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Dr. Lawrence Loh - Chief Medical Officer of Health

Dr. Lawrence Loh is the Medical Officer of Health at the Region of Peel – Public Health. He was previously an Associate Medical Officer of Health and served as the Interim Medical Officer of Health in Peel. Dr. Loh is an Adjunct Professor at the Dalla Lana School of Public Health, University of Toronto. He completed undergraduate training and medical school at the University of Western Ontario and residency at the University of Toronto, during which he also earned a Master of Public Health at Johns Hopkins. He is board certified in family medicine in Canada and in Public Health and Preventive Medicine in both Canada and the United States. Dr. Loh is also known as the man who shut down an Amazon distribution center in Peel Region to protect workers and community health, during the COVID-19 crisis.

Mbali Maseko - Head of Wellbeing: Sasol South Africa

Fuelled by her passion and determination for equity and social transformation, and with the humblest of beginnings (born and raised in Mofolo, Soweto), Mbali holds an Honours degree in Dietetics, a Master’s degree in Public Health (MPH), and a Master’s degree in Business Administration (MBA). She has over 14 years of experience in the health fraternity, with 7 years experience in the field of corporate health and wellbeing, strategy, and business improvement practices. She is currently pursuing her doctoral studies in the field of public health.    

Mali Alcobi – Founder of "Dynamix – Work-Life Balance

Mali is the author of the book Superheroes and Hormones and developer of the AirPort Technique. Mali is the founder of "Dynamix – Work-Life Balance" in Israel helping organizations and employees balance work and private life. She has developed expertise in several interconnected domains, and modern lifestyle challenges. She has consulted with organizations internationally such as HP, eBay, Microsoft, Apple, Government agencies, Israel Defense Forces, and more. She is a frequent TV guest expert and is a guest lecturer at various academic centers and universities that promote Work-Life Balance in Israel.

Andrew Pakes – Research Director and Deputy General Secretary: Prospect Union

He is representing over 152,000 members across tech, specialist, engineering, and professional roles. He leads Prospect’s work on the future of work, technology, and data. He regularly writes, comments, and campaigns on a range of issues across equalities, wellbeing, and technology.

Noa Hadad – Director of the Gender Equality Division: Civil Service Commission in the Israeli government.

Noa is responsible for formulating, designing, and implementing policies regarding the appropriate representation of women in the civil service. In this role, she has focused on promoting family-supportive policies to secure work-life balance for both men and women. In addition, Noa deals with the role of commissioner of Gender Equality for all Government Ministries. Overseeing and managing the handling of sexual harassment complaints in the workplace. Noa is a graduate of the Civil Service Cadet Program. Noa holds a B.S.W in Community Social Work, M.S.W. in Management of Non-profit Organizations, and M.A. in Public Policy, all from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.

Sonia Santra 

Sonia Satra is a mindset and fitness thought leader who specializes in personal transformation for women and men by integrating the mind, body, and emotion to create lasting change. The former star of Guiding Light and One Life to Live is now the founder and CEO of the award-winning wellness company Moticise, which she has shared around the globe helping people reach their own personal greatness.

Mim Senft – Co-Founder/CEO of Global Women 4 Wellbeing

Mim Senft is Co-Founder/CEO of Global Women 4 Wellbeing (GW4W), a nonprofit organization focused on empowering more healthy female leadership at all levels. She is also CEO of Motivity Partnerships, Inc. a consulting firm that helps organizations create integrated, actionable, and measurable engagement, health, and gender/D&I strategy for their workforce. She holds certifications in group benefits, worksite wellness, and property-casualty insurance.

Lee-Ann Kosziwka 

Lee-Ann brings more than 18 years of experience working in the field of Workplace Health for a large Public Health unit in Ontario, Canada. In her personal time, Lee-Ann works on her side gig (LA Koaching) by writing a series of workbooks and developing planning templates to coach workplace health professionals and organizations to plan a more effective workplace health program. This is Lee-Ann's first year at the Global Workplace Wellness Summit. Most recently she has become a volunteer Mentor for How to Change the World.

Radhi Vandayar 

Radhi is a People Engagement Specialist. She is currently the President-Elect for EAPA South Africa. She has been in the field of wellness programs for the last 22 years. She is a consultant to both public and private sector organizations for many years and has a wealth of experience in making wellbeing and engagement a driver to business results. She uses her MBA knowledge and experience and clinical social work background to help organizations bring the business and people agenda together.

