Amber Marie Beard
VP Sustainability, Six Senses, Bangkok/United Kingdom
Amber brings over 11 years of passionate and professional international experience in sustainability to the hospitality and spa industry. Originally from the United States and with a degree in architecture Amber’s experience in sustainability spans a variety of industries including construction, development, real estate investment finance and now hospitality. Amber calls London “home” and has focused her sustainability efforts in creating planetary wellness with Six Senses Hotels Resorts Spas.
Vice President, International Business Development, Oakworks, Inc., United States
Dafne Berlanga, VP of International business Development for Oakworks, has been active in the Wellness Industry for 15 years now. Her passion for Art has led her to join Partners in Art where she has volunteered for the last six years. Partners in Art is monthly program where volunteers explain 3-4 pieces of art per session for children from Kindergarden to 5th grade. Each session is always followed by an activity. Dafne is also a member of the Sustainability Initiative for the Global Wellness Institute. She believes that sustainability principles and practices need to be experienced from childhood to promote a collective change in our culture towards taking care of our resources.
President & Founder, American Spa Therapy Education Certification Council (ASTECC), United States
Consultant, designer and trainer of spa therapies, Anne Bramham is the founder of ASTECC. Widely regarded as the benchmark for spa therapy education, her ‘constitutionally’ based ASTECC curriculum integrates classical spa therapies and bio chemical elements with its highly individualized approach. Her clients include the award winning Spa Montage properties.
Dr. Marc Cohen
Professor, RMIT University, Australia
Professor Marc Cohen, is a medical doctor and one of Australia’s pioneers of integrative and holistic medicine. He is currently President of the Australasian Wellness Association and Professor of Health Sciences at RMIT University where he leads postgraduate Wellness Programs and supervises research into wellness and holistic health. His research areas include yoga, meditation, nutrition, herbal medicine, lifestyle, hot springs, saunas, elite athletic performance and the health impact of pesticides, organic food and detoxification.
Prof. J. Paul De Vierville
Director, Spa Cultures, United States
Dr. Jonathan Paul De Vierville is professor emeritus of history and humanities at Alamo Colleges, St. Philip’s College, and is a Jungian psychotherapist/analytical consultant. He has been associated with the Balneotherapy Association of North America and the International Association for Study of Dreams. He owns the Alamo Plaza Spa at the historic Menger Hotel in San Antonio, Texas, and runs a Spa-Waters: Dreams and Cultures seminar.
Founder, Moebius Partners LLC, United States
Martin Goebel has nearly 35 years experience in natural resources management and sustainable development. Between 1983-1986 he was assistant director for science and director for conservation planning at The Nature Conservancy (TNC) and Conservation International (CI), and subsequently director for Mexico for TNC, CI and World Wildlife Fund. From 1994-2013 Martin was the founding president of Sustainable Northwest based in Portland, Oregon. Martin helped found the Oregon Sustainability Board and has served as trustee of several foundations including Summit Foundation, Compton Foundation and Fondo Mexicano para la Conservacion de la Naturaleza (which he founded). Most recently Martin founded Moebius Partners LLC, a private sector consultancy specializing in advising philanthropies and triple-bottom line private sector companies.
Founder, Tara Spa Therapy, United States
A visionary for over 25 years, Tara Grodjesk is best known for her innovative concepts and wellness-focused treatment programs. Tara Spa Therapy specializes in customized treatment and retail programs that express a spa’s uniqueness and core identity, while delivering an extraordinary guest experience and therapeutic efficacy. As a founder of Green Spa Network, Tara has been a leading force in greening and sustainability for spas.
CEO & Partner, Two Bunch Palms Resort & Spa, United States
Kevin Kelly is CEO and partner of Two Bunch Palms, a historic hot mineral springs resort recently transformed into the first “carbon neutral” spa resort in North America. Owner of Civano Development, Kevin is one of the first sustainable developers in the U.S. to pioneer alternative and energy-efficient homes and land-planning techniques. He served as chief branding officer and president of Canyon Ranch for nine years.
CEO, Under a Tree Health and Wellness Consulting, United States
Amy McDonald is the owner of Under a Tree Consulting and has designed world class wellness experiences over 30 years that support optimal health and sustainability on an international level. Specialties include turnkey development and operational consulting globally. An advocate of water’s healing properties, Amy has chaired the Hot Spring Initiative for GWI for the past 2 years.
CEO, Dr. Hauschka Skin Care, United States
Victor has diverse management experience from different previous positions and is currently the CEO of Dr. Hauschka Skin Care. Victor also works locally as a management consultant, focusing on sustainable business strategy development and executive management coaching. Victor has served as a consultant for the Vermont Sustainable Job’s Fund’s Peer to Peer Collaborative Program, working with small businesses helping them to address business strategy and management skill building. Victor is also an occasional Adjunct Business Professor in Green Mountain College’s Sustainable MBA Program, teaching classes in People Management, Sustainable Business Strategy and Finance.
Founder, KYPRIS Beauty, United States
Chase Polan has always been an entrepreneur, a mentor, and a champion of women at heart. In 2012, inspired by her dream that she could help women cultivate the best version of themselves, KYPRIS was born. The luxurious line of holistic, high-performance skincare boasts organic, wild-crafted, sustainably sourced ingredients, blended with clinically substantiated, cutting-edge green technologies for gorgeous results and an ecstatic experience of your unique Beauty. Paramount to the brand’s philosophy continues to be Beauty as a healing experience of pleasure and sustainability as both an environmental and social imperative. In just two years, KYPRIS was recognized as Green Spa Network’s 2014 Green Product Company of the Year. Today, Chase is CEO of KYPRIS and a co-chair of the Green Spa Network’s personal care committee.
Co-Founder, LEED, United States
An internationally recognized proponent and practitioner in integrative systems design and regeneration Bill is an architect and principal in Regenesis. His work centers on creating the framework for and managing an integrative, whole and living system design process. This work is known as Regenerative Development. It is a meta-discipline that unifies the pattern understanding practices of Ecological Design, Biophilia, and Organizational/ Community Transformation into a design process that lifts building and community planning into a co-evolutionary relationship with ecological systems. He is one of the founders of the LEED, author of many articles, contributor to multiple books – including co-authorship of the seminal work, “Integrative Design Guide to Green Building” – and is one of the leading authorities on integrative design and regenerative design and development.
Eduardo Rincon Gallardo
Biologist / Artist, Mexico
Eduardo Rincón initiated his formal education as a biologist, working in tropical plant research for the UNAM University in Mexico City. In 1992, he presented his first show as a solo artist at the Sloane-Racotta Gallery, deciding to combine the study of nature through the arts with botany and science. He actively works as a painter and also cultivates the arts of engraving and drawing. In 2000 he began his studies in anthroposophy and has since been active in study under the guidance of renowned teachers and he founded a branch of the Anthroposophical Society in Mexico. In recent years, he has fused his personal research in plant biology and Biodynamics with art projects using contemporary installation and sculpture, in addition to landscape design with native and endangered species.