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Director of Sustainability and Social Responsibility Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA)
With decades of experience in Asia, Graham Harper provides PATA a unique skill set and vision for community development, project management and education for sustainability. Prior to joining PATA, Mr. Harper spent 15 years in the private sector leading community-based tourism projects, educational travel initiatives and sustainability and corporate social responsibility programmes. He used social enterprise models to create for-pro t, community travel projects in Cambodia, Indonesia, Lao PDR, Thailand and Vietnam, putting hundreds of thousands of dollars annually directly into remote, rural communities through poverty alleviation, cultural preservation and infrastructure initiatives. He also established responsible travel programmes in for-pro t tour operator companies across Asia. Previously, he was Training and Research Manager at the Mekong Institute, supporting human capacity development projects throughout the Greater Mekong Sub-region. Mr. Harper holds a Master of Science in Environmental and Development Education degree.