Andrew Wilkinson - Copyrighter

Andrew is a freelance digital marketer and copywriter. With a background in teaching, he passionately believes in the capacity of knowledge to empower people, enrich lives, and challenge perspectives. As a marketer and copywriter, he chooses to harness the power of emotional storytelling to help transformational coaches, educators, and course creators fulfill their own purpose. His work is a tool for his clients to make a bigger impact on the lives of millions.

VENERABLE ADELOWO ADESINA – Managing Consultant of Sages & Scribes

Venerable Adesina is the Managing Consultant of Sages & Scribes – An indigenous Multidisciplinary Consultancy Firm with a global outlook. He has over 40 years of rich, broad and varied post-graduation work experience in Industry, Commerce and Consulting, about 18 of which was in Executive Management position in a Multinational Corporation. A Certified Mentor, a Certified Trainer, and an Accomplished A.L.E (Adult Learning Experience) practitioner. An (EAP) Employee Assistant Programme Practitioner.

Henna Sharma 

Henna Sharma is an Associate Certified Coach(ACC) with a specialization in “Happiness” from the reputed International Coaching Federation (ICF). She is the founder and Chief Happiness Officer at hopeandhappinesscoach.com. Henna has worked with several Fortune 500 companies, top FMCG brands, multinational banks, large technology firms and helped unleash the true potential of their talent. During the COVID-19 pandemic, she has worked with over 3000 individuals through her virtual sessions to adopt a resilient mindset and balanced life.

Guy Glantser - CEO and founder of Madeira Data Solutions

Guy Glantser, Microsoft Data Platform MVP, is the leader of the Israeli data platform community and also the CEO and founder of Madeira Data Solutions. His career has been focused on the Microsoft Data Platform for more than 20 years, performing various database roles as either an on-site DBA, an external consultant, or a speaker. Guy is involved in many activities in the Microsoft Data Platform community. He occasionally speaks at community events, such as PASS Summit, SQLBits, SQL Saturdays, and user groups around the world. He also co-hosts the SQL Server Radio podcast.

Nuzhad Chagan

Nuz Chagan (she/her) currently works as a Wellbeing Community Lead and Partnerships Manager for LYFE, a wellbeing programs tech company specializing in connecting, administering, rewarding, and evolving live wellbeing programs that are inclusive, diverse, and built on human connection and community. In her previous life as the former Head of Health and Wellbeing at IKEA UK/IRL Nuz was able to work with the global team to align and evolve the wellbeing strategy for IKEA.

Bhavika Nayyar

Bhavika is a second-year Integrated Biomedical Engineering and Health Sciences student at McMaster University. Having worked at How to Change the World as a Challenge Researcher, Bhavika investigated issues faced by several Canadian cities and reserves in reaching the United Nations 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, many of which involved workplace health and wellness. Bhavika believes in empowerment through education and wants to continue learning with others to integrate knowledge from across the globe.

Antonio Gomez-Palacio

Antonio’s professional experience and research focus on the intersection of architecture, planning, and urban design. He’s internationally recognized for transforming cities into vibrant urban places that respond to their social, economic, and environmental contexts. In addition to impacting communities through his professional practice, Antonio has acted as chair of the Toronto Society of Architects and the City of Vaughan’s Design Review Panel.

Sara Kay

Sara Kay teaches Laughter Yoga and is also a Happiness Facilitator. After having depression for many years, in 2016 Sara found out about laughing intentionally and this was a life-changing moment to de-stress and create positivity from within. Her intention is to share these wellbeing techniques throughout the communities and businesses to increase happiness and de-stress, giving self-esteem and health to everyone.

Alex Ihama 

Considered as one of the most dynamic and engaging speakers in the world today because of his stage power and uncommon ability to communicate complex topics with brevity and humor, Alex Ihama is a Global Strategist and Executive Coach to CEOs, Senators, Bishops, TV personalities, and Olympians. He has certified about a hundred professional coaches and speakers all over the world on his unique approach to an innate transformation which has helped people and organizations to save and make millions of dollars through a paradigm shift, the revolutionary renewal of the minds, and the development of leadership capabilities.

