Kofi Boone, ASLA is an Associate Professor of Landscape Architecture at NC State University, College of Design. He teaches in the areas of environmental justice, site analysis and planning, community engagement, and media. Kofi focuses on participatory design and tools for engaging communities in the design and planning process. He includes concerns for animals in his teaching and work through educational opportunities to increase awareness of how people and animals can coexist in urban environments. His work has been published widely and won state and national awards in communications, analysis and planning, and community service. Kofi is a University Faculty Scholar, and a Board member of the Landscape Architecture Foundation. He is a graduate of the University of Michigan and a Detroit native.
Georgette Leah Burns holds a PhD in Tourism from Murdoch University and is a foundation member of the Environmental Futures Research Institute at Griffith University. Currently a Senior Lecturer in the School of Environment and Science at Griffith University, she previously held positions as Head of the Tourism Department at Hólar University College and Head of Tourism research at the Icelandic Seal Centre. As an environmental anthropologist, Leah’s research on wildlife tourism interactions spans topics such as ethics, coexistence, sustainability, resilience, interpretation and management. She grew up surrounded by horses, donkeys, goats, magpies, dogs, cats and chickens – who spent nearly as much time inside the house with her as she did outside with them, leading to a lifelong caring for the non-humans with whom we share this planet.
Max Elder is a food futurist and animal ethicist. As a researcher in the Food Futures Lab at the Institute for the Future (IFTF), a 50-year-old independent research group based in Silicon Valley, Max works to make sense of emerging technologies, social behaviors, and scientific breakthroughs that will transform the global food system—building toward a more resilient, equitable, and delicious future of food. Max is also a fellow at the Oxford Centre for Animal Ethics, an international think-tank in Oxford, England that pioneers ethical perspectives on animals. Thus, he is passionate about how we might move to a post-animal bioeconomy, and monitors the food-technology landscape closely to identify signals of such a transition. Max has published numerous articles and book chapters on topics ranging from aquatic food systems, dietary trends, the ethics of eating animals, food waste, the nature of evil, and even the philosophy of Louis CK, and he speaks around the world about the future of food. Much of Max’s work in animal ethics over the past six years has focused on the over-looked and under-appreciated animals in our food system: fish.
Traci Lorraine Farmer, business owner, artist and animal lover. I am a North Carolina native. Born in Durham and residing in Raleigh. I was an only child with a single parent who worked long hours. I always wanted siblings and was a lonely latch key kid. So I rescued animals and my mother let me keep all of them because of her long hours work guilt. I had fish, birds, ducks, dogs, cats and a pet mole. My entire life I’ve had a cat and dog. My seven year old English golden retriever Walter joins me every day at my salon. His side kick Puffy was rescued during a snowstorm in the NC Appalachian mountains. I’ve always loved the primates and long to vacation with sustainable rescue & rehabilitation programs for orangutans. I continuously advocate for animal rights and am excited to be a part of Fanimal.
José-Carlos Garcia-Rosell is a Senior Lecturer in the Multidimensional Tourism Institute (MTI) at the University of Lapland, Finland. He holds a Master in Agricultural Economics (University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences, Vienna), Licenciate in Marketing (University of Oulu) and PhD in Management (University of Lapland). He has been involved in research and development projects related to responsible tourism, corporate social responsibility (CSR), service design, cross-border tourism development and tourism/management education. José-Carlos grew up with an affinity to animals. Dogs, cats, rabbits and other animals were an important part of his life as a child and teenager. During his studies at the University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences, Vienna, he followed with particular interest the discussions on animal welfare in relation to farm animals. In his current research work, he explores the notion of responsible tourism from a non-human animal perspective.
Hindertje (Hin) Hoarau-Heemstra is a Dutch animal lover and academic who lives in Northern Norway since 2009. She works as associate professor at the Nord University Business School in Bodø, Norway. Hin studied international development studies (MSc) and social and political studies of the environment (Bsc) and worked as a consultant on sustainability issues in the Netherlands. From 2010 until 2015 she did her PhD studies on innovation in Nordic whale-watching. Experiencing the majestic nature and the gentle giants of the North Atlantic, and writing about the relations between humans and marine mammals in these pristine environments, made her even more aware, concerned, amazed and interested in Homo sapiens amongst other animals. Hin´s interests in marine environments have also led to many diving holidays in tropical waters in order to experience and contribute to responsible and ecological tourism in developing countries. However, her personal and professional interests are not limited to marine species; Hin studied ethical issues of reindeer tourism and is interested in other forms of animal-human contact in tourism destinations like horse riding and dog-sledding. Hin makes sure she has a daily dose of animal cuddling with her dog Mika or the Icelandic horses she rides in her spare time. One of her ambitions is to share knowledge, amazement and respect for animals in her teaching at university and upbringing of her two daughters. Hin´s goal is to understand the relations between animals, tourists and businesses in tourism destinations and to use this knowledge for the improvement of the living conditions of animals in tourism contexts.
Dr. Kirstin Lamoureux is an accomplished professional with 20 years of experience as an educator, researcher and practitioner in tourism and hospitality. Currently, she is serving as a Visiting Professor of Hospitality and Tourism Management at Virginia Tech University. She is also a passionate animal rights advocate. In addition to being professor, she has also been involved in projects focusing on sustainability around the world. She has served as a consultant for the US government, World Bank, the UNWTO, the Ecotourism Society, and Conservation International, among others. She holds a Ph.D. in Strategic Planning and Public Policy, a Master of Tourism and a Graduate Certificate in Animal Studies.
David Quinn is a native of Greensboro, NC, a born and bread UNC Tar Heel, and a resident of Asheville, NC for almost 50 years. He is a retired urban planner with the State and spent his career working in communities throughout WNC. After retirement he spent 10 plus years consulting, seven of those with HandMade in America. He is a widower with two sons, a grandson and a blind granddog living in Charlotte. His home is on the side of a wooded mountain where he loves admiring the wildlife that traverse my yard; bear, deer, fox, wild turkey, hawks, owls and an occasional snake. All are wonderful neighbors and welcomed!
Francis Tarla is a human Capacity developer with a background studies in Animal science (MSc from University of Florida, Gainesville). He was the principal of the Regional Wildlife College in Garoua, Cameroon, for French-speaking Africa for 11 years; Coordinated the USFWS MENTOR-POP Fellowship Program. He is currently teaching at the University of Dschang and coordinating a two-year project that aims at combatting bushmeat trafficking in Central Africa at national policy level. His interest in working with animals began as a dream be a livestock breeder and got his first goat when he was 6 years old.
Madyson Taylor completed her undergraduate degree in Environmental Studies at the University of Waterloo in 2012. She worked multiple contracts in the field of conservation with one notable year as an Eastern Massassauga Rattlesnake researcher for Ontario Parks and Wildlife Preservation Canada. In 2014 (and again in 2016) she embarked on backpacking trips to Thailand, Cambodia and Vietnam- but it was the plight of Thailand’s Asian elephants that completely changed her trajectory. She returned to Canada and completed a Master’s degree in Tourism in 2017 where she unpacked the lived experiences of elephant-based volunteer tourists and their understandings of elephant welfare. They say that elephants get into your soul and change who you are and she now knows this first hand. It is her mission to educate and support tourists to challenge their bucket list mentalities and make informed decisions regarding their interactions with elephants- and all animals- while traveling!