Otto Mitter

Otto Mitter

Otto Mitter’s path into the beauty world was inevitable, since a young age Otto was introduced to the world of beauty by his mother who started one of Australia’s pioneering beauty, slimming & health clinics.

Otto’s mother wrote and contributed to the first competency based beauty therapy training in Australia (wrote the Diploma of Beauty Therapy, Diploma of Health Science and Aesthetics, and founded the Gold Coast Training Academy who graduated thousands of beauty therapists in Australia) having been brought up by such an influential person in the industry it was only a natural progression that Otto found himself studying make up artistry, beauty therapy and all things lash & brow at the Gold Coast Training Academy straight out of high school.

Fast forward to now and after two decades of studying the art of lashes, brows, beauty and cosmetic formulation, Otto and his team at Ex-Import currently produce and supply lash & brow enhancement ranges for professionals and develop educational programs to over 60 countries across the globe and have a combined team of over 300 trainers worldwide.

Otto’s dedication to education has seen him as a guest speaker and educator at the world’s most prestigious beauty and lash events, learn from the world’s best lash masters and judge at leading global lash competitions.

Over the last few years Otto has been recognised in the industry from his peers by being presented with some of the most sought-after industry awards:

2017 Educator of the Year at the ABIA’s – Australian Beauty Industry Awards
2018 Educator of the Year at NALA – National Association of Lash Artists
2019 Product Integrity Award at NALA – National Association of Lash Artists

Otto has a passion for continuing education, working with leaders in the industry and helping up and coming beauty therapists, lash artists and educators develop their profiles and careers, which is appreciated by his team and colleagues around the world.

Career Highlights

Guest speaker / Educator at the world’s leading beauty exhibitions and conferences
Judge for world renowned lash competitions
Co-ordinator for leading eyelash extensions masterclasses in Australia
Producer and head educator of the Elleebana Lash Lift, Eyelash Extensions, Brow Henna
Co- Producer of the Belmacil Lash & Brow Tinting System
Writer and contributor to worldwide industry publications
Founder of Elleebana Educators Elleevation Symposium – USA, UK, Canada
Managing Director – Ex-Import Niche Products
Winner of ABIA “2017 Educator of the Year” – Australian Beauty Industry Awards

Winner of NALA “2018 Educator of the Year” – National Association of Lash Artists Global Awards

Winner of NALA “2019 Product Integrity Award” – National Association of Lash Artists Global Awards

Winner of NALA “2011 Innovative Product” – National Association of Lash Artists Global Awards

Diploma of Personal Care Formulation – 10788NAT
Diploma of Business (BSB50215)
Certificate IV in Training and Assessment (TAE40116)
SHBBMUP001 Apply Eyelash Extensions
Elleebana Certified Trainer Lash Extensions Certificate Number: LE16308

read more

Kristy-Lee Roberts

Kristy-Lee Roberts

Kristy-Lee has trained in Beauty Therapy whilst living in North Wales, in the UK; where she covered all things beauty related – nails, facials, OG lash perming and waxing. After completing her training, she’s decided to work mobile until she got into Mental Health, supporting individuals with physical and mental disabilities. She thoroughly enjoyed this work; it was quite intense at times but it was quite rewarding as she have always wanted a role where she could help people and make the world a better place. She did pursue beauty on the side and also provided her service users with treatments within their homes, which she found such an important part of their support to continue that personal care.

After some time in Mental Health and gaining some experience working in an Administration role in High Schools assisting the SENCo, she started to feel underwhelmed and a little lost in life with the direction she wanted to go in, she just felt like she was meant to do more! She had always loved Makeup Artistry so she enrolled on more beauty courses to refresh her skills and jumped into Lash Extensions! She never thought she would ever get to grips with Lash Extensions as it is so intricate and complex until one day it all fell into place and had a lightbulb moment that she absolutely fell in LOVE with all things lashes. She began immersing herself more with learning more tips and tricks, researching brands, lash maps and practicing on all  her family members! She finally went back to Beauty full time, eventually landing a spot on a Beauty Concession in a Large Department store. It definitely was a great experience hitting KPI’s, stock taking, liaising with larger makeup brands, training new staff and working with the owners who were based in South Wales.

A local salon she often went to for nail extensions, had a treatment room become available, which funnily enough were her trainers for Lash Extensions and Nails! They were so passionate and enthusiastic about their craft and their passion was so infectious she took the chance and moved her clients from home to the salon 3 days a week, working alongside the concession position. This really gave her even more salon experience and building a great clientele.

