2017-2018 Global Mentorship Taskforce
Jean-Guy de GABRIAC
Chair Global Mentorship Program & Regional Director EUROPE
Founder CEO TIP TOUCH, Belgium
Jean-Guy de Gabriac is a Spa-Wellness Advisor & Trainer since 2001, helping Hotels, Spas & Cosmetic brands go from GOOD to GREAT ; boosting guest attraction & retention with Smart Spa Marketing strategies ; and designing Signature Spa treatments & Wellness programs. Jean-Guy also serves as Conference producer of the World Spa & Wellness Convention (London & Dubai); Judge of the World Spa & Wellness Awards ; and Coordinator of the Weekend Wellness in over 250 cities in France & Belgium (23-24 September 2017).
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GMP Treasurer & Regional Director MIDDLE EAST
Owner & CEO, ALTEARAH, United Arab Emirates
Shahida Siddique is the owner of Altearah which comprises of organic perfumes, face and body care products produced in the South of France and used and promoted in over 750 spas and Institutes in 24 countries. An MBA by education, Shahida has been in the business of wellness since 1987 – she worked in medical hospitals and clinics in Pakistan and Saudi Arabia, created and ran her own holistic spas in Dubai and wellness concepts for her international clients.
She is a co-founder of Wellness Inc Middle East. She is the Regional Director Middle East – Women in Wellness Leadership an initiative of the Global Wellness Institute. She has been a founding member, a sponsor and Regional Director – Middle East for the Global Mentorship Program, an initiative of The Global Wellness Institute since 2015.
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Regional Director AUSTRALASIA
Corporate Operations Director, Six Senses Spas (Global), Asia Pacific & China
ENERGY. EXCITEMENT. ENTHUSIASM. These are the values Kent finds essential in all careers. Without passion, Kent believes you cannot be successful in the longterm. The greater the passion the better the guest experience and this is what achieves the ultimate goal – brand loyalty. Sales training and tracking are essential too but passion is the secret ingredient to boost your creativity and achieve each day. Kent has worked across the globe in more than ten countries at leading entrepreneurial brands including bliss spa, W Hotels and Virgin Active gyms. This experience landed Kent with his dream job as Global Operations Director Six Senses Spas. Kent thrives visiting Six Senses teams across the globe motivating them to « add oil » and passion.
Find your on switch and the rest is success.
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Regional Director AFRICA
Wellness Consultant, Spa Fusion, Africa
Emmy Stoltz, winner of the Les Nouvelles Esthetiques Visionary Award 2011, has a comprehensive background as a skincare therapist & spa manager for the past 19 years. Emmy has combined her respective skills and experience, including bringing Elemis to South Africa in 2006, to offer innovative mentorship programmes & consultancy to some of the country’s top spas through her company Spa Fusion. She sits on the board of the South African Spa Association and heads the Spa Distribution Division for MatsiMela Home Spa who services over 370 salons and spas and exports to 7 countries.
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Regional Director USA
Principal Consultant 5 Spa Consulting, ISPA past Chairman
Among her many achievements, Kate was ISPA Chairperson (2004-2005), then joined WTS International as Executive Spa Director at the Spa of Colonial Willamsburg, before being appointed Corporate Operations Director, Spa Division for WTS. Kate has extensive experience in the strategic development, integrative management and day to day operations of spa and wellness facilities. Her work has benefited greatly from the insight and expertise of an international network of professional colleagues she calls friends.
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Regional Director INDIA
Owner & Managing Director JCKRC
Ms. Chaudhari is a force to reckon in the world of spa and wellness and thus makes a positive visibility within the industry. She has a perfect blend of technical skill and excellent business sense with a strong forte in designing and consulting luxury spas. She has been providing strategic guidance to the wellness and hospitality industries on a global scale. She is Founder & Managing Director of JCKRC Spa Destination . She has set a new horizon and meaning to the concept of Indian spa and wellness industry. The passion and expertise in the sphere of beauty and wellness has earned her a special recognition globally. Rekha Chaudhari is a Global Wellness Ambassador of India. She is a wellness consultant, entrepreneur and innovative person.
