2016 Shark Tank of Wellness Student Competition Finalists

October 19 in Kitzbühel, Austria

1st Place Winner :

 Shahrin Ali Raivi with “Mukto Sanitary Napkin”  (received USD $5,000)

2nd Place Winners (tied) :

Svjetlana Radakovic with “Spa Watch” (received USD $2,500)
Regina Tarány with “Treat Advisor” (received USD $2,500)


Top three finalists competing on-stage in front of the “Wellness Sharks”

Meet the 2016 “Wellness Sharks”

If you are interested in supporting students by becoming a Wellness Shark, please contact Michelle Gamble at michelle.gamble@globalwellnesssummit.com.


Simon Casson

Regional Vice President & General Manager, Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts

Simon Casson is the regional vice president and general manager of Four Seasons Resort Dubai, which opened last year. As well, Simon is the chair of the Four Seasons Global Spa Task Force, working with general managers and spa leaders to assure that individual hotel spas get attention and support. A highly regarded, 25-year industry veteran, he is consistently ranked among the “Hotelier Middle East Power 50.”


Tracey Chappell

Senior Vice President, Global Spa Solutions, ESPA

Internationally qualified in Wellness, Beauty, Aesthetics and Aromatherapy, Tracey has been 26 years in the industry; the last 18 have been with ESPA. In 2003 Tracey launched and managed ESPA USA out of Miami, Florida, returning to ESPA UK in 2005 to oversee the Spa Division managing 140 Spas in 55 countries, including Asia, Miami and Dubai satellite offices and a team of Operations Associates. Today, Tracey runs Global Business Development, focusing on strategic growth with a new performance based partnership model.


Jane Iredale

President and Founder, Iredale Mineral Cosmetics

Jane Iredale founded Iredale Mineral Cosmetics in 1994 and serves as its CEO and president. Jane’s mineral makeup line is sold nationwide in spas, salons, clinics and specialty retail. Internationally, the line is sold in 52 countries. The company maintains an active ecommerce site. She was ISPA’s Visionary of the Year in 2014.


Sheila McCann

General Manager, Chiva-Som International Health Resort

Sheila McCann is general manager of Chiva-Som and has global experience leading destination wellness retreats and brand development in hotel and day spas in North America, the UK, Europe and Asia. Sheila began her career as a spa therapist and is passionate about wellness, professional integrity and quality standards. She holds an MBA in leisure and tourism from Oxford Brookes and serves on the IHWA ethics committee.


Frank Pitsikalis

Founder & CEO, ResortSuite

As founder and CEO of ResortSuite, Frank Pitsikalis leads the company’s strategic vision to provide integrated, guest-centric technology for wellness-based hospitality operations. Prior to ResortSuite, Frank worked at global management consulting and software firms advising organizations on utilizing technology at a strategic level. Vice chairman of the ISPA Foundation, he also has served on the ISPA board of directors for the past seven years.


Frank Strobel

Director, International Sales, Klafs GmbH & Co. KG

Frank Strobel has over 12 years of experience in the spa industry. As director of KLAFS International Sales, one of the world’s market leaders in sauna, pools and spa, Frank and his team are responsible for over 60 partners worldwide. He coordinates direct sales and collaboration with customers and partners and always keeps a close eye on the market to detect and set trends.