nestwell comes to life in collaboration with the world’s most exciting design, interior, experiential and slow luxury lifestyle brands.
An acknowledged pioneer/disrupter and entrepreneur in the global travel and tourism industry with an applied mindset of more than two decades of experience across a wide spectrum of the Responsible/Sustainable/Eco/Geo/Organic Agri/ Spa/Wellness Travel & Tourism sectors.
A cultivator of influencing and instigating positive behavior change through demystifying the concept and practice of Slow Hospitality, Conscious Business Management including Purposeful Impact Investing, Positive Return on Values and the impacts of business on living systems, Responsible Wellbeing and Mindful Luxury – then determining its ideal place in organizations – by highlighting the symbiosis between People Capital, Natural Capital, Wellbeing Capital and Economic Capital where each equally improves top-line and bottom-line metrics.
Long before the topic became de rigueur, never satisfied with the status quo and constantly countering the instinct for short-termism, Motti has a proven “go-getter” track record of guiding and assisting individuals, organizations and society as a whole, to discover new ways of thinking by building more hopeful visions of the future and successfully turning these visions to life – all which create moving experiences that inspire inner and outer Happiness and Well-being.
Born in Johannesburg, and having lived in Israel and North America during various stages of his life – and now London – and having worked in more than 20 countries globally – provided him a deep appreciation of different culture norms and values, openness and adaptability to new experiences with an expansive and enviable global portfolio which spans across a diverse range of sectors including some of some of the world’s leading luxury hotel, spa and wellness brands.
Motti is co founder of both nestwell (www.nestwellhospitality.com) – a new guiding framework of [Well]being through Design and Responsible Wellbeing for the hotel, mixed use residential and superyacht bedroom and bathroom ecosystem – and beyond – and MadeWhereHow.com (www.madewherehow.com) – a pioneering and still only-of-its-kind in the UK and Europe – Responsible Sourcing and Procurement Management platform targeting the luxury hospitality, mixed use residential, spa/wellness and super yacht sectors.
Slow Textiles and Conscious Materials
An acknowledged and recognized pioneering woven textile specialist with more than two decades of experience – both within academia and the private – including luxury hospitality, spa and wellness – sectors and who through a passion for organic, natural and ecological textiles – has always been motivated by a values driven approach to balance creativity with the ethos of good and responsible design and Conscious Design Management (including Responsible Sourcing and Procurement – specifically traceability analysis of the materials and supply chain) – as key criteria for decision making throughout a product lifecycle.
With a BA in Fashion Textiles and Business Management, Faty has worked at fabric mills on collections for international luxury brands such as Kenzo, Donna Karen and Marc Jacobs as well as mainstream UK retail brands including M&S and Next.
This evolved through to working with garment manufacturers where she played an integral link in bridging the gap between design, technology and sales.
Since 2000, Fatemeh has acted as an independent fabric specialist and advisor, guiding and working with fibre, fabric, garment and home and hospitality textile manufacturers, designers and retailers in the research and development of new and innovative responsible fibres, materials and technologies and the aftercare and afterlife of textiles in industrial laundries.
In 2007, Textiles for Life was created – whose core focus and specialty includes determining the relevance and need to consider health and wellbeing and artisanal/heritage techniques in the design of product development.
Since 2008, as bespoke requests (from hotels and spas) for luxury organic and wellbeing enhancing textiles increased, Textiles for Life has been supplying hotels and spas with luxury and GOTS certified organic bedlinen and bathroom towellings.
In 2014, together with her personal and professional partner, Motti –co founded Rythms by Design – a Responsible Sourcing and Procurement Management enterprise targeting the luxury hospitality, spa, wellness and super yacht sectors.
In 2020 – during lockdown – Faty co – founded nestwell. The journey continues.
Juergen E. Seidel
Engineering, Technical & Clean Technology
One of Asia’s leading energy and environmental engineers (with proven track record in technical service and Pre-opening), with an exceptional reputation that stems over 20 years operating in the tourism and hospitality industry having built long-lasting, collaborative relationships with their clients.
Having provided services to ACCOR, ITT Sheraton/luxury collection, WESTIN, Starwood International, Banyan Tree & Angsana, Six Senses Resorts & Spas, Soneva Resorts, Siemens Power Distribution, Dusit International Hotels & Resorts, Al Khozama Hospitality / KSA, lebua hotels & resorts and Absolute Hotel Services.
Working in collaboration with International Certifications, such as; IUCN, Green Hotels, EarthCheck, International Tourism Partnership (ITP, IBLFoundation) and ISO. As a dynamic practice, he maintains the flexibility to deliver boutique projects to customised engineering services at a national scale. Juergen believes in maintaining a hands-on approach throughout the lifecycle of the projects, maximising value and capitalising on opportunities for innovation and cost savings.
Responsible Spa and Wellness
As a respected industry insider and an accomplished business leader and strategist, Helen is renown for pushing boundaries, and breaking new grounds in all aspects of her work. Helen has worked with the world’s foremost luxury hotel brands in conceptualizing, designing and setting up their award -winning spa and wellness facilities. Helen combines her insight and expertise as a wellness expert with an owner’s perspective.
