Keynote Speakers

Professor David Harrison

University of the South Pacific, Fiji

David Harrison is Professor of Tourism at The University of the South Pacific. A sociologist/anthropologist of development, he is author of The Sociology of Modernisation and Development (1987), many peer-reviewed articles, and editor and co-editor of several books, includingTourism and the Less Developed World (2001), Pacific Island Tourism (2003) and (with Michael Hitchcock) The Politics of World Heritage: Negotiating Tourism and Conservation(2005). For nearly three decades he has carried out research and written on the impacts of tourism in developing societies, including the Caribbean, Eastern Europe, Southern Africa, South- East Asia and the South Pacific.

Keynote Title: “Where have all the islands gone? Gone to tourism, every one”

Dr. Ralph Wahnschafft

United Nations HQ, New York, USA

Dr. Ralph Wahnschafft is the Chief of the Emerging Issues Branch at the Division for Sustainable Development within the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs (UNDESA), New York. He has worked with the United Nations for more than 20 years in various duty stations, including in Africa (Lesotho, South Africa), the Middle East (Baghdad, Iraq), South-east Asia (Bangkok, Thailand), and now, UN Headquarters. His priority professional interests relate to international affairs, political economy, development concerns and sustainable development, in particular with regard to energy issues, analysis of market trends, renewable energy, tourism, Small Island Developing States and all aspects of environmental concerns, including air pollution and climate change. Dr Wahnschafft has initiated a considerable number of technical cooperation and technical assistance projects in developing countries, in particular in Asia. He holds a PhD degree from the University of Goettingen, Germany. He has written and edited a considerable number of publications and technical papers, both within the UN system and outside, on a range of topics including tourism. He was a leading team member in organizing and servicing the Rio+20 UN Conference".

Keynote Title: “Perspectives for enhancing sustainability of tourism in emerging markets”

Professor Manjula Chaudhary

Indian Institute of Tourism and Travel Management, India

Dr. Manjula Chaudhary is currently Director of Indian Institute of Tourism and Travel Management, Ministry of Tourism, Government of India. She is also Professor in the Department of Tourism and Hotel Management, Kurukshetra University Kurukshetra, India. She is associated with tourism education for the past 23 years. She is the author of several books, research papers and reports. Her book on Tourism Marketing is an extensively referred book in India. She has written on marketing, tourist behaviour and emerging issues of Indian tourism. She is actively associated with the human resource development and research projects of Government of India for tourism and is member of National Tourism Advisory Committee. She is President of Indian Tourism Congress and Senior Vice President of Indian Hospitality Congress.

Keynote Title: “Managing heritage tourism spaces in India- Sensibilities and Realities”

Prof. Tej Vir Singh

Centre for Tourism Research & Development (CTRD), Lucknow, India

Tej Vir Singh is Professor and founding Director of the Centre for Tourism Research & Development (CTRD), Lucknow, India. He has been recently selected for the UNWTO Ulysses Prize for the year 2013 for Excellence in the Creation and Dissemination of Tourism Knowledge. Professor Singh will be the first tourism scholar from South Asia who will receive this Award from the UNWTO Madrid in January 2014. He is also Founder Editor of the Centres international journal Tourism Recreation Research. He was founder director of the Institute of Himalayan Studies and Regional Development at the University of Garhwal (1977-88) and started the first tourism training course over the Himalaya. A specialist in Himalayan Tourism, Dr. Singh has produced about two dozen books on tourism and many technical papers on tourism development and impacts; his recent work is Critical Debates in Tourism, published by Channel View Publications, UK (2012). He was Senior Fellow Ford Foundation at ICIMOD, Kathmandu (1988). Dr. Singh is a fellow of the International Academy for the Study of Tourism (since 1989). He has consulted for the UNEP and also represented UNEP at the ESCAP Conference on Sustainable Tourism Development in LDCs, Pattaya (October 1992). He was also Asia member of Rockefeller Foundation workshop on Ecotourism (1993). He is Associate Editor of Encyclopedia of Tourism being published by Springer (2014). He was awarded, lifetime honorary Professorship for his outstanding contribution in Tourism Academics and Research by Bundelkhand University, Jhansi, India (2002).

Professor Dallen J. Timothy

Arizona State University, USA

Dallen J. Timothy is Professor of Community Resources and Development, and Director of the Tourism Development and Management Program at Arizona State University. He is also a Senior Sustainability Scientist at the Global Institute of Sustainability, Visiting Professor at Universiti Teknologi Mara (Malaysia), Visiting Adjunct Professor at Indiana University, and a visiting instructor in the Erasmus Mundus Program at the University of Girona, Spain. He has published numerous books and articles on a wide range of tourism topics. Dr Timothy serves on the editorial boards of 13 international journals and is the current and founding editor of the Journal of Heritage Tourism. He has several research projects currently under way in Asia, North America, Latin America, the Caribbean and Europe on tourism issues related to cultural adaptation, international borders and geopolitics, cultural heritage management, and pilgrimage. In June 2013, he received a Lifetime Achievement Award for tourism research by the International Association for Tourism Policy.

Professor Kevin Hannam

Leeds Metropolitan University, UK

Kevin Hannam is Professor of Tourism Mobilities at Leeds Metropolitan University, UK and Visiting Senior Research Fellow at the University of Johannesburg, South Africa. With John Urry and Mimi Sheller he is a founding co-editor of the journal Mobilities. He is the co-author of the recent books Understanding Tourism and Tourism and India and is currently working on an edited collection entitled Moral Encounters in Tourism. He is Chair of the World Leisure Commission on Tourism, Vice-Chair of the Association for Tourism and Leisure Education (ATLAS) and a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society (FRGS).

Keynote Title: “Tourism Mobilities and South Asia: Geopolitics and micropolitics”

Dr Stephan Harrison

Exeter University, UK

Dr Stephan Harrison is Associate Professor of Quaternary Science at Exeter University and a Leverhulme Research Fellow. He was a Senior Research Associate at Oxford University Centre for the Environment until 2012. Stephan has a PhD in Quaternary Science and 25 years research experience in the field of geomorphological responses to climate change. He is head of the Climate Change Expert Committee advising the UK Health and Safety Executive on climate changes risks for all nuclear sites in the UK, and has advised, UK, US, Indian, Georgian, Chilean and Romanian Governmental organisations on climate change adaptation and impacts.

Dr Maharaj Vijay Reddy

Bournemouth University, UK

Dr Reddy is a Senior Lecturer in Tourism at the Bournemouth University UK. He is an alumnus of the Pondicherry University, where he completed his Masters in Tourism Administration. He has a PhD from the University of Exeter UK and his research interests include Green Economy, SIDS, and World Heritage. He has conducted crucial research projects in challenging locations of the Andaman & Nicobar, and the Pacific coast of Japan following the 2004 and 2011 tsunamis. His research and events were funded by several organisations including UNESCO-MAB, Great Britain Sasakawa Foundation, UNESCO-WHC, Royal Geographic Society-London, Rufford Foundation, and British Academy. Dr Reddy’s articles appear in a range of international journals as well as in high-impact publishing sources including UNESCO, Routledge, and The World Financial Review. He was interviewed by international media such as the BBC TV, BBC Radio, and Wall Street Journal. He has been invited by international organisations including UNEP-Paris, UNITAR-Hiroshima, UNESCO-Paris, UNWTO-Madrid, and UN-Geneva to comment on sustainability issues.

Keynote Title: “Tourism and Natural Disasters: Lessons from the 2004 Asian and 2011 Tohoku tsunamis”