Learn from 2003 Kinship Fellow Christian Henry, Chief Financial Officer, of the Eleuthera Institute in the Bahamas, and 2004 Kinship Fellow, Alessio Di Giulio, of Italy Landscape Education Center, as they each present practical insights from operating ecotourism enterprises.
Alessio has spent the better part of his professional life as head of the Education & Tourism department of WWF Italy. In 2001, he left this position to start up a private enterprise based in the mountain inland Abruzzo Region (East of Rome). Alessio lives and works in a medieval village with four hundred inhabitants. He started up an education Center called Italian Landscapes Exploration (ILEX) that works with rural landscape interpretation and rural sustainable development. The Center’s core goal is to enforce the local communities’ resilience capacity in the face of global change and global warming. The Center promotes projects of community planning, rural tourism innovation, and environmental education, as well as delivers services such as university classes, cultural tourism programs, and hospitality in its guesthouse (torrecornone.com). The ILEX center has been acknowledged as an educational institution of public interest.
While teaching at Lawrenceville in 1998, Christian helped pitch the Island School to sending schools. He has since served in several educator, administrative, and managerial roles at The Island School, and as Chief Financial Officer of the Cape Eleuthera Foundation since 2004. Christian was awarded a 2003 Kinship Conservation Fellowship to study market solutions to environmental issues. He graduated from Swarthmore College with a B.A. in Biology and, in 2006 he completed his Masters in Business Administration (MBA) from the Duke University Fuqua School of Business. Christian also teaches a winter study course in Entrepreneurship for college students.
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