Introducing the TCS World Travel Innovation Board

Innovation Board

TCS World Travel is excited to announce the formation of our new Innovation Board. As the leader in private jet expeditions, we are always looking for ways to enrich lives through travel. This panel of influential travel experts was hand-selected to help us create unique and meaningful experiences for our guests. 

Joe Diaz

Co-Founder, AFAR Media
  • Leader of top media company exclusively dedicated to experiential travel whose award-winning platforms include AFAR magazine, AFAR.com, Learning AFAR and AFAR Experiences

  • Travel industry expert and insider passionate about the power of travel and its ability to create deeper, richer and more fulfilling lives
  • Influencer and accomplished speaker with subject matter expertise in travel trends, branding, the transformational power of travel, and innovation

Jean Newman Glock

Managing Director, Communications and Public Affairs, Signature Travel Network
  • Recognized internationally as one of the top ten worldwide travel experts/influencers, she has a finger on the pulse of the top luxury travel suppliers worldwide
  • Manages one of the travel industry’s top networks of travel agencies and suppliers
  • Previously worked at Smithsonian Institution, where she was responsible for their portfolio of international tours

Klara Glowczewska

Executive Travel Editor, Town & Country magazine

 

  • Travel industry insider and veteran who was one of the founding editors of Condé Nast Traveler magazine and its Editor in Chief from 2005-2014

  • Deep knowledge not only of travel trends, but also of numerous global conservation efforts, from the Clinton Foundation’s work in Haiti to the groundbreaking efforts to save the African rhino in Botswana and marine conservation efforts in French Polynesia

Jason Friedman

Principal, J.M. Friedman & Co

 

  • Leads a top hospitality and tourism consulting firm specialized in the conceptualization, development, opening and operations of experience-driven luxury hotels and resorts in Southeast Asia
  • Insider knowledge of up-and-coming luxury destinations
  • Experience includes 25 years in the hospitality industry working across Asia with luxury brands such as Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts, Raffles Hotels, and Aman Resorts

Dr. Kristofer Helgen

University of Adelaide Professor of Biological Sciences and Deputy Director of the Centre for Applied Conservation Science

 

  • Has identified over 100 new mammal species in research expeditions he has organized across the globe
  • Zoologist and wildlife and conservation expert focusing on fieldwork and museum collections to document the richness of life and explore global change
  • Former curator at the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of Natural History who appears regularly on television and radio programs in support of biodiversity discovery and conservation

Jordan Mackay

James Beard Award-winning author on wine, spirits and food

 

  • Regular contributor to Food & Wine, New York Times, Los Angeles Times, Wine and Spirits and many other publications
  • Has written six nationally acclaimed books related to food and wine. Secrets of the Sommeliers won the James Beard Foundation Award and Two in the Kitchen spent many weeks on the New York Times Best Seller List
  • His latest book with Rajat Parr, The Sommelier’s Atlas of Taste won the UK’s André Simon Award for best beverage book

Alex Cymbalista

Partner and CEO, Latitudes, a luxury Latin American tour company

 

  • Founder of the only Brazilian tour company specialized in educational trips across the globe for the Latin American market
  • Regional specialist with deep knowledge about Latin America tourism along with knowledge of the markets in those countries
  • Experienced business professional with insights about the potential markets in the region

Luis Vargas

CEO and Founder, Modern Adventure

 

  • Leading experiential travel executive and thought leader who has built and helped scale meaningful travel businesses with world-class brands such as Backroads, Disney, The Clymb and REI
  • His TEDxPortland talk about “Investing in Experiences Instead of Stuff” became a viral phenomenon with 1.2 million views and counting
  • Active in the larger travel community, having served on the non-profit boards of Sustainable Travel International, Adventure Travel Trade Association, and the Adventure Cycling Association

Malia Asfour

Founder and Director, Jordan Tourism Board North America

 

  • Responsible for all aspects of promoting tourism to the Kingdom of Jordan; opening their markets in North and South America, as well as China and Russia
  • Previously the tourism attaché and director of public relations for the Embassy of Jordan, where she handled PR for the Jordan Information Bureau during the Middle East peace process
  • Active in numerous tourism associations and councils