Prof. Atara Sivan is Head of the Department of Education Studies of Hong Kong Baptist University, Hong Kong. She is the President and Senior Fellow of the World Leisure Academy, the Editor-in-Chief of the World Leisure Journal and the founder and Chairperson of World Leisure Organization – Hong Kong Chapter. Her research interests are in the areas of leisure education, youth development, learning environments, learning communities and teacher education. She has contributed internationally to the development of leisure education by being the scientific adviser to the development of the first comprehensive leisure education curricula for schools in Israel. Professor Sivan has also published extensively on her areas of academic endeavor. Among her co-authored books are: Leisure Education Towards the 21st Century; Leisure Education, Community Development and Populations with Special Needs; and, Leisure Education in School Systems. She is the recipient of numerous international awards including the George Torkildsen Literary Award, Hillel Ruskin Memorial Scholar Lecture Award and the 2015 Knowledge Transfer Award for her contribution to the advancement of concepts related to leisure and leisure education internationally.