Tom Baum is Professor of International Tourism and Hospitality Management at Strathclyde and Head of the Department of Hospitality and Tourism Management. His specialist areas are people and work in the context of global tourism and hospitality, human resource planning, development, education and training. Prior to joining Strathclyde spent eight years working in senior management and consulting positions within the tourism sector in the Irish Republic. He has researched, consulted and taught extensively in a range of tourism and hospitality topics in numerous countries in Africa, Asia, the Middle East, the Caribbean and Europe. He has advised governments, private sector organisations, colleges and universities as well as conducting courses for senior tourism professionals and administrators in a variety of countries. He is a frequent invitee as keynote speaker to major international tourism and hospitality conferences and has worked on projects funded by a range of agencies including the EU, UNDP, national governments and the private sector. Tom Baum is past President of EuroCHRIE and is currently on the boards of the Economic Research Institute for Northern Ireland and Springboard Scotland. He has published 7 books and over 150 academic papers, primarily in the area of tourism and hospitality education and training.
Professor John Tribe is head of tourism at the University of Surrey, UK. His undergraduate, postgraduate and doctoral studies were all undertaken at the University of London. He is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, Fellow of the International Academy for the Study of Tourism and Academician of the Academy of the Social Sciences. His research concentrates on sustainability, epistemology and education and he has authored books on strategy, philosophy, economics, education and environmental management in tourism. Funded research projects have included sustainable tourism and forests in the European Union, curriculum development in Moldova, quality in tourism education and the use of visual images in tourism. He is past Chair of the UK Association for Tourism in Higher Education was the specialist advisor for tourism for the UK 2008 Research Assessment Exercise. He is co-chair of the United Nations World Tourism Organisation Education and Science Council and editor of Annals of Tourism Research and The Journal of Hospitality, Leisure Sport and Tourism Education (JOHLSTE).
Rory MacLellan is an experienced tourism consultant and educator with over 25 years working in tourism in the UK and abroad. He is currently a Lecturer in Tourism and Programme Leader for Postgraduate Tourism Programmes in the School of Marketing, Tourism and Languages at Edinburgh Napier University. In his work in tourism education he has delivered senior management programmes for educational institutes and tourism businesses in a diverse range of countries in Europe and beyond including Kenya, Iran, Hong Kong and Armenia. He has been an invited speaker at international conferences and has held External Examiner positions in a number of UK universities and also overseas at the University of Malta and in Kenya. He has worked on numerous consultancy projects for both the public and private sector including the development of training programmes, tourism and international reviews of best practice. His teaching and research interests cluster around tourism and the natural environment, including rural tourism, sustainable tourism, ecotourism, wildlife tourism and niche markets in outdoor activities. Rory is a member of many professional organisations including: Past Chair of Tourism Knowledge Scotland; Past Treasurer of Tourism Society (Scotland); Member of the Scottish Tourism Forum; Member of Tourism Innovation Group; Executive member of The Association for Tourism in Higher Education; Former member of the UK Steering Group for Higher Education Academy (formerly LTSN Hospitality, Leisure, Sport & Tourism).
Widely acknowledged as a leading expert on tourism marketing, customer led e-business and Tourism 2.0, Jim has delivered on a broad range of consultancy assignments around the World, with clients ranging from SMEs to multinational organisations. Author of several books and numerous papers on International Business Strategy and e-Business; he has held Visiting Professorships or delivered Senior Executive Programmes in the US, Singapore, Hong-Kong, Malaysia, China, Norway, Italy, Lithuania, Latvia, France, Iceland and Russia. Projects have been successfully delivered for the following organisations: United Nations Centre on Transnational Corporations; Economist Intelligence Unit; International Labor Office; World Bank, European Union; Russian Foundation for SME Development; Scottish Enterprise; Highlands and Islands Enterprise; Cairngorms National Park Authority; Visit Scotland; Visit Wales; Lithuanian Development Agency and others. Widely acknowledge as one of Europe’s leading e-tourism experts, ‘1-to-1’ support and advice has been provided to over 200 tourism and tourism related businesses in the last few years. With over 25 years experience in International Management Education, Jim has proven leadership skills in this area. His ability to inspire and motivate audiences is reflected in the fact that he is regularly invited to deliver Senior Executive Workshops on customer led e-business, CRM and Tourism 2.0. He runs the very successful Tourism 2.0 Professional Networking Site at www.tourism2-0.co.uk which has over 1,500 members from more than 30 different countries, many of whom hold senior positions in the industry.
Dimitrios Buhalis is a Strategic Management and Marketing expert with specialisation in Technology and Tourism. He is currently Established Chair in Tourism and Deputy Director of the International Centre for Tourism and Hospitality Research (ICTHR) at the School of Services Management at Bournemouth University and Professorial Observer at the Bournemouth University Senate. Professor Buhalis is leading eTourism research and is working with the Bournemouth team for introducing technology in all aspects of tourism research and teaching. He is Visiting Professor at a number of leading Universities around the world and regularly advises the World Tourism Organisation, the World Tourism and Travel Council and the European Commission in the field of information technology and tourism. He has written or co-edited a total of 12 books and over 80 articles in scholarly journals, conference proceedings and consultancy reports. He has served as Chairman for various ENTER Conferences and as Vice President of the International Federation of Information Technology for Travel and Tourism (IFITT).
