Meet the Tribe

A network of extraordinary people joining us in Spain.
The A-Fest tribe is a community of people who share similar values and have grand visions of the kind of impact they want to have on the world.

We curate and attract amazing leaders, thinkers and doers – from Inc. 500 CEOs, best-selling authors and award-winning artists to growth-hacking entrepreneurs, business owners and world-class coaches.

Both speakers and attendees are part of the tribe, equally immersed in the experience to network, connect, bond and share. You’re just as likely to meet the owner of a $50-million-dollar business as you are to meet a young up-and-coming entrepreneurial star. This diversity creates an extraordinary environment that you won’t find at conventional networking conferences.

Below are some of our tribe members attending A-Fest 2017 Europe.

Enterpreneurs

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Jessica Nazarali - Founder of Jessica Nazarali Coaching, Australia

Jessica is the founder of Jessica Nazarali coaching business which helps female coaches standout and find new clients. She is the creator of Find Your First Paying Coaching Clients and The Next It Girl Coach. Her advice has been featured in Cleo, Marie Claire, Sunday Style and Madison. Her book Leaping from the Ladder was launched in September 2014.

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Hans Nolte - Founding Partner of Zebra Digital Marketing, Mexico

Hans is a Founding Partner of Zebra Digital Marketing, ranked one of the top 100 digital marketing agencies in Mexico. He has been recognized by the Council for Science, Innovation and Technology Yucatan for his entrepreneurial activity and is considered a thought leader in the hispanic internet marketing space, reaching hundreds of thousands of people with online education programs available on text and video. Today he is an international speaker and trainer on issues of digital marketing, continuously presenting at universities, chambers of commerce, conventional centers and other spaces.

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Steffani LeFevour - Founder, CEO at My Happy Life, USA

Steffani is the founder and CEO of My Happi Life, founder of her own production company, and director of happiness at Lifebook. She most recently co-founded Beyond Abundant to help busy women redefine what abundance looks like for them and help them design and live a more extraordinary and abundant life in all areas.

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Zahid Rahman Torres - Founder, Business Fights Poverty, United Kingdom

For over 20 years, Zahid has been working on strategies to tackle poverty by harnessing the innovative power of the private sector - from international businesses to individual entrepreneurs. In 2008, he created Business Fights Poverty as a platform to connect all the energy and innovation of individuals pioneering new ways of fighting poverty through business. I wanted to help contribute to scaling the creative revolution already underway. Now the world’s largest community of its kind, Business Fights Poverty connects professionals from business, civil society and government working to harness and scale the social impact of business..



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Dmitry Buterin - Serial Entrepreneur, Mentor, Blockchain Angel investor

Dmitry is the co-founder of BonaSource Inc. BonaSource takes great pride in having completed eBusiness projects for some of the world's largest companies. In 2006, Dmitry led the transition of BonaSource from a consulting/custom development business into a software company, with a sole focus on Wild Apricot and now operating as Wild Apricot Inc. Dmitry's vision for Wild Apricot is to see non-profits use modern web technology to achieve more with less -- thrive and grow, engage with members and volunteers, and have more fun -- while Wild Apricot takes away mundane manual administration work by automating it. 

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Cynde Margritz - Founder & CEO of Peak Neurofitness , United States

Cynde, a former NASA scientist, is the founder and CEO of Peak Neurofitness, a neurofeedback practice. For the past 10 years, Peak Neurofitness has researched and brought together the best of brain-based technologies for with the goal of optimizing brain performance for each client. These technologies and techniques, along with client feedback and collaboration, have culminated in their new High Octane Brain, Resilient Mind, and Zen Mind Programs. 

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Alan Burak - Founder at Never Alone Capital, Mexico

Entrepreneur, trader, investor, mentor. Committed in creating real breakthroughs in people’s lives. Alan is always in pursuit of unique opportunities. An entrepreneur by heart and a businessman by hobby. He created his first company at age 13 and the second company at age 19. He has more than 13 years of experience in the investment world. He is the founder of Never Alone Capital, an Asset Management firm. Before Never Alone Capital, Alan spend more than 8 years in the banking world helping companies restructure, grow and find opportunities to increase value.

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Gunjan Doshi - Founder, CEO of InRhythm. Board of Advisors & Angel Investor

Gunjan Doshi is the Founder & CEO of InRhythm, a NYC based digital product consulting firm. A 20-year practitioner of the digital industry, Gunjan directs a range of strategic initiatives to successfully leverage the company’s core competencies in Digital Innovation, User Experience, Agile & Lean Delivery to create world-class web and mobile experiences. One of the fastest growing privately held companies in New York, InRhythm has helped over 100 teams accelerate the delivery of high-value web and mobile products in financial services, education, consumer, and media industries. He is also an active angel investor and sits on the board of some of the fastest growing firms like Booker.com, Yodle.com etc.

