About Us

ABOUT US


Our Committees: EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE

The governing body of the BEST Education Network is the executive committee. The executive committee elects a chair who is responsible for coordinating the executive committee’s activities.

Gianna Moscardo, PhD (Chair)

Professor Personal Chair

Faculty of Law, Business & Creative Arts, School of Business

James Cook University

1 James Cook Drive

Townsville, QLD 4811

Australia

+61 7 478 14254

gianna.moscardo@jcu.edu.au


Gianna first attended Think Tank VII in Arizona and became more engaged with the BEST Education Network in subsequent years. In 2008, she led the brainstorming session and in 2009 co-chaired Think Tank IX in Singapore. Gianna has since been involved in a number of knowledge creation projects and won the 2013 Outstanding Paper Award. She joined the Executive Committee in 2013 and took over as BEST Education Network Chair together with Pierre in 2014.

Pierre Benckendorff, PhD (Co-Chair)

Associate Professor

UQ Business School

The University of Queensland

St Lucia Campus

Brisbane, QLD 4072

Australia

+61 7 3346 7089

p.benckendorff@uq.edu.au


Pierre first attended Think Tank VII in Arizona, where he won the Outstanding Paper Award for his paper on the Futures Wheel methodology. The methodology was adapted and used for Think Tank VIII. He joined the Executive committee in 2008 and supported Gianna in the organization of Think Tank IX in Singapore. Pierre has chaired the Knowledge Creation and Dissemination subcommittee and has taken up the position as BEST Executive Committee Co-Chair in 2014.

Julia N. Albrecht, PhD

Senior Lecturer in Tourism

Department of Tourism

University of Otago

PO Box 56

Dunedin, New Zealand

+64 (0)3 479 5441

Julia.Albrecht@otago.ac.nz


Julia first attended Think Tank X in 2010. She has supported subsequent Think Tanks with various knowledge creation activities. Julia was asked to officially join the Executive Committee in 2012 and has continued her support particularly in relation to knowledge creation and dissemination, as well as PR & Communications activities.

Rachel Hay (BESTEN Secretary)

PhD Candidate

College of Business, Law and Governance

Division of Tropical Environments & Societies

James Cook University

Townsville, QLD 4811

Australia

+61 7 478 13131

rachel.hay@jcu.edu.au


Rachel joined BESTEN in 2014 taking over the position as BESTEN Secretary. She organizes the annual Think Tank in collaboration with the Think Tank Planning committee.

Kelsey Hejjas

PhD Researcher

Surry School of Hospitality and Tourism Management

University of Surrey

Guildford, Surrey

United Kingdom

+44 (0) 7563 701 499

k.hejjas@surrey.ac.uk


Kelsy first attended BEST EN Think Tank in Berlin in 2016. Having been impressed by the collegiality and enthusiasm of the Think Tank committee and attendees towards creating pragmatic teaching and research agendas, Kelsy was pleased to join the Executive Committee in January 2017. Her research is focused sustainability, corporate social responsibility, and ethics as they relate to the workforce, leadership, and management of tourism and hospitality organizations.

Karen Hughes PhD

Senior Lecturer, Director BIHTM Program

UQ Business School

University of Queensland

GP North Building

St Lucia Campus

Queensland Australia

+61 7 3346 0564

k.hughes2@UQ.edu.au


Karen’s research and teaching in the area of sustainable tourism spans a number of interest areas including examining the impact of wildlife tourism experiences on visitors’ adoption of environmentally-friendly behaviours both on-site and following their visit; examining visitors’ perceptions and preferences for interpretation at sites such as zoos, national parks, botanic gardens, and heritage sites; and exploring the potential of indigenous stories to connect international visitors with Australian landscapes. She first attended a BEST EN Think Tank in Berlin in 2016.

