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World Leisure welcomes new members to its board of directors

World Leisure welcomes new members to its board of directors
February 25, 2019

World Leisure has announced that four new members - from Australia, Brazil, China and Turkey - have joined its Board of Directors.

Set to serve for the period 2019 to 2021. They were elected by current members of the Board after an open nomination process that closed in November last year.
The newly elected members of the Board are:

Giyasettin Demirhan - Hacettepe University, Turkey
Arianne C. Reis - Western Sydney University, Australia
Maria Luisa de Souza Dias - SESCSP (Serviço Social do Comércio in the state of São Paulo), Brazil
Jane Zhou - Zhejiang University, China

These new four members of the Board of Directors join the current Board members:

Roger Coles - WLO Chairman; Central Michigan University (Emeritus), USA/Canada
Joanne A. Schroeder - WLO Vice - Chair, Vancouver Island University, Canada
Cristina Ortega Nuere - WLO Chief Operating Officer (COO), Spain
Yvonne Klerks - NHTV Bread University of Applied Sciences, The Netherlands
Stephen Anderson - East Carolina University, USA
Gulshetty Basawaraj - International Institute of Social Science Research Foundation, India.
Miklos Banhidi - Szechenyi Istvan University, Hungary
Antonio Bramante, Leisure Management Consultant and Visiting Professor, Brazil
Zhongqiang (Victor) Ma, Qingdao City - WL Games, China
Lawal Mohammed Marafa - The Chinese University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong
Lénia Marques - Erasmus University Rotterdam, The Netherlands
Ling Ping - Hangzhou Normal University, China
Carlos Alberto Rico - Universidad Nacional de Colombia, Colombia
Atara Sivan - Hong Kong Baptist University, Hong Kong
Trudie Walters - University of Otago, New Zealand
Marie Young - University of the Western Cape, South Africa

World Leisure has thanked the new Board members for accepting this new challenge, stating that the organisation "express(es) our satisfaction for counting on such a diverse and committed group of people conforming our main governance body.

World Leisure also thanked leaving Board members whose mandate had expired for their valuable contribution to the organisation in the past few years, advising that it “hoped to maintain the collaboration with them through different mechanisms in the future.”

Click here to view the composition of the current WLO Board of Directors.

The 16th World Leisure Congress will be hosted in Beijing, China in 2020 while the third World Leisure Games will be held in Laixi City, Qingdao, China from April to October this year.

Click here for details of the 16th World Leisure Congress in the Australasian Leisure Management industry Calendar.

Image shows the announcement for the World Leisure Games 2019.

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