Sumesh is the Chairman and Managing Director of Kabani Tours, in Kerala. Throughout his career, he has fused this insight with his love for people and local communities and created a wealth of relevant and insightful research. In 2009, he was on the panel for the Copenhagen climate summit where he argued for the importance of local empowerment and autonomy as well as the need for courageous leadership from policymakers. When it comes to the major issues facing humanity today he displays a true optimism and believes that no one perspective is sufficient, but that many different groups must come together if we are to build a just future. He believes that it cannot be capital that dictates the nature and scope of tourism if it is going to become a tool for development and social progress. Instead, it must be the people affected by it that own both the decisions and the profits it generates..