The Philip C. Wolf Memorial Scholarship

An homage to Phocuswright's founder, Philip Wolf

Philip was an entrepreneur, travel advisor and consultant, as well as a mentor to many. His impact on the travel industry and the people in it was far-reaching, and his advice will be passed down for many years.

The two applicants selected for the scholarship will demonstrate an interest and engagement in mentorship, the embodiment of Philip's passionate values and the ability for the company to solve an interesting problem in the travel industry.

Congratulations to the 2023 recipients

Dana Le

Founder & CEO

Wander Health

Dana Le is the CEO and Founder of Wander Health, a tech-enabled medical concierge startup that connects travelers going abroad to English-speaking doctors for non-emergency care. Prior to this, she advised an international consortium of 60+ hospitals on their innovation strategies, built 7 prominent healthcare accelerators, and implemented startup solutions and negotiated multimillion dollar payment model contracts for hospitals and insurance companies. Le is a Forbes 30 Under 30 recipient, TEDx speaker, and LinkedIn Top Voice.

Charles Shima

Founder, CEO & Chief Storyteller


Charles Shima, a Rwandan-Canadian travel tech entrepreneur, is the Founder and CEO of ZaNiheza. ZaNiheza is not only a booking software but also Africa's first travel marketplace for immersive experiences that connects travelers with local curators. Through his work, Shima aims to change the negative narratives surrounding Africa by showcasing its positive aspects through travel experiences and content creation.

Shima's efforts have gained recognition from various media outlets, including VOA Upfront Africa, NBC Africa, Forbes Africa, CBC Radio Canada, Phocuswire and Vancouver Tech Journal. He is committed to empowering vulnerable youth and women throughout Africa. After spending 24 years away from his home country, he returned with a determination to give back to his community.

The recipients will receive:

  • One ticket to The Phocuswright Conference in Phoenix, AZ (Nov. 19-22)
  • A three-night stay at the host hotel
  • Inclusion in an acceptance-only mentorship program of choice at The Phocuswright Conference, the Startup Program or Young Leaders Summit
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Congratulations to the 2022 recipients

Samella Watson

Founder and CEO,

Samella Watson is a tech entrepreneur and founder of BLCK, a turnkey investment marketplace that helps the average person create passive income in the short-term rental sector. Her goals and passion lie in furthering her network and relationships within the Phocuswright innovation and leadership community.

“It’s such an honor to be selected as a recipient of the Philip C. Wolf Memorial Scholarship. I'm thankful to have a seat at the table at one of the most forward-thinking travel tech communities. During this conference and Fellowship, I look forward to gaining new industry insight while expanding my network among other movers and shakers in the travel industry.”

Grace McBride

Founder and CEO, Lucia Grace McBride's passion and focus is growing other startups or small businesses so that they can contribute to improving the travel industry. She hopes to take her learnings from the conference and share them with her clients and partners.

“I'm drawn to Phocuswright because of its dedication to bringing innovation to the travel industry. This is where my passion lies and it's what I hope to bring to the industry through my company, Lucia. I am incredibly grateful for the opportunity to help continue Philip’s legacy whilst attending the conference this year.”