Governing Council

Chairperson, VLCC Group

Widely recognized as a visionary leader in the beauty, health and fitness industry, Mrs. Vandana Luthra is today regarded as an authority on the business of wellness.
As Founder, she is the guiding force behind VLCC - the most iconic health, beauty and wellness brand to have emerged out of the Indian sub-continent, whose presence currently spans over 300 locations across 121 cities in 16 countries, including India, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Nepal, Malaysia, Singapore, UAE, Oman, Bahrain, Qatar, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia and Kenya where it has direct company-owned operations. It employs nearly 6,000 professionals, a majority of whom are doctors, nutritionists, psychologists, cosmetologists, beauticians, physiotherapists, and the like and has served over 10 million customers in the last 25 years since it was launched.
After completing a professional course from the Polytechnicfor Women in New Delhi, India, Mrs. Luthra pursued domain knowledge in beauty care, fitness, food & nutrition and skin care from Germany, the UK and France. Having attained professional expertise, she made her entrepreneurial debut in 1989 by opening India's first Transformation Center, in New Delhi, which seamlessly married scientific weight management programs with cutting-edge skin and hair treatments. This was at a time when the Indian market was still nascent and the concept of combining fitness and beauty as an approach to holistic wellness, as initiated by Mrs. Luthra, was a completely new paradigm.
Mrs. Luthra has worked painstakingly to help the weight management, beauty and wellness industry be recognized as an organized sector industry having quality standards, benchmarked services, and a focus on customer satisfaction, while employing top-of-the-line technology and applications. Her endeavors have been towards placing the fitness and beauty industry at par with those of the most advanced countries internationally. Consequently, VLCC today is playing a key role as a member of the Technical as well as Accreditation Committees for Wellness Centres constituted by India's National Accreditation Board for Hospitals & Health Care Providers (NABH) to set and implement quality standards for the Wellness industry.
The ethic of sharing and teamwork is intrinsic to Mrs. Luthra's philosophy of life, whether it is with members of her own profession or with society at large. Hence, she is very active in partnering with the medical profession in the drive against health problems caused by obesity. To this end, she conceived the idea, over 13 years ago, of observing the 26th of November of every year as the Anti-Obesity DayTM. Today, it is a widely recognized event in the annual calendar, with several healthcare organizations and all leading media marking the day with activities to highlight the ills of Obesity as a public health hazard.
Mrs. Luthra is also a keen educationist and a social worker. She spends considerable time with youngsters, who wish to make their careers in the ever-expanding Health, Fitness and Beauty industry. She facilitates professional training to 10,000 such students annually through her vocational training schools, the VLCC Institutes of Beauty & Nutrition, which currently has over 60 campuses in India and Nepal and is Asia's largest such chain of academies. Given the pioneering work the VLCC Group is done in the area of skilling, the company was inducted into the prestigious Central Apprenticeship Council, set up by the Government of India.
Mrs. Luthra's abiding interest in the beauty side of the Wellness domain led her to work closely with specialists from around the world, culminating in the development of a range of over 300 high-efficacy, herbal/natural skin-/body-/hair-care products, which are manufactured in the company's owned GMP-certified manufacturing facilities in India and Singaporeand used not only as consumables by the VLCC Wellnesscentres in their treatments and therapies, but are also retailed from over 100,000 outlets in the countries that the Group operates in.
As part of her philanthropic efforts, Mrs. Luthra actively helps the underprivileged and the physically challenged by providing them scholarships for free education. She is Vice Chairperson of the India-based NGO, Khushii, which has projects like telemedicine centres, a remedial school with midday meal facility catering to 3,000 children, and a vocational training centre where VLCC has already trained over 300 students in beauty services. Mrs. Luthra was also appointed Trustee of the National Children's Fund, constituted by the Government of India, as well as a member on the Special Task Force for Empowerment of Women and General Body Member of the prestigious New Delhi-based Morarji Desai National Institute of Yoga. She is also the Chairperson of the industry-led government-backed Beauty & Wellness Sector Skill Council which, going forward, will form the bedrock for all skills-related training in the Indian beauty and wellness arena.
Some of the accolades and peer recognition that she has received in recent years include the prestigious Padma Shri (one of the 4 highest civilian honors in India) in 2013 for her exceptional contribution in the field of Trade & Industry, the Asian Business Leaders Forum Trailblazer Award in 2012, the Enterprise Asia Women Entrepreneur of the Year Award in 2010, and the Rajiv Gandhi Award in 2008. She has also featured in the prestigious Fortune magazine's list of the '50 Most Powerful Women in Business in India' for four years in a row – from 2011 to 2014.
Mrs. Vandana Luthra represents a movement for a healthy lifestyle, which is gaining momentum at a very rapid pace the world over.
www.vlccwellness.com

