Immersion Initiative Members

Amir Alroy

Owner & CEO, Cloud 9 Wellness Clubs, Israel

Amir Alroy has always been passionate about wellness and has built his career and public standing on promoting wellness, fitness and a healthy lifestyle. Amir is certified as a personal trainer and a Wellness Coach. He is a leading figure in Israel’s wellness industry both as the founder of Cloud 9 Wellness Clubs, which he now serves as Chairman, and as the visionary and organizing entity behind Israel’s bi-annual Wellness Forum Conference at the Fitness and Lifestyle Convention. He currently has two major business initiatives on the go: the founding of Israel’s first Global Wellness Initiative entity, while at the same time putting his business administration degree and many years of business experience to use internationally through real estate development as co-founder of the European arm of New York company MYtime Real Estate.

Wyatt Chapman

Founder & CEO, VeraVia, United States

Wyatt Chapman is the Founder and CEO of VeraVia, a boutique integrative health and wellness retreat in Carlsbad, California. Prior to starting VeraVia, Wyatt was President and Principal Architect of an award-winning architectural and engineering firm in San Diego, CA, where he led the sustainable design and construction efforts of numerous large-scale design-build projects throughout the United States.

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.

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.

Sammy Gharieni

CEO & Founder Gharieni Group, Germany

In 1992, Sammy Gharieni founded the Gharieni company in Germany to focus on the needs of the beauty & medical industry. Today, the Gharieni Group is one of the worlds leading manufacturers of high-end spa, wellness & medical equipment and furniture for luxury spas, hotels, resorts and wellness retreats. With more than 25 years of experience in the spa & wellness industry, Sammy Gharieni is the person to talk to when it comes to future wellness trends and developments. Besides leading the company’s management, the german engineer is a global speaker for trends in spa & wellness technologies.

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, Chiva-Som International Health Resort, Thailand

Sheila McCann is general manager of Chiva-Som and has global experience leading destination wellness retreats and brand development in hotel and day spas in North America, the UK, Europe and Asia. Sheila began her career as a spa therapist and is passionate about wellness, professional integrity and quality standards. She holds an MBA in leisure and tourism from Oxford Brookes and serves on the IHWA ethics committee.

Mohannes Mikenda

Spa & Sports Director, Schloss Elmau Luxury Spa Retreat & Cultural Hideaway, Germany

Johannes Mikenda is the Spa & Sports Director at Schloss Elmau luxury Spa Retreat & Cultural Hideaway. The award winning Spa Manager is a Sport Scientist, Wellness Expert and advanced Yoga Teacher. As Spa Manager he tries to develop new concepts to increase the level of Wellness offerings for guests and employees as well. Mentoring the next generation of Spa Experts is one of his key tasks.

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.

Michael Thorp

Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation Specialist, Turkey

Michael Thorp is a physical medicine and rehabilitation specialist with extensive knowledge and experience in preventive medicine. As a Canyon Ranch Medical Director he established and managed the Canyon Ranch Health and Healing department in Kaplankaya, Turkey.