IMC Krems

Christian Maurer

Christian Maurer is professor for eTourism and eMarketing in the Department of Tourism & Leisure Management at the IMC University of Applied Sciences in Krems, Austria. He is an active researcher and has written books and articles on various aspects of eTourism. He frequently gives presentations at international conferences. He is involved in several international European research projects as either project leader or advisor. He is a member of the International Federation of Information Technology for Travel and Tourism (IFITT) and a member of the organising committee of the Tourism2020 initiative.

Christian Baumgartner

Dr. Christian Baumgartner studied landscape ecology and is Secretary General of Naturefriends International since 2005. 1995 he founded respect – Institute for Integrative Tourism and development Additionally he works as lecturer in Krems (A), Switzerland and China.
Christian Baumgartner is specialized in development, implementation and monitoring of sustainable tourism and sustainable regional development and guided several concrete tourism development projects in European mountain and rural areas and as well in SEE, SEA and central Asian countries.


Silvia Francario

Silvia gateway experience with “co-funded projects” was about 14 years ago; at the time she got the first ONG assignment in Kosovo. Since than, she is maturing a project-based planning approach as an enjoyable and straightforward method to address complexity, to promote responsible change and commitment in human behaviours and beliefs, in the logic of co-construction and co-development of an inclusive and sustainable social, environmental and economic life. Currently she works as grant proposal writer and coordinator primarily with European research and innovation entities.

Martina Migliazzi

Martina Migliazzi has been working in Tourism since 2002, cooperating with the Aveto Natural Regional Park and more recently with Consorzio Ospitalità Diffusa “Una Montagna di Accoglienza nel Parco” (Widespread Hospitality Tourism Association). She’s always been interested in developing the tourism potentials of her region and is therefore very active both professionally and as a volunteer in the struggle to create a local DMO and in the organization of events at different level.

Bournemouth University

Alessandro Inversini

Alessandro Inversini holds a PhD in Communication Science from the Università della Svizzera italiana (2010) and he is lecturer of Marketing and Media Communication at Bournemouth University (School of Tourism). Alessandro’s research interests are where communication, tourism and new media overlap.

Carmen Martins

Carmen Martins holds a Master in Marketing and Advertising from Universidade Fernando Pessoa, Portugal (2013) and she is now a researcher assistant for the purpose of InRuTou Project at Bournemouth University (School of Tourism). Carmen is a student member of the Chartered Institute of Marketing (CIM) and her research interests are tourism and marketing.

Associazione seed

Isabella Rega

Isabella Rega holds a Ph.D. in Communication Sciences and an Executive Master degree in Intercultural Communication from the Università della Svizzera Italiana (USI).
She co-founded Associazione seed, a Swiss non-profit organisation promoting the use of educational technologies in the non-profit sector and is Senior Lecturer in Education and Digital Literacies at the Centre for Excellence in Media Practice, Bournemouth University (UK).

Ugo Grandolini

Ugo Grandolini has a diploma in mechanics and more than 30 years experience in software analysis and development.
Ugo is a enthusiast, dedicated and passionate professional, he likes to put Love in everything he does. He is actually working as a freelance, helping companies to optimize management issues and get better web applications and sites.
His seaplane private pilot license led him to create a company, which became the number one software house in the niche of Microsoft Flight Simulator add-ons products, with thousands of customers all around the world.


Lun Lena-Marie

Lena-Marie Lun is a researcher at the Institute for Regional Development and Location Management of the European Academy of Bolzano (EURAC). She studied Geography and Sustainable Resource Management, giving her broad competences in the field of regional development. At EURAC her research concentrates on sustainable regional development of mountain areas, particularly in the field of tourism. The geographical focus of her projects stretches from the Alps to the Carpathians. Her main research activities are within sustainable rural tourism, regional products and tourism as well as climate change and tourism.

UNEP Vienna

Harald Egerer

Harald Egerer heads the UNEP Liaison Office in Vienna and acts as the Executive Secretary of the Framework Convention for the Protection and Sustainable Development of the Carpathians ad interim. In 1996, Mr. Egerer joined UNEP and specialised in environmental sub-regional cooperation and programming in the South Eastern region. Mr. Egerer supported the seven Carpathian countries in the development of the Carpathian Convention from the very initiation of the process. He continues supporting the process of regional and international cooperation in the field of mountain sustainable development, through building working partnerships, sharing the experience with counterparts in the other mountain regions of the world.

