Sustainability Pitch 2022 judges announced

By Michael Barrett |

The 2022 Sustainability Pitch programme, which takes place during the annual Travel Retail Sustainability Week online event, will feature a stellar line-up of 20 senior industry executives – returning and new – as judges to determine the 2022 TR Sustainability Heroes and Trailblazers.


The Sustainability Guardians (pictured below) includes executives from airports, retailers as well as research agency m1nd-set and industry consultancy TRACE Consulting.


The Sustainability Guardians will evaluate a series of pitches submitted by companies across all categories.


Participating companies submit a 3-5 minute video which can feature either the company’s overarching sustainability and CSR strategy or a specific initiative.


Packages to enter the Sustainability Pitch start at £4,750. If you wish a member of TRBusiness to contact you, please click here.




Examples include a diversity and inclusion policy or initiative; a health and wellbeing programme for staff; new product development incorporating healthier ingredients; a single-use plastic packaging reduction programme or other sustainable production initiatives.


The 18 Sustainability Guardians will judge each pitch initiative according to specific guidelines and the cumulative scores will determine which are TR Sustainability Heroes and Trailblazers according to scoring benchmarks designed with the support of TRBusiness research partner m1nd-set.


The Sustainability Guardians include the following new and returning executives:

François Bourienne, Chief Commercial Officer, Abu Dhabi Airport Company (ADAC)

Richard Gray, CEO and Tracy Ross, Projects & Design Manager,  Aer Rianta International Middle East

Patrick Bohl, Head of Retail, Budapest Airport

Rajiv Madan, Chief Financial Officer, Delhi Duty Free

Eugene Barry, Executive Vice President – Commercial, Dubai Airports

Sharon Beecham, Vice President – Purchasing, Dubai Duty Free

Renzo Radice, Global Head Corporate Communications & Public Affairs, Dufry Group

Julie Lassaigne, Secretary General, ETRC

Zoe Farmer, Global Director Retail Management and Laurent Joalland, Global Director Retail Procurement, Gate Retail

Caitlin Allen, Beauty Buyer, Harding

Julie Donnelly, Head of Category and Sustainability, London Heathrow Airport

Chris Pok, CEO, Krisshop

Monica Kominami, Head of Design Innovation and Sustainability for South East Asia, Lagardère Travel Retail

Sherif Toulan, President, Middle East & Africa Duty Free Association (MEADFA) and Managing Director, IDFTA

Peter Mohn CEO & Owner, m1nd-set

Lisa Bauer, President and CEO, Starboard Cruise Services

Vimal Rai, Founder & Managing Director, TRACE Consulting

Wendy Avis, Environment Manager, Vancouver Airport.


The results of the Sustainability Pitch Programme will be broadcast in a series of dedicated TR Sustainability Pitch sessions throughout TR Sustainability Week, taking place from 19-22 April. Each session will feature the original pitch videos as well as a Q&A between the Sustainability Guardians and executives from the pitch partners.


Registration for the event, which opened recently, has already attracted huge interest from airports, airlines, cruise and ferry companies, retailers and brands across all categories.


TRBusiness Joint Owners and Managing Directors Nigel Hardy and Janice Hook.

TRBusiness Joint Owners and Managing Directors Nigel Hardy and Janice Hook.

TRBusiness Joint Owners and Managing Directors Nigel Hardy and Janice Hook commented: “The interest and enthusiasm among our returning and new Sustainability Guardians is testimony to the importance of this unique and innovative programme.


“It not only allows industry stakeholders to tell their stories but also enables their key customers – the airports and retailers judging the programme – to discover a new and diverse range of sustainable initiatives in a very direct way.


“Our panel of judges last year were extremely impressed with the diverse range of initiatives being undertaken and planned so it is also a great opportunity for the pitch participants to open doors with these key customers.”


For more information on how to enter the Sustainability Pitch programme, please contact [email protected], [email protected] or [email protected].

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