Founder & Managing Director – JCKRC Spa Destination Pvt. Ltd.
Global Wellness Ambassador of India
Global Mentorship Program – Regional Director
Governing Council Member of Beauty & Wellness Sector Skill Council
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Co-Regional Director INDIA
Founder. Managing Partner, NCI
Naveen’s interest in wellness started while attending bio-technology classes at the Graduate School of Management, University of California more than 15 years ago. This exposure led to his founding of B.LAB in 2011, a digital first consumer products company using advanced bio-tech to deliver high performance skin and hair care products. In 2013, B.LAB received a funding of $5 Million from various investors including Unilever Corporate Ventures. As CEO, Naveen pioneered development of various digital technologies for diagnostics and personalisation engines that allowed the company to deliver personalized skin and hair care to its customers in 500 cities across India. All this was achieved in less than 3 years combining cloud computing, analytics and social. Naveen’s love for technology including bio-tech and passion for wellness comes together in the form of innovative products and business models.
Naveen’s background includes more than 23 years of experience in technology and innovation. Prior to B.LAB, Naveen worked in silicon valley based hi-tech companies such as Intel Corporation. There he led global innovation teams deploying advanced technology solutions to emerging markets changing the technology landscape as we know it today. While at Intel, he launched the first consumer software worldwide and authored the Platform Vision Guide, a strategic 5 year technology roadmap for the industry.
Naveen holds a MS in electrical engineering from University of South Florida, and MBA from University of California, Davis.
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Regional Director CARIBBEAN
CEO Founder Caribbean WE
Stephanie Rest is currently based in Washington D.C working as a consultant, as well as collaborating around the world on wellness development projects for emerging countries. Stephanie’s previous experience in the tourism industry is vast. She has led opening teams for resorts and spas throughout the world. Stephanie believes in promoting the entrepreneurial-spirit, leadership and service to the community. She was creator and Chair of the first TCI Hospitality Adventures: Spa Camp. Currently, she is preparing for Global Wellness Day held the first week in June annually, where she serves as Global Wellness Day Ambassador for the Caribbean. She is Founder of Caribbean Wellness & Education and also serves on the International Spa Association Speaker Task Force. Recently she has joined the new initiative « Wellness for Children » as Vice-chair, as well has been appointed the Caribbean Regional Director for the « Global Mentorship Program » and serves on the « Global Careership Committee » all initiatives with Global Wellness Institute, (GWI).
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Regional Director CENTRAL & SOUTH AMERICA
Regional Director of Wellness at Rosewood Hotel Group
With 12 years of experience in & Luxury Hospitality industry, Emmanuel is a collaborative hands-on leader with excellent training & team building skills who has collaborated with some of the leading Hotel groups bringing a wealth of experience in opening, development & enhancement of Spa operations. His dedication to coaching & mentoring amongst the team has resulted in positive succession planning & evolution of team members to different management positions. During his years with Rosewood he has taken Sense Spa at Rosewood Mayakoba to new heights of service quality & profitability, recognized in 2017 as the first 5 Star Spa in Mexico & Latin America by Forbes Travel Guide and as No.1 Hotel Spa Mexico/Central & South America by Travel + Leisure: World’s Best Awards. Under his as role Regional Director of Wellness, Emmanuel has joined forces with Rosewood’s Corporate Leadership to continue strengthening the Spa & Wellness Division across the group.
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Vivienne O' KEEFE
REGIONAL DIRECTOR CANADA
Owner, Spa Profits Consulting Inc. Vivienne O'Keefe is expert is in helping spa owners rapidly gain and maintain a level of success without the many common problems and pitfalls encountered by those new to the industry, as well as assisting more experienced operators who just need a boost. Since 1994, her mission is to continually inspire clients - from concept to launch and beyond - all the while protecting their best interests to ensure the spa achieves sustainable, long-term growth.