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Dr. Edith Szivas

Dr. Edith M Szivas, a British national, is a leading international expert in the area of Tourism and Hospitality with the track record in strategy and development of over 25 years. Her involvement into a number of Governmental projects aimed at strategic development of the hospitality industry across several countries in Europe and Middle East. She is an author of numerous publications and also she is actively engaged into public speaking. Dr. Szivas has a vast academic experience in the Universities of London, Surrey, Greenwich, Macau, and others. Her ongoing consultancy activity with the leading global organizations like UNWTO and USAID has made her contribution into development of the industry truly invaluable. Professional Background Director, SeaStar Consultancy, UAE Senior Management positions at various financial, educational and hospitality institutions (Budapest Bank, University of Surrey, Jumeirah Group) Educational Background PhD in Tourism Employment and Labour Market, University of Surrey, UK, 1997 MSc in Tourism Planning and Development, University of Surrey, UK, 1994 BSc in International Trade, Kulkereskedelmi Foiskola, Hungary, 1990

Associate Professor

Dr. Declan McCrohan

Dr. Declan McCrohan, an Australian national, has over a decade of experience working in the field of Academia throughout Asia and the Middle East. His academic experience and unparalleled leadership skills have enabled him to develop and deliver a number of unique undergraduate and postgraduate courses at a number of universities including Alfaisal University in the KSA, Zayed University and Heriot Watt University in the UAE and Victoria University in Australia. Dr. McCrohan’s research interests cover a wide range of areas including financial modelling of Middle Eastern stock markets, entrepreneurship drivers in the Middle East and the development of international education offshore programmes, with particular focus on Australian Tertiary Institutions’ expansion into Asia and the MENA Region. Dr. McCrohan was also the team leader of the 2009 UAE GEM Study into Entrepreneurship in the UAE. Professional Background Austock Group, Melbourne, Australia Australian Trade Commission, Sydney, Australia