Melinda Yon is the Singapore based Technical Services Director of Spa and Wellness and part of the core Wellness Innovation Team at Six Senses Hotels Resorts Spas. She works with the development, design, sustainability and operations teams for the spa and wellness projects for Six Senses. Melinda has more than 15 years of experience working with leading spa and wellness companies.
Winner of the Les Nouvelle Spa Manager Excellence Award in 2017, seasoned Spa Manager, Nadia Rudolph, has worked in wellness for over 10 years. Currently the Spa Manager at Fancourt Resort and Spa, Nadia is the driving force behind the award-winning excellence for which Fancourt has become renowned. She also spent several years sailing the high seas on luxury liner, Silversea, where she was spa manager. An all-rounder with experience in finance, public relations, team motivation, guest satisfaction and treatment standards, Nadia inspires her team at Fancourt to provide world-class service and the ultimate guest experience.
Based at Four Seasons Resort Mauritius at Anahita, Joelle Jennepy is Senior Director of Spa overseeing Four Seasons Seychelles Mahé, Four Seasons Seychelles Desroches, Four Seasons The Westcliff, Four Seasons Safari Lodge Serengeti, and Four Seasons Damascus. Joelle was previously Regional Spa & Wellness Manager Mauritius for LUX Resorts & Hotels. She has held management positions at LUX Belle Mare, LUX Le Morne, and Sugar Beach Resort.
Verona Duwarkah is the founder of the Blue Topaz Wellness Centre – a space that will be dedicated to the Healing of the Soul.She has studied courses in reiki, crystal healing and meditation, and is a certified Life Coach. Verona worked in the broadcasting industry for almost 30 years, holding senior positions such as SABC Group Executive for Television, as well as CEO of Urban Brew Studios, one of the largest TV production studios on the continent. She now works as a Board member, media consultant and advisor to various organisations including Urban Brew, The Writers Guild of SA and the Align-ed Foundation. She is passionate about personal development and transformation and has also written her first book on the subject, called ‘Sacred Simplicity’.
Dineo Molefe established Dee’s African Spa at Protea Hotel (Paul Kruger Gate)in 2009. The business is 100% black female owned and serves as the base for providing skills to young black women in surrounding areas, thereby providing social upliftment. Dineo has 17 years of experience as a Somatologist and Spa Manager of renowned 5-Star lodges, including Singita Private Game Reserve, Granny Mouse Country House Spa in Midlands, Karkloof Spa in KZN and the award-winning Amani Spa at Sabi Sabi Private Game Reserve. In 2017 Dineo worn the ABM Award as Business Woman of the Year in Nelspruit.
Johan Mouton is a marketing growth hacker who has helped thousands of clients to create websites and get online. He has trained business owners, marketing managers, entrepreneurs and division managers on how to market effectively online and offline. Johan has a Honours Degree in Marketing from the University of Pretoria and started a marketing consulting company in 2006, which morphed into digital marketing and growth hacking.
Gabriella Cirillo is an Actress, MC, Communications Specialist, Acting Coach and Online Digital Marketer. She studied Performing Arts and is a familiar face on Television, with numerous local and international roles, including BBC’s ‘Wild at Heart’, ‘Bedford Wives’ and Neil Gaiman’s ‘Good Omens’. Gabriella founded an umbrella company called Gabriella Cirillo Communications and is now a valued asset to the Red Cherry Interactive Team.
Hildegard Carstens is Spa Manager at Delaire Graff Spa in Stellenbosch. She has over 18 years of experience in the health and beauty industry and has worked at The Athenaeum Spa in Green Park London, Michael Van Clarke Salon in Mayfair, Le Quartier Francais and Leeu Spa in Franschhoek. Holistic healing is the essence of everything Hildegard does, with reflexology her speciality. She has studied cranio sacral therapy, reiki, chakra balancing and visceral manipulation.
Cecilia McKay is Director of Sales, Marketing & Revenue Management at African Pride Irene Country Lodge, Autograph Collection. This property comprises the Camdeboo Day Spa, 123 rooms, 10 function venues and three restaurants. She is responsible for strategic planning, analysing trends and ensuring proper yielding is done at each of the outlets, as well as ensuring the sales & marketing is streamlined and giving maximum exposure for each property through sales, marketing and public relations campaigns.
James Blower is the Sales Director for Hospitality & Wellness EMEA & APAC at Matrix Fitness. After serving with an infantry unit in the British Army, James qualified as a personal trainer and sports therapist and worked for Hilton Hotels. Following a number of senior management positions in health club operations, including Marriott Hotels and David Lloyd Leisure, James moved into designing and implementing fitness concepts for global hotel chains and resorts throughout Europe and Asia.
