Global Forum on Tourism Statistics, Knowledge and Policies


Mr. Graham Harper


Special Advisor for Sustainability & Social Responsibility


With decades of experience in Asia, a Master of Science in Environmental and Development Education, and years teaching high school, university and adult education, Graham provides PATA a unique skill set and vision for community development, project management and education for sustainability. Prior to joining PATA, Graham spent 15 years in the private sector leading community-based tourism projects, educational travel initiatives and sustainability & corporate social responsibility programmes. During this period, Graham used social enterprise models to create for-profit, community travel projects in Cambodia, Indonesia, Lao PDR, Thailand and Vietnam putting hundreds of thousands of dollars annually directly into remote, rural communities through poverty alleviation, cultural preservation and infrastructure initiatives. He also established responsible travel programmes in for-profit tour operator companies across Asia. Prior, he was the Training and Research Manager at the Mekong Institute, supporting human capacity development projects throughout the Greater Mekong Sub-region.

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