About Us


Our Committees: ADVISORY BOARD

The Executive Committee is supported by an International Advisory Board comprised of renowned senior academics in the field.  Among other things, the board gives advice on the future development of the organization, and helps to identify cutting-edge Think Tank topics and host locations.

The members of the Advisory Board are:

Frederic Dimanche, PhD


Ted Rogers School of Hospitality and Tourism Management

Ryerson University



Frederic attended the very first Think Tank in South Africa. He then hosted Think Tank XII on behalf of SKEMA Business School in France and joined the International Advisory Board in 2013.

Larry Dwyer, PhD


Australian School of Business

University of New South Wales



Larry holds the distinction of being the only individual to attend all of the first ten Think Tanks. He was instrumental in restructuring the BEST Education Network under Pauline Sheldon's leadership after the Ford Foundation's three year initiative had ended. After contributing as an Executive Committee member to BEST EN until 2006, he then joined the newly formed International Advisory Board.

Leo Jago, PhD

Chief Economist for Tourism and General Manager

Tourism Research Australia



Leo first attended Think Tank IV in Denmark. Since then he has regularly attended the BEST Education Network Think Tanks. When the International Advisory Board was founded in 2006, he accepted the invitation to support BEST EN's endeavours with his expertise.

Pauline Sheldon, PhD

Professor Emerita

School of Travel Industry Management

University of Hawai'i



Pauline's first Think Tank experience was as the host of Think Tank II. In 2003 she took over as Chair developing the BEST Education Network. After handing over the position as chair in 2005, she first stayed on as Executive Committee member before joining the International Advisory Board in 2007.