In this year's edition of ICST we are having Speakers, participants and moderators from 30+ countries around the globe representing various industries, interests, fields of work and areas of expertise. The following are the confirmed Speakers so far. Keep visiting !
SPEAKERS ICST 2021
Ms. Ruth Sheffer
Born and educated in London, England, Ruth Sheffer is an English teacher and a passionate traveller. She moved to Israel in 1979, married and had two kids. Today she travels obsessively with her husband all over the globe, and is particularly in love with Asia. Ruth taught in China for three years and also volunteered in Sri Lanka. She is s member of Servas International.
Mr. Rangan Datta
A Management and Mathematics teacher by profession, Rangan Datta started travelling while in college with tuition money. Soon he got addicted to travel and never got into a fulltime job. While in college only he started writing travelogues for a popular English daily. 25 years hence he is a visiting faculty in a number of colleges. Travelling continues, so does his travelogue writting. Currently he is a columnist with a popular Bengali travel magazine. He regularly updates his blog www.rangandatta.wordpress.com which currently has 400+ posts. He is also a regular contributor to wikipedia and an active member of the wikipedia movement. He is also a guest faculty at St. Xavier’s College, Kolkata.
Republic of Macedonia
Valentina has a keen interest in rural tourism and has been involved in promoting the rural areas of southwestern Macedonia, sorthwestern Greece and southern Albania in a cross border cooperation between the rural communities around Prespa Lake. She also has a small travel agency focusing on sustainable rural tourism, including eco tours, made to measure heritage tours, mountain biking and walking. She especially focuses on local traditional food, the 'garden to table' variety. She also promotes local produce and wine, and has been extensively writing for local travel magazines.
Dr. Krishnendu Sarkar
He holds degrees in engineering, information science, and a Ph.D. in management science, and for the last 30 years he has been involved with process automation, development of informatics, social development, and higher education in India. He was accorded the title of ‘Master Educator’ by Dr. Edward de Bono of Lateral Thinking fame and was also the recipient of the coveted awards. His inputs were sought on digital transformation at workplaces by the The Economist. Moreover, he is excited, to be part of more innovative times in the realm of a sustainable future.
Dr. Chandan Goswami
Chandan Goswami is a professor in Marketing at Tezpur University, Assam. He is involved in research related to sustainable tourism among other marketing related topics. He loves to travel to nature based tourism destinations and his passion is wild life photography.
Ishrat Nasreen Wahab
Ms Ishrat is an Assistant Professor and Head of the Tourism Department at Garden City University, Bangalore. She is the managing committee member of Federation of Karnataka Chambers of Commerce & Industry (FKCCI) and represents the university as an Allied Member of Travel Agents Association of India (TAAI). She has collaborated with Incredible India - Ministry of Tourism, Govt. of India, the Department of Tourism, Govt. of Karnataka and Gujarat Tourism Corporation Limited,for joint projects. She has successfully completed the short-term study abroad programme titled "India-Spain Exchange: Culture, Education and Health" conducted and sponsored by Universidad Camilo José Cela, at Mardid, Spain, in June 2018.
She is passionate about research and has published research papers in international journals with high Impact Factor, UGC listed journals, peer-reviewed journals and other journals of repute. She has authored chapters in edited books published by international publishers such as Springer and IGI Global. Ishrat is also the Chief Editor of the peer-reviewed journal, Compass (ISSN 2394-0646), and a mentor and contributor to the travel magazine Welcome On Board.
Dr. Sheeba Hamid
Dr. Hamid is a Professor in Tourism at Aligarh Muslim University , India. She has teaching experience of more than twenty years . She has authored five books and published more than thirty five papers . She has organised Conferences , Workshops , Training Programmesand handled delegations.She is a keen traveller and is associated with a number of universities in various academic assignments.
Dr. Paritosh Nandi
Dr. Paritosh Nandi is a Ph.D. in Solar Energy Engineering and a Certified Energy Manager and Certified Energy Auditor by the Ministry of Power, Government of India. He has authored several publications in Scientific Journals, Conference Proceedings and Technical Reports. He is also a reviewer of articles for international journals like 'Energy', 'Solar Energy', 'Journal of Cleaner Production', 'Renewable and Sustainable Energy Review' and 'Journal of Renewable and Sustainable Energy of American Institute of Physics'. He is the publisher and Editor of the magazine "Sustainable Energy Review".
Claus hails from Faaborg in Denmark and has been continuously on the road since 1987. His passion is cycling around the world, so when he is not travelling on work, he often sets off on his bicycle for a solo trip in new places and amidst unknown people. He has cycled thousands of kilometers in every corner of the globe. He believes cycling is more about mental health and less about physical strength. He also takes interest in football, art, movies, craft beer, hiking, gender equality and history and is often invited at various forums to speak about these issues.
Ms. Olga Mamonova
Russian Sociologist and Journalist, Olga is a Ph.D. in sociology from the Moscow State University, Russia (2002) and an M.Phil. in Sociology and Health Care from De Montfort University, UK (2004). She is a member of International and European Sociological Associations as well as the Russian Society of Sociologists. She has authored more than 60 scientific and popular science publications, including scientific monograph. For several years she worked in scientific journals as a scientific editor, before coming to market research (offline and online since 2012) and the tourism industry and is currently working with Baginet Sales and Marketing Agency.
Ms Rupanjana De
A Practising Company Secretary and Qualified Lawyer with experience in diverse fields of industry starting from beverages to renewable energy, Ms De has expertise in Company Law, Corporate Governance, Corporate Sustainability, CSR and Quality Control. After winning two Gold Medals in Economics and Law, she pursued a triple Master Degree programme in Europe. She has authored 9 books on Law, CSR and sustainability and innumerable articles in national and international magazines. She is the Editor of internationally acclaimed Touriosity magazine since 2012. She is a Director on the Board of 11 companies and a renowned Social Worker. She also holds Honorary Advisory and Management positions in many schools, colleges and institutes.