Members for 2017 - 2021 | 2019 - 2023

The appointment of the members of the World Committee for the 2017-2021 and 2019-2023 periods was approved by the 22nd UNWTO General Assembly in September 2017 and 23rd UNWTO General Assembly in September 2019 respectively.


Chairman (2017-2021)
Former Director-General of the World Trade Organization (WTO)

Pascal LamyFrom September 2005 to August 2013, Pascal Lamy served for two consecutive terms as General Director- of the World Trade Organization (WTO).  A committed European and member of the French Socialist party, he was Chief of Staff for the President of the European Commission, Jacques Delors from 1985 to 1994. He then joined the Credit Lyonnais as CEO until 1999, before returning to Brussels as European Trade Commissioner until 2004. Mr. Lamy holds degrees from HEC School of Management, the Institut dEtudes Politiques (IEP) and the Ecole Nationale dAdministration (ENA).

Pascal Lamy was appointed, in 2015, interministerial delegate for the preparation of the French candidature for the Universal Exhibition 2025, and in 2016 President of the French Committee of the Pacific Economic Cooperation Council (PECC) and chair of the European group of experts in charge of evaluating the impact of EU research funding. He shares his other activities between the Jacques Delors Institute (President emeritus), the presidency of the World Committee on Tourism Ethics, as well as various mandates or missions related to international affairs. He is also President of the Board of Directors of the Musiciens du Louvre  (Orchestra of Marc Minkowski), member of the Board of Directors of the Fondation nationale des Sciences politiques, the Mo Ibrahim Foundation, the Thomson Reuters Founders Share Company, Transparency International France and the Center on Regulation in Europe (CERRE), special advisor of TradeMarkEastAfrica (TMEA) and of the World Trade Board, member of the Advisory Board of Transparency International, the Oxford Martin School, of UNITAID, of the Friedland Institute, of Chatham House’s group on EU-Chia partnership and affiliate Professor at HEC. He is currently also member of the Global Future Council on regional Governance at the World Economic Forum.

Pascal Lamy is author of various books and reports on global governance, Europe and international trade. His latest publications are:  Oxford Martin Commission: “Now for the long term (2013); “The Geneva Consensus (Cambridge University Press, 2013); “Quand la France s’éveillera (Odile Jacob, 2014), Où va le monde ? (Odile Jacob, 2017)

Pascal Lamy also lectures to the benefit of Institut Jacques Delors or other non-profit organisations on issues related to globalisation, global governance, international trade, international economics, regional integration, European and French issues.

In a recent poll casted by the British magazine Prospect (April 2014), Pascal Lamy is in the top 50 of the world’s leading thinkers. He is also ranked among the 100 most influential thinkers of the “Thought leader Map 2015” published by the Gottlieb Duttweiler Institute.

Member (2017-2021)
Former Minister of Tourism of Indonesia

I Gede ArdikaI  Gede  Ardika  held  several  positions  at  the  Ministry  of  Tourism,  Post  and Telecommunications  of  the  Republic  of  Indonesia,  before  being  appointed  as Director  General  of  Tourism  of  the  Republic  of  Indonesia  and  as  Minister  for Culture and Tourism of the Republic of Indonesia consecutively in two separate cabinets.

Now, he is a member of the bilateral Eminent Persons’ Group of the Republic of Indonesia & Republic of Korea, an Honorary Life Member of Pacific Asia Tourism Association, member of the UNWTO World Committee on Tourism Ethics, and Chairman of the Indonesian Heritage Trust.

As a member of the World Committee  on  Tourism  Ethics,  he  was  indispensable  in  organizing  the  2011 Seminar on Tourism Ethics for Asia and the Pacific, and in formulating the Spirit of  Bali Statement on responsible tourism. He continues his involvement in projects assisting rural and indigenous communities across Indonesia in developing their own tourism products to incentivize both international and national tourism. Through his involvement in such initiatives, and his current role as a professor, he is a major advocate for safeguarding cultural identity and improving community livelihoods through tourism. He is now Chairman of Indonesia Sustainable Tourism Committee under Ministry of Tourism of Republic of Indonesia and President Commissioner of Indonesia Tourism Development Corporation, a State Own Company.

