Vicente Javier Moles Moles, PhD

Advisor to the International Sustainable Tourism Initiative, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health
Vicente J. Molés has worked in the tourism sector for more than thirty years, from local and tourist destinations to a worldwide perspective, with experience in a diverse spectrum of institutions like the Valencian Government in Spain, European Commission in Brussels, Spanish Agency for International Co-operation and Development (AECID) in Bolivia, and the World Tourism Organization's (UNWTO) Themis Foundation as director, and the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) in Brazil. His experience covers issues related to strategic planning, sustainable tourism, and learning and management of development programs and projects within public and international institutions. Currently, he is supporting several institutions and acting as adviser of the International Sustainable Tourism Initiative (ISTI) at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. He was also Visiting Scientist at the Center for Health and the Global Environment at Harvard University. Since 2016, Molés has led the international consulting practice, Sustainable Planet Advisors, supporting destination management organizations (DMOs) in fostering sustainable tourism and promoting participative planning processes using new technologies. Molés received a doctorate cum laude in industrial engineering from the Polytechnic University of Valencia and a master's degree in hotel and tourism management from the University of Valencia in Spain.


  • PhD Polytechnic University of Valencia, Spain