Eastern European Initiative Members
Managing Director, FoSpa Group, Poland
Arek Dawidowski is co-founder and managing director of FoSpa Group, leading Polish consultancy company. Also he is the president of the board of European Spa Foundation in Poland which organizes international spa congress in Warsaw (kongresspa.pl) He has created many successful spa concepts in Poland for the last 10 years. A lecturer at The University College of Tourism and Ecology in Cracow and amabassador of Global Wellness Day in Poland.
Managing Director, Exclusive About Spa, Romania
After 10 years of banking career, Ioana has become fascinated by the spa concept. In 2010 she launched despreSpa.ro – the most important wellness platform in Romania, which has become the main information source for readers around the whole country, journalists and spa professionals Since then, she has been actively involved in the field and centralizes the Romanian spa market information, while constantly working with and reuniting the representatives of spa centers, spa consultants, spa trainers, producers and distributors of spa products & equipment. She is also the Romanian Ambassador of Global Mentorship Program and Global Wellness Day.
Stavros G. Mavridis
Spa Director, Miraggio Thermal Spa Resort, Chalkidiki, Greece
Stavros has been involved in the Greek spa industry for the last 11 years. He has worked for large hotel chains in Greece and involved in the opening of 5 spas. He has a background and education in Physiotherapy & Sports Science and has hands on experience. He has been involved in the benchmarking report for the Greek spa industry and is a founding member of the Association of Greek Spa Managers of Greece. He is passionate about his work and strongly believes in Wellness and the future impact it will have in the lives and evolution of humanity. He is currently working on the development and opening of Miraggio Thermal Spa in Chalkidiki, Greece one of the biggest resorts spas in the Mediterranean. As spa director he is responsible for the development of the concept, SOP’s, design, marketing and sales strategy, purchasing of equipment, menu development and staff training.
Operations Support, EF Cultural Tours, Switzerland
Sofia has been involved with the Wellness area the last 5 years. She has a background in Business Administration with a focus on Tourism, and conducted various researches about the Tourism industry in Greece and also the Spa and Thermal Springs reality of Europe from a Business & Energy aspect. She has explored several practices personally, from nutrition & hydrotherapy to life coaching. Her ambition is to spread the wellness mindset across people, sectors & countries so it can evolve into the way of life for every person. She is currently working at EF Cultural Tours, supporting Operations for Greece, India & Israel Tours.