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International Board

The World Trails Network International Board is made up of leading trails professionals and experienced leadership that is inclusive of youth, gender, ethnicity and the diverse skills that represent the diversity and breadth of trails from around the world.

Galeo Saintz – South Africa
International Chair
Trail Organization: Rim of Africa

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

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 completed his MSc at Schumacher College (UK), which focused on conservation corridors.

In his conservation work Galeo is Co-Chair of the IUCN CEESP Theme on Environment and Peace and its corresponding Task Force for Migration, Environmental Change and Conflict.

For further information visit: www.galeosaintz.com

Julian Gray – United Kingdom
International Vice-Chair
Trail Organization: South West Coast Path

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Environmental leader with over 30 years experience in the environment, tourism and sustainability sectors in UK, Europe and Australia. Over 14 years leading not-for-profit organisations. Outstanding skills in stakeholder engagement and building partnerships across not-for-profit, public and private sectors. Well versed in governance of not-for-profits and accountability to stakeholders. Excellent track record of fundraising, communications, business planning and branding. Extensive management and motivation of teams, consultants and volunteers. Creative and strategic problem solver.

Key skills areas include:

  • Establishing and leading organisations, programmes and teams
  • Strong track record of effective change management and inspiring teams
  • Business planning and strategy development
  • Charity sector organisational management and governance
  • Promotion of access to the countryside including National Trails and Rights of Way network
  • Development of outdoor leisure and tourism partnerships
  • Innovative and successful fundraiser
  • Strategic communications, public relations, social media and media management
  • Working in partnership, influencing and relationship management
  • Developing campaigns and communication for environmental behaviour change
  • Conservation, sustainability and Corporate Social Responsibility

Elias Gisin – Switzerland
International Treasurer

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As a challenger and critical thinker with a hands-on mentality, I enjoy finding solutions to simple and complex problems. I like working with diverse teams as they often find more innovative solutions than individuals. My main expertise is in GTM Strategy and Operations.Master of Science (MSc) in Management at HEC Paris, FranceCEMS Double Degree, Indian Institute of Management Calcutta, India BSc in Management at the University of Lausanne, Switzerland Exchange semester, Macquarie University, Sydney, AustraliaManager, Global Go-to-Market Operations at DocuSign, France.Social Impact Analysis for a pay-as-you-go solar panel provider, Kenya.Outdoors sports include hiking, cross-country skiing, trail running.

Fivos Tsaravopoulos – Greece
Co-Chair – Trails & Tourism
Trail Organization: Paths of Greece

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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.

Jackie Randle – Canada
Board Member
Trail Organization: Bruce Trail

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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

Dr Kambona Oscar Ouma – Kenya
Board Member

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I bring to the board a wealth of experience gained over the years. In particular, I bring managerial experience gained from nearly 10 years of service in Kenya’s public sector. Having been a trainer over many years, I also bring experiences and skills in managing recreation ecology impacts in protected areas and their surrounding environments. Furthermore, my training as a trail audit expert gives me more technical skills which can be shared by the wider global trail network community. I also bring on board networking skills and opportunities gained over the years through my association with other like minded organizations (i.e. IUCN – TAPAS).

I also bring trail experiences from a developing country perspective. As an academician and researcher, being in the WTN board provides an opportunity to create trail research networks with relevant institutions i.e. AfrinNet – a research network where I am currently a founding member. The network consists of about 80 institutions from Africa and Austria with a focus on addressing research areas within the framework of Sustainable Development Goals.

Rachel Kim – Korea
Board Member
Trail Organization: Jeju Olle Foundation

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Rachel Kim has a background of communications, marketing, and public relations in both academic and profession, Mee Gang Kim has worked on various projects around the trail and its neighboring villages as well as educational programs targeting youth and children. Currently, she is a manager of global business department in the trail division of Jeju Olle Foundation managing relationships and business with overseas trails or partners, and programs for international hikers.

Sumit Baral – Nepal
Board Member
Co-Chair – Trails & Tourism

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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.

Laura Belleville – USA
Board Member
Trail Organization: Appalachian Trail

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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.

