minister of wellness initiative Members

As an innovation in leading wellbeing, the purpose of this initiative is to map out a new function for benefiting people worldwide: a Minister of Wellness. Our aim isn’t to craft the “one right answer” to fit all nations, but to develop a thoughtful and strategic framework that can be used to build a positive contagion for making wellbeing a priority in countries globally. 

Silvia Garcia Barnechea

Cultural & Global Marketing Leader, United States 

Cultural and global marketing leader, Silvia is a Consultant with more than 20 years of experience in creating and executing marketing, corporate reputation and company culture programs for FMCG companies and NGO organizations. Silvia has an established reputation at Former Global Director of the Happiness Institute of Coca-Cola where she helped gather and put to practice the science of positive emotions and how to measure them to help brands and companies connect in a more relevant way with the audience and stakeholders; create a growing mindset in teams and help companies perform to their best empowering teams to find higher meaning and satisfaction.


Chair, Global Initiative For Traditional Systems of Health, Oxford UK; & Green Templeton College, University of Oxford

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 University for two decades, and is adjunct professor of epidemiology at Columbia University. Gerry Bodeker works with governments, private sector, UN organisations, including WHO, the World Bank, and the UN University, advising on culturally-themed health and wellness strategies (

Tomonori Maruyama

Chief Research Consultant/Manager, Research & Consulting Team, Mitsui Knowledge Industry Co., Ltd., Japan

Tomonori Maruyama is dedicated to new business development and global research on issues such as spa and wellness markets, services, quality standards and regulations. As chief researcher for Mitsui Knowledge Industry, he and his team have undertaken government-commissioned studies of the spa and wellness industry. He is currently engaged in co-innovation projects with inter-business collaboration