Anneloes Smitsman, PhD(c), LLM

CEO & Founder EARTHwise | Co-Founder & Custodian WOMENwise

Anneloes Smitsman is a published author, storyteller, visionary, legal strategist, educator, trainer, and system developer for transformational change and whole system learning & innovation. Her unique training programs, teachings, and wisdom-based methodologies have empowered people and organisations from around the world to develop, optimize and actualise their true potential by accessing more directly our collective intelligence and wisdom. She is the author of Love Letters from Mother Earth, a collection of 13 Letters in the voice of our Earth Mother for the actualization of our collective wisdom potentials.

She holds a Masters degree in Law & Political Science from Leiden University (the Netherlands), and is currently finalising her Ph.D as external researcher at the International Centre for Integrated assessment and Sustainable development, Maastricht University (the Netherlands). Her thesis is titled “Into the Heart of Systems Change”. Anneloes was born and raised in the Netherlands and lived there until 1996. She then went to live in South Africa, Australia, and more recently Mauritius.

Anneloes played a key role in various social change movements; providing legal and transformational strategies for how to leverage and unite local efforts with international frameworks through a shared Vision. Examples are: Le Morne UNESCO Maroon Cultural Heritage in the fight against slavery and oppression; Standing Rock and Dakota Access Pipeline; the Bhutan Dialogue to support healing and reconciliation for the Bhutan refugee situation; and the We Stand With Africa campaign to catalyse collective support for the famine crisis.

Anneloes developed the Education for Sustainability programme when she worked as Director at ELIA-Ecological Living In Action. She continues to lead this programme today from EARTHwise Centre, which has served as a model for whole-curriculum implementation of sustainability education for the transformation of conventional educational systems.

Since 2007 Anneloes has supported the Maroon Cultural Heritage Process of Le Morne Cultural Landscape (LMCL) in Mauritius. This contributed to LMCL becoming a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2008. Together with local stakeholders and Maroon descendants she has been documenting and sharing the Oral History of this Maroon Heritage to raise awareness and foster social empowerment. In 2012 Anneloes developed the main methodology for the 2012 Rio+20 Global Dialogues, which was adopted in 9 different countries from 2012-2014 to feed into UN Conferences for Sustainable Development. Together with a local team in Mauritius she organised and facilitated over 20 dialogues in 2012-2013 for more than 1000 people.

Through her love, wisdom and insight Anneloes inspires and supports people to actualise their true potential, and work collaboratively for a world and future where all of us can flourish. Her clients include, amongst others, LUX* Resorts & Hotels, St Regis Mauritius Ltd, the Mauritius Institute of Directors (MioD), Omnicane, the Indian Ocean Commission (IOC), UNESCO, GML Foundation, The Mauritius Commercial Bank Ltd (MCB), Investec Bank Mauritius Ltd, Beauty & Purpose Ltd, Bureau de l’Education Catholique (BEC), Loreto College Curepipe, Loreto College Quatre Bornes, St Mary’s College Rose-Hill, BPS Fatima College Goodlands, and Westcoast International Primary School.

Anneloes is a MQA (Mauritius Qualification Authority) approved trainer in the areas of Personal Development, Leadership, and Sustainable Development, a former trainer of the Mauritius Institute of Directors (MIoD) and a Fellow of the MIoD. She is also on the Board of Advisors of the Global Education Futures Forum and The Association for Tribal Heritage.

Kurt Barnes, ND, DEA (Histoire University of Paris 8)

Co-Founder & Director

Dr. Kurt Barnes is a senior psychologist with extensive professional experience working with individuals and organizations from all levels of society in Mauritius and internationally. He is an international psycho-social expert and has worked in this capacity among migrants in Africa, providing training and consultancy to improve their living conditions and eco-psychological health. He carried out this work with knowledge regarding implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) related to these issues. He worked for many years as well in Europe and North America. He is also a Naturopathic Physician and applies this with his specialisation in psychology, psychotherapy & bio-feedback.  His focus in consulting and coaching is in the area of communication for business management companies, as well as financial services companies.

His rich multi-cultural background enables him to create important bridges of understanding and has made him a well sought-after adviser both in Mauritius and internationally.  Through his advisory functions he consults on communication strategies and change processes which ultimately benefit society as a whole. In 1998 he acted as adviser for UNICEF and the Ministry of Women, Family and Child Development in Mauritius for the implementation of a program to prevent child abuse He was the only male adviser in this function. In 2004 he was Knighted in the Order of Academic Palms of the French Republic for his outstanding service.