Dr. Ben Akoh - Organizational Development Consultant

Dr. Ben Akoh is an experienced Organizational Development Consultant with expertise in culture, diversity, and equity, having worked in academia, developing and delivering courses in leadership with a specific focus on culture, technology, diversity, equity, and inclusion. Ben has had extensive experience working in the non-profit sector and also in corporate. Through extensive research, he has developed programs, communication, and implementation plans that would recognize and celebrate the diversity in organizations. Ben is an adult learner, project manager, and leader with the ability to initiate and deliver programs and projects within scope and budget.

Dr. Mamadou Ka -Diversity Consultant

Dr. Mamadou Ka is a Public Speaker and Consultant in the field of Diversity Management and Education. Mamadou holds a Doctorate Degree in Educational Leadership and Diversity Management from Simon Fraser University, Vancouver (BC). He is a consultant in Cross-cultural and diversity management. He facilitates workshops on Diversity and cultural competence in different areas such as Health, Education, Justice, etc., Racism, Inconscient biases. Mamadou also holds a Law degree from the Universitéde Caen (France), as well as a BA and a MA in Political Science from the University of Manitoba. Mamadou has completed his Ph.D. Coursework in Political Science at Université Laval in Quebec City. Mamadou is a Political Scientist and Adjunct Professor at the Université of Saint-Boniface.

Kay Sargent - Designer

With 37 years of experience, Kay is a recognized expert on workplace design and strategy issues and an award-winning designer. Kay is Global Co-Director of HOK’s WorkPlace team and sits on HOK’s Board of Directors. In 2020 she was named ASID’s Designer of Distinction. Kay currently serves on the AVIXA Board of Directors; ASID’s Foundation Research Taskforce; George Washington University Advisory Council; the IWBI Mind Advisory Team and the Advisory Boards for I+S and WorkDesign magazines. She is an active member of IFMA and co-founder of the IFMA Workplace Evoluntionaries, WE community and serves as an Executive committee for WE.

Dr. Mary Donohue - CEO, Digital Wellness Center

A social scientist with a focus on digital psychology and positive mental health, Dr. Mary has reframed wellness as a communication issue. She has dedicated her research to helping people avoid burnout, both in the workplace and at home. Her innovative solutions are contributing to wellness in companies around the globe. Dr. Mary’s dedication to helping others heal through innovation is rivaled only by her sincere passion for living and celebrating life. To a large degree, this sincerity is based on her own fight to overcome chronic leukemia. Recognized by premiers, prime ministers, Queen Elizabeth II, and her peers, Dr. Mary has been honored as one of the 18 Outstanding Women in Tech and named one of the 100 Most Influential Woman in America by Diversity MBA. Her work has appeared in Harvard Business Review, as research for stories on major networks, in columns for the Huffington Post and Financial Post, and on-air for all the major news networks.

Victoria Grainger, MBA, BPE, PTS, HWL

Victoria is an educator, entrepreneur, fitness enthusiast, mom, and passionate advocate for the impact well-being has on national performance. She is the founder of Wellness Works Canada, a non-profit association that empowers, educates, and supports workplace health practitioners and employers in building healthy, high-performing work cultures. She has worked in the field of health promotion and population health for 20 years. She has supported countless public, not-for-profit and private organizations in developing, implementing, and evaluating comprehensive workplace wellness strategies to create environments where people and business thrives.

Patience Hemeway

Patience Hemeway, Ph.D. WCMC.

Patience Hemenway Ph.D. is an International Bestselling Author, award-winning public speaker, and Wellness Competency Mindset Coach. Patience is the Founder of Patience Serenity Grove International, where she specializes in Personal Breathwork Mastery Trainings. She has the unique ability to help professionals instantly combat stress Her program – Dr. Hemenway ‘Breathe With Me, A Guide to Finding Peace In The Storms “Overcomer, How are her latest titles.

