2018 Summit Speakers & Presenters Announced to Date

Nerio Alessandri
President and Founder, Technogym

In 1983, Nerio Alessandri founded Technogym, a global leading supplier of products, technologies and solutions for the wellness and fitness fields. Today, the company is present in 100 markets, over 40 million users train on Technogym equipment daily, and the brand was appointed official supplier of the last seven Olympic Games. Additionally, Nerio created the nonprofit Wellness Foundation to promote research and education of healthy lifestyles.

Prof. Gerry Bodeker, PhD
Clinical Psychologist and Public Health Academic, Green Templeton College, University of Oxford; Dept. of Epidemiology, Columbia University, New York

Gerry Bodeker, PhD, researches and advises on traditional and complementary medicine and wellness. He has researched and taught in medical sciences at Oxford for two decades, and is adjunct professor of epidemiology at Columbia University. He works with the private sector, governments, and the UN advising on culturally-themed wellness. He is also an advisor on a CNN series with Dr. Sanjay Gupta about traditional medicine.

Dan Buettner
Founder & CEO, Blue Zones

Dan Buettner, is an explorer, National Geographic Fellow, award-winning journalist and producer, and New York Times best-selling author. He discovered Blue Zones—where people live the longest, healthiest lives—and works to implement Blue Zones Projects in communities, workplaces and universities. He has appeared on The Today Show, Oprah, NBC Nightly News and Good Morning America and has keynoted speeches at TEDMED, Bill Clinton’s Health Matters Initiative and Google Zeitgeist.

Dr Mark Britnell
Global Healthcare Chairman, KPMG International

Mark Britnell is one of the foremost global experts on healthcare systems. He joined KPMG as Global Chairman and Senior Partner for Health in 2009 and has established a successful worldwide health practice. He is a member of the Global Agenda Council on the Future of the Health Sector for the World Economic Forum and sits on the Advisory Board of the China Center for Health Development at Peking University.

Dr. Richard H. Carmona
17th Surgeon General of the United States

Dr. Richard H. Carmona was the 17th surgeon general of the U.S. He is also a decorated U.S. Army Special Forces Veteran and a distinguished professor with a wide range of training and experience in health care management, clinical care and research. Currently, he is chief of health innovations of Canyon Ranch, and serves as director on several publically-traded corporate boards and private companies.

Dr. Anjan Chatterjee
Elliott Professor of Neurology, University of Pennsylvania

Dr. Anjan Chatterjee, chair of Neurology at Pennsylvania Hospital, wrote, The Aesthetic Brain: How We Evolved to Desire Beauty and Enjoy Art, and co-edited, Neuroethics in Practice: Mind, Medicine, and Society, and, The Roots of Cognitive Neuroscience: Behavioral Neurology and Neuropsychology. He received the Norman Geschwind Prize in Behavioral and Cognitive Neurology as well as the Rudolph Arnheim Prize for contributions to Psychology and the Arts.

Antonio Citterio
Architect and Designer

Antonio Citterio, architect and designer, started his design office in 1972. Antonio currently works in the industrial design sector with Italian and foreign companies, such as Ansorg, Arclinea, Axor-Hansgrohe, B&B Italia, Flexform, Flos, Hermès, Iittala, Kartell, Maxalto, Sanitec (Geberit Group), Technogym and Vitra. In 1987 and 1994, Antonio was awarded the Compasso d’Oro-ADI. In 2000, alongside Patricia Viel, he founded a practice for architecture and interior design.

CEO & Principal, Clodagh Design

Known for a visionary blending of ancient techniques, such as feng shui, and leading-edge modalities, such as biophilia, chromatherapy and Radiesthesia, Clodagh creates life-enhancing environments with a commitment to sustainability, wellness and authenticity in materials that comfort not only the body, but also the mind. Her eponymous design firm has an award-winning portfolio that spans over 24 countries and a broad range of eco-conscious projects and products.

Tony de Leede
Founder, Gwinganna Lifestyle Retreat

Tony de Leede is the owner and founder of Gwinganna Lifestyle Retreat and also founded Fitness First Australia. Tony is still involved in the fitness industry and heads up a budget brand of health clubs in Australia that has recently launched a world-first women’s community center, underpinned by virtual health and wellness called Club W. Tony also co-owns a surf/active resort named Komune in Australia and Bali.

