ITP has recruited a new director who will take the position from June.

Madhu Rajesh has been appointed and will follow on from Fran Hughes as director. Madhu will step into the role from Monday 4th June 2018.

Madhu joins ITP from Water & Sanitation for the Urban Poor (WSUP), where she is currently Director of Partnerships & Development, prior to which she was Director of Development & Partnerships at The British Asian Trust for nearly five years, working on a range of development issues including human trafficking and youth employment. Madhu spent the first decade of her career in the travel industry, with international experience working for Hilton, Marriott, Emirates Airlines and Starwood among others. Passionate about financially sustainable and socially responsible business, Madhu has coached several laureates of Cartier Women’s Initiative Awards over the last decade. She holds an MBA from INSEAD.

Chair of the ITP Board Wolfgang Neumann, who was on the final interview panel, said, “I am delighted to welcome Madhu to the ITP team. She brings a wealth of experience, knowledge and passion with her and I look forward to supporting her in the pursuit of our ambitious 2030 goals.”

Madhu said, “I am delighted to be joining ITP as its Director. Over the past 25 years, ITP has been a unique cross sector collaboration that has helped the hotel industry unify as a force for good and work together to promote sustainable tourism. ITP’s four core Goals now reflect its members’ willingness to rise above competition and work together with the aim of making a meaningful contribution towards the Sustainable Development Goals. I look forward to working with ITP members and key stakeholders to turn this vision into reality.”

This article was published in 2018 when Sustainable Hospitality Alliance was known as International Tourism Partnership (ITP), part of Business in the Community (BITC).