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.
Miss Jacoline Wentzel is without a doubt passionate about the spa and wellness industry and is a respected spa entrepreneur based in South Africa.
After graduating at the Isa Carstens Academy in South Africa, She joined Steiner international as a Spa Therapist onboard cruise liners and worked herself to managemnt within the first year. She then joined the Steiner Recruitment team and established the Steiner
Recruitment office in South Africa. After almost 5 years with Steiner, she joined Bioharmony
Herbal Wellness company as Sales manager and there after Nimue Skin Technology as Sales and Marketing manager for South Africa.
In 2005, Jacoline started her own spa distribution and consulting company in Cape Town, South Africa called the Spa Warehouse, which has grown into one of the leading distribution companies in South Africa, with exclusive rights to various up market spa ranges like Lemi, REM, Esthetica, Gentlemen’s Tonic, Faby and Cashmere & Co. And since then Jacoline and her company has helped numerous spa owners to setup their new spas throughout Africa and Mauritius.
She is extremely passsionate about the spa and wellness industry and always strives to help the
spa owners and staff to have the best facilities possible.
Jacoline takes on the role in South Africa with the aim to set up a committee chapter that will grow the spa and wellness community in South Africa through standards and educations and promotions
Michelle is the Principal at The Skin Spa International College of Beauty in Zimbabwe, where she works to educate, motivate and inspirepassionate aspiring health and beauty students of varying ages to pursue their dreams in the dynamic health, wellness and beauty industry.
In her time with The Skin Spa International College of Beauty, Michelle has been a driving force in establishing it as a world class facility known for its high standards and quality. They have achieved exceptional student pass rates, an achievement made possible by their determination and focus and the knowledge imparted from Michelle’s experiences and background which spans over 15 years within the spa industry.
Prior to joining The Skin Spa International College of Beauty, Michelle worked aboard several luxury cruise lines as a spa therapist initially and ultimately as a spa manager. While there, she worked tirelessly to deliver high standards of service in one of the most luxurious and demanding environments, learning to meet and exceed expectations daily in the health and beauty industry.
Michelle earned her ITEC and CIDESCO qualifications in Zimbabwe, graduating as the top student of her year. She then went on to study and earn her Lecturing Diploma in Health and Skincare whilst gaining experience in the industry as a therapist and lecturer before setting her sights on the cruise lines. When not hard at work or training her students, she enjoys getting out onto the golf course or taking in the serenity and peace of the African wilderness to refresh and recharge her. Find Michelle on the Skin Spa College Website (www.skinspacollege.com) or their Facebook (The Skin Spa – International College of Beauty) and Instagram (theskinspacollege) pages oron Michelle’s LinkedIn (Michelle Hardy)
Muluemebet G/Sellassie Iori is a pioneer in the field of Skin care and wellness in Ethiopia, foundingthe Byogenic Spa business 28 years ago in 1993, after graduating from the Christine Valmy School of Aesthetics and Skin Care in New York, USA in 1992. Mulualso went on totrain over 5,000 Ethiopian men and women as skin care professionals at the Byogenic Training Centre. All of whom have all managed to become employed in the many successful spa and skin care businesses across the country and abroad.Her passion for skin care and wellness began as a young girl, and she went on to pursue herstudies in skin care in the U.S. at the Christine Valmy School of Aesthetics and Skin Care as well as in The Netherlands, after finishing Addis Ababa University School of Commerce in Secretarial Science and Accounting. Shehas been passionate about mainstreaming equal opportunities for women within her businesses from the beginning, employing a majority of women, but also in her passion of giving back to her community.Her desire to uplift vulnerable women and facilitate for them to not only take care of their skin and overall wellbeing, but also be a part of an industry that allows them to gain financial freedom, independence and equal pay will continue to drive her vision for the Byogenic Spa and training centre.
Muluemebet started her Spa business with a single store and with only a few employees; however, due to the level of service and much need, her business grew rapidly where she needed to have more skilled labour to meet the demand of her service. As the beauty service was new, it was very difficult to find skilled labour that met the standards she was maintaining. Therefore to fill this gap, she decided to train many young women/men and elevate their skills and capabilities in a very short time, allowing the trained workers to help her provide the best service to her growing client base.
