Amy Carter-James defined what makes a “social entrepreneur” long before the term became "de rigueur". Amy’s drive and entrepreneurial approach to solving big challenges led to her being recognised as the UK’s “Social Entrepreneur of the Year” and the International Hotel Investment Forum’s “Young Leader”.
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Testimonials for Amy Carter-James
One of the most inspiring people I’ve met. I have booked Amy to speak at several events and she never fails to astonish and inspire, always making time to answer questions and engage with participants.
Passionate, inspiring and challenging. What Amy has achieved so far is simply breathtaking.
World Green Tourism
Amy Carter-James was the keynote speaker for our International Women’s Day Breakfast in 2019. Amy was incredibly professional and inspiring as she shared her stories about the women she works with in Mozambique. As a speaker Amy’s delivery is quietly understated but extremely powerful and I would recommend her as a keynote speaker to any organization.
Zonta Club of Perth Northern Suburbs
Amazing woman and amazing talk. Everyone loved it.
Amy is quite possibly one of the most inspirational and influential people I have met. Humble and with wisdom well beyond her years, Amy’s work in the tourism industry is groundbreaking and has resulted in a ripple of positive change. Her selfless determination has saved the lives of many and serves as a reminder that regardless of what path we take in life, at each corner there lies an opportunity to help others and in so doing, our journey becomes all the richer for it. A hero in the true sense of the word.
Fee Range: Up to $5000
Amy Carter-James's Biography
Amy Carter-James defined what makes a “social entrepreneur” long before the term became "de rigueur". From the moment she started on her entrepreneurial journey in business, after an inspiring gap year as an 18 year old, she was certain that life was about having a net positive impact.
Driven by this purpose in life, she inspired her husband, Neal, to move to Mozambique to develop, build & create an eco-boutique hotel, Guludo Beach Lodge with the local community, that would go on to become a multi-award winning business, held up as a shining example and case study on the sustainable impact that it is possible to achieve in the travel & tourism industry; a 24 bed property helped to lift more than 36,000 people out of poverty. Using an innovative approach to charitable giving, Amy founded a UK registered charity, Nema Foundation, to achieve these goals.
Amy’s passion for impact, purpose driven businesses blows your mind, when she shares her thoughts on the many amazing ways entrepreneurs can “walk the talk” and lead by example to create solutions to global challenges facing the world today.
Amy’s drive and entrepreneurial approach to solving big challenges led to her being recognised as the UK’s “Social Entrepreneur of the Year” and the International Hotel Investment Forum’s “Young Leader”. From this platform she has spent over a decade working with teams around the globe; from start-ups and scale-ups to leading-brands, to embed impact into their core DNA and help them scale responsibly to amplify their impacts.
Sadly, in 2019, an unprecedented cyclone destroyed the hotel in Mozambique and left the entire region without shelter, food or livelihoods, providing a glimpse into the future of the existential threat posed by the climate emergency. Angered that the people least responsible suffer the most, Amy knew she had to act. She co-founded rippl., a groundbreaking impact venture capital firm leveraging the tourism industry to build a diversified climate action portfolio and collectively contribute towards Drawdown.
Speaking Topics Include
The power of purpose - How purpose led Amy to rural Africa and the world stage. How finding your own purpose is the greatest form of empowerment and how purpose-led businesses are trailblazing and outperforming the market.
The power of travel to tackle global challenges - How Amy set out 17 years ago to prove this and how we can individually and collectively be part of changing the tide and amplifying our positive impact.
Beyond Sustainability: hitting the sweet spot - From greenwashing to “woke” advertising. How and where do you find the sweet spot to propel your success while profoundly contributing to global challenges.
Crossing Borders: the true essence of empowerment - Transcending cultures, what is it that truly empowers us as human beings, parents, employees or entrepreneurs. How we can equip ourselves to amplify our impact at home and in the “work”-place.