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Keith Sproule

Keith has served as a tourism advisor to governments on three continents, and worked with hotel and tourism companies globally, to harness tourism as an economic tool for the sustainable development of local and regional economies. His particular passion is the economics of cultural heritage and nature-based tourism, often working with some of the most rural, isolated communities in the world. Keith has traveled to over 120 countries. He is currently the Executive Director of Abercrombie & Kent Philanthropy (AKP), the charitable arm of A&K, a leading luxury tour operator. AKP’s mission is to “positively impact lives and livelihoods” in communities where A&K travelers go. He manages a portfolio of philanthropic investments in 27 countries on seven continents. Prior to AKP, Keith spent five years as the Tourism Business Advisor for the World Wildlife Fund in Namibia, where he supported initiatives to develop both private sector and community tourism capacity. Keith has a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Vermont, and a Masters’ degree in International Affairs from the Johns Hopkins University School for Advanced International Studies. He was a Fulbright Scholar in Belize, studying the expenditure patterns of visitors to archaeological sites. He is also the proud owner of the Bentwood Inn in Jackson Hole, a luxury log lodge that is a member of the National Geographic Unique Lodges of the World Collection. www.bentwoodinn.com