My Green Butler's Advisory Panel
Our advisory panel of internationally recognised experts guides our progress. Their individual knowledge, from hospitality, customer service, to science, weather modelling and IT, accelerates our break-through innovation.
Professor Susanne Becken
Susanne is a Professor of Sustainable Tourism at Griffith University in Australia and a Vice Chancellor Research Fellow at the University of Surrey in the United Kingdom. Susanne was the founding Director of the Griffith Institute for Tourism and has worked closely with the tourism industry, Government and international organisations.
She has published well over 100 articles on sustainable tourism, climate change and tourism resource use and was a contributing author to the Fourth and the Fifth Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change Assessment Reports. Susanne is a member of the Air New Zealand Sustainability Advisory Panel, the NOW Transforming Travel Advisory Board, and an invited expert on the Whitsunday Climate Change Innovation Hub.
Chris graduated from the University of NSW as a civil engineer in 1980. In 1998, together with his wife Trish, he entered the hospitality industry when they established a serviced apartment complex in Brisbane. Subsequently, they managed a tourism complex in Byron Bay. In 2004 they established The Observatory Hotel, in Port Macquarie.
Under the Denny’s’ guidance The Observatory became acknowledged as one of the most successful strata tourism properties sustainability pioneers in Australia and was one of a very few hotels to have achieved officially-endorsed carbon-neutral status. In total, they were recognised with 65 Regional, State, National and International accolades across the trifecta of triple bottom line excellence.
Alex is drawn to innovation and fast-paced growth environments, founding a consulting business to help connect Silicon Valley to entrepreneurs around the world. She has over ten years of experience developing international partnerships and leading large-scale project management within the travel sector.
During the last five years, she worked within the partnership and strategic growth division at TripAdvisor in the United States. Now based in Sydney she is contributing to the development of My Green Butler. As a passionate advocator for environmental sustainability, she believes education can create small changes that have big impact.
Alex graduated from the University of Oregon with a degree in International Business and participated in the International Business program at ESDES Ecole de Management in Lyon, France.
Don Morris AO
Don Morris has a long career in advertising and on boards of numerous private, government and ASX listed tourism entities. Don was a founding principal of Mojo Advertising, widely recognised for its iconic Australian advertising, including ‘I still call Australia Home’ for Qantas and Paul Hogan’s ‘Shrimp on the Barbie’. Don is a founding director and life member of the Tourism and Transport Forum.
He is a former Chair of both Tourism Australia and Tourism Queensland, an Adjunct Professor at the Griffith Institute for Tourism and honorary Doctor of Griffith University. Don has a Bachelor of Economics from Monash University. He was awarded an Officer in the Order of Australia (AO) for services to tourism in 2002.
Doctor Christian Werner
Christian Werner is an expert in numerical weather prediction modelling, climate change processes, natural and anthropogenic, and the attribution of internal and external climate forcing. For more than 28 years he has been actively involved in research and development of numerical forecast systems for short and long-term predictions of weather and climate.
He was the first commercial meteorologist in Australia and over the last 17 years successfully built his weather risk and analytics businesses. His education includes a BSc (1990) and MSc (1995) in Atmospheric Physics from the Johannes Gutenberg University, Germany. Further studies and research in Australia saw him obtaining a PhD (2000) in Theoretical Physics.