Wafaa El-Osta

Cross-cultural Sustainable Tourism Expert

Master's in Environmental Studies

Project Management Professional

Wafaa is an international & local sustainable development expert with over 20 years of project design and management experience in sustainable tourism, economic development, and community wellbeing initiatives. She has experience working in the fields of responsible tourism, hospitality, agribusiness, destination and rural development with NGOs, associations, government programs and international development organizations.

Wafaa enjoys building meaningful relationships with partners and stakeholders through applying diplomatic, participatory approaches and innovative methodologies. She has also demonstrated gender and cultural sensitivity and supports Indigenous and community-based enterprises in creating responsible tourism products, business model design and market outreach strategies. She is an advocate of women and marginalized communities’ empowerment. She is multilingual with advanced reading and writing skills in English, French, and Arabic; basic Spanish.

Wafaa's portfolio of projects includes applied academic and investment research with Canadian and multinational institutions like the World Bank, implemented projects funded by the USAID and Canadian international development and settlement agencies. She is a builder of viable connections.

Fun fact

Wafaa is passionate about nature and the arts. She loves birdwatching and regularly bikes and walks in trails. She is keen to discover and celebrate traditions through cooking and crafts. She indulges in drawing and creating mixed media jewellery, especially during winter hibernation!