Academic Advisory Board


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.


Saira Akbar

CEO & Founder, Global Management Consultants

Saira and her team has trained, advised, and coached individuals, and leading organizations such as Shell, Coca Cola, The Hersheys Company, Oman Air, Sanofi, GE, Mashreq Bank, just to name a few. These interventions have been delivered all throughout the Middle East, Southeast Asia, Western Europe, and Australia.


Dr. Nisha Abu Bakar

World Women Tourism

Dr. Nisha is a tourism consultant, practitioner, academic and corporate trainer with more than 25 years extensive management experience in the Tourism, Hospitality and MICE industry. She holds a Ph.D. specializing in Hospitality and Tourism Management, conferred by the Murdoch University, Australia. Her research and consultancy expertise are in the areas of MICE, Destination marketing, Women in Tourism, Sustainable Tourism, Halal Tourism and Tourism education.