Immersion Initiative Members

Dr. Marc Cohen

Professor, RMIT University, Australia

Professor Cohen is one of Australia’s pioneers of integrative and holistic medicine. He is a registered medical practitioner and a professor at RMIT University where he leads postgraduate wellness programs and supervises research in nutrition, herbal medicine, yoga, lifestyle, and the health impact of pesticides, organic food and detoxification.

Debra Duneier

President, EcoChi LLC, United States

EcoChi, LLC, is a purposeful interior design company with a focus on sustainability and experience. With a passion for wellness and the environment, Debra Duneier created the EcoChi 180° certification and EcoChi® SCORE! for hospitality, spas, restaurants and office spaces. Debra is a LEED® GA, eco-designer and master practitioner of feng shui. She is the author of the award-winning book EcoChi: Designing the Human Experience.

Prof. Malcom Dunn

Professor, University of Sydney, Australia

Professor Malcolm Dunn specializes in executive and corporate wellbeing. This is about supporting the development of mindful authentic leaders who can shape peak performance organizations. It is about both the person and his or her environment.

Sallie Fraenkel

President, Mind Body Spirit Network, United States

Mind Body Spirit Network was created by Sallie Fraenkel, former chief operating officer of Spafinder Wellness, Inc.® and executive vice president of the Global Wellness Summit. Called the “ultimate spa insider” by Dr. Oz, Sallie has turned her lifelong passion for wellness travel into curating “wellness journeys with heart” to countries such as Mexico and Guatemala. She serves on the boards of WSPA and Liberation Prison Yoga.

Carl Lemieux

Partner, Mindspace, United States

Carl Lemieux is a partner at Mindspace and managing director of Mindspace @ work. Carl offers both clinical and organizational services. His practice focuses on unleashing one’s full potential, using increased awareness on values and purpose while identifying and working with those aspects that tend to keep us stuck in our patterns and automatic reflexes. Carl supports clients with cultural transformation services, executive coaching, leadership development, most of which leverage mindfulness as a strategic lever to enhance emotional intelligence, organizational and human potential.

Joshua Luckow

CEO, SolaVieve, Germany

Joshua Luckow is founder and CEO of SolaVieve, a progressive health and hospitality company that integrates six industries: hospitality, healthcare, spa, technology, education and real estate. Joshua was a long-tenured senior executive for the award-winning Canyon Ranch brand—a highly profitable and differentiated company his family co-founded and ran for 40 years. Before joining the family business, Joshua was a software developer and consultant for Arthur Andersen, Merck and Honeywell.

Tomonori Maruyama

Chief Research Consultant & Manager, Mitsui Knowledge Industry Co., Ltd, Japan

Tomonori Maruyama is dedicated to new business development and global research on issues such as spa and wellness markets, services, quality standards and regulations. As chief researcher for Mitsui Knowledge Industry, Tomonori and his team have undertaken government-commissioned studies of the spa and wellness industry. He is currently engaged in co-innovation projects with inter-business collaboration.

Sheila McCann

General Manager, Lanserhof UK, United Kingdom

From the age of 17, the world of spa and wellness has been Sheila’s passion. She has corporate, destination and medical management experience and isvery proud to have joined the esteemed Lanserhof Team this year looking after UK operations.

Nash Purswani

Executive Director, Kamalaya, Thailand

Nash Purswani, has been involved in Family Business straight out of University and for 30 years has gone through the various roles of Sales, Management, Finance , New Business development, Real Estate development & managing Family Investments. Currently the Managing Director of Thai Martin Group, Thailand, an Investment Holding Company primarily involved in New Business Developments and managing the Family Offshore Investments. Over the last 10 years, the investments and Executive Director Positions are mainly focused in verticals around Health & Wellness, Renewable Energy & Last Mile Logistics.