Credentials

cropped-AIMG_3154.jpgA summary of various consultancies / organisations that I have been engaged or been part of in the past / present.

    • Kids for Tigers India ProgrammeRole: Co-ordinator New Delhi – India.  (2002)
    • Ministry of Environment and Forest (MOEF / Government of India) – Role as Engaged in Campaign  
    • Global Tiger Patrol (UK Charity)Role as Consultant  (2005 – 2010)
    • Travel Operators for Tigers – Role as Consultant (2005 – 2010)
    • Travel Operators for Tigers India Wildlife AssociationRole as Director and Engaged as a Consultant (2005 – 2010) 
    • Northumberland Wildlife Trust – Role Volunteering (2005)
    • Sanctuary Asia (India) – Role as Consultant and on-going engagement (2002 – present)
    • Friends of Seva Mandir (UK) – Role as Grant fund officer / Consultant (2010)
    • Conservation FootprintsRole as Consultant (2009 – 2011)
    • Wild NavigatorRole as Founder / Director (2012 – present)
    • Social Media Campaigning at Blogmanay (Hogmanay 2013) – Sponsors (Edinburgh Festivals, Skyscanners, Haggis Adventures, ETAG, Event Scotland & Visit Scotland)
    • Co-Host at #TTOT (Travel Talk on Twitter) using twitter handle @WildNavigator (2013 – Present) 
    • Traveling with MS – Multiple Sclerosis Awareness Campaign site (Founder / Owner) (June 2014 – present) 
    • Owner / Moderator at The Wildlife Traveller Google+ Community (July 2014 – present)
    • SpinTopMEDIA Ltd (Edinburgh). Social Media Consultant (Aug 2014)
    • Wee Digital – Social Media Consultant (Aug 2014 – present)
    • Organised the 9th Edinburgh Travel Tweet Up #EdinTravTweetUp & hosts being The Scotch Whisky Experience – 10th Dec 2014
    • Grapevine / LCiL (Lothian Centre for Inclusive Living) Rights and Choice of Disable People – Norton Park in Edinburgh. Role as Volunteer (Oct 2013 – Present)
    • Collaborating with The Ripple Movement as a projecteer on project ‘Sclerotic Footprints’ (April 2015 – Present)
    • Overseas Consultant – Pugdundee Safaris (May 2015 – Present) All mails to be sent to ABehl@pugdundeesafaris.com
    • Freelance Associate Trainer – at LCiL (Lothian Centre for Inclusive Living) (Sept 2015 – Present)

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Awards / Recognition / Honors

  • Created & Launched the first wilderness certification accreditation for accommodation providers in India’s tiger reserves called PUG (Practices under Guidelines) for the Travel Operators for Tigers Campaign in 2006. (Accepted by the Global Sustainable Tourism  Council GSTC Criteria 2013)
  • Royal Zoological Society of Scotland Inaugurated the Amur Tiger enclosure at Highland Wildlife Park (Aviemore, Scotland) (2008)
  • 2007 ABN-AMRO Sanctuary Wildlife Award for my work at ‘Travel Operators for Tigers’ under category ‘Wind under the wings’ (Mumbai, India).
  • Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS India) / Centre for Wildlife StudiesReceived research grant funding for my MSc dissertation through the WCS India Small Grant Scheme  (2003).

Presentations

  • Speaker at the RSPB Scottish Birdfair on topic “Introducing India’s Magnificent 7 for Wildlife Tourism” (May 24th 2015 10:30am at BTO & SOC Talk Tent)
  • Speaker at the 8th International Conference on Responsible Tourism at the Manchester Metropolitan University (April – 2014) Theme focused on Wildlife & Heritage
  • Wild Scotland – Guest speaker / annual general meeting at Perth (Scotland) – Nov 2012 | Topic: Wilderness, Tigers & Tourism – Wildlife Travel in India. 
  • World Travel Market 2012Wildlife Tourism Session as speaker – Nov 2012
  • Oct 18, 2008 – Speaker at Conference “Royal Bengal Tiger – Last and Final Call” under working session: Can Wildlife Tourism help Anti – Poaching Efforts ? Presentation Topic – Wildlife Tourism Code of Conducts / Certification. 
  • 2008 – Consult / Presentation to the MSc Students at the International Centre for Responsible Tourism. Leeds Metropolitan University (UK).  