In his work for organizational development, his methodologies and courses ensure that the individual development of the members of the organization receives equal attention to build an organizational culture of empowerment and openness to change.  His focus on working with people is always on empowerment and creating an enjoyable and creative learning and working space, which he finds both professionally and personally fulfilling.

His clients include, amongst others, the International Organization for Migration (IOM), Shell, J Kalachand, Mauritius Union Assurance, Swan insurance, Group Mikado, Neetoo Industries, Pallagames, White sand tours, Mauritours, UNICEF, and CITCO. He also serves on various educational and corporate Boards as a Director. Kurt is a MQA (Mauritius Qualification Authority) approved trainer and fellow of the Mauritius Institute of Directors (MIoD).

Justine Page, BA

Co-Founder & Custodian WOMENwise

Justine Page is a consultant, coach, facilitator, and public speaker, with over 20 years of multinational and multicultural experience, in marketing, branding and personal development. Her passion is transforming individuals and companies from the inside out through the empowering process of connecting people with their essence and their true potential. As a former executive at one of the world leading advertising and marketing company in New York, she has experience with international brands, blue chip companies and award winning campaigns. She has worked and lived in ten countries across five continents.

Her experience of working and living in a variety of cultures has built her credibility as a leader able to drive the creative process in brand building development across global, local and personal brands. She is a passionate brand image creator with a strong belief that you need to know yourself first from the inside before you can go out into the world and project this image on the outside.

She has developed her own training program based on this principle as a transformative marketing and coaching tool to help companies and individuals transform their image by connecting with their brand from the inside out. Justine holds a dual Bachelor of Science in Marketing and Psychology from the City University of New York. She has completed her own personal transformative training with EARTHwise and with Evolving Wisdom, and is currently completing her (International Coaching Federation) ICF Accreditation. She is a certified Feminine Power Coach and Facilitator, and is a member of the Global Feminine Power Leadership Community.

Justine is a member of the Mauritius Institute of Directors (MIoD), and is a certified MQA (Mauritius Qualifications Authority) trainer. She is also a Board Member of the Global Foundation for Emerging Women Leaders. Justine lives in Mauritius with her husband and two daughters.

Geeta Virahsawmy

WOMENwise Leadership Team – Collaboratories & Partnership

Geeta Virahsawmy is a professional training and events organiser, with experience in international conferences, and has extensive experience in business management and partnership development. She is passionate about creating organisational trust, and empowering women and men by generating a more inclusive and fair workplace for women in business and society at large.

She graduated from the University of Mauritius in Business Management, and followed 3 years of study at the Institut Politiques de Paris (IEP), France. She started her career in the Mauritian Textile industry as Human Resources  and Administration Manager where she worked for over 15  years in various companies. From 1982 to 2000 she worked for Cies des Indes, Bright Knitwear Ltd, Novel Group of Companies, and CMT.

She then moved into the finance world with the Mauritius Leasing Company in 2006 and served as Business Executive at the Mauritius Institute of Directors (MIoD) for 5 years. She acted in the role of adviser for Women entrepreneurship development with the Mauritius Ministry of Gender from 2001 to 2005.

Rachel Tribble

EARTHwise Council

Rachel Tribble is the vice president and co-founder of The Association for Tribal Heritage. She is an advocate for Native American education and community development, and a contemporary artist working with corporations such as The Walt Disney Companies. Through her Association for Tribal Heritage, she represents EARTHwise as a member of the EARTHwise Council in the First Nations, USA.

The depth of Rachel’s career has spanned the worlds of art, finance and modern Native American culture. She spearheaded the Tribal Investment Division at Fogel Capital Management Inc., a wealth management firm, where she simultaneously served as Chief Compliance Officer. In her work, she was responsible for developing and maintaining relationships between the company, Native American tribal governments and their individual programs; and also with non-profit organizations. She was a contributing author to the American Indian Report magazine. Today she works passionately towards solutions for complex issues facing the Native American community.

The Association for Tribal Heritage is a 501(c)3 organization that promotes projects based in cultural preservation, education and the environmental and health sciences that blend traditional Native American teachings with innovation in technology. Rachel studied fine arts at Syracuse University and the National Academy in New York City. For more information visit  http://racheltribble.com/