Media and Entertainment

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Kersti Niglas - Official Photographer for A-Fest, Estonia

Kersti is our official photographer for A-Fest Greece. Hailing from Estonia, she is partnered with seasoned A-Fest photographer Karen Harms in their company Studio Flashback. Kersti is one of Tallinn's top fashion and glamour photographers.

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Christina Moses - Actress, Artist, United States

Christina Moses is the female lead in the upcoming mid-season CW television series, "Containment," created by show-runner Julie Plec ("The Vampire Diaries", "The Originals").Christina has been involved in roles in ABC Family's "Twisted," and CW's "Nikita." She has worked in the film projects such as Warner Bros, "The Invention Of Lying," Magic Time Productions, "Star Trek Voyages," Morphius Films, "Starship" and Free Dream Pictures' "Odd Brodsky".

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Melissa Risdon - Coach, Speaker, International Radio Host, United States

Melissa is a motivational speaker and intuitive transformational pattern buster. Her show Raving Fan Radio™ has grown to over 150,000 iTune subscribers. Her first book ‘Deception: Lies Women Tell Themselves’ was released 2015. Melissa’s purpose is to guide people in pulling their heart out of the mess. Her mission is to help women transform the way they see themselves.

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Karen Harms - Official Photographer for A-Fest, Estonia

Karen is our official photographer for A-Fest Greece. This will be her 4th A-Fest as a photographer. She is the founder of Studio Flashback, a photography firm in Tallinn.

Wellness, Health & Fitness

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Abeer Al-Quadi - Wellness Coach, Consultant, UAE

Abeer Al Qadi is a certified coach in the Psychology of Eating, through which she helps clients uncover the deep emotional and spiritual causes at the heart of their struggles with food — and reach happiness and fulfillment. She is also a trained life coach with The Coaches Training Institute (CTI), respected worldwide for their ground-breaking, highly interactive Co-Active coaching model, proven to help people achieve success and fulfillment in all aspects of their life. Prior to co-founding Reach Wellbeing, Abeer was a senior director with more than 13 years’ experience in strategic business development, marketing and corporate communications.

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Psalm Isadora - Intimacy Coach, Author, & Yoga Teacher

Psalm Isadora is a yoga teacher, author and speaker, specializing in health and sexuality, based in Los Angeles. Psalm is an internationally known instructor in tantra and yoga, lecturing and teaching workshops across the United States and India. She has taught thousands of workshops internationally and specializes in simplifying the ancient methods of Tantra to help modern men and women have better sex. Psalm’s work has appeared in Playboy and Elephant Journal. Her new video series Venus Code: Unlocking Orgasm for Women & Couples is now available online.

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Madison Fort - Studio Director at Core40, USA

Madison was raised in Southern California, and loves to stay active in unique ways. She lived in Ghana for a year during college, and joined their university Cross Country team, where she loved every minute of the humid heat– well, maybe not every minute… She graduated from San Francisco State University where she studied Marketing and English. Madison stays motivated through a balance of creativity, fitness, learning and teaching.

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Lindsay Sukornyk - Leadership Coach, Yoga Trainer, & Writer

Lindsey is a transformational leadership coach, yoga teacher and writer, who has worked with hundreds of leaders over the last 14 years. She has been cited as a coaching expert in various publications, including The Globe and Mail, The National Post, Canadian Business Magazine, Maclean’s Magazine, Chatelaine Magazine, CBC’s “Venture,” the Toronto Sun, Metro Daily, Toronto Business Times, Balance TV, and Canadian Living, W Network’s “The Right Fit”, “Yummy Mummy”, and HGTV’s “Home to Go.”

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Judy Hinojosa-Sinks - Doctor & Trainer, United States

Dr. Judy Hinojosa-Sinks is a licensed Naturopathic Doctor focusing her work and training in the areas of women's health, chronic and acute illnesses, natural hormone balancing, gastrointestinal health, stress management, body detoxification, permanent weight loss, healthy aging, autoimmune conditions, anxiety, and depression.

