EXECUTIVE COUNCIL

BULUT BAĞCI

President

Bulut Bağcı is a foresighted, success-oriented businessman. As an entrepreneur, he is talented to see the short-comings in industries and fills the gaps with successful strategies. He was born in 1985. He graduated from Tourism Administration department with an honors degree at one of the most prestigious universities of Turkey, Boğaziçi University, Istanbul in 2009.

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SUMAIRA ISAACS

CEO

First an Artist – than a serial entrepreneur…
An Industry veteran, with over 25 years experience working within tourism and business tourism industry, supporting and developing some of the most prolific winning tourism destinations. Ms.Isaacs has worked both as a destination practitioner (DMC, PCO) as well as an advisor consultant to Tourist Boards, Associations and Local Governments in Asia, Africa, Middle East, and North America.

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TALEB RIFAI

Secretary General

Taleb Rifai (born 1949) is a Jordanian who was the Secretary-General of the United NationsWorld Tourism Organization, based in Madrid, Spain, until the 31st of December 2017, having held the post since being unanimously elected in 2010. The first Jordanian to hold a UN agency Secretary General position.

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BARIŞ KAHRIMAN

Board Member

Barış Kahrıman graduated from TED Ankara College and Uludağ University International Relations Department. After working for a while in the public following his graduation, he worked in the private sector as of 2008 and as a country partner MCI Global company, one of the world’s largest organization companies starting from January 2014. Since 2019, Barıs Kahrıman has been a member of the Executive Board of the Global Tourism Forum. He organized several voluminous national and international organizations.

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Rwanda

TOYIN ABIODUN

In her current role, she’s advising on trade and industrialisation sector strategies for Rwanda. As a Strategic Trade and Industrial Development Advisor, her experience has encompassed trade facilitation, industrial cluster mappings, value chain development and investment engagements with both public, private and non-profit sectors in ways that have centred on the enabling of a thriving business climate that underscores sustainable inclusive growth and development.

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Germany

RICHARD ADAM

Richard Adam is a seasoned international C-level executive and board member in asset management and investment, focus on where visitor experience, frequency and retention is key, in particular destination-, resort-, hospitality-, leisure venue-, public realm, mega sporting events, commercial real estate development…

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USA

JERAD BACHAR

Jerad Bachar has close to thirty years of tourism and economic development experience in an array of countries and business environments. He has worked in both developed and emerging markets in the areas of destination branding and marketing, economic development and diversification, and workforce development.

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Spain

GUY BIGWOOD

Guy Bigwoody has been delivering award-winning consulting services focused on helping cities, governments, associations and the hospitality industry step up, scale up and speed up their sustainability programmes and operational practices for the last 15 years.

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USA

BOB CHAMBERS

Bob Chambers is a 30 year veteran of the “people gathering” business, as a consultant, designer and producer of custom, high-end, permanent attractions for tourism, entertainment, theme parks, cultural/heritage, and brand visitor centers around the world.

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Switzerland

LUCA FAVETTA

Luca Favetta recently served as Regional Business Director EMEA at PCMA (Professional Convention Management Association), one of the world’s largest network of Business Events Strategists, where was responsible for developing PCMA Brand and Educational Services in the Region.

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Italy

VALENTINA NDOU

Valentina Ndou, PhD is Senior Researcher and Aggregate Professor on Management Engineering Department at University of Salento (Italy). Her research specializes in analyzing the innovation management trends and the effectiveness of information systems with particular emphasis on new solutions and approaches for smart tourism,  eBusiness, entrepreneurship education and knowledge management.

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Sri Lanka

TALAL RAFI

Talal Rafi is a Sri Lankan entrepreneur and international consultant. After completing his university education in the United Kingdom, Talal returned to Sri Lanka to pursue his journey in entrepreneurship. He co-founded one of Sri Lanka’s first co-working spaces company Hubpoint.

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Germany

PROF. DR. WOLFGANG GEORG ARLT

Prof. Dr. Arlt is the founder and CEO of the Hamburg-based COTRI China Outbound Tourism Research Institute and one of the leading experts on the biggest global outbound tourism source market – China.
He has been connected to China and tourism development since more than 40 years. His first visit to Mainland China took place in 1978 and he worked as a tour operator until 2001, when he became a full-time professor for international tourism management.

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ISMAIL ERTUĞ

Ismail Ertug (Turkish: İsmail Ertuğ; born 5 December 1975) is a German politician and Member of the European Parliament (MEP) from Germany. He is a member of the Social Democratic Party of Germany, part of the Party of European Socialists.

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HILMI DÜLGER

Hilmi Dülger (b. 12 January 1962, Kilis) Turkish bureaucrat and deputy.

He graduated from Ankara University Faculty of Political Sciences. He worked as Kilis District Governor and served as Elmadağ and Uluborlu district governors, and served as Keban and Akyurt District Governors and Çankırı Deputy Governors. He served as the Civil Chief Inspector of the Ministry of Interior for 17 years. He conducted various studies on environmental pollution and protection in England. As a guest researcher at the University of Central Florida in 2008, he worked on public administration and local governments. In the 24th Period, he served as Rapporteur of various commissions in the Grand National Assembly of Turkey. He has been working as a parliament member in the 26th term. He is fluent in English, married, and has two children.

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AMBASSADOR DATO’ KU JAAFAR KU SHAARI

Ambassador Jaafar joined the Malaysian Public Service in 1981. In his distinguished diplomatic career in the Foreign Service of Malaysia, he served as Malaysia’s highest envoy in Qatar, Brunei and Egypt. He was Charge d’Affaires of the Embassy of Malaysia in Zagreb, Croatia as well as in Amman, Jordan. He also served in different diplomatic Missions in different capacity.
At the Foreign Office of Malaysia, Ambassador Jaafar worked in bilateral, multilateral and academic Wings. He overhauled and undertook major works on the restructuring of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation during his office as Undersecretary (OIC).

 

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Mrs. Angela Gerekou

President of Greek National Tourism Organization

Mrs. Gerekou holds a degree from the School of Architecture of the University of Rome. She also has a significant career in acting. She studied in Derek Jakoby’s “London Academy of Performing Art” in London, UK and she was a member of Federico Fellini’s student group in Italy.

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