Guest Bios

Jaidip Khurana

Jaidip Khurana is a leadership coach working independently and at the Asian Leadership Institute, Chiang Mai (www.asianleadership.com/jaidip-khurana/). Jaidip combines his in-depth understanding of the corporate world with a holistic approach to leadership transformation. Over the last eight years he has coached senior executives and teams across India, Singapore, Hong Kong, Australia, Russia, UK and the US.

He has extensive corporate experience and understands working in stressful environments having, spent 20 years in investment banking in London, Hong Kong and Singapore. While achieving success in his professional life, Jaidip realised that he wanted to do more and broaden his perspective. After a process of introspection, he decided to close the chapter on a successful banking career.

After banking, he found himself still working with people and organisations but now in a very different capacity. Jaidip found it fulfilling to connect with people and work with them to become more aware of themselves, equip them to make better decisions and enhance their relationships. 

He has an MBA from Insead, France, graduating with distinction and he completed his B Com (Hons) from SRCC, Delhi University. Jaidip is a passionate student of Vedanta practicing living a holistic and whole hearted life. Jaidip can be contacted at; jaidipk@gmail.com

Tomaz Mueller

Complementary medicine practitioner and internationally known health educator Tomaz Mueller, author, practitioner and director of AYUWAVE Ltd. trained in the traditional system of Indian health, Ayurveda, which he uses alongside mind-body medicine, meditation and yoga. Tomaz supports individuals to achieve optimal health and wellbeing through prevention and the management of modern ailments. He inspires each person to reconnect and awaken to their inner self-healing ability, the key to repair and rejuvenation. AYUWAVE offers the most contemporary concepts and approaches in natural health and wellbeing.


Tomaz has a clinical practice in London combining the very best of East - West. Here he incorporates authentic Ayurvedic principles and assessment methods within a modern health care practice that is equipped with the latest technology in Quantum Medicine. He offers  seminars and does clinicals  not only in the UK but also in Italy, Schwitzerland, Hungary and Germany. His consultations include Ayurvedic, Nutrition, Life-style, Detoxification, Rejuvenation and Mind- Body approaches.

Niravta Mathur

Niravta has more than 20 years of experience in Marketing, PR and events, including for some of UK’s biggest fashion, luxury and lifestyle brands. She has also produced events for the Prime Minister of India, including his first official visit to the UK at Wembley Stadium.

In 1999, after taking the Art of Living course and inspired by its founder Sri Sri Ravi Shankar, she became more involved in the wellness and conscious living space, including teaching Art of Living programmes, which include breathing and meditation techniques.

In recent years she has co-founded a successful mobile app based business, which dedicates its work to merging spirituality with technology by reviving ancient knowledge and wisdom such as yoga, meditation and astrology and creating products that can help people in their day-to-day lives.

Through her work, she is passionate about not just preserving this ancient wisdom, but deciphering it accurately and precisely and providing it to the end user in a way that can be utilized practically in their life – empowering them to manage and master it better.

www.artofliving.org
www.sattva.life
www.align27.com
www.cosmicinsightsshop.com
www.japa108.com

Karyn Augustinus

Karyn Augustinus has had a lifetime of struggle with food and weight. Company director by day, and passionate foodie 24/7, Karyn has tried many diet and lifestyle changes since her teens. In 2017 she committed to a ketogenic diet and fees like she has finally found the way of eating that best serves her health and wellbeing goals, as well as allowing her to manage her weight without feeling deprived. She is passionate about learning and sharing more about the benefits of keto, particularly as a tool for Type 2 diabetics, and for age-related disease. You can follow her journey on Instagram @alldayketo

Dr. Shireen Kassam

Shireen is a Consultant Haematologist and Honorary Senior Lecturer at King’s College Hospital, London with a specialist interest in the treatment of patients with lymphoma (cancer of the lymphatic system). She is also passionate about promoting plant-based nutrition for the prevention and reversal of chronic diseases and for maintaining optimal health after treatment for cancer.

She qualified as a medical doctor in 2000, initially training in general medicine, and gaining Membership of the Royal College of Physicians (MRCP; 2003). She then specialised in Haematology and achieved Fellowship of the Royal College of Pathologists (FRCPath; 2008). During training, she took time out to undertake a PhD (University of London, 2011). Her research investigated the role of selenium, an essential micronutrient, in sensitising cancer cells to chemotherapy. She was able to show that supra-nutritional doses of selenium could enhance the action of chemotherapy in the laboratory. She has published a number of peer-reviewed papers in the field of lymphoma.

Shireen discovered the power of nutrition for the prevention and treatment of disease in 2013 and since then has been following a whole food plant-based diet. She has immersed herself in the science of nutrition and health, reading scientific papers and books, attending nutrition conferences and completing recognised continuing professional development activities to keep up to date in the field. She has completed the eCornell certification in plant-based nutrition. With her medical and scientific training, Shireen is uniquely placed to interpret nutritional data and incorporate the latest findings into daily medical practice.

Shireen founded Plant-based health professionals UK in 2017. Since then she has been appointed as Visiting Professor of Plant-Based Nutrition at Winchester University with the aim of producing high quality educational material and courses. She is also a member of the Research Advisory Committee for the Vegan Society.

Amy Odene

Amy is the Campaigns Manager for ProVeg UK. Her passion for plant-based food, along with her education and corporate background, serves as a perfect foundation for consulting with companies to help increase and improve their plant-based options. A speaker in the field of school meals, Amy speaks about the importance of plant-based nutrition in public sector catering.

Dr. Margaret Lobo

Dr Margaret Lobo has worked tirelessly in the field of music therapy for over 30 years to help some of the most vulnerable people in society in the UK and India. Together with a small team of highly skilled and dedicated therapists in London, she built up the work of the Otakar Kraus Music Trust (www.okmtrust.co.uk) from modest beginnings to an organisation operating in 17 venues providing over 3,000 music therapy sessions annually for over 250 people. 
INDIA - In 2005, Margaret was invited to extend her work to India and Nepal, where she established The Music Therapy Trust as a registered charity, starting the first Post Graduate Diploma in music therapy training Indian musicians to become qualified music therapists.  Over the past 10 years the students have provided clinical music therapy on a volunteer basis as part of their training at over 70 NGO’s for hundreds of children and adults who are disabled or marginalised, including slum children, those with cancer, palliative care, gender issues and isolated elderly with dementia & Alzheimer’s. 


