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Our Team

We are a collective of incredibly passionate professionals from different backgrounds and disciplines who believe in the transformative power of travel. For 20 years we have led the development of scholarship and practice in place-based, community-led approaches and localisation strategies in tourism. We have spent years embedded in diverse organisations, communities and businesses, learning, listening and experimenting with innovative approaches and actions. Our ambition is to champion a kinder, regenerative form of tourism that contributes to people, place and nature.  We combine this experience with our decades of global thought leadership and global-to-local experience so that we can sharpen your understanding of the change ahead, and be a  guide for the transition ahead.

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Dianne Dredge, PhD.

Director | Regenerative practitioner |  Community builder 

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Managing Director, The Tourism CoLab 

Co-Director, Designing Tourism- design services for experimental action

Elected member of the International Academy for the Study of Tourism

Environmental planner, regenerative development practitioner

Two decades+ consulting, embedded sector experience

Award winning educator, researcher and coach using insights from leadership, neuroscience and change making

Thought leadership - 200+ papers, 8 books, 100+ keynote addresses

Local2030 islands Network, Global Community of Practice Coordinator for Regenerative and Sustainable Tourism

Expertise in: - Tourism policy, regional development and governance  - Business design, development and coaching - Place-making and community wealth building - Regional and remote community development - Visitor experience - Environmental assessment - Design with nature - Circular economy - Critical, creative thinking and innovation - Learning pathways design and pedagogy Dianne has provided policy research and advice to both the European Commission and the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD). Her contributions include advice on: - Complementary and countervailing policies in tourism - Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (SME) and digitalisation - Collaborative economy policy approaches - Blue economy - Impact of short term accommodation platforms on housing, community and place Dianne has held professorships at three Australian Universities, and two international guest professorships (Lund University, Sweden and Royal Roads University, Canada). She has lived and worked in Australia, Canada, Mexico and Europe. Dianne is deeply committed to coaching and mentoring the next generation of innovative thought leaders and change makers in the Tourism CoLab... for a kinder, regenerative future.

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Nadine Schmidt Rojas

Regenerative tourism industry advisor, community facilitator & instructor

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Lecturer, tutor and online facilitator 

Sustainable tourism, hospitality and regenerative tourism.

Regenerative tourism specialist (South Australian tour operator)

Various industry positions

Expertise in: - Design and delivery of learning journeys (Australia and Germany) - Community development and management - Research and analysis - Business development - Sales and marketing - Product development - Event management for both inbound and outbound tour operators and DMOs. Voluntary roles include:  - Co-Leader of the Impact Travel Alliance, Melbourne Chapter - Business Development Manager for TheRegenLab For Travel ​​Speaker roles:​ - Invited speaker for the Travel and Tourism Research Association's Annual Conference, where she spoke about bringing sustainable tourism to the masses (2019). - Keynote speaker, "Tourism For Good" conference in South Australia, where she gave an introduction to Regenerative Tourism to over 350 tourism industry delegates (2023). - Invited speaker at the Local2030 Islands Conference, Hawai'i (2024) where Nadine spoke about citizen science and activating visitors for good. - Invited speaker, Regenerative Tourism by Design Summit, The Tourism CoLab February 2024.

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Jenny Cave, PhD.

Associate. Anthropologist.

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  • Market and consumer research

  • Interpretation & experience design

  • Community and cultural heritage


Jenny Cave is an experienced cultural heritage manager, evaluator and tourism enterprise developer. As a craftsperson, she weaves practical insights and creative thinking. With over 25 years of experience in design, cultural heritage management and operations, program evaluation, market research and governance, Jenny is a system thinker and activator. Jenny is skilled in community engagement and women's entrepreneurship. Her work includes projects for international aid agencies, federal and local government, not-for-profits and the private sector in Canada, the United Kingdom, New Zealand, and Australia. Jenny resides in the Waikato region, New Zealand where she is engaged in various regenerative projects with her partner.


Claire Single

Sustainability consultant. Project manager. Change-agent.

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  • Project management

  • Stakeholder engagement

  • Environmental planning and law

Claire Single draws from a 25+ year career in environmental planning, law, project management and corporate social responsibility.  She has worked in public and private sector roles at federal, state, and local government levels, both in Australia and in Africa. Claire has considerable experience in managing large projects from tourism to mining, and from corporate climate change strategy to modern slavery.nThroughout her career, Claire has shown a strong commitment to stakeholder engagement and social and environmental responsibility. Claire’s wide ranging expertise and multidisciplinary lens, gives her a unique capacity to jump the gaps, build bridges and see the big picture, all while working with the detail.

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Keeley Warren

Tourism marketer. Travel writer. Regenerative tourism advocate.

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  • Digital strategy and content marketing

  • Copywriting and content creation

  • Radio show host and podcast presenter

Keeley has 15+ years of international experience in marketing, advertising and communications in Australia, Europe, the UK and the US. She is the founder and Director of award-winning tourism marketing organisation - Mankind Digital - a digital marketing expert, radio show host and travel writer. Keeley is particularly passionate about promoting sustainable, regenerative and responsible tourism in Australia and beyond.

Through her work, Keeley helps tourism and travel organisations harness the power of digital marketing and content to increase consumer demand for more ethical travel choices.

We are proud to work with Keeley and Mankind Digital. Together we are stronger in our efforts to transform tourism and travel for better.

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Roberto Daniele

  • Social entrepreneur

  • Purpose-led business coach

  • Mentor

Robert founded the Melbourne-based Changemakers’ Lab, a social enterprise to support aspiring and existing social entrepreneurs to move from passion to action by providing educational, coaching and consulting services. Roberto is a passionate social entrepreneur ecosystem builder, educator and world cycle tourer with over 15+ years of experience delivering award-winning social entrepreneurship programs in the UK and Australia. Roberto combines rigorous research and analytical skills with business insights and extensive intercultural experience. 

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Sarah Lebski

  • Visitor Experiences

  • Policy and governance

  • Destination management


Sarah brings a rich and varied knowledge of the tourism industry to all her projects; her experience, both as an operator and a consultant has seen her deeply involved in the industry for more than 25 years. Her understanding extends from the practicalities of operating a tourism business and working with large stakeholder groups to providing policy and planning advice to government and undertaking a diverse range of tourism projects, particularly in regional areas.

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Renuka Mahadevan

  • Consumer research

  • Policy evaluation and guidance

  • Measuring value creation in tourism

Renuka is an Associate Professor in applied economics and Asia-Pacific expert at the University of Queensland. She specialises in a broad range of topics from trade wars (specifically the US-China trade war) to the sharing economy (Airbnb, Uber, DiDi, etc). Her areas of expertise extend to empirical and policy analysis in development and agricultural economics, tourism economics, international trade, and productivity growth analysis, using econometrics and macroeconomic models. Renuka collaborates with The Tourism Colab to undertake innovative research exploring the challenges and opportunities that small and medium-sized businesses (SMEs).

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