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ITC’15 Keynote Speakers

John Tribe (University of Surrey/Editor-in-Chief of Annals of Tourism Research)

John Tribe

John Tribe

John Tribe is a Professor of Tourism and Subject Group Leader from The University of Surrey. He studied his first degree, Masters and PhD at University of London. John Tribe was previously Professor of Tourism and Head of Research, Faculty of Leisure and Tourism, Buckinghamshire New University.

John Tribe is Editor-in-Chief of Annals of Tourism Research and Editor of the Journal of Hospitality, Leisure Sport and Tourism Education. He was also a member of sub-panel 26 for the UK national research (REF) evaluation programme. His research interests focus on sustainability, epistemology and education in tourism and he has authored books on strategy, philosophy, economics, education and environmental management in tourism.

He is past Chair of the UK Association for Tourism in Higher Education (ATHE) and past co-Chair of the UNWTO Education Council.


Jess Ponting  (San Diego State University)

Jess Ponting

Jess Ponting

Jess Ponting is an Associate Professor and Founder and Director of the Center for Surf Research at San Diego State University. He has a background in community development and sustainable tourism and has lived and worked in sustainable tourism in Australia, Indonesia, Fiji, Papua New Guinea, and the United States. He has provided additional sustainable surf tourism consulting services in Costa Rica, Mexico, Hawaii, Panama, the Philippines, and the Maldives. Jess’ concern for the sustainability of surf tourism has led him to co-found a non profit designed to raise funds for surfing destination development projects, a business that provides in-country sustainable surf tourism education for university credit, and another that establishes a sustainability certification protocol and standard for surf and snow tourism operations. His research is concerned with understanding how sustainability can be built into surf tourism developments at the level of individual properties and operations through to macro level government policy.


Galal Hamza Afifi  (Sultan Qaboos University / Sultanate of Oman)

Galal Hamza Afifi

Galal Hamza Afifi

Dr. Galal M. H. Afifi is Assistant professor and head of the Tourism Department in the College of Arts and Social Sciences, Sultan Qaboos University, Muscat, Sultanate of Oman. He has over 20 years of experience in tourism education and business. He is currently the Head of the Tourism Department at Sultan Qaboos University.Dr. Galal has extensive experience in tourism management, business and operation of travel intermediaries, event management, and tourism education.He is a reviewer in several prominent tourism journals such as Tourism Management, Tourism Management perspective, Tourism Analysis, and Quality Assurance in Education, Galal has been numerously awarded for his excellence in research.


 Evangelia Kasimati (Central Bank of Greece / ATINER Institute)

Evangelia Kasimati

Evangelia Kasimati

Dr. Evangelia Kasimati is an economist-expert at the Central Bank of Greece and head of tourism research unit at the ATINER Institute. Priory she was a research fellow in tourism economics and applied econometrics at the Centre for Planning and Economic Research (KEPE), Athens and a visiting research fellow at the Dept. of Economics, University of Bath. Her research and teaching interests lie in the areas of financial economics, tourism & sports economics, and macroeconomics. She has published her work in international academic journals, while she is speaker in various international conferences. She has taught executive seminars for the Athens Exchange, as well as undergraduate courses in the Dept. of Economics and the Social and Policy Sciences at the University of Bath, the Dept. of Economics at the University of Peloponnese, the Dept. of Tourism Management and the Dept. of Health Care & Social Units Administration at the TEI of Athens and the Dept. of Accounting at the TEI of Piraeus, Greece. She currently teaches a postgraduate course in the Dept. of Tourism Management at the Hellenic Open University and she is editor of the Athens Journal of Tourism. She has worked as a senior economist in various Greek banks.


Emese Panyik (Catholic University of Portugal)

Emese Panyik

Emese Panyik

Emese Panyik is Assistant Professor of Tourism at the Catholic University of Portugal and member of Governance, Competitiveness and Public Policy Research Unit (GOVCOPP) of the University of Aveiro, Portugal. She is graduated from Geography and Political Sciences and earned MA in Tourism Management at the University of Pécs, Hungary.Emese Panyik completed the PhD in Tourism Management at the University of Aveiro, Portugal in the area of local governance. Currently she teaches various courses in Tourism Management including Tourism Geography, International Tourism Markets, ICT in Tourism, Tourism Distribution Channels, Spatial Planning and Research Methodologies.  The current research focuses on local governance and stakeholder relations in tourism, reflections of spirituality in the social media in the context of the Santiago de Compostela pilgrimage routes, the relationships of European identity formation and travel patterns, and the linkages between neuroscience and ICT in tourism.


Ana Sofia Viana (Polytechnic Institute of Leiria, Portugal)

Ana Sofia Viana

Prof. Ana Sofia Viana is Associate Professor of the School of Tourism and Maritime Technology (ESTM) in Peniche, Portugal, from the Polytechnic Institute of Leiria, since 1999. She was vice-director of the School of Tourism and Maritime Technology between 2002 and 2010.  She was coordinator of the course of Tourism and Hotel Management (1999 – 2003), Tourism Marketing (2005-2007) and Leisure Management and Business Tourism (2009). She was member of the Direction Board of Tourism Research Group (GITUR).
Member of the Technical and Scientific Council of the ESTM. Member of the Scientific Board of the European Journal of Tourism, Hospitality and Recreation (EJTHR).
Her research interests are in the areas of Sustainability, Tourism impacts and Human Resource Management.

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