In 2020 she said farewell to North Wales and moved back to Australia! It’s honestly been a whirlwind of a year since coming back home with a few added curveballs, but she wouldn’t have it any other way. She is looking forward to the future that is ahead of her. Stepping outside her comfort zone, further developing her knowledge and meeting so many more beautiful students. Bring it on!

Kristy-Lee holds nationally recognised qualifications in:

Elleebana Certified Trainer Lash Extensions Certificate Number:  LE16605
Elleebana Certified Trainer Lash Lift Certificate Number: LL16605
Elleebana Certified Trainer Brow Henna Certificate Number: BH16605
Elleebana Certified Trainer Brow Lamination Certificate Number: BLAM16605
Elleebana Certified Trainer Lash Lamination Certificate Number: LLAM16605

 

read more

Zoe Mitter

Zoe Mitter

Introducing Zoe Mitter, General Manager of Elleebana Global and Ex-Import Niche Products. The title of General Manager does not fully encapsulate Zoe’s extensive skillset as a result of her early start in a career of business.

As a child, Zoe watched her own mother (and idol) juggle their family bricklaying business, a mortgage with extreme interest rates and three children, all the while balancing the books and mixing cement (because they couldn’t afford a “brickie’s labourer”), Zoe knew that having a business and a family of her own was never going to be an easy feat. She understood that nothing comes from nothing and to get anywhere it was going to take hard work and dedication.

At 19, Zoe held a role in administration at a manufacturing company when one day a letter arrived in the mail from the Australian Government offering 10 small business owners the opportunity to apply for a Government grant to study a Diploma in Business. Unfortunately for Zoe she was not a small business owner, however, she was not perplexed by this and set out to write her application with the full intent of one day applying the skills and knowledge she would learn to her own business. The convincing and inspiring letter granted Zoe one of the highly coveted positions and she quickly began applying her studies to the manufacturing company she was employed by. Quality control measures improved, productivity increased, new marketing concepts were discussed and implemented and Zoe was swiftly promoted to Office Manager.

Zoe’s love of education extended to Human Resources, Marketing and Accounting – the numbers game is one she enjoys. Her methodical balancing and strategic approach to costing of products and expenses allowed her the perfect opportunity after meeting her husband Otto Mitter, Managing Director of Ex-Import Niche
Products. Otto was already running the family business when the two met in 2005 and he explained they were looking for a bookkeeper to join the operation.

The two married in 2008 and spent their honeymoon in Europe visiting Italy’s Cosmoprof and Switzerland’s tint manufacturers. It was clear to Zoe that their life was going to be in the beauty industry which was very new to her but her previous manufacturing and business knowledge made it feel like a pair of gloves that were made for her. Otto’s visions for Ex-Import and the brands the business manufactured or co-produced was far larger than just the Australian market and Zoe was excited to sink her teeth into creating the perfect foundation for export.

Zoe understood that it took a lot of preparation and careful consideration to market an Australian brand to the rest of the world but knew that the two were a dynamic duo and they had something incredible to offer.

Quickly it became clear that Zoe was wearing more hats than just a bookkeepers role at Ex-Import Niche Products and began filling the much needed position of General Manager.

The lash and brow industry was an eye opening and mind bending step for Zoe, she knew the only way she was truly going to understand what her customers needed was to know the products and treatments inside out. She invested in hours upon hours of research, study and practice to understand the complete manufacture, testing, production and marketing process, before delving into the world of lash and brow treatment education delivery.

Zoe’s love of education was reignited when it came time to restructure and redevelop product ranges in preparation for Otto’s vision of a world wide launch of the Elleebana Lash Lift training package. Together Otto and Zoe meticulously crafted the distribution network for the world for Elleebana Lash Lifting products and
developed relationships with some of Zoe’s industry heroes.

With the growth of the brand it inevitably increased the growth of the company, with Zoe’s keen understanding and drive to ensure that all elements of the business had a solid foundation, caused rapid company growth without falter. Whether it comes from being a mother to a child who loves lego or the daughter of a bricklayer,
Zoe understands the integral factors for business growth and development come from well established and stable groundwork but also that not all business models “fit the same mold” so having a creative flare and adaptability help make masterpieces.

Zoe also understood the importance of continued education for herself and for the team working with her at Ex-Import Niche Products and has implemented various continued education programs for the employees. Over half of all of the current staff at Ex-Import Niche Products are enrolled in some form of further education
or attend advanced training in their field with industry experts. “The benefits of continued education for our team keep their skillset fresh and honed. The team are all passionate about gaining knowledge and bettering themselves as they all understand education stagnation in the lash industry will leave you behind”.

