Speakers of the Ayurveda Symposium 2018

For 2018, the following speakers from Europe and India have already agreed to enrich the symposium with a lecture or a panel discussion:

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.

Amarjeet S. Bhamra (UK)

Ambassador for Ayurveda and Yoga in Great Britain
Amarjeet S. Bhamra administers the influential All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on Indian Traditional Sciences. In this position he has made a significant contribution to raising awareness of holistic health in the UK. Among other things, he has helped develop national professional qualifications and standards for Shiro Abhyanga and Yoga. Amarjeet was the inspiration for the establishment of the Centre of Excellence for Indian Traditional Sciences in April 2018 and has the privilege of being one of the "100 most influential people in British Indian relations".

Dr. Ananda Chopra (D)

Head of the Ayurveda department at the Habichtswaldklinik Kassel
Ananda Samir Chopra studied medicine and indology at the University of Heidelberg. After his license to practice medicine he spent one year in Kolkata, India, to study Ayurveda. Since 1996 he has been head physician of the Ayurveda Clinic Kassel. 2009 to 2011 research assistant in a research project on the modern history of Ayurveda at the University of Heidelberg. In addition to his clinical work, he is still scientifically active in the history of medicine. Since his childhood he learns and practices classical Indian music (Hindustani Sangit).

Dr. med. Harsha Gramminger (D)

Medical doctor
In addition to her degree in human medicine, Dr. Harsha Gramminger is an engineer for production technology. She completed a 3-year training in Ayurveda medicine in India, supplemented by additional training in meditation techniques, psychotherapy, massage techniques and various CAM therapies. Since 2000
own practice clinic for Ayurveda medicine and Panchakarma cures in Germany, director and lecturer of Ayurveda training at the Euroved Academy, since 2007 president of the EUAA (European Ayurveda Association e.V.), was vice president of ANME until 2017. Author of the book trilogy "New Age Ayurveda". Dr. Harsha Gramminger dedicated a large part of her life to the spread and recognition of Ayurveda in Europe with the aim of establishing Ayurveda as an equal medical science in Europe.

Hedwig H. Gupta (D)

Specialist in orthopaedics and rheumatology
Dr. med. Hedwig H. Gupta is a specialist in orthopaedics and rheumatology with a focus on Ayurveda and therapeutic Yoga. She first studied Ayurveda in the Gurukula system with Dr. OP Tiwari. From 1999 she completed postgraduate studies of Ayurveda at the BHU (Banaras Hindu University). She studied Sanskrit and Yoga there. Today she is based in Ludwigsburg. Head of the vidya sagar Academy for Ayurveda and Yoga Therapy, 1st chairwoman of DÄGAM e.V. (German Medical Society for Ayurveda Medicine) and 2nd chairperson of the DeGYT e.V. (German Society for Yogatherapy).

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.

HP Manuela Heider de Jahnsen (D)

Practitioner of alternative medicine
Manuela Heider de Jahnsen is an alternative practitioner, lecturer and author. In addition to her training in traditional medicine in India, China and Japan, she studied tropical medicine with Prof. Alexander and Indology in Berlin. She teaches and works with patients and in hospitals for traditional medicine in the Middle East, Asia and Eastern Europe. Manuela Heider de Jahnsen also teaches as a lecturer at the European Academy for Ayurveda, where she is also studying Ayurvda for a Master of Science degree. Her ayurvedic-yogatherapeutic topics in practice and teaching are rehabilitative medicine, urban panchakarma, trauma work, and the desire for children.

Dr. Vanita Kansal (D)

alternative practitioner, Ayurveda specialist
Vanita Kansal completed six years of Ayurvedic medicine with a focus on Panchakarma therapy in India with distinction. Afterwards she worked as a lecturer and Ayurveda physician at several clinics in India. In addition, she gave lectures on Ayurveda topics in Germany, Switzerland, China and India. Since 2010 she has been working as an Ayurvedic doctor in the Ayurveda Parkschlösschen, Traben-Trarbach. Well-founded expertise in Panchkarma-cure guidance, nutritional science, Ayurvedic lifestyle, herbal medicine and meditation. In the meantime she has acquired the title of alternative practitioner in Mainz.

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.

Dr. Abhay Kulkarni (IND)

Ayurveda doctor and researcher
Dr. Abhay Kulkarni is a practicing Ayurvedic doctor at the Ayushree Ayurvedic Hospital and Research Centre, Nashik. He has more than 25 years of clinical and educational experience. As a researcher he covers the areas of diabetic nephropathy, psoriasis, infertility and Garbhanskarhe and was awarded a project by the Ministry of AYUSH. CEO of the non-profit organization Ayurveda Seva Sangh. Author of four books on Ayurveda. Member of the Senate of Maharashtra University of Health Sciences, Nashik, and the Maharashtra Acupuncture Council.

