Speakers of the Ayurveda Symposium 2017

For 2017, the following speakers from Europe and India have already agreed to enrich the symposium with a lecture or a panel discussion:

Sabine Anliker (CH)

Swiss certified naturopath
Sabine Anliker is a naturopath with a federal diploma in Ayurveda medicine and also holds a Master of Science degree in Ayurveda medicine. She has also completed training as a naturopath for classical naturopathy and homeopath. She runs her own practice in Lucerne and is on the board of the supporting organisation Ayurveda Medicine as well as a board member of the VSAMT (Association of Swiss Ayurveda Physicians and Therapists).

HP Oliver Becker (D)

Dipl. pedagogue, practitioner of alternative medicine and medical Ayurveda specialist
Oliver Becker is a certified pedagogue, alternative practitioner and Ayurveda physician and practices in his own naturopathic practice. At the European Academy for Ayurveda he works as a lecturer, medical spa manager, interpreter and module leader in the course of studies Ayurveda medicine. He has profound knowledge and experience in Ayurveda, Vedic sciences, Sanskrit and Yoga.

Dr. Ashish Bhalla (A)

General practitioner and Ayurveda doctor
Training as a general practitioner at the University of Vienna and several years of study of Ayurvedic medicine at the European Academy of Ayurveda. Ayurveda practice in Sattledt and Salzburg. Scientific director of the European Academy for Ayurveda in Vienna. Lectures and seminars at home and abroad.

Prof. K. S. Dhiman (IND)

Delegate of the Ministry of AYUSH, General Director CCRAS
Prof. K. S. Dhiman is participating in the symposium as a member of a delegation of the Indian AYUSH Ministry (Department of Ayurveda, Yoga and Naturopathy, Unani, Siddha and Homoeopathy). He is Director General of CCRAS (Central Council for Research in Ayurvedic Sciences). Previously, he was Professor of Shalakya Tantra at the Institute for Postgraduate Teaching and Research at Gujarat Ayurved University, Jamnagar.

Prof. Dr. Shivenarain Gupta (IND)

Ayurveda clinic manager
Prof. Shivenarain Gupta MD (Ayu) is a doctor and professor of Ayurvedic medicine from Nadiad (India). At the famous Ayurveda University of Jamnagar he received his doctorate. Today he is head of the Department of Internal Medicine at the P. D. Patel Ayurveda Hospital. As professor of the affiliated J. S. Ayurveda College he has succeeded in establishing one of the most respected pancakarma clinics in India, where patients from India and Europe receive help. He was awarded by IASTAM (India) for his achievements in teaching. At the European Academy of Ayurveda he has been one of the most important teachers and academic head of the training in Ayurvedic medicine for many years.

Sascha Kriese BA Hons (Ayu) (UK)

Ayurveda physician
Sascha Kriese completed a three-year course of Ayurveda studies at Thames Valley University London and learned the art of pulse reading in India from his mentor Dr. Pankaj Naram. For many years he has been running his own Ayurveda practice in Brighton. He is also Co-President of the Ayurvedic Practitioners Association (APA).

Dr. Sajan Joseph (D)

Chief physician and MD in Kayachikitsa
Sajan Joseph studied at the Government Ayurveda College Trivandrum, Kerala/India and achieved his MD in Kayachikitsa. For the following year he worked at Vishnu Ayurveda College and then in the department "Indian Medical Systems". Since 2014 he is Chief Physician - Ayurveda Specialist in the 3 centres of the Madukkakkuzhy Ayurveda Group, Bad Bocklet, Germany.

Professor V.K. Joshi (IND)

Head of herbal medicine at the BHU
Prof. V.K. Joshi MD (Ayu) PhD heads the Dravyaguna Department at the Faculty of Indian Medicine of the renowned Banaras Hindu University in Varanasi. Meanwhile he looks back on 40 years of experience in working with classical Ayurvedic medicinal plants. He is Chairman of the Ayurveda Pharmacopeia Committee in the AYUSH Ministry and participates in the expert group for quality standards of Indian medicinal plants. He has also written the WHO guidelines for basic training and safety in Ayurveda.

Priv.-Doz. Dr. med. Christian Kessler (D)

Internist, researcher, indologist
private lecturer Dr. med. Christian S. Kessler, MA is senior physician and research coordinator at the Immanuel Hospital Berlin and is scientifically active at the Charité - Universitätsmedizin Berlin on Ayurveda and many other topics. He has a master's degree in Indology and is the medical director of the advanced training for doctors "Ayurveda as complementary medicine" in Berlin.

