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Full Professor and Coordinator, Tourism Studies Minor Program at Grenfell Campus, Memorial University of Newfoundland, Canada

She has travelled to over 60 Countries, lived in 6 Countries in 3 Continents. Her research interests are in the fields of cultural heritage development and ecotourism management. She has written numerous articles on the subject appearing in reputable international journals including; Anatolia; Tourism Planning and Development; Tourism Review International and Asia-Pacific Journal of Tourism Research among others. She has also participated in various international and local conferences and won several international awards including Outstanding Research Award in Costa Rica and the coveted Female Researchers Award in Croatia. She has also been featured in TV stations in Kenya (Twice in Daring Abroad and KTN News briefing) and Montenegro TV regarding her teaching and research career. Further, Professor Okech has engaged in teaching assignments and guest lectures both locally and internationally (Wageningen University, The Netherlands; Hong Kong PolyU; MMES, India) covering various tourism aspects and in various tourism consultancies in Kenya and Rwanda. She was also recently named a Fellow with the Carnegie African Diaspora Fellowship Program and is an online volunteer with the United Nations.

Senior Lecturer, Institute of Tourism and Hospitality
Management, Dedan Kimathi University of Technology, Nyeri, Kenya

Being a family man (married with two children) and God fearing, Misiko is a self-driven, highly motivated, enthusiastic & experienced tourism lecturer and also a student mentor. He has solid experience in university examination processing procedures (setting, internal/external moderation, administration, marking and release). This include the coordination, administration and processing of Masters and Doctoral theses. He successfully coordinated the development of Dedan Kimathi University of Technology’s undergraduate Tourism & Hospitality Management curriculum. He has sufficient knowledge & experience in implementing Rapid Results Initiative (RRI) project. This saw him assigned the responsibility to lead “Curriculum Review and Development” RRI committee at and DeKUT in 2014. He has considerable experience in the management of specific University academic units’ operations (Department, Institute & School). He is a dependable team player who exhibits endurance, compassion & self-drive. These qualities enabled him successfully complete the University organized expedition to Mt. Kenya -point Lenana at an altitude of 16700FT in February of 2015. He’s a member of the DeKUT Senate, and Knowledge Management & Environmental committees.

CEO, Lake Victoria Tourism Association Kenya
Tourism and Hospitality Expert