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3rd Global Summit on Peace through Tourism
Pattaya, Thailand, 2005

Speaker Bios

Keynote Speakers

H.E. Suwat Liptapanlop, Deputy Prime Minister, Thailand
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H.E. Suwat Liptapanlop has enjoyed a distinguished political career including the following positions: Minister of Justice (2005); Minister to the Prime Minister’s Office and Minister of University Affairs (2002); Minister of Labor (2002-2003); Minster of Industry (1999-2001); Minister of Transport and Communication  (1997); and Minister of Science, Technology and Environment (1995). 

H.E. Liptapanlop has also received the Knight Grand Cordon (Special Class) of the Most Exalted Order of the White Elephant (1996), and is President of The Organizing Committee of Universiade, (The World University Games) to be held in Thailand in 2007.

Dr. Kim Hak-Su, Executive Secretary, United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (UNESCAP)
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United Nations Under Secretary-General Dr. Kim Hak-Su, a national of the Republic of Korea, assumed the post of Executive Secretary of the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (UNESCAP) on 1 July 2000, following appointment by the United Nations Secretary-General Mr. Kofi Annan.  Prior to his appointment, Dr. Kim, a prominent economist, had served as the Republic of Korea's Ambassador for International Economic Affairs. Dr. Kim began his distinguished professional career in 1960 as an economist with the Republic of Korea's central bank, the Bank of Korea.  In 1969, Dr. Kim served as Secretary to the Minister of Commerce and Industry and was the London Representative of the Bank of Korea between 1971 and 1973. In 1977, he moved into the private sector, joining Daewoo Corporation as Executive Director and President of DAEWOO International Steel Corporation in New York in 1979. Dr. Kim joined the United Nations system in September 1981 as Chief Planning Officer and Chief Technical Adviser under the United Nations Department for Technical Cooperation and Development in the Pacific island states of Vanuatu and the Solomon Islands.  In 1989, after eight years of United Nations duty, Dr. Kim accepted a position as Senior Research Fellow at the Korea Institute for International Economic Policy, researching and publishing on many substantive issues regarding international economic cooperation. Dr. Kim served as President of the Hanil Banking Institute before taking up the post of Secretary-General of the Colombo Plan, based in Colombo, Sri Lanka (1995-1999), where he revitalized the 24-member country’s intergovernmental Colombo Plan in Asia and the Pacific, stressing human resources development and focusing on South-South cooperation. Married with three children, Dr. Kim was born in Wonju, Republic of Korea, and studied as an undergraduate at Yonsei University. He later earned a master's degree from Edinburgh University, United Kingdom, and a Ph.D. in economics from the University of South Carolina, in the United States of America.

Hon. Kabinga Pande, Minister of Tourism, Environment and Natural Resources, Republic of Zambia
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Hon. Pande's professional career began with a job as an Information Officer in the Government of the Republic of Zambia from 1974 to 1979. He then worked as Public Relations and Marketing Manager at ZAL Holdings, a Subsidiary of the Zambia Consolidated Copper Mines (ZCCM) from 1985 to 1991. From 1990 to 2001, he was a part-time lecturer in Public Relations at the University of Zambia and had been an Examiner in Public Relations at the Evelyn Hone College in Lusaka, Zambia from 1989-2001.  He joined the Central Bank of Zambia in 1991 and worked for 13 years as Head of Public Relations (Corporate Communications) until March, 2005 when he entered politics with an appointment by His Excellency, Levy P. Mwanawasa, SC, President of the Republic of Zambia as the Minister of Science, Technology and Vocational Training.  He then was moved to his current position in early August, 2005 as Minister of Tourism, Environment and Natural Resources and assumed the position of president of the Africa Travel Association (ATA).

Hon. Pande graduated with a Diploma Certificate as a Journalist at Evelyn Hone College, a Polytechnic College in 1974. In 1982, he undertook a Group Diploma Programme in Public Relations at the London Chamber of Commerce and Industry, and then undertook another Public Relations Management Programme in 1993 at the Frank Jefkins School of Public Relations in London. This was followed up with another Programme in Proficiency in Public Relations and Marketing at Trident College in London. He is currently studying for a Masters in Business Administration (MBA).

Ms. Kathryn W. Sudeikis, CTC , National President and CEO, American Society of Travel Agents (ASTA)
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Kathryn W. Sudeikis, CTC, vice president of corporate relations for All About Travel in Mission, Kansas, a suburb of Kansas City, Missouri, was inducted as ASTA’s National President and Chief Executive Office in October 2004. Previously, Sudeikis served two terms as national vice president and two years as the national secretary.   A working travel agent, Sudeikis appeared in 2002, 2003 and 2004 editions of Travel and Leisure magazine as one of their “Super Travel Agent” recommendations to their readers. She was featured with her specialty of intergenerational family travel. Also in 2002, Sudeikis was recognized as “Travel Agent of the Year” by the readers of Travel Trade magazine.  A 35-year industry veteran, Sudeikis is frequently quoted in national publications, including the Kansas City newspapers, The Chicago Tribune, Washington Post, Wall Street .Journal, Los Angeles Times and USA TODAY She has appeared on numerous national television programs including “The News Hour with Jim Lehrer,” “The Today Show” and “CBS This Morning.” She has also appeared on several radio programs, including National Public Radio, Radio Free Europe and the Armed Forces Radio Network.  An accomplished speaker, Sudeikis has addressed groups at many industry events, including the National Tour Association (NTA), the Travel Industry Association of America (TIA), the Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) and the Travel Agent Associations of India, South Africa, Australia and Germany. Sudeikis earned her Certified Travel Counselor (CTC) distinction in 1976 from the Institute of Certified Travel Agents and was awarded a lifetime membership in 1983. She has served on Travel Agent Advisory Boards for American Express Travel Related Services, the Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company, the German National Tourist Office, Rail Europe and Thrifty Car Rental.
Before her national election Sudeikis was a member of ASTA’s Board of Directors representing the Missouri Valley and Upper Midwest Chapters. Sudeikis was the chairman of ASTA’s 1993 World Travel Congress. The annual Congress, which attracts thousands of travel agents and travel suppliers from around the world, is the Society’s largest event. Sudeikis has also served the Society as presiding officer of ASTA’s Chapter Presidents Council, and as a member of the Public Relations Committee and the Aviation Committee. She has appeared in Travel Agent magazine’s “100 Most Powerful Women” in 1999-2002.  As the chairman of ASTA’s Future Planning Committee, she led a taskforce responsible for developing ASTA’ s new category of individual membership. Prior to that, Sudeikis was the lead issue manager on ASTA’s consumer awareness campaign. Sudeikis oversaw the Society’s efforts to promote the value of the travel agent and spearheaded the public relations campaign, with the slogan, “Without a travel agent, you’re on your own.”®

The mission of the American Society of Travel Agents and its affiliate organizations is to enhance the professionalism and profitability of members worldwide through effective representation in industry and government affairs, education and training, and by identifying and meeting the needs of the traveling public. The Society is the worlds largest and most influential travel trade association with 20,000 members in more than 140 countries.

