Dr Amran Hamzah is a Professor in Tourism Planning and Director of the Centre for Innovative Planning and Development (CIPD) at Universiti Teknologi Malaysia. His area of specialisation is the interface between community based tourism and biocultural conservation. Besides his academic duties, Amran has led more than 70 consultancy projects for clients such as the Ministry of Tourism and Culture Malaysia, Tourism Malaysia, APEC, IUCN, MOEJ Japan, ASEAN Secretariat, ECERDC, NCIA and IRDA. Among the studies that Amran completed as lead consultant are the Strategic Review of the Malaysian Tourism Industry Policy and Implementation (2013), ASEAN Strategic Ecotourism Plan (2014) and The National Ecotourism Plan 2016-2025. He is also the President of the Malaysian Ecotourism Association and member of the Board of Trustee, Islamic Tourism Centre, Ministry of Tourism and Culture Malaysia. Amran had served as a Deputy Vice Chair (South East Asia) for IUCN-WCPA Asia from 2011 to 2013 and Co-Chair of IUCN TILCEPA (Theme on Indigenous Peoples, Local Communities and Equity In Protected Areas) from 2014 to 2016. Through his involvement in numerous projects, programmes and committees related to his previous positions in IUCN, a substantial proportion of his work revolve around World Heritage, protected area management and rights based approaches involving local communities. In September 2016, Amran was elected as an IUCN Regional Councilor for the term 2016 to 2020.  In addition Amran is regularly invited to present keynote and plenary papers at international conferences on topics ranging from tourism planning to protected area management.