2017 saw Zoe and Otto accomplish the world’s first educational seminar solely for lash lifting designed specifically for the global trainers of the Elleebana lash lift brand. The Elleebana Elleevation Symposium is now a universally recognised and highly sought after educational event that is set to raise the standards of training delivery and cement the Elleebana brand name as an industry leader for lash and brow products and training. The current direction for Elleebana and Ex-Import Niche products is just the tip of the iceberg with Zoe – General Manager and Otto – Managing Director, the future for the company is looking virtuous.

Elleebana Certified Trainer Lash Extensions Certificate Number: LE16307

read more

Amie Buckley

Amie Buckley

Amie has pursued a few different career paths. She had never found anything she was truly passionate about. 6 years ago, she enrolled into a classic lash extensions course, she remembers thinking during the course how rewarding it must be to train students in learning a new skill but at this stage, she was focused on becoming a lash technician. Once she had learnt the fundamental skill of lash extensions, she wanted to learn more! She enrolled into a lash lift course, a brow shaping and waxing course, Henna application, Russian volume and mega volume. She also attended 2 lash vision conferences and flew to Brisbane to attend lash bash. During this time she was operating her own business on Chapel Street, Prahran but she felt she needed more, she really wanted the salon experience, working in a team environment so she closed doors and began working for a high end lash and brow studio in South Yarra.

Amie transitioned well and within 6 months she was managing the studio. She was responsible for hiring new staff and training them. She was also part of the training programs that were held there and was very eager to run the training days on her own. Once she began, she knew it was what she wanted to do, she finally found her career. She still loves performing all of the treatments and putting her skills to good use which also helps in class but training is her passion.

Amie holds a nationally recognised TAE40116 Certificate IV in Training and Assessment

Elleebana Certified Trainer Lash Extensions Certificate Number: LE16552
Elleebana Certified Trainer Lash Lift Certificate Number: LL16552
Elleebana Certified Trainer Brow Henna Certificate Number: BH16552
Elleebana Certified Trainer Brow Lamination Certificate Number:
BLAM16552
Elleebana Certified Trainer Lash Lamination Certificate Number:
LLAM16552

read more

Anieka Mudford

Anieka Mudford

Anieka’s love and passion for beauty began at a young age when she saw the joy the industry brought her mother while she studied to become a qualified beauty therapist. Having witnessed this growing up it was a natural progression for Anieka to study beauty herself.  Anieka brought with her the make-up and beauty background and previous RTO experience when she started at Elleebana Global Headquarters in 2018.

Anieka prides herself on keeping up to date with the most current lash and brow training and techniques. With her creative and artistic abilities, she is able to apply these new techniques with flair therefore achieving greater client satisfaction. Her thirst and keen interest to further her knowledge has seen Anieka study and attend multiple lash and brow courses and conferences and with a previous career in the education sector Anieka is able to easily hone her teaching skills and enthusiastically share her knowledge with other therapists to help them succeed in their careers.

Based at the Elleebana Headquarters Anieka has devoted many hours in the Elleebana Excellence Studio and works closely alongside Otto on researching, product development, trials and testing new products and ranges and providing meticulous technical support. The knowledge she has gained about the products she has loved right through from her beauty education till working with Elleebana has given her the insight and is an added advantage in delivering the best possible training experience for her students.

Anieka continues to run the Elleebana Excellence Studio and her home salon performing lash and brow treatments to keep her skills fresh and relevant for her classes.

Anieka holds nationally recognised qualifications in:

  • SHBBMUP001 Apply Eyelash Extensions
  • SHBBFAS001 Provide Lash and Brow Services
  • TAE40116 Certificate IV in Training and Assessment

Elleebana Certified Trainer Lash Extensions Certificate Number: LE16310
Elleebana Certified Trainer Lash Lift Certificate Number: LL16310
Elleebana Certified Trainer Brow Henna Certificate Number: BH16310
Elleebana Certified Trainer Brow Lamination Certificate Number:
BLAM16310
Elleebana Certified Trainer Lash Lamination Certificate Number:
LLAM16310

read more

Amy Carnelley

Amy Carnelley

After winning a Beauty College Scholarship after graduating high school, it became clear that beauty had most certainly chosen Amy. Her Beauty Diploma completed, Amy entered the industry via 2 prestigiously located Ella Bache Salons in Victoria. It was here she developed her treatment and salon management knowledge.

However, it was whilst working amongst Australia’s top wholesalers that Amy’s found her true passion sparked – working with students, salons and beauty professionals alike, to guide and educate in treatments and product knowledge. Building close relationships with Distributors and Trainers gained Amy immense exposure and developed her confidence and devotion to teaching.

