Leadership Team

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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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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BULUT BAĞCI

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

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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