Dr. Willy Legrand is Professor of Hospitality Management at the IUBH School of Business and Management in Bad Honnef - Bonn, Germany. He combines undergraduate studies in Geography and Hospitality Management followed by an MBA with a specialization in Corporate Environmental Management. He obtained his PhD from Manchester Metropolitan University, UK.
He worked in the hospitality industry in Canada and Germany, before accepting a position at the International University Bad Honnef (IUBH) in Germany. He holds undergraduate and graduate courses on sustainable development, hospitality facilities management and marketing in Germany but also as a visiting professor at reputable universities in Singapore, India, Dubai, France, Peru, Estonia and the United States.
He is the lead author of the textbook Sustainability in the Hospitality Industry: Principles of Sustainable Operations (3rd edition released in 2016). He is the co-editor of Sustainable Hospitality and Tourism as Motors for Development: Case Studies from Developing Regions of the World and the co-editor of the Routledge Handbook of Sustainable Food and Gastronomy released in 2015. He is also a guest editor for special issue on Social Entrepreneurship in Hospitality from the International Journal of Contemporary Hospitality Management.
Dr. Legrand took part at the COP21 Climate Conference leading to the Paris Agreement in December 2015. He is the Guest Chief Editor of the Hotel Yearbook Sustainable Hospitality 2017. Dr. Legrand is a Senior Partner at Audit Diagnostic Solutions Tourism (ADST) which specializes in online sustainability assessment, environmental audit preparation and sustainability training. Finally, Dr. Legrand is a Verifier for the Pledge on Food Waste which reviews and evaluates evidences of compliance of hospitality companies to guidelines provided under the pledge.