Alessandra Alonso MBA, MSc Founder, Women in Travel CIC   

While continuing her activity as coach and consultant, Alessandra’s commitment to gender led her to launch a women in travel focussed programme at World Travel Market in London. Since 2014 the event has grown to a half –day programme and 3 countries, covering WTM London, Arabian Travel Market and now WTM Africa. In 2019 is expected to extend to Latin America too.

In January 2017 Women in Travel was registered as a social enterprise, with the aim to leverage a thriving global travel and tourism industry and its suppliers to provide women with the opportunity to fulfil their economic and individual potential through employability and entrepreneurship.   Alessandra’s vision is to provide communities in key regions (UK, Middle East, Africa and Latin America) with a sustainable livelihood by enabling women to become economically independent through entrepreneurship and a thriving career in the travel and tourism industry and in so doing, to become a recognised catalyst for women empowerment in the international travel and tourism sector. Women in Travel is growing from strength to strength with entrepreneurship events, mentoring and a soon to-be-launched Women Returners service at its heart. 

Alessandra’s expertise and passion for gender diversity and mentoring women has long been recognised. She has served on many industry committees/boards and is regularly called to advise, speak at conferences and contribute to articles and blogs. Alessandra is a Visiting Lecturer at the University of Hertfordshire's Business School and at the University of Normandy. She has enjoyed guest speaking opportunities at a number of other academic institutions. Alessandra is an associate fellow of the Higher Education Academy and is a qualified coach –mentor for performance in the workplace. She is Italian but multilingual and has lived in London for over 20 years. She has two boys and loves the outdoor, keeping fit and cooking.