Ulrich Koch MD (D)

Medical doctor
Ulrich Koch is a doctor, yoga teacher and head of the homeopathic practice in the Psychiatric Institute Outpatient Clinic in Hofheim. He is a pioneer in the research and clinical application of yoga and meditation for people with mental disorders.

Prof. Dr. Abhimanyu Kumar (IND)

Ayurveda doctor, former general director of the All India Institute of Ayurveda
Prof. Dr. Abhimanyu Kumar MD (Ayu) MSc PhD is Vice Chancellor of the Uttarakhand Ayurved University in India. Previously, he was Executive Director of the All India Institute of Ayurveda in New Delhi, the new Excellence Initiative of the Indian Ministry of Health AYUSH for Postgraduate Education and Specialist Medicine in Ayurveda. He also holds the position of Director General of the CCRAS Central Councils for Research in Ayurvedic Sciences for several years. Prior to that, he was active for many years as Head of the Department of Ayurvedic Pediatrics, NAI, Jaipur. He holds a PhD in Pediatrics and a Master in Applied Psychology. He has also published three books and more than 60 scientific articles.

Dr. Somit Kumar (LV)

CEO and Managing Director of AVP Baltics
Dr. Somit Kumar completed his MD in Dravyaguna and is currently pursuing research for his PhD in the Department of Molecular Biology at the University of Latvia. He is also involved in several other research projects. For the last 12 years he has been active in clinical work, specializing in Kerala-based panchakarma, including metabolic, neuroendocrine, rheutmatological, dermatological and autoimmune diseases.

Marco Lebbing MD (D)

Specialist in general medicine, additional qualification in naturopathy
Studied Ayurveda medicine in Germany and India. Currently in further training as a specialist in neurology with the establishment of a stroke unit at the Helios Klinikum Niederberg. Many years of clinical work and training in the field of integrative medicine: in classical European naturopathy under Prof. Dobos at the Knappschaft Hospital in Essen and in Ayurveda under Prof. Przuntek at the Protestant Hospital in Hattingen. Work on the topic of bacterial intestinal flora as part of his clinical work in Hattingen and in his master's thesis at the European Academy of Ayurveda.

Dr. Ram Manohar (IND)

Ayurveda doctor and pharmacologist
Ram Manohar MD (Ayu) is a doctor for Ayurvedic medicine and pharmacologist. He is currently working as Research Director at the Amrita Centre for Advanced Research in Ayurveda, Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham University, Kollam, Kerala. He also serves as a research consultant for the National Institute of Ayurveda and for History of Science at the Indian National Science Academy. He is an expert member of the World Health Organization Committee for the International Standardization of Ayurvedic Terminology. He has worked in the Kerala State Government Task Force on the AYUSH response to COVID-19 and is a member of the Interdisciplinary Research and Development Working Group on COVID-19 at the AYUSH Ministry of the Government of India. His special interest is psychology and spirituality from an Ayurvedic perspective.

Prof. Dr. Martin Mittwede (D)

Indologist and religious scholar
Prof. Dr. Martin Mittwede is head of the Master of Science in Ayurveda Medicine at the European Academy of Ayurveda. The indologist and religious scholar habilitated already in 1996 with a research project on Ayurveda and has many years of experience in further medical training. He also teaches at the University of Frankfurt/Main and has published numerous works on Ayurveda medicine.

Dr. med. Antonio Morandi (I)

Neurologist and Ayurveda doctor
Antonio Morandi is a neurologist and Vaidya (Ayurveda Academy, Pune (India) / Joytinat International College of Ayurveda). He also has a specialization in Ayurvedic Panchakarma therapy ( Ayurvedic
Institute Ashtavaidyan Thaikat Mooss',Thrissur). He has been Director of the Ayurvedic Point, Milan, for many years and is President of the Scientific Society for Ayurvedic Medicine Italy (SSIMA). In 2017 he was awarded the prestigious IASTAM ZANDU Award for Research in  Ayurveda. In 2019 he received the ECIM Award for the best clinical publication as co-author.

Dr. Vijay Murthy (UK)

Ayurveda doctor and researcher, director of Ayuwave
Dr. Vijayendar Murthy is an internationally recognized Ayurvedic physician and researcher. He is the Director of Ayuwave London, UK, and Visiting Professor in the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Southampton. Murthy received his diverse medical education and clinical practice in India, New Zealand, Australia and England. He lives and works in London. His healing methods attract a wide range of health seekers and patients, including stars and the British Royal Family. Dr Murthy also runs an innovative radio show called "Unlock your Health".