Margaret is one of the named mentors for the ‘ASHA Foundation, “Inspirational Women from Around the World” and in 2003 was nominated for the Beacon prize for her philanthropic work. In 2007, she was awarded a Fellowship from the Royal Society of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce (FRSA) and in 2010 received an Honorary Doctorate from Middlesex University for her major contribution to the community in the UK, India and Nepal in the field of Health and Social Sciences.


In November 2017 Margaret and her late husband Walter were both presented with the International Rotary Paul Harris Fellowship Award for their 30 years of volunteer service to their music therapy work in the UK, India and Nepal.

In January 2018 the Prime Minister of Great Britain honoured Margaret with a “Point of Light” award for her inspiring voluntary work and fundraising for The Otakar Kraus Music Trust in the UK. The money raised and the work done in establishing and running the charity has made a real difference to people in the community. This is the Prime Minister’s daily award for volunteers, recognising outstanding individual volunteers - people who are making positive changes in their communities.

Mathew Aldridge

Mathew Aldridge, who like to be called ‘Matt’ first began to learn about Ayurveda in 1998 in Anuradhapura, Sri Lanka. He is now a fully qualified Ayurvedic Therapist and maintains regular contact with colleagues in Sri Lanka at the Manasa Ayurveda Hospital and the Nagananda Buddhist Ayurvedic (Teaching) Hospital. He has more than a decade's experience in Buddhist meditation and his work on Buddhism, mindfulness and mental health has been peer reviewed and published internationally. Matt has full personal indemnity insurance as a member of the FHT and is also registered as a Mental Health professional (RMN) in the UK.

Philip Dowling

Philip Dowling has been practicing and teaching naturopathy for 21 years. After suffering years of poor health, he visited a naturopath in 1990, and after several months of positive application rediscovered good health. In 1991 Philip went to naturopathic college, graduating in 1993. He began practicing in Takapuna, in 1994, and for the following six years ran a clinic and developed a healing retreat north of Auckland. 
 
As an educator, Philip developed community education classes at three schools for several years before beginning to tutor at Wellpark College of Natural Therapies in 1997. From 1999 to 2014 Philip managed the Naturopathy and Nutrition faculties at Wellpark College. In this role he managed the Naturopathy diploma until 2010, before developing and leading Wellpark's Bachelor of Naturopathy degree from 2010. He also introduced and developed the Nutrition diploma in 2004. During his time at Wellpark, Philip taught students a range of naturopathic and human science subjects including anatomy and physiology, nutritional biochemistry, clinical nutrition, and naturopathic philosophy.
 
In 2007 Philip’s book, Journeys Back to Health, was published. This book tells the stories of eight people who had recovered from serious disorders through nutrition, naturopathy, and other natural health approaches.
 
Today, Philip consults clients at Health Journeys in Ponsonby.
 
Philip's philosophy is to seek out the cause of ill health for his clients, and develop personalised health and wellness plans with them.  

https://www.healthjourneysnz.com

Glenn White

Glenn White is a Buteyko Institute certified practitioner trainer and director of the Buteyko Breathing Clinic in Auckland, New Zealand. Glenn overcame a lifetime of asthma and allergies after completing a Buteyko breathing course in 2000. He has been asthma, allergy and drug free since that time. Overcoming a lifetime illness led Glenn to train as a Buteyko Institute practitioner in the UK, returning to open the Buteyko Breathing Clinic in New Zealand in 2001.


The clinic specialises in a wide range of breathing-related disorders including snoring, sleep apnoea, insomnia, asthma, allergies, hay fever, chronic bronchitis, stress-related conditions, panic attacks and chronic fatigue. The clinic also offers specialised programmes for athletes wanting to boost sport performance. Thousands of people have attended Glenn’s clinic for help with breathing disorders.


Glenn presents at conferences both nationally and internationally and was part of a group of four practitioners that travelled to Havana, Cuba in 2004 to train 14 practitioners and teach Buteyko to 200 children and adults with asthma. He contributes regular articles on breathing disorders to local media and his work has attracted media interest, including a feature on TV's Campbell Live in 2006 and on the series Is Modern Medicine Killing You? screening in 2012.


Glenn teaches courses and trains practitioners in New Zealand, Australia, Singapore and Japan. His goal is to have breathing assessments and retraining incorporated into general practice to help reduce the burden of breathing disorders like asthma and sleep apnoea. Glenn can be contacted at; Buteyko Breathing Clinics, Auckland, New Zealand, Tel+64 9 360 6291
info@buteykobreathing.nz
www.buteykobreathing.nz

Dr. Simon Costain

Dr. Simon Costain is the owner and main practitioner of The Gait and Posture Centre LLP. He has held a Consultant Podiatry post in the NHS and has been in Harley Street since 1985. He holds a FCPod(s): This is a full Fellowship in podiatric surgery. He practiced as a podiatric surgeon for 12 years but concentrates now on avoiding podiatric surgery in dealing with specific foot problems; a FCPod(M): This is a full fellowship in Podiatric Medicine and he is entitled to prescribe a limited list of POM’s; a MCPod: Full member of the College of Podiatry; a B.Sc. This is an internationally recognised qualification of a podiatrist who has completed a degree in podiatry; registration with the Society of Chiropodists and Podiatrists, college of Podiatry and the Health Professions Council (HPC). Simon Costain has 43 years of experience as a Podiatrist and was one of the founding fathers of podiatric sports medicine in the UK. He has held several positions as a podiatrist within the NHS before moving into private practice. He was the Podiatrist to the Great Britain Team at the Barcelona Olympics in 1992. Dr. Costain has co-authored the CD-ROM Sports Injuries of the Foot & Ankle, published by Primal Pictures. Dr. Costain has lectured at the London Hospital Medical Schools’ Diploma in Sports Medicine, Dance UK’s Healthier Dancer conferences, British Association of Sports Medicine Conferences for doctors and physiotherapists, and lectures nationally and internationally to podiatrists, osteopaths and other allied professions. He has been a consultant to the Royal Marines at (CTCRM) the Commando Training Centre in Lympstone, Devon. Dr. Costain was one of the originators of cad-cam technology in podiatry, having won a SMART award from the Department of Trade and Industry to develop cad-cam technology for orthotic manufacture.