Jan-Emmanuel De Neve, PhD
Associate Professor of Economics and Strategy, Saïd Business School, University of Oxford

Jan-Emmanuel De Neve, PhD is associate editor of the World Happiness Report and a research adviser to the Gallup Organization. His research centers on the study of human wellbeing, which has led to new insights in the relationship between happiness and income, economic growth and inequality. His research was selected amongst “The Management Ideas that Mattered Most in 2016” by the Harvard Business Review.

Gina Diez Barroso de Franklin
President & CEO, Grupo Diarq

Gina Diez Barroso de Franklin is president and CEO of Grupo Diarq, a Mexico City-based firm whose vision is to promote and develop Mexican creativity. With 1,000-plus employees and eight subsidiaries, the company runs the gamut from real estate development to the creation of Centro, a university of design, media and technology. Gina most recently created Dalia Empower, an empowerment center created to maximize women’s leadership skills.

Cathy Feliciano-Chon
Founder & Managing Director, CatchOn & Company Ltd.

Cathy Feliciano-Chon is a marketing expert with 30 years of experience in brand development and communications. She is the founder and managing director of CatchOn, one of Asia’s leading brand and PR consultancies in hospitality, wellness and F & B with offices in Hong Kong and Shanghai.

Madelyn Fernstrom, PhD
Senior Health & Wellness Advisor, NBC Universal

Madelyn Fernstrom, PhD, is an award-winning clinician, scientist, author and broadcast journalist. She is the on-air NBC News and TODAY Show health editor and a contributing writer to Today.com. She is the author of over 100 scientific papers as well as three books, including Don’t Eat This If You’re Taking That. She’s also a clinical professor of Psychology in Medicine at the Weill Cornell Medical College.

Dr. Nicola Angelo Fortunati
Terme & Spa General Director, Italian Hospitality Collection

Dr. Nicola Angelo Fortunati is the spa general director of the Italian Hospitality Collection, which runs three important thermal spas in Tuscany: Fonteverde Natural Spa Resort, Grotta Giusti Natural Spa Resort and Bagni di Pisa Medical Spa Resort. He is president of the Tuscan Thermes Technical & Scientific Committee and a member of the Italian Thermal Properties Federation.

Neil Grimmer
CEO & Founder, Habit

Neil Grimmer, is founder and CEO of Habit, pioneering personalized nutrition through deep science. Neil co-founded Plum Organics, the nation’s leading organic baby food brand, and today, he is on a mission to change the world through food once again—this time for grown-ups. Neil’s diverse background ranges from being a punk rock musician to product design at IDEO and now, building his own start-ups.

Mindy Grossman
President and CEO, Weight Watchers International, Inc.

Mindy Grossman has served as a director and president and CEO of Weight Watchers since July 2017. Grossman has more than 38 years of experience in building and transforming consumer brands. Immediately prior to joining Weight Watchers, she served as Chief Executive Officer of HSN, Inc. and was a member of its Board of Directors since August 2008. She is credited with transforming HSN into a lifestyle network.

Andrea Illy
Chairman, illycaffè

Andrea Illy, chemist by training, is chairman of illycaffè, a family-established business, founded in Trieste, Italy, with the mission of producing the world’s highest quality coffee. Under Andrea’s stewardship, illycaffè has become a brand recognized around the globe for its coffee, its ethical values and the close relationships it has forged with growers, merchants and the contemporary art world.

Jessica Jesse
CEO and Creative Director, BuDhaGirl

Jessica Jesse’s career has spanned over 30 years in high-end fashion retail. Her passion has been to live well everyday and to do so with great presence. In the modern era of wellness and mindfulness, she has become a change agent by combining contemplative practice with evidence-based science and fashion. Through BuDhaGirl she introduces the importance of ritual in all we do each and every day.

Katherine Johnston
Senior Research Fellow, Global Wellness Institute

Katherine Johnston has extensive experience conducting economic and industry competitiveness studies worldwide, including 17 years as a senior economist with SRI International. Since 2008, Katherine has partnered with the Global Wellness Institute to pioneer groundbreaking research on the global wellness industry and focusing on understanding and measuring opportunities in wellness economy, wellness tourism, workplace wellness and wellness communities/real estate. She holds degrees from Sweet Briar College and Georgetown University.

