Keynote Speakers

Eduardo Fayos-SolĂ 

President of Ulisses Foundation, Spain

Eduardo Fayos-Solà is President of the Ulysses Foundation. He has been Professor of Applied Economics and now teaches Tourism Policy at the University of Valencia. He has been the Executive Secretary for the United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) Knowledge Network. Former Director for Europe at the UNWTO from 2007 to 2011.  Director of several joint Cooperation for Development projects of UNDP, UNESCO and UNWTO, as well as Founder and Director of the UNWTO.Themis Volunteers for Development, and Director of Education and Knowledge Management, UNWTO, since 1994. He was the Founder and Executive President of the UNWTO.Themis Foundation and the TedQual System for Quality in Tourism Education and Training (1998-2007).  From 1991 to 1994 he was the Director General of Tourism for Spain, being involved with the launching of a new era of Tourism Policy and Tourism Knowledge and Education in Spain, as well as the new organization of the UNWTO Affiliate Members, or the tourism aspects of global events, such as the 1992 Olympics in Barcelona and the Universal Expo in Seville. He has been the Founder and Director of the Tourism PhD Programme at Nebrija University (Madrid, Spain) and Assistant Professor of Economics of Development at the University of Stockholm (Sweden). He was the Founder and Director General of the Institute for Tourism in Valencia (ITVA) until 1991. Between 1979 and 1985, he was a member of the Diplomatic Missions of Spain in Sweden and the United Kingdom, involved with Spain’s entry in the European Union.

Professor Fayos-Solà was Vice-President of the Official School of Tourism of Spain from 1991 to 1994 with responsibility for the Spanish Tourism Education System. He has been Director of the academic journal Tourism Studies and is the Founder of Papers de Turisme and UNWTO TedQual, while at present serving on the Editorial Advisory Board of the International Journal of Contemporary Hospitality Management (IJCHM) and Pasos. He has also served as Associate Editor of Annals of Tourism Research, The Encyclopedia of Tourism and in the Editorial Board of Tourism Management. He is the editor and co-author of four recent books: Tourism as an Instrument for Development (Emerald, 2014), Innovation in Tourism and Hospitality (Papers de Turisme, 2013), Knowledge Management in Tourism (Emerald, 2012), and Tourism and Climate Change (PUV, 2010), as well as the author of other books, articles and research studies on subjects concerning tourism economics, development and governance.  Eduardo Fayos-Solà received a Doctorate in Economics from the University of Valencia (Spain) and a Master in Economics from the University of Stockholm (Sweden). He has also completed courses in the United States (University of Minnesota) and the United Kingdom (Oxford University). He is a Fellow of the International Academy for the Study of Tourism. He has also been a member of the Board of Directors of organizations such as Transmediterránea, Banco Hipotecario and Sociedad Estatal Quinto Centenario. Among the awards he has received is the Knight of the Order of Civil Merit of Spain.

Sofia Sampaio

Instituto Universitário de Lisboa (CRIA-IUL), Portugal

Sofia Sampaio, PhD in Cultural Studies from the University of Lisbon, is Senior Researcher at the Centre for Research in Anthropology (CRIA), at the Instituto Universitário de Lisboa (ISCTE-IUL), in Lisbon. Her research combines film studies, archival work and anthropological approaches to tourism and cinema. She was recently Principal Investigator of the research project ‘Behind the camera: Practices of visuality and mobility in the Portuguese tourist film’ (EXPL/IVC-ANT/1706/2013), funded by the Portuguese Foundation for Science and Technology (FCT/MCTES). She has published in national and international journals, such as Textual Practice; Journal of Tourism and Cultural Change; Culture Unbound; Etnográfica; Ler História and Análise Social. She is a member of the board of the Portuguese Association of Researchers of the Moving Image (AIM).

Andre Scholtz

The South African School of Motion Picture Medium and Live Performance, South Africa

Andre has produced and co produced more than 27 full length South African features since 1976 and 7 Television drama and comedy series for the SABC, M Net and Kyk Net. Some of the Films Co-Produced and Produced since 1985 are; You Must Be Joking, You must be Joking too, Sweet n Short, Oh Shucks it’s Schuster, Oh Shucks Here comes Untag, Zulu on My Stoep, Panic Mechanic (Also co-writer), Millennium Menace, Running Riot, Oh Shucks I am Gatvol, Rainbow Skellums (Directed and Produced), Ordinary People and “Die Wonderwerker”  (Miracle Worker).  Last year saw the release of Shucks Your Country Needs You and Shucks Pay Back the Money has just been released. A PawPaw for my Darling is due for release in January 2016 and is another of many collaborations between Andre and the acclaimed filmmaker Koos Roets.   In 2007 their Television series Dryfsand  received the celebrated ATKV Veertjie awards for Best Drama, Best Script (P.G. du Plessis) and Best Director (Koos Roets).

Prior to moving into Film Production Andre held the position of Financial and Planning Manager for Kinekor Films, responsible for securing rights of all local productions for the company. Andre holds a BCom Degree from the University of the Free State and a Masters Degree in Business Leadership from UNISA. 

Tanja Sakota

Wits School of Arts (Witswatersrand), South Africa

Tanja Sakota-Kokot has lectured at the University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa since 1999.  During that time she has also guest lectured and supervised various Doctoral Spring Schools at ARCADA Film School and University of Helsinki in Finland, the University of Johannesburg in South Africa and NAFTI Film School in Ghana.

Dr Sakota has taught in both Undergraduate and Postgraduate programmes interrogating how we understand communities through Documentary and Fiction Film with a particular focus on history, memory, culture and xenophobia.

From early on, Dr Sakota’s interest rooted in forms of representation and the impact of documenting actual events through the film medium.  In 1995 she flew to Bosnia, Croatia and Serbia to begin research for her MA Dissertation which focused on the merging of factual and fictional boundaries in war reporting, particularly with reference to Documentary Film.

This fielded her research for her PhD, which she completed in 2009 at the University of the Witwatersrand, examining how we understand conflict through Fiction Film, particularly with reference to how global views are promoted through Hollywood’s representation of Africa and the Middle East.  

Her research continues with regards to how Africa is represented in mainstream film with particular reference to the African setting, film narrative and the ‘other’, fiction film and the ‘real’ world and memory, amnesia and the past.

Currently Dr Sakota is the Head of the Film and Television Division in the Wits School of Arts and is also a Counselor and serves on the Board of Directors for the International Film Academy of Bologna, founded by film director Gian Vittorio Baldi.

Carlos Bernardes

Presidente da Câmara Municipal de Torres Vedras, Portugal

Carlos Bernardes is Mayor of Torres Vedras, a municipality in the Portuguese district of Lisbon, since 2015, he is also “Quality Coast” Ambassador, and member of the Political Consultative Committee from CIVITAS Initiative. He holds a PhD in Tourism by IGOT (Institute of Geography and Spatial Planning), University of Lisbon, and a degree in Tourism and Hospitality Business Management by the Polytechnic Institute of the West. He has participated in several conferences, seminars, workshops and courses related to tourism, environment, sustainability and mobility, among other areas, in Portugal and abroad. Since 1997 he has assumed important public functions at regional level, namely: 

  • Assembly Member at the Municipality of Sobral de Monte Agraço, responsible for the Tourism Committee, 1997-2001; 
  • Assembly Member at Torres Vedras, responsible for the Environment and Urban Services Committees, 2003-2005 
  • Vice-Mayor of Torres Vedras, 2005-2015.