Simon has been involved in sport at county and national level including athletics, cricket and rugby. He is an experienced sailor and yachtsman holding a commercially endorsed ocean yachtmaster qualification as a skipper and has sailed many thousands of miles, including three trans Atlantics in 1985,1999 and 2017. He has raced in the double handed AZAB (Azores and back) races in 2011 and 2011 and will do so again in 2019, this time on a Class 40 race boat. He won 1st place in the 69th JP Morgan Asset Management Round the Island Race in the Laser SB3 class. Simon is a member of the Royal Ocean Racing Club (RORC), the Royal Cruising Club (RCC) and the Ocean cruising club (OCC), and a long term member of the RAF Yacht club in Hamble.


Simon maintains a keen interest in helping sportsmen and women recover from injury and to return to their sports and understands the physical stress that the body can suffer and in particular, ways of mitigating the enormous strain on the feet and legs.


As Simon Costain has said: "we encase our feet in leather coffins most of the day and totally restrict their movement unlike our hands which are constantly being exercised as we carry out our normal every day tasks. No wonder they feel mistreated – they are!’


www.gaitandposture.com

Dr. Keerti Mathur (Kit) 

Kit has been associated with the Gait and Posture Centre since 2007 having studied Osteopathic Medicine at the British School of Osteopathy and Oxford Brookes University graduating with a BSc (Hons) in 2006. He has a keen interest in the treatment of arthritic problems with functional and conservative Osteopathic technique to promote better joint movement and reduce pain effectively. As director of studies for the department of Osteopathic Medicine at Sri Sri University, India, he has developed India's first degree in Osteopathy as well as introduced areas of bio-mechanical and functional medicine to pre and post-operative care in Orthopaedics and Rheumatology. Kit has also spoken on ergonomics and posture in commercial, medical and legal sectors. Outside of clinic he is a keen musician and sound engineer, recording a number of studio and stage performances as well as teaching meditation and breathing techniques. Kit supports Simon Costain in taking a wider view of postural problems that originate from foot and ankle concerns, which may affect pelvic and spinal posture.

 

www.gaitandposture.com

Francesca Del Nero

Francesca Del Nero is the Founder and CEO of School For Dreamers. Now an international speaker, coach and trainer, Francesca worked as a corporate banking manager for many years. She is mother to three daughters. She left GE Capital in 2010 to fund an international school of overturning and transformation of the Being, School For Dreamers, with the aim of inspiring a new generation of leaders driven by ethics and integrity where their success is at the service of humanity for a global harmonic development. Her purpose in life is clear: to inspire a new financial and social reality in which human beings’ Integrity is the only solution to solve humanity's problems. She collaborates with corporations, professionals and schools and she’s been leading an innovative international program called “Integrity in Action” a revolutionary journey in which conflicts, demotivation, internal divisions, stress and unhappiness are treated at the root with the aim of creating longevity and prosperity for the whole company. 


In 2015, Francesca created for the first time in history the Dreamers Day. It has become one of the most appreciated and successful international events, and a must-go to event for all pragmatic Dreamers coming from Italy and the rest of the world. 
 
She has been featured by Harward Business Review, Corriere Della Sera, Arbiter, Uomini e Imprese, Voyager, Rai International, Io Donna etc.

To keep in touch with Francesca:

Email f.delnero@schoolfordreamers.com
Linkedin https://www.linkedin.com/in/francescadelnero/
Facebook https://www.facebook.com/francesca.delnero.35

Dr. Ananda Samir Chopra

Dr. med. Ananda Samir Chopra was born and brought up in Germany to Indian parents. He studied Medicine and Classical Indology at the University of Heidelberg, Germany. After becoming a registerd physician in Germany, he went on to study Ayurveda in Kolkata, India, for one year. Since 1996 he has been serving as medical director of the Ayurveda-Klinik at the Habichtswald-Klinik AYURVEDA in Kassel, Germany. About 400-600 in-patients per year and a steadily growing number of out-patients are being treated in this unique clinical Ayurveda-section at a German hospital with authentic āyurvedic medicine (especially the so called Pañcakarma-therapy) in a constant dialogue with modern biomedicine. 
Chopra received a doctoral degree in the history of medicine at the University of Bonn, Germany, with a thesis on an ancient Indian medical text. Taking temporary leave from his hospital-duties, he worked from 2009 to 2011 as a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Heidelberg in a research-project on the modern history of Āyurveda. Continuing teaching and research on the history of Āyurveda, his research-interests include the history of ancient Āyurveda, the formation of modern professional Āyurveda in India in the past two centuries and the practice and history of Āyurveda in Europe. He has been teaching students of anthropology and medicine as well as conducted courses for medical doctors on theory and practice of Āyurveda. His publications include articles and book-chapters on historical and theoretical aspects as well as on the practical application of Āyurveda. 


Since his childhood Chopra has been learning classical Indian (Hindustani) music and has for some time been honorary director of studies at the Tagore-Institute, Bonn, Germany.

Amarjeet Bhamra

Amarjeet Bhamra is the first secretariat of the All Party Parliamentary Group for Indian Traditional Sciences, UK.

