Regine Oesch-Aiyer was brought up and educated in Switzerland and the United States. She spent twenty years as an executive in the travel division at American Express Company in New York City before co-founding and curating Agama Gallery, a lifelong dream. A worldwide traveler with a special love for India, which she first visited soon after college, she left her gallery to focus on a larger vision combining travel, art, and humanitarian work. This resulted in the founding of Mindful Journeys, a unique tour operator to the Indian subcontinent, in 2004. Three years later she founded Meenakshi Foundation www.meenakshifoundation.org, a charity providing higher education to underprivileged girls and young women in urban and rural Karnataka. Regine now lives part of the year in Bangalore, India. She has a lifetime of travel and living experience spanning the Americas, Europe, Asia and Africa.