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W. Terry Howell - Senior Vice President at Healthcare Performance Partners, United States

Terry is a Senior Vice President with Healthcare Performance Partners. He has 30 years of healthcare leadership experience with a focus on executive coaching, strategic planning, performance improvement, patient experience, and organizational development. He has served as keynote speaker for numerous national conferences on topics such as Healthcare Improvement, Learning Cultures, Leading a Lean Transformation, Respect for People and The Challenges of Change Management, among others. 

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Dean Grafos - Owner at Core40, United States

Dean is a Southern California boy, born and raised in North Hollywood, CA. Dean has always been a fitness enthusiast, from weight training, boxing, to yoga and cycling – he has pretty much tried it all. At the University of California, Santa Barbara, he was on the rowing team, and often rode informally with the Cycling team on their 50-mile plus training sessions. Dean discovered the Lagree Method in 2008, and became instantly addicted. In 2009, Dean began opening studios with his wife, Lisa. Bringing the gift of health to so many people is incredibly satisfying.  

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Mabel Lau - Studio Director at Core40, USA

Mabel grew up in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. She has lived in San Diego for 9 years and is LOVING the sunshine. She graduated from San Diego State University with a degree in Public Relations and worked in the advertising / media industry for 5 years before following her passion to be in the fitness industry. In addition to teaching CORE40 classes, Mabel loves spending time with her husband and son, and traveling to see the world.

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Richard Gordon - Founder of Quantum-Touch Organization, United States

Richard is the Founder of Quantum-Touch Organization, and a pioneer in the field of energy medicine, founding the Quantum-Touch organization over 16 years ago. The organization currently has more than 1,400 certified practitioners in 50+ countries around the globe. Richard is the best-selling author of ‘Quantum-Touch: The Power to Heal’, and ‘Your Healing Hands - The Polarity Experience’. With his expertise and passion for sharing the message about hands-on healing, Richard has traveled around the globe to speak at medical centers, conferences, and chiropractic colleges.

People in Other Fields.

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Akira Iguchi - CEO of We Dream Co., Japan

Akira Iguchi is the best-selling author who has written 7 books and sold 200,000 copies around the world. He is the founder of "Solo Millionaire Academy" which focuses on providing training programs to teach entrepreneurs how to turn passion into million dollar businesses through coaching, speaking, writing and marketing online.



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Suzanne Adams - Author, Speaker, Life Purpose Consultant, USA

Suzanne Adams is a best selling Author, Motivational Speaker, Life Purpose Consultant and Huffington Post Blogger that is sharing her zest for life with audiences around the globe. She believes that having fun and following your passion are the keys to finding true happiness and living a life of fulfillment and joy. She is passionate about helping unlock exactly what that means for you. Suzanne is excited to be leading workshops and retreats around the world. She also loves to share her secrets to success with you through her books, digital courses, and inspirational talks.

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Maria Anguiano - Vice Chancellor for Planning and Budgets, University of California, USA

Maria R. Anguiano is the Vice Chancellor for Planning and Budget at the University of California. She was previously Interim Deputy Chief of Staff – Strategic Planning and Analysis at the University of California Office of the President.  Prior to that, she served for four years as Chief of Staff and Director of Strategic Initiatives in the office of UC’s Chief Financial Officer, Peter Taylor. In that work, she helped create and lead a variety of budget, accounting, financial planning, and capital planning efforts that are bringing long-term positive effects to the UC system.

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Joshua Lybolt - President at Prime Real Estate, USA

Joshua Lybolt is Founder and President to several real estate based organizations including; Prime Real Estate (real estate brokerage), LifStyl Real Estate (real estate brokerage), Premier Development (residential and commercial development company), BrokerLife (real estate industry support and event organization), Prime University (school of real estate), and Blakk Technologies (real estate based technology development company). He has operated in the real estate industry since 1999, when he began his real estate career flipping rehabs. Rehabbing progressively evolved into general construction, commercial constructing, subdivision development, the brokerage industry and recently the development of real estate technologies and products.

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Chris Traub - Chairman & TMT/Investors Practice Lead, Japan

Chris is Chairman and Co-Founder of the SES Group. Based in Taipei and Shanghai, Chris travels regularly throughout the SES Group's offices and worldwide.  He is particularly well known in Asia for his search work in technology and private equity, and participates in many leading global CEO forums annually, including TED, Forbes Global CEO, and the World Economic Forum where SES is a Global Growth Company member. Chris leads the TMT (Technology, Media, and Telecommunications), and Private Equity Practice Groups. He is a published author, as well as a keen adventure athlete, musician, and yoga instructor.

