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Alain Vervoort Belgium

Brussels Bar Connector Owner – Academy for Bartender and Barista – WSET Master in Spirit – Pisco College Creator

Alan Smart United Kingdom

Distilling Market Sales Manager UK at Lallemand Biofuels & Distilled Spirits – In charge of quality, sustainable development and spirits – Worked in the development of Lallemand distilled Spirits in Japan – Speaker at Alcohol School and World Distilled Spirits Conferences – Previously worked in many whisky and whiskey companies

Alexandra Bernet France

Business and Marketing Manager at L’Explorateur du Goût since 2017. Have worked in the Spirits Industry for 17 years, from the field to the distribution. Retail, On-trade, FMG, FMCG, Travel Retail

Ana Valenzuela Zapata Mexico

Entrepreneur in Educational Programs and communications Spirits and Life Sciences.

Andre De Almeida United Kingdom

Drinks Industry Insider & ‘Inside the Cask’ blog owner with focus on drinks, retail and travel – Previously worked with many whisky and spirits brands across the on trade, off trade, prestige and duty free channels

Antonia Maridaki Bulgaria

Commercial Manager at Diageo for Europe Partner Markets

Arthur Nägele Austria

Founding member of the Spirits Academy of Austria and Switzerland – Worldwide trainer, speaker, advisor and judge for alcoholic beverages – Member of the gin’s guild UK

Barash Musa Bulgaria

Master Distiller and Managing Owner of XKK JSC-Isperih Distillery. Specializes in fruit distillation and ambitious to help turning rakia into the next big thing in the spirits industry.

Bernard Burtschy France

Wine and Spirits Journalist at Le Figaro & Le Figaro Magazine, as well as numerous publications and specialized websites in China, Japan and Germany – President of Wine French Press Association – Permanent member of European Grand Jury – Contributor to numerous wine and spirits books and guides

Bruno Pilzer Italy

Grappa Consultant – Head of Distillery Bruno Pilzer – Fondazione E.Mach Instituto Agrario San Michele all’ Adige TN

Bruno Sanfilippo France

Vinolux Representative

Carlo Dugo Italy

Founder and CEO of Enosis Ltd Co. – Italian ambassador at Concours Mondial de Bruxelles – Italian ambassador at Spirits Selection by Concours Mondial de Bruxelles

Carlo Dutto Italy

Freelance Journalist and Press Office

Christian Drouin France

Christian Drouin is a representative member of IDAC (Institut des appellations cidricoles – Normandie – France) and he spent most of his life to turn the stock of Calvados. He has published a number of books on Calvados

Christian Vergier France

French Flying Rum Maker – Spirits Consultant for many rum, whisky and gin brands – Independent Master blender – Oenologist and wine maker in Burgundy.

Chrysoula Konstantina Kyriakopoulou Greece

Editor-in-Chief at Athinorama Wine and Spirits Magazine

Claudia Hamm Belgium

Owner of Premium Spirits, a brand building company of quality spirits brands since 2002 – Importation and distribution of premium spirits for B2B – Keeper of the Quaich 2014 – Belgian Whisky Ambassador 2010

Clémence Pagnotta France

Creator of new products for the spirits industry, blending white or aged spirits – Based in Burgundy

Cyrille Mald France

Columnist for la Revue du Vin de France – Co-author of “Iconic Whisky”, world top five most distributed book on spirits – Ambassador of the Scotch Malt Whisky Society.

David Schmitz Luxembourg

Liquid Department Manager at Cactus Belle Etoile

Davide Terziotti Italy

Writer and Blogger – Co-Founder Distillerie.it – Craftdistilling.it – Whiskyclub – Rum club and Spirit Club Italia

Denny Kallivoka Greece

Food, Winne & Spirits Editor – Partner of the Difford’s Guide Greece & Cyrpus – Founder and Executive director of Metron Ariston Making Responsibility a Trend Civil Non Profit Partnership – Founder of Aegean Cocktails & Spirits – Athens Rum & Whisky Festival and Cyprus Cocktail Festival co-organizer.

Derek Sandhaus United States

Author of “Baijiu: The Essential Guide of Chinese Spirits” and “Drunk in China: Baijiu and the World’s Oldest Drinking Culture” – Co-founder of a Sichuan Baijiu distillery.

Diana Laura Pavelescu Romania

Member of ADAR (Authorised taster association of Romania) – Wine and spirtis journalist – WSET level 3 in wine and spirits – Judge in local competitions in Romania for fruit spirits.

