GOCO Hospitality

From our colleagues in our spas and retreats, to our multitalented corporate team, GOCO Hospitality’s interdisciplinary organisation of exceptional talent is what allows us to continually create successful and innovative global projects.

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GOCO Hospitality is an employer of choice; we place great emphasis on attracting and grooming our talent, nurturing, developing and empowering them to delight and inspire our clients and guests.

OUR TEAM

Helping us to achieve our goals, bring our vision to life and uphold our mission are our extraordinary team of global professionals. Throughout all aspects of our service delivery we have the best and brightest in international talent aiding us in creating world-class wellness destinations.

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Ingo Schweder

Founder & Chief Executive Officer

  • Master Program – Cornell University, Ithaca, New York
  • BA in Hotel Administration and Management – Albrecht Dürrer School, Germany
  • Journalism & International Communication Studies – Ludwig Maximilian University, Germany

As CEO and founder of GOCO Hospitality, Ingo Schweder brings more than 30 years of experience from the fields of spa and hospitality. He has been involved with the design, development and worldwide operation of iconic hotels and wellness destinations. Ingo is considered to be one of the foremost hotel and spa experts in the world, and his experiences and accolades to date are a fitting testament. 

Under his guidance, Ananda in the Himalayas, the globally recognised destination spa, was established. During his tenure at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group, he established 15 spas on four continents. Prior positions include Group Director of Hotel Operations for Oberoi Hotels & Resorts and Managing Director of Rafael Group Hoteliers, Southeast Asia. 

Ingo has been recognised with countless industry awards including Spa Personality of the Year, Excellence in Hospitality Design, Most Distinguished Industry Motivator, and Best Spa Company. Always engaging and willing to share his expertise, he is a frequent speaker at hospitality-related symposia and sits on the Board of the Spa India Association and the China Spa Symposium. 

Many of his past projects still top the list of some of the leading industry awards including Condé Nast Traveler, winning 'Best Resort' and ‘Best Spa’ honours.

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Josephine Leung

Group Director - Design

  • Master of Science in Architecture & Urban Design – Columbia University, New York, USA
  • Master of Architecture – University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong
  • Bachelor of Arts (Arch Studies) – University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong
  • Registered Architect - Hong Kong Institute of Architects, Hong Kong
  • Registered Architect - Architects Registration Board, Hong Kong 
  • AIA Associate Member - American Institute of Architects
  • LEED® Accredited Professional - U.S. Green Building Council 

As Group Director of Design, Josephine is responsible for overall project management and delivery of GOCO Hospitality’s Design & Technical Services from initial briefs, concept design, and technical services to site administration.

As a licensed Architect and Urban Designer, Josephine has an extensive portfolio ranging from regional city planning, mixed-use developments, residential communities to hospitality projects across Asia.

Josephine was Vice-President and Director of Design at HOK International Ltd, and during that time the team won ‘Best Urban Design Firm of the Year 2007’, ‘AIA Sustainable Urban Design Award 2007’ and many other awards. Prior to joining GOCO Hospitality, Josephine was Head of Design at IMC Octave, project managing and designing a 70-key destination wellness retreat development in Suzhou, China.

Josephine met Ingo collaborating at the Landmark Mandarin Oriental Hotel, a multiple award-winning project in Hong Kong.

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Matthew Brennan

Director - Finance

  • Bachelor of Science and Arts in Finance – University of Denver, Colorado, USA

As Director of Finance, Matt is responsible for all of GOCO Hospitality’s financial responsibilities, the completion of all business proposals and agreements, and the management of the market research and feasibility team.

Prior to joining GOCO Hospitality, Matt worked within the Financial Planning and Analysis Department of Archstone, LLC, a leader in luxury apartment operations in opportune North American markets such as New York City, Washington DC and Southern California. Matt co-authored the chapter, ‘Spa Feasibility - Steps and Processes’ in the first spa management textbook, ‘Understanding the Global Spa Industry: Spa Management’, published by Oxford University Press. He also has contributed to other industry publications.

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Clive McNish

Corporate General Manager

  • BA (Hons) Sport Science and Information Technology Canterbury Christ Church University FSMT Dip 

Clive has over 20 years dedicated resort, wellness and spa management experience from three different continents and is as Corporate General Manager responsible for the successful operational set-up and management of GOCO Retreat's and GOCO Spa’s portfolio.

Prior to joining GOCO, Clive served at Kamalaya Wellness Sanctuary & Holistic Spa, an award-winning destination spa in Thailand, for over four years. Starting as Wellness Director and later becoming General Manager, Cliveia” (World Spa Awards) among numerous others. Mr. McNish spent two years at the helm of The Spa at Mandarin Oriental Riviera Maya. Before moving to Mandarin Oriental, Clive was the opening Spa Director at the Four Seasons Resort Provence at Terre Blanche. He also served as opening Spa Director at Four Seasons Hotel Hampshire Spa, voted “Best UK Hotel Spa” in 2006 by Conde Nast Traveller during his tenure, and was Acting Director of Spas at the Four Seasons Resort Bali. Previously, Clive served as Health Club and Spa Manager at Chewton Glen Hotel Spa and Country Club, which, under his leadership, earned several honors including being named “Best British Hotel Spa.”

