Prof.Dr. Neethiahnanthan Ari Ragavan
Prof. Dr. Neethiahnanthan Ari Ragavan, has over 25 years of academic experience and holds a doctorate degree from France. He is highly involved in hospitality and tourism education in Malaysia and the region. in November 2013, he initiated the setting-up of the ASEAN Tourism Research Network or now aptly known as ASEAN Tourism Research Association (ATRA), a regional cooperation among Universities in ASEAN countries for greater research and education collaboration on issues related to Hospitality & Tourism. He is presently the President of ASEAN Tourism Research Association (ATRA) and has been active in various International Boards such as Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA). His areas of research include on Higher Education Models and System, Hotel and Tourism Development and Innovation; and, Food and Culture.
The list of his publications, rewards/recognition, affiliations and achievements: https://expert.taylors.edu.my/profile/neethia.n Presently, he is the Executive Dean, Faculty of Social Sciences and Leisure Management overseeing 5 Schools and 1 Institute, one of the school is currently ranked Top 14 in the world by QS World University Rankings by Subject which is the School of Hospitality, Tourism & Events and it is internationally benchmarked by the United Nations World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO) TedQual certification.
DR. MIHEE KANG
Global Sustainable Tourism Council (GSTC)
Speech Title: Trends and Chanllenges in Making Tourism Sustainable
Dr. Mihee Kang is Director Asia-Pacific at Global Sustainable Tourism Council as well as serving GSTC as Country Representative for Republic of Korea, a GSTC Trainer, and Accreditation Panel member. She was the winner of UNESCO 2000 Young Scientists Awards.
She had worked for Seoul National University, researching topics related to protected areas management and sustainable tourism. She became the first PhD in the field of ecotourism in South Korea, and now serves a number of key positions in both domestic and international organizations: including the Korean Ecotourism Consulting Committee; the Korean Geoparks Committee and the Asian Ecotourism Network. She has been also involved in UNEP 10YFP Sustainable Tourism Programme in behalf of Korea Ecotourism Society.
In 2015 she co-founded Play forest, a cooperative of sustainable travel businesses designed to benefit local communities and local activists dedicated to the conservation of their forests and to provide genuine community-based natural tourism experiences to the visitors.
She has actively participated in numerous ecotourism and protected area projects abroad including Australia, China, Indonesia, Vietnam, Paraguay, and India where she trained TOFTigers’ auditors to be qualified auditors working for the GSTC-accredited certification bodies)
She has published many articles and books including the first ecotourism book in Korea titled ‘Ecotourism:Guidebook for Alternative Development and Management of Ecologically Sensitive Local Area’ and the recent one titled ‘Opportunities and Challenges of Ecotourism in ASEAN Countries’.
Dr. Richard Teare
Co-founder and president
Global University for Lifelong Learning (GULL)
Dr. Richard Teare is co-founder and president, Global University for Lifelong Learning (GULL) GULL is a non-profit network movement that works with other organizations to facilitate self- help in communities and the workplace. http://www.gullonline.org/
Dr. Richard Teare has led GULL’s work since 2007 (in 60 countries) and previously held professorships at four UK universities. He is currently an adjunct professor, Caribbean Maritime University, Jamaica. Richard has also been an Emerald journal editor for more than 30 years and his publications include 25 authored, co-authored and edited books. Among these, he is the author of Lifelong Action Learning: A Journey of Discovery and Celebration at Work and in the Community (Amazon, 2018) and co-author of Lifelong Action Learning for Community Development (Sense, 2013) and Designing Inclusive Pathways with Young Adults (Sense, 2015) the first and second in a series of books about GULL’s work with communities. He lives in Oxfordshire, UK.
Executive Dean, at the Emirates Academy of Hospitality Management in
Dr. Richardson, the Executive Dean, at the Emirates Academy of Hospitality Management in Dubai has over 15 years of experience in the higher education field. Prior to his current role he was the Academic Director for RMIT University in Singapore and prior to that spent 4 years as Dean of Hospitality at Blue Mountains International Hotel Management School. He is also an Adjunct Senior Research Fellow at the University of Johannesburg, South Africa and an Academic Advisor for the J. Willard and Alice S. Marriott Foundation’s China Hospitality Educators Initiative (CHEI). Dr. Richardson obtained his PhD from Griffith University, Australia and has worked at several well-known Australian and International Universities.
Dr. Richardson also has extensive tourism and hospitality industry experience having worked in the industry for more than 10 years. During this period, he worked in hotels, tourism and event companies as well as the travel industry. Dr. Richardson is the author of more than 30 publications in leading tourism and hospitality journals and conference proceedings and is a member of the United Nations World Tourism Organisation Panel of Tourism Experts.