Dr. Mihee Kang is Director Asia-Pacific, Global Sustainable Tourism Council(GSTC), and manages all GSTC programs and activities in the Asia-Pacific region. She also serves GSTC as a trainer and destination assessor. She voluntarily took a position of board chair of Playforest, a cooperative of sustainable travel businesses designed to benefit local communities and local activists dedicated to the conservation of their forests and to provide genuine community-based natural tourism experiences to the visitors. She was a research professor at Seoul National University, researching topics related to protected areas management and sustainable tourism. She has actively participated in numerous tourism development and protected area management projects in Korea and abroad such as Australia, China, Indonesia, Vietnam, Sri Lanka, Paraguay, etc. since she got her Ph.D. degree at Seoul National University in 1999. She is acknowledged as a top expert in Asia- Pacific on certification for sustainable tourism, called upon regularly by top government ministries, local authorities, NGO’s, etc. for research and guidance on standards, certification, and compliance.