The New Management at Sangha Retreat by Octave Institute

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Victor Vazquez as Managing Director, Hospitality and Austin Pu as General Manager, Clinic & Wellness Program

Sangha Retreat by Octave Institute is pleased to announce the appointment of Victor Vazquez as Managing Director, Hospitality and Austin Pu as General Manager, Clinic & Wellness Program, to support the further expansion of its brand presence in China and internationally.

Victor began his career in real estate and hospitality as a consultant, before joining a renowned hotel group and holding roles in financial analysis, asset management, feasibility, business development, brand, project management and operations.

He has worked across Europe, North America, South America, Asia and most recently in China as EVP of Operations at the Shangri-La Group. Victor is a Certified Public Accountant and holds a BA of Accountancy from Universidad Panamericana, an MBA from University of Edinburgh and completed the General Manager Program at Cornell University.

“I am very excited and pleased to have the opportunity to join Octave and to be part of a project of this magnitude. I am very passionate about practical simplicity and I believe that Octave will be a perfect space to learn and to continue developing my career, this time through a wellness lens,” Victor says.

Victor joined Octave as Managing Director, Hospitality effective 9th October 2020 and reports to John Reed, Chief Operating Officer.

Austin brings rich experience in domestic and foreign medical investment, operation and management. His senior management experience includes roles as CFO/COO of Medica Medical Group in Australia and as co-founder of Medica Asia. He successively served as a senior executive at New Century Medical Network and Fosun Healthcare Holdings. Prior to joining Octave, Austin held the position of CEO of Shanghai Artemed Hospital and as the Managing Director of Pantheon Medical.

Speaking of the appointment, Austin say,s “Truly exciting is the time we all have ahead, and it will be my pleasure to get to know and work with the Octave community. I look forward to contributing to the team to inspire success and taking Octave to the next level.”

Austin was appointed as General Manager, Clinic & Wellness Program effective 12th October 2020 and reports to Jamie Waring, Managing Director, Wellness.

SANGHA Retreat by Octave Institute   

A sanctuary for the mind, body and soul, Sangha Retreat is redefining the intersection of modern science and ancient healing wisdoms, to provide a holistic, impactful wellness experience. The brainchild of visionary Fred Tsao, the retreat encourages guests to become fully immersed in their personal wellbeing evolution, through individually curated programs addressing the six key habits of life: eating, breathing, sleeping, movement, thinking and awareness.

Located on a serene peninsula overlooking the Yangcheng Lake in Suzhou, China, every element of the 47-acre retreat has been considered as a component of a holistic journey, from the At One Clinic and At One Healing Spa, to the Thought for Food restaurant and daily schedule of Living Habits, designed around the body’s circadian rhythm.

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The Octave Institute

A platform for research, mindful learning and holistic wellness, the Octave Institute strives to provide a foundation for growth towards a purposeful life, mindfully lived. Comprised of Sangha Retreat, The Village and Aitia in Suzhou; and The Living Room, an urban support center in Shanghai, the aim of the institute is to helps others find clarity, harmony and a new level of consciousness.

An annual series of courses, conferences and summits, culminating in the At One International Festival, brings together thought leaders and holistic practitioners with this common goal in mind.

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