Semih Yilmaz recently completed his doctoral degree at University of Florida (advisor: Dr. Yong Jae Ko). His dissertation focused on the sustainable behavior of hospitality consumers. He previously worked for Turkish Ministry of Culture and Tourism for 4 years (2007-2011), during which he completed a specialization thesis on business ethics and tourism, managed two official EU projects (on tourism training and certification systems), collaborated with the national vocational authority for the development of national certification systems in tourism, and worked with United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in a joint tourism development project in Eastern Turkey. He also published in peer-reviewed journals and presented in national and international academic conferences. His research interests are hospitality consumer behavior, tourism ethics, environmental and moral psychology. He enjoys heritage travel, arthouse cinema, swimming and dinner parties.
Ph.D. in Tourism, University of Florida
M.B.A., Bilkent University
B.A. in Tourism Management, Bogazici University