Dr Jacob is the Chairman (Ex officio) of Susthira. He has a research doctorate in Tourism and has an academic and administrative experience spanning two decades in tourism administration and management. Dr. Jacob is presently Professor and Director, School of Tourism Studies, Mahatma Gandhi University, Kottayam Kerala, India and is also part of many programs of the University. He is part of many academic research projects in tourism and sustainable development of UGC, ICSSR, IITTM etc. and has authored half a dozen academic text books and has published in many international journals. He has been the organizer Chair continuously of International Conference on Sustainable Development (ICSG) in 2018, 2019 and 2020 organized by International Society for Sustainable Globalization (ISSG), University of Wisconsin Parkside which has conceptualized the destination benchmarking and certification project in India.
Mr. Jose is the Managing Director / Chief Executive Officer of Susthira. A MPhil holder in Tourism with twenty years of academic and administrative experience in the field, he has been instrumental in development of many tourism related projects. He was the Chief Executive Officer of Green Tourism Society, a Government of Kerala organization promoting sustainable Ecotourism projects for years. He has been the Secretary of District Tourism Promotion Council, Kottayam in Kerala for nine years and was also the Head of Post Graduate Department of Tourism in D B College, Kerala. He is an expert in designing Agro and livestock farm-based products and manages two model farms. He has undertaken a record solo trip from Kanyakumari to Kashmir, from the southern tip to the northern most part of India spanning two weeks and three thousand kilometers for the promotion of Green Tourism campaign in 2018.
With thirty years of experience in tourism field, Mr. Nandakumar has served as Regional Joint Director of Kerala Tourism Department in public relations and marketing in India and overseas. He has wide experience in tourism project management, planning, marketing and information dissemination. He has also been the member of classification committee for accommodation, activities, project financing and evaluation of major tourism projects of Government of India. He has also been quite successful in travel agency and tour operations aimed at promoting internal tourism in India.
A post graduate in Tourism Management, he has fifteen years of academic and administrative experience in tourism management. He has been Secretary of District Tourism in three districts under Kerala Tourism and part of more than twenty tourism projects and master plan development. Mr. Mahadevan has also been part of projects under WWF India, ICSSR etc. and has authored several academic text books and papers on tourism. He has been the consultant for the Barrier free tourism project which has won UNWTO recognition and is now actively involved in India heritage transmedia project. He is also coordinating the global 'Wheelmap Ambassador Program' (based in Germany) in India aiming at grading and mapping of accessible destinations. He is also a certified auditor cum advisor of ‘Green Destinations’ awards and certification program (based in Netherlands). Actively involved in developing the certification program, criteria and indicators for Indian destinations, he is also the Chief Operating Officer a of ‘Susthira’ in implementing the same in Indian Sub continent.
A qualified Geographer and an experienced consultant in Geographical Analysis, Tourism Planning, Disaster Management, Natural Resource Management and Rural Development, he is a Post Graduate in Applied Geography from the University of Madras. He also hold a Post Graduate Diploma in Disaster Management. His areas of specialization include Applied Geography, Advanced Geographical Information Systems & Remote Sensing, Tourism Planning, Disaster Management and Natural Resource Management and has more than 15 years of experience. His expertise includes strategic consulting and technical support to Government and Non Government Organizations, Businesses and Investors; formulating concepts, strategies, plans and detailed project reports to positively influence growth and development. Mr. Devan has worked with key groups and organizations like Gulf of Mannar Marine National, Centre for Earth Science Studies (CESS), Institute of Land & Disaster Management, United Nations Development Program (UNDP), GITPAC International, and Centre for Rural Management (CRM) etc.
An expert in adventure and ecotourism with an experience spanning over two decades, Mr. Mantri is a most sought-after instructor and coordinator for these niche tourism sectors. He has completed both basic and advanced mountaineering course from Nehru Institute of Mountaineering, Uttarkashi and has worked with leading adventure companies. He also holds a diploma in ‘Youth Development Work’ from Commonwealth and is also the President of Maharashtra State Wing of the adventure organization ‘Abhiyan Trackers’ and the head of ecotourism firm ‘Nisarga Vihar’. He was the leader of the ‘Trans Himalayan Cycle Expedition’ and ‘Himalayan Mountaineering Expedition’ and has also served as the representative of ‘Camp America’. With Susthira, he is actively involved as a Lead Consultant looking after the program planning and promotion.
Mr. Ganesh is an enthusiastic tourism Consultant with more than ten years of experience in providing tourism consultancy. The areas of expertise include destination management, tour operations, travelogues, tourism marketing, wildlife photography and tourism photography. Mr. Ganesh has worked on all aspects of destination management and marketing and has in-depth experience in destination strategy development, planning and concept development of new tourism projects and the application of digital technologies for all aspects of destination activities. He has worked with many prestigious firms like Sterling Holiday Resorts, Dishna Group, GITPAC International, Eco Login and Tourism India Publications. He is an active member of the Warblers Waders a forum of birdwatchers and nature lovers, working for the cause of conservation, WWF Kerala, and Wildlife Mania based in Chennai.
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