May 18, 2024

The Travel Foundation appoints new Chair

The Travel Foundation has named Dr Megan Morikawa as its new Chair of the Board of Trustees.

Her new role entails working closely with the Travel Foundation CEO Jeremy Sampson to forge new partnerships, recruit new trustees and serve as an ambassador to the industry. 

Dr Morikawa, who has a PhD in biology, joins as the sustainable tourism non-profit implements its recently developed Strategy 2030. She has replaced Helen Marano, who first assumed the role in 2020. 

As a Global Director of Sustainability Office at Iberostar, Dr Morikawa led the company’s Wave of Change movement focused on work in the circular economy, sustainable fisheries and coastal health. She has been a trustee of the Travel Foundation since 2022.

The Travel Foundation hopes to scale its global impact alongside its call for accelerated climate action and increased equity in the travel and tourism sector.

Dr Morikawa said: “I am honoured to support the Travel Foundation as it launches its new strategy to further support the needs of communities and environments of destinations and businesses in tourism. The Travel Foundation has a bold ambition to foster real systems change in the sector, and I could not be more excited to support the team and engage the Board to help bring the new strategy to life.” 

Marano added: “It is my honour and pleasure to offer Megan Morikawa as the new Chair for the Travel Foundation. As we continue focusing on climate action and equitable outcomes from tourism, she is well qualified to lead us in this direction. I have thoroughly enjoyed supporting this organisation and leading the Board through the major transition period we have experienced.”