Mr. Alwin Zecha

Mr. Alwin Zecha has a broad background of experience in the travel industry. He serves as Executive Chairman of Pacific Leisure Group with offices throughout Asia.  He has served as Deputy Chairman and Managing Director of Pacific Communications Limited of Hong Kong and has held managerial positions with Asia Magazines Ltd., Columbia Pictures Television, and Hertz Corporation.  Mr. Zecha also served as President of the Pacific Asia Travel Association for two consecutive terms. He is former Chairman of PATA's Marketing Authority, Chairman of PATA's Industry Council and Associate Director, International Marketing Institute. In addition, he has been the Deputy Chairman of the Travel Industry Council of Hong Kong and Vice President of the East Asia Travel Association. Currently, he is World President Emeritus of the International Congress and Convention Association and the only honorary permanent member of PATA's Board of Directors.  Mr. Zecha holds an MBA (Master of Business Administration) degree from Harvard University and Bachelor's degree in economics from Tufts University.

Mr. Demba Ba

Demba Ba is Sector Manager of the Africa Private Sector Group, where RPED is based. He is an expert on privatization; enterprise restructuring with an emphasis on telecommunications,agro-industry, utilities; project financing,institutional development; and private sector assessments. His experience includes projects related to private concessions of water & electricity, privatization of petroleum products distribution networks,liberalization of the telecommunications sector, privatization of airlines,and the restructuring of port authorities. Demba has worked in several countries, including Cote d'Ivoire, Senegal, Mali, Guinea, Benin, Mauritania, Morroco, Somalia, Congo, and Gabon. He has six years of field experience as a project officer with the World Bank and USAID dealing with implementation as well as policy issues. He is fluent in Fulani, French, English, and Arabic.

Dr. Sasithara Pichaichannarong
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Dr. Sasithara Pichaichannarong is the Deputy Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Tourism and Sports of Thailand, and previously served as the Director-General, Office of Tourism Development, Ministry of Tourism and Sports.  She has been assigned as the Chairperson of the World Tourism Organization Committee on Sustainable Development of Tourism , and also chaired ASEAN Task Forces and Working Groups on topics including Tourism Investment, Standards, Services and Integration.

Mr. Spencer T. King, President & CEO, International Executive Service Corps (IESC)
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Spencer T. King was appointed President and CEO of International Executive Service Corps in October, 2003, having served as Sr. Vice President Worldwide Business Development since January 2003.  Mr. King has been with IESC since 1992, when he joined as export promotion executive in our program in Jordan. He later became general manager of that program and remained with it until it closed in In 1994, he rejoined IESC as the general manger of our Technology Initiative for the Private Sector (TIPS) program in Sri Lanka. An independent evaluation of TIPS found that it was one of USAID's most successful programs. It created employment, increased the international competitiveness of Sri Lankan companies and generated exports for both the U.S. and Sri Lanka.  While in Sri Lanka, he served three terms as president of the American Chamber of Commerce there and was a volunteer director for both it and the Fulbright Commission. After five years as head of the TIPS program, he transferred to Egypt in 1999 as chief of party and added the duties of regional program director for Asia/Near East in late 1999.  In 2001, he became vice president for Asia and the Near East and continued as chief of party for the Center for Business Support (CBS) in Cairo, Egypt, which, at the time, was one of IESC's largest programs.

Before joining IESC, Mr. King owned and operated international trading companies with offices in Central America, California and Massachusetts.  Prior to his international career in economic development work to enhance competitiveness of enterprises mainly in the developing world, Mr. King was the President of dozens of companies in Latin America.  He has authored many publications on investment, business development and international competitiveness.  Mr. King holds a BA Degree from Tulane Law School, and a JD from Hobart College and was a prosecutor at the Attorney General's Office of New Mexico.

H.E. Mr. Veng Sereyvuth, Senior Minister, Royal Government of Cambodia

Mr. Veng began his political career as a Secretariat Member of the Supreme National Council for Cambodia in 1991. In 1993-97 Mr. Veng was appointed as co Minister of the council of Ministers and Minister of Tourism.  At the same time he was retaining the portfolio as Minister of Tourism for 11 years from 1993 to 2004.  Currently, as well as maintaining his Senior Ministerial role for the government, Mr. Veng is Chairman of the Cambodia National Tourism Authority. In addition he is Chairman of both the government Tourism Taskforce for Poverty Alleviation  and Chairman of the Mekong Irrawaddy Dolphin Conservation and Tourism Development.     

Mr. Veng Sereyvuth gained a Bachelor of Arts degree majoring in Political Science from Victoria University, Wellington, New Zealand in 1988. More recently, in 2002 he attended the John F. Kennedy School of Government Leadership at Harvard University, USA.

Mr. Peter de Jong, President and CEO, Pacific Asia Traval Association (PATA)

Based at PATA Headquarters in Bangkok, Mr de Jong is responsible for providing visionary leadership to the Association and overseeing the delivery of services that enhance the growth, value and quality of Asia Pacific travel and tourism for the benefit of PATA members. Prior to joining PATA in November 2001, Mr de Jong served for 10 years as the Director General of the Federation of International Youth Travel Organisations (FIYTO). Under Mr de Jong’s leadership, FIYTO experienced a decade of unparalleled growth in membership, recognition and resources. Mr de Jong served 11 years as Secretary General of The Experiment in International Living, a US-based international citizen exchange organisation that specialises in language and educational travel, intercultural studies and academic exchanges. He has also worked in Sao Paulo, Brazil as an organisational development consultant. A Dutch national fluent in six languages, Mr de Jong has studied journalism, English language and literature in Europe and the US.

