Dr. Peter Prokosch, Co-Founder of LT&C and Chairman of the Board; Norway
Prior to 2014 Peter was for 8 years the managing director of GRID-Arendal, a centre collaborating with the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), located in Norway. From 2002 to 2006 he was CEO of WWF-Germany in Frankfurt. He developed and led the Arctic Programme of WWF International from Oslo in the 1990s. In the 1970s and 80s Peter played a pioneering role in the conservation development of the International Wadden Sea and became Head of the WWF Wadden Sea project and office in Schleswig-Holstein, Germany. As a researcher at the University of Kiel, Peter studied biology and marine sciences. His PhD thesis focused on the ecology of arctic shore birds. Peter has extensive experience working with the establishment and development of national parks in the Wadden Sea, the Baltic coast of Germany, Svalbard and Iceland as well as in nature reserves in Siberia and other parts of the circumpolar Arctic, often in close cooperation with tourism.
Ottar Nakken, Co-Founder of LT&C and Board Member; Norway
Ottar has 30 years of experience in management positions in international trade, industry and shipping. He has previously served as vice president of Hydro Agri International in Oslo and vice president of Hydro Agri North America in Tampa, Florida. Ottar has also previously served as the COO of Jebsen Management in Bergen, Norway. He has held board positions in private and public companies, and institutions in Norway and he is today running a consultancy company offering services within business and project development, analyses and strategies. Ottar holds a Masters of Science in International Economy and Business Administration from Copenhagen Business School in Denmark.
Dr. Peter Zimmer, Board Member; Germany
Peter Zimmer serves as the managing director of FUTOUR Tourismusberatung and TourCert gGmbH, both in Cologne, Germany. He has 25 years of experience in consulting focused on sustainable tourism & regional development. He has worked for various tour operators and as the director of ADAC Tourism & Travel Services. Peter is an experienced auditor, trainer and lecturer for sustainability, too. He is member of sustainable committee of DRV, Germans tour operator & travel agency association. Peter holds an MBA in tourism from the Munich University of Applied Studies and received his PhD in economics from the ASE State University of Bucharest.
Anja Szczesinski, Board Member; Germany Anja works for the Wadden Sea Office of WWF Germany as their expert for education and tourism. Her base is the “National Park House” in Husum. She is also the Coordinator for The International Wadden Sea School (IWSS), an educational programme for children and school classes from the Wadden Sea countries: Denmark, Germany and the Netherlands. The aim and tasks of the IWSS are to raise awareness among children and young people of the Wadden Sea as a shared natural and cultural heritage and to create an understanding for the need to jointly protect the Wadden Sea as a whole.
Denise Landau, Board Member; United States and United Kingdom
Currently Denise owns an environmental consulting company and is the President and CEO of Friends of South Georgia Island and is also a Trustee for the Scottish charity, South Georgia Heritage Trust. Both Sub-Antarctic South Georgia organizations are actively involved in overseeing a highly respected habitat restoration project to rid South Georgia of rodents in order to restore the bird population back to its original numbers. She is also on the Board of Governors for the American Polar Society. Denise has a Bachelor of Science in Field Natural History and Wildlife Biology from Michigan State University. She previously served as the executive director of the International Association of Antarctica Tour Operators (IAATO). She had coordinated the activities through a multitude of techniques including an interactive web based process of over 100 travel companies from 15 countries, compiled environmental assessments and coordinated permits and documentation for ship visits to the Antarctic. As a result of her many years of work within the industry she was awarded by the US government a glacier named in her honour, located in the Antarctic Peninsula-the “Landau Glacier”. Prior to her leadership role with IAATO she has worked as a Director of Operations and Field Operations and as an Environmental Consultant, Expedition Leader, Naturalist, Lecturer, Cruise Director and zodiac driver for several other companies within the tourism industry on board ship and land-based tour operators.