Dr. Harsha Gramminger

Dr. Harsha Gramminger is a medical doctor from Germany. Dr.Gramminger, originally a conventional medical  professional found the holistic medical system of Ayurveda as her approach to treat patients. Since the year 2000,  Dr. Gramminger has been managing  her own ayurvedic clinic in Germany. Dr. Gramminger has been practicing for more than 15 years as an ayurvedic practicioner with classical medical background. Within this practice she coaches and supervises panchacarma treatments. She is also the vice-president of the European Ayurveda Association. Dr. Harsha Gramminger is the author of the  New Age Ayurveda trilogy: “My basics“, “My handbook” and ” My Cookbook”. https://www.harshagramminger.de/

Katie Winterbourne

Katie Winterbourne is a Professional Intuitive, trusted advisor and inspirational speaker recognised as a leading expert in the field of Intuition, Metaphysics and business evolution for over 20 years.  
A Facilitator of positive change, she is able to illuminate any subconscious issues that may be limiting growth, purpose and ultimately joy.  She empowers her clients to develop their own intuition, creativity and superior business and personal mastery.

 

www.katiewinterbourne.com

Dr. Rahoul Masrani

Dr Rahoul Masrani is a visiting fellow and course teacher at the London School of Economics and Political Science. His personal transformation began in 2007, when he decided to leave the banking industry and pursue a Master’s degree and, eventually, a PhD in Media and Communications. Around the same time, Rahoul discovered yoga as a means to assist in the treatment of a back injury. His yoga journey became part of an overall health management system and spiritual shift, which eventually involved embracing veganism and leading a more conscious life. He currently leads courses on the YogaLondon 200-hour teacher training course and he and shares his commitment to a health-conscious and awakened lifestyle with his wife and young son.

Russell Dean

Russell Dean achieved his degree in chiropractic in 1991 from the Anglo-European College of Chiropractic (at that time the only chiropractic college in the UK). He then established one of the first clinics to integrate orthodox and complementary health professionals (including chiropractors, medical doctors, acupuncture and physiotherapists) at the Windsor Remedy Centre, where he saw over 10,000 patients.


His career has been a progression away from offering symptomatic relief, and moving more and more towards a vision of healthcare where the healing comes from within, and health is defined as optimum function rather than being measured solely by symptoms.


In 2008 he moved with his family to Barcelona, Spain, to open his present clinic; which is focused purely on chiropractic, and whose mission is to aid patients express their inner perfection through a clean and balanced nervous system, and move towards leading unlimited lives.

Melissa Doman

Melissa Doman is a certified Sleep Sense consultant and is the director of Physical Development at Doman International. She has coached families around the world on how to get the best night's sleep for the whole family - parents included! She has also helped adults who have struggled to sleep well get a better night's rest.  She also has experience working with children with special needs. To find about more about Melissa Doman’s work visit http://www.melissadomansleepconsulting.com

Dr. Carol Samuel

Dr Carol Samuel is the director of Reflexmaster offering continuing professional development workshops to reflexologists who are supporting clients in pain.  Reflexmaster workshops are based on evidence from scientific research and studies of neuroanatomy and physiology.  They are for qualified reflexologists who want to understand more about pain and how they can use their skills to help support their clients alongside conventional medicine. The workshops for ‘Supporting clients in pain’ are offered at various venues across the UK and all the information can be obtained from my website:  www.reflexmaster.co.uk. Carol can be contacted at: carol@reflexmaster.co.uk

Professor. David Sibbritt

Professor. David Sibbritt is professor of Epidemiology at the Faculty of Health, University of Technology, Sydney, Australia. David is Deputy Director, Australian Research Centre in Complementary and Integrative Medicine (ARCCIM) and is on the Executive of the “Evidence, Research and Policy in Complementary Medicine” Special Interest Group at the Public Health Association of Australia. David is an Associate Editor for the peer-reviewed journal BMC Health Services Research and is on the editorial board for Complementary Therapies in Medicine. David’s current research interests are predominantly in the public health of Complementary and Alternative Medicine (CAM) and he has an evolving interest in conducting clinical trials for CAM therapies. https://www.uts.edu.au/staff/david.sibbritt

Tomaz Mueller

Tomaz Mueller is an experienced complementary medicine practitioner and internationally known health educator in Ayurveda, a traditional system of Indian medicine. Thomaz has a special interest in Mind-Body- Medicine and quantum healing. He is a director of Ayuwave Ltd, a natural health clinic based in London. Thomaz is the author of ‘The Natural Health Matrix- Eastern Wisdom for Western Minds’. Tomaz embarked on the journey of healing from the age of 18 studying Ayurveda, Yoga and Meditation in Hollnad. He utilises his vast educational and practice experience over the last two decades from his training in India, New Zealand, Germany and Holland. He has a Diploma in Ayurvedic Medicine from New Zealand and Yoga teacher training from India. He has also been trained in the subtler aspects of Vedic Science at the Maharishi Vedic University in Holland (1988-1999).

Sue Clark

Sue Clark is a former director of a sports equipment company in the UK and currently a health promoter with interest in nutrition and lifestyle approaches to health and wellbeing.

Steve Backley, OBE

Stephen Backley, OBE is an Olympic medalist. More recently, Steve was a competitor  on ‘Dancing on Ice’. Since the 2012 Olympics, Steve has been a regular  commentator for the BBC. A passionate believer in taking individual responsibility for health has led Steve to become an ambassador for Not For Profit work of the Nuffield Health. For more information on reducing waiting times, go to https://www.nuffieldhealth.com/nowaitinglist

Dr. Neal Barnard

Neal Barnard, M.D., F.A.C.C., is an adjunct associate professor of medicine at the George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences in Washington, D.C., president of the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine, and founder of Barnard Medical Center.
Dr. Barnard is a fellow of the American College of Cardiology, the 2016 recipient of the American College of Lifestyle Medicine’s Trailblazer Award, and has led numerous research studies investigating the effects of diet on diabetes, body weight, and chronic pain, including a groundbreaking study of dietary interventions in type 2 diabetes, funded by the National Institutes of Health. Dr. Barnard has authored more than 70 scientific publications as well as 18 books, including the New York Times best-sellers Power Foods for the Brain, 21-Day Weight Loss Kickstart, and the USA Today best-seller Dr. Barnard’s Program for Reversing Diabetes.   
As president of the Physicians Committee, Dr. Barnard leads programs advocating for preventive medicine, good nutrition, and higher ethical standards in research. He hosts four PBS television programs on nutrition and health and is frequently called on by news programs to discuss issues related to nutrition and research.
Originally from Fargo, N.D., Dr. Barnard received his medical degree at the George Washington University School of Medicine and completed his residency at the same institution. He practiced at St. Vincent’s Hospital in New York before returning to Washington to found the Physicians Committee.
Follow Dr. Barnard on Twitter @DrNealBarnard and Facebook @NealBarnardMD.

