Lilian Arigbodi; Managing Director of Lilian Collins LTD, a company that houses three brands; Lilian Collins Spa, Skinologist (a professional skincare line), and Beauty Agent (specialises in beauty equipment and beauty workforce therapist)
LB Training Institute (a beauty academy) will be launched very soon as the 4th brand housed by Lilian Collins Limited.
Lilian obtained a BA in Education from University of Nigeria (NSUKKA), and holds Diploma qualifications in all Level 3 Beauty Therapy Courses from Carlton Institute, London with Certifications in Electrolysis, Facial Electrical, Body Mechanics, Massages and Facials.
In her quest for excellence, she went further to attend Wigmore Medicals UK where she honed in her skills in Chemical Peeling and Skin Lasers. She is a qualified Beauty Therapist for Mesoestetic UK, Caci International UK, VI Derm UK, and RegimA South Africa.
Lilian Arigbodi is very passionate about skin care and everything it takes to keep the skin healthy, beautiful, clean and clear. Her journey in the “Beauty” industry has been quite exciting, bringing to the doorstep of Nigerians Unrivalled service delivery through the use of innovative therapies and beauty equipment, matching international industry standards.
She is the first to bring a Nigerian brand cosmeceutical range that trains professionals to be able to use the right product of practice and provide their client with a full range of aftercare home use.
Elaine Okeke – Martin is the founder and president of the Spa & Wellness Association of Africa (SWAA)
Elaine has a wealth of experience in global project management and has worked in Europe, Americas, Middle East and Africa by providing excellence consulting services to Hotels, Resorts, Boutique hotels and Spa Wellness facilities globally. She still consults private owners and companies worldwide in spa developments and government departments in Africa for sustainable wellness tourism.
Elaine chairs the ´Africa Wellness Initiative on the Global Wellness Institute platform. She has been on the panel of judges for Wellness 365 Global and listed as ‘African Travel 100 Women Awards’ by AKWAABA African Travel Market 2017.
Project Director – International Development – Wellness industry expert
Patrick is Founder and CEO of Global Project and Spa Advisory, a company dedicated to providing worldwide expertise in management of wellness projects and spa consulting. He supports project owners, investors, brand owners, hotel management in their moves and investments on the wellness market.
With GPSA company, he was instrumental in the definition of evian®SPA concept and he is currently in charge of evian®SPA international development on behalf of evian® since 2012.
Graduated from AUDENCIA, his expertise began with 15 years of experience in the major consulting companies. As an Executive for Arthur Andersen/BearingPoint, he was involved in the transition process of several private and public large organizations including the French Healthcare Ministry, Paris Head office, and hospitals. He was fully dedicated to health-care organizations for three years, supporting quality and efficiency in this very sensitive sector.
Being caught up with his passion for wellness, he has spent 3 years heading the international development of an upscale Swiss spa brand, while preserving the high quality and originality of the brand. He developed new spa projects and partnerships with 5*resorts, Palaces and day spas in Istanbul, Antalya, Dubai, Cotonou and especially Paris where he has directly led all steps of design, implementation and go live of a high-end hotel spa in the heart of Paris.
Since 2012 when he founded GPSA Wellness Lifestyle company, he supports strategic wellness projects in many countries in Europe, Middle East, Asia, for evian® and other exclusive brands and hotels. In France, his expertise also goes to thermal centers and destinations, or meaningful projects like the transformation of a ski destination into a wellness destination.
He strongly believes in global wellness and prevention to secure a real impact on anyone’s wellbeing, and ultimately to live better, not only longer. Thanks to his passion for international travels, he is focused on the synergies between the richness of local cultures, heritage, know-how, products, and the importance of international standards of quality.
Through iconic projects, conferences, or in front of MBA students in Hospitality Management, he shares his vision regarding the guest’s wellness experience beyond spa treatments, and the necessary consistency between a concept, an investment and guests’ expectations.
Lydia holds an LLM in Public Commercial International Laws from the University of Greenwich and an LLB (Hons) from the University of Wales.
She currently works for Visit Britain, London Paralegal.
Dr Theo Mothoa-Frendo is the Founder of Uso an advanced facial skincare range aimed at addressing the specific skincare needs of Africans. Uso targets the ethnic market segment and everyone living under the harsh African climate. Through her company Africans Dermal Science, of which she is Chief Executive Officer, she focuses on the research, development, manufacturing and marketing of science-driven skincare solutions for Africans. In a tough market dominated by foreign multinationals, the Uso brand has managed to amass quite a following and has been featured in publications such as CNBC Africa, The Financial Mail, Elle and Destiny, to name but a few. Within a year of being in market, Uso Skincare was listed with the biggest fashion and beauty retailer in Africa, Edgars and is available in over 40 stores in South Africa, Botswana and Namibia.
A Medical Doctor by training, GIBS MBA Graduate and Pharmaceutical Expert, Dr Theo spent 10 years with Roche Pharmaceuticals across Sub-Saharan Africa mostly as Medical Director. Dr Theo is also a Fellow of the prestigious Archbishop Tutu African Leadership Fellowship and was named as one of the 50 African Entrepreneurs to watch by Entrepreneur Magazine.Born and bred in the township of Soshanguve, her passion lies in researching, developing and introducing into market world-class solutions specifically for the unmet needs of us Africans
A multi award winning Global Makeup Educator & Industry Strategist. She educates and empowers women of all ages. Eryca speaks regularly at Professional Beauty, Olympia, Beauty World and other international conferences; Eryca is often booked to speak at women conferences and transformational events.