Mr. Suporn Ratananakin   is the Director of Research and International Cooperation Bureau at the Department of Disaster Prevention and Mitigation, Ministry of Interior, Thailand .  He earned a B.A. in Political Science from Chulalongkorn University and a M.A. in Regional Development at the Institute of Social Studies.  He previously held the positions of Chief, Department of Accelerated Rural Development (ARD) - Provincial Office Phuket  and Chief, Foreign Relations Sub - Bureau, Disaster Prevention, and Mitigation Policy Bureau

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Mr. Hiran Cooray is the Managing Director of  Jetwing Hotels.    Mr Cooray has over 17 years experience in the hotel Industry and is a Board Member of PATA since 1996 and served on the Executive Committee of PATA during the year 2002/2003, presently the Chairman of the PATA Travel Mart advisory committee.  He is also a graduate of Business Administration from university of North Carolina (USA) and has successfully completed a senior management course in Hotel Management at Cornell University, Ithaca, New York (USA).  Whilst holding 25 directorships in various Hotel companies, he is the current President of the Tourist Hotels Association of  Sri Lanka, and the immediate past Chairman of the PATA Sri Lanka Chapter.  He was also the Chairman of the organizing committee of  PATE - ATECM 2001 ( Adventure Travel and Eco Tourism Conference and Mart), and a Committee member of the Field Ontheological Group of Sri Lanka.

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Khun Nirun Wattanasartsaton

He was horn in Naklua on July 12, 1960. Graduated with his Master of Public Administration from National Institute of Development Administration (NIDA). He started his first career as a directing manager of Simon Safety and Card Co., before he look over his family business of Pattaya Best Food Co. which then was a first company in Pattaya that delivered food and supply to Hotels in Pattaya. Now Pattaya Best Food Co. supplies their products to over 80% of all hotels in Pattaya City. He also holds the position of Vice President to Flipper House Hotel, Flipper Lodge and and Pattaya Best Food Co. He started his political career in 1989 as an elected Member of the first council of Pattaya City. After he finished his first term as a member of the council in 1993, He hired as a Deputy Permanent Secretary of Pattaya City for 2 terms From 1994—1998, In 1999, he was hired as a Permanent Secretary of Pattaya City for 1 year. In late 1999, Pattaya City had gone through some transition to elect a qualified person to be Mayor of the city. He was then appointed to be a Deputy Mayor of Pattaya City. One of his notable works in Pattaya City law Enforcement Department was to regulate businesses and merchants on beaches in Pattaya. In 2004, he was elected to be the second Mayor of Pattaya City with his vision of leading Pattaya City into the new and modern international city, expanding its capability to support more tourists and improving the quality of Iife to all Pattaya people.
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Session Title: Engaging Global Youth for Change through Travel

Cindi Reiman is the President and Founder of the American Hospitality Academy (AHA). As an International Cultural Exchange Program, AHA began providing structured training opportunities for students seeking a career in the hospitality industry in 1986. More than 750 students from 100 academic institutions in the USA and many other countries participate annually in AHA’s internship program. Most recently, in conjunction with the Educational Institute of the American Hotel & Lodging Association, AHA championed the first global hospitality internship manual SERVLEAD, a new, comprehensive, competency-based internship program that combines both the leadership training and cultural awareness skills.
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Session Title: Enhancing Our Environment and Preserving Bio-Diversity

Adhi Rachmat Sudrajat Hariyadi is the Site Manager Ujung Kulon National Park Project with the Worldwide Fund for Nature (WWF) Indonesia, and earned his education in Biology at the University of Alberta, Canada and Veterinary Science from the Bogor Agriculture Institute, Indonesia.  Prior to joining WWF, in 1994 he worked as a quarantine and fish health technician at Sea World Indonesia and dealt with various aspects of medications and treatments for the animals in Sea world’s facility.  In 1999, he joined a WWF project in Ujung Kulon National Park.  With Javan rhinoceros conservation as his project’s main goal, he was involved in many activities in the National Park including field research and studies, as well as socio-economic programs for people residing around the National Park. He is currently supervising overall activities such as rhinoceros research, habitat studies, alternative livelihood and conservation awareness for people in the buffer zone around the Park.

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Anil Mathur will present on the success story of one man, Satinder Guleria, who has set up the Institute for environmental studies in a small area of Kangra, in the northern Indian state of Himachal. Also, it will refer to how a travel industry professional, Rakesh Mathur, President, Welcomheritage, helped in bringing to public light, the work being done by Mr. Guleria.  Mr. Mathur felt that without environment checks there can be no tourism, hence his focus on this aspect and the work being done by Mr. Guleria.
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Session Title: Role of Media in a 21st Century Agenda

Vijay Verghese worked as a reporter for national daily Times of India, New Delhi, before moving East to Bangkok and thence to Hong Kong in 1984 to edit and publish a range of travel, lifestyle and business publications. Verghese was Editor and Publisher of Business Traveller Asia-Pacific for several years, did a stint at the Hongkong Standard newspaper, and was Editor-in-Chief of Times Publishing Hongkong where he ran HOLIDAY Asia and Asian Business.  Verghese continues to reside in Hongkong, focusing on his online publishing company, Dancing Wolf Media, where he edits web magazine, SmartTravelAsia.Com.

Rob McKeown is one of the most prominent Western journalists focusing on tourism, culture, and travel at work today in the Asia-Pacific region. His work has been translated into a half-dozen languages, on several continents, and garnered awards, in turn, including the prestigious 2005 PATA Gold Award for Newspaper Journalism. McKeown has reported from dozens of countries in Asia, the Middle East, and the Americas. Based between Thailand and China, he is the Asia editor and correspondent for Travel+Leisure and is helping launch the new Travel+Leisure Australia in a guiding role. In the last 4 years, he has also been instrumental in helping establish DestinAsian as a regional media presence as its editor-at-large. McKeown reports regularly on culture, travel, food, and the arts for the Boston Globe. He has worked with design collectives in Laos, spent time in fishing/farming communities in SE Asia and China, and earlier this year spent months reporting on post-tsunami Thailand for NBC News, the Boston Globe, live radio in New England, and the T+L website. Globally, McKeown consults regularly on agriculture, sustainability, design, and food projects with organizations like Slow Food in Italy, chefs like Jean-Georges Vongerichten, and large-scale documentary film projects, like the upcoming "China Rises" series by the CBC TV network in Canada, and does similar research for the prestigious Oxford University Food Symposium. McKeown speaks Thai and is currently in the midst of Mandarin immersion in Shanghai and Beijing.  He travels an average of 5 countries per month.

