Our 2017 speakers

Delphine Guillebault

PhD, CEO of Microbia Environnement and  Diagnosis, Consultancy and R&D for Environmental Microbiology
Laboratoire Océanologique de Banyuls-sur-mer – France

With more than 12 years of R&D experience in the field of environmental microbiology and biotechnology as PhD Research Scientist, Delphine Guillebault has managed several R&D projects to bring them to an advance technological stage and acquired outstanding skills in the development of innovative microbiological risk assessment tools. Passionate by environment and especially water protection, she co-founded Microbia Environnement SAS with C-L Manes in 2013 in order to bring innovative molecular technologies to the water market, providing stakeholders with advance technology for microbiological risk anticipation.


Roger Allen

CEO – RLA (Resources for Leisure Assets) – USA, Austria, UAE

For more than 20 years, Roger has been working on multiple levels of project development in the hospitality and leisure industries, developing a singular expertise in wellbeing asset management and the complexity of project planning through to delivery and operations.

Roger is the founder and Group CEO of Resources for Leisure Assets a full service advisory and management company specializing in wellbeing hospitality with offices in Sonoma, Vienna and Dubai. He brings a no-nonsense approach to the industry and outspoken views on how hotel wellness can and should deliver profits.


Beata Aleksandrowicz

Co-founder – Pure Massage Spa Training Method® –  UK

Beata Aleksandrowicz is and expert on massage and healing and the creator of Pure massage Spa Training Method that provides spas worldwide with advanced training in the modern concept of massage. Among her recent projects are Dormy Spa house – Cotswald UK, Amilla Fushi – Maldives, Finolhu Spa and Resort – Maldives, The Lansborough Club@Spa -London Uk.

Dr Eduard Bláha

President of Czech Spa – Thermes Association  / General Director of Thermes Jáchymov & of Thermes Luhačovice / Co-owner and president of the board of  MediClinic – Czech Republic

With a keen discernment for the needs of his clients and his passion for wellness project Dr Blaha quickly became a sought-after name in the Thermalism and wellness industry. His experience in the pharmaceutical industry, his approach for business as well as his special sense for trends make Dr Blaha an established expert in the wellness industry. At present, he is ahead of the largest spa chain in the Czech Republic.

Dr. Nicola Angelo Fortunati

General Director – Italian Hospitality Collection « Therme and Spa » –  Italy

Dr. Nicola Angelo Fortunati has a degree in Medicine and Surgery, and majored in Clinical and Thermal Medicine (Medical Hydrology). He worked as Health Manger first and then as General Manager at the Spa “Terme di Saturnia” until 2006. Dr Fortunati is today the Spa General Manager of the Italian Hospitality Collection, which runs three important spas in Tuscany: Fonteverde Natural Spa Resort, Grotta Giusti Natural Spa Resort and Bagni di Pisa Medical Spa Resort. 

He has been involved in developing of several SPA projects wide world and he is the author of a number of scientific articles published in impact factor magazines. He is President of Tuscan Thermes Technical & Scientific Committee.

Andrew Gibson

Vice-président Well-Being – Luxury Brands for AccorHotels  – United Arab Emirates

Over 30 years’ experience directly related to fitness, resort development, sap and now wellness at the start of new brands such as Aphrodite Hills in Cyprus, Six Senses, Mandarin Oriental, and Raison d’Etre, Raffles, Fairmont and Swissôtel. Holding a truly global position he has contributed to spa and wellness in over 70 countries, serving as ISPA on the board, being a founder memeber of Global Wellnes Summit and Institute, working closely with Spa China (Spa innovator of the year for China 2013) advisory board for Singapore Republic Polytechnic School of Hospitality and speaking at many industry events and universities.

Jean-Guy de Gabriac 

CEO – TIP TOUCH – Belgium

Award-winning Spa-Wellness advisor & educator, designs best-selling Signature massages ; enhances Guest experience with the “HOW of WOW!” ; and chairs the Global Career Development Initiative (Global Wellness Institute).

Thierry Dubois

President – CNETh – France

Thierry DUBOIS has been the CEO of the Medical spa and Clinics of Saujon for more than 30 years. Since 2009, he is the President of CNETh, the French association of medical spa operators that represents all of the 110 French thermal facilities. He was elected President of ESPA (European Spas Association) in June 2016. He is also very active in the tourism field, being the President of the Union of Tourist Offices of the Charente-Maritime region.

Martial Denêtre

Managing Director – Carnac Thalasso – France

Managing Director of thalassotherapy centers for 25 years, Martial Denêtre, former Managing Director of Alliance Pornic thalassotherapy, has been occupying for 9 years the functions of Managing Director of Carnac Thalasso and spa resort, most important integrated hotel infrastructure in North-Western France.
Forerunner, he was the first one to integrate a spa into a thalassotherapy in 2004 and to propose the ayurvedic care in a thalassotherapy center.
Visionary, he initiates the innovative positioning of Carnac Thalasso and spa resort regarding sustainable development, by the Green Globe certification of the hotel, the Ecocert label of the marine spa with the implementation of the 100 % Organic cares in thalassotherapy and the development of the cosmetic line BioCarnac

Julie Bach

Executive Director – NGO Wellness for Cancer – US

Julie is the Executive Director of NGO Wellness for Cancer with the objective of improving well-being for people touched by cancer. Julie is a thought leader within the Global Wellness Institute, recognized for bridging the medical world with the world of wellness.