Renate McNay

Renate McNay is the co-founder of Conscious TV along with her husband Ian McNay. Following a successful Music business, the couple invested their money, time and efforts in building a TV channel which offers meaning rather than entertainment. At conscious TV, Renate McNay and Ian McNay question, debate, enquire, inform, encourage and inspire viewers to understand the concepts of Consciousness, Science, Non-Duality and Spirituality. The TV was launched in 2008 and after a decade of successful running, Renate has interviewed over 400 guests. The link to Conscious TV is http://www.conscious.tv

Francesco Pignatti

Known as The IronManager, Francesco Pignatti is a vegan body builder. Fran lived 12 years in London where he worked as a consultant and Strategy & Innovation Manager at Canon Europe. In November 2016 he decided to leave the corporate world to focus 100% on his passion: Health & Fitness. A couple of years ago, during a trip to the island of Bali, Fran turned to a whole-food plant-based diet while prepping for the UKBFF English Grand Prix bodybuilding contest. Since then Fran has experienced tremendous benefits from the transition to a vegan diet and he’s also managed to further improve his physique despite the almost 20 years of training. Website: www.ironmanager.coach 
Instagram @IronManager 
LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/francescopignatti/

Cirus Henn

Cirus Henn is a medical student at the University of Heidelberg, Germany, and is additionally working on his DGE Nutritionist Certification. In his position as PAN's Medical Content Manager he combines his scientific expertise as a former student of biomedical sciences at the Vrije Universiteit, Brussels, with his practical knowledge he acquired as a paramedic. In his professional life, he has often witnessed the detrimental effects of an unhealthy diet. As an avid endurance athlete, he has experienced the transformational powers of wholesome nutrition first-hand. By focusing his energy on promoting the preventive and therapeutic effects of nutrition, he hopes to create opportunities for as many people as possible to live healthier and happier lives.

Paul Fredrich Seifert, MD

Paul Friedrich Seifert is an MD on his way to become  a Family Doctor in Leipzig Germany. He is studying and practicing Osteopathy. He also promotes plant based nutrition and mindfulness in medicine and society.

Dr. Eva Wartner, MD

Dr. Eva Wartner is a GP in training at the Clinic for Integrative Medicine (Immanuel Krankenhaus Berlin) and chairperson of “Medizin und Menschlichkeit“. She has been interested in various approaches to holistic healing since her medical studies and has experience in acupuncture, naturopathy, meditation, mindful self-compassion and keen interest in various fields of psychology and spirituality. She is now focussing on creating learning environments for people in healthcare to tap into their potential and to connect to their hearts. 

Nancy Dell'Olio

Nancy Dell’Olio is a UK based celebrity from Strictly Come Dancing and Celebrity Big Brother. Nancy Dell’Olio is an Italian British Lawyer who became known to the public first as the girlfriend of Sven-Göran Eriksson, then the manager of the England National Football Team. Nancy Dell’Olio is the chairwoman of Truce International, a British based charity, which aims to use football as a means of uniting people in areas affected by war.

Preeti Kumar

Preeti Kumar is a mum to two beautiful children. In addition to bringing up a football obsessed 8 year old son, she has dedicated most of the hours in the last 5 years to working with her brain injured daughter. Preeti has spent many years working as a public health consultant with international non governmental organisations. She holds a Masters Degree in Population Studies from the prestigious International Institute of Population Sciences, Mumbai and a Bachelor's Degree in Sociology from Delhi University. Preeti has spent the last few years researching and practicing numerous therapies and techniques to enable her daughter overcome challenges in her daily life. She has combed through alternatives across the globe to identify holistic therapies which suited her daughter the best.This comes with a huge amount of trial and error and she hopes her experiences can help others speed up the learning curve and avoid some of the challenges she encountered.

Dr. Ashwini Godbole

Dr.Ashwini Godbole did a Masters in Science in Botany (Plant Biotechnology) from Pune University and PhD from National Centre for Biological Sciences (NCBS-TIFR) in cell biology and biophysics. She is now a researcher  in Ayurvedic Biology with a focus on Ayurvedic Nootropics. Dr.Ashwini combines her decades of experience and knowledge in basic biology to study science behind memory enhancing and neuroprotective effect of several herbs and more importantly classical formulations.

Dr. Nilesh Korde

Dr Nilesh Korde is a professor of Ayurveda at Gomantak Ayurved Mahavidyalaya and Research centre, Goa, India.

Dr Hrishikesh Damle BAMS, MD (Ay)

Dr Hrishikesh Damle BAMS, MD (Ay) initially worked in Reliance Health & Technology.
Dr Damle worked as a practitioner for eight years and started Atrimed Pharmaceuticals, a pioneer in Phyto- Biotechnology. He developed standardisation methods for formulations and created several protocols for studying the Ayurvedic products in clinical trials. Dr Damle has developed a library of Phytomolecules in 3D, ready for virtual screening. He started a Bioinformaics lab to screen phyto molecules against disease targets. Dr Damle started a systems biology project to create virtual skin cells, effecter pathways, their cross talk & application in drug development processes. He complied and created an expert system to predict activity of a drug based on the available metabolic pathways of secondary metabolites correlating with their gene expression. Currently Dr Damle is working on trans disciplinary approach for drug development and standardised and validated in-vitro models and in-vivo models for drug development process using phytochemicals.