Frank Dirceu Braun is an award-winning journalist and producer, with over 25 years of experience in both print and broadcast journalism.  Braun has worked as an Associate Producer for "60 Minutes", and as an Investigative Producer for the C.B.S. affiliated stations.  In 1992, Braun was nominated for an Emmy and captured all of the significant awards presented by the San Diego Press Club for Best Investigative journalism for television.  Those awards were presented for "Bad Doctors, Blind Trust", an investigative series Braun wrote and produced, which led to reform of the California Medical Board.  Born in Brazil, and raised in the U.S., Braun is a graduate of U.C.L.A.  After graduation, he returned to Brazil to help launch "The Latin America Daily Post", an English language daily newspaper patterned after Europe's International Herald Tribune.  As a journalist, Braun has specialized in covering the space programs of the United States and other nations, for over a decade.  In 1994, Braun was the Executive Producer for the 25th Anniversary of Apollo 11, mankind's first landing on the moon, Vice-President Al Gore was the keynote speaker; Braun also produced the 25th and 30th Anniversary Galas of the Apollo 13 mission.  On November 15, 2001 Braun's production company collaborated with James Cameron's Earthship.TV to produce The Arthur C. Clarke 2001 Gala.  The Clarke Gala honored Science Fiction Writer Arthur C. Clarke, and was attended by over 400 guests at the Playboy Mansion in Los Angeles. Keynote speakers included Film Director James Cameron, Actors Patrick Stewart and Morgan Freeman, and Astronauts Buzz Aldrin, James Lovell, and Robert Crippen.  In December 2002, Braun and James Cameron's Earthship.TV  co-produced the 30th Anniversary of Apollo 17, America's last mission to the moon.  Braun currently writes for United Press International, specializing in coverage of Brazil's space and nuclear program.

Jered Barclay, Travel Photo/ Journalist, was teethed in the snarly jaws of the entertainment business.  From age three he was an actor and performer. He has directed 16 plays and musicals on Broadway, off-Broadway, on PBS, BBC and the Mark Taper Forum in Los Angeles, to critical accolades from The New York Times, Newsweek, Time and The New Yorker. He has co-starred in 28 films directed by the masters: Hitchcock, Curtiz,and Preminger. He starred on Broadway / off-Broadway in plays by Albee, Osborne, O'Casey, Williams etc.  He has directed/coached 11 Oscar, Emmy, Obie and Tony winners and nominees including: Johnny Depp, Liza Minnelli, Lily Tomlin, F. Murray Abraham, Rue McClannahan, Sylvia Miles, Ron Rivkin as well as Nicholas Cage, Dixie Carter, Alyssa Milano etc. Among the accumulated awards in his multiple careers: Emmy, Obie, Dramalogue, Cue Magazine.  In 1989, he shifted his focus to travel photo/journalism. Because he has covered all seven continents and sixty-eight countries, he is considered one of the most traveled photo/journalists in the world. His specialties are exotic and event travel in second and third world countries. His repeated visits to some of these countries has evolved into his extensive, first hand knowledge of, and passionate interest for improving the ecology/environment, retention of traditions in culture, and the preservation of the arts of those nations. His work is seen in 27 international publications including Men’s Journal, Chicago Tribune etc. He produces contract photographs for Lonely Planet Images and is regularly interviewed on travel shows on CRN - Cable Radio Network and XM Satellite Radio. His photographic work is seen in Mexico City, Boca Ratan,  Bogota, and Toronto.  He brings a lifetime of experience from the theatrical arts to the visual arts and the written word. In both images and language he holds up a mirror reflecting the life of both exotic and familiar destinations in order to promote international understanding and unity.

Denise L. Hummel is the Founder of Imagine Communications. Throughout her career, Denise has seen the power and value of effective communication in action, and established Imagine Communications in 1998 to harness her insight and experience for clients. Denise provide general corporate communications services including writing and editorial services, facilitation services, communications counseling and training, and personal and executive coaching - and also offers services specifically designed to support the travel and hospitality industry as well as those services particularly designed to bridge cross-cultural gaps in businesses that operate globally. Denise received her Bachelor's Degree in Psychology from Barnard College, Columbia University and her law degree from Washington College of Law. She has also studied Italian language and culture at the University of Florence and sign-language at the New York School for the Deaf, and is a member of several professional organizations. A journalist and author as well as a successful attorney, Denise has published several articles on topics including international travel, destination resorts, Italian culture, public relations and public affairs.

Session Title: Workshop: Poverty Reduction Indicators

Dr. Walter Jamieson, Dean of the School of Travel Industry Management at the University of Hawai’i at Manoa, has been involved in a significant number of academic as well as consultancy activities over the last 30 years.  His consultancy activities include working with the World Tourism Organization, ESCAP and UNESCO.  In addition, he has worked on a number of projects at the local, national and international level.  He has been director of research and outreach centers at the University of Calgary and team leader on a number of projects in Asia.  As a team leader and a team member he has participated in over 100 research and consultancy projects.  He has also been active in training and facilitation on a worldwide basis.  This activity has involved him in the development and delivery of a number of courses for professional audiences at many international locations.  He has published and presented widely and is solely or jointly responsible for over 250 publications, papers, presentations and outreach lectures. 

Dr. Jitti Mongkolnchaiarunya is the Associate Dean for Planning and Development of the Faculty of Social Administration, and Director of the Asian Center for Tourism Planning and Poverty Reduction jointly established by Thammasat and Hawaii Universities, and Co-Director of the Capacity Building Programme for Associate Judges in Juvenile and Family Court.

