Dr. Karen Fernandez


Dr. Karen Miranda-Fernandez is a Professor and Dean in the College of Hotel, Restaurant, and Tourism Management of Imus Institute of Science and Technology in the Philippines.   She is also a Visiting Professor and External Examiner in Management and Science University and in three campuses of Olympia College in Malaysia; Sahid Tourism Institute of Surakarta and Bandung Institute of Tourism both in Indonesia; four universities in Thailand namely, Maha Sarakham University, Naresuan University, North Bangkok University, Burapha University International College; and Ming Chuan University in Taipei, Taiwan.

She is a postdoctoral scholar at School of Events, Tourism and Hospitality in Leeds Beckett University, United Kingdom.  She holds a doctoral degree in Business Management specialized in Hospitality Management and master’s degree in Business Administration major in Hotel and Restaurant Management both earned at Philippine Women’s University, Manila.

Her research interests include hospitality management, tourism and destination management, events management, human resource management, and marketing.  She has participated and presented research papers in a number of international academic conferences held in Taiwan, Dubai, USA, Hong Kong, Vietnam, Korea, Japan, Malaysia, New Zealand, and United Kingdom.  Her research paper on Attitudes and Perceptions of Filipino Students towards Study Abroad Program in the United States has been presented at Harvard University, Cambridge Massachusetts, USA in May 2013.

She is the book author of “Guide to Event Management’s Best Practices” published in Germany and available for online purchase through Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and AbeBooks.

Dr. Fernandez has served as committee chair in the 1st International Conference on Tourism’s Role in Sustainable Community Development held at Camp Benjamin, Cavite, Philippines; and as session chair in the International Conference on Tourism and Marketing Management held at Hyatt Regency in Osaka, Japan and in the International Journal of Arts and Sciences Conferences respectively held at the Harvard University Campus in Massachusetts, USA and University of London Union in London, United Kingdom.  She is the editor-in-chief of the International Journal of Tourism and Sustainable Community Development; an active member of the Scientific and Technical & Editorial Review Board on Business and Management Engineering of World Academy of Science, Engineering, and Technology (WASET) based in Connecticut, USA; International Review Committee of Higher Education Forum (HEF) and International Journal of Business and Information (IJBI) both based in Taipei, Taiwan; Journal of Tourism, Hospitality, and Travel published by Postgraduate Program of Bandung Tourism Institute in Indonesia; and Vice President for Education and Accreditation of Asia Pacific Institute of Events Management (APIEM).