Matt & Rebecca

Matt Walpole

Matt is Senior Director for Conservation Programmes at Fauna & Flora International (FFI), responsible for FFI's field activities worldwide. Matt is a conservation biologist by training, and after graduating from Cambridge spent ten years at the Durrell Institute of Conservation and Ecology working on ecotourism development, park-people relations and human-wildlife coexistence in Africa and Asia. Between 2004 and 2007 Matt was at FFI leading a programme connecting conservation to local community well-being, as well as establishing FFI’s Rapid Response Facility for World Heritage Sites in danger. Subsequently, Matt spent almost a decade at the UN Environment World Conservation Monitoring Centre, developing and delivering global biodiversity indicators and building national capacity to mainstream biodiversity into wider development decision-making, before returning to FFI in 2017. Matt has occupied roles on various UN and international fora and, amongst other things, is currently an advisor to the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands. Matt is a longstanding member of the judging panel of the World Responsible Travel Awards. He has worked and travelled in over 70 countries.

Rebecca Armstrong

Rebecca Armstrong is an experienced sustainability consultant, with a particular focus on responsible tourism development and managing the impacts of the travel industry to benefit local communities and destinations. She originally qualified and practiced as a solicitor, before changing career in 2008, taking an MSc in Responsible Tourism Management, for which her research explored the conditions for success of community-based tourism. Rebecca has hands-on experience of working with large travel organisations including TUI and Virgin Atlantic, and on sustainable tourism projects from local to international level through her consultancy business, Responsible Tourism Matters. She is also an Associate of Equality in Tourism, an independent network working to ensure women share equally in the benefits of the global tourism industry.

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