Full Professor of the Bachelor in Leisure and Tourism and the Graduate Program in Tourism (MSc and PhD) at the University of Sao Paulo USP, Brazil. He holds a master’s degree in Leisure Studies by the State University of Campinas, Ph.D. in Tourism and Leisure by USP and post doctorate in Leisure Studies from Griffith University Australia. Author of several articles and books about leisure, in particular within the South America region, he has attended academic and professional meetings in more than 50 countries. Former president and founder of the Brazilian Association for Leisure Studies, he was the Vice-Chairman and Board of Directors member of the World Leisure Organization WLO (2007-2016). Chairman of the Scientific Committee of the World Leisure Congress 2018, he is currently Leader of the Interdisciplinary Group of Leisure Studies (GIEL/USP) and Coordinator of the World Leisure Center of Excellence (WLCE/Brazil).

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