Associate – Ícone Gestão, Treinamento e Consultoria
Marina Simião has been working since 2000 in the tourism and culture sectors having by now extensive experience in management, proposition and development projects with the public, private and third sector. She is responsible for planning and executing projects of the first Gastronomy Board of Minas Gerais and Brazil. She has big experience in different scenarios, such as entrepreneurship, project management, public service provider allowing a dynamic and strategic view of the sector and areas related to it. She has expertise in creating tourism products and itineraries, proposing tourism development plans, enhanced by the constant search for trends and innovation for the sector at national and international level.
Her main interests are on tourism development, creative economy, gastronomy projects, international cooperation, happiness science and territorial development, and the opportunity of dealing with different cultures and improve knowledge by learning with others experiences, success and failures.
Marina has a Bachelor in Tourism, Tourism Management Specialist for Pontifícia Universidade Católica de Minas Gerais, Management of Creative Business and Creative Cities Specialist for the University of Cordoba / Argentina and an expert in Leisure Studies at Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais. Master in Creative Economy, Cultural Management and Development for Universidad Rey Juan Carlos in Madrid. Research area on creative tourism and territory development, she presented the thesis Patchwork Methodology: a proposal for creative tourism development projects on small cities. The work was awarded as the best Creative Tourism Development Strategy by Creative Tourism Awards 2017 presented by Creative Tourism Network.
Marina is a member of the volunteer group of the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO), Recria – Brazilian National Experience and Creative Tourism Network, and Instituto Movimento Pela Felicidade (IMF) and advisor of the International Institute of Gastronomy, Culture, Arts and Tourism (IGCAT).