Louise Twining-Ward is a tourism sector expert with extensive global experience in the design, implementation, and monitoring of tourism development projects. Louise has a Ph.D. in Sustainable Tourism Monitoring and an M.Sc. in Tourism Management from the University of Surrey in the UK. She is a strong advocate for the use of tourism as a tool for the advancement of women and the conservation of the environment. Louise previously led the NGO Sustainable Travel International (STI) where she managed sustainable tourism projects in the Caribbean, Central America and the Pacific. She is the author of the 2010 UNWTO Global Report on Women and Tourism, and a co-author of the World Bank Group publication Tourism in Africa: Harnessing Tourism for Growth and Improved Livelihoods.