I bring with me curiosity, a visionary creative approach into all projects. I am in relentless pursuit of excellence, with a sharp eye for detail, and passion for innovation. I have coached both the practical and theoretical side of the spa and wellness business.
I believe that good design takes into account its impact on the environment around it and on the wellbeing of its occupants. By placing wellness at the heart of design, construction, operation and development decisions, we add value to real estate assets, generate savings in personnel costs, meaningfully enhance the individual’s experience, health and well-being within the space
My experience includes setting up and managing spas for uber luxury hotel groups including, Hyatt, Hilton, Starwood, Marriott as well as being part of the original pre-opening team of Chiva Som, Thailand. I was also the visionary creator of Buddhattitude spas worldwide
A fully qualified Pilates instructor and IDEA dance teacher qualification, Helen continues to teach pilates at Soul studiowhen in France holding retreats and specialised workshops.
Director Restorative, Wellbeing and Mindfulness Experiences
While embracing New York City’s fast-paced yoga culture, Jordan recognized a need for a more service-based practice; a need for experiences which give perspective to the self through selflessness. Feeling extremely blessed to not only be given the opportunity for education but to have a voice in society, she felt it was imperative to raise both awareness and funds for girls all over the planet who are denied such essential human rights.
Drawing on her experience of travel and being a full-time yoga teacher, she created Souljourn Yoga Foundation (http://www.souljournyoga.com/) – a US 501(c)3 non-profit that raises awareness and funds for young women’s education and empowerment by using yoga as a platform for social activism that change and enhance peoples lives – specifically in developing and emerging economies.
Featured in Forbes, Yoga Journal, the Los Angeles Times, New Balance and Reebok, Jordan is an activist, writer, yoga teacher, Tedx speaker, and PhD candidate.
Anke is a Teaching Fellow, Programme Leader and PhD researcher School of Hospitality and Tourism Management at the University of Surrey, UK, with a focus on sustainable management and design across tourism, transport, hospitality, and events.
Previously, Anke was a Senior Consultant at NEF Consulting (the consultancy arm of the New Economic Foundation), supporting organisations on their journey towards a new sustainable economy by developing an understanding of value for money that includes social and environmental outcomes alongside the economic costs and benefits.
A travel manager by training, she has worked in several senior roles in travel & tourism, including TUI, Thomas Cook and Lufthansa City Centre.
Professor of Wellbeing and Happiness at the faculty of tourism of the University of Girona. Professor of Mindfulness at the Master Remind Mindfulness at the University of Barcelona. Collaborator at the University of Vigo, Rovira i Virgili and Ostelea.
Designer of wellbeing experiences and training programs for corporations and destinations. Mindful Travel Consultant.
Author, has just published a new book – Mindful Travel.
Holland is the Executive Chairman of Slow Food in the UK and has held CEO positions within both the business and the third sectors and has chaired a number of large NFPS.
He has a private practice which connects artisan producers with retailers and distributors, working with some of the worlds finest food retailers. Within the third sector his work has specialised in regards to our most vulnerable citizens, their issues of food poverty & food skills, education, offending, and access to service.
His other current roles include UK Ambassador for Venner, the pan Europe charity tackling food poverty; trustee of Borough Market; and trustee of the charity United St Saviours, which gives grants to community groups and other charities of in excess of £1 million a year alongside running best in class almshouses. He is past chair of both Eat Club , the organisation that teaches food skills to young people, and Plan Zheroes, the platform that connects surplus fresh food with charities and people in need.
A food writer – specialist subject, cheese – he also frequently sits on expert panels; appears both in print and on TV & radio; lectures at universities; has given a TED Talk as one of their “Architects of Tomorrow”; and carries out dozens of speaking engagements a year both within the UK and internationally.
Natarajan “Ish” Ishwaran
“Ish” to most of his friends and colleagues, has been associated with international programs linked to the environment, wildlife and biodiversity and sustainable development for well over 30 years.
During his early career, he worked on Asian elephant conservation in the context of river valley development in his native Sri Lanka. From 1986 to 2012 he worked in UNESCO and served in key positions such as Chief, Natural Heritage (1996-2004) and Director, Division of Ecological and Earth Sciences (2004-2012).
Since 2012 he has been associated with international centers and programs in China to promote the application of space and data science technologies for ecosystem management and conservation of natural and cultural heritage. He served as the Editor-in-Chief of the Elsevier Journal, Environmental Development, from 2018 to 2021.
Ish is now the Executive Director, International Promotion and Deputy Secretary General of Deep-time Digital Earth (DDE), an initiative of the International Union of Geological Science (IUGS) launched in 2019. He holds a Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS) International Fellowship for the period 2020-2021 and collaborates with CAS Institute of Geographic Sciences and Natural Resources Research (IGSNRR) on ecosystem restoration.