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Meet The Speakers
FRANCISCO CACERES GARCIA Francisco Caceres Garcia is an independent Spa Consultant with vast experience in the Hotel Spa sector, having been involved in successfully managing and directing two iconic South African hotel spas, namely Mount Grace Country House & Spa and Arabella Hotel Spa and working with the
Amani Spas Group as their COO, which gave him vast, extensive and in-depth knowledge of the realities of the Hotel Spas sector in the country. Apart from being a successful Spa Consultant, Francisco also dedicates a lot of time to training and development in a wide variety of aspects to other professionals, from spa finance to retail selling skills.
MARISA DIMITRIADIS Marisa Dimitriadis is the founder of the The Spa Consultants, one of South Africa’s leading Spa Design, Development and Operations firms, which has over 40 completed Spa Projects and manages the operations of some leading spas in the country. Marisa and her team pride themselves on
delivering systems that provide clients with a sustainable and profitable spa business. She has also launched two professional spa brands, SIX Sensational Skincare for face and Spalicious for hands, feet and body. Marisa travels to spa conferences around the world to collect valuable trends and information and bring them back to the South African market. She has presented at a number of international business seminars and writes spa and business related articles for both industry publications as well as glossy print magazines and online media.
CHARNE LE ROUX Charné is a Green Spa Developer and Sustainability Advisor who has been responsible for the sustainability programme of a large corporate. Previously she developed the Green Spa Rating Tool through The Green Spa Company and penned the Green Spa Guide. She is a board member of the SA Spa
Association and developed Vygenhoek Organic Spa in 2003, the first dedicated organic spa in South Africa. In 2010 Charné received the Les Nouvelles Visionary Award for her work in developing the green spa industry. An accredited professional of the Green Building Council SA, Charné was in 2012 a member of the Programs and International Committees of the Green Spa Network (USA).
DEBBIE MERDJAN Debbie Merdjan is the CEO and founder of the Camelot Group and has over 30 years of business experience encompassing Spa Consultancy and Spa Franchise operations throughout Southern Africa, as well as Health & Skin Care Training Centres and product distribution. She is a
winner of numerous awards, including Professional Beauty Entrepreneur of the Year Award 2012; Les Nouvelles Esthetiques Spa Ambassador Award 2013; World Luxury Spa Awards Best Luxury Spa Group in Africa 2014; Best Spa Boutique Hotel Award 2015; World Luxury Spa Awards Nominee 2017; and 2016 IWEC (International Women's Entrepreneurial Challenge) Awards. Debbie is a Board member of the Global Wellness Institute on the Consulting Best Practices Initiative.
LEAH LIVANOS Owner of Revive Wellness Spa