Silvia Barbone is the director of FEST (Foundation for European Sustainable Tourism), London and Brussels. She is an international expert in sustainable tourism and project management with an extensive knowledge of tourism policies and practices. She is a senior tourism business developer and strategist, an experienced project manager and a certified Lead Trainer in Project Management for Sustainable Development.
She is the developer and the main author of the PM4SD™ “Project Management for Sustainable Development” certification. She designs and manages small, medium and large scale projects, she supports destinations to define strategies and empower local communities, she is one of the 10 EU experts selected by the European Commission to implement the European Tourism Indicator System (ETIS).
She works with leading global organizations, including UNWTO, UNESCO, UNEP, UNITAR, European Travel Commission, European Commission, European Parliament, WTTC, GSTC, as well as local, regional and national public authorities.
She is the chief editor of the first blog regarding European tourism policies and practices “Tourism Around Europe”, which addresses 8000 tourism stakeholders. She has recently been appointed as the Chair of the Tourism Society Europa Network, and a board member of Tourism Society.