Carrie Burd

Carrie Burd, CDP®, CDR®, WCMC, APHRM

Carrie is a human resource, diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) consultant, trainer, and coach with more than 25 years of public service, private, and not-for-profit experience. Throughout her career she has held a variety of senior leadership roles, including Director, Strategic HR, Director, Divisional HR Strategies; Director, Public Sector Liaison and New Economy Regulation; Director, Entrepreneurship; Director, Accessibility Integration Planning; Senior Manager, Talent Development; and, Manager, Strategic HR. Carrie is also a certified workplace wellness coach who has spent more than a decade advising C-suite executives, coaching leaders, and and mentoring emerging and top talents. She is also a trained Positive Space Champion (LGBTQ+) and experienced executive partner for Diversity and Lean In mentoring programs. She is also internationally accredited to administer emotional intelligence and high potential assessments.

Noam Wakrat

Noam Wakrat, Forter HR Director.

Noam spent most of his career working in the Learning and leadership development field and various roles and positions. 2 years ago he decided to test his abilities in HR roles and move from a big corporate to Forter. At Forter he is leading the HR in Israel and all L&D and OD programs they develop.

Noam is 40 years old, married with 2 girls, Lives in Haifa, Israel, and in his free time, he writes a blog that attempts to tell management lessons through sports events.


Cathy Lieberman, PCC, Principal,

CDL  Business Consulting

Cathy Lieberman is a Professional Certified Coach with the International Coaching Federation. Her specialty is executive coaching, leadership development and change management. Cathy founded the Chicago Chapter of the COO Forum In 2010 and has facilitated over 100 meetings of operational executives. Cathy also serves as a senior consultant with Simitri Group International, a global corporate learning company with offices in 45 countries.
Cathy’s corporate career included 25 years leading and coaching managers at AT&T. In addition to her private practice, Cathy serves on the board of World Chicago promoting citizen diplomacy and welcoming emerging leaders from all over the world. She is also a mentor of Chicago leaders at the Executives’ Club of Chicago. Cathy holds a Bachelor of Science in Quantitative Methods from the University of Illinois and a coaching certification from Northwestern University’s School of Education and Social Policy.

Charlene Pedro

Charlene Pedro is a Corporate Trainer, Human Resource Consultant, Personal Development Strategist, Speaker and Mentor. Charlene offers over twenty-five years’ experience in human resource management and is the founder and Chief Engagement Officer of Conventus Consultinc. She helps CEOs and managers solve their people and performance problems by upgrading their leadership skills, their employee engagement and performance management systems. She is founder of Conversations over Coffee with Charlene Pedro- a successful breakfast training programme with a difference, that creates an experience to inform, engage and inspire CEOs, managers, and professionals to make a positive impact in their workspace.

Beatrix Eder

Beatrix is a certified Transformational Coach, Facilitator and Speaker based in Singapore. She works with seasoned and emerging leaders in Fortune 500 companies who operate in an increasingly diverse and interconnected world. Many of her clients are managing teams across different geographic locations and with differences in gender, race, generation and culture. By fostering cohesive and creative teams that thrive on diversity and change, her clients tap into the full potential of human diversity and create an inclusive culture as competitive differentiator.

Ghaya Barwani

Ghaya Barwani

Ghaya Barwani, PCC is a Business and Corporate Leadership Coach, partnering with leaders, executives and teams to become the positive change agents and leaders they are.

Margaret D.L. Nalyaali

Margaret D. L. Nalyaali, President EAPA Uganda

Margaret D. L. Nalyaali is the Executive Director of Apple Hidden Treasure Uganda over 21 years. International Counselling Kampala and DNA Diagnostics Center Uganda. She is the President of EAPA Uganda Branch, Founding Member EAPA Pan Africa and a member of EAPA International. Founder of Apple Hidden Treasure Uganda the first EAP and SAP company in Uganda which focus on Organizations and schools Expatriates and inter-cultural differences with extensive experience diagnosing, evaluating, and treating individuals of various ages, from diverse ethnicity and cultural backgrounds, and with a wide range of complex clinical presentations. She leads consultations on how to start EAP in companies and organization and also write up policies on how to run Employee Assistance Programs or Wellness programs in any given workplace plus Expert Counselling, Training and Intervention Services, management referrals, substance abuse, policy violations, cultural conflicts or employee decline giving a holistic approach to school, home and community.


Laurel Kirchner, Wellness Advisor, Covenant Health

Laurel works as a Wellness Advisor for Covenant Health providing support for the wellness of the employees at sites across the province. She is has developed resources for healthcare employees on building resilience and mentalU health awareness surrounding pandemic circumstances. She has also written for Focus on the Family Canada, and previously worked as an Exercise Therapist at WCB Millard. More recently, she co-authored material with Mindwell in their development of mindfulness educational modules to support the wellness of healthcare workers across Canada.