Mia Kyricos
President & CEO, Kyricos & Associates LLC

Mia Kyricos is president of Kyricos & Associates LLC, a strategic advisory firm for wellness-driven companies. She has helped to develop, operate and market wellness-related brands across 100+ countries and has held senior leadership positions for industry pioneers including Starwood Hotels & Resorts, EXOS and Spafinder Wellness. Mia is a Global Wellness Summit advisory board member, the brand architect of the Global Wellness Institute and co-chair of the 2018 Summit.

Dave McCaughan
Chief Strategy Officer, Ai.agency

For three decades, Dave McCaughan has led the communication strategies of a variety of brands with global advertising agency, McCann. For the last two years, he has worked as an independent consultant, who’s researching how demographics and marketing tools apply to brand story development. He is now a partner at Ai.agency using artificial intelligence tools to discover and track the key narratives driving brands and category opportunities.


Sergio Pecorelli, MD, PhD
Professor, University of Brescia

Sergio Pecorelli, MD, PhD is an OB/GYN, previous Chancellor (the University of Brescia), adjunct Professor at Yale, and the Italian EU representative for healthy ageing. He is president of the Houston Lorenzini Medical Foundation. With over 300 scientific papers published, he is propagator of the “First 1,000 Days” paradigm, directing an international scientific board, with Mount Sinai School of Medicine, on Prevention education and interventions.

Kenneth R. Pelletier, PhD, MD
Clinical Professor of Medicine, University of California, San Francisco School of Medicine

Kenneth R. Pelletier, PhD, MD, is clinical professor of medicine at the University of Arizona and UCSF. There, he is director of the Corporate Health Improvement Program (CHIP), a collaborative research program with 15 of the Fortune 500. He is chairman of the American Health Association; consultant to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and the World Health Organization; and the author of 13 books and over 300 professional articles.

Giovanni Mario Pes, MD, PhD
Senior Researcher, University of Sassari, Italy

Giovanni Mario Pes, MD, PhD, is the senior researcher at the Department of Medical, Surgical and Experimental Sciences, University of Sassari, Italy. He was the first to report on the exceptional longevity of the population living in the Sardinian mountain area later dubbed as a Blue Zone. He has published more than 100 scientific articles and is a co-author of the book Longevity and Identity in Sardinia.

Bob Roth
CEO, David Lynch Foundation

Bob Roth is an experienced and sought-after meditation teacher in America. Over the past 45 years, Bob has taught Transcendental Meditation to thousands of people and authored The New York Times bestseller, Strength in Stillness: The Power of Transcendental Meditation. Bob currently serves as the CEO of the David Lynch Foundation, which has brought meditation to inner-city youth, veterans and survivors of domestic violence.

Louie Schwartzberg
Founder, Moving Art

Louie Schwartzberg is an award-winning cinematographer, director and producer, whose career spans more than four decades using time-lapse, high-speed and macro cinematography techniques. Louie’s recent theatrical releases include the 3D IMAX film Mysteries of the Unseen World with National Geographic and the documentary Wings of Life for Disneynature. Louie’s three TED talks have gone viral with almost 50 million combined views.

John Stewart
Founder & Chairman, Kamalaya Koh Samui

John Stewart, co-founder of Kamalaya Koh Samui, lived in India for 16 years and was introduced to Asian philosophies under the tutelage of a Himalayan yogi master. The creation of Kamalaya was inspired by his dedication to a life of service building schools and clinics and by his wife Karina’s passion for health and wellness.

Mary Tabacchi, PhD, RD
Professor Emerita, Cornell University

A Global Wellness Summit board member since its inception and founder of both the New York Spa Alliance and Cornell Institute for Healthful Living, Professor Mary Tabacchi, PhD, RD, has been granted Professor Emerita status by Cornell University. Mary taught the first spa development, corporate wellness and academic healthful cuisines courses at universities, originating 30 years ago. The Mary Tabacchi ISPA Scholarship is awarded in perpetuity to university students.

Ophelia Yeung
Senior Research Fellow, Global Wellness Institute

Ophelia Yeung has extensive experience leading research and strategy development for business, nonprofit, multilateral and government organizations, including 20-plus years at SRI International. Since 2008, she has co-authored several research studies for the Global Wellness Institute, including The Wellness Tourism Economy 2015, The Future of Wellness at Work 2016, and The Global Wellness Economy Monitor 2017. Ophelia holds degrees from Smith College and Princeton University.