africa wellness initiative Members

Mariane Akwenye

CEO, Nomad Group, Namibia

Mariane is Namibia’s first black female commercial pilot who made a transition to wellness entrepreneur. Nomad Wellness Group is a group of companies comprising of: a consultancy; day spa; training academy and beauty  products. The company’s flagship spa is  based in the capital Windhoek and also operate satellite spas at lodges throughout Namibia. The heart of Nomad is its vocational training through its Academy. Interested candidates are sourced through community initiatives and taken through the program to become competent holistic practitionerss and jobs are than secured through the lodges or Nomad’s flagship spa. Mariane is at the forefront working with Destination Namibia to highlight Wellness Tourism for Namibia.


Sandra Chadehumbe

Sandra Chadehumbe, CEO, Well Nation Africa, South Africa

Sandra Chadehumbe, Chief Executive Officer, Well Nation Africa, holds a B.Sc. Honours Degree in Physiotherapy and an MBA from the Gordon Institute of Business (GIBS), South Africa. Over the past 18 years, she has occupied various leadership roles in both the Spa Consulting and Corporate Wellness industries in Zimbabwe and South Africa. Sandra brings diverse leadership experience and knowledge in the areas of wellness strategy development, product development as well as business development. She is passionate about contributing to the development of innovative wellness solutions for African, while positioning Africa as a formidable player on the global wellness market. Sandra also serves as an advisory board member for Every Child Fed, an organisation that empowers local communities to produce Ready To Use Foods (RTUFs) that are used to alleviate hunger and treat malnourished children in various countries on the African Continent.


Denzil Phillips

Director, Association for African Medicinal Plants (AAMPS), United Kingdom

With over 30 years’ experience Denzil’s company, Denzil Philips International, advises some of the world’s leading corporations and development organizations operating in the field of spa & wellness, natural beauty care, natural medicines, fragrances and cosmetics. Denzil is Director of the Association of African Medicinal Plants Standards and Advisor to the Caribbean Spa & Wellness Association and Spa & Wellness Association of Africa.


Dr. Chase Webber

VP of Spa, The White Lotus Wellness Centre, South Africa

Dr Chase Webber is a qualified and licensed Naturopathic Doctor with a special focus in Wellness & Spa for the last 25 years. He has a private practice where he consults patients in Natural Medicine and Wellness, in addition he acts as a Wellness & Spa Consultant for corporate businesses. Over the years Dr Chase has worked for such groups as Raison d’Etre, Resense Spa, One&Only Resorts, Kempinski Hotels, Veranda Leisure & Hospitality, and most recently Constance Hotels & Resorts.