Dee Gibson is a London based Interior Designer and Hotelier and a regularspeaker and panelistfor theBIID.“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 bordersI 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 homebeautiful 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 subjectand drive positive change”In 2017 Deebuilt luxury, boutique hotelKalukanda Housefrom scratch. In September 2020 Dee was included in the finalist list of a national award in the ‘Most Inspiring Business Woman’ category.Kalukanda House wasa finalist in theUK 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. Deehas spent two decadesworking with private clients creating homes reflectingthe people living within them. Her business Velvet Orangeregularly pulls together teams of builders, architects and craftsman to create these spacesand she believes in building relationships and encouraging a circular economy.Dee splits her timebetween Sri Lanka overseeing the hotel and London working with private clients. Sheisusing herplatformsand skills to curate experience based holidays for adventurous, conscious travellers while also championing a local charity where she has joined the Board of Trustees.