Meet The Taste Makers: Rafat Ali

coreThe 2014 Ontario Culinary Tourism Summit is fast approaching! Entitled ‘Growing Communities: Getting to the Core of Culinary Tourism’this years’ summit has us heading up to Ontario’s apple country: The Blue Mountains.

We’ve lined up a roster of culinary tourism super stars to share their wealth of experience and knowledge. Over the coming weeks, we’ll be profiling these taste makers–plus their successes, lessons and best practices. So without further ado, meet our first taste maker!


SkiftRafat is the CEO/founder of Skift, a business intelligence startup that offers news, data, and and services to the travel & leisure industry and business travelers.

Travel news & data offers a tremendous opportunity: With a $6.5 trillion contribution to GDP and 260 million jobs, travel — made up of tourism, hospitality, transport & leisure — is the world’s largest industry. Skift is the information and intelligence brand that matches the industry’s size and potential. Simply put: Skift is the business of travel.

Previously, he was the founder/CEO of paidContent and ContentNext, which he sold to UK’s Guardian News and Media in 2008, and left in 2010. Prior to that, he was managing editor of Silicon Alley Reporter.

Rafat was the Knight Fellow at Indiana University, where he completed his Masters in Journalism, 1999-2000. Prior to that he completed his BSc in Computer Engineering, from AMU in Aligarh, India.

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