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Joanna Turner - Business Coach, Advanced EFT & Master NLP Practitioner, Australia

Joanna is a leading Wealth & Success Coach, Advanced EFT & Master NLP Practitioner (and former Chartered Accountant!) Joanna is a mentor to smart women entrepreneurs and has coached many women all over the world to gain momentum in their business by helping them create a winning mindset, earn desired income, gain confidence and have the freedom to travel. Joanna specializes in helping women overcome money blocks, limiting beliefs, self-doubt, procrastination, emotional eating and fear of judgement, failure & success (yes they're all linked!). She coaches her clients to make the money they desire and live the life they deserve. She also runs group intensives, online courses, is an author and motivational speaker.

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Regan Hillyer - Speaker, Coach, Author of Be Your Brand, United States

Regan Hillyer is a serial entrepreneur, philanthropist, mindset coach and author of the bestselling book Be Your Brand. She is the founder of Regan Hillyer International, a company dedicated to providing personal development and business training to men and women who have a big message they want to share with the world. Regan specializes in helping experts uncover their true message and launch powerful personal brands, helping them make a big impact and build a legacy. Regan has trained thousands of people, helping them build multiple six and seven figure businesses location free, using powerful mindset changing tools and cutting edge business development strategies. 

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Carl de Stefanis - CEO at Inspection & Valuation International, Inc., USA

Mr. Carl de Stefanis, P.E., serves as Chief Executive Officer at Inspection & Valuation International, Inc. Mr. de Stefanis has been President of IVI International, Inc. since 1987. He presides as the President or Managing Director over the six companies affiliated with IVI, which focus on providing real estate advisory services on behalf of private and institutional mortgagees and equity investors. His companies have six USA-based offices and affiliates in London and Paris. Mr. de Stefanis has been Director of Dekania Corp. since August 2006. For the past two years, Mr. de Stefanis has been a Member of the Public Affairs Committee of the London-headquartered Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors, the world’s oldest and largest consortium of real estate professionals with over 120,000 members located in over 100 countries.

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Dietrich Busacker - CEO, Partner of ECO-Consult & Vision-e Editions, Germany

Dietrich is an International Development Consultant, Sociologist and a visionary Entrepreneur having co-founded one of the leading German development consulting companies for renewable natural resources management, climate change, decentralization and education. He and his team of highly motivated, qualified and experienced experts contribute to the transformation of society, polices and human behavior for a better and sustainable world.

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Becky Creighton - President at aMenu Restaurant Marketing, United States

Becky is the President at aMenu Restaurant Marketing, helping small businesses with marketing. Prior to starting her own business she was the Director of Client & Partner Development at a software startup working with international and domestic customers, and was a National Account Manager for Lucent Technologies. In 2008, Becky started Colorado’s first food tour company, Culinary Connectors. She is a big believer in giving back, and created a charity event, Toques & 'Tails, to raise awareness for Share Our Strength - No Kid Hungry campaign.

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Susana Cafaro - Associate professor of EU Law, Italy

Since 2005, Susanna has been the associate professor of European Union Law in the Law Faculty of the University of Salento (Lecce, Italy). She is the founding member of the think tank The Group of Lecce for fair global governance, a member of the Bretton Woods Committee and of several academic associations in the field of European and international law. Author and editor of numerous books and more than 50 scholarly journal articles and book chapters about the EU, European economic and monetary union, EU external relations, IMF & World Bank governance and functioning, Euro-Mediterranean relations.

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Anne-Marie Goncalves Desai - Executive, Coach, Facilitator, Belgium

Anne-Marie is an Executive and Team Coach, Leadership Trainer, Change Management Consultant as well as an expert Facilitator and Speaker. She works with senior executives to broaden their leadership range, have the impact they want, develop the agility to navigate through change and complexity and bring the best in the people they lead. Anne-Marie is currently a faculty member of the Coaches Training Institute (CTI), a world leader in coach training for whom she leads coaching courses across Europe, Latin America and the Middle East. She is also on the faculty of CRR Global which specialises in system and team coaching. She previously served as a speaker for the European Commission in Brussels. Anne-Marie has lived and worked in France, England and America. She is currently living in Brussels.

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Debendra Manandhar - Chairman of Jaagaran NGO, Nepal

Debendra works in the field of strategic peacebuilding in Nepal. He is the founder and director of the Rural and Community Development Center, J-CON. “J” stands for the “Jaagaran” which means “to awaken from inside to do whatever we want to do outside; alternative approaches for humanistic development. He also leads training and workshops in conflict transformation, leadership development, and team building. Debendra’s wish is to create a space for dialogue and finding common ground between the peoples of Nepal.