Ron Mader's Curriculum Vitae

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  • 1. Curriculum Vitae Ron Mader is a recognized American leader and communication and collaboration catalyst. Since 1998 Ron's professional work has focused on the broad movement toward sustainable and responsible practices. In 1994 he founded Planeta.com, the awardwinning website, as the Web's first website focusing on ecotourism and responsible travel and conscious travel. Ron earned a bachelor's degree in communication (1987) from Indiana University and a master's degree (1990) from the Institute of Latin American Studies at the University of Texas at Austin. Ron has received many awards, including recognition from the Mexican government for exemplary tourism coverage. Presidents Fox and Zedillo presented Ron with the Lente de Plata Award in 1999 and 2002. American Environmental Leaders (2008) includes a profile of Ron for his work in environmental journalism and community activism. In 2010 he won the Innovation Awards presented by the International Ecotourism Society Ron is active on the lecture/conference circuit, having been a presenter at the World Ecotourism Summit (2002), the Mexico Ecotourism Conference (2003), the Aboriginal Australia Tourism Conference (2007) Ecotourism New Zealand Conference (2007), Belize Responsible Tourism Conference (2009), Estonia's European Ecotourism Conference (2010) , Responsible Tourism in Cities (South Africa, 2011) and the COP11 Biodiversity Summit (India, 2012) Ron developed the award-winning Planeta.com in 1994 as a reporter's notebook. Planeta pioneered online reporting focusing on practical ecotourism around the globe. The award-winning site provides free access to articles and resource guides for travelers, researchers and policy-makers. The site has won awards from major magazines and national governments. 2/27/2014 • http://planeta.wikispaces.com/ronmader
  • 2. Ron is also the ecotourism and Latin America contributing editor for the U.S.-based Transitions Abroad. Prior to the 2002 Ecotourism World Summit, Ron Mader hosted tourism's largest online e-conference, a virtual gathering of more than 900 people around the world. Ron is a member of the World Commission on Protected Areas and currently serves in the executive committee of the Tourism and Protected Areas Specialist Group (TAPAS). Indigenous Culture Ron is a proponent of indigenous tourism around the world. He has led workshops for indigenous tourism leaders to share lessons learned on using the Web to communicate points of view that are often left out of mass media. Ron has led online webinars for members of Aboriginal Tourism Australia and Indigenous Tourism Rights Association. After consulting with members of Aboriginal Tourism Australia, Ron launched the online World Forum on Tourism and Indigenous People, which has been incorporated into Planeta’s Indigenous Wiki. Since 2007 Ron has collaborated with the UN Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity in launching the Indigenous Tourism and Biodiversity Website Award. The winners have continued to collaborate, creating the Indigenous Peoples Week (2010-2014). Education Bachelors Degree in Communications, Indiana University, 1987 Masters Degree, Latin American Studies, University of Texas at Austin, 1990 Awards 2010 Innovation Awards presented by the International Ecotourism Society 2008 American Environmental Leaders includes a profile of Ron for his work in environmental journalism and community activism. 1999 and 2002 Presidents Fox and Zedillo presented Ron with the Lente de Plata Award   2/27/2014 • http://planeta.wikispaces.com/ronmader
  • 3. Workshops All Travel is Local, Mexico, 2013 CoP11 Biodiversity and Indigenous Tourism Workshop, India, 2012 Responsible Tourism in Cities, South Africa 2011 Chiapas Workshop, Mexico 2010 ITBW Award Workshop, USA 2010 Tourism and the Web, Ecuador 2008 Ecotourism New Zealand, 2007 Aboriginal Australia Tourism, 2007 Guadalajara Workshop, 2006 Mexico City Workshop, 2005 Oaxaca City Workshop, 2002 Global Workshop for Indigenous Peoples and Local Communities: Biodiversity, Tourism and the Social Web (29,000+ views) http://www.slideshare.net/planeta/socialwebcop Indigenous Tourism and Biodiversity Website Award (12,000+ views) http://www.slideshare.net/planeta/itbw2010 2/27/2014 • http://planeta.wikispaces.com/ronmader
  • 4. Additional Presentations Engaging Events (40,000+ views) http://www.slideshare.net/planeta/engagingevents Set the Default to Open (5,000+ views) http://www.slideshare.net/planeta/openaccessdefault Parks and Tourism Webinar (41,000+ views) http://www.slideshare.net/planeta/parksweb2 Indigenous Peoples Week 2013 (43,000+ views) http://www.slideshare.net/planeta/indiweek2013 2/27/2014 • http://planeta.wikispaces.com/ronmader