Member (2019-2023)
Member Senior Lecturer in Tourism, University Externado de Colombia Former Secretary General, Colombian National Tourism Board

Mr. Luis Fernando Jiménez Guzman

Philosopher, Educator, and Lawyer, specialist in legal process, specialist in Ethics, MBA in Canon   Law, MBA in Philosophy, PhD in Legal Sociology.
Fields of Research: Theory of Tourism, Ethics and Tourism Legislation, Sociology of Tourism and  Leisure.
Last books:

  • “Teoría Turística-  un enfoque integral del hecho social” (“Tourist Theory – an holistic approach of the social fact”);
  • “Pensar las Instituciones Lúdicas – Una propuesta para interpretar de modo genealógico la historia conceptual del Turismo y demás instituciones de vida feliz” (“Thinking about the Leisure Institutions - A proposal to interpret in a genealogical way the conceptual history of Tourism and other institutions of happy life”);
  • “Las construcciones jurídicas para el Ocio – Entre la Ética y la Norma Positiva” (“Legal constructions for Leisure - Between Ethics and Positive Law”);
  • “Papeles de Trabajo para el Seminario de Legislación y Normatividad del Turismo” (Working Papers for the Seminar on Legislation and Regulations of Tourism);
  • “La razón y la sinrazón – Ensayo sobre la herencia filosófica moderna, una visión desde la vida lúdica” (“Reason and Unreason. Essays on the modern philosophical heritage - a vision from happiness”)

Main previous jobs and positions held:

  • Colombian National Tourism Board – General Secretary (1976 – 1989)
  • ECOSALUD S.A Colombian Health National Office – General Secretary (1991 – 1992)
  • Colombian Ministry of Education – External Consultant (1993 – 1996)
  • Colombian Ministry of Economical Development – External Consultant for the New General Tourism Law (1995 – 1996)
  • Fundación para el Avance Social (Private Organization for the Social Development). Main purposes and objectives in the fields of education, leisure, tourism, ethics, recreation, environment, human rights, culture and creative use of free time. – CEO (1997 – 2019)

Member (2019-2023)
MemberAssociate Professor, Department of Geography and Resource ManagementThe Chinese University of Hong Kong

Mr. Lawal Marafa (2019-2023)Dr. Lawal Marafa is a professor at the Department of Geography and Resource Management, Chinese University of Hong Kong. He also serves as the Director, Postgraduate programme in Sustainable Tourism.

Dr. Marafa is serving Board member of the World Leisure Organization and was also inducted as a Senior Fellow of the World Leisure Academy. He is also the regional coordinator for the New Partnership for Africa's Development, Business Group (NEPAD-BG), Asia, and has coordinated for the African Business Roundtable in Asia. Dr. Marafa was awarded the “Exemplary Teacher Award” for outstanding teaching performance and received the Royal Belum Inaugural Ecotourism Award, Perak, Malaysia, and served as Facilitator at the (Bill) Clinton Global Initiative in Hong Kong, 2008. Dr. Marafa previously worked as a Land Use Planning Officer at the World Bank assisted Agriculture and Rural Development Authority, and as a Principal Forest Planning Officer, Federal Department of Forestry, Abuja, Nigeria.


