Michael Joshin Thiele has led the creation of honeybee sanctuaries and refuges for over twenty years. He founded Apis Arborea and offers workshops and trainings in apiculture practice in the U.S. and internationally.
Michael’s pioneering approach to apiculture as a platform for global renewal has appeared in national and international magazines, books and films. He has presented his work at Harvard University, consulted for the USDA and developed the organization Gaia Bees to advance biodynamic practices in apiculture.
Michael was born and educated in Germany. He lives with his family, and an infinity of bees, in the oak woodlands of Northern California.
Elena Kfoury is the CEO and Founder of Mythos Collection, a business dedicated to artisanal fermented beverages, including biodynamic wine, with a consulting arm focused on human health through life sciences and environmental policy. She is the past President / CEO of the international Standards Coordinating Body (SCB), a consortium of non-government stakeholders that operates through public-private partnerships with government regulatory agencies and other government organizations involved in helping to establish consensus standards for regenerative medicine products. She still serves on both the Board of Directors and as Co-Chair of the Tissue Engineering sector of the SCB.
Previously, Elena was principal of Polymath Consulting where she advised manufacturers on combination medical device technology and regenerative medicine market and strategic planning. She also managed business development and strategic alliances / partnerships for the Harvard Stem Cell Institute (HSCI) and has held commercial roles at several benchmark cardiac medical device and specialty pharmaceutical companies.
Elena earned her SM from Harvard University in Health Policy and Management and her BA in Neuroscience from Amherst College. She also holds a Green Belt in Six Sigma (CSSGB) and Lean Six Sigma in Healthcare.
Daniel Church is an Arborist and Zeidler from the Monterey Bay. Through his work with trees, he has developed a relationship with bees in their natural environment. He is working to draw more attention and appreciation toward Apis Arborea to help facilitate their health and safety.
Originally from Germany, Pepa Reimann is a creative director and designer with a passion for branding, design and visual language. She helps organizations and individuals launch, rejuvenate and expand their brands in meaningful ways. Sharing her design experience to brand and launch Apis Arborea is her contribution to support and protecting honeybees.
Raised in Vermont Gus is a farmer interested in using his background in ecology and botany to blur the borders between farming and nature. Bees and their potential as a vector for societal, personal and ecological growth have inspired Gus and are teaching him new ways of listening and participating in a community.