Category Archives for "Current Team"

Vivian Belzaguy

Vivian Belzaguy 

USA

Ascendance Sustainable Events

Vivian Belzaguy has a passion for utilizing events as a platform for inspiring much-needed change in the way we treat our planet. After 13 years in the events industry, she grew tired of seeing events create more environmental impact in one day than she felt she could in her lifetime.

She has since created sustainability programs for events like Ultra Music Festival and founded Ascendance Sustainable Events, engaging up to 50,000 event attendees and millions of social media followers in environmental initiatives. Recently, Vivian joined the team at TEDxMiami as their Sustainability Director, and gave a TEDxTalk that has reached thousands online. Vivian also plans to launch Ascendance Sustainability Group in 2021 to expand on her mission, engaging corporations and municipalities in protecting our planet.

Rohini Mathur

Rohini Mathur 

India

Co-Founder, Pilcrow Communications

Stage, sound & lights have fascinated Rohini since her college years when she was a professional dancer. She gave up one calling to make a career of the other and joined the events and activations division of Ogilvy & Mather in 2005. Her unflappable nature has seen her and the team through all sizes, shapes and styles of events, activations and promotions.

Whether it’s organizing a meet for the London School of Economics with President APJ Abdul Kalam and Prime Minister Manmohan Singh or running 5 successful seasons of a consumer led event property for 7Up, Rohini makes it look easy.

Rohini’s attention to detail and perfectionism ensures that projects are handled meticulously, while her fun attitude and sparkling smile makes her lots of new friends every day.  Rohini is the co-founder of Pilcrow Communications.

Stephanie Nelson

Stephanie Nelson 

USA

Co-Founder, Sustainability Matters


Enhancing experiences is Stephanie’s super power. A creative, visionary leader. Stephanie  is passionate about brand stories and consumer experiences. She has been involved in event design and execution for over three decades.

A large scale event producer and experiential strategist, she has been recognized for spearheading high-impact projects, developing strong relationships and building credibility with clients, key partners and stakeholders. Stephanie excels at formulating unique solutions to business challenges and forming cohesive brand narratives across multiple platforms. Dynamic and results-oriented she has a successful track record in B2B, B2C, start-up and non-profit environments.

Stephanie is a Co-Founder of Sustainability Matters, an initiative in partnership with Adweek. Born out of her participation in the Adweek Executive Mentorship Program, Sustainability Matters serves to make the matter (s) of Sustainability simple, personal, tangible and actionable for brands (B2B) and consumers (B2C).

Mercedes Hunt

Mercedes Hunt, Ph.D 

USA

Academic/Researcher/Lecturer

Mercedes Hunt, Ph.D. is the Director of Undergraduate Business Programs at Granite State College and the Owner of Map & Compass Consulting, LLC.

She has 20 years of event planning experience and a doctorate in Sustainable Events and Tourism from the University of Utah. Mercedes has invested most of her career researching, teaching and implementing sustainability in events, venues and tourism. In both of her current roles, Mercedes gives keynote speeches, develops curriculum, and consults organizations to better engage stakeholders around sustainability. Mercedes has also conducted research on employee perceptions of sustainability programs in US convention centers.

Prior to her current roles, Mercedes taught courses in event planning and sustainable tourism for Old Dominion University and the University of Utah. She was the Managing Director and Event Director of The International Ecotourism Society, where she planned Sustainable Tourism and Ecotourism Conferences in California, Kenya, Brazil and Ecuador. She also worked for Classic Party Rentals in Los Angeles as an Event Consultant, helping with a variety of Hollywood events, fundraisers, festivals and weddings.

Greg Schicker

Greg Schicker 

New Zealand and Australia

Director at Closed Loop 

Greg Schicker is the Director of Closed Loop New Zealand and is an expert in event, festival and venue sustainability.

 With over 12 years’ experience in the industry Greg has worked across the UK, Europe, Australia and New Zealand on some of the biggest events globally helping them achieve their sustainability goals.

 Through controlling inputs and materials to onsite sorting systems and procedures, Greg and his team are continually looking for new technologies that they can apply to events to help them divert waste from landfill. Separating them from a standard service, and elevating the team to world class standards.

