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GWI appoints China-based entrepreneur and Tianren Culture co-founder Victor Koo to advisory board
31 Mar 2021 . BY Megan Whitby
As a board member, Koo will help amplify the GWI’s mission of empowering wellness worldwide
Victor's insights and contributions to GWI’s Wellness Moonshot have helped us better understand and reach the vast Chinese market
– Susie Ellis
The Global Wellness Institute (GWI) has announced that Victor Koo, chair of Heyi Holdings and co-founder of Tianren Culture, will join its advisory board.

Koo previously founded and served as chair and CEO of Youku – a popular Chinese video streaming service.

His current focus is investing and supporting social innovation initiatives that promote health and sustainability for the planet and its inhabitants.

Heyi Holdings, which Koo founded in 2005, focuses on disruptive innovation and social impact investments in the areas of health, genomics and food.

In addition, Tianren Culture, which he co-founded in 2016, is a next-generation social platform that acts as a catalyst to foster positive global values and lifestyles.

As an early strategic partner of GWI’s The Wellness Moonshot, Tianren Culture disseminates important messages on eradicating preventable, chronic disease on WeChat, the largest social media platform in mainland China.

“Victor has long been an advocate for positive change and committed to global wellness," remarked Susie Ellis, chair and CEO of GWI.

"His insights and contributions to GWI’s Wellness Moonshot have helped us better understand and reach the vast Chinese market.

“One of our goals in 2021 is to extend our board’s global representation, and I can’t think of a better partner than Victor to help us make a difference in Asia.”

In 2019, Koo spoke at the 2019 Global Wellness Summit on ‘China Rising: Understanding/Decoding the World's Biggest Market.’

Koo’s Tianren Culture works with funders, NGOs and business partners to put in place high-impact, effective social innovation initiatives to improve physical health and reduce factory-farmed animal protein consumption and production by promoting flexitarian diets and food innovation such as plant-based, fermentation and cell-based technologies.

Tianren also supports scientific research and promotes meditation and breathwork practices to improve mental and emotional wellness.

“Physical and mental wellness are critical aspects of our lives, and the GWI has been at the forefront of leading research and building a global community around this pivotal area during this time of uncertainty and innovation potential,” said Koo.

“I’m excited to join the board to contribute to this important cause.”

In his new role, Koo will help amplify the GWI’s mission of empowering wellness worldwide by facilitating collaboration, providing global research and insight, triggering innovation, and advocating for growth and sustainability, and contributing to the development of the organisation’s five pillars: research, initiatives, roundtable discussions, WellnessEvidence.com and The Wellness Moonshot.

Koo joins an esteemed board of industry luminaries, including:
– Jeffrey Abramson - partner, The Tower Companies, US
– Alexia Brue - co-founder, Well+Good, US
– Dr Richard Carmona - Canyon Ranch chief of health innovation, 17th surgeon general of the US, US
– Nancy Davis - chief creative officer and executive director, GWI, US
– Pierre-Louis Delapalme - co-chair, Biologique Recherche, France
– Susie Ellis - Chair and CEO, GWI, US
– Michelle Floh - CEO, R&J Abramson Foundation, US
– Melisse Gelula - wellness entrepreneur and co-founder of Well+Good, US
– Sue Harmsworth - founder and owner, Sue Harmsworth Ltd, UK
– John Kao - serial innovator, thought leader and best-selling author, US
– Mia Kyricos - president and CEO, Kyricos & Associates LLC, US
– Renee Moorefield, PhD - CEO, Wisdom Works, US
– Laurie Racine - CEO and founder, LifeSquare, US
– Dr Michael Roizen - chief wellness officer, Cleveland Clinic, US
– Rupert Schmid - co-president, Biologique Recherche, France
– Rick Stollmeyer - co-founder and executive chair, Mindbody, US
– Richard Woltman - chair emeritus, Girard Securities, US
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GWI appoints China-based entrepreneur and Tianren Culture co-founder Victor Koo to advisory board
31 Mar 2021 . BY Megan Whitby
As a board member, Koo will help amplify the GWI’s mission of empowering wellness worldwide
Victor's insights and contributions to GWI’s Wellness Moonshot have helped us better understand and reach the vast Chinese market
– Susie Ellis
The Global Wellness Institute (GWI) has announced that Victor Koo, chair of Heyi Holdings and co-founder of Tianren Culture, will join its advisory board.

Koo previously founded and served as chair and CEO of Youku – a popular Chinese video streaming service.

His current focus is investing and supporting social innovation initiatives that promote health and sustainability for the planet and its inhabitants.

Heyi Holdings, which Koo founded in 2005, focuses on disruptive innovation and social impact investments in the areas of health, genomics and food.

In addition, Tianren Culture, which he co-founded in 2016, is a next-generation social platform that acts as a catalyst to foster positive global values and lifestyles.

As an early strategic partner of GWI’s The Wellness Moonshot, Tianren Culture disseminates important messages on eradicating preventable, chronic disease on WeChat, the largest social media platform in mainland China.