Spoken about in Press / Print Media 

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Interviews / Google Hangouts / Social Media

  • Looked after Twitter Handle of Multiple Sclerosis Charity (Shift.MS) as ‘Twitter Takeover’ series for 3 days (29th, 30th & 31st of August) – Thank you tweet from the charity below:
  • Interviewed on Edinburgh’s Castle FM 98.80 show (Travel with Beryl) about Traveling with a Disability / Traveling with MS (May 5th 2015 9pm – 10pm).
  • At the Fife Tourism Partnership (Scotland) talking about my role with tourism business in Scotland and the work carried out with Social Media & the #Blogmanay Tourism Campaign (Video below):

  • Travel Coffee Break  – about Touring Arizona and Traveling with a Disability. Hangout was hosted by Alastair McKenzie (Host, Travel Coffee Break & Editor Travel-List.co.uk) accompanied by Mike Gerrard (www.mikegerrard.net who spoke about Touring Arizona for the first half of the hangout) Cherie King (Flights of a Travel Bee) & Dylan Lowe (The Ripple Movement)  – Video below:

  • Travel Coffee Break – about Responsible Tourism and the focus of setting up a responsible travel operations/business with my experience of travel / wilderness certification. This Google Hangout was hosted by Alastair McKenzie (TravelCoffeeBreak.com & Travel-List.co.uk) accompanied by Martin Hatchuel (ThisTourismWeek.co.za) and Ron Mader (Planeta.com) – (Video below):

  • Storytelling on the Social Web (Jan – 2013) – A google hangout (Video below):

  • Responsible Tourism Hangouts – 1st World Wildlife Day (3rd March 2014. A Google Hangout with Planeta.com host Ron Mader, Nutti Sámi Siida and sustainable tourism consultant Andy Drumm (Video below):

  • Are we satisfied with media coverage of indigenous tourism? Ethan Gelber and Ron Mader hosted this conversation about the ways media coverage of indigenous tourism can be improved. Streamed live on Aug 5, 2014 (Video Below): 

For google hangouts my id to connect is abkbehl (at) gmail.com

 

Research / Journals:

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Recommendations & what people have to say about Abhishek –

 

“Abhishek has the ability to set short-term and long-term goals within the context of a larger picture and to pursue these goals with persistence and perseverance. He is very much a team player who has the knack of engaging with colleagues and partners in a positive and sympathetic way. He has the further ability to remain idealistic in purpose but pragmatic in approach. Very committed and sincere he has been a very valuable and respected colleague.” February 22, 2008 – Hashim Tyabji (Owner at Wild India Camps who worked directly with Abhishek at TOFT India Wildlife Association)

“Abhishek’s work at TOFT is very important to engaging industry to take action for responsible tourism, this is a unique industry project to change behaviour from within” July 12, 2009  – Dr. Xavier Font (Director of Studies International Centre for Responsible Tourism, Leeds Metropolitan University)

“Abhishek has been instrumental in getting an international industry initiative off the ground, building its membership, profile and effectiveness. His success in achieving this has required an ability to work on his own initiative, display a high degree of influencing and problem solving skills and motivation. He can always be relied upon for a balanced and informed opinion on strategic matters.” May 6, 2009  – Mr. Jonathan Hodrien (Technology Transfer Manager, University of Surrey. United Kingdom when working with Abhishek at TOFT India Wildlife Association)

“Abhishek Behl is an award winning pioneer in his field, that of Tourism and Conservation. With little backup and support and with great self motivation he worked for five years to change the way the Indian widlife tourism industry operated, with perseverence, patience and diplomacy. He also designed, managed and operated an audit for lodge owners and managers which today is the Gold standard audit function in India. He comes highly recommended.” August 27, 2010 – Mr. Julian Matthews, (Founder Chairman, Travel Operators for Tigers)

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Abhishek Behl

Founder | MD & Contributor at Wild Navigator
Founder & Managing Director at Wild Navigator Ltd (An Edinburgh based bespoke Indian subcontinent travel company). Interested in inspiring people with updates from the field of Wildlife Conservation, Communities, Travel, Eco-Sustainability & Social Media. Look forward to my two new projects coming up wildlifetraveller.org & Traveling with MS - Lets connect !!!

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