Lea Katseli

Lea is the founder of Divinalux Holistic Winery and Farm. After being born in Georgia, moved with her parents to Israel and growing up in London, Lea decides to settle at the heart of an amazing Natural Park in the centre of Italy. After many years of intense career as an architect-developer, Lea decides to challenge her vision for human evolution and moves together with her three little kids to a countryside, where she creates a self-sufficient, organic, holistic winery and farmstay. You can find more information about her work at; https://www.divinalux.com

Lara Bloomberg

​Lara Bloomberg is a mother of two, owner of a cafe for kids and mothers based in Greenwich London. At her cafe 'plum tree', which she has run successfully for five years, Lara serves fresh, healthy food with simple recipes that kids and mothers love to eat. Lara's simple rule for employing staff at her cafe is 'they must be mothers who know how to cook and multitask'. She occasionally ​has employed caters too and says they are equally good like mothers in cooking. Lara was a primary school teacher prior to her career as a cafe owner. You can reach Lara at https://www.facebook.com/theplumtreecafe

Belinda Corani

Belinda Corani, a former image consultant and stylist, trained in interior design and now runs Belinda Corani Interiors and Home Conscious Ltd. Home Conscious is a bespoke property and interiors consultancy specialising in both residential and commercial refurbishment.  Offering design and construction project management of refurbishments, Belinda specialises in listed buildings; many of them large commercial buildings that need extensive refurbishment with contracts that are often needing confidentiality, discretion and diplomacy.  Following renovation, she manages property for private, international individuals, developers, institutes and insurers.  Working mostly in London and the home counties she travels internationally where necessary. http://www.homeconscious.com/

Susanna Di Castro Horn

Susanna was born in Italy and studied Art History in Rome. After marrying, she moved to Philadelphia in the USA, where, for a period, she taught Italian at the Berlitz School. Shortly after, she had her twins. and when they were 3 years old, they attended the Early Development program of the Evan Thomas Institute at the Institutes for the Achievement of Human Potential. When the children were old enough to attend the International School of the Evan Thomas Institute, Susanna became one of the clinical staff members at IAHP, teaching parents of brain injured children how to teach their children reading, general knowledge, and Mathematics. She currently is a health worker at the Doman International Institute for Brain Development, where she teaches parents of brain injured children how to teach their kids reading, math, general knowledge, and how to improve their sensory systems, as well as communication, and social skills.

Christian Daniel

Christian Daniel is a marine researcher and science educator. He studied biology and marine science at Connecticut College, the Woods Hole Marine Biological Laboratory, and the United States Coast Guard Academy. Christian's primary research focus has been on marine predators, and their interactions with people and marine ecosystems.  

Alison Fielder

A founding partner in Acumen Business Partners, Alison works full time providing her clients with clarity of business vision and advising on operational efficiency. Prior to setting up Acumen Business Partners five years ago when her son was 11, Alison had a successful career in Banking and after the birth of her son, in Children and Young Peoples Services.

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Alison is actively engaged in supporting  her son’s sporting aspirations and regularly volunteers at the sporting clubs of which her son is a member. Balancing the needs of her clients and her son leaves Alison little time to herself and requires that she stays mentally and physically fit. Alison places good nutrition and structure at the heart of her active life.

Dr. Carole Easton

Dr. Carole Easton, OBE  is chief executive of Young Women's Trust, a charity supporting and representing disadvantaged young women. She is the current Chair of Young Minds, a charity committed to improving the emotional wellbeing and mental health of children and young people. Easton began her career as a child and family psychotherapist in the NHS. Since then, she has worked in the voluntary sector. For more information visit www.youngwomentrust.org 

Denise Parkinson

Denise Parkinson has been with The Telegraph for the last 4 years and is now its Director of Global Entertainment. With over 20 years experience in all aspects of Marketing and Distribution in the UK and International film distribution industry. Starting her career in the marketing department of the legendary Palace Pictures and then going on to roles as Promotions Manager at United International Pictures followed by 11 years as Head of Film across the Emap portfolio. Denise's most recent roles have included Director of International Marketing for Europe, Middle East and Africa for Disney, ABC and ESPN Television and Global Entertainment Director for Yahoo! - Yahoo! Recently Denise has taken a new role Leading the expansion of the Telegraph Media Group in the Entertainment category.

Philip Foster

Philip Foster is a London based Vocal Coach. His career has spanned over thirty years in the Theatre, Film and Television industry. 

Philip founded The Philip Foster Company in 2013 . The Company’s unique and defining ethos is it’s dedication to developing and furthering the connection to Voice - his method of Vocal Vibration known as Vv. 

Dr.Subbarao Madhunapantula

Dr. Subbarao Madhunapantula is an associate professor of biochemistry at the centre for molecular biology and regenerative medicine, JSS medical college, Mysore, India. Dr. Subbarao has been researching cancer therapeutics for decades and has published several papers in medical journals. 

Aniruddha Padmanabha

Aniruddha Padmanabha is the founder and CEO of "The Thought School", an organisation based in Mysore, India. The Thought School creates awareness on value based living and coaches children, adults, couples and corporate employees. It uses the value systems based in ancient Indian systems of knowledge and teaches harmonious sustainable living through a deep understanding of one's cultural roots.

William Lindsey

William Lindsey is a London based certified Personal trainer & Qualified chef. Will has been a personal trainer for more than ten years. Prior to this Will was a chef for ten years. He specialises in weight loss, weight training, building lean clean muscles, maintenance of a fitter self. Also in circuit training and strength & conditioning using both compound, functional workouts.

