Published: 04 July 2014

Surrey academic appointed to Global Agenda Council

Professor Graham Miller invited to join international experts in advising world leaders on the future of travel and tourism.

Professor Miller, Head of the School of Hospitality and Tourism Management at the University of Surrey, will take up a position on the World Economic Forum (WEF) Global Agenda Council on the Future of Travel and Tourism for 2014-2016.

Bringing together experts from government, business, civil society and academia, the WEF’s Global Agenda Councils are an invitation-only knowledge network that serve as an international ‘brain trust’ to the WEF and the world at large.

The Council on the Future of Travel and Tourism’s focus in the upcoming term will be “to provide thought leadership to the World Economic Forum's Aviation, Travel and Tourism Industry Community on the transformations the industry is facing, by providing vision and strategic insights for the long-term future.”

As a Council Member, Professor Miller will meet virtually with other Council Members throughout the term, as well as in person at the Summit on the Global Agenda – this year held on 9-11 November 2014 in Dubai.

“I am very excited to participate in the work of the WEF Global Agenda Councils and feel deeply honoured to be in such high company. I have long sought to shift sustainability to the centre of thinking in the tourism industry, and for academia to take a position more aligned with industry, so in joining this council I feel that both these pursuits will be furthered considerably”.

The World Economic Forum is a non-profit organisation that is ‘committed to improving the state of the world’. It is known for its annual winter meeting in Davos, which brings together around 2,500 business leaders, politicians, intellectuals and journalists to discuss a range of pressing international issues.

Alongside his role as Head of School, Professor Miller teaches on a variety of topics at Surrey. Explore our range of leading hospitality and tourism programmes to discover more.

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