Daniela Papi

Daniela Papi is the Executive Director of the educational non-profit "Protect the Earth. Protect Yourself" and founder/CEO of PEPY Tours, with operations in rural Cambodia. PEPY has won the CIMPA Humanitarian Travel Award as well as the University of Notre Dame's Social Venture Business Plan competition. Papi is active in the growing voluntourism movement, speaking regularly on the subject. In 2006m she was invited to speak at the UNEP Sports and the Environment meeting in Geneva, Switzerland, and spent 10 days as a guest lecturer on Peace Boat. Papi has written in the trade and online press about the challenges of grassroots development and the issues facing operators looking to offer tours in this growing market. After a childhood in Briarcliff Manor, New York, Papi graduated from the University of Notre Dame with a degree in Economics and went on to work for a management consulting firm in Chicago. She has since spent the next five years in Asia working in education and voluntourism. She currently manages PEPY from her Cambodia office in Phnom Penh and is a finalist for the Cartier Women's Initiative Awards.