As her client base grew, her name become a household name and without using any professional marketing, mainly through word-of-mouth, Mulumebet kept gaining newclients and markets and was forced to add more stores and open a trainingcentre where she would go on to train thousands more men and women. Today Muluemebet has twoByogenic Spas and a training centre where over five thousand young women a few men are trained and employed by the growing beauty industries. Besides creating job opportunities for these young men and women, she has also nurtured them into building their self-confidence, skills and independent through the trainings and personal development the training centre provides.In addition, Mulumebet also co-founded GMM Garment P.L.C which was established in 2004 by Three Ethiopian Women Professionals. The company employs 400 young girls.
As a vibrant and an outgoing person, she is the current Board member of an NGO called The Sara Cannizzaro Child Minder Association which helps underprivileged mothers and their child in specifically tailored programs. She is a Zone Chair Person to the Lions Club International of Greater of Addis Ababa, a former Vice President to AWEP Ethiopia (African Women Entrepreneur Program) and a member of AWIB (Association of Women in Business).
At the core of her passion is her role as a humanitarian, Mulumebet is supporting organizations such as, ‘Our Father kitchens’, Alem children and Saint Giuseppe Centre and hopes to continue uplifting her community in whatever way she can.
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.
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
Jasneel Dhanjal has a BA Psychology; MSc Health Promotion & Psychology) is a psychologist and health promotion specialist by training. She was presented with the opportunity to develop D’VINE, a skincare, body care and spa product brand. Since her involvement, she has taken on various roles within the business that range from product development to promotion. Through her involvement in the beauty industry she also consults on the planning, start up, operations and marketing for spas.
Jazz as we like to call her, works closely with the Board of Directors and Executive Director.
Simone, is an entrepreneurial style leader with top-notch business acumen, communication skills, and proven leadership in developing and implementing innovative business strategies that enable the achievement of business goals and increased profit margins. Experienced leader of business start-up and development resulting in sustainable, profitable growth. This will come into play in his new role at SWAA to help build the association coalition further as it steps into the next decade.
Simone´s positions currently are as General Manager at Tilla Health Club & Tilla Airport Spa, and Co-Founder at www.say.solutions. Prior to that he was a Spa & Fitness Manager at Steiner Leisure Limited from May 2008 – Feb 2012.
The DOO will serve on the Executive Director’s leadership team in operations and work closely with the Board of Directors.
Meet the award-winning beauty Entrepreneur formally known as Valerie Obaze. The beautiful entrepreneur has been hailed as an ‘African skincare trailblazer’ by Forbes. Her beauty brand has been featured in a plethora of publications such as Elle magazine not only is she a savvy businesswoman. Valerie is also the founder of Mumpreneurs network founded in 2015. R&R luxury is the perfect combination of authentic products and the answer to many skincare issues.
Expanding her brand from Africa, US to now the UK this is an exciting time for the brand. My background is in PR (Public Relations) which has been such a great help in building my brand. In 2008, I set up my own PR agency with my friend and fellow PR expert, Rima Arnaout called RVPR.
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.
Founder of CookieSkin. Nigeria Skincare Expert and Educator, IIN Health Coach
Leslie Okoye is the Founder of CookieSkin, the melanin skin care line for women of color to achieve healthy flawless skin without causing skin-damage.
The C.E.O of CookieSkin and L’Okoye Academy – the world’s leading education provider in Melanin Skincare Consulting, the mother of two puts the power back in the hands of women and men of African descent to chose the right products, prevent skin damage, save money, get re- sults, look great and feel great.
With over fifteen years of hands-on experience with melanin skin issues, Leslie Okoye is the chosen skincare expert to many Nigerian and Ghanian celebrities. Her CookieSkin brand is sold all over Nigeria in top chain pharmacies and supermarkets.
For more on Leslie Okoye and her practice follow @LokoyeAcademy @CookieSkin on social media.
Ameera Abraham is the CEO & Spa Director of The Nail Bar, a luxury nail spa and wellness centre and the founder of Nigeria’s premier professional nail care brand Amali Cosmetics.
She also serves as the Executive Chair (Nigeria) for the Spa and Wellness Association of Africa. She is a qualified beauty therapist, holds a BA in Politics and International Relations and a CIDESCO Diploma in Spa Management.
Outside of her professional life, Ameera enjoys reading, yoga and volunteering for charity work. She is an advocate for women and children’s rights & has a keen interest in enlightening and empowering women in their various fields of life.
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.