Q&A: Robyn Nixon discusses the Intrepid strategy for growth and purpose

Robyn Nixon, manager of sustainability at the Intrepid Group and board member at The Intrepid Foundation. Photo by: Robyn Nixon

During 17 years at the Intrepid Group, Robyn Nixon has taken on a variety of roles and challenges as part of an organization whose travel brands carry more than 250,000 passengers a year across the globe — including to developing countries, where the group focuses on responsible tourism.

Now, as the manager of sustainability and a board member for The Intrepid Foundation — the not-for-profit arm of the group — Nixon is working on integrating new and innovative approaches for the business that support sustainable development, including wider and more diverse partnering for greater impact.

In the past year, The Intrepid Foundation has received funding for two projects through the Business Partnerships Platform — an Australian government initiative supported by Palladium and the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade. The program matches private sector funding for projects that are both commercially viable and socially impactful, to promote greater private sector engagement in development.

Devex spoke with Nixon about her plans for both the Intrepid Group and The Intrepid Foundation to become global leaders in sustainable business practices and in selecting partnerships for impactful collaborations. Here is the conversation, edited for length and clarity.

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    Lisa Cornish

    Lisa Cornish is a Devex Reporter based in Canberra, where she focuses on the Australian aid community. Lisa formerly worked with News Corp Australia as a data journalist for the national network and was published throughout Australia in major metropolitan and regional newspapers, including the Daily Telegraph in Melbourne, Herald Sun in Melbourne, Courier-Mail in Brisbane, and online through news.com.au. Lisa additionally consults with Australian government providing data analytics, reporting and visualization services. Lisa was awarded the 2014 Journalist of the Year by the New South Wales Institute of Surveyors.