Dr.Ram Manohar

Dr.Ram Manohar is an Indian physician of Ayurveda and heads the research department at Amrita Centre for Advanced Research in Ayurveda, Amrita University, Kerala, India. Amrita University is the largest private university in India and the foundr and chancellor Mata Amritanadamayi Devi is popularly known world wide as “Amma, the hugging saint”. Dr. Manohar has several research publications and was the principal investigator on the Indian side of the National Institutes of Health, USA sponsored research study to scientifically evaluate the efficacy of Ayurveda in rheumatoid arthritis. The outcomes of this study was published in Annals of Rheumatic Diseases and Journal of Clinical Rheumatology and won the prestigious Excellence in Integrative Medicine Research Award from the European Society of Integrative Medicine. This study was recommended as a blue print for future studies on complementary and alternative medicine by Dr. Edzard Ernst, a vehement critic of Complementary and Alternative Medicine. Dr. Manohar is not only a researcher but a rare scholar of ancient Sanskrit classical texts on health. He interprets and debated the need for integrating the ancient Indian health care system of Ayurveda with conventional approaches to address today’s health challenges. Dr. Ram Manohar is an advocate for ‘Medicine with Compassion’ in training doctors, medical specialist and researchers.

Dr. Antonio Morandi

Dr Antonio Morandi, is a neurologist, a neuroscientist and practices Ayurveda in Milan, Italy. He is the the Director of Ayurvedic Point, Milan, Italy and serves on the board of many scientific associations throughout Europe for Ayurveda and Complementary and Alternative Medicine.

Dr Antonio Morandi graduated from the University of Firenze, Italy in 1984 and specialised in Neurology in 1988. He has worked as a researcher at various research organisations and patented an invention on Alzheimer’s disease diagnostic tool in 1990 while heading the Laboratories of Neuropathology of aging, Italy. His extensive travels in India and study of Ayurveda took him to the path of integrating Ayurveda in his practice. Dr. Antonio Morandi runs a successful Ayruvedic training school for Medical Doctors and health professionals in Milan, Italy. For more information go to; http://www.ayurvedicpoint.it

Dr. Robert Vekerk

Executive & Scientific Director, Alliance for Natural Health International (ANH-Intl)

For over three decades, Rob Verkerk has developed an intimate relationship with the tightropes that span between science and law, between academia and industry, between government and the people—and not least— between humanity’s internal and external environments. He has Masters and Doctorate degrees from Imperial College London, where he also worked as a postdoctoral research fellow for 7 years.

In 2002, Rob founded the Alliance for Natural Health International (ANH-Intl) and has acted as its executive and scientific director since this time.

Justina Groeber

Justina Groeber is an artist and Visual Art teacher who studied in Munich, Germany and has taught  High-school students in New Zealand since 1989. Justina holds a PHD in Fine Arts from the University of Auckland and has  exhibited her own work at galleries New Zealand, Australia, Germany and the UK. Justina is C- Head of the Visual Art department at a Secondary school in Auckland, New Zealand.  

Serafino Ambrosio

Serafino Ambrosio, owner of two Pilates and Gyrotonic Studios in Rome Italy, has always been active in the Fitness and Wellness industry. Having completed his Bachelor of Education in Physical Education and Dance in Australia, and having been certified by VICFIT,  ACE and PMA,  his interest and love for teaching movement and being involved in movement lead him to win  titles in Aerobic Championships in Australia and Italy. Currently a Principle Educator and Licensee for Polestar Pilates Italy and PMA Certified, Serafino has travelled the world teaching core curriclum and and a variety of workshops at various world renowed Conventions and Institutes,  in the Pilates Method. Both Gyrotonic and Gyrokinesis Certiifed and also Certified in the KMI Method of Structural Integration of Thomas Myers.

Mathew Aldridge

Mathew Aldridge is a psychiatric nurse working for the NHS in the UK and is currently doing a Masters in Buddhist Studies exploring the role of Ayurveda and Buddhist approaches in psychosis. He has more than a decade's experience in Buddhist meditation and his work on Buddhism, mindfulness and mental health has been peer reviewed and published internationally.

Mathew’s website is

http://www.manasaayurveda.com

Mathew’s blog is

http://psychoticbuddha.blogspot.co.uk/

Danny Cole

Danny Cole is a passionate cyclist who switched from body building to cycling as a way of life. Danny chose cycling as his life style 12 years ago and has been working as a bicycle specialist for the last eight years. He rides 100 miles a week on an average to commute to work and also participates in several cycling events for charitable activities. You can contact Danny at; Dannyc@cyclesuk.com

Rosalind Klein Doman

Rosalind Doman has worked with brain injured children helping children with speech and mobility problems since 1972. Rosalind is the director of Physical Excellence at the Institutes for Achievement of Human Potential, Philadelphia. USA.

Leila Reilly

Leila Reilly has developed the Cortical Organisation Programme and the Laterality programme at the Institutes for Achievement of Human Potential, Philadelphia, USA. She is a founding member of the International Academy for Child Brain Development. www.iahp.org

Janet Doman

Janet Doman has been the director of the Institutes for Achievement of Human Potential, Philadelphia, USA since 1980. She grew up at the institute and  was pitching in to help brain injured children by the time she was 9 years old and later was directly involved in the Institute’s ground breaking work in early reading. At fourteen, she illustrated one of the first books ever published that was written and designed to be read by two- and three-year-old children. After completing studies in zoology at the University of Hull in England and physical anthropology at the University of Pennsylvania, Janet devoted herself to teaching early reading programmes to parents at the Institute. She helped to create The Evan Thomas Institute, the first of the Institutes devoted to teaching mothers of well children how to develop their tiny children intellectually, physically, and socially.

Dr. Mihai Dimancescu

Dr.Mihai Dimancescu was born in England and later moved to the United States. A Yale University graduate, Dr. Mihai studied medicine at the University of Toulouse. Following his surgical and neurosurgical residencies, Dr. Mihai established his practice in neurosurgery in New York. As founder of the International Coma Recovery Institute, Dr. Mihai carried the work of The Institutes for Ahcievment of Human Potential, Philadelphia into the hospital setting and into neuro-rehabilitation facilities worldwide. He has been president of the New York State Neurological Society and chairman of the board of the Coma Recovery Association. Dr. Mihai is the chairperson of the board of The Institutes for the Achievement of Human Potential and president of The International Academy for Child Brain Development.

