Petra Thomas is the CEO of forum anders reisen e.V., an umbrella association for sustainable tourism. The association, founded in 1998 with about 140 member companies, develops and promotes sustainable tourism based on content-related criteria with a focus on people and the environment. As chairperson of the board, the archaeologist and arts historian has since 2010 been representing the interests of forum anders reisen. In 2014 she became managing director. Originally from Hamburg, Mrs. Thomas was earlier in charge of product management and development, sustainability management and public relations at a&e erlebnis:reisen, a tour operator specialised in socially responsible tourism. She has been a member of the TO DO jury since 2015 and always looks forward to reading from committed initiatives worldwide, how they dedicate their ideas and their work to improving the social living conditions through tourism projects and enterprises.