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Meet The Speakers
FRANCISCO CACERES GARCIA Francisco Caceres Garcia is an independent Spa Consultant with vast experience in the Hotel Spa sector, having been involved in successfully managing and directing two iconic South African hotel spas, namely Mount Grace Country House & Spa and Arabella Hotel Spa and working with the
Amani Spas Group as their COO, which gave him vast, extensive and in-depth knowledge of the realities of the Hotel Spas sector in the country. Apart from being a successful Spa Consultant, Francisco also dedicates a lot of time to training and development in a wide variety of aspects to other professionals, from spa finance to retail selling skills.
CHARNE LE ROUX Charné is a Green Spa Developer and Sustainability Advisor who has been responsible for the sustainability programme of a large corporate. Previously she developed the Green Spa Rating Tool through The Green Spa Company and penned the Green Spa Guide. She is a board member of the SA Spa
Association and developed Vygenhoek Organic Spa in 2003, the first dedicated organic spa in South Africa. In 2010 Charné received the Les Nouvelles Visionary Award for her work in developing the green spa industry. An accredited professional of the Green Building Council SA, Charné was in 2012 a member of the Programs and International Committees of the Green Spa Network (USA).
DEBBIE MERDJAN Debbie Merdjan is the CEO and founder of the Camelot Group and has over 30 years of business experience encompassing Spa Consultancy and Spa Franchise operations throughout Southern Africa, as well as Health & Skin Care Training Centres and product distribution. She is a
winner of numerous awards, including Professional Beauty Entrepreneur of the Year Award 2012; Les Nouvelles Esthetiques Spa Ambassador Award 2013; World Luxury Spa Awards Best Luxury Spa Group in Africa 2014; Best Spa Boutique Hotel Award 2015; World Luxury Spa Awards Nominee 2017; and 2016 IWEC (International Women's Entrepreneurial Challenge) Awards. Debbie is a Board member of the Global Wellness Institute on the Consulting Best Practices Initiative.
LEAH LIVANOS Leah is the owner of Revive Wellness Spa in Highlands North, Johannesburg, one of the largest spas in South Africa. Prior to launching the spa in June 2017, Leah had completed a Fashion Commerce Degree through LISOF and worked at MAC Cosmetics Group as a successful make-up artist. Following her
tenure at MAC, Leah designed and manufactured a range of make-up brushes called Make-up by Design and distributed the brand to various salons and spas. She also had a make-up school where she taught make-up application. Leah designed and built Revive Wellness Spa from the ground up and aims to open spas of equal excellence all over the country. NEXT PAGE