Member (2019-2023)
Member Provost and Vice President, Academic Affairs and Associate Professor of Health

Mr. Hiroaki Matsuura (2019 - 2023)Hiroaki Matsuura is currently Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs of Shoin University in Japan. As of 2019, he is the youngest provost in the country. He also has the appointment of Associate Professor in the Faculty of Tourism, Media, and Cultural Studies, where he had served as Dean of the Faculty from 2017 to 2019. Before joining Shoin University, he was Departmental Lecturer in the Economy of Japan at the University of Oxford’s School of Interdisciplinary Studies. In the past ten years, he has contributed to policy-relevant research in the field of economic demography and human rights, and worked for four different UN organizations (UNDP, UNFPA, UNU-WIDER, WFP) and three think tanks (NBER, CGD, and ESRI). In addition to his academic background, he has served as a member of the university evaluation committee at the Japan Institution for Higher Education Evaluation and a board member in various health care and education organizations. He received his B.A. in Economics from Keio University, M.A. in Social Science from the University of Chicago, M.S. in Project Management from Northwestern University’s McCormick School of Engineering and Applied Science, and Sc.D. in Global Health and Population (Economics track) from Harvard University’s School of Public Health.

Member (2017-2021)
Former General Secretary, International Union of Food, Agricultural, Hotel, Restaurant, Catering, Tobacco and Allied Workers’ Associations (IUF)

Ron OswaldIn April 1997 Ron Oswald was elected general secretary of the IUF, an international trade union federation representing in excess of 10 million workers in 470 trade unions from 130 countries hundreds of thousands of which work in the tourism and hospitality sector.

Ron has been a union member since 1969 when he first worked as a baggage handler at London's Heathrow Airport.

After some time in full time work, Ron undertook a period of further education obtaining a BA degree in Economics and a Masters Degree in Labour Economics respectively from the Universities of Warwick and Leeds.

His union experience was as a member and a shop steward/local union representative of two UK unions between 1969 and 1987.

During his time working within the UK TUC national trade union centre in Liverpool he co-authored a book published by Pan Books on health and safety at the workplace aimed at union members.

His international union experience prior to joining the IUF in 1987 included work with unions in the Caribbean, El Salvador and West Africa.

Member (2019-2021)
Member President, International Social Tourism Organisation (ISTO)

Mr. Jean-Marc MIGNON Born in Paris, and a citizen of France, Jean Marc Mignon is graduated from the Catholic University of Paris (foreign languages).

He spent his whole professional life working in the sectors of youth travel and social tourism both in France and at the international level.

In France, he worked in youth travel association “Club des 4 Vents”, from 1974 until 1990, as as general director for the last 8 years; this Organization was one of the major operators for language travel, summer camps and jobs, international encounters…in many European countries and North America.

From 1991 to 2010, he was the General Delegate of the National Union of Tourism Associations (UNAT), one of the oldest Associations in France (established in 1920), recognized of public utility, which is the leading Federation gathering most of the French stakeholders in the field of social tourism (60 national members, 500 regional ones), representing more than 4 million holidaymakers per year. Among some realizations, he created the program “Senior citizens on Holidays” in 2005, which now became a national program.

In 1997, he was one of the founders of the National Office for the Guarantee of Language travel, and its first Secretary General for 7 years, and, in 2006, he was the founder and the first President of ATES (French Association of Fair Travel).

At the international level, Jean Marc Mignon has been the elected President of FIYTO (Federation of International Youth Travel Organizations) from 1987 to 1997; FIYTO then merged with ISTC to create the present WYSE-TC Organization, an important partner of UNWTO.

After having been its vice-president for some 15 years, he is, since 2010, the President of ISTO (International Social Tourism Organization), based in Brussels, and totalling some 150 members in 40 countries from Europe, the Americas and Africa. ISTO is promoting social policies of tourism and access to tourism for all. The Organization is one of the first affiliate members of UNWTO, a signatory of the World Code of Ethics. Jean Marc Mignon was appointed as a member of the World Committee of Tourism Ethics in 2013.

As an expert in the social and fair dimensions of tourism, he delivers conferences in many countries and wrote many articles and contributions on these subjects.

He speaks French, Spanish and English.

He was involved in local politics; he appreciates music, reading, sports…and travelling !

