Directors

  • Attila Horvath, GTTP Hungary - Dr. Attila Horvath is a graduate of ELTE University, Hungary, faculty of Arts and has his Ph.D. from Dalhousie University, Halifax, NS. He spent almost twenty years in educational research at the National Institute of Public Education and served as the Deputy Director of the Institute before opening his own consultancy, Horváth & Dubecz Consulting Kft in 1998.

  • Chammy Lau, GTTP Hong Kong - Chammy Lau is an experienced educator and trainer for both youth and tourism practitioners for Hong Kong. She graduated from the Hong Kong Polytechnic University, with Bachelor of Arts Honors degree in Tourism Management and Master of Science in Information Systems. Prior to teaching, she worked in the hospitality and tourism industries for a number of years. Her concrete experiences in the travel agency and hotel sector provided her with strong industrial support in addition to her academic credentials.

  • Claire Steiner, GTTP UK - A CIPD qualified HR & Training Consultant, Claire has over 20 years working in the HR and Training field, predominantly in the travel and tourism industry. This includes seven years as Head of HR for the Travelbag Group and since 2004 as a freelance consultant working with a variety of clients including ABTA – the Travel Association, Elman Wall, Qatar Airways, Feefo, Baxter Hoare, lastminute.com and Mystical Tours. Claire has been a member of the board of The Institute of Travel and Tourism (ITT) and Chair of ITT’s Education and Training Committee since 2005. The Institute of Travel and Tourism (ITT) manages GTTP UK as part of its work with young people seeking careers in the industry.

  • Elsabe Engelbrecht, GTTP South Africa - Elsabé Engelbrecht is the Provincial Subject Coordinator for Tourism Education with the Northern Cape Province Department of Education in South Africa. She has almost thirty years of experience as a teacher and extensive experience as a Tourism education manager.

  • Essie Gardner, GTTP Jamaica - Essie Gardner is an experienced Communications Specialist and has also served in the academic arena. Currently she is Marketing Communications Manager for the Jamaica Tourist Board and the Director of GTTP Jamaica, a travel & tourism programme aimed at exposing secondary level students to the industry. The Jamaica Tourist Board is the government agency charged with marketing Jamaica as a tourist destination. As the JTB’s Marketing Communications Manager. Ms. Gardner has operational responsibility for public relations and brand management initiatives.

  • Halima Mohamed Mamuya, GTTP Tanzania - Halima Mamuya has experience in tourism, environmental protection, economic development and women’s affairs, and has served as a member of the Tanzanian parliament, a District Commissioner, Tanzanian tourism official, and company director and owner.

  • Hanqin Qiu Zhang, GTTP China - Hanqin Qiu Zhang is Professor of international tourism at Hong Kong Polytechnic. She received her BA (Hons) from Nankai University in Mainland China, her MA degree from University of Waterloo in Canada, and her PhD from University of Strathclyde in UK. She has been teaching China tourism related subjects at both the undergraduate and graduate level.

  • Joseph Okelo, GTTP East Africa & GTTP Kenya - Joseph Okelo is the Executive Director of Makini College. The College offers professional courses in Marketing, Public Relations, Communications and Accountancy. He is also a Director of Makini Schools, a private school in Nairobi that comprises a kindergarten, primary and high school. He is the Director of GTTP East Africa, the umbrella organization responsible for GTTP Kenya and GTTP Tanzania.

  • Mariana Aldrigui, GTTP Brazil - Mariana Aldrigui has both business and academic experience. Now on the faculty of the University of Sao Paulo, she began her career in the tourism industry in 1994, specializing in marketing and commercial relations including work for a travel agency specializing in cruises, a public organization and two hotel chains, Caesar Park Hotels and Blue Tree Hotels.

  • Nancy J. Needham, Executive Director - Dr. Needham has business, academic, and philanthropic experience. Currently, she is President of Global Initiatives, a nonprofit corporation that houses the GTTP, and President of ICGS, Inc, a consulting firm she founded in 1978. Dr. Needham received a B.A. degree from Wellesley College, where she was awarded the college's highest honors (Durant Scholar and Wellesley Scholar). A member of Phi Beta Kappa, she received an MBA with distinction (1972), and a Doctor of Business Administration (1977) from Harvard University.

  • Nina Kuznetsova, GTTP Russia - Nina has been GTTP Russia Director since 2003. During this time the program has been growing year on year both in the number of students reached across the country and raising the profile of GTTP in Russia, encouraging more young people to participate, more adults to teach and volunteer, more businesses and more society and government leaders to support GTTP mission, goals and objectives.

  • Ray Shanks, GTTP Ireland - Educated at St. Andrews College in Dublin, and later at the Blackrock Academy, he commenced his career in Irish Banking at The Royal Bank of Ireland before transferring to Merchant banking in the City of London with American Express International Banking Corporation.