Please notice, that additional speakers will be added constantly

Host

Valerie Smaldone_Host of the HEALING SUMMIT 2017, organized by Healing Hotels of the World

Valerie Smaldone is a 5-time Billboard Magazine Award winner and well known for her unprecedented success holding the #1 on-air position in the New York radio market. She has hosted, produced and created several nationally syndicated programs featuring in-depth interviews with top recording artists such as Elton John and Mariah Carey. She is an accomplished interviewer, always interested in procuring each individual’s unique story. Valerie has also been the “Voice” for numerous prestigious live events, e.g. The Clinton Global Initiative, The Emmy Awards, The Tony Preview Concert on CBS and many more. She is a sought after motivational speaker, and calling on her years of speaking experience, coaches individuals on their presentational skills. Additionally, she consults companies and experts on their brand strategy. Valerie is proud to be able to help others accomplish their personal goals.

Speakers

Prof. Gerry Bodeker

A Harvard-trained public health academic, Prof. Gerry Bodeker researches and advises on integrative medicine and wellness. He has specialized in Asian traditions of medicine and healthy lifestyles, the study of Ayurveda, Chinese Medicine and Southeast Asian health traditions. He is a founding editorial board member of the Journal of Ayurveda and Integrative Medicine and serves as Chair of the Ayurveda Advisory Group to the AYUS Chair of Ayurveda at the University of Western Sydney, Australia. Gerry has researched and taught in medical sciences at Oxford University for two decades, is adjunct professor of epidemiology at Columbia University, and works with the wellness sector, governments and UN advising on culturally-themed wellness strategies. He has published widely, including the “The World Health Organization Global Atlas of Traditional, Complementary and Alternative Medicine”. He currently serves as Chair of the Mental Wellness Initiative of the Global Wellness Institute and chairman of the Global Initiative for Traditional Systems of Health (GIFTS of Health). He is co-founder of the forest immersion wellness destination program with the Marriott Group – Ayus Wellness, Mulu, Malaysian Borneo and serves as senior advisor on the leading wellness destination in the Maldives, Joali Being.

Molly Melching

Molly Melching has lived and worked in Senegal since 1974 and founded the international NGO, Tostan, in 1991. Tostan, meaning “breakthrough” in the Wolof language of Senegal, implements a holistic, three-year empowering education program that has engaged over 3,000 rural African communities in cross-cutting themes of democracy, human rights and responsibilities, peace and security, problem-solving, hygiene and health, literacy, project management skills, and early childhood development. The program has supported millions of African adults and youth to achieve life-transforming results and has led to more than 8,500 communities in eight African countries declaring their intention to abandon female genital cutting and child/forced marriage.  Molly and Tostan have received international recognition for their groundbreaking work and have received numerous awards including: The Conrad Hilton Humanitarian Prize, The Skoll Award for Social Entrepreneurship, UNESCO’s King Sejong Literacy Prize, and The Thomas J. Dodd Award for Justice and Human Rights.  A New York Times best-selling book by acclaimed author Aimee Molloy, However Long the Night, vividly relates Molly and Tostan’s story and they are also featured in Melinda Gates’s 2019 book, Moment of Lift.

Gary Joplin

Gary Joplin is an international expert in somatic training and embodiment, as well as a professional choreographer and stage director. Drawing on a fusion of theatrical work and innovative embodiment studies, Gary brings a unique combination of practical physical knowledge with a playful sense of energetic mastery to the world of integrative body and mind practices. With over 30 years of experience in the professional world of theater and dance, both as a creator and performer, Gary utilizes the transformational potential of artistic exploration with the alignment and clarity of many years of embodied meditative practices to guide people into deeper states of inner awareness, opening doors to more expanded physical, emotional, and subtle perception. As a Gyrokinesis®, Meditation and Body Mind Awareness specialist, Gary conducts training courses and workshops in Europe, Israel, China and the United States.  He is a Visiting Master in somatic practices for The Octave Institute in China, and a member of the faculty for the School of Life Therapists in Holland and the Academy of Inner Science in Germany. His playful precision softly invites people into a deeper synchronicity within their own bodies, awakening clarity, grounded vitality, and powerful embodied potential.

Mahesh Natarajan

Since 2008, Natarajan has been leading brand, marketing, sales and business development of IHHR Hospitality, the company behind Ananda In The Himalayas. In this period, Ananda has established itself as a leader in the luxury wellness industry being ranked consistently as the world’s leading destination spa with an expertise in healing through traditional and integrated wellness practices. As COO, Natarajan drives Ananda’s brand, business vision and goals, as well as leads wellness strategy, product development, research and innovation. He also leads the international expansion of Ananda’s footprint and extends the company’s deep expertise in wellbeing into new brands and strategic developments. With over 25 years of experience in brand and marketing, sales and business development, Natarajan has worked in strategy consulting (Accenture), fast-moving consumer goods (Procter & Gamble and Perfetti) and hospitality (Oberoi Hotels & Resorts and Ista Hotels). He also founded and managed a tech-marketing start-up for creating CRM solutions for B2C industries.

Karin Bleecker

Karin Bleecker is a psychologist with years of experience as a clinician, clinical supervisor and in program management. She loves to weave the wisdom of contemplative traditions into all aspects of her work and life. She has worked with New Life since 2018, first in Thailand, and now in Portugal as the Program and Clinical Director. She enjoys mentoring staff and being part of the evolution of a program. When not working you can find her hiking, kayaking, taking photos or with friends and family.

Coco Swanson

Coco Swanson is an internationally known energy healer, integrating deep inner work into leadership development. She works with visionary leaders dedicated to dynamic change in their businesses and the world through embodied healing, subconscious rewiring and systemic transformation. Coco’s expertise developed through masters level studies and 25 years of experience within healing arts, esoteric practices, energy medicine, teaching and business development. A prolific entrepreneur, she’s founded multiple businesses including wellness centers, teacher training and coaching programs. She is philanthropically motivated, currently creating Auntie Coco’s, a nonprofit program bringing a systematic collection of video tutorials to children around the world. Her program integrates art, play dance, meditation and healing arts into lifestyle routines, to radically empower our youth.

Jaya Kader

Jaya Kader is the founder and principal of KZ Architecture, a Miami-based full services design studio committed to design excellence and sustainable building practices. In 2018, her team was one of the winners of The Resilient Home Challenge, a competition sponsored by the World Bank and the United Nations Habitat for a Better Urban Future. Jaya’s latest initiative “Regen Design Lab” services regenerative projects in her native Costa Rica, Miami and worldwide. The vision for RDL is to capitalise on the power of beauty, alternative building methods and design with nature at heart, to create spaces for human habitation that are conducive to healing through a more relational experience with their natural environments. With a few of her peers, she was instrumental in launching DESIGN IMPACT in 2020, a global design leadership series that aims to bridge design with the needs of the world at the intersection of health, equity, and climate change. Jaya has curated several panels on Regenerative Design, including: “Regenerative Design for Radical Sustainability”, “Regeneration: Design Strategies for a Resilient Future” and “Regenerative Design: An Eco-systemic Approach to Transformative Development”.