Meet the Team

We are a group of passionate and driven women who are dedicated to promoting gender equality and empowering women across the globe. Each of us brings unique skills, expertise, and experiences to the table, all of which are essential in helping us achieve our mission.

Associate and trustee, Anny Andaryati

Anny Andaryati


Anny Andaryati has been working to mainstream gender into green economy and resource management to increase gender and ecological justice. She believes that structural gender inequality needs to be addressed to assure gender equality and equity, the successful transition to a green economy and the achievement of sustainable development. In the absence of gender sensitive policies, green economy initiatives such as ecotourism may increase existing gender inequities and endanger overall sustainability.

Anny is a member of global women’s rights organisations which are working to achieve gender equality, sustainable development and human rights. These organisations provide a platform to exchange learning and as a reference for her work.

Anny is an avid traveller and diver, visiting remote places and staying in community run accommodation. She has seen the positive and negative gendered impacts of tourism on communities, their livelihood, and culture.

Associate and trustee, Janet Robinson

Janet Robinson


Janet Robinson is a Gender Specialist with 17 years’ experience working mainly in South and South-East Asia.  She works to promote gender justice, specialising in strategic planning, qualitative research and linking gender issues to policy development.  Areas of professional interest include gender sensitivity in disaster risk reduction, anti-trafficking of women and girls, safe urban migration and child marriage following natural disasters.

Following the Asian Tsunami in 2004, Janet worked alongside the Sri Lankan National Women’s Network to assist post-recovery and rehabilitation.  She has advised the ECHO funded Disaster Risk Reduction Consortium in Cambodia on mainstreaming gender sensitivity into disaster management and has developed training modules for women’s leadership in disaster risk reduction, at an international level.

Working with a wide variety of national and international agencies, Janet works to connect with those at grass roots to help give their voice in policy and decision-making. Working with Equality in Tourism combines her passion for travel with a deep concern to see gender justice amongst the most vulnerable in many parts of the world. Currently she is based in the United Kingdom, where in her spare time she enjoys tennis, hiking and creative writing.

Burçe Uygur

Burçe Uygur


As a dynamic force within our team, Burçe leads our proposal development efforts with a focus on women’s empowerment in the tourism sector. Her extensive experience extends to pivotal roles within governmental bodies in Turkey, alongside a commendable portfolio of EU-funded projects encompassing human rights, civil society development, gender equality and rural development. With profound insights into project management and a deep understanding of funding mechanisms, Burçe contributes valuable perspectives to our global initiatives.

With a strong academic foundation, Burçe holds a degree in International Relations from Turkey and pursued further studies, earning a master’s degree in European Integration. Committed to expanding her expertise, she obtained another master’s degree in International Development and Management from Lund University as a recipient of a Swedish Institute scholarship.

Jaklien van Melick


Originally from the Netherlands, Jaklien has worked in the tourism sector for over 20 years, during which time she has lived and travelled to many countries across the globe. She has worked across a range of international private and public organisations, including non-profits. This has given her a dynamic and detailed understanding of the industry. 

She started working in tourism as a holiday representative for an inbound tour operator in New York City and continued working in customer service, airline pricing, and business development for two airlines. She also worked for TripAdvisor and for two outbound tour operators in content marketing and content production. Her most recent positions were with the United Nations World Tourism Organisation and the Austrian Tourism Board, working in destination development and marketing.

Her passion for travel and sustainable tourism is what brought her to Equality in Tourism. As a Trustee, Jaklien heads the Awards team, an essential part of the work we do within the industry to create and advocate for improved gender equality within the industry. She believes that in order to achieve a sustainable future in the industry, gender equality needs to be a priority, and her work within Equality in Tourism International is helping make that happen. 

Dr. Yasmin Begum


Yasmin focuses on our Research and Insights initiative, which shares key highlights of current research in a clear and concise form, making it more accessible for those outside of the academic field. Having completed a Master’s in International Journalism, she’s particularly keen to take her research interests across multimedia platforms. She is focused on impact and believes the communication of academic research to wider audiences helps foster engagement to address structural inequalities.

Yasmin has taught in higher education for a number of years with a specialism in gender and decolonial identity. Her PhD was focused on Postcolonial Theory, Gender Identity and Diasporic Experience.  She is a strong believer in expanding access to higher education and is currently a Lecturer in Higher Education working with foundation year students.

Yasmin also works with our global network of Associates who share the values of our organisation. Our Associates come from different fields, ranging from academia to industry and non-profits. They’re committed to promoting gender equality in the tourism and hospitality sectors.

Teesta Raha

Teesta Raha


Teesta Raha specialises in communications, marketing and public relations (PR) strategy. She also manages the global network of associates, who embody Equality in Tourism’s values. These associates, representing diverse spheres like academia, industry and non-profits, are committed to promoting gender equality in tourism and hospitality.

Teesta’s full-time role at Sojern, a travel technology company, involves managing the company’s PR. Previously, she focused on the technology sector, both B2B and B2C, within agencies before transitioning in-house in 2019. With work experience in the UK, UAE, Oman and Singapore, she possesses a rich understanding of diverse markets and cultures.

She is a graduate of The London School of Economics and Political Science with an M.Sc in Media and Communications.

Have you thought about becoming a Trustee?

If you share our passion for Gender Equality and aspire to bring a significant change, why not consider becoming a Trustee? We are consistently on the lookout for people with exceptional skills and expertise who can steer the future of our organisation and the work we do.

Let’s make a difference together.