ICTR Biographies

Below are the ICTR Biographies of the Conference and Programme Chairs, Key Note Speakers and Mini-Track Chairs.

Conference and Programme Chairs

Minna Tunkkari-Eskelinen


Minna Tunkkari-Eskelinen, Dc. (Econ.), works as Principal Lecturer at JAMK University of Applied Sciences, Jyväskylä, Finland. Her areas of study are pedagogy, tourism industry and entrepreneurship as well as family business, and she is competent with service design, strategic thinking as well as development methods.



Dr Anne Törn (PhD) is a Lecturer at the JAMK University of Applied Sciences in Jyväskylä. She has worked widely in the field of responsible tourism, in research, teaching and development activities. Her research has mainly been focused on responsibility in the tourism and hospitality sector. Her current research interest is sustainability in tourism marketing. She has also done research on for example networking and welfare of rural enterprises at the University of Helsinki. Törn completed her PhD Thesis on social and environmental sustainability in tourism at the University of Oulu. She is also working as a reviewer for journals such as Journal of Environmental Management, Journal of Tourism Management and Boreal Environmental Research


Petra Blinnikka M.Sc. (Econ), BHM works as a senior lecturer in JAMK University of Applied
Sciences in Jyväskylä. She has worked within tourism development and education during the last fifteen years. Her special interests are responsibility in tourism, tourism business development, event management and congress and meeting management. She is a coordinator of International Centre for Responsible Tourism Finland and has been working within responsibility issues in tourism both in local, regional, national and international level. She has worked as a project manager in several tourism development projects, mainly focusing on responsibility and sustainability issues. Most of her publications are about Sustainable tourism, which were published as the result of a national level Sustainable Tourism project.

Keynote Speakers



Harold Goodwin is the Founder Director of the International Centre for Responsible Tourism which promotes the principles of the Cape Town Declaration on Responsible Tourism in Destinations which he drafted. He is an Emeritus Professor at Manchester Metropolitan University where he is also a director of the Institute of Place Management at Manchester Metropolitan University. He is Managing Director of the Responsible Tourism Partnership and chairs the panels of judges for the WTM Responsible Tourism Awards and the other Awards in the family. Harold works with industry, local communities, governments, and conservationists and undertakes consultancy and evaluations for companies, NGOs, governments, and international organisations.



Jeremy Smith is a sustainable tourism communications consultant and writer with 20 years experience in providing sustainability communications and consultancy for both consumer and trade audiences, working with a range of private, government and community organisations. Jeremy  co-founded Travindy, an industry news website focussing on tourism from an environmental and social perspective. He also writes regularly for the Tourism for Tomorrow newsletter and for the World Travel and Tourism Council, for which he regularly interviews a wide range of leaders in sustainable tourism from across the world. In addition he writes a fortnightly blog on current issues in sustainable tourism and is part of the core team developing the annual responsible tourism programme. Jeremy also advises on social media and other communications strategies.

Mini-Track Chairs


Aleksandra Grobelna is an Assistant Professor at Gdynia Maritime University (Poland) in the Faculty of Entrepreneurship and Quality Science. She has a PhD in economics specialising in tourism marketing and the economics of services. She is a member of the Polish Economic Society. Her research interests include tourism and hospitality (T&H) services, human resource management, organizational behavior and service quality management in T&H. She regularly publishes peer reviewed academic papers in quality journals and presents her research results at national and international scientific conferences. In her research projects she cooperates closely with T&H business practitioners helping them to solve topical management problems.



Brendon Knott is an Associate Professor at the Cape Peninsula University of Technology. He holds a PhD from Bournemouth University, UK, where his studies focused on sport tourism and events. He has published widely on place branding as a legacy from sporting mega-events. Brendon also lectures, writes, consults and conducts research into applied areas of sport, branding, tourism and event studies. He has been part of multiple global research projects that have focused on the legacies of sport tourism events.


Dr Christopher J Moon FRSA FHEA is an eco entrepreneur and teaches both Sustainable Tourism and Entrepreneurship at Middlesex University; and regularly takes students on field trips to Mallorca to research sustainable / eco tourism. He has collaborated with colleagues at the University of the Islands of the Balearics (UIB) Mallorca; and delivered a workshop on Sustainable Tourism at UIB 2017. Chris has published papers on Environmental Management and Social Innovation in collaboration with Professor Julio Batle; and more recently on Mass Tourism vs. Sustainable Tourism in the Balearic Islands? Measuring social and environmental impact in Mallorca


Susanna Nuijanmaa is a Senior Lecturer at JAMK University of Applied Sciences.  She has worked in tourism business for over 20 years.  Her areas of interest include marketing, product development and experience design in tourism. She has worked as a project manager in several tourism development projects and is currently a project manager in the European project CERTESS (European Cultural Routes – Transfer Experiences,  Sharing Solutions). Susanna is also leading a national project on “Co-creating cultural content for tourism and cultural accessibility through tourism “. Most of her publications are about Sustainable cultural tourism, which were published as the result of a national level Sustainable Tourism project.



Cândida Silva is a professor at School of Hospitality and Tourism of Polytechnic of Porto, Portugal, where she is Chairman of Scientific Board, Head of International Relations and Director of Department of Informatics and Mathematics. She has a PhD in Information Systems and Technologies from University of Minho. She is a research collaborator in the group of Information Systems and Technologies for the Transformation of Organizations and Society (ISTTOS) of the Algoritmi centre of the University of Minho. She was founder and president of AIS Student Chapter of University of Minho (2010-2012), where organized two national case study in Information Systems competition. She is member of AIS Portuguese Chapter and of AIS. She has integrated the organization committee of several national academic seminars and conferences, is reviewer of several international conferences and journals, and has over thirty scientific papers and scientific communications.