The CoLab team brings together diverse cross sector experience, award winning research, education, creative problem solving and activation.
We are uniquely global in our experience, yet profoundly local in our love for genuine conversations, local communities, places, and nature.
Dianne Dredge, PhD.
Director | Regenerative practitioner | Community builder
Dianne is Founder of The Tourism CoLab and is Co-founder and Co-Director of Designing Tourism. Dianne is an experienced community engagement specialist, environmental planner and tourism policy researcher and is an internationally recognised thought leader in tourism. She has spent most of her 30 year career in the spaces between environmental planning, research, education, policy, community development, innovation, entrepreneurship and business activation.
Dianne has worked with Australian federal, state, and local governments and tourism organisations, preparing destination management plans, stakeholder audits, community and industry engagement. She has experience in Environmental Impact Assessment and land use strategy, and is deeply committed to innovative community engagement approaches.
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 diverse issues including tourism Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (SME) and digitalisation, collaborative/sharing economy policy, the blue economy, SME capacity building and policy complementarities.
She has held professorships at three Australian Universities, and two international guest professorships (Lund University, Sweden and Royal Roads University, Canada). She has published 8 books, over 200 research papers, and 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. It's for the future.
Nadine Schmidt Rojas
Regenerative tourism industry advisor, facilitator & instructor
Nadine Schmidt (M.A.) is a a lecturer, tutor and online facilitator in higher education in Australia and Europe in sustainable tourism, hospitality and regenerative tourism. She works as a regenerative tourism specialist for a South Australian tour operator, and is currently authoring a course about Regenerative Tourism for an Institute in Germany.
Nadine's past industry experiences include roles in Business Development, Sales, Marketing, Product Development and Event Management for both Inbound and Outbound Tour Operators, as well as a Destination Management Organisation.
Her voluntary roles included being the Co-Leader of the Impact Travel Alliance Melbourne Chapter and the Business Development Manager for TheRegenLab For Travel. In 2019, she was an invited speaker for the Travel and Tourism Research Association's Annual Conference, where she spoke about bringing sustainable tourism to the masses. In 2023, Nadine was a keynote speaker at the "Tourism For Good" conference in South Australia, where she gave an introduction to Regenerative Tourism to over 350 tourism industry delegates.
Jenny Cave, PhD.
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.
Sustainability consultant. Project manager. Change-agent.
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.
Tourism marketer. Travel writer. Regenerative tourism advocate.
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.
Purpose-led business coach
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.
Policy and governance
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.
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).