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Sridhar KR

Director - Human Resources

  • Master's in Business Administration – New Delhi, India
  • Diploma in Hotel Management – Bangalore, India
  • Advanced Management Certification – Harvard Publishing Program

Sridhar is responsible for leading the development of human resources strategies and human resources brand standards for all GOCO Hospitality projects both externally and internally.

Prior to joining GOCO Hospitality, Sridhar served as a General Manager of Human Resources with Hotel Leela Venture Limited who operate eight premier luxury hotels and resorts in India.

He also functioned as Director of Human Resources for Hyatt Hotels in India for over ten years, helping them to open the award-winning Park Hyatt Goa Resort & Spa and Grand Hyatt Mumbai, as well as supporting the development of Hyatt hotels across Southwest Asia.

Prior to joining GOCO Hospitality Sridhar was the Director of Human Resources at the world-renowned Ananda in the Himalayas. He brings over 20 years of concentrated human resources leadership experience in the hospitality industry to our team.

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Shekhar Malkotia

Manager - Corporate Spa Operations

  • CIDESCO Post Graduate Diploma, Spa
  • Bachelor of Arts, Political Science Delhi University 

Shekhar is a spa specialist with over 16 years of spa therapy, training and management experience in luxury spa operations. At GOCO Hospitality he is responsible for the strategic leadership and operational guidance of GOCO Spas in Europe, the Middle East and Asia Pacific. Before taking on his corporate assignment, Mr. Malkotia was managing The Claridges Spa in New Delhi, India for GOCO Hospitality. He draws his experience from his pre-opening, operational and renovation assignments at leading luxury and wellness properties at several Hyatt hotels throughout Asia and the Middle East and for Oberoi Hotels on the Indian subcontinent. Shekhar was opening team member at Ananda in the Himalayas which under the management of Mandarin Oriental Hotels was voted Best Destination Spa by Cond Nast Magazine.

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Christine Beland

Manager - Sales & Marketing

  • Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration - HEC Montreal, Quebec, Canada

Christine is an accomplished Sales and Marketing professional with over 10 years experience in the hospitality industry. As Sales and Marketing Manager for GOCO Hospitality, she is responsible for the commercial and marketing strategy for the company’s wellness brands and consulting projects.

Prior to joining GOCO Hospitality, Christine worked for diverse luxurious leading properties throughout South East Asia and the Caribbean, including one from the ACCOR group. She is results-oriented and has a proven track record of generating revenue through prospecting, customer relationship management, negotiations and sales & marketing strategies.

GOCO HOSPITALITY OPERATIONS TEAM

Leaders in their respective fields, and successful business managers, our operational team go out into the world and bring GOCO Hospitality values to life, for all the world to see.

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Rishi Bharadwaj

Spa Director - GOCO Spa Ajman

With 15 years practical spa experiences, Rishi is a dedicated hospitality professional and a passionate wellness leader. Rishi is a luxury spa manager with extensive knowledge of ayuverdic and yogic principles, and has worked with leading luxury hotel groups as both spa manager and senior yoga master. Starting his career with the world-class destination spa Ananda in the Himalayas, Rishi joined Mandarin Oriental progressing through to Spa and Wellness Manager. Prior to joining GOCO Hospitality, he worked in project management for a destination wellness facility in Pune and also worked with Sofitel, completing assignments in Marrakesh and Mumbai.

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Chiara Campo

Spa Director - GOCO Spa Venice

As the new Spa Director of GOCO Spa Venice, Chiara brings with her over 9 years of professional spa experience in Italy and wider Europe, and has worked for renowned properties and brands such as Kempinski, Bvlgari and most recently Lake Comos’ prestigious Grand Hotel Tremezzo. Chiara is a seasoned spa manager, who has completed an Advanced Spa Management course as well as Holistic Spa Consultancy and Management programs. She is focused on operations and commercial success while maintaining the highest quality spa standards, and has a demonstrated track record of maximising all opportunities and resources to ensure key objectives are exceeded.

GOCO Hospitality Team Members

Covering concept development, branding, marketing, design, technical services, operations and management, our extraordinary team is integral to the continued success of our company.

KITIPORN VAN MALKENHORST
MANAGER - DESIGN & TECHNICAL SERVICES

CHRISTIE WANG
COORDINATOR - DESIGN & TECHNICAL SERVICES

JARIYA TANGBOWORNPANISH
MANAGER - ADMINISTRATION & FINANCE

RUPESH PENKAR
CONSULTANT

FABIAN MODENA
CONSULTANT

Nhan Thanh Thanh
GRAPHIC DESIGNER

SARAH MOKRUSCH
EXECUTIVE - MARKETING

PHANTIRA CHALARDKITSIRIKUL
ASSISTANT MANAGER - DESIGN & TECHNICAL SERVICES

PANEE PUTTIYAPIBUL
ASSISTANT MANAGER - DESIGN & TECHNICAL SERVICES

LANA WONGPUT
MANAGER - DESIGN & TECHNICAL SERVICES

CHATCHAI TEAMSANIT
MANAGER - DESIGN & TECHNICAL SERVICES

Sebastian Roth
EXECUTIVE - HOTEL OPERATIONS

IRIN AMPAICHUEN
ADMINISTRATIVE OFFICER

MICHELLE FILBY
EXECUTIVE ASSISTANT TO CEO

NUUKHAL KHANJAWELLNESS CHEF

SUNITA JUMPAHOUSEKEEPER