Now a Master Trainer for Elleebana and an International Level Lash Lift Judge, her passion for supporting female business owners, therapists, working mothers and entrepreneurs through knowledge and training continues and her ever-present belief that you are “forever learning” makes her an asset to every training situation. Having personally trained under Otto Mitter and some of the world leading eyelash educators, Amy is 3 times certified in Eyelash Extensions, Lash Lift, and Brow Enhancement Services and Certified IV Training and Assessor and is working with children certified under the Working with children Act 2005. Amy’s expertise has seen her grace international stages as a Guest Speaker and facilitator at Beauty Conferences world-wide.

Amy holds nationally recognised qualifications in:

  • SHBBMUP001 Apply Eyelash Extensions
  • SHBBFAS001 Provide Lash and Brow Services
  • TAE40116 Certificate IV in Training and Assessment

Elleebana Certified Trainer Lash Extensions Certificate Number:  LE16302
Elleebana Certified Trainer Lash Lift Certificate Number: LL16302
Elleebana Certified Trainer Brow Henna Certificate Number: BH16302
Elleebana Certified Trainer Brow Lamination Certificate Number:
BLAM16302
Elleebana Certified Trainer Lash Lamination Certificate Number:
LLAM16302

read more

Teigan Hopkins

Teigan Hopkins

Teigan began her entrepreneurial career by starting her own business in the food industry and while she enjoyed the challenges of owning her own business, something was drawing her to the world of beauty. Teigan decided to take the plunge and has never looked back since commencing study within the beauty industry.

Teigan’s thirst for knowledge saw her complete many beauty courses, igniting her passion and building her skill set. Teigan joined the team at a highly successful Lash and Brow bar and before long climbed the ranks to salon manager. As the years passed, Teigan felt driven to apply her salon knowledge and skills into becoming an educator specialising in the world of lash and brow. Teigan saw a position open with the team at Elleebana HQ and jumped at the chance to apply her skills and follow her dreams.

Based at the Elleebana HQ, Teigan is 3 times lash certified with international masters, Certified IV Trainer and Assessor, Blue Card holder (working with children approved). Teigan works closely alongside Otto Mitter as his assistant with research and product development and has been personally trained by the lash master himself. Teigan has been a Guest educator and presenter both Internationally and Australia-wide and continues regular ongoing education to stay up to date with the latest industry developments.

Teigan holds nationally recognised qualifications in:

  • SHBBMUP001 Apply Eyelash Extensions
  • SHBBFAS001 Provide Lash and Brow Services
  • TAE40116 Certificate IV in Training and Assessment

Elleebana Certified Trainer Lash Lift Certificate Number: LL16309
Elleebana Certified Trainer Lash Extensions Certificate Number: LE16309
Elleebana Certified Trainer Brow Henna Certificate Number: BH16309

read more

Sami Lind

Sami Lind

Sami began her career in the beauty industry with fresh eyes and a keen sense of willingness to learn, at the tender age of 17. Her ever evolving thirst for knowledge was so great that she undertook her training whist also spending her spare time researching the ever-growing industry, constantly striving to progress her learning.

Sami spent almost 5 years as a salon-based Beauty Therapist before deciding it was time to focus her skills in the areas she loved the most – Lash and Brow Services. Sami felt the most practical approach was to open her own business specialising in this field and her passion, dedication and talent saw her run a successful business for 3 wonderful years performing simply stunning eyelash extensions applications on hundreds of clients before stepping into the education realm with the Elleebana Team. Dedicated to helping other salon owners and their staff to see the success created from her own salon Sami wanted to share her skills and knowledge.

A Master Trainer with a Diploma of Beauty Therapy, Sami is 4-times Lash Certified with world leading lash masters and was also trained personally under the guidance of Otto Mitter. Sami has been a Guest Judge at Lash Lift Competitions in both Australia and Russia as well as an International Guest Speaker at the renowned Elleebana International Symposiums.

Sami holds nationally recognised qualifications in:

  • SHBBMUP001 Apply Eyelash Extensions
  • SHBBFAS001 Provide Lash and Brow Services
  • TAE40116 Certificate IV in Training and Assessment

Elleebana Certified Trainer Lash Extensions Certificate Number: LE16303
Elleebana Certified Trainer Lash Lift Certificate Number: LL16303
Elleebana Certified Trainer Brow Henna Certificate Number: BH16303
Elleebana Certified Trainer Lash Lamination Certificate Number:
LLAM16303
Elleebana Certified Trainer Brow Lamination Certificate Number:
BLAM16303

read more