Charles A. Barker
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Hospitality & Tourism Sustainable Development - HSCS
Transforming the future of youth
Edtech Conference 4.0 - 2023 - Lahore
Feb 09-11, 2023
Great to have been invited as a Capacity Building Trainer for Teachers and Keynote Speaker to this most interesting conference. It combined the creative talent of young people (10 year olds and above) demonstrating their innovative scientific talent and Educationalists considering how the future of education needs to be changed to a project based style of learning with a high tech agenda.
View Conference summary here.
'The Art of Effective Leadership In An Ever Changing World' considered the skill sets that will be required of the next generation of leaders, with particular regard to Artificial Intellligence, Robotics and Nanotechnology and their applications for finding solutions for the many challenges ahead, including Waste Management, Food and Water Security, Industry, Medicine, Hospitality and Tourism, etc.
'Listen To The Ocean' is all about the impact of environmental degradation and pollution and the devastating impact it is having on the seas. The talk proposes solutions that everyone can connect with - an imperative if the oceans are to be saved, and consequently the Earth
'Future Shock - Embracing Change In An Over Heating World' focusses on the impact of Global Warming and how we must use science to mitigate the problems facing the world. These are embraced in the concept of the '4th Industrial Revolution' and places emphasis on Artificial Intelligence, Robotics and Nanotechnology and how these concepts are and will be applied
CLIMATE CHANGE AND ITS CONSEQUENCES; THE DILEMMA FOR THE LEADERS OF TOMORROW…
Assigning blame for the causes of climate change and global warming is an unproductive activity and achieves nothing. It’s happening and whatever anyone says, there is frankly little to nothing that can be done about it. However, time and effort spent looking for ways to MITIGATE THE IMPACT of global warming is a different matter altogether and is something that we definitely CAN DO something about.
This was the topic under discussion when I addressed students at Abbottabad University of Science and Technology today. They were an exceptionally motivated and enthused group of people, with a passionate approach towards finding the answers and implementing them. Our focus here was on adopting a responsible and sustainable approach to the ENVIRONMENT and how the development of industry, particularly tourism and hospitality, can and must be better managed.
They also took on board the need for the nation to develop healthier work ethics, embracing the values of integrity, transparency and a zero tolerance towards corruption in all its manifestations.
There is hope for us as long as we focus POSITIVELY, search for INNOVATIVE SOLUTIONS to the challenges ahead and EDUCATE the world community to adopt an altogether healthier and more respectful approach to each other, our planet and its resources.
Thank you Vice Chancellor Professor Dr Tahir Khan and your Faculty for inviting me to share and exchange ideas with your talented undergraduates.
You can see the full interview here.
A big ‘THANK YOU’ to Najib Ahmed of Radio Power99 and Dr Inam Leghari, head of the Anthropology Department at Quaid e Azam University, Islamabad and all the passionate students in attendance for inviting me to talk on this critically important subject in our fast changing world. You can see a recording of the lecture here.
Great to have been invited to Beaconhouse-Newlands, Lahore to speak and share a panel discussion at their School of Tomorrow Conference no. XV, entitled ‘GUARDIANS of the FUTURE’.
Talked on the critical and massive subject, “Environmental Sustainability & Climate Action: Too Little, Too Late?”, exploring the relationship between environmental degradation, climate change and human activity.
LECTURING TO PRE AND POST GRADUATE TOURISM & HOSPITALITY STUDENTS AT KOHSAR UNIVERSITY, MURREE, PAKISTAN - 22 MAY 2022
Subject was 'LEADERSHIP - AN AWSOME RESPONSIBILITY' and I addressed the role of the leader in the changing times of the industry in Pakistan, with a particular focus on the Environment, Pollution, Global Warming and Climate Change.
VICE CHANCELLORS' CONFERENCE 2022
“PARADIGM SHIFT IN HIGHER EDUCATION - HACKATHON PLANNING FOR FUTURE”
KOHSAR UNIVERSITY, MURREE, PAKISTAN -
29October to 01 November 2022
Presented on the challenging topic of 'The Role of the Media in Promoting Science Diplomacy'. How the media can assist in gathering relevant stakeholders to address the many challenges facing nations and organisations within them to find solutions.
Many thanks to VC Prof Dr Habib Bokhari for the invitation and to the Honourable Chancellor and Governor of the Punjab, Engineer Muhammad Baligh-Ur-Rehman.
Presentation following Key Note Speech at the conference in Rawalpindi
"Sustainable Mountain Tourism and Sports" - December 2021
The Mombasa Lectures
- January 2020 -
Finding solutions to the plight of Mombasa’s disenfranchised youth was the highly anticipated theme of Charles Barker’s seminars on Friday evening. The first presentation was to a crowd of hundreds of young men and women, whose future employment and prospects of achieving their true potential are uncertain. Practical advice was proposed and a realistic approach to moving forward was discussed and vigorously debated afterwards.
The proposal hinged critically on the involvement of Mombasa’s regional government and senior business community, and it was to a large gathering of them that the second presentation advocated the benefits of engagement with the bright, energized and enthusiastic young people.
The uniquely creative solutions presented under the banner of “MAKE IT HAPPEN”, were discussed late into the night, emphasising that this is clearly a potent issue. The seminars were a great success and have resulted in a register being created to facilitate the engagement of the two groups.