Miranda Agapishvilli – Georgia
Board Member

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I bring to the board a wealth of experience gained over the years. In particular, I bring managerial experience gained from nearly 10 years of service in Kenya’s public sector. Having been a trainer over many years, I also bring experiences and skills in managing recreation ecology impacts in protected areas and their surrounding environments. Furthermore, my training as a trail audit expert gives me more technical skills which can be shared by the wider global trail network community. I also bring on board networking skills and opportunities gained over the years through my association with other like minded organizations (i.e. IUCN – TAPAS).

I also bring trail experiences from a developing country perspective. As an academician and researcher, being in the WTN board provides an opportunity to create trail research networks with relevant institutions i.e. AfrinNet – a research network where I am currently a founding member. The network consists of about 80 institutions from Africa and Austria with a focus on addressing research areas within the framework of Sustainable Development Goals.

Pedro da Cunha e Menezes – Brazil
Board Member
Trail Organization: Transcarioca Trail

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Pedro da Cunha e Menezes, is a Brazilian career civil servant. Pedro has been Tijuca National Park Chief Superintendent, where he implemented the first trail system in a Brazilian protected area. He also served as Brazil National Parks Service (ICMBio) National Coordinator for Visitor Services and National Director for Parks Management, Law Enforcement, Fire Prevencion and Public Use. During his tenure, he conceived and coordinated the establishment of the Brazilian Trails Network, and supervised the implementation of more than 2.000 km of new trails in Brazil.

Maya Karkour – Lebanon
Board Member
Trail Organization: Lebanon Mountain Trail

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Maya is since 2018 the President of the Lebanon Mountain Trail Association (LMTA), and a Board Member and the head of the LMTA Education Committee since 2015. Her current role involves amongst other tasks taking strategic decisions with regards to supporting and sustaining the Lebanon Mountain Trail (LMT) as a responsible tourism destination, and she has also been in charge of developing environmental education programs along the trail, working with the Ministry of Education & public schools. Maya also completed the 30-day LMTA Thru-Walk hike in 2014.

In her profession, Maya is a sustainability and circular economy expert at EcoConsulting (www.ecoconsulting.net), an environmental consultancy which she co-founded in 2003 in the UK and established in 2008 in Lebanon. Maya holds an MSc (hons) in Environment from the London School of Economics and Political Science, is one of the main local trainers of the EU SwitchMed Green Entrepreneurship program, and a fellow of the Middle East Leadership Initiative (MELI), Class IV, of the Aspen Global Leadership Network.

Gabiel Chernacov – Costa Rica

Board Member
Trail Organization: Camino de Costa Rica

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International Business Executive, Strategic Consultant, and Entrepreneur
with extensive experience and deep understanding in all facets of building
a successful business from scratch. Driven Entrepreneur successful at
developing operational areas, outlining business plans and creating
effective company cultures. Innovative and strategic leader with a track
record of operating in complex environments and achieving dramatic
results. Proactive and motivated with a high-energy approach to building
and optimizing business operations. Well versed in financial, business and
personnel management, while maintaining focus on attention to critical
details and big-picture needs. Strategic problem solver, change manager
and visionary executive with success implementing plans to meet current
and future needs.

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Mathieu Roy Canada

Board Member

Trail Organization: Trans Canada Trail

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Mathieu is Vice President & Chief Trail Experience Officer at Trans Canada Trail.

Mathieu is a results-driven executive with significant national operational experience in the trail sector. He has tremendous experience from having founded and led his own environmental business, and from having worked in a number of multifaceted organizations.

As part of the Senior Management team, he was involved in the development of two strategic plans: 2018-2022 and currently, the 2021-2024 plan.  He helped establish a $30 million funding relationship with Parks Canada that is taking the organization past its first 25 years and into the next chapter of the Trail in Canada. At Trans Canada Trail, he represents the organization as expert on trail subject matters: operation, development and management, committees, government consultations and partners.

Mathieu leads a passionate team of professionals as they continue to enhance and improve the trail experience, engaging with communities and partners from coast to coast to coast, not only through funding programs, but also by implementing and leading projects with a focus on infrastructure and signage, tourism, inclusivity, safety and active transportation.