Dr. med. Kalyani Nagersheth (D)

Specialist for physical and rehabilitative medicine, medical psychotherapist
Dr. med. Kalyani Nagersheth has been working as an Ayurveda doctor since 2000 and was head of the Ayurveda department at the Habichtswald-Klinik, Kassel. Today she runs her own practice for Ayurveda medicine in Frankfurt. She also takes over the medical supervision of Panchakarma cures at the Rosenberg Ayurveda Health and Spa Centre. One of her specialties is Western and Ayurvedic Phythotherapy. She is a book author and has many years of experience as a lecturer in Ayurvedic medicine.

Prof. Ashtavaidyan Narayanan Nambi (IND)

Director of the Institute of Ayurveda SNA Oushadhasala
Prof. A.N. Nambi MD (Ayu) represents the rich heritage of the Ashtavaidyas, for centuries the largest family of traditional doctors in India. He is active as a speaker, lecturer and physician in clinical practice and research. In addition to his position as director of the Institute of Ayurveda S.N.A. Oushadhasla (P) Ltd,
Thrissur, Kerala, he is a faculty member at Ayurvedic Point, Italy. He also served as scientific coordinator of the INDRA network and was a member of the Council for International Cooperation of Indian System of Medicine in the AYUSH Department of the Indian Government.

Prof. Dr. Tanuja Nesari (IND)

Ayurveda doctor, General Director of the All India Institute of Ayurveda
Prof. Dr. Tanuja Nesari MD (Ayu) PhD is an Ayurveda doctor, professor and head of the Department of Medicinal Plants and Pharmacology at the All India Institute (AIIA) in Delhi. In 2018, she was appointed Director General of AIIA, the top institute for Ayurveda of the Indian government. She is considered to be one of the leading capacities for Ayurvedic nutritional therapy, herbal medicine and medical herbal medicine. She is also Director of Ayurveda Rasashala, an Indian pharmaceutical company and has many years of experience as a didactician and researcher.

Prof. Dr. med. Valdis Pirags (LV)

Professor of internal medicine
Prof. Dr. med. Valdis Pirags heads the Department of Internal Medicine at the University of Latvia. He is also Chairman of the Latvian Association of Endocrinologists and Council Member of the European Association for Diabetes Research.

Lothar Pirc (D)

Founder of the Maharishi Ayurveda Health Centre Bad Ems
Lothar Pirc has made Ayurveda one of his central life themes. He trained as a teacher for Transcendental Meditation in France, Germany and Switzerland. A career in hotel management in Switzerland and stations of teaching Ayurveda in the Netherlands, Kenya, Cyprus and the USA followed. In 1992 Lothar Pirc and his wife Karin founded the Maharishi Ayurveda Health Centre in Bad Ems. He has received several international awards and is a sought-after speaker and author of scientific articles.

Hans H. Rhyner MD (CH)

Practitioner of alternative medicine
Hans Heinrich Rhyner, MD, PhD (Alternative Medicine), Dipl. NHP Ayurveda Medicine, is a recognized expert and pioneer of Ayurvedic medicine in Europe. He lived in India for 25 years and ran his own clinic in Bangalore. He looks back on 40 years of clinical experience and is the author of textbooks on Ayurveda. He applies his knowledge in his Swiss practice in Teufen, in Munich, Vienna and on Mallorca as well as in his manufacture of Ayurveda products in Austria.

HP Theresa Rosenberg BA (D)

Naturopath, MSc in Ayurvedic Medicine
Theresa Rosenberg is a non-medical practitioner specializing in Ayurvedic medicine and completed studies in Ayurvedic medicine at the European Academy of Ayurveda. In her own practice in Baden-Württemberg, Germany, she performs medical consultations, nutritional counseling, constitutional determinations, individual cures, and medical manual therapies. In addition to her practice, she works as an Ayurvedic physician in the Rosenberg Therapy and Competence Center and as a lecturer at the REAA in Birstein. She is also an expert in Ayurvedic medicine for animals.

Kerstin Rosenberg (D)

Specialist for Ayurveda nutrition
Kerstin Rosenberg runs the European Academy for Ayurveda together with her husband. The internationally renowned specialist for Ayurveda and nutrition has been training people in Ayurveda nutrition and health counselling, psychology and therapy throughout Europe since 1996. She has 25 years of practical experience in Ayurveda and is in daily contact with patients, training participants and spa guests. As an author, she has published numerous Ayurveda books, which are among the best known works of Ayurveda literature.