Erling Kavita PhD

Senior Lecturer and Head of Department: Hospitality &Tourism

School of Management Sciences

Namibia University of Science and Technology

Private Bag 13388

Windhoek

Namibia

+264 61 207 2556

ekavita@polytechnic.edu.na

erlingkavita@gmail.com


Erling first attended Think Tank XV in 2015 in South Africa. Erling is involved in numerous knowledge creation projects focusing on the needs to shift the community-based natural resource management initiatives’ from an empowerment legislation and an awareness of the potential value of wildlife resources in Namibia to a process of building capacity to actually realize these potential benefits. Erling was asked to officially join the Executive Committee in 2015 and has continued his support in relation to curriculum development, planning and managing higher education programmes and partnerships that bring the resources and capacity to the higher education community in developing countries in meeting developmental changes within the area of sustainable tourism development.

Dagmar Lund-Durlacher, PhD

Department Head

Department of Tourism and Service Management

MODUL University Vienna

Am Kahlenberg 1

1190 Vienna

Austria

+43 1 320 3555 400

+43 1 320 3555 903

dagmar.lund-durlacher@modul.ac.at


Dagmar first attended Think Tank VI in 2006. In 2008 she returned and was invited to join the BEST Education Network Executive Committee. 2010-2014 Dagmar headed the BEST Education Network as Chair of the Executive Committee.

Paolo Mura, PhD

Senior Lecturer and Programme Director, Postgraduate Programmes

Graduate School of Hospitality and Tourism

Taylor's University

No. 1 Jalan Taylor's

47500 Subang Jaya

Selangor Darul Ehsan

Malaysia

+603 5629 5545

Paolo.Mura@taylors.edu.my


Paolo is one of the newest members of the Executive Committee. After attending Think Tank XII in France and helping in the organization of Think Tank XIII in Malaysia, he joined the Executive Committee in July 2013.

Alexandra Roberts (Intern)

Undergraduate Student

University of Queensland

St Lucia

Queensland 4072

Australia

roberts.alexandra@hotmail.com


Alexandra is undergoing a Bachelor of International Hotel and Tourism Management at the University of Queensland. Her main passion is sustainable tourism with an added personal interest in accessibility for all. This interest has led her to become a mentor for fellow peers who identify as having a disability as part of University of Queensland’s piloting ZOOM mentoring program in 2017. She has commenced an internship with BEST-EN to gain experience, but more importantly to make a difference in the current and future tourism world.

Caroline Scarles, PhD

Senior Lecturer in Management

School of Tourism

University of Surrey

Guildford

Surrey, GU2 7XH

UK

+44 1483 689653

c.scarles@surrey.ac.uk


Caroline first attended Think Tank VII in Arizona and became a regular attendee thereafter. In 2009 she joined the Executive Committee.

Wolfgang Strasdas, PhD

Professor

Centre for Sustainable Tourism

Eberswalde University for Sustainable Development

Schicklerstr. 5

D-16225 Eberswalde

Germany

+49-3334-657304

wolfgang.strasdas@hnee.de


Wolfgang has attended three Think Tanks so far, the first one in 2012 in Gréoux, France, on tourism mobilities. Having been impressed with the level of academic expertise as well as with BEST EN’s approach to create practical outcome in terms of research and teaching agendas, he successfully hosted the 2016 Think Tank in Berlin-Eberswalde, which dealt with corporate responsibility in tourism.

Tina Tiller

Researcher and Lecturer

Department of Tourism and Service Management

MODUL University Vienna

Am Kahlenberg 1

1190 Vienna

Austria

+43 1 320 3555 421

+43 1 320 3555 903

tina.r.tiller@gmail.com


Tina joined the BEST Education Network in 2010 participating in Think Tank X and was the BEST EN Secretary unitl 2014. She co-organized Think Tanks on three continents heading the Think Tank Planning committee.

Paige Viren PhD

Assistant Professor

Centre for Sustainable Tourism

East Carolina University

Carol G. Belk Building

Mail Stop 540

Greenvill, NC 27858-4353

+1 252 737 2425

VIRENP14@ecu.edu


Paige joined the BEST EN Executive committee in 2016. Her research interests revolve around consumer behaviour and tourism, with a special focus on adventure travel and sustainable community based tourism in rural areas.


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