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.

HP Markus Ludwig (D)

Practitioner of alternative medicine
Markus Ludwig enjoyed 5 years of training in the Kalari martial and healing arts in India. Research in Marma-Nadi-Therapy, development of the "Holistic Kalari Therapy". Extensive activity as alternative practitioner and lecturer for Kalari therapy since 2000.

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. S.K. Mishra (IND)

Ayurveda doctor, former professor for postgraduate studies at the Gujarat Ayurved University
Prof. Dr. S.K. Mishra MD (Ayu) PhD was for several years professor and physician at the Faculty of Internal Medicine at the renowned Gujarat Ayurved University in Jamnagar (India). As a founding member of various Ayurveda colleges and associations, he looks back on a long and successful teaching and practice of Ayurvedic medicine. At the European Academy of Ayurveda he lectured on his specialties of Kaya-Cikitsa and Rasa-Shastra as part of his studies of Ayurvedic Medicine.

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. med. Annette Müller-Leisgang (D)

General practitioner and Ayurveda physician
Since 1998, Dr. med. Annette Müller-Leisgang has been working with her own practice for Ayurveda and nutritional medicine in Munich. In addition, she specializes in travel and occupational medicine. She has more than 30 years of experience in Ayurveda and heads the Ayurveda Institute Munich.

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.

Dr. Pathirage Kamal Perera (LK)

Lecturer, researcher, specialist for Ayurveda medicine
Dr. Pathirage Kamal Perera (PhD) is a lecturer in Ayurveda at the Institute of Indigenous Medicine, University of Colombo, whose department of Dravyaguna he headed, and a specialist at the National Ayurveda Teaching Hospital, Sri Lanka. He was the coordinator for the first MD(Ayu) postgraduate program in Sri Lanka and coordinator for Ayurveda postgraduate studies at the Institute of Indigenous Medicine, University of Colombo. He is well known as an Ayurvedic consultant and researcher in Sandhi-Roga (arthritis) and Ojo-Roga (immune disorders) and worked as a consultant in a WHO traditional medicine programme in Sri Lanka.

HP Michael Pipe cutter (D)

alternative practitioner for Ayurveda medicine
Michael Rohrschneider is an Ayurveda specialist, Pancakarma therapist and meditation teacher. Since 1989 he has been running his own practice with a focus on Ayurveda and psychotherapy, which is located in Buchholz/Nordheide. Having trained in India at the time, he is now a trainer in Ayurveda medicine himself, including as a lecturer at the FDVH (Freier Verband Deutscher Heilpraktiker).

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 Vijith Sasidhar (IND)

Ayurveda physician and researcher
Dr. Vijith Sasidhar has many years of experience as an Ayurveda doctor and has founded the Ayurveda Centre Sreekrishna Ayurveda Chikitsa Kendram in Kerala. His expertise is used in India, Germany and the Netherlands for training of young people in Ayurveda medicine. Since 2018, he has been a researcher in the Department of Integrative Medicine at the Amritha Institute of Medical Science, where he is involved in projects on rheumatoid arthritis, cancer and muscular dystrophy.

Dr. med. Wolfgang Schachinger (A)

general practitioner
Since 1984 working as a general practitioner with natural healing methods (Ayurveda) in his own practice, pioneer of Ayurveda in Europe, medical director in the "Haus der Gesundheit" Ried, an integrative medical health facility offering modern medicine and a full range of Ayurvedic therapies; currently in preparation for the launch of the "SOMA vitality medical & thermal spa". Author of several books on Ayurveda. Teaches Ayurveda to health professionals in several European countries. Founder and President of EURAMA - European Ayurveda Medical Association.

Dr. Satnam Singh (IND)

Naturopath
Dr. Satnam Singh has completed his three year degree in Gandhi Ashram Samalkha as a natural healer. He spent much time in various ashrams, i.e. hermitages, where Gandhi's natural lifestyle is promoted. Together with his wife Dr. Satnam Singh, he has won many prestigious awards and recently received a national award from the Indian Cabinet Minister for outstanding work in the field of Ayurveda. At Arogyam Ayurvedic and Panchkarma Centre, Dr. Kaur and Dr. Singh have a team of 25 doctors and maintain 7 centres in Northern India. They have treated thousands of patients with nasal allergies with Ayurveda and would like to share their experiences at the symposium.

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.

Joanna Webber (UK)

Head of Herbal Science, Pukka Herbs
Joanna Webber is a full member of the British Ayurveda Practitioners Association as an Ayurveda practitioner and Yoga teacher. She has over ten years clinical experience and holds a BSc (Hons) in Ayurveda, which includes clinical internships in India. She also holds a Postgraduate Certificate in Education and a Master in Human Sciences. Her role at Pukka is to provide education that enables people to discover the power of herbs and learn to be healthy.

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