Dee Gibson is a London based Interior Designer and Hotelier and a regular speaker and panelist for the BIID.“I passionately believe that designers can set an example of how to create beautiful spaces that articulate a message. I am using my ethos of ‘Emotional Design’ to encourage a mindset actively seeking ethical luxury and conscious travel. As the world puts up borders I want to break them down, having created a beautiful, luxurious space where guests can immerse themselves and leave behind a positive social footprint, give back to communities, and bring home beautiful memories and interesting stories to share. We are part of a global community, in 2020 we have an opportunity to be more vocal on this subject and drive positive change” In 2017 Deebuilt luxury, boutique hotelKalukanda House from scratch. In September 2020 Dee was included in the finalist list of a national award in the ‘Most Inspiring Business Woman’ category. Kalukanda House was a finalist in the UK national ‘BestWomen in Business award’ for Best New Business2019and has recently joined the HIP Hotel collection as one of only 3 hotels on the island in their portfolio. Dee has spent two decades working with private clients creating homes reflecting the people living within them. Her business Velvet Orange regularly pulls together teams of builders, architects, and craftsmen to create these spaces and she believes in building relationships and encouraging a circular economy. Dee splits her time between Sri Lanka overseeing the hotel and London working with private clients. She is using her platforms and skills to curate experience-based holidays for adventurous, conscious travelers while also championing a local charity where she has joined the Board of Trustees.