Tamara Mitrofanenko

Tamara Mitrofanenko has been working in the UNEP Vienna Office since 2007, on projects and initiatives in the fields of awareness raising, education for sustainable development and training, sustainable tourism development, cultural heritage and Caucasus mountain cooperation. He main interests are empowerment of the local communities, supporting public participation in- and co-ownership of sustainable development initiatives, as well as coordination between practice and research in the field of sustainable regional development. Tamara is currently combining work with a PhD study on Intergenerational Practice as an approach to nature conservation and sustainable development in the rural mountainous regions.


Dănuţ Ungureanu

Dănuţ Ungureanu holds the position of advisor to the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, Directorate General for Rural Development (Romania). He is also associated researcher with the Romanian Academy, “Costin C. Kiritescu” National Institute of Economic Research, Center of Mountain Economics. He is vice-president of the National Association for Mountain Rural Development “ROMONTANA” and General Secretary of the Romanian Mountain Forum. He is skilled in project management and vocational training – as a trainer, having a rich experience in implementing national and international projects (cross-border projects with Ukraine, Moldova, Leonardo DaVinci projects – with France, Portugal, Austria, Spain). Lecturer for training/qualification courses since 1994 within training institutions, cross-border projects or European Social Fund (SOPHRD) projects. PhD in mountain rural tourism, expert advisor on agri-tourism and eco-tourism, with postdoctoral studies in biodiversity and food biotechnologies. Co-organizer of the annual scientific International Conference “Romanian rural tourism in the context of sustainable development. Present and Prospects” (editions from I to XV). Co-author of 12 volumes on rural tourism and author of more than 90 scientific papers (on mountain rural tourism, agri-tourism, eco-tourism, mountain rural development).

Andrei Coca

Andrei Coca holds a Master in European Studies from Alexandru Ioan Cuza University, Iasi, Romania (2009) and is currently working on a doctoral dissertation on tourism planning in Calimani Mountains. Holds administrative/management responsibilities in Romontana being involved in most of the projects currently developed.

Adrian Radu Rey

Adrian Radu Rey is certified trainer and project management expert with broad expertise within the NGO sector. Since 2006 holds the position of Director of “ROMONTANA” – National Association for Mountains Rural Development, conducting projects, events, experience exchanges, trainings and others regarding the sustainable development of the mountain rural areas.


Małgorzata Fedas

Małgorzata Fedas is working with Ekopsychology Assocciation since 2009 and is involved in activities related to sustainable development of Carpathians. She studied economy and is experienced in working for public, private and third sector, specialising in project coordination and promotion as well as in sustainable tourism and development of local communities.

Monika Ochwat-Marcinkiewicz

Monika Ochwat-Marcinkiewicz is trainer, Carpathian Convention specialist and project coordinator. She studied psychology and in 2003, with a group of friends, co-founded Ekopsychology Assocciation to build social responsibility towards natural and cultural heritage of places they live in.

Green Dossier

Tamara Malkova

Tamara Malkova, leader of “Green Dossier”, is an expert on communication, media and education, with journalism background. She has experience in managing international projects, target networks and campaigns; active participant of national and international activities focused at sustainable consumption and production, environmental democracy, local sustainability and cultural heritage preservation in mountain areas.

Nadia Shevchenko

Nadia Shevchenko is expert on environmental management end eco-labelling,
co-author of environmental certification system for small and medium hotels in Ukraine and coordinator of it’s implementation project. 19 years experience on environmental public awareness rising campaigns, organising and giving lectures and trainings.
Co-author of tourism related publications, materials for workshops on environmental management for tourist business.

Olga Ignatenko

Dr. Olga Ignatenko is expert on environmental management and sustainable consumption and production with specific interest in implementation of environmental management and development of environmentally friendly waste management practices for small and medium business. Co-author and executor on project for environmental certification of small and medium tourists business in Ukraine, regular lecturer on waste treatment, sustainable consumption and production issues, co-author of publications in tourism and sustainable consumption and production.