Board of Trustees
Chairwoman : Anais Saegesser
Anaïs brings experience in many fields from business and economics (PhD) to religious and Islamic studies, environmental sciences, yoga, meditation & energy work, she has worked in SMEs, large corporates, NGO, public sector as well as her own company. For her an inclusive society means that we take care of the potential of everyone and hold the space for each being to flourish. For her one way of doing this is through yoga. Next to being our Chair of Trustees she is a member of the WeAct and WeSpace Advisory Boards and is a co-founder of STRIDE as well as scaling4good. Anaïs lives in Switzerland.
HR : Jo Kirwin
I trained as a Biologist and am now a mother of 3 with a rather nerdy interest in the human body. I have practised a little yoga since I was a child and my interest was reawakened when I was pregnant. I practised yoga throughout all 3 pregnancies and was fortunate to give birth naturally in each case using yoga relaxation and breathing techniques. I used baby yoga with my oldest son to help him sleep and be flexible and happy and it as so effective that when my second son suffered from meningitis at the age of 4 months I instinctively used yoga and massage with him through his recovery. As his special needs were significant I retrained to teach baby yoga and continued to practise with him. Naturally my classes started to attract other children with special needs and I decided to train with Yoga for the Special Child. I have now been practising the YSC programme for 12 years and one of my students has been with me for the whole of that journey. My son and my daughter still practise with me and particularly love the chanting and breathing exercises.
My students live with a wide range of challenges including Down Syndrome, Cerebral Palsy, Hemiplegia, Autism, Mitochondrial Disease and brain tumour. Each is unique and beautiful, but they all love the yoga!
Business Development : Stephen Hillcoat
info coming soon…
Media and Marketing: Bio Bonani
Bia is a brand strategist who is passionate about creativity, culture and diversity. She has over 12 years of experience working on leading brands and a huge variety of projects, passing through the biggest advertising agencies in the world.
It is on her professional and personal agenda to fight all sorts of stereotypes - a matter she (passionately) considers in every project she works on. This is one of the main reasons she fell in love with the Mahadevi project and is incredibly grateful to be part of it.