Closed loop also offers commercial composting machines, a sustainable packaging range, a coffee cup recycling system called Simply Cups , waste auditing and consulting to improve your business sustainability goals outside of the event world.

Bridget Davis

Bridget Davis 

Australia and New Zealand

Site Services at Closed Loop

Bridget runs the Australian division for Closed Loop Site Services. She has been a sustainability professional in the events field internationally for 8+ years.

 With a passion for both events and sustainability, she and her team continuously work towards greater achievements and higher landfill diversions. Closed Loop do this by implementing new and creative initiatives on site and further educating events and patrons in interesting new ways to assure they are achieving their sustainability goals, guaranteeing the future of events across Australia.

 Her knowledge runs beyond just cleaning & waste management. With key experience in sustainable packaging and how to best control inputs into events. This combined with up to date knowledge on best practice waste segregation, processing, local processing facilities, recycling, composting and upcycling – it makes the team at Closed Loop world class, and the benchmark for events across the globe.

Ratika van Noord Bhatnagar

Ratika van Noord Bhatnagar 

India

Co-founder Pilcrow Communications

Ratika is co-founder of Pilcrow, an event agency started in 2011 with the purpose of creating events that bring about positive behaviour change.

Driven by the core value of purpose, Pilcrow launched its first festival in 2015 called Kids Culinaire. With its overlying atmosphere of fun, this food festival was a great way to teach children about healthy eating and raised awareness about relevant concerns such as lifestyle diseases, proper hygiene, waste segregation, etc..

In 2019 Ratika took a sabbatical from work to rebrand Pilcrow and to write a book for children on waste segregation. She also used this time to take courses on Waste Management and Sustainable Event Management to enhance her knowledge on the subject, and is very excited about the new avatar of Pilcrow, which she hopes will redefine the future of events in India.

Pilar Lopez

Pilar Lopez 

Chile

Co-founder Respect 

Pilar is an architect and co-founder of Respect, a Chilean company dedicated to providing service and advice in sustainability for events and businesses. Since 2010, Respect partners have worked in various large-scale events in most Chilean stages, including international festivals, concerts, public events, sport events, among others.

So far, the work carried out by Respect has helped reduce environmental impact on the events they have participated, where they have applied as reduction measures: the use of reusable cups, recycling, promoting bicycle and carpool commuting, as well as the calculation and compensation of the carbon footprint and efficient use of energy. Pilar relies on her profession to work on sustainability from the planning, development and implementation of actions that allow the parties involved to calculate the effects on the environment in order to carry out the best possible management, which helps to achieve a lower impact in the environment.

Along with his partner Alvaro Morales, they are recognized leaders in the sustainable transformation of the events industry in Chile and their trajectory was key to the elaboration of the first “Good Practice Guide for Environmentally Sustainable Events”, presented in 2019 by the Ministry of Environment of Chile.

Marky Rochford

Marky Rochford 

Australia

Director, Frank Wild

Marky is the founder and director of Frank Wild, a sustainable events agency based in Melbourne.

Frank Wild is renowned for providing sustainability focussed solutions across all event projects and have developed their own specific carbon reduction and calculation systems to determine the impacts and better methods for every project: from custom build fit-outs, to intimate dinners, to tech festivals.

Marky has worked in the events industry for 20 years and is a SEA Sustainable Events Specialist, an approved Climate Active Assessor, and B-Corporation certified.

Becky Hargrove

Becky Hargrove 

Ireland

Manager, Kerry Convention Bureau 

Becky joined Kerry Convention Bureau in 2016, having moved to Ireland from Australia where she had worked for many years in the Northern Territory Convention Bureau and Tourism NT.

Drawing from over twenty years of government and private industry experience, Becky is an award winning, innovative and creative business tourism and destination marketing strategist, specialising in business development, events management, PR, communications, product and program development. 

The bureau has participated in the Global Destination Sustainability for the last four years and Kerry is currently ranked #20. Passionate about Sustainability and Corporate Social Responsibility, Becky is always keen to share with event planners information on ‘green initiatives’ and meaningful activity options delivering legacy outcomes that are available within the region.

Becky is also a Regional Ambassador for the Society of Incentive Travel Excellence and a European Cities Marketing Mentor.

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