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Motti Essakow

Co-Founder

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.

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.

Helen Coulon

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.

Laurence Marchese

Art, Emotion & Experiential 

Artist at heart Laurence Marchese is passionate about the universe of creation in the broad sense. An atmosphere, a sound, an image, a movement, a touch, Laurence studies each emotional track that raises consciousness to take us from the created world to the creative world.

Beyond art, she emphasizes the questions of territory from the intimate to the collective and in this sense leads research on the new habitat both in terms of our lifestyles, our relationship to living things, design but also any other resource allowing us to be both rooted and connected to our internal wifi heart.

Endowed with a strong sensitivity, Laurence redraws the contours of the universe of Sustainable Luxury integrated with emotional & physical well-being. Her rich and varied professional background extracts her from any notion of categorization. Laurence is above all a free spirit passionate about humanity.

Her life and activities revolve around this notion of experimentation with being, the encounter of the horizontal with the vertical. From organizing events around cultural diversity and positive cinema for the Better World Forum in Cannes, to making unique pieces for Petit Hermès, from supporting internationally recognized writers such as James Redfield to writing, taking pictures or guiding individuals on their own path, she is one of those people whose spirit and creativity are always in turmoil.

ADVISORY BOARD

Anke Winchenbach
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.

Edgar Tarrés
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.

Shane Holland
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.

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