Dr. Edward W. (Ted) Manning is President of Tourisk Inc., an international consulting firm based in Ottawa Canada and providing integrated planning for heritage sites and tourism destinations worldwide. He has worked in over 50 countries in Asia, Africa, Europe, and the Americas focused on protecting the world’s special places. He has also led environmental projects in China and Africa focused on the links between policy and practical solutions in communities and on the use of participatory methods to define and deliver sustainable solutions.

His previous positions include Director of Sustainable Development for Canada’s international consulting agency and a policy planner for Environment Canada and Canada’s International Development Agency. He has led the development of indicators of sustainability for the global tourism sector and currently advises the UN World Tourism Organization and the Global Sustainable Tourism Council. He has published 23 books and over 100 articles on development, tourism and environmental management topics. His work also includes advisor to World Wildlife Fund programs in Cuba and the Caribbean, international advisor to the UN Industrial Development Organization for its coastal development program in Africa, and creator of the iAccess.world program to help make tourism destinations more accessible globally .

He has also served as Chair of the Board of Directors of the Canadian Association for the Club of Rome, a full member of the Club of Rome, President Canadian Association of Geographers, Adjunct Professor of Geography and Environmental Studies at Carleton University and Associate Director Sustainable Development of the Foundation for International Training and was a Commonwealth Scholar to New Zealand.
His website is www.tourisk.com.

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