EDUCATION

  • Wits Teachers’ Training College – B.Com
  • Montessori Education – 2 diplomas – American Montessori Association
  • Dr Thomas Gordon – Effective Parenting | Effective Leadership Training
  • Purchasing and Supply Chain Management – Newport/Janus University
  • International Purchasing Management – Newport/Janus University
  • Carbon Auditing and Certification – Training with Green Leaf
  • Green Interiors Design and Decor  - Green Building Council South Africa
  • Green Homes – Training with Green Building Council South Africa
  • NCPC (National Cleaner Production Centre) course at CSIR via UNEP (UN Environmental Programme)
  • UN Environmental Programme - Eco Labelling Training
  • Climate Reality Leadership Corps Training with Ex US Vice President, Al Gore

TOURISM AND HOSPITALITY – RELEVANT BACKGROUND

My passion for travel to 52 countries, especially to remote and unspoiled regions in my personal capacity, but also high end destinations through my work, stands me in the unique position to have real points of reference and benchmarks of the full range of good and bad tourism practices. 

LIVED AND WORKED IN

  • London for 4 years
  • Canada for 2 years
  • United States for 5 years
  • South Africa for the rest

COUNTRIES VISITED

Overland and Backpackers:

  • Tibet from Kathmandu overland to Lhasa
  • Amazon from Iquitos by dugout to remote tribe in Peru
  • Alaska from Kodiak by float plane to camp on uninhabited island

Train, bus or self-drive:

  • All of West Europe
  • All of the United Kingdom
  • East Africa by train from Victoria Falls to Dar es Salaam and Kenya
  • West Africa: Ghana for keynote to Hotel Investment Convention
  • North Africa: Egypt and Morocco
  • America: 32 States
  • Canada: Quebec, Ontario, British Columbia, Yukon
  • South America: Peru, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Argentina
  • Australia
  • Asia: China, Mongolia, Hong Kong and Nepal
  • Seychelles

ASSOCIATIONS

  • PSASA – Professional Speakers Association South Africa
  • AFRICAN CLIMATE REALITY PROJECT – Certified Leader
  • GBCSA – Green Building Council South Africa
  • FEDHASA – Federated Hospitality Association of South Africa
  • IMVELO – Imvelo Responsible Tourism Awards (Chief Judge)
  • FTT – Fair Trade in Tourism, South Africa
  • EGF – Event Greening Forum
  • EXSA – Exhibition and Event Association of South Africa
  • MICE Academy
  • ENVIROPAEDIA  ECO LOGIC
  • SAEE – South African Association for Energy Efficiency
  • GSTC – Global Sustainable Tourism Council
  • ACB – African Centre for Biodiversity
  • GREENPEACE South Africa
  • FOSSIL FREE SA
  • TBCSA – Tourism Business Council of South Africa
  • GGT – Global Green Tag Certification
  • Alive2Green
  • Slow Food International and South Africa

 

SHORT BIO FOR EVENT PROGRAMMES

Change agent, tireless activist, thought leader and multiple award winner, Lorraine Jenks is a specialist in climate change, sustainability, greening and ethical food.  As a professional speaker, Lorraine advocates responsible management practices for public and private sectors using her passion, personality and humour to inspire change.

Her journey began in California in the 1970s, working with the infant EPA; then back home, she was Group Contracts and Procurement Manager for Africa’s largest hotel chain for 15 years. She went solo and trained under the UNEP’s Eco-Labelling Project, NCPC’s Clean Production Programme at the CSIR, the Green Building Council’s Interior Design and Décor, Green Leaf Carbon Auditing and recently with Al Gore as an accredited Climate Reality Leader.  Winner of 13 awards with top honours for her six Green Home and Eco Hotel projects and an intrepid traveller to 52 countries - with her indomitable team, she manages two leading online directories (www.hotelstuff.co.za for all products and www.greenstuff.co.za for eco-friendly products), consults and runs workshops throughout South Africa and as far afield as Kenya, Ghana and Nigeria.