Dr. Engelbert Ruoss – lecturer of the course “Tourism and World Heritage” within the Master in International Tourism and associated expert of the USI UNESCO Chair in ICT to develop and promote sustainable tourism in the World Heritage Sites – .
He is expert in the field of World Heritage
and Biosphere Reserves and launched an initiative to establish a network
of model regions regarding integrated development approaches.
His main field of research is related to Governance and Management of
UNESCO designated sites, the valorization of cultural and natural
heritage for local development and the promotion of sustainable
He is a former Director of the UNESCO Office in Venice, the Regional Bureau for Science and Culture in Europe and was as such responsible for the UNESCO program’s implementation in South East Europe. Before joining UNESCO he was consultant in EU programs, manager of the Entlebuch Biosphere Reserve and deputy director of the Museum for Natural History in Lucerne in Switzerland. He holds a PhD in Biology and a Master in Museum Sciences from the Universities in Bern and Basel.