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SPEAKER LINE UP

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KENT RICHARDS

Kent Richards is the Corporate Operations Director (Spa & Wellness) at Six Senses Hotels Resorts Spas and is responsible for over 30 spas across the globe. With over three decades of experience in spa, fitness and wellness, Kent has had the opportunity to work in more than 20 countries worldwide, understanding their needs and exceeding the communities’ expectations.

 

Born into a family of gym fitness fanatics, Kent grew up in Durban, South Africa, following all the fitness trends of the 1980s and 1990s before finding himself in the middle of the global spa and wellness industry. After a career of 20 years in fitness and 15 years in spa, he is a firm believer that wellness and sustainability should always be at the centre of all the decisions and actions we make. Kent maintains that spa and wellness owners, management, staff, guests and communities should be moved further along the road to following lifestyles where they can live their lives to the fullest, in a sustainable way, on a healthy planet. 

 

Kent is delighted to join the World Spa & Wellness Convention ‘at home’ and looks forward to meeting all delegates.  

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TSHEGOFATSO MOSEME

Tshegofatso Valery Moseme is the CEO of House of Tshegofatso, a business that is part of Moseme Holdings (PTY) Ltd, which is focused on building luxury lifestyle brands. Tshegofatso started her career working in the events management industry before taking a break to focus on her family. In 2020 she decided to get back into the workforce and founded the award-winning House of Tshegofatso Presents: The Houghton Hotel Spa, a luxury spa where holistic living, beauty and wellness are at the centre. Coupled with over 10 years of business management experience and passion for helping people achieve their goals, Tshegofatso is committed to changing the status quo of all thing’s luxury.

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ANDREW BARGE

Andrew Barge is a wellness professional with almost 20 years of operational experience in the health & wellness industry globally. His experience ranges from health & fitness, to spa & resort openings, to consultancy. Andrew started his career as a personal fitness trainer after graduating from the Manchester Metropolitan University, UK, with a Bachelor's Degree in Exercise Science. He is currently working as a Project Director with Spa Connectors on developments around the Middle East, Europe and Africa.

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SHELLEY WALTERS

KEYNOTE SPEAKER Shelley Walters is one of today’s most dynamic and emphatic voices in the world of sales. She specialises in guiding and enhancing the performance of an incredibly diverse array of sales teams. Inspired by the ability of the individual, Shelley realised early on that one’s background needn’t dictate their path in life. That realisation, as well as many others along the way, helped her to see that we all have the potential to achieve more if we simply put the right steps in place to get there.

 

As an accomplished and awarded international corporate speaker and trainer, Shelley’s engaging, dynamic and motivational style has captured audiences across the globe, from Africa and the Americas to Europe and Asia. With over 15 years of sales and presentation experience in both B2B and B2C environments, she brings unique insight and experience to her clients.

 

Shelley has worked with the likes of Coca-Cola, Aon and BMW. As the founder and CEO of The Sales Counsel, she established a first-of-its-kind on the African continent: a remote sales education platform that empowers sales teams to deliver better results. As the host of The Shift Show podcast, she shares her experience with an ever-growing audience. Shelley always remains true to her guiding principles and the belief that we can shed our self-doubt to achieve and surpass our potential.

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DAVID GONCALVES

David Goncalves is a psychologist by formal training. He offers a fresh take on bringing individuals and groups closer to their full potential. David can custom design and implement effective and easily applicable strategies to improve personal performance and organisational optimisation. From working in the family butchery and driving the truck to market, he navigated his way to becoming an accomplished psychologist, endurance athlete and committed family man. In his journey, he discovered his ability to inspire people to reach their full potential with his ‘It is closer than you think’ philosophy. 

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MARIA VILJOEN

Hospitality entrepreneur Maria Viljoen is the founder and owner of the award-winning Enviro Sanctuary Spa. Ever since she and husband Marius launched Thaba Tshwene Game Lodge in 2006, Maria has gone from strength to strength and built the lodge into a thriving business. She went a step further when she opened yet another new wing at the lodge, namely the Enviro Sanctuary Spa, where men and women are pampered to their heart’s delight. Maria also owns the well-known Villa Maria Guest Lodge.

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AADIL DILDAR-MIA

Aadil Dildar-Mia is a full-stack digital marketer boasting over 10 years of experience. He has worked on small, medium and large businesses across several industries, such as health & fitness, aviation, manufacturing and retail to name a few. Aadil constantly keeps abreast of the latest technological developments and trends, and is always on the lookout for the next big digital opportunity. He invests a vast amount of time trying out different tactics and strategies for his clients in order to drive the best results for them. His focus is on AI (Artificial Intelligence), AR (Augmented Reality) and ML (Machine Learning) from a South African context and looks for opportunities to pioneer in this field. Aadil finds joy in observing big data and studying different economies.

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LENA MANAMELA

Lena Manamela is the Spa Manager at Kievits Kroon Gauteng Wine Estate and in charge of 20 staff members. She was awarded the title of The Spa Consultants’ Spa Manager for June 2022 within the first three months of her managerial appointment.