In addition to world class speakers from prestigious Universities, we are delighted to have Paul Sloane as a key member of our foreign speakers. Paul is an entertaining, thought-provoking, motivational speaker and a recognized expert on innovation, lateral thinking and leadership. He is the author of 17 books on lateral puzzles, creative problem-solving and lateral leadership. Over 2 million copies of his books have been sold. He was described in the Independent as the ‘King of Lateral Thinking Puzzles.’ He is the founder of Destination-Innovation, (www.destination-innovation.com) a consultancy that helps people improve innovation. He is also the head of the BQF Innovation Unit. Paul is regularly invited to facilitate meetings, lead workshops and give after-dinner talks and keynote addresses. His talks offer a unique blend of puzzling challenges, humour and hard-hitting business messages. His workshops provide practical techniques to improve leadership, creativity and innovation. Clients include AA, American Express, ARM, BT, Cendant, DWP, EADS, Lloyds of London, Microsoft, Motorola, Nokia, Reckitt Benckiser, Shell and 3M. He has been actively involved with the Tourism Innovation Group in Scotland for a number of years.
Stephen Taylor has extensive experience of lecturing internationally having held regular visiting faculty positions in France, Switzerland and Holland and (full time) with the Department of Hospitality and Tourism Management at Strathclyde. He is co-founder and co-chair of the highly innovative International Hospitality and Tourism Virtual Conference (IHTVC) which was awarded the McCool Breakthrough Award for innovation by the American Council for Hospitality, Restaurant and Institutional Education (CHRIE) in 2004. In 2008, Stephen chaired the UK Council for Hospitality Management Education’s (CHME) Annual Research Conference. With sound experience in the design and delivery of professional development programmes to senior managers both in the UK and internationally, including a two week executive programme delivered for the Indian luxury hotel group Oberoi, in New Delhi, Stephen is also co-founder of The Fifth Business, a highly successful management and training consultancy business. Author of numerous books and academic papers, Stephen’s research has been presented at major academic conferences both in the UK and internationally. His main focus is upon the strategic development of sustainable and competitive tourism businesses and is currently engaged in a major research project which is looking at the development of adventure-based tourism in mountain areas in both Europe and Central Asia.
Andrew Marshall is a Professor of Finance and is the current Head of the Department of Accounting and Finance at the University of Strathclyde. His research is focused on risk management, insider trading derivatives and international finance and is a regular contributor to leading international journals as well as presenting senior executive workshops in Hong Kong, Singapore, Shanghai, Malaysia, Dubai, Oman, Abu Dhabi, Tanzania and Greece.
Jonathan Levie has been practicing, researching and teaching entrepreneurship for more than 25 years. He was Director of the Hunter Centre for Entrepreneurship at the University of Strathclyde from 2000 to 2005 and is currently a Director of the Global Entrepreneurship Research Association, an international consortium that operates Global Entrepreneurship Monitor (GEM) through national academic teams in more than 50 countries. His current research interests include entrepreneurship and institutions, entrepreneurial management and performance, and strategic value creation and exit, and he leads the GEM UK research team. He has published in leading research journals including Small Business Economics, Venture Capital, and Family Business Review. He has delivered numerous papers at international research conferences and was an invited speaker at eight other conferences in 2008. Dr Levie serves on the International Advisory Board of IDEA, the Danish International Entrepreneurship Academy, and on the Academic Advisory Board of the Institute for Innovation & Information Productivity, San Francisco, CA.
Lesley Hetherington is Programme Leader of the Master’s Technology Entrepreneurship Programme at the Hunter Centre for Entrepreneurship, University of Strathclyde, Glasgow as well as being Programme Leader for the Royal Society of Edinburgh/Scottish Enterprise Technology Fellowship Programme. Winner of the 2006 Association of Scottish Business Women 'Outstanding Contribution to Business ' award, Lesley is passionate about enabling entrepreneurial success. This has two strands 1) the development of clear, conceptually simple models to identify and shape viable and opportunity and 2) deep understanding of the individual potential for excellence, as a basis for recognising and developing entrepreneurial capital and resources. Very experienced in working directly with business owners, senior executives and directors nationally and internationally including the UK, US, Brazil, Russia, France and Italy, Lesley is regularly invited to deliver keynote speeches to major international conferences. Lesley has regularly lectured at international business schools, including those of Southampton, Cambridge, Hertfordshire and Strathclyde. Se has given presentations all over the world: Russia, Brazil, Portugal, Ireland, Northern Ireland, USA, Netherlands, Spain, Italy, Scotland. Also worked in Egypt, France, Romania, USA.