Global Beauty Ambassador, recent international judge for Miss Africa, interviewed by Forbes Magazine Africa, CNBC, MNET Studio 53, Ebony Life TV, Bloomberg TV International researcher for Unilever and Euromonitor, the Eryca Freemantle brand is endorsed by UKTI to increase cross-border business-to-business trade. Eryca is a former adviser to the London College of Fashion, the most prestigious fashion and makeup university in the world. Eryca is adviser to the Spa & Wellness Assoc of Africa SWAA (www.swaafrica.org)
Founded recently own company Star Connexxions Ltd and has over 25 years experience in training.
In the past, has been adviser for Minister of Health, Minister of Youth and Sports, Ministry of Women and Children in Mauritius, currently, she is the adviser for Women Entrepreneurship Development to the Ministry of Gender Equality, Child Development and Family Welfare in Mauritius.
A pioneer of health, fitness and wellbeing projects in Mauritius.
Georgina promoted health, fitness and a holistic approach to life through regular TV programmes. She is the Founding member and Past President of Rotary Club of Phoenix. District officer for Rotary International in 2006, 2010 and 2013. Member of Soroptimist International Port Louis and of AMFCE. Member of the MIOD and AMCHAM WIN Ltd Board member – Current WIN Champion for Leadership and Training. She is adviser to the Spa & Wellness Assoc of Africa SWAA (www.swaafrica.org)
Suki, a chemistry graduate from Imperial College London, has 25+ years Fortune 500 multinational board and management experience at Unilever, Coca-Cola International and Forte & Le Meridien Hotels.
Suki founded and set up SSI in 2000 the parent company behind re-aqua and Dove Spa. Suki has always had a passion for training and he has run 4 training companies alongside his portfolio of work in the last 10-years including leading and gaining substantial improvements in globally recognised OFSTED inspections for use of public education and training funds. Suki was Chairman of the UK Spa Assoc. from 2003 to 2013, Chairman of Habia the UK government standard setting body from 2012 to 2017, Chair UK sector skills council from Jun-16 to Dec -17
He is currently Chair of UK Panel for hair beauty and aesthetics standards, operates hair and beauty outlets in London and Cambridge and a founding adviser to the Spa & Wellness Assoc of Africa SWAA (www.swaafrica.org)
With over 30 years experience Denzil’s company, Denzil Philips International, advises some of the world’s leading corporations and development organisations operating in the field of spa & wellness, natural beauty care, natural medicines, fragrances and cosmetics.
Denzil is Director of the Association of African Medicinal Plants Standards AAMPS and Advisor to the Caribbean Spa & Wellness Assoc and adviser to the Spa & Wellness Assoc of Africa SWAA (www.swaafrica.org)
Angela Derks is the Founder and CEO of the Australasian Sustainable Wellness Academy (ASWA) and the course and curriculum developer for the Australian Accredited Diploma of Wellness.
Originally from Papua New Guinea, she moved to Australia when she was 12 and graduated with University Degrees in Naturopathy, Marketing and Real Estate Development. At the age of 28, Angela designed, developed and operated one of Australia’s first integrated health, wellness and spa facilities. Angela has lead strategic initiatives and training programs in award-winning companies such as Six Senses Spas, Soneva Resorts, Ritz-Carlton, Madinat Jumeirah, Palazzo Versace, Kempinksi, Westin, Qantas First Lounges, Gwinganna Lifestyle Retreat and Aurora Spa.
She launched ASWA with the mission of bringing wellness within reach of individuals and organisations to enhance the way we live and work. Angela works with various organisations, from private enterprise in sectors such as vocational education, manufacturing, hospitality, health, spas and aesthetic clinics to not-for-profits and government departments such as industry skills councils and associations, delivering specific intelligence at board level.
As a professional working mother with two young children, Angela knows personally the challenges of attaining individual wellness and balance in today’s working world – vital concepts for individuals and organisations to understand and embrace, in order to thrive.
In her spare time, you’ll find Angela in a pilates class, enjoying a nutritious organic meal with fun-loving friends and family, or planning her next wellness adventure.
“Wellness is a day-to-day choice, an active process of increasing self-awareness, complemented by the supportive actions of one’s workplace, home and community environments. What I’m truly passionate about is seeing others thriving at their personal and professional best. ASWA provides an avenue for people to realise their potential; to live their best life with clarity, vitality and peace, underpinned by a true sense of purpose and passion.” says Angela.
Angela believes that she can achieve her purpose of empowering others to attain optimum wellness, by providing organisations with advice, solutions and training programs that not only demystifies the concept of wellness, but inspires participants to live, breathe, cultivate and lead the integration of wellness into lives and workplaces.
International Strategic Business Consultant with in-depth Program Management and Finance expertise including; Corporate Strategy, Business Development and investment skills; broad experience in Europe, Latin America and Africa, with strong experience in leading and handling large scale projects and programs.
Strong analytical skills, proven ability to infiltrate new markets and Entrepreneurial knowhow with successful track records in building international services companies. Jean owns an MBA from London Business School, Media Content at Columbia University and a Master of Engineering (Meng.) from E.CESI Paris France.