Didier Bamford Belgium

Wine, Whisky and rum importer at DVins.be – Freelance

Didier Bedu France

Founder of db Consulting – Previously General Manager of reknown Calvados company – Previsouly President of IDAC

Dimitri Hindryckx Belgium

Spirits Distributor – Founder of Angel’s Share Tasting – Account manager by Premium Spirits

Eleni Nikoloulia Greece

Drinks editor & partner of Difford’s Guide Greece & Cyprus – Academy Chair for the “World’s 50 Best Bars” – Co-Founder of the non-profit civil partnership Metron Ariston: Making Responsibility a Tren -Athens Rum & Whisky Festival, Cyprus Cocktail Festival & Aegean Cocktails & Spirits co-organizer

Emanuele Brocatelli Italy

Owner of DRINK|IT – bottled cocktails consultant for Caffè Propaganda start up at Collegio. Co-owner and founder of 47 Barrato and Cocktail d’Autore – Barmanager at Hotel Majestic Rome – Project manager and Start up at Stazione di Posta

Emmanuel Becheau France

Director at Rhum Expert & Manager Héritiers Crassous de Médeuil – Rhum JM Martinique

Emmanuel Boudaric France

International Sales Manager at Tonnellerie Quintessence – ISC

Etienne Bouillon Belgium

Master Distiller & Founder of The Owl Distillery and whisky “The Belgian Owl”

Eugenio D’errico Italy

Legal expert at AssoDistil

Fabien Radet Belgium

Director at Cave Saint Jacques SPRL – Retailer in wines and spirits

Floriane Maire France

R&D manager for spirits and drinks at “Les Grands Chais de France”

Franco Santini Italy

Journalist at Live Communication Group Srl

Gianni Travaglini Italy

AIS Sommelier since 2001 – AISO extra virgin olive oil sommelier since 2007 – Writer for Vinodabere.it for Wine, Oil and Distillates – Writer for the web magazines Bordolese.it, Lucianopignataro.it and Epulae.it – Collaborator of the book “I vini d’Italia” of l’Espresso

Giorgi Samanishvili Georgia

Oenologist – Wine and Spirits Consultant – Expert on PDIs and PGOs of Wines and Spirits

Giuseppe Perrone Italy

Co-organizer of Roma Whisky Festival – Owner Whisky & Co in Rome

Helmut Barro Germany

Schlimmerdurst.net blog owner, one of the biggest spirits blogs in Germany – Spirits writer with special focus on how to use good spirits to make even greater cocktails.

Ilona Faessler Switzerland

Production Manager at Goba AG

James Baxter United Kingdom

Craft Distilling Services Ltd. owner – 35 years experience in fond and drink industry – “Godfather of UK Craft Distilling” after having built 30 distilleries around the UK – Gin recipe developer with more than 80 sold commercially – Pioneer in the development of distilleries as immersive customer experiences

Jennifer Gardener United Kingdom

Sipormix – Spirits Distributor in UK

Jenny Elliott United Kingdom

Head of Brand Development at 2EM London – Advisor for start-up drinks brands – Previously worked in sales management, brand and people development for various spirits and beer brands over both the UK and global markets.

Johan Laermans Belgium

Purchase & Sales Director for spirits and fortified wines at Young Charly

John Collijs Belgium

Founder of Oeno Belgium – The largest Belgian wine & spirits selection in one retail store

Johnny Schuler Peru

Pisco Expert – President of the Cofradía Nacional de Catadores del Perú – CEO La Caravedo Distillery – Master Distiller – Key Club Restaurant owner – President Pisco Committee ADEX – Author

Julie Hamilton United Kingdom

Global Whisky Ambassador – Elixir Distillers, Director – Glasgow’s Whisky Festival

Julien Guillaume France

COO – Cave de Bissey Winemaker at Cellier du Muhlbach R&D Manager – Spirits Category – Grands Chais de France Group

Jürgen Schmücking Austria

Photographer, writer, judge & speaker in the field of spirits and gastronomy – Master of World Spirits – Master’s degree in Gastrosophy – Working for the magazines Gault&Millau, effillee, falstaff and Kalk & Kegel, a web-publication for sommeliers.

