APSWC Executive Board 2018

Andrew Jacka (Thailand)


Andrew has been involved in the Hospitality industry for almost 40 years. His broad background in cooking has seen his skills be exposed to various cuisines around the world, before bringing his culinary skills to Thailand in 1995 where he progressively moved into spa operations. His culinary abilities were recognized by the readers of Condé Nast Traveller UK when his food was voted best spa cuisine in the world (1998-2000). A passionate believer in the sharing of knowledge, he is a sought after speaker, both as an industry educator, and as a passionate ambassador of the Asian spa industry. He has been actively involved in spa industry associations and events, including 5 years as Chairman, World Spa & Well-being Convention (under the Thai Spa Association), and is Managing Director of Spa Origins International, a niche market distribution company in Thailand. Other not-for-profit activities include: Auditor, HAPA Awards (Malaysia); Judge, AsiaSpa Awards (Hong Kong); Honorary Advisor, Thai Spa Association; Executive Director, Tourism Technology Association; and Global Wellness Day Ambassador Thailand.

Phattiraporn Khiewsanun (Thailand)


Phattiraporn has entered her experience in spa and wellness industry more than 10 years with initially passion of health and beauty from Thai traditional and natural ingredients and recipes. Working life has been in exporting spa products, spa consulting, spa educator and speaker. Besides, she volunteered to support and promote the industry by being a committee member and Vice President of Thai Spa Association (TSPA) for a number of years, where she currently continues in an advisory role. She sees a great opportunity to liaison with government sectors and connect with international spa and wellness organizations and associations for collective growth.

Richard Wong (Singapore)


Actively involved in the spa and wellness industry since 2001, Richard started out a foot reflexologist before progressing in an extensive range of bodywork disciplines for which he holds various certifications, including ITEC UK Diplomas. In 2005 he embarked into providing spa consultancy services in Singapore, Malaysia and Indonesia. Today he owns and operates Asta Spa and Asta Academy Singapore, while continuing to expand his regional network with overseas exchange beauty training programs with Korea and China. Is actively involved with Beauty Pageant in Singapore. He is President (Singapore Chapter) Association of International Beauty and Health Professional – Philippines (AIBP); President, International of Semi Permanent Make Up Association (ISSA); National Director for China – Miss Lumiere International Beauty; Chairman, Members of Beauty Masters (MBM).

APSWC Board 2018

Vikki Aquino (Philippines)


Vikki has over 25 years of experience in executive hotel management and support services particularly resort, wellness and spa operations. Including consultancy work and owners’ representation in different countries worldwide. Various roles covered 18 pre-openings, 5 renovations and 4 takeovers, both on land and at sea. Extensive knowledge in spa technical design, new business generation, revenue growth, legendary standards, quality branding, training, strategic development, sales and marketing of luxury international hotel spas and premium image wellness facilities. She has operated multiple facilities and led several to becoming world recognized award-winning spas.  Vikki has exceptional communication and presentation skills especially in guest relations and key client relationship management, is a Certified Trainer of Neuro Linguistic Programming (NLP) and Global Wellness Day Ambassador Philippines.

Ayu Made Mudiasih (Malaysia)


Ayu’s more than 20 years’ industry experience began with Mandara Spa in Bali, under the tutelage of Jeff Matthews. For 11 years she was successfully involved in spa operations and management in spas across Indonesia & Malaysia, before she moved to Energy Day Spa, to better understand the Day Spa sector of the industry. In 2007 she launched her own spa equipment and consulting company, Cemara Ayu Sdn. Bhd,. She holds a certificate in Executive Development Program from Cornell University, USA where she majored in Spa Management. She is also involved with spa education through her work with IBD (UTM) and has held Board positions in both the Association of Malaysian Spas (AMSPA) and Malaysian Association of Wellness and SPA (MAWSPA).

Donald Cha (Bhutan/Nepal/Malaysia)


Donald Cha with a background in business studies is a 16 year veteran of the industry having learnt much since entering the industry in 2000. Today a consummate spa professional, he employs over 60 staff in 14 spas across three countries. He was instrumental in helping to establish the Spa & Wellness Association of Nepal (SWAN).

Erika Dewi (Indonesia)


Erika has over 25 years’ experience in the spa industry, starting in 5 star hotel spas before moving to Mandara Spa (where) as Operation Manager, where she absorbed and developed her fundamental knowledge of traditional therapies, products and spa business management. In 2002 she launched Banyu Spa to produce traditional spa and wellbeing products. Today Banyu Spa specializes in spa consultancy, spa products & treatments, concept development and industry training. She has served on the board of the Bali Spa and Wellness Association (BSWA) since 2005.

Barry White (Hong Kong / Philippines)


Barry has over 25 years of experience developing creating, operating spa, wellness and fitness businesses around the globe. Spending 12 years in charge of the global operations and development of Chuan Soas for Langham Hotels & Resorts. He also established the Chuan Academy, the first ITEC accredited hotel spa training academy, and in 2017 he launched his own company White to provide a range of specialist services for the industry including project analysis, financial projections, comprehensive technical capabilities, pre-opening, brand development, services/product partnerships & development and operational management.

Catharine Nicol (Hong Kong)

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After eight years exploring wellness primarily in Asia, but also worldwide, as Editor and Editor-at-large for AsiaSpa magazine, Catharine returned to freelancing writing, editing and photography. She is a regular contributor to wellness, lifestyle and travel publications for both consumers and trade, print and online including her own blow www.spasandbeyond-blog.com, as well as writing website and EDM content, press releases and spa menus. She particularly enjoys interviewing the people behind the spas, fitness centres, spa studios and nutrition programmes, and finding out about the passion they bring to their businesses, as well as their dreams for the future of the industry. She loves her base in Hong Kong where she has lived for over 20 years, but has plans for a more mobile future.

Kevin Maes (Thailand)


Kevin is a Belgium entrepreneur with a background in Marketing-Management. He has bene based in Bangkok since 2009. He is a founding member of Welify Co., Ltd., and has developed several business strategies to keep Welify at the forefront of the Industry and to make sure the company remains a part of continuously feeding innovations into the beauty, spa & wellness industry in the region. He served as a Director, Thai Spa Association 2011-2013 and is a founding member of working committee of World Spa & Wellness Asia (WSWA).