Closing Ceremony - Speakers profile

Mr. Tadayuki Hara

Associate Professor and rapporteur of the Conference
University of Central Florida

Dr. Tadayuki (Tad) Hara is an Associate Professor at Rosen College of Hospitality Management, a Senior Research Fellow at Dick Pope Sr. Institute for Tourism Studies, at University of Central Florida in Orlando, Florida, USA. He is a consultant for Tourism Statistics and TSA program of UNWTO, in addition to serving similar consulting capacity for UNESCO Institute for Statistics and ICAO in the area of their satellite accountings. He has been offering free online course (MOOC) on TSA since 2013 sharing knowledge on SNA, I-O and TSA with over three thousand students all over the world.


Mr. Márcio Favilla
Executive Director of Operational Programmes and Institutional Relations

World Tourism Organization (UNWTO)

Brazilian, graduated in Economics (Federal University of Minas Gerais). Master’s in Development Studies (Institute of Social Studies, The Hague, Netherlands). Has extensive experience in the public sector in Brazil, especially in development and project finance, investment promotion, public funds policies and management. Served for seven years as Vice-Minister of Tourism (2003/2007) and Institutional Relations of the Presidency (2007/2009). From January 2010 to December 2013, he held the office of Executive Director for Competitiveness, External Relations and Partnerships at UNWTO. Since January 2014 he is the Executive Director for Operational Programmes and Institutional Relations.

Ms. Lisa Grace S. Bersales
National Statistician
Philippine Statistics Authority, Philippines

Dr. Lisa Grace S. Bersales, head of the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA), is the National Statistician and Civil Registrar General of the Philippines. She brings to the position more than 30 years of experience as a researcher and professor in the academe as well as a statistics development partner of the public and private sectors. Among her notable works include restructuring the country’s national statistical system, redefining roles in response to new challenges, and the development of statistical standards, methodologies for sectoral statistics. Before holding her present position, she was appointed as the Vice President for Planning and Finance of the University of the Philippines (UP) System. It was the same university where she served as Dean and Director for Graduate Studies for the School of Statistics. She also took her Bachelor’s degree in Statistics from the same university and graduated Cum Laude, obtained her masteral and doctoral degree.

She has been involved in a number of international engagements related to statistics and data. She was co-chair of the UN Interagency Expert Group on Sustainable Development Goal (IAEG-SDG) Indicators in 2015-2017; vice-chair of the Regional Steering Group for Civil Registration and Vital Statistics (RSG-CRVS) in Asia and the Pacific; and chairperson of the Executive Committee of the Partnership in Statistics for Development in the 21st Century (PARIS21) Board in 2016-2017.