Born and raised in the township of Mamelodi East, Pretoria, Lena has been in the health, skin, and beauty industry for over 10 years. Her previous work experience as a qualified somatologist saw her work at the best spas in South Africa, before embarking on long stints on global cruise liners, where she was quickly promoted to Assistant Spa Manager before becoming a Spa Manager for Steiner Leisure. In this position she managed and led a total of 34 staff members, all from different nationalities.

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VERONA DUWARKAH

Verona Duwarkah works globally as a Business & Life Coach and blends her business experience with her Coaching, Personal Development & Well-being certifications, which enable her to provide a unique approach to coaching and wellness. She previously worked in the media industry for 30 years, in roles such as Group Executive of Television at the SABC, as well as CEO of Urban Brew Studios. Verona believes that mindfulness, reflection and introspection are key elements to enabling the physical and mental health of team members in any business. Her solutions include Neuroscience principles, Meditation, Yoga, Energy Medicine, Hypnotherapy, Crystal Healing and Breathwork. Verona provides a holistic solution for optimal individual and team results with her ability to integrate business strategic planning, coaching and well-being techniques across the value chain. She is the author of the book, ‘Sacred Simplicity’.

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INGRID R. POLLAK

Brazilian born and tri-lingual (fluent in Brazilian Portuguese, English and Hebrew), Ingrid R. Pollak is the founder of Inner Essence Holistic Therapies. She has always been passionate about the connection between Body, Mind and Spirit, and has studied alternative holistic healing for over 10 years, including Eastern and Western Reiki styles, Mediumship, Angel Card reading and several spiritual and self-growth workshops through local teachers and well known international teachers and mentors. Ingrid has worked in the corporate field for over 10 years and holds an Honours degree in Social Work (BSW) through UNISA.

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TANIA PHEIFFER

Tania Pheiffer is the owner of the award-winning Woodlands Healing Spa and Guesthouse on the banks of the Crocodile River in Muldersdrift. This spa offers a unique blend of traditional spa therapies and energy healing experiences. Tania feels very fortunate that she comes from a family that encourages a life of helping and uplifting others, which is exactly what she does every day. Her priorities centre on authenticity, freedom, growth and generosity. As her children and family come first in her life, in her free time Tania loves travelling and spending time with them. She implements living in the moment every day, with no expectations of the future, going into life with an open mind. That way, says Tania, anything good that happens is a happy surprise.

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KESHANTHA NAIDOO

Keshantha Naidoo is the Founder and Director at Channel Reach, a niche digital marketing agency specializing in social media, content marketing, and communications. Keshantha has over 20 years of experience in corporate banking, product management, marketing and communications. She is passionate about social media and technology influencing the modern-day marketing space.

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CHARNE LE ROUX

As a turnkey sustainability practitioner, Charné le Roux advocates and influences sustainability in the wellness industry. Her work includes creating the Sustainable Spa Practitioner Course, GreenSpa Guide and GreenSpa Calculator.

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TANYA LOPES

Tanya Lopes is spa manager at the award-winning Saxon Spa in Johannesburg. She studied at the Centro Nacional de Estética in Portugal, where she started her career as a somatologist. Tanya then joined Cabella Aqua in London, quickly progressing into managerial positions. She subsequently spent five years at Sanctuary Spa in Covent Garden as Retail and Sales Manager.

In 2008 Tanya was head hunted by Spas of Distinction Group, returning to South Africa as their Operations Director. She joined Saxon Spa in 2015 and was involved in the spa’s extensive revamp. She regularly spearheads the creation and development of unique signature treatments at the spa.

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ALISON YAMMIN

Alison Yammin is the COO of Marine Spa Distributors and helps spa directors to return to profitability in 60 days using the B.B.E.T.T.E.R system.

 

Having been in the beauty industry since 1982, Alison’s experience ranges from lecturing at a higher education facility, to owning a salon, to being vice president of SAAHSP, to partnering with a plastic surgeon to develop a medi-aesthetic range, to manufacturing products, to heading international sales import and distribution, to creating opportunities for many women in Africa and managing projects for the international market.

 

Alison is known for her business acumen and is a past winner of a Mega Success Think Big Business Award.

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KYM STAFFORD

Kym Stafford is the owner of Dolce Vita Beauty Centre, an exclusive ladies-only spa in Randpark Ridge. A qualified somatolagist, Kym is also the expert aesthetics trainer for a well-known South African skincare brand.

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MARISA DIMITRIADIS

Marisa Dimitriadis is the founder and MD of The Spa Consultants, an award-winning spa development consultancy business that delivers originality, profitability and inspiration from concept to completion. The company has created operationally unique business models for the spa industry and project-managed many spas.  

Always keen to be abreast of the latest global trends in the industry, Marisa frequently attends overseas spa conventions. She has written innumerable articles about the beauty and spa industry for leading publications, and is a regular speaker at local and international conferences. Marisa is also the co-founder of The Spa Professionals Guild.

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TERENCE JANSEN VAN VUUREN

Terence Jansen Van Vuuren is the founder and owner of Terenzo Hairdressing International. He is an ambassador for the L’Oréal Professionnel brand and performed the finale show in Mexico for the most prestigious award in the hairdressing industry, the L’Oréal Professional Color Trophy.