Executive Board

The day-to-day running of the World Federation is the responsibility of the Executive Board whose members are elected by delegates of the member countries for a two- year period at each Convention. To take a position on the Executive Board one has to know that such a position means complete involvement, dedication and many hours of work. Executive Board members who are elected must be actively practising tourist guides who are not tour operators, or tourist guide employers.

Alushca Ritchie
Alushca Ritchie President

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South Africa

+27 82 874 7711

In her 5th year as WFTGA President, and with 15 years’ experience in Tourism, Alushca brings her experience and passion as both Tourist Guide and that of the Association Industry to the WFTGA. Her passion for the Food and Wine industry led her into Tourist Guiding and previously held the positions of CEO and Chairperson of the Cape Tourist Guide Association (CTGA). She is an active qualified Gastronomy Tourist Guide in Cape Town, South Africa. Her experience in Tourism includes serving on the Board as Director for Cape Town Tourism (Destination marketing company) for six years, Vice Chairperson of Women in Tourism, Past President of SKAL International Winelands, and has worked for the South African Tourism Services Association (SATSA). She is currently a founding Board Member of International Cultural and Creative Industries (ICCIRA). She has completed several courses and studies in Wine Tourism, Tourism and Business Management, Association Management, and is a CATHSSETA registered Assessor, Moderator and Facilitator. She continues to volunteer her time to Associations, NPOs and has a strong focus on mentorship for Women in tourism, namely SMMEs and new Tourist Guides.
Nina Buh
Nina Buh Vice President

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Slovenia

+386 51 384 372

After finishing her History and Sociology studies, Nina went to work abroad, where she realised just how much she misses and loves her home country. And when she returned, it didn’t take her long to find her passion and a new occupation. For the last ten years, she has been active in tourism. Nina is a professional tourist guide in Slovenia, specializing in the tourist destination Rogla-Pohorje and she is also a Certified Interpretive Guide. She is constantly searching for new ideas to improve her tour-guiding skills and is eager to learn new things. During the years of the pandemic, she has contributed a lot to finding the way forward for the tourist guides in Slovenia as a member of the Association of Regional Tourist Guides of Slovenia – ARGOS. In 2022, she finally decided to take a step forward. By becoming a member of the ExBo she wants to promote and support the profession of a tourist guide, advocate for their rights and bring some fresh ideas for how best to encourage the young generation to choose tour guiding as their profession and career.
James Saunders
James Saunders Secretariat

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Canada

+1 647 407 7345

James has been in the Industry for over 30 years. He is based in Toronto. He is the Past President of TGAT. He wants to be able to help the Associations that are our Members
Viola Lewis
Viola Lewis Training Portfolio
Lead International Trainer

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Scotland

+44 7718 200 180

Viola draws from over 20 years’ experience in tourism and training and was elected to the WFTGA ExBo in 2019. She is a Blue Badge Tourist Guide for Scotland, a trainer with the Scottish Tourist Guides Association (STGA), the European Federation of Tourist Guide Associations (FEG) and a Lead International Trainer with the World Federation of Tourist Guides Associations (WFTGA). Before becoming a guide, Viola worked for European Commission Programmes and gained a strong capacity-building ethos. Viola has trained tourist guides and trainers of tourist guides in many countries. She worked as a trainer in the cruise industry and delivered the WFTGA Cruise Guide Endorsement Course. Viola holds the T-GUIDE qualification for guiding people with learning difficulties. Tourism for All and Sustainable Tourism are of paramount importance to her. Viola enjoys a broad variety of activities, from training volunteer guide in regeneration areas to advanced trainer training and moderation of the STGA Blue Badge Course. Viola has served on the STGA Board of Directors and as Training Manager, shaping and implementing policies and strategies in tourist guide training and accreditation. She served as Convener of the FEG Training Consultative Group and is currently the WFTGA ExBo Member looking after the training portfolio. Developing potential remains her passion.
Maricar Donato
Maricar Donato ExBo Member

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United States of America

+1 202 421 5160

From her early beginnings in the Philippines to establishing her business WashingTours & Events in Washington, DC, Maricar Donato has garnered international experience traveling around the globe from Asia, Europe, Africa, to the Middle East, interacting with representatives of governments and tourism officials. She has been a member of the WFTGA global family since her first convention in Montreal in 1997 and has attended 13 Conventions since then. She was recognized as WFTGA’s First Global Brand Ambassador (GBA) in Nov 2017 and served as an Area Representative Coordinator from 2019-2021. She has been elected to serve as executive board member in 2022-2024. Maricar is a catalyst in bringing people of diverse cultural backgrounds and nationalities together to build community. As part of the executive team she is proud to represent the WFTGA and help foster a global presence and generate positive collaboration with tourist guides around the world. Her passion for travel, culture and technology has shaped her to what she has become today. Her message is simple: Spark Connections
Manu Del Rosario
Manu Del Rosario ExBo Member
Cultour Card

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Philippines

A tourist guide in the Philippines since 2011 and has done training, tourist guiding and full pledged tourism practitioner as his professional career. He is also a Licensed Nurse and Licensed Teacher in his country. His expertise also covers Culture and Heritage, Service Excellence and Luxury Tours. He handles the Cultour Card portfolio of the WFTGA.
President Emeritus:
  • 1985-1987 Yossi Grau (R.I.P.)
  • 1987-1993  Jane Orde (R.I.P.)
  • 1993-1999 Titina Loizides
  • 1999-2001 Deborah Androus
  • 2001-2003 Elisabeth Schroder
  • 2003-2007 Ruby Roy
  • 2007-2013 Rosalind Newlands OBE
  • 2013-2017 Felicitas Wressnig
  • 2017 – present Alushca Ritchie