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Jubilee Profile Index

"ATA stands alone as the only world travel industry association with African Tourism Ministers as President, Vice Presidents and Directors. These solid credentials give Africa Travel Magazine an edge in circulation via 23 African Tourism Ministries and National Tourist Boards that have hosted ATA events since 1976." Editor



Dave Gibson

Co-Chair, ATA Responsible Travel Committee
Chemonics International

Mr. Gibson has supported natural resources and tourism management programming in 40 countries across all regions during the past 25 years. He has managed long-term protected area and forestry projects in Ivory Coast, Senegal and Rwanda and served as a forestry and natural resources advisor to USAID's regional programs in East Africa and Latin America from 1986-1994. He also helped organize and manage the first and only airline dedicated to sustainable tourism development (USAfrica Airways) where he directed corporate responsibility and responsible travel services. Since joining Chemonics International seven years ago Dave has managed numerous environment and natural resources management projects across all regions with major initiatives in community-based tourism development by championing market-based approaches to conservation programming.

He has also led Chemonics interests in 3rd party certification systems and manages numerous initiatives to support development of food safety, forest certification, and organic agriculture production standards. Dave currently manages Chemonics Natural Resources Management Practice Network which is active in more than 15 countries. He has an M.S. in Land Use Planning for the Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies and B.S. in Wildlife Biology and Forestry from Colorado State University. He is a Certified auditor in Environmental Management Systems (ISO 14001), Social Accountability (SA 8000), and the Forest Stewardship Council system. He speaks fluent French and conversational Spanish.

About ATA

With the Africa Travel Association's 30th Jubilee Congress in 2005, the excitement is mounting as our magazine's editors and New York office staff are going through the archives in our effort to present a landmark souvenir capsule of ATA's progress up to the present time. The above profile is one important step in that direction, as the association's great strength is the caliber of people in its chapters and on its Board of Directors.


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