Member (2017-2021)
Managing Director of Songa African Tourism Company, Rwanda

Ms. Rosette Chantal RUGAMBARosette is the founder and Managing Director of Songa Africa and Amakoro Lodge, a Luxury Tour  and Hospitality company in Rwanda - East Africa. Rosette has been actively involved in Travel and Tourism for the past 23 years beginning with Euro Star in UK, and then as Sales and Marketing Manager, British Airways - Uganda , before returning to her native Rwanda to spearhead the  revitalization of the Tourism Industry as Director General of Rwanda Tourism and National Parks (ORTPN) and later as Deputy CEO of Rwanda Development Board (RDB. Rosette has a great wealth of public sector insight and experience in mobilizing public-private partnership to grow tourism effectively and responsibly. During her 8 years tenure from 2003 to 2010 as  Head of Tourism  and Conservation in Rwanda, the number of tourist grew from 13,000 to 790,000  and was the number one Foreign Exchange earner from 2005 to date. Rwanda also won Best African Exhibitor in ITB for 4 consecutive years. Rosette has been recognised by the East African Community Secretariat as one of the leading tourism and conservation strategists in the region.

Rosette’s other responsibilities include serving on the board of Trade Mark East Africa (TMEA), Board member  African Parks Network-South Africa. She is President of Tourism in the Women Chamber and also serves as special advisor to the Secretary General of the United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) on sustainable tourism in Africa. Rosette holds a BA (social sciences) Political science and sociology from Makerere University, studied strategic Marketing in UK and is an Aspen fellow -Ali East Africa class of 2010.

Member (2021-2023)
Member Full Professor, Business and Tourism Faculty, Bucharest University of Economic Studies

Ms. Gabriela Tigu (2019-2023)Professor Gabriela TIGU has been performing both didactic and research activity within the field of higher education, since 1994, at The Bucharest University of Economic Studies, Romania, namely being specialized in tourism expertise of business ethics, destination management, tourism operations management, human resources management, ecotourism and sustainable development. In 2012-2016, she was the Vice Rector of the university for Education and Long Life Learning, and in 2008-2012 the Director of Tourism and Geography Department within the named university.

She also worked as researcher at National Institute of Research and Development in Tourism (1992-1994), as well as buying and purchasing expert in a tourism and commerce company (1989-1992).

She is now an author of 22 published books, more than 130 articles and scientific papers, as well as 30 national and international research projects; as a visiting professor she was involved into didactic activities and doctoral thesis committees within universities from France (Metz, Strasbourg, Montpellier, Toulouse), Spain (Cartagena), Sweden (Lundt), and Italy (Messina).

She is also a scientific Ph.D. supervisor in Business Administration at the Bucharest University of Economic Studies, member of the Faculty Council and of the Senate of the university.

Member of the scientific board for several international congresses and symposiums on tourism (Romania, Tunisia, Turkey); Member of the editorial board for three scientific journals; Member of Advisory Board of Competition Council of Romania; Member of Transylvanian Spa Tourism Cluster; Counsellor of Romanian Ministry of Tourism and Regional Development, for the brand strategy and Romania marketing plan, 2011; Vice President of Romanian Tourism Press Club FIJET (Federation Internationale des
Journalistes et Ecrivains de Tourisme), since 2014; member of FIJET International Committee for the Young Journalists Academy.


Alternate Member  (2017-2021)
Chairman, Jetwing Hotels, Sri Lanka
Hiran Cooray
Hiran Cooray has over 30 years of experience in the hospitality industry. He has represented Sri Lanka on the Board of the Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA) since 1996 and had the honour of being the organization's Chairman from 2010 to 2012. In addition to his degree from the University of North Carolina in Business Administration/Marketing, he successfully completed a senior management course in Hotel Management at Cornell University, Ithaca, New York. 

Whilst holding over 50 directorships in various Hotels and related companies, he has also held the positions of President of the Tourist Hotels Association of Sri Lanka (2005-2008 and 2014-2016), and Chairman of PATA Sri Lanka Chapter (2003-04).

Hiran has also served as a board member of the Sri Lanka Tourism Promotions Bureau (SLTPB) having already served as a board Director of the Sri Lanka Tourism Development Authority (SLTDA) from 2007-2015. In addition, Hiran has also been a Member of the Board of Small Luxury Hotels, from 2007-2014. He regularly represents Sri Lanka and the Asia Pacific at tourism related international forums as a speaker/panelist.