Chairperson, Blossom Kochhar Group of Companies

A clear visionary, way ahead of her time, Dr. Blossom Kochhar is the founder of The Blossom Kochhar Group of Companies. Within the beauty industry Dr. Kochhar is considered a pioneer as she has been practicing and researching the science of 'Aromatherapy and Herbalisim' well over 25 years.. This knowledge has led to the manufacture of her own range of aromatherapy based skincare and beauty products under the brand name 'Blossom Kochhar Aroma Magic'. As the Chairperson of Blossom Kochhar Group of Companies, her name is synonymous with successful brands – Blossom Kochhar Aroma Magic, and Blossom Kochhar College of Creative Arts & Design (BKCCAD).
Dr. Blossom Kochhar received the Best Women Entrepreneur of the Year Award in the IVth Indian Education Awards on May 2014. She also received the International Women's Day Award by the Indian Council for UN Relations on March 10, 2014 in New Delhi. She was also recently awarded the Gates and Custodian Person of the Year 2013 Award as well as the Universal Humanity Award 2013 on World Humanitarian Day on August 19, 2013 in New Delhi. Earlier she was conferred with The Lifetime Achievement Award for her contribution to the Indian Hair, Beauty and Spa industry as a pioneer of Aromatherapy in India at The Indian Salon Congress 2012 by the Franchise India Group. In addition Blossom Kochhar College of Creative Arts and Design was awarded The Best Hair Academy Award at The Schwarzkopf Professional Hair Couture Awards recently. BKCCAD had also received the Best Beauty Training Institute of the Year Award in May 2014 at the IVth Indian Education Awards.
Dr Blossom Kochhar is also Member, Governing Council, Beauty and Sector Skills Council, NSDC ( National Skill Development Corporation) and was part of the jury of the recently concluded World Skills India competition.

An icon of the hair and beauty industry, Dr. Blossom Kochhar holds high-ranking positions in several organizations. She is the President, Organisation Mondiale Coiffure (OMC) - Paris, Inter Coiffure - India and National Hair Dressers Association (NHBA). She is also the Education Director at Blossom Kochhar College of Creative Arts and Design (BKCCAD).

Business Head, Trends In Vogue Pvt Ltd, A CavinKare Group Company

Gopalakrishnan is an Entrepreneur turned Business Head of fastest growing Salon chain in organized sector, Trends In Vogue Pvt Ltd (Cavinkare Group Company). He is a visionary and a man of values who pioneered the concept of personal styling and beauty solutions to everyone in the family. He joined CavinKare in the year 2000 and emerged with family salon model for the first time in India at Annanagar, Chennai. From then on there is no turning back. Now with the vision to open 1000 stores by 2017, Gopi, as he likes to be called, is on a growing spree to achieve his vision.
Being a flamboyant Statistician from PSG College of Arts & Science, Coimbatore, Gopi became an entrepreneur even during his early college days. He started to learn the pros and cons of business and gained experience in various divisions like marketing & sales, manufacturing, distribution and so forth for 11 years prior to joining CavinKare.
Gopi has been in the forefront for creating value to Beauty Professionals in the society as in any other industry. He came out with stringent SOPs to ensure customer delight and thereby created Brand identity and awareness among people with two flagship brands Green Trends & Limelite. With constant aim to provide innovative services and products to customers, Gopi reaches height and beats all odds effectively by persistently beating his own records. He is the recent honoree of Brand Slam Leadership Award from CMO Council, Asia. Today Trends has 250+ salons across India with work force of 3000 skilled salon service providers under the veteran leadership of Gopi and Trends in vogue is the first professional chain salon that has been rated SE A1 by Indian Credit Agency (IRCA) constantly for last two years.
Gopi always believe that employees are backbone of his organization and from 2002 to till date Gopi ensured all his employees were covered under consistent training programme & salaries for salon service providers were on last working day of every month without fail. All employees of Trends were covered under all statutory benefits & medical benefits were offered for their family members, through this Gopi had made each employee to feel Trends in Vogue is the best destitination to work for in Salon Industry.