Keshantha Naidoo is the Founder and Director at Channel Reach, a niche digital marketing agency specialising in social media, content marketing, and communications. Her expertise lies within product management, marketing and communications. Keshantha is passionate about technology, social media and all things digital, as well as its role in the modern-day marketing space. She is a thought leader and public speaker on topics within digital marketing and how to leverage new tech trends to enhance marketing strategies.
Nuncia Pereira is the Spa Executive Manager at the Fairway Spa (Guvon Group) in Randburg, Johannesburg. After working for Steiner on cruise liners for several years, Nuncia returned to South Africa as Spa & Fitness Manager at The Westcliff Hotel in 2012. Prior to joining the Fairway Spa, she was Spa Manager at Club Mykonos.
MelloneyRijnvishas a diploma in Somatology and, as an entrepreneur, has 10 years of business management and marketing experience.With in-depth knowledge of VR, mental wellness and the medical developments through VR, she is qualified to guide the spa industry into the future.
Karen Anne Turis is a manager at the Oxford Healthcare Retreat in Johannesburg and a qualified Kundalini Yoga Instructor, Massage Therapist and Dance and Movement Teacher. She offers private and group yoga and Deep Tissue Massage Sessions. She has done this for 17 years and more recently given Movement classes for both adults and children. Karen has worked in both the public and corporate sectors.
KAREN ANNE TURIS
Marion Von Maltzahn is the founder of Ciana Day Spa in Swakopmund, Namibia. Ciana is positioned as a one-stop-shop to improve health, beauty and wellness through a holistic approach. Born and bred in Namibia, Marion is a qualified gym instructor, personal trainer, life coach, beautician and massage therapist.
MARION VON MALTZAHN
Tarryn Sacher has 14 years of active beauty and retail experience. She is an internationally qualified spa therapist who has held senior spa management roles in a variety of well-known flagship spas and salons within Johannesburg. Tarryn’s dream to empower the industry propelled her into education and training. She is currently the Creative Director behind the BeautyBizRehab brand; an independent coaching, rehabilitative and mentoring consultancy.
Ayesha Rajah is a somatologist who has been involved in the spa and skincare industry for over 20 years. She is the owner Urban Bliss Wellness Spa in Emmarentia and the Managing Director of a distribution company for three international skincare brands. Her national diploma in Somatology from the University of Johannesburg was subsequently enhanced by several other courses to keep her up to date with the latest technology. Ayesha has a diploma in Blogging & Content Marketing and is a contributing writer for various publications. This has led to Ayesha’s new venture in Social Media Marketing and Management, focused on the professional beauty industry.
Dr Debbie Norval graduated as a medical doctor from the University of the Witwatersrand in 1991. She obtained a Diploma in Palliative Medicine through the University of Wales UK, followed by a Masters of Philosophy in Palliative Medicine from the University of Cape Town, and worked at Hospice Witwatersrand for 14 years. Dr Norval obtained an Advanced Diploma in Aesthetic Medicine through the Foundation for Professional Development in 2012. She is the current President of AAMSSA and serves on the Ethics and Professionalism committee of SAAHSP. Dr Debbie Norval Aesthetics is a busy clinical practice in Parktown North, Johannesburg.
DR DEBBIE NORVAL
A qualified somatologist and former salon owner, Yolandé Swanepoel has 25 years of experience in the skincare and wellness industry, with 22 years’ experience in private tertiary education, where her specific focus has been on quality assurance of policies and systems, research and development of new programmes and online education systems She has been with Isa Carstens Academy since January 1997.
Madaleine Helm is a seasoned speaker who has hosted Women’s Days, seminars and workshops. She has been interviewed on radio shows and writes for health magazines. Madaleine’s passion is to educate people to take responsibility for their own health and to impart information on how to make wiser choices in the way we nourish our bodies.
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 has designed three Saxon Spa treatments, most recently the world first Molton Brown Signature Journey.
Francisco Garcia is the Spa Manager of the renowned Jiva Spa at the TAJ Hotel in Cape Town. He previously worked as an independent Spa Consultant and has vast experience in the hotel spa sector, having been involved in successfully managing and directing two other iconic hotel spas in the country, namely Mount Grace Country House & Spa and Arabella Hotel Spa. He worked with the Amani Spas Group as their COO, which gave him extensive and in depth knowledge in this field.
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 several spas in the country. Marisa travels to spa conferences around the world to collect valuable trends and information and bring these back to the South African market.