Inspirational Living: Hidden Wonders
Meet the Panel
Melinda Stevens, Editor-in-Chief of Condé Nast Traveller UK
Melinda Stevens is the Editor-in-Chief of Condé Nast Traveller UK. During her time on the publication, Stevens has elevated the brand across all platforms, creating content which is loved by readers, highly respected throughout the industry, and viewed as the leading travel lifestyle publication in the UK. She was awarded New Editor of the Year in the British Society of Magazine Editors (BSME) Awards in her first year, followed up in 2017 and 2018 by Editor of the Year in the travel category. Also, in 2017 she was awarded Columnist of the Year by the Professional Publishers Association, the first time an editor has won the prize for an Editor’s Letter. Prior to Condé Nast Traveller, Stevens was the travel editor of Tatler for seven years, and a journalist and columnist for The Sunday Times, The Evening Standard, having started her career at Vogue having been selected through the Vogue Talent Competition. For the last three years she has also been Editor in Chief of Conde Nast Traveler US, has launched the very successful Traveller Events series of talks, the Spotify chart-topping Escape Routes podcast, and published the book Chic Stays, published by Assouline in 2017, which has become one of its best sellers with a new follow-up book in the pipeline.
Waris Ahluwalia, actor, designer and founder of House of Waris Botanicals, is driven by a deep and abiding desire to create stories, products and experiences that captivate, transport, and shift perception. Working across the globe, and across disciplines, Waris exhibits an unwavering commitment to creating a more thoughtful way of living.
Wally Koval is the Founder of @AccidentallyWesAnderson - an online Community of more than 1 million adventurers from across the globe - and author of New York Times Best Selling book of the same title.
Charlie Foxhall, Specialist, Sotheby’s Watches
Joining Sotheby’s in 2015, and with a background in history and military weaponry, Charlie’s passion has always been for objects through which the mechanical and the beautiful both meet and mix. Beginning in Sotheby’s Bond Street, Charlie was immediately involved with the renowned Celebration of the English Watch sales, which featured pieces spanning the entirety of the watch's timeline from the 16th century to the present day. Following the successful reintroduction of watch sales in London, Charlie moved to Sotheby’s Geneva in 2018.
Image: Humayun's Tomb, New Delhi, India c. 1570, Dirk Rohde @schmurkov