Director of Projects & Business Development, Four Fountains De-Stress Spa

Anurag Kedia is a chemical engineer from IIT Bombay (2001) and a PGDM from IIM Ahmedabad. He has worked with Tata Administrative Services and KPMG before joining the exciting world of wellness and spas. He has worked on several projects in the consumer products and services space to formulate marketing strategies, expansion plans and implement ERP solutions.
At Four Fountains De-Stress Spa he heads franchising and is the Director of Projects & Business Development. He has been responsible for scaling up Four Fountains from 2 spas during its launch to 30 spas currently. He engages with prospective entrepreneurs to help them overcome their initial barriers about starting a business of their own and hand hold them to become successful entrepreneurs. In his spare time he likes listening to classical music, reading books and practicing yoga and meditation.

Wellness &Spa Expert

Mrs. Rekha Chaudhari – Wellness &Spa Expert is well known international personality in the Indian and international Spa Industry and is the perfect blend of technical skill and excellent business sense.
Passion has played a very important role in defining the life of Ms. RekhaChaudhari, acclaimed Spa Expert at JCKRC SPA DESTINATION Company and owner of Caressaa Day Spa. Born and brought up in Nandurbar, a small hamlet in interior Maharashtra, she attributes her success to her insatiable desire to deliver only the highest quality of service to all her guests.
From establishing a salon to her first independent business venture at the age of 20 in SHIRPUR to her advent to Mumbai in the year 2000 for the education of her children, Ms. RekhaChaudhari's career began to take shape when she approached a major cosmetics company to seek a distributorship of their products in India, circa 2004. Establishing her own distributorship business of premium beauty and SPA products in 2004, she went on to build an enviable client portfolio during that period.
It was in 2007 that Ms. RekhaChaudhari entered a joint venture with Mr. JC Kapur to establish the JCKRC SPA DESTINETION, a pioneer leader n the Indian spa industry as well as the importing, distributing . International product brands distributors , spa equipment providers, training services provider(nationally & internationally ),JCKRC is the only one company provide exclusively and unique patented therapies , concept provider (nationally & internationally ,Spa deign provider (nationally & internationally),Spa and salon skill man power provider (nationally & internationally )
Ms. RekhaChaudhari has often been credited for her contribution to the Indian spa industry, as a creative spa consultant , be it the certified training courses in spa treatments through JCKRC or the import of the latest international luxury brands products and technologies in the domestic market. Some amongst her many contributions to the industry include patented therapies such as the Novel Rope Massage, the Geo Thermo Therapy and Hand and Foot Spa. Ms. RekhaChaudhari is the first expert in the SPA world to have obtained a patent on her signature spa treatment techniques in the spa industry.
With over two decades in the industry, Ms. Chaudhari's passion and expertise in the sphere of beauty and wellness has earned her a special recognition globally. Ms.REKHA One of India's youngest and brightest global business leaders ,She received the Entrepreneur Award, best innovation award and many more. She is well-known personality in the Industry known as a Spa & Wellness Expert (wellness creative spa consultant).She was the 1st lady invited by Global spa summit in the world IN 2009.
She has been very active in various national and local associations like GOLBAL SPA SUMMIT, and had served as the Chairperson (v. president) of Indian spa wellness. She was AMABESEDER at hospitality exhibition.
She has written extensively and given talks on the subjects in Spa &wellness industry and giving her valuable inputs international and national spa Market. She has been advising and working in the industry since last 23 years. Her valuable inputs are taken for industry in domestic and international market. her articles as an expert have been published in leading beauty & wellness magazines .As well as regular coverage of her achievements on news channels . She has also been profiled in various newspapers LEADING publications like DNA, TIMES, LOKSATTA. The recipient of many accolades, and prestigious magazines like Femina, OK and Hi Living, Radio FM.
Besides her professional pursuits, this happily married mother of two is a dedicated philanthropist at heart. Having taught at a school for the blind in rural Maharashtra, Ms. RekhaChaudhari firmly believes in supporting the underprivileged and disadvantaged facets of society in every way possible, hoping to create sustainable business opportunities for them in the future.
After achieving her gole& knowledge now she is a well-known star of SPA Industry…. & very desperately work for rural area women for their anterprunearship for that she start education sector from her native place only which is NANDURBAR….
She wants to introduce international technology with full advance knowledge & therapy up to grass root level.
Her Belief: "That there is nothing one cannot learn, if one puts heart to it," She hates women, who sob and say that it is too late to learn new thing.
Personal Example: "I didn't know anything about computers, so I began to surf all day. Within no time, I learnt a lot about computers, that too on my own. Today I handle the whole of my business through my laptop worldwide."
Her message to other women: (Its loud and clear).
Just because you don't know English or are not from Mumbai doesn't mean that you don't stand anywhere. And as I said before all you have to do is believe in yourself and you will reach the stars."
Today Mrs. RekhaChaudhariis;