Prof. Bhushan Patwardhan

Prof. Bhushan Patwardhan is a professor at the Interdisciplinary School of Health Sciences, University of Pune, India. He has more than three decades of experience in research and development in the area of evidence based Ayurveda, ethnopharmacology, drug discovery & development and integrative medicine. He is Editor-in-Chief of Journal of Ayurveda and Integrative Medicine published by Elsevier. 

 

He has 8 Indian Patents, 2 US Patents and over 120 research publications with Scholar h-Index 37, i10-index 75 and over 5200 citations.

Julia Graves

Julia Graves is a healer with a background in several modalities. Raised by an herbalist mother and orthopedic surgeon father, she also studied anthroposophic massage and healing as well as cupping in the European tradition as a teenager. She then spent four years studying medicine at Kiel university in her native Germany. Thereafter, Julia trained as a Gestalt psychotherapist. While working for Findhorn Flower Essences in their early days, she trained as a flower essence practitioner as well as a flower essence creator. Julia has since developed her own line of flower essences, the Lily Circle, as well as a kit of flower essences for Mayan Abdominal Massage. Her international teaching activities include co-teaching an herbal summer school with renowned Minnesotan herbalist Matthew Wood at her farm in France, as well as teaching at the International Herbal Symposium. In 2010, she founded the Naturopathic Earth Quake Survivor Relief Clinic in response to the devastating earthquake to Haiti, and headed the clinic in its three of its four missions that offered free naturopathic help to 12000 people (for more details see haiti.citronica.com).

Maya Tiwari

Maya Tiwari is a spiritual teacher and humanitarian who has been serving humanity for more than 30 years. An Ayurveda pioneer and best-selling author, she established the first Ayurveda school in North America in 1981, the Wise Earth School of Ayurveda. Tiwari is also founder of the the Mother Om Mission (MOM), a charitable organization in at-risk communities in New York that transforms disease and despair into wellness and joy. She has personally helped thousands of women to heal from devastating disorders. Through her global humanitarian work, Maya is a regular Featured Speaker at the Parliament of the World Religions and other Inter-faith conferences worldwide.

Sarah Ferguson, Duchess of York

Sarah Ferguson, Duchess of York is a British writer, charity patron, public speaker, film producer and television personality. She is the former wife of Prince Andrew, Duke of York, the second son of Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh. Sarah has two daughters, Princesses Beatrice and Eugenie of York.

Spencer Doman

Spencer Doman is the director of Early Development Program at the Institutes for Achievement of Human Potential, Philadelphia, USA.  

 

Spencer Doman is the grandson of Glenn and Katie Doman and the son of Douglas and Rosalind Doman, he grew up on the grounds of The Institutes and witnessed The Institutes work with both brain-injured and well children. He was enrolled in the Early Development Program of the Evan Thomas Institute, and his parents taught him how to read, do math, and be physically excellent at a young age. Spencer attended the International School of the Evan Thomas Institute until he graduated at the age of 14. He then traveled abroad to attend high school in Aguascalientes, Mexico, for one year to learn Spanish. When Spencer returned home at the age of 15, he began to attend college. He received an associate’s degree in biology and graduated from Temple University with a bachelor’s degree in history. Spencer joined The Institutes staff in September 2006 as a member of The Institute for the Achievement of Intellectual Excellence. His specialty is working with children who have cortical brain injuries such as Autism, ADD, ADHD and Developmental Delay. 

Dr. Charlotte Bech

Dr.Charlotte Bech is a physician from the University of Copenhagen. She has worked as a doctor in Tennessee, USA. She has a PhD in consciousness development from the Maharishi university. Charlotte Bech runs a private clinic in Copenhagen based on the concept of "wellness consultations".

Dr. Robert Svoboda

Dr. Robert Svoboda is the first Westerner ever to graduate from a college of Ayurveda and be licensed to practice Ayurveda in India. During and after his formal Ayurvedic training he was tutored in Ayurveda, Yoga, Jyotish, Tantra and other forms of classical Indian lore by his mentor, the Aghori Vimalananda. He is the author of over a dozen books and has served as Adjunct Faculty at the Ayurvedic Institute in Albuquerque, NM, and at Bastyr University in Kenmore, WA. You can find out more about his work at www.drsvoboda.com

Dr. Robert H. Schneider

Dr. Robert H. Schneider, M.D., F.A.C.C., is a physician, scientist, educator, and one of the world’s leading authorities on scientific, natural approaches for heart disease, high blood pressure, stress and other cardiovascular risk factors. Dr. Schneider is the director of the NIH-funded Institute for Natural Medicine and Prevention and professor of physiology and health at Maharishi University of Management, in Fairfield, IA.

Dr. Karin Pirc

Dr. Karin Pirc is the medical director of Maharishi AyurVeda Health Centre Bad Ems, Germany. She was honoured the “Global Hakim Ajmal Khan Award” as “Best Ayurvedic Physician 2006” and the “International Lifetime Achievement Award” in 2013 and is also the author of eight books on Ayurveda.

Ivana Daniell

Ivana Daniell is a musculo-skeletal rejuvenation therapist who’s project LIFE in MOVEMENT (LIM), is a revolutionary method that teaches an intelligent way to approach and practice exercise. People learn to move in a more efficient way, with optimum results, and without any risk of injury.

Prof. George Lewith

Prof George Lewith is a qualified physician and general practitioner with his first degree in Biochemistry from Cambridge. He retired from clinical practice in 2011 and works solely as a university researcher. He has conducted research within CAM, primary care and integrative medicine for the last 35 years and now works in senior role at the University of Southampton. He has a visiting chairs at the University of Westminster centre for resilience and Beijing University of Chinese Medicine. He has combined his scientific interests, including over 350 peer review papers and a number of books with a series of substantial grants from various charities and the major UK medical research funding bodies.

Dr. Shamim Daya