“Victor has long been an advocate for positive change and committed to global wellness," remarked Susie Ellis, chair and CEO of GWI.

"His insights and contributions to GWI’s Wellness Moonshot have helped us better understand and reach the vast Chinese market.

“One of our goals in 2021 is to extend our board’s global representation, and I can’t think of a better partner than Victor to help us make a difference in Asia.”

In 2019, Koo spoke at the 2019 Global Wellness Summit on ‘China Rising: Understanding/Decoding the World's Biggest Market.’

Koo’s Tianren Culture works with funders, NGOs and business partners to put in place high-impact, effective social innovation initiatives to improve physical health and reduce factory-farmed animal protein consumption and production by promoting flexitarian diets and food innovation such as plant-based, fermentation and cell-based technologies.

Tianren also supports scientific research and promotes meditation and breathwork practices to improve mental and emotional wellness.

“Physical and mental wellness are critical aspects of our lives, and the GWI has been at the forefront of leading research and building a global community around this pivotal area during this time of uncertainty and innovation potential,” said Koo.

“I’m excited to join the board to contribute to this important cause.”

In his new role, Koo will help amplify the GWI’s mission of empowering wellness worldwide by facilitating collaboration, providing global research and insight, triggering innovation, and advocating for growth and sustainability, and contributing to the development of the organisation’s five pillars: research, initiatives, roundtable discussions, WellnessEvidence.com and The Wellness Moonshot.

Koo joins an esteemed board of industry luminaries, including:
– Jeffrey Abramson - partner, The Tower Companies, US
– Alexia Brue - co-founder, Well+Good, US
– Dr Richard Carmona - Canyon Ranch chief of health innovation, 17th surgeon general of the US, US
– Nancy Davis - chief creative officer and executive director, GWI, US
– Pierre-Louis Delapalme - co-chair, Biologique Recherche, France
– Susie Ellis - Chair and CEO, GWI, US
– Michelle Floh - CEO, R&J Abramson Foundation, US
– Melisse Gelula - wellness entrepreneur and co-founder of Well+Good, US
– Sue Harmsworth - founder and owner, Sue Harmsworth Ltd, UK
– John Kao - serial innovator, thought leader and best-selling author, US
– Mia Kyricos - president and CEO, Kyricos & Associates LLC, US
– Renee Moorefield, PhD - CEO, Wisdom Works, US
– Laurie Racine - CEO and founder, LifeSquare, US
– Dr Michael Roizen - chief wellness officer, Cleveland Clinic, US
– Rupert Schmid - co-president, Biologique Recherche, France
– Rick Stollmeyer - co-founder and executive chair, Mindbody, US
– Richard Woltman - chair emeritus, Girard Securities, US
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Elemental Herbology introduces luxury travel and wellbeing kit
Natural skincare and bodycare brand Elemental Herbology has launched a limited-edition beauty and wellbeing kit, featuring a curated selection of its new and best-selling body, haircare and skincare products.
Sommerhuber unveils elegant ceramic lounger that envelopes users in soothing heat
Ceramics manufacturer Sommerhuber has created a new heated lounger finished with a stylish, smooth and organic aesthetic.
ISPA’s 2021 Stronger Together Summit will inform and inspire the global spa industry
From 10-14 May, join ISPA members for the Stronger Together Summit, a one-of-a-kind virtual event for spa and resource partner leaders.
Yon-Ka introduces quartz facial sculpting crystal inspired by TCM meridian therapy
Yon-Ka has launched its first facial tool, made from the quartzite rock green aventurine and inspired by ancient Chinese meridian therapy.
Seed to Skin’s new honey face-mask draws inspiration from Maori healing traditions
Luxury ethnobotanical skincare and spa brand Seed to Skin has unveiled a new face mask containing more than 55 per cent manuka honey – an ingredient traditionally tapped by the New Zealand Maori people for its powerful healing properties.
Sacred Nature by Comfort Zone, dedicated to regenerating skin and planet
April marks the launch of Earth Month, an initiative close to spa skincare specialist Comfort Zone’s heart, due to its deep-rooted commitment to helping regenerate the planet.
Tech-based personalisation is the new luxury, says Frank Pitsikalis
Despite technology being critical to business success, the hospitality industry has always been a reluctant adopter, perceiving technology as a hindrance to offering a personalised experience.
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Zenoti partners with Sutherland Global to provide 24/7 support to over 12,000 beauty and wellness businesses
Cloud-based spa and salon software supplier Zenoti has partnered with digital transformation services company Sutherland Global, enabling its 12,000 global customers to resolve support needs within minutes.
Cutitronics and ishga partnership ushers in new era of digital skincare in spas
Scottish skincare specialists Cutitronics and ishga have joined forces to introduce new skincare technology into UK spas.
HydraFacial appoints Zoe Graham EMEA corporate account manager
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Davines Group celebrates International Day of Happiness with launch of new World Happiness Report
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