Mark Rosenberg (D)

Director of the European Academy for Ayurveda
Mark Rosenberg heads the European Academy for Ayurveda and is managing partner of the Rosenberg Ayurveda companies. He has many years of experience as a management consultant, Vastu expert and Yoga teacher BDY/EYU. He is also Chairman of the Board of Directors of VEAT - Berufsverband Europäischer Ayurveda-Mediziner und -Therapeuten e.V. He was awarded the prestigious Vaidya Sundarlal Joshi Memorial Management Award by MGMS (India) to honour him for his outstanding management achievements in the field of Ayurveda. He also received the IASTAM Pandit Shiv Sharma Oration Award.

Dr. Sintija Sausa (LV)

at the Centre for Complementary Medicine at the University of Latvia in Riga.

Yatin Shah MD (D)

Medical doctor
Yatin Shah works as a physician at the university outpatient clinic for naturopathy of the Charité-Universitätsmedizin Berlin and in his own practice in Potsdam. Trained in homeopathy in Spain, India and Nepal, with a diploma in homeopathy since 2016. His work in clinical research focuses on strophanthin in heart medicine, among other things.

Prof. Sanjeev Sharma (D)

Delegate of the Ministry of AYUSH
Director National Institute of Ayurveda, University of Jaipur

HP Elmar Stapelfeldt MA (D)

Practitioner of Ayurveda medicine and indologist
Elmar Stapelfeldt is an alternative practitioner, master of indology and author. He is currently active as a non-medical practitioner, nutritionist and scientific assistant at the Immanuel Hospital in Berlin. He has extensive experience in the application of Ayurvedic medicine. Among other things, he was a long-standing lecturer at the European Academy for Ayurveda, including 5 years as head of the department of Ayurvedic Medicine.

HP Ralph Steuernagel (D)

Practitioner of alternative medicine and editor-in-chief of the Ayurveda Journal
Ralph Steuernagel has dedicated 20 years to the interdisciplinary cooperation of western and eastern medicine. He runs his own Ayurveda practice and academy in Bad Homburg (D). In addition, he is the editorial director of the Ayurveda Journal.

Carmen Tosto (I)

Yoga teacher, therapist, vice-director Ayurvedic Point
Carmen Tosto is a yoga teacher and Ayurveda therapist. She is also the Vice-Director of the Ayurvedic Point, Milan (Italy) and holds an Honorary Degree of Ayurveda Acharya from the Ayurvedic Institute Ashtavaidya Thaikat Moss, Thrissur.

Dr. Tatjana Tracevska (LV)

Biologist at the University of Latvia
The doctor of biology is a lecturer and senior scientist at the Medical Faculty of the University of Latvia. There she heads the laboratory for medical microbiology. She also heads a cooperation project between the University of Latvia and the Arya Vaidya Chikitsalayam and Research Institute, AVP Baltics. She is a certified specialist for Indian Yoga and Zen practitioner.

Vaidya Prathmesh Vyas (D)

Ayurveda doctor, specialist for pulse diagnosis
After graduating in Ayurvedic Medicine and further studies of Kayachikitsa (internal medicine) at the University of Nagpur, Vaidya Vyas received his diploma in Ayurvedic Health Education at the Rajasthan Ayurvedic University in Jodpur. After 10 years of Ayurvedic practice in India, Vaidya Vyas came to Europe in 2007 and started to practice Maharishi Ayurveda in Holland at Maharishi Vedic University in Vlodrop. In addition to numerous lectures and leading Ayurveda training courses throughout Europe and India, he conducted consultations at the Maharishi Ayurveda Health Centre in Bad Ems.

Dr. med. Dietrich Wachsmuth (D)

Physician for general medicine and naturopathy
Dr. med Dietrich Wachsmuth studied medicine with a focus on psychosomatics and trained in naturopathy and homeopathy. Additionally he became a teacher for Transcendental Meditation. His doctoral thesis dealt with the topics of brain waves and consciousness during meditation and in the sleep stages.
He practiced as a general practitioner and acted as an instructor for naturopathy and general medicine. From 2004 he worked as an Ayurveda doctor at the Parkschlösschen Traben-Trarbach, since 2010 at the Maharishi Health Centre Bad Ems. His main focus in Ayurveda includes preventive Panchakarma, constitutional therapy as well as lectures and seminars on naturopathy, fasting and meditation.

Mag. Dr. Dr. Christian Wolf MBA (A)

Life and social counsellor, human energetics, President IDYA
Mag. Dr. Dr. Christian Wolf has been active in the fields of yoga, meditation and holistic health promotion and awareness training since 1974. He has degrees in health and social sciences, is a registered life and social counsellor and human energeticist (WKOÖ) and president of IDYA - International Diamond Yoga Association. For 10 years he has been conducting yoga individual therapies based on the Dosha teachings.