Douglas Hainsworth has 20 years experience in the tourism sector reflects work in Southeast Asia, Central and North America. In pursuing his interests in tourism as a tool for local development he has worked with bilateral and multilateral development agencies, INGOs, the business sector and as a volunteer while accumulating a range of experiences from working with local communities to national-level programs. Currently a Senior Advisor with SNV (The Netherlands Development Organization) he is assisting the Government of Vietnam in developing sustainable tourism that address poverty reduction.
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Klaus Lengefeld is a Senior Advisor, Sustainable Tourism for GTZ Deutsche Gesellschaft für Technische Zusammenarbeit mbH (German Agency for Technical Cooperation Ltd.).  He aims to bring together mainstream tourism and development cooperation, especially for the so-called “mass tourism” and the All-Inclusive segment.  His activities include: a “Sustainable All-Inclusive?” Initiative to study the interaction of major holiday resorts with the local economy and communities; and a Sustainable Destination Partnership to develop a network between main destination stakeholders and international tour operators.  As well, he screens Corporate Social Responsibility in the Tourism Industry to strengthen synergies for development; and is working to develop pilot implementation of poverty reduction schemes by the hotel industry and a Public Private Partnership Initiative with the International Tourism Partnership, in addition to the desk management of GTZ projects in Central America and the Caribbean.

Session Title: Tourism Contribution to Community Empowerment and Capacity Building

Dr. Antonia Neubauer is Founder and President of Myths and Mountains, Inc., a cultural travel company, located in Incline Village, Nevada. Focusing on Asia, Southeast Asia, Australia and South America, the company designs adventures that highlight cultures and crafts, religions and holy sites, folk medicine and traditional healing, wildlife and the environment.  The company’s goal is to introduce to and immerse participants in unfamiliar cultures in a manner that encourages understanding and appreciation of their global neighbors.  Giving back to the locals in regions where Myths and Mountains travels was a priority for Dr. Neubauer from the company’s founding in 1987. To this end, she established READ--Rural Education and Development--a non-profit organization whose current focus is improving literacy in Nepal by building a network of self-sustaining community libraries. To date, READ has built 30 rural libraries, trained village librarians, supplied more than 100,000 Nepali books, and constructed sustaining projects to support the libraries in the future.  In 2002, she was honored by the Association of Nepalis in the Americas with the “Friend of Nepal Award,” for her “deep friendship toward Nepal and for the difference made in the lives of Nepalis.”

Dr. Dave Jenkins is the inspiration behind SurfAid International, as well as its Chairman and Medical Director. Surfing was the inspiration for his decision to visit the Mentawai Islands. Dave has dedicated the last 5 years to building SurfAid and to working with the Mentawai people. He is a passionate advocate of the "hand up, NOT a handout" philosophy and wishes to see the Mentawai people empowered so they can build on the health gains from the SurfAid projects, independently, in the future.  The vision for SurfAid was born when Dr Dave Jenkins traveled to the Mentawais in 1999 to surf and rest from his job as director of a corporate health project in Singapore. When Dave realized the disparity between his life on a luxury charter yacht and those of the sick and dying children only meters away in nearby villages, he decided that something had to be done to help.

Potjana Suansri, throughout her career as a Social Development Worker, has dedicated herself tirelessly to the task of community empowerment. Her work shows a single-minded determination to bring the struggles and successes of Thailand’s poor communities to the attention of Thailand’s urban and middle classes, while building the capacity of “small and disadvantaged people” to define and direct their own development.  She was a founder of ‘Responsible Ecological Social Tours Project’ (TVS-REST) and began organizing study tours to local communities where NGO’s and community groups were working on community development projects. As the number of visitors increased, Ms. Suanrsi took a facilitation role, identifying community members who wished to develop small-scale tourism, and assisting them to form groups, establish community goals for tourism, prepare facilities and plan and manage tourism programs.

In 2002, REST were the co-organizers of the ‘2002 International Year of Ecotourism Regional Conference’ in Chiang Mai, and also received the ‘World Legacy Award for Destination Stewardship,’ presented by National Geographic Traveler and Conservation International. In 2003, Ms. Suansri wrote the ‘REST CBT Handbook.’ Since then, interest in REST’s model of CBT has grown steadily. Ms. Suansri has coordinated regular CBT study tours for groups from across Asia, and conducted national and international consultancy work. Ms. Suansri and the REST team are now working to support public awareness and support for CBT, while developing  ‘Lessons Learned’ in 3 areas of CBT: CBT Development, CBT Product and CBT Marketing.

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Chris McHugo graduated in Management Sciences, trained with one of the worlds Big 5 consultancies and is now an independent management consultant specializing in Information Systems especially in financial institutions (Banks and Insurance Companies). He also works in the Tourism sector specialising in strategy at country and regional levels. He has travelled widely and worked or lived in more than 20 countries. He is Chairman of Discover Ltd - the owners of The Kasbah du Toubkal and is passionate about the impact of tourism on destinations.   The Kasbah is widely recognised for its work with and for the community. The Kasbah has helped establish local associations, rubbish clearance on the back of a film on the Dalai Lama directed by Martin Scorcese, introduced an  Ambulance Service and recently completed the building of a Community Hammam (bath house).  The Kasbah has won several awards for sustainable tourism (Green Globe, British Airways Tourism for Tomorrow and Responsible Tourism) and the London Independent has rated The Kasbah du Toubkal as one of the top five mountain retreats globally.

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Session Title: Volunteer and Philanthropic Tourism

Dr. Ronald H. Pyszka, Principal and Founder of Menlo Consulting Group, Inc., has many years of experience as a consultant to the global travel industry, and has assisted clients with a wide range of projects involving strategic planning, marketing, and product development. Dr. Pyszka is an active participant in a number of international tourism organizations and a frequent speaker at industry events. He recently completed his third term on the international Board of Directors of the Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA), and is a member of PATA’s Industry Council and former Chairman of its Research Committee. Before founding Menlo Consulting Group in 1986, Dr. Pyszka served for nearly 15 years as an International Management Consultant with Stanford Research Institute (SRI International), managing SRI’s Consumer Behavior Program. Dr. Pyszka has served as Professor of Marketing and Advertising on the faculties of the University of Illinois and the University of Washington. He holds a Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin (Madison), an M.A. from Stanford University, and a B.B.A. from the University of Notre Dame.

