mental wellness Initiative

The Mental Wellness Initiative of the Global Wellness Institute aims to understand those pathways that help people stay well and thrive mentally as well as physically. The lens of mental wellness extends from the very inner aspects of individual experience through to the influence and condition of what is sometimes called the ‘social mind’ – i.e. the mental condition of the surrounding society and its effect on &/or contribution to mental wellness. The GWI's Mental Wellness Initiative will collect and share evidence on a wide range of mental, nutritional and physical modalities that support lifelong growth of mental wellbeing and happiness, creativity and generativity, wisdom, inner peace and transcendence.

2017 Briefing Paper
The briefing paper is a snapshots of this industry sector including valuable information on latest trends, challenges and initiative accomplishments. Read full paper HERE


Prof. Gerry Bodeker, PhD


Alina Hernandez

initiative Chair

Prof. Gerry Bodeker, PhD, Green Templeton College, University of Oxford, United Kingdom; & Dept. of Epidemiology, Columbia University, New York,  United States.  Public Health Academic & Clinical Psychologist
Professor Gerry Bodeker, whose doctoral studies were at Harvard, researches and advises on integrative medicine and wellness. He has researched and taught in medical sciences at Oxford for two decades, and is adjunct professor of epidemiology at Columbia University. He works with private sectors, governments and UN organizations, including WHO and the UN University, advising on culturally themed wellness strategies.


vice chair

Alina Hernandez, Head, Strategic Initiatives, The Giovanni Lorenzini Foundation, United States
Alina Hernandez is currently collaborating with Patricia Ladis of KIMA Wellness on a project for Peri-Natal Wellness, because wellness begins before birth. Her recent work with the Giovanni Lorenzini Foundation, specializing in primary prevention and translational medicine (Texas Medical Center) solidified Alina’s commitment to bringing evidence-based knowledge into the wellness community. Her 25 years of experience includes personal & organizational development; corporate hospitality management for the Olympic Games and World Cup; and production of global meetings covering health and wellness themes.

initiative Members


Nancy Board


Bryan Hoare


Paulina Tracz


Dr. Fikry Isaac