2019 Recipients

Micheal Makary

Micheal Makary

Assistant Professor, Cairo University, Giza, Egypt

Micheal Makary is an assistant professor at Cairo University in Egypt since January 2014. In July 2013, he received his B.SC in Regional and Urban planning from the Faculty of Urban and Regional planning at Cairo University in Egypt, and he also got a postgraduate Diploma in urban planning studies from the same Faculty in July 2015. Furthermore, In July 2017, he received his master's degree in planning and sustainability from the polytechnic engineering school at the University of Tours in France. Currently, he is a second-year PhD Student in the Department of Geography at the University of Tours in France, and his research focuses on the socio-culture and economic impacts of indigenous tourism on the indigenous communities: the case study of Nubians in Egypt. His main fields of interests are displacement and resettlement, indigenous groups, tourism, vernacular architecture, and cultural heritage.

Carina Mansey

Carina Mansey

School of Arts and Social Sciences at City, University of London, UK

Carina Mansey is a Sociology PhD candidate based in the School of Arts and Social Sciences at City, University of London. She currently works at the same institution as an Examiner for Cass Business School and an Application Advisor for the Careers Service. Carina has taught as a Visiting Lecturer on a variety of undergraduate Social Sciences modules. Her current research focuses on the emergence of dining, as a leisure practice, in France and England. Her broader interests include Celebrity Studies; Culinary Leisure and Tourism Practices; Media Analysis; Human Figurations and Social Theory.

Kyle Diorio

Kyle Diorio

Media designer and creative director, Europe

Over the last decade Kyle has found himself immersed in the coastal regions of Southern Europe, exploring themes related to image, tourism and communications. The fusion of academic theory with practical skills developed as a media designer and creative director has given Kyle the opportunity to be a featured artist, educator and producer—contributing to various panel discussions, exhibitions and cultural events in some of Europe’s major cities. These experiences paired with his affinity for travel and adventure led him to pursue a Master’s Degree in Sustainable Tourism Management—currently applying this knowledge to projects in surf destinations of Portugal and Nicaragua.

Lynn Beckles

Lynn Beckles

Online facilitator, University of the West Indies Open Campus, and mentor/coach working in the Caribbean and the South Pacific

Lynn Beckles is currently completing her doctoral studies on culture and quality service experiences in the tourism industry of an island destination. She is an online facilitator with the University of the West Indies Open Campus as well as a mentor and coach working with micro entrepreneurs in the Caribbean and the South Pacific. Lynn describes herself as a social scientist, curious about life in island destinations and keen to explore how culture influences performance in the service industry. When she is not in her garden, she is contemplating painting again or volunteering at church or in her community.

Yaxin (Louisa) Li

Yaxin (Louisa) Li

University of British Columbia, Okanagan Campus, British Columbia, Canada

Yaxin (Louisa) Li is an international student who is from China. She is an undergraduate student, she has an economic minor in the University of Cambridge and she is now pursuing a management degree in University of British Columbia, Okanagan Campus. Louisa has many passions in tea from her experience working in a traditional Chinese tea house as a tea specialist. She also developed her interest in tourism from her go global experience in Winery, sustainability, and tourism studies in Tuscany. She is working closely with various tourism & Culture organizations (Thompson Okanagan Tourism Association) in Okanagan Valley, studying tasting experience, the feasibility of tea offerings in Okanagan.

In Their Words

My favorite part of this conference experience was the talking circle. It was interesting to hear the backgrounds and fields of the researchers and professionals present because they gave some some ideas for my own career"

Viktoria Konyves, 2017 Awardee

This was my first time chairing sessions, and I think I learned a lot from this. There are a lot of personalities and preferences to navigate and it was good to have experience doing so."

Bethany Rigles, 2016 Awardee