People and Planet
Initiative Members


Dr. Marc Cohen

Professor, RMIT University, Australia

Dr. Marc Cohen is a Global Wellness Summit board member, registered medical practitioner and professor of health sciences at RMIT University, where he conducts research and leads online postgraduate wellness programs. He has published over 80 peer-reviewed papers on wellness, lifestyle, massage, yoga, complementary therapies, nutrition, herbs and detoxification, and published more than a dozen books, including <i>Understanding the Global Spa Industry

Amy McDonald

Principal, Under a Tree, United States

As a 30-year expert on the spa and hospitality industries, Amy McDonald is widely recognized and sought after as an innovator in transformational health and wellness programming and design, merging the best of resort hospitality and urban healthcare into integrated models. Amy has helped transform over 60 spas and resorts on a global level.

Paul Schmidt

Executive Director, Green Spa Network Inc., United States

With 30 years of spa industry experience, Paul Schmidt brings his passion for healing and the environment to the Green Spa Network (GSN) as executive director. A non-profit association incorporated in 2006, GSN currently supports over 1,000 members who share a vision that personal and planetary vitality are a singular pursuit and that spas can be powerful catalysts for positive change.