Conference Speakers


Ayesha Rajah is a somatologist who has been involved in the spa and skincare industry for over 20 years. She is the owner of Urban Bliss Wellness Spa in Emmarentia and Managing Director of A&I Importers, where she facilitates training for three leading professional skincare brands.

After completing a diploma in Blogging & Content Marketing, Ayesha launched Social Medi8, a a social media marketing and management company focused on the professional beauty industry. She also recently conceptualised a new consumer-based website called Beauty Warriors, which is like a Trip Advisor site for all things professional beauty related, on behalf of Media Inkorporated.


Lourette is an award winning manager and dermal aesthetician, with over 14 years’ experience in the industry. She currently runs a big medical aesthetic practice, in the heart of Sandton, and helped to grow the business from strength to strength for the last 7 years. She is also actively involved in the industry by writing articles that often gets published in well-known magazines, presenting at aesthetic congresses and lecturing at educational institutes. Lourette’s focus lies on creating a work environment for her team, to grow individually and therefore grow the value of the business. She believes that a true leader does not create followers, they create more leaders.


Dr Anastasia Botha has a BDS Bachelor of Dental Science from the University of the Witwatersrand and completed her Masters in Dentistry at the same institution. She also holds a Postgraduate Diploma in Clinical Dentistry from the University of Stellenbosch and is an Aptos international trainer. In 2006, Dr Anastasia opened her own aesthetic centre.



Riaan Van Der Walt is a health & wellbeing physiologist and the owner of Healthyworx, where he designs and implements a large variety of wellness programmes predominately to corporate settings and schools. These include individual health assessments, group presentations focused on lifestyle change, personal programmes and others. The aim of this is the education of people and the facilitation of lifestyle change towards disease risk reduction and improvements in quality of life. Riaan describes himself as an educator and enjoys any setting where he can help others to understand something.



Andrew Best is currently the Managing Director of Best Lasers (PTY) ltd. Andrew obtained a National Diploma in electronic engineering, and his career started at the Atomic Energy Corporation in 1981 where he was involved with laser research and development. Subsequently he has gained extensive knowledge locally and internationally with lasers, radio frequency and ultrasound devices in the aesthetic, surgical and ophthalmic fields. Andrew has also trained numerous specialists in the usage of lasers. Best Lasers is the Sole Distributor of Alma Lasers, a company driven by the mindset of innovation. We are believers in the power of innovation, technology, and science and finally, putting our people first. Best Lasers Strives to Improve people’s well-being.


Trevor Steyn is the founder and CEO of Esse Skincare. 

In February 2015, Esse launched a live probiotic serum containing one billion cfu/ml and this product has won awards worldwide. The brand produces premium salon-and-spa skincare products sold in 42 countries with primary markets in Scandinavia and Northern Europe.

Trevor has an MSc in organic chemistry and was involved in the search for new pharmaceuticals from medicinal plants in South Africa. Since the Human Microbiome Project, he refers to himself as a reformed chemist and has been active in applying skin microbiome breakthroughs to skin care products. 

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