Gopinath Parayil (Gopi) 37, is the founder and chief executive of The Blue Yonder. Gopi set up Nila Foundation in 2004 out of the passion for the region he comes from and a concern for a unique river civilization. While exploring a sustainable financial support for the foundation, he came up with the idea of The Blue Yonder (TBY), which is now one of the most innovative responsible travel companies in India. 2009 December Outlook Business magazine featured Gopi amongst the 50 Social Entrepreneurs in India. TBY has won multiple international awards and recognitions for their responsible tourism initiatives. He founded the Indian chapter of International Centre for Responsible Tourism and is currently in the process of setting up a Television channel focusing on sustainable life style.
An MBA from Ecole Nationale des Ponts et Chaussées and MSc in Disaster Management from Cranfield University, Gopi is also founder of Niiti Consulting that works on providing sustainable development solutions. Gopi was also recently appointed as the global co-ordinator of Vision International Sustainable Tourism Awards (VISTA).