Kara Brown

Kara Brown, HR Leader, Beamdog

Kara is a Human Resources leader with many years of HR experience across a broad set of industries. Utilizing her background in recruitment, employee relations and strategic management, she brings a passion for cultural development and employee centric policy to her work at Beamdog. With Kara's guidance, the Beamdog team has more than tripled in size since she first landed at the Studio. Her leadership in HR ensures policies keep pace with an ever-growing team, while continuing to create space for individual voices to be heard.


Blair Schachterle, President, Nose Creek Sport Physiotherapy, BScPT, Dip Manip PT, Dip Sport PT, FCAMPT, CGIMS

Blair has been a Physiotherapist at Nose Creek Sport Physiotherapy since 2001. Blair graduated from the University of Alberta with a BScPT in 1992. He has focused on Orthopaedic Manual Therapy and Sport Therapy. Blair completed his Sport Therapy Diploma in 1997, and his Advanced Manual and Manipulative Diploma in 1998. Blair is also certified for IMS (Intramuscular Stimulation) Dry Needling. Blair has a keen interest in active rehabilitation of recent and chronic, spinal and peripheral, joint and muscle injuries. He enjoys treating upper neck pain that is associated with cervical tension headaches, sciatica (pinched nerve in lower back), shoulder injuries and traumatic knee injuries. Blair previously served for 6 years as the Executive Chair of the Canadian Academy of Manipulative Therapy (CAMPT).

Blair balances his busy professional life by staying active. He enjoys cycling, swimming, working out, hiking, camping and snowboarding, depending on the season. Blair shares his free time with his wife, son and daughter outside on the weekends. He has learned to enjoy the journey, as life really is too short.


Graham Lowe

Graham Lowe has over 30 years of organizational, labour market, and policy consulting experience across Canada and internationally. He is president of The Graham Lowe Group Inc., a workplace consulting and research firm. He also was a founding partner (2005–08) of the Great Place to Work® Institute Canada, an affiliate of the U.S.‐based global consulting firm specializing in transforming workplace cultures.



Lauri-Ann is a speaker, trainer, and coach on a mission to help entrepreneurs avoid burnout without sacrificing success by allowing them to uncover their strengths, work in their zone of genius, do work that matters, and make wellness a priority. 

 Lauri-Ann believes that if more people found their niche in life and business, we would have happier, healthier and more productive people.

She is also the CEO of the Richard Branson Centre of Entrepreneurship Caribbean, a Certified Holistic Wellness Coach and a mom of two from Jamaica.

Kayoko Nakamura

Kayoko Nakamura

Kayoko Nakamura graduated from the University of Nevada Reno, USA, with a Bachelor of Arts. She works as an English instructor at a company called GABA.  Where she teaches English to business people. Also, she works as a life coach, leading people to spread their wings to venture into the unknown through loving themselves.


Maiten Panela

Maitén is Head of Coaching & Strategic Development I Free Choices I Diverse Mental Health. She is a Psychologist and Psychotherapist, with 25+ years of multicultural experience and further studies in Gestalt, Emotional Intelligence, Positive Psychology and Cognitivism.

As a Business Psychologist, she loves to help leaders gain clarity and focus on recognising opportunities, reconnecting with their true purpose and motivation.

Caroline Ribeiro-Nelson

Caroline Ribeiro-Nelson

Caroline Ribeiro-Nelson is Head of Free Choices - Diverse Mental Health. She is an experienced Executive, Psychotherapist, Consultant, Coach and Trainer who has been working in the fields of Mental Health & Well-Being and Employee Assistance Support for over 25 years. She has headed operational, clinical and training positions for leading organisations in Germany and the UK, as well as establishing co-operation partnerships in Europe & U.S.A. Caroline is a Clinical Member of the UK Council for Psychotherapy, Society of Existential Psychotherapists (SEA), Association for Coaching (MAC) and an Advisory Board member for Global Women for Well-Being (GW4W).  

