About Us



The Bodhi Tree Foundation is a tax-exempt, 501(c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to mobilizing travelers and the tourism industry to help people in need, protect cultural heritage and conserve our planet's biodiversity.

Founded in 2008 by philanthropy-minded business leaders whose lives have been changed by travel, The Bodhi Tree Foundation identifies and nurtures the most effective grassroots charitable initiatives around the world. Deserving charities are carefully vetted by The Bodhi Tree Foundation's Executive Board, who are travel industry professionals and global humanitarians.

Executive Board

Our Board of Directors is composed of leading travel industry professionals and savvy global travelers. Passionately philanthropic, they see The Bodhi Tree Foundation as a unique opportunity to ensure that future generations experience travel as we do today.

  • Jena Gardner | President
    President & CEO
    JG Black Book
  • James Saleh | Secretary/Tresurer
    CEO
    Habiquad
  • Melanie Brandman | Board Member
    Founder & CEO
    The Brandman Agency
  • Costas Christ | Board Member
    Editor at Large
    National Geographic Traveler
  • Betty Jo L. Currie | Board Member
    Founder
    Currie & Co. Travels Unlimited
  • Mark Lakin | Board Member
    Co-Founder
    Epic Road
  • Robin Sanders | Board Member
    Founder
    Sanders Travel Centre
  • Jackie Cittone Magid
    Project Director
    The Bodhi Tree Foundation

Leadership Council

  • Priscilla Alexander
    Owner
    Protravel International Inc.
  • Luke Bailes
    Owner
    Singita Lodges
  • Raymond Bickson
    Managing Director
    Taj Hotels
  • Nicky Fitzgerald
    Fmr. Marketing Director
    &Beyond
  • Steve Fitzgerald
    Fmr. CEO
    &Beyond
  • Praveen Moman
    Co-founder and Managing Dir.
    Volcanoes Safaris
  • Dennis Pinto
    Managing Director
    Micato Safaris
  • Mahen Sanghrajka
    CEO
    Big Five Tours & Expeditions
  • John Tedstrom
    President and CEO
    Global Business Coalition
  • Tony Williams
    Director Hospitality Operations
    Msheireb, A Qatar Foundation Company
  • Valerie Wilson
    President and Chairman
    Valerie Wilson Travel

Advisory Council

  • Nikheel Advani
    Chief Operating Officer and Principal
    Grace Bay Resorts
  • Alistair Ballantine
    Sr. VP of Sales and Marketing
    The Oberoi Group
  • Peter Bates
    President
    Strategic Vision
  • Bob Boulogne
    Chief Operating Officer
    Rosewood Hotels & Resorts
  • Stephen Brandman
    Co-owner
    Thompson Hotel Group
  • Karen Goldberg
    Director, Sales & Marketing, Hotels & Resorts
    Virtuoso
  • Philippe Kjellgren
    President
    The Kiwi Collection
  • Jeff Klein
    Owner
    JK Hotels
  • Ann Layton
    President
    Siren Communications
  • Victoria Mather
    Travel Editor
    Vanity Fair
  • David Morris
    President
    David Morris International
  • Rina Spence
    President
    SpenceCare International
  • Thomas Stanley
    Chief Operating Officer
    Cox & Kings, The Americas
  • Ian Swain
    Owner and Founder
    Swain Tours
  • Marc Telio
    Owner
    Entrée Destinations
  • Nathaniel Waring
    Founder
    Cox & Kings USA
  • Brad Wilson
    Chief Operating Officer
    Denihan Hospitality Group
  • Joel Zack
    President
    Heritage Tours Private Travel