Recently, Hiran’s expertise and reputation in tourism was recognized globally by his re-appointment as an Alternate Member of the World Committee on Tourism Ethics by the UNWTO General Assembly held in Chengdu, China in September 2017.

He is passionate about his country's potential to be a leading tourism destination and continues working tirelessly in order to make his dreams a reality. 

Alternate Member (2017-2021)
Adviser to the President of TURSAB (Association of Turkish Travel Agents)

Günnür DikerMs. Diker is Adviser to the President of TURSAB / Association of Turkish Travel Agencies, since 2013. She was Secretary- General of the Association for 6 years and Executive Board Member for 4 years. She was  responsible for 12 working committees, during five consecutive election terms between 2003-2013.. 

During her board membership of Committee on Travel Agencies and Tourism Transport Companies( 2009-2013 ), she has been also a board member of ITO (Istanbul Chamber of Commerce)'s Specialized Committee on Culture & Tourism. She was also a board member of Development Council of ISTKA/Istanbul Development Agency  between 2010-2013.  Since 2009 she contributes to DEIK/SAIK (Foreign Economic Business Council’s Health Tourism Sub Council)  as their board member. She also did represented  TURSAB  at IFTO ( 2007-2011 ), the Committee of “Istanbul 2010 European Capital of Culture” Project  ( 2005-2010 ), Tourism Commission of Beyoglu Municipality, and at "the Accessible Tourism" of Istanbul. She is currently Turkish – Namibian Business Council President at DEIK African Region.

She continues sharing her expertise about TURSAB and Turkish tourism industry during national and international meetings and conferences, and as being their active member, in various Non Profit Organizations.

Her professional career continues as founding managing partner of Eurasia Tourism Ltd. since 1993 organizing inbound and outbound tours and travels. She is currently an alternate member of the World Committee on Tourism Ethics of UNWTO. Furthermore, as a graduate of International Relations Department of the Political Science Faculty of Ankara University, she has completed her master studies in Marketing and International Marketing Researches. She is member of Trustees of Turkish Cultural Foundation ( TKV) specializing in exchange student programs worldwide. She is an 80'AFS'er to PA,USA.

Günnur is mother of two children.

Alternate Member (2017-2021)
Director of Dar Al-Diafa for Tourism Human Resources Development Consultancy

Suzy HatoughSuzy Hatough is the Founder & CEO of Dar AlDiafa Consultancy for Tourism and Hospitality Education ; a specialized entity in upgrading the knowledge, education and professional experiences of human resources in tourism sector in destinations in Jordan and the Middle East. Dar AlDiafa Consultancy was established in 2009, based in Amman-Jordan. 

Ms. Hatough has 16 years experience in developing tourism education curriculums and programs provided at the institutional level and, tourism & hospitality education strategy development based on assessment, research in line with workforce market development. She has experience in developing quality of services and product development focusing on professional development training programs investing in knowledge update, introducing new trends, best practices and experiences contributing in tourism sector competitiveness and growth.

Based on her diverse qualifications and experiences in higher tourism education administration, Suzy Hatough has conducted consultancy projects in Jordan and around the world in research and capacity building programs in collaboration with different international organizations e.g USAID/Jordan Tourism Development Project since 2009 till now. She was also commissioned by the United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) to conduct regional tourism development projects in Algeria, Syria, and Saudi Arabia all focusing on developing qualifications of human resources in tourism as core pillar in enhancing tourism sector’s competitiveness. In addition Dr. Suzy Hatough  is a certified UNWTO. TedQual Certification Program Auditor- Themis Foundation since 2010 conducted projects in Macao and Vienna. She was appointed a member of the UNWTO-World Committee for Tourism Ethics for the period (2013-2017) and currently active in advocating disseminating and implementing the Global Code of Ethics in tourism sector of Jordan- a pilot project.