University of Surrey
Dr. Albert N. Kimbu is the Director of Postgraduate Research and Senior Lecturer in the world-renowned School of Hospitality and Tourism Management, University of Surrey, Guildford, UK. He is also the co-founder of the Gender, Entrepreneurship and Social Policy Institute (GESPi) and a Senior Research Associate with the School of Tourism and Hospitality at the University of Johannesburg in South Africa. Albert holds a PhD in Tourism from Nottingham Trent University where he also worked as a Lecturer, before joining the University of Surrey in 2010. Dr Kimbu is a leading researcher on development entrepreneurship, stakeholder networks, women and inclusive development in hospitality and tourism. He has been awarded grants by the British Academy, Newton Fund, and Research England’s Global Challenge Research Fund among others, to undertake research on these topics in Africa, the results of which have been published in leading hospitality, tourism and management journals including Annals of Tourism Research, Tourism Management, Journal of Small Business Management, Journal of Sustainable Tourism, and Tourism Planning and Development. His expertise is also regularly sought by the UNWTO and World Bank as a panellist on conferences discussing women entrepreneurship through tourism with a focus on Africa and emerging destinations of the global south.
“The Forum is exciting and promising because it presents a rare platform to meet, discuss and exchange current research and current practice on entrepreneurship, diversity and inclusion of women in the travel and tourism industry with other industry actors and key stakeholders. The round-up of speakers/panelists promises some really interesting discussions and networking opportunities to advance the research agenda on women in tourism at SHTM in the University of Surrey.”