Our Team

Helping you do better business - better for you, the planet and its people

Utopia Africa is your sustainability solution partner. We believe businesses can – and must – benefit local people, cultural heritage, and the natural environment in order to thrive.

By adapting current operations and management systems, we help businesses to play their part in creating thriving local economies, healthier socio-cultural dynamics, and more resilient ecosystems. We also support teams to communicate the story of their journey – stories of who they are and why they are committed to business that is better for everyone. 

With over 30 years of combined, globally recognised expertise in sustainable tourism and multimedia communications, we are an ideal partner to work alongside you and your team to effectively craft and inspire solutions for the world we all need.

Sustainability
Sustainability
Travel & Tourism
Travel & Tourism
Communication
Communications

Professional Affiliations

Our range of expertise carries the added benefit of international best practice in sustainable tourism through the following affiliations:

  • Utopia Africa is a signatory to the 13 guiding principles espoused by the Future of Tourism movement. We take this commitment seriously and embrace these principles throughout our work, placing destination needs first to build a better tomorrow.
  • Utopia Africa is an official partner of the UN’s One Planet – Sustainable Tourism Programme and our work is underpinned by the global Sustainable Development Goals to be achieved by 2030.
  • Our founding member is appointment to the Assurance Panel of the global authority on sustainable travel and tourism standards, the Global Sustainable Tourism Council (GSTC).
  • We are qualified as advisors and auditors for Travelife for Tour Operators and provide representation for the organisation in southern Africa.
  • We represent Fair Trade Tourism - one of the leading non-profit organisations working in sustainable tourism and certification in Africa.
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Founders

Utopia Africa pursues sustainable destination and business development projects in collaboration with local organisations and individuals - those most familiar with local context. We bring key expertise from our founding partners, Lisa Scriven and Dr Paul Godard.

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Lisa Scriven

Lisa Scriven has spent her career seeking and implementing business solutions that are resilient to the ever-changing operating and market landscapes of travel and tourism in East and southern Africa, and North America. She is best known on the African continent and internationally for her work in sustainable tourism certification and related technical capacity building. Her passion for crafting success stories of meaningful shared value creation in the tourism sector has more recently inspired her work in the content development and social media management space, where her storytelling speaks to the benefits derived from B2B networking of sustainability solutions, and to the traveller seeking experiences to re-connect through nature and our shared humanity.

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Dr Paul Godard

Dr Paul Godard, of Paul Godard - Soul Photography, is the creative visionary of this passionate team. He brings vast expertise in photography, web development, technology exchange, ecology, and technical capacity building. His commitment to using this suite of expertise, particularly in photography, is motivated by his desire to see people inspired to connect with nature and, in so doing, adapt their behaviour in pursuit of balance with their surrounding natural environment and shared abundance with local people. Paul is also a professional public speaker and is a member of the Southern African Freelancers Association of the Media Professionals Forum.

Dr Paul Godard

Dr Paul Godard, of Paul Godard - Soul Photography, is the creative visionary of this passionate team. He brings vast expertise in photography, web development, technology exchange, ecology, and technical capacity building. His commitment to using this suite of expertise, particularly in photography, is motivated by his desire to see people inspired to connect with nature and, in so doing, adapt their behaviour in pursuit of balance with their surrounding natural environment and shared abundance with local people. Paul is also a professional public speaker and is a member of the Southern African Freelancers Association of the Media Professionals Forum.

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