Founder, Droga & Co., Sydney Australia
Katherine Droga is passionate about the transformational effect wellness travel can have for people and the planet. Her consultancy firm, Droga & Co., specialises in strategy creation, refinement and new business development for destinations and tourism experiences worldwide. Katherine previously worked for Tourism Australia (the national tourism authority) and led the organisations international operations, distribution platforms and partnerships for over a decade. Having worked in the media and travel industries for more than 20 years, Katherine has extensive experience in both tourism development and promotion.
Senior Lecturer in Business Management at University of Derby, Buxton, United Kingdom
Elina Michopoulou is a Senior Lecturer in Business Management at University of Derby, Buxton. She is active in several research fields including tourism, technology and disability. She holds a B.Sc. in Tourism Management from Technological Institute of Patras, Greece, a Masters degree in e-Tourism and a PhD in Accessible Tourism Information Systems from University of Surrey, UK. Previously she worked for 2, 5 years as a Research Officer in eTourism Research Development and Evaluation at the University of Surrey for the European Commission funded eContent Project OSSATE (One-Stop-Shop for Accessible Tourism in Europe). Elina was involved in Organising and Hosting the Olympic and Paralympic Games 2004 in Athens, Greece.
Elaine Okeke Martin
President, Spa & Wellness Association of Africa, Mauritius
Elaine graduated from CIDESCO international Denmark in 1999 and has been in the industry for the past 17 years. She has participated in several consultation meetings for large spa companies worldwide. Elaine is also the Principle Consultant at SPALOGIQUE, where she brings a wealth of experience by providing excellence in spa design, operation management and training to hotels and spas globally. She consults government departments such as; Ministry of Tourism, Education and Health in African countries for the spa and wellness industry. In addition, she is the president and founder of the Spa and Wellness Association of Africa (SWAA). SWAA develops standards for education and professional development in Africa, and its vision is to be the spa wellness voice for Africa. Elaine also contributes her time to the SWAMagazine connected to the association.