Centre Stage: presentation of the results event

Centre Stage: presentation of the results event

9 November 2022 | 1-2.30pm | World Travel Market 2022, London

The pilot phase of the ‘Centre Stage’ project that UNWTO is implementing with the support of the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ), the German Agency for International Cooperation (GIZ) and UN Women, came to an end in December 2022 in the four selected pilot Member States: Costa Rica, the Dominican Republic, Jordan and Mexico.

UNWTO took the opportunity of World Travel Market to give visibility to the sector’s work in the area of women’s empowerment and promote the results of the project from the Project Progress Report.

In addition, the event brought together the participants of the project with stakeholders from across the sector, fostering further commitment to addressing the sector’s gender imbalances and forging alliances for future work in this area.



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His Excellency the Minister of Tourism of Jordan
Minister of Tourism and Antiquities, Jordan.   

His Excellency’s experience in the tourism sector is vast & comprehensive – He held the position of Minister of Tourism and Antiquities on a number of occasions (2011- 2013, 2015-2016 and 2020-now) . Prior to that he was the Director General of the Jordan Tourism Board as well as well as heading a number of major institutions such as the Dead Sea Institute, the National Company for Tourism Development, the Royal Academy of Culinary Arts, the Jordan Heritage Revival Company and the National Microfinance Bank. Additionally, His Excellency also served as Minister of Environment, on two occasions (2012-2013 and 2018). 

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Tammy Reynoso
Vice Minister for Development, Dominican Republic Ministry. of Tourism.  

More than 28 years of experience in the telecommunications and financial industries. She has accompanied the main telecommunications players in their transformation and acceleration, holding executive positions and member of ExCom. Passionate about raising the brand to the maximum of its expression. Proven results in the definition of marketing and communication strategy and execution, new products, services and value-added programs for the client. 

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Marina Diotallevi
Marina Diotallevi
Head of the Ethics, Culture and Social Responsibility Department at UNWTO.  

Marina is in charge of cultural tourism and social aspects related to tourism, in particular gender equality and women’s empowerment, accessibility for persons with disability, human rights, indigenous communities and corporate social responsibility. On gender equality and women’s empowerment, Marina was also the responsible for the release in 2019 of the second edition of the Global Report on Women in Tourism. In 2021 started the implementation of the Centre Stage project for “Women’s empowerment during the COVID-19 recovery” in four countries. 


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Sven-Uwe Müller 
Programme Leader, GIZ.

Sven-Uwe Mueller is programme leader for cooperation with the private sector at the German Agency for International Cooperation, GIZ. As an energy and infrastructure policy specialist Sven-Uwe worked at the World Bank and the Inter-American Development Bank in Washington and as Deputy Country Director of GIZ China in Beijing. Holding a PhD in Public International Law and Political Science Sven works now to foster partnerships between businesses and public sector for sustainable development. Leveraging the tourism sector as pacemaker for service sector development and job creator for better achieving the sustainable development goals is the focus of GIZ in this field.

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Shivangi Shrivastava
Coordination Specialist, UN Women.  

Shivangi Shrivastava is a Coordination Specialist at UN Women. She has over 16 years of technical and managerial experience with the United Nations on policy development, program management, inter-agency coordination, advocacy and partnerships focused on gender equality, child and youth rights. Most recently she served as the Program Manager for a Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation funded million-dollar UN Women program on gender-responsive implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals in East Africa. Shivangi holds a MA from the Johns Hopkins University's School of Advanced International Studies and is a University Gold Medalist from St. Xavier’s College, Mumbai, India where she earned a BA. 

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Benjamin Owen
Project Manager, Centre Stage Project, UNWTO.  

Ben is a project manager working in UNWTO’s Ethics Culture and Social Responsibility department. Having previously coordinated the Global Report on Women in Tourism, Second Edition, Ben spearheaded the development of the Centre Stage project and is responsible for gender equality initiatives within UNWTO. Ben has extensive experience working on equality projects and initiatives affecting a wide range of disadvantaged groups. Before joining UNWTO, Ben worked at the European Parliament on the Transport and Tourism Committee and the Women’s Rights and Gender Equality Committee. Ben has a BA Hons in International Relations from the University of Leeds. 

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Lucy Ferguson 
Lead Expert for Gender Mainstreaming Guidelines and Training, Centre Stage.

Lucy Ferguson is a trainer and specialist in gender equality in the tourism sector. She was the Lead Expert for the Global Report on Women in Tourism, 2nd Edition. She has worked to produce both Gender Mainstreaming Guidelines and is currently collaborating with the UNWTO Centre Stage project through trainings for the public and private tourism sector. Lucy has also worked extensively as a trainer and researcher and is the author of "Gender Training: A Transformative Tool for Gender Equality" along with a range of academic publications in the field of feminist knowledge transfer and feminist pedagogies.


Ahlam AlAzzeh
Ahlam AlAzzeh 
HR Generalist & internal instructor, Royal Jordanian.

With over 13 years of extensive experience in HR partnering with many successful organizations in Jordan and the States, Ahlam has placed her own marks in the Human development and training field. As professional trainer in life skills, she has been able to maintain close and continuous relationships with all segments of the local community, especially women in Jordan. Through her work, she has inspired women and assisted them in identifying and developing their strengths, which ultimately results in women’ achieving Self-sufficiency, which ultimately results in women's empowerment. She is a SHRM- SCP certified HR professional an RJ-HR generalist and ATU (Arab Trainers Union) Certified trainer specialized in Human Resources, Human development, and life skills training, she is also an internal instructor in Royal Jordanian Airline. 

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