Key Note Speakers

Asst. Prof. Katia IANKOVA

Higher Colleges of Technology, Abu Dhabi Women’s campus – UAE
Program Academic Chair of Tourism Management Program

Dr. Katia Iankova is an assistant professor at Higher Colleges of Technology, Abu Dhabi Women’s campus – UAE and a Program Academic Chair of Tourism Management Program. She has extensive experience in teaching at bachelor, Master and Doctoral level and tourism programmes construction and development in Canada, UK, France and UAE. Her areas of research expertise are cultural heritage protection and development; economic development and sustainability; societal changes and implications on tourism. Her latest interests are in the area of political systems and tourism development, conceptualising time use in travel and tourism and societal attitudes and feeling towards cultural heritage.

Assoc. Prof. Vicky Katsoni

University of West Attica, Greece, Dept. of Tourism Management

Dr. Vicky Katsoni is an Associate Professor at the tourism department of the University of Western Attica, (former Technological Educational Institute, TEI of Athens), Greece, a Professor in tourism marketing in the MSc program of Tourism Management at the Greek Open University and the academic supervisor of the e-Tourism Module at the National Kapodistrian University of Athens, e-Learning Programs. She holds a PhD in Tourism Marketing Management and ICT Applications in Tourism from the Panteion University in Greece, an MBA from the University of Keele, School of Management and Economics, England, a BA (Hons) in Economics from the Law School, Kapodistrian University of Athens, Department of Economics and a BSc in Tourism Management from the T.E.I. in Thessaloniki, Greece. She has published 9 books on tourism both in Greek and English, chapters in edited volumes, and numerous papers on highly academic journals.

Prof. Dr. Thomas R. GILLPATRICK

Portlan State Universtiy, The School of Business

Dr. Gillpatrick received his Ph.D. in Marketing from the University of Oregon, an MBA from Utah State University, and a BS from California State University. At Portland State University, he has also been active with the Engineering Management and Systems Science Ph.D. programs. Dr. Gillpatrick’s academic research has focused on the use of market research and analysis to improve managerial decision making in the development of new products and services, the development of positioning, segmentation, distribution, and pricing strategies. Currently, he is working on behavioral research on consumer preferences and individual values for sustainability and technology deployment in retailing.