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Theme: Below the Surface

This event occurred on
September 15, 2019
Phuket, Phuket

In such a chaotic and yet elegant world we don’t see how things are created. Due to rapid progress, we take many things for granted, without putting any major thought in that as at such rate of innovation, we ignore things happening around. This creates a terrifying area of information which might play against us in our lives. When we do not realize we do not know or notice something, we are ambushed by problems. To resolve this, our team wanted to discover the undiscoverable and dive directly into the hidden parts of our society.

JW Marriott Phuket Resort & Spa
231 Moo 3, Mai Khao, Thalang
Phuket, Phuket, 83110
Event type:
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Able Wanamakok

Int’t Presenter/Communications Coach & Founder of Find Your Voice Asia
Born in Hong Kong and grew up in the U.S., Able is influenced by the two most industrious societies in today’s world. From the age of 10, her immigration to the States with her family affected how she saw herself, how she lived, how she behaved and the decisions she made in life. Through the conditionings of our environment, society and cultures, we develop into who are we as adults. But can we truly find ourself in the outside world or do we have to look within to truly understand who we are and our purpose? Join Able in her journey to finding your authentic self.

Band Performance

Representing Head Start International School, Julianna Meister and John Hatt will sing their songs: “Man in the mirror” and “Ain't no sunshine”.

Damien Rider

Executive Film Producer, Author, Mindset Specialist, Mentor, Motivational Speaker, Entrepreneur, Humanitarian
Rise Above is a powerful talk of triumph over adversity. Damien is known for his incredible accomplishments as an endurance athlete. Not all will know the degree his tragic past has fuelled his desire to show others what is possible. Damien’s endurance challenges are all unique and thought to be impossible. He has paddled by hand, solo and unsupported, 800km over 17 days with 21 shark encounters, loss of food and water, he has skateboarded 3,796 km across Route 66 in the US, for 3 days run and paddled non stop around the Island of Phuket, pushed a 2 tonne vehicle for over 40 kilometers and even ran a marathon carrying a mattress with a message of Never Lay Down, Never Give Up. Author, Executive producer of 2 documentaries aired on National Geographic, Men’s Health Man Of The Year and nominated Australian Of The Year. Rise Above will be a powerful talk about hope by a unique man who has found a way to rise above his own challenges and will inspire you to do the same.

Darren Scherbain

Movement and Confidence Specialist with a degree is Exercise Science from the University of Winnipeg, Canada
Having raced in 5 Ironman Triathlons taught me some extremely valuable lessons as a human being and also on my own Personal Path of Recovery. I'm a Recovered Coacaine Addict and Recovered Alcoholic (18 years) so I understand the ethos that ANYTHING IS POSSIBLE. Sport has this amazing ability to transform lives. Sport can make the the complexities of life a little easier to digest and understand.

Ginette Stockings

Deputy Head British International School, Phuket
Ginette Stockings is a passionate educator who continually tries to balance the demands of being Deputy Head with those of family, health and the future. It is acknowledged that whilst logic says we cannot control everything, this is a continual learning curve and learning not to be in control is one of the hardest things we have to do in our classrooms, at home and with relationships!

Kyle Daniels

Psychologist/ Coach
Kyle Daniels grew up on the gang-infested Cape flats, in Cape Town. Where poverty, drug-abuse and the sounds of gunshots are the norm. He has witnessed how many of his peers became another statistic, succumbing to the social ills plaguing these communities. The constant pressures of the hood life were never too far but he knew he was destined for more. Kyle has always been interested in human behavior and, which led him to study psychology. He has thrived in the face of challenges where many struggled to survive. He has been featured in Men’s health for his incredible weight loss transformation and has guided numerous others on their weight loss journey through his fitness bootcamps. Kyle believes that we all have greatness inside just waiting to be uncovered, but that we need to get intentional about manifesting it. He runs a coaching company, Coached Success that helps others create intentional lives. Join Kyle as he shares key principles that he uses to help manifest his dreams.

Neil Richards

Neil Richards has worked in international education since 1976, working in such diverse places as Nepal, the Canary Islands, Egypt, and Chile. For the last thirty years he has held the position of Headmaster in schools in Lesotho, Japan, Wales and Thailand. He was awarded an MBE for services to British Education in Japan in 2006. He has held his current position as Headmaster of the British International School Phuket since 2011. Throughout his career he has presented and offered workshops at many conferences world wide, as well as contributing to several books on International Education. He has also listened to many motivational speakers over the years, and is skeptical of the current trend to exhort young people to chase their dreams; but why is this, and what, then, is an alternative message that can be given?

Susanna Eduini

Professional Breathwork Coach and Trainer
Susanna holds a certification in Neuro-Semantics and is a Breathwork Master Coach; her work is a unique blend of ancient and modern world, through breathwork, coaching, neuro-science, myth, folk tales and anthropology to reveal how our thoughts and choices can shape our life. Her main interests are education, self-actualization, training, coaching and the relationship between food, nutrition, and well-being; she is the co-author of three best-sellers books about vegan lifestyle and raw food (published in Italy) and she's working on her fourth book. Inspired by Abraham Maslow's quote "Impossible means you haven't found the solution yet" she is committed to put together inspiring success stories, decades of research and her own unique personal experience of more than 20 years, in Europe, China and South-East Asia, to support people to become more motivated, more passionate and successful with love and a renewed sense of purpose and personal excellence.

Yupares Nimkarn

Managing director of Tooth Therapy Dental Clinic in Bangkok and Phuket
Dr Yupares Nimkarn is the founder and managing director of Tooth Therapy Dental Clinic in Bangkok and Phuket. A board certified orthodontist, she graduated from Chulalongkorn University and completed postgraduate training in Orthodontics and Dento-facial Orthopedics, along with a Master of Sciences, at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, U.S.A. She has lectured at Chulalongkorn, Mahidol and Khon Kaen Universities. Her academic papers have appeared in prestigious international journals such as The Journal of Oral Maxillofacial surgery, Angle Orthodontics, The International Journal of Adult Orthodontic and Orthognathic Surgery, and the Australian Dental Journal. Dr Yupares is a board member of Operation Smile Foundation Thailand and a craniofacial clinical specialist at Princess Sirindhorn Craniofacial Center, The Thai Red Cross Society, Chulalongkorn Hospital, both of which provide free surgeries and treatments for children and adults.

Organizing team


Phuket, Thailand


Phuket, Thailand
  • Ariya Phathanachindakit
  • Dimashabi Tulemaganbetov
  • Dmitrii Aksenov
  • Laila Fe Balinggan
  • Melanie Preen
  • Pearl Hong
  • Uliana Leshchuk