  • » A well known Spa & Wellness Expert and Consultant
  • » Managing Director RCNC Medical Tourism India Pvt.Ltd
  • » Vice-President –Indian Spa & Wellness Association
  • » Committee Member of;
  • » Spa Management Education –Global Spa and WellnessSummit(GSWS)
  • » FICCI Wellness Committee
  • » DGET for Training Syllabus in Beauty, Spa and Wellness.
  • » Mentor Council -Ministry of Labor & Employment
  • » Governing Council Member of Beauty & Wellness Sector skill council (BWSSC)
  • » Wellness Tourism of India- Niche tourism committee member
www.jckrc.com & www.caressaa.com

Founder & CMD, Cleopatra- Chain of Beauty, Wellness & Makeovers

Presence of rare eminence and aesthetic sense of Luxe Richness that's what describes CLEOPATRA DAY SPA N SALON - CHAIN of day spa, beauty and wellness. PIONEER IN SPA , MAKEOVERS AND WELLNESS INDUSTRY, CLEOPATRA is a successful Brand name to reckon with, A Success Story created by Richa Agarwal, seasoned beauty, wellness & makeover connoisseur who launched Cleopatra in year 2003 when day spa concept was still alien to North India.
Richa, an acclaimed beauty and wellness consultant, is a certified skin expert from City & Guilds UK, spa expert from Watpo Thai Traditional Medical School, Thailand, hair expert from Toni & Guy academy, Singapore, has also acquired experience and professional endorsement as Nutritionist from the esteemed PGIMER Chandigarh, RICHA AGARWAL, R.D., PRESIDENT CWMTS, E.O.BOARD MEMBER, IDA (INDIAN DIETETICS ASSOCIATION), G .C. MEMBER B&W SSC (NSDC), FOUNDER MEMBER AWAS, MEMBER ISPA, AIA, IDA, Richa Agarwal wears multiple hats.
Richa's vast experience is backed up by incisive research base contributing to diversity and professionalism. Dynamic woman with long term vision and passion for innovation was always confident to make Spa business well accepted. The success speaks for itself as Richa has expanded beyond one centre in Chandigarh to series of centres in Chandigarh, Amritsar, Zirakpur, Mumbai, Patiala, Pathankot, Mohali, Jallandhar, Ludhiana, Panchkula and now IN PINK CITY JAIPUR TOO.
Brands Horizon of expansion boasts of biggest beauty academies in North India with launch of beauty & wellness academy in 2004. Training students in legion and awarding them with excellence and certification, as the education is the bedrock of a rewarding career and a successful business
These academies are churning out the best talents and putting Richa's vision into reality by constantly cultivating pool of young talent and turning them into seasoned professionals. Academies are offering professional training in Skin Care, Beauty Culture, Hair Designing, Spa, Nail Art, Make-up, and Nutrition. Brand is having affiliations with the best International Organizations like AIA (Aesthetics International Association), USA, ISPA (International Spa Association), IDA(Indian Dietetics Association).
Bestowed with several prestigious awards like -BUSINESS WIZARDS- North award , CHANDIGARH PRIDE award 2014, BEST CHAIN OF SPA- North 2014, awarded for BEST MAKEUP 2013-14 , SERVICE EXCELLENCE award 2010 to name a few.
