking are Sumit’s passions.

David Landis – USA
Board Member
Village to Village Press

David Landis is an outdoor adventure tourism expert with ten years of experience in hiking trail development, outdoor leadership and capacity building, and travel resource development in the Middle East and Mediterranean. He is a co-founder of the Jesus Trail and was instrumental in the development of the Village to Village Press, Jordan Trail and Sinai Trail. David has coauthored hiking guidebooks to the Camino de Santiago and Jesus Trail, founded a publishing company, and has expertise in adventure tourism and marketing/public relations. David is a certified trainer in Wilderness First Aid (WFA) and Response (WFR) and instructed the first WFA courses in the Middle East. He has also trained local trail developers across the Middle East in GIS technology, cartography, trail scouting, and hiking guidebook resource development and advised local non-profit organizations on trail sustainability and outdoor tourism strategy.

Kerstin Stender – Australia
Board Member
Bibbulmun Track

Kerstin is the Trails Coordinator at the Department of Parks and Wildlife. Born in Germany she came to Australia after she finished school. Even as a young person she has always enjoyed the outdoors and hiked, cycled and paddled throughout Europe. She studied leisure science and is now progressing towards a Master in Tourism Management. Her thesis is about trail business management models and she have traveled the world to investigate several world class trails, including the Appalachian Trail (United States), West Highland Way (Scotland), New Zealand Cycle Trails and Jeju Olle Trail (South Korea). In Australia she manages the Bibbulmun Track, Munda Biddi Trail, Cape to Cape Track and has policy responsibility for another 600+ smaller trails.

Julie Jung – South Korea
Board Member & Asia Trails Network
Jeju Olle Trail

Julie has been the Manager of Global Communication Team for Jeju Olle Foundation since 2010. As Manager of Global Communication Team, Julie is responsible for promoting Friendship Trail co-marketing projects and also cooperating with national and international trail networking organizations. Julie is also responsible for coordinating World Trails Conference since 2010 to 2015 and taking a role of secretariat of Asia Trails Network since 2014.

Marc Peterhans – Switzerland
Board Member 
Nat Scrimshaw – United States
Board Member &Chair of World Trails Network – Hub for the Americas 

International Advisory Committee

Suzanne Shuai – China
Committee Member
China Volkssports Association
Francisco Singul
Francisco Singul – Spain
Committee Member
Camino de Santiago

Francisco Singul is doctor in history of art, researcher and diffuser of the history and culture of the way of st. James, and of course he’s a pilgrim. He works since 1993 in a special public company of Xunta de Galicia (Galician government, Spain) dedicated to the development a sustainable management and promotion of the Jacobean routes. He has been a curator of many exhibitions of the way of st. James from several perspectives, historical epochs and different concepts, using in much of them an important group of pieces from international museums and archives and, in another contemporary projects, photographs and videos of young artists. He wrote several books and many articles relatives to the Camino, published in Spain, Portugal, Brasil, Italy, Japan and USA, and participated in numerous international conferences around the world.

Anna Carolina Lobo – Brasil
Committee Member
WWF Brasil

Anna Carolina Lobo is the Marine and Atlantic Rainforest Program Coordinator of WWF-Brazil.

Anna has nine years of experience with public use management of Protected Areas in both public agencies and private institutions. In WWF Brazil she´s being working with Protected Areas in a mosaic landscape/seascape perspective, aligning sustainable use and conservation efforts, as a tool to promote sustainable territorial development. Long distance trails are considered an important strategy to promote conservation – connecting protected areas, strengthening ecological corridors and promoting sustainable business in the priority landscapes of the Atlantic Rainforest Program. For six years, she worked as Ecotourism Manager at Forest Foundation (Protected Areas Agency of Sao Paulo State Government), where she was able to implement trails system in all parks of the state. For two years Anna Carolina was worked as Institutional Affairs and Project Coordinator of Semeia Institute, bringing together public and private entities to develop management models for National Parks, with a special focus on tourism. Anna has served as counselor in the following Government´s Boards: Tourism, Environmental and Geological Monuments. She is a Post-Graduate in Environmental Management, has a Bachelor of Tourism Management degree and is the author, co-author and coordinated 10 articles and books on Natural Protected Areas and public use.

Kate Clow – Turkey
Committee Member
Culture Routes Turkey

Kate Clow is British but has lived in Turkey for nearly 30 years, exploring and writing about ancient road systems. From 1995, she connected a series of paths to make Turkey’s first long-distance walking route, the Lycian Way. It opened in 1999 and was followed in 2004 by the St Paul Trail. She has since then worked on two more trails, the Kaçkar trails and the Evliya Çelebi Way. In 2012 she founded the Culture Routes Society, which now markets guidebooks, maps and apps for 17 trails in Turkey. The Society is now working with the Association of the Vie Francigene to extend Europe’s second Culture Route from Rome across the Balkans to Turkey; parts are now complete. Kate’s passion is the discovery of old roads and the ruins along them, and she has discovered many forgotten stretches in Turkey’s mountains.

Robert Searns – USA
Committee Member, Team Leader: Knowledge & Resources
American Trails Board

Robert Searns, specializes in greenways and trails with a four-decade, award-winning record helping communities visualize concepts, win support and get projects built. His projects include Denver’s Platte River Greenway—the spine of a 600-mile system and a bicycle/walking network for Grand Canyon National Park.  He co-authored Greenways (Island Press—U.S. and China) and contributed to Greenways: The Beginning of an International Movement (Elsevier Press). He has written articles for American TrailsPlanning, Landscape Architecture and LA China Magazines. He has been a trainer for the U.S. National Park Service, the Urban Land Institute and the American Planning Association. Bob is Chair Emeritus of American Trails.

Huseyin Eryurt – Turkey
Committee Member
Cultural Routes Turkey

Hüseyin Eryurt studied History of Art and Archaeology in Ankara between 1999-2004 and worked at numerous arcaheological excavations around South-east Turkey since then. In 2008 he had his master’s degree on ‘Administration and Economy of Cultural Heritage’ at Scuola Superiore di Catania in Sicily. Having given Latin and Museum Studies courses at Uludag University, he is now the manager of Turkey’s Culture Routes Society, an NGO founded to develop, maintain and promote trekking routes which are used for rural development.

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