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Jeff Cardwell is the vice-president of Ambassadors for Children, a non-for-profit organization that offers global volunteer opportunities, and assists in promoting VolunTourism.   Jeff is also president and CEO of A.M.I Do-It Best Hardware, which was part of building the 100th home for Habitat for Humanity in 1994.  He is currently on their board and continues to assist with building homes in El Salvador, Guatemala, and the U.S.  He also established "World in Need" (WIN) in 2000 with four other people, has a local radio show in Indianapolis, Indiana called "People Helping People", and hs chairman of the Lincoln Roundtable that brings issues of humanitarian work to Washington, D.C.

Jane Crouch is the Responsible Travel Coordinator for Intrepid Travel, based in Melbourne, Australia.  Intrepid operate small group adventure trips in Asia, the Middle East and Europe. Jane has been in this position for 5 years and looks at Intrepid's policy and operations with an aim of minimising the negative impacts of tourism and maximising the positive.  In 2002 Jane established The Intrepid Foundation, providing travellers with a unique opportunity to provide support to grass roots community development projects operated by local and international NGOs.   Jane joined Intrepid in 1996 and prior to her current position, lead trips for Intrepid in Vietnam and Borneo.  Over the past 4 years Jane has researched and run Intrepid's trips to East Timor - an opportunity to set up a model of sustainable tourism in the world's newest nation.  Her employment history includes Home Economist for the Australian Dairy Corporation, five years in outdoor education with the Australian Outward Bound School and six years as an energy conservation advisor within the fuel industry.  Jane’s adventures include extensive travels through Asia and Africa and a 1500km walk around the Victorian coastline.  Jane has been actively involved as a volunteer with several international NGOs for over 15 years and is currently studying to attain a Masters in International Development.

Edna D. Eufemio is Project Director for Africania, Solidarity Tourism.  Coming from the Philippines, she has experience working in human resources, tourism, events, project and museum management, and  advocates volunteerism.  She is currently working as Manager, Tourism & Cultural Affairs Office, Clark Development Corporation, Clark Special Economic Zone.  As well, she has taught Business and Public Management at the graduate school of the University of the Philippines, and was selected as Faculty of the Year.

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Session Title: Linkages of Tourism, Culture, the Arts and Heritage in Building a Culture of Peace

Anna-Lena Söderlund Törnell is the International Chairman of IATM (International Association of Tour Managers), a freelance Guide and International Tour manager and teaches tourism on college level in vocational education. She is very active within IATM worldwide and she has been instrumental in planning of new educations as well as taking great part in adjusting courses to the demand of the tourism industry on an international level. Member of The Swedish Association for Tourism and Cultural Exchange, The Tourism Educators, The Swedish Association of Travel and Tourism Education, ISTTE, she has more than 30 years experience from the Tourism Industry worldwide, mainly as Tour Manager and a BA in pedagogic theory and vocational tourism education.

IATM is the only global association for professional and international Tour managers and are working for professional recognition, information and education, certification, increased working opportunities as well as networking possibilities and social gatherings.  IATM has today about one thousand members worldwide and is divided in a number of regions where the local work take place.
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Saudia Muwwakkil of Atlanta, Georgia, USA is a cross-cultural communication professional specializing in cultural heritage tourism. She currently serves as Public Information Officer with the Martin Luther King, Jr. National Historic Site, a unit of America's National Park Service. There, she established the Public Affairs Office; has liaised with journalists, dignitaries, and professionals from more than 55 nations; and organized a staff exchange with the District Six Museum in Cape Town, South Africa. Previously, Saudia worked in public relations at global headquarters of The Coca-Cola Company and in promotional marketing with media and entertainment companies. She earned a Bachelor of Arts degree summa cum laude in Mass Communication from Grambling State University where she also received a Masters degree in Cross-Cultural Communication. Saudia enjoys international travel and has visited in North America, the Caribbean, the Middle East, North and South Africa, Europe and Southeast Asia.

Session Title:  Workshop:  Destination Crisis Management and Disaster Preparedness

Dr. Larry Dwyer is the QANTAS Professor of Travel & Tourism Economics at the School of Economics, Univeristy of New South Wales. Larry publishes widely in the areas of tourism economics and tourism management with over 100 publications in international journals, government reports, chapters in books and monographs. He maintains strong links with the tourism industry at international, national, state and local levels. He has worked with the World Tourism Organisation in tourism strategy development in India, and undertaken consulting work for a substantial number of government agencies including Tourism NSW, Queensland Treasury, Tourism Victoria, Tourism Queensland, The Tourism Council of Australia and the Tourism Task Force. Larry has also served as a contracted consultant to the Commonwealth Department of Tourism advising on the economic impacts of government policies on the tourism industry. Larry is an invited academic member of the London based World Travel and Tourism Corporation Tax Force Panel, and an executive committee member of the USA based Business Enterprises for Sustainable Development (BEST). The Qantas Chair has the responsibility to "lead, encourage and contribute to the development of research on the economics of travel and tourism across all Australian Universities in the CRC for Sustainable Tourism". Larry is a member of the the Editorial Board of seven international tourism journals. He earned a B.Commerce (hons) at UNSW; a B.A (hons) at University of Sydney; and a PhD at University of Western Ontario.

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Session Title:  Indigenous Tourism

Chhaya Sharma has been involved in tourism for the past two decades. At present, she is running a Tourism Management College - Nepal College of Travel and Tourism Management (NCTTM) affiliated with Nepal's oldest university Tribhuvan University.  She is the Founder /Principal of this college which is the first tourism college in Nepal.  She is also the President of the Women Entrepreneurs Association of Nepal (WEAN), an NGO which works for women's empowerment through entrepreneurship.  Of late, she is also involved in peace initiation, conflict resolution and mobilizing networks in peace building in Nepal though an American Foundation.  She presented on the 'Role of Tourism Education in Poverty Alleviation-A Sustainable Approach' at the seminar on 'Poverty Alleviation Through Sustainable Tourism Development' organized by Ministry of Tourism and UNESCAP(August 2003) in Kathmandu Nepal, as well as presented on 'one village one product' with case studies at a Seminar on 'One Village One Product’: A Movement for Community Development (Thailand 2004).
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Peter Richards is the Marketing Manager with Responsible Ecological Social Tours (REST) in Thailand. He works to increase awareness of the principles and process of REST's model of Community Based Tourism (CBT) for Sustainable Development, designs REST's marketing strategy, and delivers CBT marketing training to local communities, in addition to organizing CBT and Study Tours. Prior to joining REST, he worked with Intrepid Travel as a Small Group Leader and Responsible Travel Coordinator, with a specialization in Thailand and Lao PDR. His consultancy, training and facilitation experience has helped partners identify opportunities for CBT and capacity building.  Before working in tourism, Peter taught English as a Second Language for a year in Chiang Mai after completing an ESL Teaching Certificate at Cambridge University, and a BA in English Literature and Linguistics at the University Of  Birmingham.

