Johann Besserer, Intercultural Outreach Initiative
May 2nd, 10:00-11:00 AM
Leslie Dan Faculty of Pharmacy, PB850
144 College Street, Toronto ON
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Seminar Overview: Johann Besserer will explore the intersection between socio-economic development, science and conservation in one of the world’s most pristine and fragile ecosystems, the Galapagos Islands. He will specifically discuss how tourism offers an alternative to unsustainable fisheries that once drove the local economy yet has created a new set of pressures on the people and the environment
Biography: Mr. Besserer is the President and Executive Director of the Intercultural Outreach Initiative (IOI), a Florida based non-profit organization operating in the small community of Puerto Villamil, on the Island of Isabela, in the archipelago of the Galapagos, Ecuador. He is in charge of overseeing IOI’s research, education and outreach programs as well as finding and administering funding for such operations.
Mr. Besserer holds a Bachelor’s degree in International Business Administration and a Masters in Marine Policy from the University of Miami. He is currently pursuing a PhD in International Studies at the University of Miami.