Chris Audley

Managing Director

Christopher Audley is a sustainable tourism, environmental education and community engagement consultant for Second Nature Asia Pacific Pty Ltd. Christopher has a background in Environmental Science, Environmental Education, Conservation Biology and Ecotourism. In 2005, he completed a Masters in Environmental Education at Macquarie University and has since worked extensively in the education industry. He also has an Undergraduate in Environmental Science from Griffith University (Gold Coast) and a second Undergraduate in Business Management with Honours in Tourism Management and Development. Christopher is an avid conservationist and has been involved in many projects around the world using sustainable tourism and environmental education as a tool for conservation. His 12-year experience in the tourism and conservation industries has involved extensive travel through more than 60 countries throughout East Asia, the South Pacific, North and Central America, Europe, the Middle East and Northern Africa. Using his exceptional inter-personal skills together with his passion for teaching and community engagement, he has been able to successfully empower a variety of indigenous communities to work effectively with local, regional and federal governments. This approach has facilitated the development of a collaborative framework towards the conservation of their respective natural and cultural assets, whilst providing local people with meaningful and appropriate alternative livelihoods. Chris has recently been nominated as a finalist for the 2011 Pride of Australia Environment medal and the 2012 Gold Coast Young Entrepreneur of the year award.

Steve Noakes

Part-owner

Steve brings an extensive 35 years of industry, academic and NGO perspective throughout Asia Pacific to strategic directions of our business. He is founding Chair of Pacific Asia Tourism Pty Ltd, an international project management company focussed on tourism’s capacity to contribute to the MDGs and the Global Code of Ethics for Tourism, and Director of Ecolodges Indonesia, owning/operating five ecolodges with a wildlife & biodiversity conservation focus across Indonesia. In 2008, he was honoured with the inaugural Ecotourism Australia Medal recognising his extensive 30 + years active engagement in the Australian and international tourism industry – particularly in ecotourism and the broader sustainable tourism development agenda. He is a long standing member and advocate for sustainable tourism practices with the Bangkok based Pacific Asia Travel Association having served numerous terms on the PATA Board of Directors, Industry Council, Sustainable Tourism Committee and Education Committees. As an academic, he has served as an Adjunct Professor in Tourism Management at the University of Queensland and Griffith University in Australia and is now a Senior Lecturer in Tourism at CQUniversity-Australia. He has a long association with NGO’s serving on the Boards of the US based not-for profit Sustainable Travel International and the Global Sustainable Tourism Council. He has also been an active participant in the UNWTO Panel of Tourism Experts, the World Committee on Tourism Ethics and with the Themis Foundation contributing to UNWTO projects in Indonesia, Korea, Bhutan and East Africa. He has also worked as a sustainable tourism consultant to the World Bank, the International Finance Corporation, International Labour Organisation, UNEP/Global Partnership for Sustainable Tourism, the Asian Development Bank and a number of bilateral donor agencies, governments, NGOs and industry in the Pacific Asia region, southern Africa and East Africa. He is a member of The International Ecotourism Society and an active ‘Australian Partner Organisation’ with the AusAID funded Australian Youth Ambassadors for Development program.

Chris and his team will deliver most of the programs. Profiles of some of our other guides, consultants and facilitators can be viewed by hovering over each photo below.

Akane Fujii – Japan

Laska Sophal – Cambodia

Chau Doan – Vietnam

When I was a child, my father took us, the whole family, 7 altogether (my father, mother, 4 brothers and 1 sister), on the road trip every summer. We traveled all over Thailand, from north to south, from east to west. Probably that is the reason why I love to travel. When I grow up, I still keep traveling when have a chance, in and out of the country and still once a year, traveling with our big family, which is now 23 of us, until my father passed away. I have seen most of Thailand’s aspect, nature, culture, history, art, architect, religion, people’s belief and way of living. That makes me love and have great passion to my mother land and willing to show and share it with those who have a chance to visit Thailand. Therefore, I attended tourguide training course at Archeology Department of Silapakorn University, one of the renowned university in Thailand. From this professional traning course, I have learnt a lot more and gone in to the depth of Thai history, art and culture. And the most important part is how to be a good host and how to present my beloved country in any aspect to our visitors so they will learn and appreciate more of Thailand then just pass by and know only the surface of our country. I consider myself to be the same as most Thai, an easy going, open minded and considerate person. I am very happy to have a chance to be a part of Second Nature Asia Pacific team, to work with people who has the same attitude to sustainable tourism. See you there in Thailand. Sawaddee krub.

Sakropob Tantivit -Thailand

Michael Haynes – Bhutan