Tourism & Ageing

26-29 October 2016
ISCTE-IUL Portugal


Dr. Mo Wang is a tenured Professor at the Warrington College of Business Administration at University of Florida. He is also the Director of Human Resource Research Center at University of Florida.


He specializes in research areas of retirement and older worker employment, expatriate and newcomer adjustment, occupational health psychology, leadership and team processes, and advanced quantitative methodologies. He received Academy of Management HR Division Scholarly Achievement Award (2008), Careers Division Best Paper Award (2009), European Commission’s Erasmus Mundus Scholarship for Work, Organizational, and Personnel Psychology (2009), and Emerald Group’s Outstanding Author Contribution Awards (2013 and 2014) for his research in these areas. He also received Early Career Contribution/Achievement Awards from American Psychological Association (2013), Federation of Associations in Behavioral and Brain Sciences (2013), Society for Industrial-Organizational Psychology (2012), Academy of Management’s HR Division (2011) and Research Methods Division (2011), and Society for Occupational Health Psychology (2009). He was the Editor of The Oxford Handbook of Retirement.


He also serves as the Editor-in-Chief for Work, Aging, and Retirement and an Associate Editor for Journal of Applied Psychology. He currently serves on the Editorial Boards of six other academic journals. Dr. Wang is the President of Society for Occupational Health Psychology (2014-2015) and the Director for the Science of Organizations Program at National Science Foundation (2014-2015).


Prof. Asad Mohsin (University of Waikato, NEW ZEALAND)

Associate editor of Journal of Hospitality and Tourism Management, Associate Professor of University of Waikato, New Zealand
Asad Mohsin has accumulated several years of industry and academic experience working in different countries in the Middle East and Asia Pacific region including Australia.


Prior to joining at the University ofWaikato School of Management in July 2003 Asad was working at the Charles Darwin University (previously NTUniversity) in Australia. At the Charles Darwin University he was responsible for developing and coordinating Higher Education programs in hospitality management to include - MBA in Hospitality Management, Graduate Diploma in Hospitality Business, and Bachelor of Business Administration in Hospitality. His industry experience includes working in Food and Beverage (production and service) and Rooms Division departments with international hotel chains like Inter-Continental Hotel, Holiday Inn Hotels and Gulf Air Hotels. Asad has also operated his own catering business in Australia for seven years including a Restaurant at a Marina with capacity to seat 190 people.


In brief his experience as a practitioner and an academic has helped him to reduce the gulf between theory and practice by bringing real world issues and problems into his classes and testing academic research in his business. His academic qualifications include: PhD; MBA; Graduate Certificate in Tertiary Teaching from Australia and Diploma (3years) in Hotel Management, Catering and Nutrition, fromPusa Institute, New Delhi and B.SC. from Delhi University. Asad is a Fellow of two renowned institutes namely: Australian Institute of Management and NZ Institute of Management. His main research interests and publications are in the area of - Tourism & Hospitality customer perceptions & contemporary trends and Tourism and Hospitality product and service quality assessment.


Prof. Olga Rivera Hernáez (University of Deusto, SPAIN)

She is Professor of Strategy and Innovation and Director of MUCI, the Master's Degree in Competitiveness and Innovation at Deusto Business School. Her recent activity is focused on the analysis and promotion of innovation processes and organizational and social learning, without geographical or industry limitations, and with a particular interest in the socio- health arena and the opportunities of active and healthy aging. She is also Member of the Unit Deusto Business School Health and part of the Scientific Committee of MI Health Health at Fira Barcelona.


She has been Vice-Minister for Quality, Research and Innovation Health of the Basque Government and President of research centers such as CNIE, KronikGune, CIC- Biomagune and council member at Tecnalia, Innobasque, Osakidetza, CIC and Innobasque Biogune between otros. She co-chaired the AAL Forum held in Bilbao in 2012 promoting new bridges between Health and Industry. She was part of Orkestra, and the MOC of Harvard University, and has taught the MOC organized by Orkestra for several editions. She co-chaired the 2012 AAL Forum at Bilbao with a special interest in the public private cooperation strategies.


She has led for years the line and the research team in Innovation, Knowledge Management and Organizational Learning, from which he has made dozens of research projects and blog numerous books and article



Prof. Ian Patterson (University of Queensland, Australia)

Dr. Ian Patterson is an Associate Professor in the School of Business (Tourism Cluster) at the University of Queensland, St Lucia campus. He completed his PhD at the University of Oregon, USA in 1991. His PhD. dissertation examined the relationship between participation in leisure activities for older people, a stressful life event and levels of stress, morale, and self-esteem. He has been a member of the academic staff in the UQ Business School (Tourism) at the University of Queensland where he was appointed Associate Professor in 2001. He was Research Director of the School between 2001-2004, and 2008.


Dr. Patterson was Co- Editor of the academic journal Annals of Leisure Research between 2004 and 2011, and was previously an Associate Editor of Schole: A Journal of Leisure and Recreation Education, and the Journal of Park and Recreation Administration and has successfully supervised to completion 15 PhD. scholars. He has published 18 book chapters, and over 60 peer-reviewed journal articles in the areas of tourism, leisure, sport and health, many with an emphasis on older adults, people with disabilities and young people at risk. In 2006 he completed a textbook for CABI International titled 'Growing older: tourism and leisure behavior of older adults.´


Over the last ten years he has concentrated on researching healthy older people and in particular the social-psychological experiences of older people who undertake physical activity and tourism programs. He was awarded a large grant by the Australian Research Council Linkage Grant in 2004/5 to promote the health of older people by linking them with local physical activity resources and social support to encourage them to increase and sustain their levels of physical activity. In 2011 Dr. Patterson was awarded a citation for his significant contribution to the development of the professional association, the Australian and New Zealand Association for Leisure Studies (ANZALS). He was the keynote speaker at a Tourism and Ageing Conference between 26-29 November 2014, at Estoril Congress Centre in Portugal.


PROF. Adela Balderas (BILBAO CHAMBER OF COMMERCE University college, SPAIN and BASque culinary center - university of Mondragon, Spain)

Adela Balderas is a Professor at Bilbao Chamber of Commerce University College and Assistant Professor at Bachelor Degree in Gastronomy and Culinary Arts,  Basque Culinary Center- University of Mondragon, Spain. Adela has submitted her PhD thesis "Senior Tourism: Determinants, motivations and behaviour in a globalized and evolving market segment". Master in Marketing, Executive MBA and also specialized in professional coaching in the University of New York. 


Consultant in marketing and business skills, she has a wealth of teaching experience at the undergraduate and graduate levels. Lecturer at Esic Business and Marketing School, she is currently Director of a Master at University of Mondragon and consultant for different international hotel chains. Adela is a visiting academic at the University of Oxford. She is also Visiting Professor and Lecturer at the University of Salamanca (Spain); College of Economics of the University of Xiamen (China) and University of Regensburg (Germany).