I hold a PhD. in Tourism Management from Universidad de Occidente, México (2015) as well as a Masters degree in Tourism Management from Moi University. I do research and publish widely in the areas of sustainable tourism, governance, policy, social and economic impacts of tourism, regional development and destination management, with over 20 publications in international journals, government reports, books, book chapters, and monographs. In 2016, I attained Level 1 Rating of the National Network of Researchers in México (SNI 1), in an evaluation carried out by the National Council of Science and Technology (Consejo Nacional de Ciencia y Tecnología – CONACYT). Most of my research work focuses on South America and East Africa. I also receive many invitations to give keynote addresses at international tourism conferences and workshops worldwide. I have been awarded several scholarships and research grants to contribute to tourism knowledge including the current Research Fellowship Grant by the Mexican Nacional Council of Science and Technology and The Tecnological Institute of Cancún (ITC) to carry out research on tourism sustainability in the Mexican Caribbean, a Doctoral Scholarship and research assistantship by CONACYT (2012-2015), a National Research Excellence Award for the Best Doctoral Dissertation by the Mexican Academy for Tourism Research (Academia Mexicana de Investigación Turística A.C. – AMIT) and the IIPT Scholarship Award for the Best Paper received during the World Tourism Symposium 2015, organized by the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) and the International Institute of Peace through Tourism (IIPT). I maintain strong links with the tourism industry at international, national, state and local levels. I maintain strong links with the tourism industry at international, national, state and local levels and, I have undertaken a number of consultancies for public and private sector tourism organisations within México including the Ministry of Tourism (Secretaría de Turismo) and for international agencies, including the Center for Responsible Travel (CREST), Washington D.C.