Dr. Gelareh Holden

Vice President, Australia & Oceania

Dr. Gelareh Holden, Lecturer, Kaplan, Adelaide, Australia. She worked as an international senior lecture in the School of Tourism, Hospitality, and Event Management (STHEM), Universiti Utara Malaysia (UUM) from December 2014 till November 2021. Moreover, she was the head of Event Management Research Unit (EMRU) at STHEM, UUM. she has continuously published in high-quality peer-reviewed/indexed journals in the field of tourism and events and conducted research as the leading researcher or member of academic and industry research grants. Her research focusses on various aspects of tourism and events studies.  She considers herself as an education professional skilled in research, teaching MBA subjects, Curriculum Design, E-Learning, and professional mentoring.


  • Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.,) in Marketing, Emotional and Cultural Intelligence, University Science Malaysia,
  • Master of Science (MS) in Tourism Development, University Science Malaysia, May
  • Bachelor of Arts (BA), Alzahra University, Tehran, Iran, January 2003
  • Certified Event Educator, Asia Pacific Institute of Event Management (APIEM) 2020


  • Industry grant, Cultural Economy Development Agency (CENDANA), 2021
  • Fundamental Research Grant Scheme (FRGS), Ministry of Higher Education,
    Malaysia, “Modelling the Antecedent of Resident Support for the Local Cultural, art,
    and Heritage Festival Development in Kelantan”, Member Researcher, 2019
    Industry Grant, Penang Global Tourism, “Penang Tourists Survey”, Member
    Researcher, 2014.
  • Industry Grant, Penang State Government, “Indicative Measurement Study of
    George Town Festival, Project Manager”, 2014.

14 Indexed journal papers

1 book chapter
10 conference papers