International Trails Task Team Chairs & Advisory Council Members

Kate Harbour – USA
Co-Chair – Trails & Cities

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Kate Harbour is a graduate student in the Master of Urban and Regional Planning program at Portland State University, (Portland, Oregon, USA) with a focus on regional trail planning and land conservation. She works at Friends of the Columbia Gorge, a non-profit focused on protecting the Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area that is advancing a 200 mile loop trail connecting 13 communities in the region.

Kara Wooldrik – USA
Co-Chair – Trails & Cities
Trail Organization: Portland Trails

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Since 2012, Kara Wooldrik has been the Executive Director of Portland Trails, a nonprofit urban land trust that manages a 70-mile trail network for active transportation, conservation, recreation and placemaking. Her career has focused on engaging children and adults in experiences that empower them to create communities that are more healthy and sustainable, for people and nature alike.

Zak Klein – USA
Co-Chair – Trails & Media

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Zak Klein’s career has featured leadership in outdoor education and expeditionary learning for 14 years with Outward Bound USA, Bay Area Wilderness Training and the National Outdoor Leadership School.  Zak’s passion for trails stems from hundred of days with thousands of people in the expedition setting. Participant transformations are obvious, powerful and lasting and he knows those opportunities simply couldn’t exist without trails.  Zak views trails as a cornerstone for direct environmental and community experience.  He knows trails are humanity’s best medium to experience an environment; and sees trails as the key for cultivating personal and cultural relationships with nature. Among his trail-focused work, Zak authored a hiking guidebook for the island nation of Dominica, featuring the Waitukubuli National Trail.  He also cooperatively planned, led and documented WTN’s 2017 expedition in Tottori, Japan.  Since 2011, Zak’s been working to discover trail visionaries and explore the ingredients that allow a trail to be born, restored or re-imagined. He’s fascinated by the origin stories of trails and inspired by the people who envision trails. Zak currently serves as Co-Chair of the Trails & Media International Task Team for World Trails Network.  He is employed as a Program Officer at the Quimby Family Foundation in USA, where funding supports trail projects and events across the state of Maine, including the Appalachian Trail, Hills-to-Sea trail, and the 3,000-mile East Coast Greenway among many others.   His university studies include Communications, Biology, Photo + Video and he formerly served as a photo editor for National Geographic Adventure magazine. He resides with spouse Hannah and son Benyo in Portland, Maine.  For fun, he plants fruit trees, adores the Green Bay Packers, is continually sampling new cheeses, apple ciders and hot sauces. . . and he’ll never turn down tossing a frisbee.

Kate Clow – Turkey
Co-Chair – Trails & Culture
Trail Organization: Culture Routes Turkey

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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.

Nat Scrimshaw – USA
Co-Chair – Trails & Sustainability
Chair – World Trails Network Hub for the Americas

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In addition to being the Co-CHair of the Trails & Sustainability International Task Team, Nat is the WTN Hub for the Americas Chair. He is an active trail steward for over 40 years in both New England and Central America. Nat served as executive director of the Monteverde Institute in Costa Rica 1993-1995 and 1998-2005. Before leaving Monteverde in 2005 he envisioned a network of trails connecting communities and protected areas between the Monteverde Cloud Forest and mangroves in the Gulf of Nicoya. In 2011 Nat returned to Costa Rica to continue his support for the Sendero Pacífico and other trails in Costa Rica, including the Camino de Costa Rica. This included establishing World Trails Network Friendship Trails between the Sendero Pacífico and the Bruce Trail of Canada, and the Sendero Pacífico and Lebanon Mountain Trail. 

Nat balances his work in Costa Rica with projects in the White Mountains of New Hampshire, including his role as Appalachian Mountain Club (AMC) “adopter” of the Franconia Ridge Trail, part of the 3,500 km Appalachian Trail.

András József Molnár – Hungary
Co-Chair – Trails & Sustainability

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András is a passionate hiker since his childhood and has been guiding, walking and developing the hiker and pilgrimage trails in Greater Budapest, along with organizing events, for more than 20 years.

He has a PhD in information systems, as well as BA in theology, and is a certified walking and tour guide. He studies and teaches trail networks, marking and signage systems, and was the editor-in-chief responsible for updating the trail marking guidelines for the Hungarian Hiking Federation. He currently chairs the Viator Association.

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