She has provided cancer-focused consulting and training to thousands of staff members in spas, hospitals, not-for profits, throughout Europe, United States, Mexico, Canada, and India.

Serge Raulic

Founder and CEO of Thermes Marins de Saint-Malo

An emblematic figure in the world of thalassotherapy, Serge Raulic ensures the destiny of Thermes Marins de Saint-Malo for more than 35 years. A passionate and visionary man, he was able to hoist the Thermes Marins de Saint-Malo at a level of quality rarely equaled.
Civil aviation engineer, formerly the right-hand man of Louison Bobet in Quiberon Thalassotherapy, Serge Raulic bought the Grand Hotel des Thermes in Saint-Malo in 1981, developing it by focusing on quality of care and innovation without neglecting Hotels and restaurants.
First independent group in the thalassotherapy industry in France, Thermes Marins de Saint-Malo have 7 hotels, 3 hotel residences, a golf course, 3 Urban Aquatonic wellness centers and a cosmetics brand.

Serge Raulic also exports its recipes of success by selling its know-how (engineering and training) to the 4 corners of the world as part of the creation of thalassotherapy centers & spa (Thermes Marins Bali, Thermes Marins du Pacifique -Japan, Aquatonic Kuwait, Aquatonic Nouméa -Nouvelle Calédonie, Thermes Marins des Cascades – Egypt, …).

He also chairs the Thalasso Bretagne association, which brings together 15 Thalassotherapy centers.

Motti Essakow

Co Founder and Chief Imagineer of Rythms by Design and Co Founder of Natural Capitalist Rythms House

An acknowledged early pioneer and disrupter in the global travel and tourism industry with almost two decades of experience in all areas of Sustainable/Eco/Geo/Organic Agri/ Travel & Tourism & Responsible Spa & Wellness. A guiding change maker of creating enhanced happiness and wellbeing through positive action – specifically by highlighting the interconnection & interrelationship between People Capital, Natural Capital and Economic Capital in ways where all matter and benefit.
Co-founded in 2010, Motti is Chief Imagineer of “Rythms by Design” – an innovative Responsible Sourcing and Procurement Management enterprise focusing in all areas of BD&E, FF&E and OS&E.
Motti is also co-founder of Rythms House – Turn Key Responsible Luxury, Hybrid Living and Responsible Business Management project specialists.

Bart Van Cauwelaert 

General Manager – Sofitel Quiberon Thalassa sea & spa

Bart Van Cauwelaert, has joined the ACCORHOTELS Group in 2002, with a strong experience in hospitality. He managed several hotels in Belgium before taking on the Sofitel Biarritz Thalassa sea & spa management, and entering the seawater spa world. Since 2014, he’s managing the Sofitel Quiberon Thalassa sea & spa with the strong will to make of this site composed of 2 hotels Sofitel and a thalassotherapy and spa institute, a real wellness resort.

Pierre Louis Delapalme

Co-president and co-owner of Biologique Recherche

Pierre Louis Delapalme has been in the wellness industry for over 25 years and has held general management positions in Europe, Asia and North America for Unilever and Yves Rocher.
He is currently co-president and co-owner of Biologique Recherche alongside Rupert Schmid and Doctor Philippe Allouche.


Joshua Luckow

Former Executive Director of Health & Healing and Former Corporate Director of Spiritual & Creative Wellness for Canyon Ranch
Co-founder and Immediate Past President of NEXUS Executives

Joshua Luckow is an international and entrepreneurial executive with proven performance and visionary leadership. Possessing nearly two decades of escalating and substantive professional experience in public and private global firms ranging in size from $180 million to $52 billion, Joshua Luckow has contributed to the advancement of several growth industries – from health & wellness to information technology – and has worked in all key areas of business – strategy, operations, business development, branding & marketing, finance, information technology, and internal audit. Having been a long-tenured executive for the award-winning brand Canyon Ranch, Joshua specializes in designing and operating integrative, holistic, personalized, and experiential health and wellness environments, along with uniting business leaders and entrepreneurs from across industries.

Patrizia Bortolin

SPA Director of Borgo Egnazia Italy

Patrizia BORTOLIN is a contemporary wellness seeker, always looking for new ways to blend creativity, beauty, spirituality and the Spa world. She is the Winner of the Award Condé Nast Traveller in London for “The Best Spa in the World” (the most life changing experience!).

She spent all her working life in the Hospitality business, experiencing all areas but choosing the Spa world as her main interest of the last 15 years because she feels that Spa are the finest and most charming and challenging goal of a holiday.
She is highly trained and experienced in Hospitality and Spa management, Spa marketing and Team building and she has a rich, versatile, original and contemporary background on natural therapies, massage and beauty, psycho-aromatherapy, psychology, wellness life coaching, psychosomatic naturopathy.

Her personal and professional development are deeply connected and give her the possibility to share her experience with guests and co-workers with the Italian temperament.