Our Team

Helping you do better business - better for you, the planet and its people

The world is operating in a business as UNusual environment, with a call for a change in perspective presented to each and every one of us. Responding to the challenges of climate disruption, and excalating levels of pollution and biodiversity loss presents an opportunity to acknowledge how interconnected we are, and to realise that our actions – both as individuals and as a single business - are the source of the solutions. 

What better time than now to re-define and refocus our efforts, to change our perspective about how tourism businesses can play a catalytic role in finding and implementing solutions for more resilient places to live and to visit, for destinations that thrive?

It's time to reconnect and discover what your business can achieve within its destination – not only to create a business that can adapt to the challenges that may come, but to be a member of a thriving broader community and a more resilient natural environment.  Place these goals firmly at the heart of your business and we'll help you plot the journey forward and share each step along the way with the world.

With over 30 years of combined, globally-recognised expertise in sustainable tourism and multimedia communications, we are an ideal partner to work alongside you and your team to effectively devise and inspire solutions for the world we all want to see - where we thrive in harmony with nature and one another. Let's launch into business UNusual with a changed perspective and, most importantly, make sure the travelers of tomorrow will yearn to be part of the journey.

Sustainability
Sustainability
Travel & Tourism
Travel & Tourism
Communication
Communications

Professional Affiliations

The passion and experience of Utopia Africa is matched by our affiliation with global leaders in sustainabililty thinking, ensuring that we bring innovation and best practice to every table we're invited to sit at. We are

In addition, one of our founding members is appointed to the Assurance Panel of the global authority on sustainable travel and tourism certification, the Global Sustainable Tourism Council (GSTC).

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Founders

Utopia Africa pursues sustainable destination and business development projects in collaboration with local organisations and individuals - those most familiar with local context. We bring key expertise from our founding partners, Lisa Scriven and Dr Paul Godard.

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Lisa Scriven

Lisa Scriven has spent her career supporting tourism businesses across southern Africa to transition to a way of doing business that prioritises the development needs of the destination, and where connections between people and with nature open up a world of opportunities to thrive. She is uncompromising in her advocacy for inclusive, diverse, and unique tourism development where benefits to people and planet are at the core of the experience.

Lisa is best known on the African continent and internationally for her work in sustainable tourism certification and related business development support, while her passion for crafting and sharing success stories of creating better places to live, work, and travel has inspired her more recent work in content development and social media management.

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Dr Paul Godard

Dr Paul Godard, of Paul Godard - Soul Photography, is the creative visionary of this passionate team. He brings vast expertise in photography, web development, technology exchange, ecology, and technical capacity building. His commitment to using this suite of expertise, particularly in photography, is motivated by his desire to see people inspired to connect with nature and, in so doing, adapt their behaviour in pursuit of balance with their surrounding natural environment and shared abundance with local people.

Paul's creative work has been displayed in galleries around the world, while his scientific expertise (with a PhD in natural sciences) has been applied in projects with the EU's International Foundation for Science, UNESCO, the FAO-IDRC, USAID, and agro-economic innovation projects in Egypt and 15 West African countries. He is also a professional public speaker and is a member of the Southern African Freelancers Association of the Media Professionals Forum.

Dr Paul Godard

Dr Paul Godard, of Paul Godard - Soul Photography, is the creative visionary of this passionate team. He brings vast expertise in photography, web development, technology exchange, ecology, and technical capacity building. His commitment to using this suite of expertise, particularly in photography, is motivated by his desire to see people inspired to connect with nature and, in so doing, adapt their behaviour in pursuit of balance with their surrounding natural environment and shared abundance with local people.

Paul's creative work has been displayed in galleries around the world, while his scientific expertise (with a PhD in natural sciences) has been applied in projects with the EU's International Foundation for Science, UNESCO, the FAO-IDRC, USAID, and agro-economic innovation projects in Egypt and 15 West African countries. He is also a professional public speaker and is a member of the Southern African Freelancers Association of the Media Professionals Forum.

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