Albert Teo Chin Kion
Managing Director, Borneo Eco Tours
A graduate in Economics (Honours) from the University of London in 1977, Albert Teo has been in the tourism industry for the last thirty-nine years. In October 2006, he was appointed as an Adjunct Lecturer by Edith Cowan University ECU, Australia, for his contribution to the ecotourism industry, and in 2012, conferred a Fellow of the University for his work with the university as well as his philanthropy, community and social work. In March 2016, he was appointed as an Adjunct Professor of University Malaysia Sabah UMS.
A keen photographer, he had also trekked over 1000 km in Borneo, as well as published ten books; some of these books include the best-selling “Sabah – Land of the Sacred Mountain”, “Journey through Borneo”, “Saving Paradise – The Story of Sukau Rainforest Lodge” co-authored with Carol Patterson, and the latest book “A Souvenir of Sabah Malaysian Borneo”. The lodge which opened in 1995, became a charter member of National Geographic Unique Lodges of the World.
His companies, Borneo Eco Tours and Sukau Rainforest Lodge, have won numerous international ecotourism awards including Asia’s Leading Green Hotel at the 17th World Travel Award 2010; the 2012 SKAL International Sustainable Development in Tourism Award for Tour Operators, awarded at the 73rd SKAL International Congress in Korea; the 2014 Wild Asia Responsible Awards – Best in Community Engagement and Development, the 2015 1st Place Honoree of ETC, USA (Educational Travel Community) Responsible Tourism Showcase. In 2013, BEST Society received the UNWTO Ulysses Award for excellence and innovation in tourism in the NGO category in Madrid, Spain.
Albert is presently focusing his energy on developing social entrepreneurship through his community/environment foundation, Borneo Ecotourism Solutions and Technologies, or BEST Society. His latest project is an integrated community based ecotourism project named Kiulu Farmstay.