Keynote Speakers


Francisco Diasfrannciscodias

Francisco Dias is professor of Tourism in the School of Tourism and Maritime Technology (ESTM) at the Polytechnic Institute of Leiria, Portugal. He holds a PhD degree in Tourism Sciences from the University of Perpignan, France. Before, he held the master degree on Social Psychology at University of Porto, Portugal. He was the initiator and nowadays the president of EATSA – The Euro-Asia Tourism Studies Association. He was the founder and nowadays he is the co-editor-in-chief of the EJTHR – European Journal of Tourism, Hospitality and Recreation, and from to 2010 to 2014 he was the diretor of GITUR – Research Group Unit of the IPL. As visiting professor, he collaborates in the post-graduation course in Branding & Business at the University College of UNIVATES, in Lajeado, Brazil. He is also director of the ART&TUR – International Tourism Film Festival, and chairman of the International Conference on Cinema and Tourism. His research interests are vast, ranging from the field of tourism branding and film tourism to research methodology and epistemology of tourism sciences. He is the principal investigator of the Favorite Destinations Worldwide project.

Shinji Yamashita


Shinji Yamashita is Emeritus Professor of Cultural Anthropology at the University of Tokyo, and Professor of Tourism Studies at Teikyo Heisei University, Japan. He was the president of the Japanese Society of Ethnology (currently the Japanese Society of Cultural Anthropology) from1996 to 1998. He has also been the president of the Japanese Society for Interdisciplinary Tourism Studies since 2012. His research focuses on the dynamics of culture in the process of globalization, especially in relation to international tourism and transnational migration in East and Southeast Asia. His recent works include Tourism and Cultural Development in Asia and Oceania (co-ed. with Kadir H. Din and Jerry S. Eades, Malaysia National University Press, 1997), Globalization in Southeast Asia: Local, National, and Transnational Perspectives (co-ed. with Jerry S. Eades, Berghahn Books, 2003), Bali and Beyond: Explorations in the Anthropology of Tourism (translated by J.S. Eades, Berghahn Books, 2003), “Transnational Migration of Women: Changing Boundaries of Contemporary Japan,” In: Multiculturalism in the New Japan: Crossing the Boundaries Within (ed. by Nelson H. H. Graburn, John Ertl, and R. Kenji Tierney, Berghahn Books, 2008), “Southeast Asian Tourism from a Japanese Perspective,” In: Tourism in Southeast Asia: Challenges and New Directions (ed. by Michael Hitchcock, Victor T. King and Michael Parnwell, NIAS Press, 2009), “A 20-20 Vision of Tourism Research in Bali: Towards Reflexive Tourism Studies,” In: Tourism Research : A 20-20 Vision (ed. by Douglas G. Pearce and Richard W. Butler, Goodfellow Publishing, 2010), “Global Touristscapes in a Rainforest: Ecotourism in Sabah, Malaysia,” In: The Routledge Handbook of Tourism Research (ed. by Cathy H. C. Hsu and William C. Gartner, Routledge, 2012), Wind over Water: Migration in an East Asian Context (co-ed. with David W. Haines and Keiko Yamanaka, Berghahn Books, 2012), “Tourism,” In: International Encyclopedia of the Social & Behavioral Sciences, Second Edition (Elsevier, 2015), and “The Balinese Subak as World Cultural Heritage: In the Context of Tourism,” In: Recent Developments in Bali Tourism: Culture, Heritage, and Landscape in an Open Fortress (ed. by I Nyoman Darma Putra and Siobhan Campbell, Buku Arti, Denpasar, 2015).

Yanki Hartijasti

Yanki Hartijasti is a professor in Department of Management, Faculty of Economics and Business Universitas Indonesia.  She earned MBA degree from University of the Philippines.  She also obtained Master of Science and Doctor in Industrial and Organizational Psychology from Universitas Indonesia.  After gaining fifteen years of professional experiences in various industries, she then decided to take the plunge into the academic world since 2001.  She has been invited as a visiting professor in several graduate schools of business, such as University of Tsukuba (Tokyo), Asian Institute of Management (Manila), and Hanyang University (South Korea) to teach Asian Leadership and Human Resources Management in Asia.  She is also active as a member of peer-reviewed academic journal in different countries, i.e., International Journal of Human Resources & Development Management (IJHRDM), International Journal of Cyber Society and Education (IJCSE), European Journal of Tourism, Hospitality and Recreation (EJTHR), and South East Asian Journal of Management (SEAM).  Yanki is a member of various international conferences’ association, for instance, Euro-Asia Tourism Studies Association (EATSA), Exploring Leadership and Learning Theories in Asia (ELLTA), Internet Studies, and Information Technology Applications and Management (ITAM).  Her research and work focus on leadership and cultural values, creative tourism, cyber behavior in the workplace, and quality of life among senior workers. 
Madhuri Sawant

Dr. MADHURI SAWANT is an Assistant Professor & Coordinator (Research and Consultancy) at the Department of Tourism Administration, Dr. Babasaheb Ambedkar Marathwada University, Aurangabad (MS), India. She is also working as an Expert Member of Government of India’s University Grants Commission and various prominent Academic Committees of Tourism in over 18 Universities in India and abroadA post graduate in Tourism Administration (MTA) and PhD (Tourism) she is the first UCC NET-JRF in the state of Maharashtra. She also holds PG Diplomas in Business Management, German Language and Environmental Studies.Her principle research interests are Marketing, CSR, Socio-Economic Aspects and Heritage Tourism Management and has completed 05 Major research projects sponsored by University Grants Commission (UGC), Indian Council for Social Science Research (ICSSR) and Ministry of Tourism Government of India and has also worked as the Research Coordinator of India on the International Project of 30 Countries.As a frequent traveler for academic and Research Assignments, she has visited various Universities in, Portugal, Japan, France, UAE, Thailand and Chile.She has over 25 publications including 04 books and 26 referred journal articles and book chapters to her credit and has organized one International and 05 National Seminars /Conferences/Workshops.As a Research Supervisor, she is guiding Doctoral Research Fellows on CSR, HR, Internet Marketing, Destination Branding, Crime & Tourism and evaluated several doctoral thesis & conducted Open Viva-VoceShe has delivered Key Notes, Valedictory Address, chaired number of technical sessions in Conferences and is a prominent Resource Person for the training programs for Government Tourism Officers / Immigration Officers / Staff, Approved Regional Tourist Guide, and Refresher / Orientation Courses for University and College Teachers. Dr Sawant has designed over 21 courses / programs in Tourism and Hospitality Management.

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