Mr. Mehta is one of the world’s
leading authorities, practitioners and researchers on
ecotourism physical planning and both the landscape
architectural and architectural aspects of ecolodges.
Mr. Mehta has extensive international work experience
with a portfolio of projects in Egypt, China, Bali,
Dominica, Saudi Arabia, India, Kenya, Uganda, Rwanda,
Brazil, DR Congo, Indonesia, Mexico, Turks and Caicos,
Madagascar, Galapagos, Gabon, Fiji, Bahamas, St. Vincent
and the Grenadines, USA and Puerto Rico.
He is the main editor of the highest selling book in
ecotourism - International Ecolodge
Guidelines and the author of the chapters on “Site
Planning” and “Architectural Design”.
Mr. Mehta regularly conducts research on international
trends in Ecolodges and is currently writing a new book
on Authentic Ecolodges. He sits on the Executive
Board of The International Ecotourism Society, advisory
boards of Adventure Council, Green Travel Magazine and
BIOSFERA (Brazilian Environmental Society), and is one
of the founding members of The Ecotourism Society of
Kenya. Mr. Mehta is also the International Advisor for
the Japan Ecolodge Association.
Mr. Mehta is/was selected to be a judge and on-site
inspector for the Tourism for Tomorrow (WTTC), World
Legacy Awards for Heritage Tourism and Ecotourism (National
Geographic/Conservation International), Ecotourism Awards
(Conde Nast Traveler) and Green Hotelier Awards (Caribbean
Mr. Mehta has a distinguished history in academia.
Apart from being an adjunct professor at several universities
in Southern Florida, he was also the Chairman of Landscape
Architecture Section, Department of Architecture, University
of Nairobi and conducted studios in sustainable planning
and design for five years. Currently, Mr. Mehta conducts
one-of-a kind Ecolodge Planning and Design Workshops
and Charettes (for George Washington University and
The International Ecotourism Society) around the world
and which are attended by, amongst others Deans, Professors
Mr. Mehta is also a Professional Photographer
and a Ex-Cricket Captain of Kenya.
In July 2006, National Geographic Adventure magazine
identified Mr. Mehta as one of five Sustainable Tourism
Pioneers in the world. In July 2005 Mr. Mehta was named
by Men’s Journal, a New York based Magazine
as the "25 Most Powerful People in Adventure"
in the world.