Keynote Speakers

Read about the line-up of inspiring keynote speakers and access their presentations below:

S Becken

Professor Susanne Becken is the Director of the Griffith Institute for Tourism and specialises in sustainable tourism with a particular focus on resource use, climate change, and environmental monitoring. She has published widely with over 100 academic outputs and works closely with industry and Government, for example through the Air New Zealand Sustainability Advisory Panel and UNWTO Panel of Tourism Experts, and partnerships with the China Tourism Academy, EarthCheck, Sydney 2030, Amadeus, and WTTC.

She founded the Global Sustainable Tourism Dashboard – the only global tool to track tourism’s contribution to the SDGs.

Follow Susanne: Twitter | LinkedIn | Google Scholar
More about the Griffith Institute for Tourism: Web  | Youtube | Facebook

J Edmonds

Johnny Edmonds, (Ngapuhi Maori) is the Director for the World Indigenous Tourism Alliance (WINTA), a global Indigenous organisation established in 2012 by national Indigenous tourism organisations operating in Australia, Canada, Nepal, New Zealand, Sweden and USA. WINTA was established by Indigenous leaders in tourism, to promote the empowerment, dignity and well-being of the Indigenous peoples of the world, by advancing Indigenous human rights through tourism consistent with the standards articulated by the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.

The role of Director has enabled Johnny to engage with Indigenous communities in a range of countries and to encounter world views distinctly different from the dominant populations of their countries. The promulgation and now the implementation of the SDGs is an important agenda item for WINTA. The need to reflect an Indigenous worldview of the implementation of the SDGs presents challenges that are yet to be overcome.

More about WINTA: Web | Facebook

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Michael Hall is Professor in the Department of Management, Marketing & Entrepreneurship, University of Canterbury, New Zealand. He is also Docent in Geography, University of Oulu, Finland; Visiting Professor, Linneaus University, Kalmar, Sweden & Senior Research Fellow, University of Johannesburg. Michael has longstanding teaching, publication and research interests in tourism and temporary mobility, regional development, environmental history, global environmental and climate change, sustainability and wine and food.

The latter also being from a sustainable perspective. He is the author and editor of over 80 books and monographs as well as over 600 journal articles and book chapters and is active in a number of international research projects. Current writings include work on resilience, sustainable restaurants, tourism and waste, World Heritage, second homes, degrowth, and the politics of tourism.

Follow Michael: Linkedin |Google Scholar
More about the Department of Management, Marketing & Entrepreneurship, University of Canterbury: Web

Please note that Professor Hall’s presentation and recording are not available. He has, however, recently published a related article in the Journal of Sustainable Tourism. The link is provided below.

See the three plenary panels on Partnerships for achieving the SDGs in tourism, Indigenous development, tourism & the SDGs and Working on the SDGs here.

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