Session Title: Educating for a Culture of Peace through Tourism in the 21st Century

Ryuji Yamakawa is Chief of the Tourism  Unit, Transport  and Tourism  Division at the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP).  After holding managerial positions in various departments of the Japan National Tourist Organization, Mr. Yamakawa joined ESCAP in 1985.  He is responsible for implementing tourism programmes, which aim at strengthening national capabilities of the Asian and Pacific countries in sustainable tourism development and promoting regional cooperation.  His accomplishments include the establishment of the Working Group on the Greater Mekong Subregion Tourism Sector and the Network of Asia-Pacific Education and Training Institutes in Tourism (APETIT) as well as launching of the ESCAP Plan of Action for Sustainable Tourism Development in the Asian and Pacific Region  (PASTA). 
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Pauline Sheldon
, Professor of Tourism, School of Travel Industry Management, University of Hawaii
"A Curriculum for Sustainable/Responsible Tourism: The B.E.S.T. Education Network"

This presentation will focus on the educational needs to build a sustainable or responsible tourism industry.  A curriculum that is values-based and includes an ethical and responsible approach is needed in today’s institutions of higher education. The presentation will focus on the efforts of the BEST Education Network and the contributions it has made in this regard.

Ian Kelly, Adjunct Senior Lecturer, University of South Australia

Ian Kelly was born in Glasgow, Scotland, and has lived, worked and studied in Britain, Canada and Australia. He has been an educator throughout his working life - as schoolteacher and university academic. Initially a geographer, he switched to tourism management in 1990. He developed and ran tourism courses at Monash and Swinburne Universities in Australia before retiring in 2000. He now works in an adjunct capacity with the University of South Australia (Adelaide), with a teaching and research focus on destination management, educational tourism and tourism education.

His formal involvement in Peace through Tourism dates from the IIPT 1999 Glasgow Conference. His primary objectives as Coordinator of the IIPT Educators' Forum are to facilitate the collection and dissemination of resource materials and establish a working relationship with educators working in the field of peace and conflict resolution.

Educating for a culture of peace through tourism involves two broad and overlapping channels - courses offered through educational institutions and the traveler experiences offered by industry suppliers. It is submitted that the incorporation of the peace ethic into tourism courses is justified by the current level of anti-war sentiment, the ability of tourism to make the required contribution, the needs of tourism as a discipline and a profession, the opportunities to develop critical thinking in students of tourism.

However, it is submitted that the major contribution can be made by the tourism industry through the provision of travel experiences which encourage attitudinal dispositions towards compassion, goodwill, justice and respect. Such experiences involve an element of learning and intellectual challenge, appropriate messages and communication and opportunities for involvement.

It is emphasized that these inclusions are not in conflict with mainstream commercial interests, and that there are other bodies with whom the peace objective is shared and with whom the tourism industry can work.

Session Title:  Tourism Contribution to Poverty Reduction

Dr Trevor Sofield is Professor of Tourism, School of Leisure and Tourism Management, University of Queensland. Dr Sofield has been appointed to numerous professional positions over the years. He was Coordinator of the Australian National Cooperative Research Centre for Sustainable Tourism (STCRC) for Western Australia (1997-2000) and Tasmania (2001-2004), which links 16 universities around Australia in partnership in one of the largest tourism research programs globally.  He is one of eight Directors of the Australian Tourism Research Institute based in Canberra; a director of the International Council for Tourism Education and Research based in France; a founding member, Executive Board Member and Australian National Representative of the Asia Pacific Tourism Association based in Korea; a member of the International Institute for Sports Tourism based in Ottawa, Canada; and an International Expert for UNESCO, Bangkok, on World Heritage Sites (tourism management).  He was head of a task force for the World Tourism Organisation on STEP (Sustainable Tourism as a tool for Eliminating Poverty), Madrid, Spain; is State Representative to the Australian Council of Universities for Tourism and Hospitality Education; and an expert for the Australian Minister for the Environment’s National Task Force on Heritage Tourism.  He is currently Team Leader for the Mekong Tourism Development Program, Cambodia and Vietnam, as Technical Director, Sustainable Tourism, for the STCRC/GRM International consulting consortium.  He is a former Editor-In-Chief of “Pacific Tourism Review”, published in New York; and is currently a Resource Editor for the world’s leading tourism academic journals, “Annals of Tourism Research”, “Journal of Sustainable Tourism”, “Journal of Ecotourism”, “Tourism Recreation Research”, “Tourism Review International”, “Anatolia” and “Journal of Sports Tourism”.  

Prior to joining the ranks of academia in 1990, Dr Sofield was a senior diplomat in the Australian Foreign Service (with postings in Tanzania, Sri Lanka, Singapore, New Zealand, Solomon Islands and Fiji, amongst others, the final six years at ambassadorial rank).   On leaving the Foreign Service he went into partnership to develop an island resort in Solomon Islands, a venture he still part-owns today.  He has a wide first-hand experience of tourism issues in the Asia/Pacific having undertaken more than 70 consultancies and research projects in Australia, China, Nepal, Indonesia, Malaysia, Vietnam and 12 Pacific Island countries. Recent projects in China include as team leader for an Ecotourism Strategy for Nature Reserves in Yunnan; as International Expert on formulating the Tourism Master Plan for Hubei Province (site of the Three Gorges Dam across the Yangtze River); as International Expert to assist in assessment of tourism potential in  Southeast Tibet; and as ecotourism and community based tourism expert for a new tourism strategy for Xinjiang Province, focusing on the Minorities Tuwa and Kazak peoples along the borders with Kazakhstan and Russia.