Gayatri Chadwa

Gayatri Chadwa

Co-founder & Director GMH Foundation COO GMHA Emotional Intelligence & Spiritual Life Coach and an educator with 14+ years of experience as a teacher, special needs educator and counselor. I am also a special needs educator, Emotional Intelligence & Spiritual Life Coach, Certified Reiki & Crystal Reiki Master, Certified Akashic Records Healer, and a poet by passion.

Dr. Suresh Devnani

Dr. Suresh Devnani

Happiness Doctor, Best-Selling Author, Project Happiness Global Ambassador

Dr. Suresh Devnani is an award-winning speaker, four-time TEDx speaker internationally recognized global thought leader in positive psychology and leadership. Suresh has designed a framework for happiness that helps individuals and organizations achieve exponential growth. For more than 28 years, he has been teaching entrepreneurs, c-suite executives, educators, professionals and over-achievers how to build innovative, thriving organizations and design the dynamic life they desire. As a successful entrepreneur, former corporate executive, he is both an academic and a practitioner, incorporating his continual research into day-to-day business. He has taught clients in 123 countries through his books, online courses and masterclasses.

Shiri Aviel

Shiri Aviel

Shiri is a pioneering Israeli leader in the field of Corporate - Mindfulness.

A specialist in organizational Mindfulness - Awareness, she holds an MA in Social Psychology from Tel Aviv University.

Shiri has 25 years of experience in Leadership and Team Development and is the Co-Founder of the Center of Mindful Leadership in Israel.

She has developed and led Mindfulness-Based Organizational Interventions for thousands of employees and managers in Israel in the past 13 years – specializing in developing Adapted Mindfulness Tools mended for the Israeli Organizational Culture and its senior managers

Patience Osekre

Patience Osekre

Patience Osekre is a Psychotherapist and a Wellness Consultant with a wealth of experience and expertise in providing Health and Well-being Services for Individuals, Groups and Organisations. She is currently the Managing Director of Supreme Healthcare Management services and EAP-Africa (Subsidiary) in Ghana a pioneering initiative in Sub Saharan Africa which provides 24/7 Employee Assistance Program and Wellbeing Services and Consultancy for Oil Companies, Embassies, Schools, Clinics, hospitals, and other Corporate Institutions and Industries to enhance Employee wellbeing, performance and productivity.


Ryan Briggs

Ryan Briggs is a respected thought leader within financial wellbeing.  His financial wellbeing approach comes from his early experiences within professional sport as-well as over 10 years within financial services.

He has seen the positive and negative extremes of financial wellness and understands the links between financial, mental, physical and social wellbeing. Ryan is passionate about sharing his principles and strategies to help people understand what financial wellbeing is and how to improve it.

As an accredited workplace financial education and wellbeing specialist with Wronski Wealth Management, he empowers individuals to create healthier relationships with money and also helps employers of all sizes implement inclusive, effective and measurable financial wellbeing strategies.


Allan Smofsky

Allan Smofsky is a workplace health strategist and Managing Director of SSP, a strategic planning consultancy dedicated to measurably improving health, engagement, and performance in the workplace. Allan has extensive experience in employee benefits, health promotion and disease management, and organizational strategy development, execution and evaluation. He consults on issues – and to stakeholders - across the spectrum of organizational health.

A bilingual (French & English) native of Montreal, Canada, Allan founded SSP in 2004 following several years in senior-level leadership and consulting positions with global health/ benefits and human resources and consulting firms, as well as workplace health service providers. He is currently based in Toronto, Canada.

Nasrin Ejner

Nasrin Ejner, Owner of ICE CONSULTANTS

Nasrin Ejner is a Petrochemical Engineer with an MBA in International Business from Sydney, Australia. With 18+ years of training, mentoring and coaching experience, she is currently focusing on her core strength areas, offering leadership, teambuilding, soft-skill and experiential training programs to the Oil & Gas / Petrochemicals industry to bring in the wellness and work –life balance at workplace.

While most trainers operating in the Oil & Gas industry possess expertise only on the technical (hard-skill) or people management (soft-skill) side, Nasrin brings in the best of both worlds, with her engineering training, business management skills, plus rich and diverse knowledge in training individuals as well as groups.

Merci Miglino

Merci Miglino, MCC

Educated as a teacher and working as a journalist, paralegal, communications director and campaign manager, Merci Miglino is the eldest daughter of nine children where she learned to lead a divergent group toward a common goal and to persist even in the face of impossible challenges.

