Other speakers include Sammy Gharieni, CEO of Gharieni Group, who will take part in a panel called ‘Decade of wellness and new developments’. Moderated by SWAA president Elaine Okeke Martin, the panel will discuss what spa owners should consider in terms of wellness estate, medical anti-ageing, wellness equipment and sustainability in luxury.
Gharieni will be joined by Rupert Schmid, CEO of Biologique Recherche; Leslie Okoye, CEO of Cookie Skin; and Nancy Ndukwe Ositelu, executive director of Beauty Fest Africa.
Madhu Rajesh, executive chief officer at The Sustainable Hospitality Alliance, will give a talk, entitled ‘Responsible hospitality in wellness tourism for a better world,’ that will discuss how the hospitality industry is taking collective responsibility to protect and support destinations and communities.
SWAA’s board of directors will also host a panel discussing the future of the African spa industry, presenting key milestones from the industry and its vision for the industry over the next 10 years.
“Africa wants to highlight the ‘smart’ in wellness and in 2021 we look at technology, businesses, institutions and government planning for the next decade. How do we improve the scene?” said SWAA president Elaine Okeke-Martin.
“Join us and connect with international thought leaders to discuss how smart wellness regions growth will influence policies, cities and communities, our industry and our planet.”
The event concludes with The Africa Spa Awards, which aims to recognise and celebrate the spa and wellness industry across the continent.