Session Title: Healing the Wounds of Conflict through Tourism, Culture and Sport

John McAuliff is the founder and executive director of the Fund for Reconciliation and Development  (FFRD), a twenty year old New York based non-governmental organization < >.  He will speak on the role of tourism in overcoming decades of distrust between the US and Vietnam and Cambodia and the challenge to do the same with Cuba.  McAuliff graduated from Carleton College in Minnesota.  He is a former Peace Corps volunteer (Peru), a veteran of the US civil rights and peace movements, and a recognized leader in the process of normalization of US diplomatic, trade and cultural relations with Cambodia, Laos and Vietnam.

Session Title: Micro enterprise and SME Development

Mr. Jan B. Orsini joined the American Peace Corps and served as a volunteer in rural Thailand after graduating from Stanford University in 1965. Following Peace Corps, Jan joined the United Nations Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO) to assist in establishing an extension system for the UNDP/Thai Government Rubber Development Project from 1968 to 1973. It was during this period that Jan and Mr. Poom Siri, his Thai Counterpart, developed the system of village level rubber "Group Marketing Organizations" (GMO). In the struggle to accelerate the replication of these GMO, they developed the "Farmer trains Farmer" (FTF) replication system, which employed the existing successful groups to train the new groups. Over 600 such groups were eventually established enhancing farmer income by an average of 14% and raising 11% of Thai rubber exports from fourth to first grade quality.

After obtaining a graduate degree in Agricultural and Development Economics at Cornell University, he returned to Thailand in 1976 and joined the United Nations Regional Commission for Asia and the Pacific, UN ESCAP, where he worked for the Agriculture and Rural Development Division. During this employment, he further developed and tested the "Farmer trains Farmer" replication system in more than 15 countries of the Asia and Pacific Region. Eventually, when the FTF methodology was modified to promote both farm and NON-FARM employment, Jan changed the name from “Farmer Trains Farmer” to "Success-Case-Replication" (SCR). During the final set of field trials, conducted from 1994 to 1999, in Bhutan, Laos, Mongolia, Nepal, Philippines, Sri Lanka, Thailand and Vietnam, the SCR methodology yielded an average of 12 dollars of income for the rural poor for each dollar spent in conducting SCR training. On average, 78% of all families trained using SCR achieved sustainable income earning activities. SCR was evaluated by the World Bank as a cost-effective and self-reliant SCALE-UP tool to replicate successes achieved in rural development, employment promotion and agricultural extension. Jan Orsini is presently retired from the UN and works as a consultant for various international organizations.
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W. Cullen Hughes is a second-year Peace Corps volunteer in Buriram, Thailand, where he is assigned to work with a sub-district Royal Thai Government Office on community and economic development issues.  During the last two years, he has been active in a number of enterprise development projects in rural Thailand to benefit the poor. In addition to his work with Dan McDonald in tourism development, he has used the SCR approach with small mushroom production enterprises and a snack production cooperative as part of a poverty alleviation program in his rural sub-district. Mr. Orsini has served as a mentor to Mr. Hughes during these projects and assisted him organize comprehensive trainings and presentations to Thai university professors and students on two occasions. Mr. Hughes' other Peace Corps projects include health promotion and education initiatives in several rural Thai villages. Before Peace Corps, Mr. Hughes worked for eight years in economic development and business consulting. His economic development experience began in the former East German State of Brandenburg where he received a fellowship from the German Government. He has an MBA in Finance from the University of Colorado and a B.A. in International Affairs from Colorado College. After Peace Corps, Mr. Hughes hopes to continue his career in international development with a specialization in enterprise development.

Sanjay Kumar Verma works as a Junior Editor, and also handles media and public relations, at the National Cooperative Union of India (NCUI), which is an apex member-based national promotional/advocacy organisation for the cooperative sector in India with focus on education, training, communication, international relations, etc.  Sanjay edits the publications: 'The Cooperator' (Monthly containing topical articles related to cooperatives, success stories, news and views, etc.); 'Indian Cooperative Review' (a research quarterly); and Coop. Horizon ( a bi-weekly news bulletin).  He previously worked as Trainee Sub-Editor at 'Patriot,' a National Daily (1993-94), and freelanced for the National Newspaper.

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Session Title: Promoting a Just and Equitable Society Through Travel

Luc Ferran is the Programme Officer for Combating Child Sex Tourism at the ECPAT International Secretariat in Bangkok. He began work at ECPAT in January 2003 with the Regional Offices for Africa and Europe before moving to the Tourism Desk in July 2003. He coordinates ECPAT International Secretariat’s child sex tourism (CST) prevention activities, research and data collection, and advocacy efforts in addition to collaborating with the private sector in the development of programmes to protect children in tourism. He represents ECPAT International on the World Tourism Organization Task Force and Executive Committee to Protect Children from Sexual Exploitation in Tourism and the Steering Committee and Executive Committee for the Code of Conduct.

He has worked volunteered with various non-profit organisations, including Habitat for Humanity International and the Irish Refugee Council. He holds a BA in History from Columbia University, New York, and a Masters in Peace Studies from Trinity College, Dublin. His Masters thesis compared the efficiency of governmental, NGO and INGO responses to trafficking of human beings for sexual purposes in South and South East Asia.

Promvit Klampaiboon was born in Thailand, but grew up in Australia since the age of 14 pursuing the study of economics and international relations. His avid interest in people's movement and questions of Peace and Environment led him through 16 years of traveling and engaging in all levels of activities for philanthropic ends.  His quest took him to Europe, Africa, US and Latin America volunteering for organizations such as Youth Hostels, WWF, Amnesty International, Green Peace, Africa Aid, Friends of Amazon, etc., before returning home to Thailand to lead a corporation as its CEO for cleaner and social engaging manufacturing industries in 1992.  Since 1998, he has held the position of Environmental Advisor to Toyota Racing Development Thailand.  Having been a firm believer in the Hostelling International mission 'youth-travel-peace,' and had volunteered for HI overseas for that specific reason, he began volunteering for the Thai Youth Hostel Association in 1999 to revive and develop the movement.  He was recruited as Asia Pacific Development Officer for International Youth Hostels Federation (IYHF) in 2002 and has worked to develop and expand the HI network in Asia.  His current portfolio is Asia-Pacific network cohesion and growth.  He serves as the driver behind the Peace and International Understanding Campaign of IYHF and UNESCO.  He has been engaging with others in the IYHF network and UNESCO since 2000 to uphold the spirit and philosophy of the Hostelling International movement and currently is the Coordinator for the UNESCO-IYHF Peace and International Understanding Campaign.
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