Charles Barker is Chairman of Discovery Pakistan, a company dedicated to the development and expansion of sustainable tourism in Pakistan in a responsible, environmentally friendly and proactive manner. As well as running a wide variety of tours and adventure holidays, the company is also engaged in developing resort villages and hotels and assisting government at federal and provincial levels with the production of tourism and hospitality industry strategy, policy and regulatory guidelines.
An experienced hotelier and motivational speaker whose career has spanned the globe, Charles Barker has worked in ten countries on five continents. He has run hotels and clubs for InterContinental Hotels, Peninsula, St James’s Clubs, the Leander Club, the Hong Kong Club and other private enterprises. He is an established public speaker and also runs a consultancy business, Hospitality Support & Consultancy Services.
Having a passion for oceans and the undersea world, Charles is a keen marine conservationist. In Hong Kong, he is actively engaged with the Hong Kong Shark Foundation, an anti-shark-finning NGO, with whom he is an Advisory Board Director. Previously, as chairman of The Club Managers’ Association of Hong Kong, he organised several environmental and sustainability conferences. He also works with other charitable institutions, including Skal and Lions Clubs.
A published author, Charles has written four novels and is a regular blogger on the environment, global politics and current affairs.