Our growing team at A Higher Branch Success Academy are determined to help you learn to live a fun, fulfilling and fearless life. We are dedicated to empowering our members with a highly effective framework, as well as the techniques and tools needed, to become your own life architect.

Each year, we deliver a spectacular Upgrade Your Life event where we bring together an exceptional team of performance coaches, leading experts and thought leaders to help you boost work and personal performance to incredible levels. Not to mention, the memorable experiences we organise and the epic parties we hold , it is an event not to be missed!

Sam Makhoul

Sam Makhoul is program director and chief curator of expert speakers and contributors. He is also author of the book, A Higher Branch.

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Katrina Makhoul

As Events Manager, Katrina is passionate about creating magical experiences for our growing A Higher Branch community that last a life time! Katrina brings together expert speakers from around the world, to join our evolving faculty and incorporates our unique, proprietary and highly successful framework to create a fun, social connection of life-long learning and friendships.

Alessandra Edwards

Combining a background in Health Science and Clinical Nutrition with a Postgraduate Professional Certificate in Genetics and Genomics from Stanford University, Alessandra works with exceptional leaders who are feeling tired, wired and frustrated by how this is affecting their professional and personal performance.

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Dr Guy Winch

Is a licensed psychologist, author, and in-demand keynote speaker who is a leading advocate for integrating the science of emotional health into our daily lives, workplaces, and education systems.

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Carl Honoré

As the global guru on the Slow Movement, he travels the world to teach individuals and organisations how to power forward by slowing down.

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Mark Bunn

Surely it should be simpler? That was the thought that possessed Mark after completing an honours degree in exercise physiology, a demanding course of studies deeply entrenched in western health science.

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Phong Thach

Phong is an incredible new thought leader in the area of mobility training for people who sit for long periods. He will be presenting a much-anticipated short session on body movement and posture training.

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Joachim Herrmann

Building biology Services started in 1993 (as Livspace), pioneering Buildingbiology in Australia. While studying Biology with an emphasis on Ecology at the University of Hamburg, Joachim was also fascinated with sustainable and healthy building methods.

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Tom Sullivan

We are excited to announce that Tom Sullivan, has joined the Higher Branch faculty as our Meditation Coach. Tom is a meditation teacher based in Sydney with over 10 years’ experience, studying, practicing and teaching meditation.

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Petrushka Thach

Petrushka is our Customer Support Manager who directly interacts with growing A Higher Branch community. She provides support and shares the latest information on our upcoming workshops, retreats and the annual event, Upgrade Your Life. Petrushka is positive, deeply passionate and believes in moving mountains to make our community smile by ensuring that we deliver an amazing experience.

Sam Tachdjian

As Social Events Manager, Sam is passionate about creating memorable experiences and epic parties at our annual event, Upgrade Your Life. He sources incredible artists and performers that fill the room with dancing and laughter. Sam will change all your expectations of how a conference should be. He ensures that attendees party like they have never partied before! As our party curator, Sam creates an incredible vibe that is less conference… more festival. Less networking … more Connecting. Less Business … more Fun and Friendship.