Arno Boersma is the Manager of the Aruba Centre of Excellence (COE) for the Sustainable Development of Small Island Developing States (SIDS). The COE is an initiative of the UNDP, the Government of Aruba and the Kingdom of the Netherlands. It aims to strengthen innovation and resilience among SIDS by facilitating knowledge exchange on topics in sustainable development, such as sustainable tourism, renewable energy, climate change, and, coastal management and public-private partnerships. More info at: www.SustainableSIDS.org
In his role as Manager of the COE, Mr. Boersma considers bridging islands of knowledge as his key priority. He has more that 20 years experience in designing and implementing knowledge strategies for organizations – both public and private. Previously, he worked at the World Bank Group in Washington DC, where for 10 years he lead various knowledge management initiatives across sustainable development sectors. While in the US, he has also been leading initiatives such as the KM Association and GreenLiving DC, and guest lecturing at Columbia University. He studied Business Administration at RSM (The Netherlands) and FGV (Brazil).
“The COE is honored to participate in the Climate Smart Sustainable Tourism conference and sponsor the corresponding awards. As many islands around the world face the challenges of climate change and seize the opportunities of tourism, this is the perfect time to bring stakeholders together around this topic to share knowledge and learn from each other for the benefit of all.”