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01 Jun 2018
Andrea Illy, chair of illycaffè, to keynote at GWS

Andrea Illy, chair of the global coffee brand illycaffee, will keynote at the 12th annual Global Wellness Summit taking place 6-8 October at Technogym Village in Italy.

A “humanist scientist,” Illy has wide-ranging accomplishments as an entrepreneur and as an activist for sustainable and ethical businesses; for Italian culture, art and design; and for governments to put happiness at the heart of policy.

“It’s an honour to have Andrea Illy keynote at the Summit,” said Susie Ellis, GWS chair and CEO. “As a businessman, he’s shown that you can create a brand powerhouse and true global culture based on your own values — around sustainability and ethics, and the importance of happiness, wellness, and arts and culture.”

Ellis noted that by combining high-quality standards with concepts of pleasure, health and sustainability, Illy has been a key force in transforming coffee from a mere commodity to a global cultural obsession and ritual.

A longtime promoter of art and culture, since 2013, Illy has served as chair of Altagamma, which represents the most important brands in Italy’s cultural and creative industries and is the official ambassador of the Italian lifestyle to the world. He is also a patron of the World Happiness Report, of which Fondazione Ernesto Illy is the sole sponsor.

“I look forward to addressing the world’s wellness leaders in Italy this October,” said Illy. “There is much I want to share with delegates: from what conscious leadership can do for companies to how happiness will be a much more powerful future focus for both governments and brands. I also look forward to discussing the importance of art and culture in any true concept of wellbeing and what’s unique about the Italian lifestyle—and how important it will be to Italy’s future.”

Andrea Illy’s grandfather founded illycaffè in 1933 when he developed the first modern espresso machine. A family-owned business for three generations, its products are now sold in over 100,000 outlets in 140 countries. The company has pioneered important innovations in the coffee industry and culture, such as the direct procurement of green coffee from farmers; the University of Coffee, to promote the science of coffee excellence at all levels; and the sustainability certification of the entire production chain. In 2011, illycaffè became the world’s first company to earn the Responsible Supply Chain Process certification from industrial standards arbiter DNV GL.

A scientist by training, Andrea Illy received his degree in chemistry from the University of Trieste, his Executive MBA from Milan’s SDA-Bocconi, and has earned degrees from the Advanced Management Program at Harvard Business School and the Executive Program at Silicon Valley’s Singularity University. He holds numerous high-profile positions, including honorary president of the Association for Science and Information on Coffee (ASIC).


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16 Jan 2019
Feliciano-Chon, Soma named co-chairs of 2019 GWS
The Global Wellness Summit (GWS) has named Catherine Feliciano-Chon – a leading brand development and communications expert with offices in Hong Kong and Shanghai – and Tokyo-based spa/wellness investor and entrepreneur Yoriko Soma to co-chair the 2019 Summit, which is set to take place 15-17 October a the Grand Hyatt Hong Kong.
14 Jan 2019
Bids are in for 2026 Winter Olympic Games – Stockholm and Milan to contest two-horse race
The International Olympic Committee (IOC) has received official submission from two bid teams for the 2026 Olympic Winter Games.
10 Jan 2019
Former Questex employees launch new hosted buyer event
Monica Helmstetter and Lucy Hugo, formerly of Questex Media, have announced the launch of a new event company this week, We Work Well Inc, which they describe as “the next generation of hosted buyer events”.
20 Dec 2018
ActiveLab attracts record number of international applications
A record number of international startups have entered the ActiveLab accelerator programme – strengthening the UK's reputation as a fitness tech hub.
17 Dec 2018
US to have professional T20 cricket competition 'by 2021'
USA Cricket plans to set up a professional T20 cricket league in the country by 2021.
12 Dec 2018
FIBO and Leisure Media announce collaboration
FIBO Global Fitness, organiser of the FIBO portfolio of fitness shows, has announced a partnership with global publisher, Leisure Media.
11 Dec 2018
Sector leaders call for 'preventative health push' to get people more active
Physical activity sector leaders, parliamentarians and leading figures in health and business have called for the strengthening of preventative health measures in the UK.
05 Dec 2018
Inaugural FIBO USA kicks off in Florida, challenging IHRSA Convention
The first ever FIBO USA kicks off in Orlando, Florida today (5 December 2018), directly challenging the established IHRSA International Convention and Trade Show.
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