Armed with this background, and a passion for advocacy, she worked in the rough and tumble world of the New York State Legislature serving as Director of Communications in both the state Assembly and state Senate.

For the past 20 years, Merci has run a successful coaching practice and conducts training and coaching for numerous organizations including the International Coach Academy, CoachA, Blanchard Coaching, Laser Coaching, Clearing Beliefs and several Employee Assistance programs.

Merci is a Master Certified Coach who works with executives and entrepreneurs, and mentors and trains coaches worldwide.

Althea Burke

Althea Burke

Althea Burke has worked in Human Services and driven humanitarian assistance for leading global charity organizations, including the International Fellowship of Christians and Jews, and managed fundraising teams for Sick Kids Canada and St. Judes. She has an extensive background in coaching. In 2019 Althea founded Day Defined: a business that provides coaching and well-being resources to organizations and companies so their people can perform optimally at work and in life. She holds an Honors Specialization from Western University in Women’s Studies with Psychology, Transformational Coaching Method Mastery Coach certification, Wellness Competency Mindset Coach certification and is currently pursuing her Master’s of Science concentrating on Industrial-Organizational Psychology.

Dr. Abiye Alamina

Dr. Abiye Alamina

Dr. Abiye Alamina is a qualified Occupational Health Physician,  and a Wellness & Resilience Practitioner. He has worked in West Africa and the Middle East, promoting employee wellness and wellbeing, as well as facilitating workplace mental wellness and resilience training. He was involved in launching the BeWell Wellness programme in Shell Nigeria, as well as establishing the employee wellness programme in Shell Iraq, in the Middle East, and was also instrumental to revamping the EAP service in NLNG, Nigeria. 

He is currently Occupational Health Manager for OQ8 in Oman, where amongst other things is responsible for driving the culture of health and ensuring a thriving and highly performing workforce.

Richard Le Sueur

Richard Le Sueur, Director of Portfolio, EMEA

Richard Le Sueur joined the IWBI team in March 2020, from a based in the UK he is responsible for driving the market development activities of WELL programs in the UK and wider EMEA region. This includes supporting leading investors, developers, FM and HR professionals, and industry partners with an interest in healthy organisations and buildings in their early explorations of WELL, in addition to sharing insights on market engagement and project experiences through industry events and workshops.

Richard brings to IWBI an operational and business development background in commercial real estate (CRE). Over a 15 year career he has worked within 3 major asset classes across a diverse set of international and local markets for a variety of owners ranging from institutional pension funds, high net with individuals, to local government. With demonstrable experience in complex project and stakeholder management, be it through shopping centre re positioning or commercial placemaking on large scale city developments, he has worked with multiple stakeholders to deliver complex CRE projects through smart and sustainable design.

Ijah Thompson

Dr. Ijah Thompson, CEO, Essential Medical Services

Dr. Ijah  Thompson is a proactive promoter of living a healthy lifestyle. He is the CEO of Essential Medical Services[EMS]. He has been practicing general medicine for the past fifteen (15) years and workplace wellness consulting for seven (7)  years. He leads teams of fellow medical, wellness, and organizational professionals to develop and implement comprehensive standards-based workplace wellness programs or solutions for a diverse range of organizations. He is a graduate of The University of the West Indies, where he is currently pursuing post-graduate studies in Social Policy, building on his training in Organizational Behavior. He is an advocate of having a balanced and rounded Christian life. His hobbies include reading, gardening, and jogging. He is a proud married father of three children who is passionately striving to be a better humanitarian.

Joyce Odidison - President of Interpersonal Wellness Services Inc.

Joyce Odidison, MA, PCC, CTDP. is a Thought Leader on Interpersonal Wellness and Competency Mindset Teaching. She is a Conflict Analyst, Coach, Author, and corporate speaker/trainer on interpersonal, respect and diversity at work for 24 years. Joyce is President of Interpersonal Wellness Services Inc., Founder and host of the Global Workplace Wellness Summit, Host of What’s Happening at Work podcast and LinkedIn Live Office Hours Show, and the Publisher of Faces of Workplace Wellness magazine. Joyce is a frequent TV guest expert, on bullying, workplace wellness, and diversity conflict management.