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As a commercial founder, my passion lies in building and scaling social-purpose companies. It has been an honour to have helped steward a number of impactful businesses in to the world - most recently Wavepaths, a therapeutic music platform increasing the safety & efficacy of psychedelic medicine in Western clinical settings.

My current focus is on improving recovery rates for women with eating disorders through Ianthe House - integrated recovery living for women through and beyond eating disorder recovery.

(Chu) Wakefield

Anna Teresa

Serial Entrepreneur | Commercial Founder | Mental Health | Psychedelics

Industry

Healthcare & Medicine

Located

Portugal, United Kingdom

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HOW DO YOU EMBRACE DIVERSITY AND/OR UNCONVENTIONALITY?

Originally from London, I now live in Portugal. I feel at home travelling and making meaningful connections across cultures - from building micro-enterprises with youth groups and widow cooperatives in East Africa, to integrating with fishing communities as a fighter for a Muay Thai gym in Thailand. Being mixed race, I am fascinated by the construct of identity. I am driven to continually evolve as ever more expansive and inclusive whilst remaining humble and ever curious in the face of perceived difference.

A history of child abuse and C-PTSD has led me on a lifelong path of trauma healing through somatic therapies. My professional and personal life are both focused on the work of reconnection to ourselves, each other and the natural world - whether through self-work, entrepreneurship, or simply committing to more meaningful, authentic and compassionate conversations day by day.

HOW DO YOU EXPRESS YOURSELF CREATIVELY?

My first loves were making art and playing music. I left these behind to pursue what I kidded myself to be safer ways of building security early on in my career. However, I have come to recognise the immense creativity involved in building businesses and find joy in the rhythm of aligned, purposeful teamwork.

HOW DO YOU THINK YOU CAN CONTRIBUTE TO THE COMMUNITY? WHAT DO YOU FEEL YOU ARE AN EXPERT IN AND COULD GIVE ADVICE TO THE COMMUNITY ON?

I've been fortunate enough to have had the opportunity to operate at executive & board levels across nonprofit & public sectors, startups & impact-driven venture capital, and experience the journey from zero to one more than once. I enjoy supporting other impact-focused founders and entrepreneurs to achieve their vision.

On the personal front, I have significant experience in C-PTSD recovery with a particular focus on eating disorders and somatic therapies (EMDR, EFT and psychedelic therapy). I understand how common it is to feel alone and to isolate oneself with internalised feelings of shame. It would mean a lot to me to have the opportunity to connect with and support other women who have had or are still living with an eating disorder or are otherwise suffering the impacts of abuse.

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