EPITOME of aesthetics renders cornucopia of beauty, spa and hair treatments while ensuring excellence, maintaining hygiene standards and customer satisfaction. From providing world class beauty and wellness services and wide range of expertise in beauty, skin, hair, spa therapies and therapeutic messages, makeup, hairstyling and now nail clinics all under one roof. In 2008, Cleopatra came up with India's first exclusive bridal spa and make-up studio. A three floor bridal spa, with a set up which will leave anyone enchanted.

Entrepreneurial Makeup artist

OMC Gold medalist Dr.Sangeeta Chauhan( born 14 Nov 1964 ) is an Entrepreneurial Makeup artist. She took up Beauty and wellness Industry at the age of nineteen, established her first salon in Delhi at the age of Twenty One and went on to winning awards and medallions within India and Internationally. She today is the President of AIHBA(All India Hair & Beauty Association), a leading organization which unites and selects excellent Makeup Artists and Hairdressers from India for International Championships like Asia Cup,ParisCup,World Cup etc.
Born in an army background,Dr.Chauhan has always followed systematic methodology of working. Technically she has trained herself from leading artists in UK,Croatia,Singapore,London,Sweden,SriLanka,Thailand,Russia,Poland,China& India. She has established & now runs successfully "Exclusive Salon &Acacdemy" for close to twenty-nine years. She is the only person from Hair and Beauty Industry to have bagged "Indian Achievement Award" at the Constitution Club of India in 2014. She is the first Indian to lead a team of 11 competitors in Hairworld(World Cup of Hairdressers and Estheticians)in 2014.She is the only Indian who competed and won Silver for "Vavoom Contest" at Croatia(Europe) in 2008 amongst 23 nations .She has done makeup and styling of more than 10,000 brides in India and abroad. She is the first Indian artist for whom 33 top makeup artists from Pakistan travelled to learn Makeup from in 2009.
In 2006, she was awarded Ms.Priyadarshiniaward for her monumental efforts targeted at imparting knowledge and skill to underpriviledged. Later in her career, Dr.Chauhan adopted child care NGO 'Disha Centre' which takes care of mentally challenged children from slum area. She has previously been rewarded with "Color Trophies" and "Best Makeup Artist" titles in her career at zonal and national levels of India. In 2013 , under her leadership India produced the first contingent to be certified as "OMC bronze Trainer" . In 2013, under her Presidency India after 66 years of Independence won the Bronze title at Asia Cup in Taiwan. Dr.Chauhan has requested the government to give India's highest honor, Padma Shri and Padma Bhushan ,to deserving artists from Beauty and Wellness sector. Under her leadership, AIHBA is India's largest growing national organization in hair & beauty sector . In 2014, amongst the crème de la crème of 48 countries,Dr.SangeetaChauhan received gold at Frankfurt(Germany) applauding her outstanding work for Indian Industry .

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