Klaus Wurm Germany

German Master distiller – Founder of Märkische Spezialitätenbrennerei KG in Hagen – Distilling expert in whisky, gin, rum vodka, fruit brandies and liqueurs, with many internationally awarded products

Knud Strand Denmark

Owner at Left Hand Spirits

Kristian Kielmayer Hungary

Wine and Spirit Consultant with key focus on communication, education, sensory and sales support – Advisor for the Hungarian Ministry of Agrictulture on geographic indications for wine and pálinka – Certified winemaker – WSET Diploma holder in wines and spirits – WSET certified Saké expert – Master Roaster

Lara Loreti Italy

Journalist at La Stampa

Laura Noguera Mexico

General director at Impulso Sostenible Agavería AC. Writer, researcher, taster and columnist of agave spirits.

Laurence Marot France

Journalist specialised in the world of the spirits, cocktails and beers.

Lee Connor United Kingdom

Spirits Consultant – Educator – Writer – Events Co-ordinator and Brand Representative

Lilian Wolfelsberger Canada

Owner and master distiller of the Distillery of Montreal

Marc Darroze France

Chairman of the “Bureau National des producteurs d’Armagnac” – Owner of the “Armagnac Darroze” house

Marc Giboulot France

Oenologist – Consultant in wine and spirits – CEO at Mgconseils W&CBSC

Marco Callegari Italy

Trade Marketing Manager at Velier SPA

Marco Cremonesi Italy

Spirits and drinks editor at Corriere della Sera – Contributor at Civiltà del bere and other publications – Judge at Diageo World Class and other bartending competitions

Marco Pau Luxembourg

Account Manager Luxembourg at Rémy Cointreau Benelux

Margarita Levieva Bulgaria

Editor in Chief Vine & Wine Association

Maria-Luisa Martín Tejera Spain

General Manager of Sumiller Formación – Wine writer – Blogger

Mauricio Maia Brazil

Cachaça specialist – Sommelier – Chef – Level 2 degree in spirits WSET – Columnist “O Cachacier” at Paladar on the newspaper “O Estado de São Paulo” – President of “Cúpula da Cachaça” – One of the most requested speakers about cachaça in the world

Maurizio Maestrelli Italy

Journalist – Beer writer – Beer judge -Milano Beer Week Director

Michal Setka Czech Republic

Chief Editor at Wine & Degustation Magazine – WSET Educator

Nicolas Bourdais France

Spirits and Sake writer & columnist – Certified Sake Sommelier – Leading rum magazine “Rumporter” columnist – Collaborator on book “Le Whisky” by Cyrille Mald – Regular judge in European competitions.

Nikolay Neykov Bulgaria

Diageo World Class and DBA trade advocacy attendant – Spirit vlogger – Founder and CEO of Example hospitality services and coaching business

Olivier Pecheux Luxembourg

Sommelier – Wine & Spirits Sales Manager at Othon Schmitt

Paul Dempsey United Kingdom

International Commercial Manager & Ambassador for an Independently owned Scotch Whisky distillery – Whisky Magazine “Icons of Whisky” nominee – Previously worked on the distribution, launch and marketing of several premium Whisky, Spirits & Wine brands.

Paul Mathew United Kingdom

Director at Bloodandsand Limited

Peter Holland United Kingdom

Sugarcane Spirits Ambassador – Event host – Chair judge for a number of spirits competition – Consultant for rums – Owner of thefloatingrumshack.com

René Van Hoven Netherlands

Director of Rene’s Rarities – Director of Trips & Taste – Author of “Journey to above the clouds” and the upcoming “the Rum Rebels”

Robin Robinson United States

Author of award winning “”The Complete Whiskey Course: A Comprehensive Tasting School in Ten Lessons” – Speaker and teacher on whiskey, spirits, sales and the alcohol industry – Advisor for small brands entering the US marketplace – Previously Compass Box Whisky Company US Brand Manager/Sales Maanger and Brand Ambassador

Salvador Blanco Spain

International sales director at Samson&Surrey

Simon Weiss Germany

Managing Director and Founder of Idea Distillers GmhH, a company dedicated to consulting in spirits for on and off-trade – Writer about different marketing aspects for spirits

Stephan De Bolle Belgium

30 years experience in the spirits industry – Spirits director at Cinoco Wines & Spirits – 2012 Whisky ambassador of the year at the Belgium international whisky festival of Gent

Svetlin Mirchev Bulgaria

Wine and Spirits Consultant EOOD

Timon Salomez Belgium

Independent Spirits Sales and Consulting

Ulric Nijs Belgium

Self-employed beverage consultant – Owner at Bar-Face

Vincent Cornu France

Founder & Director of Armagnac house L’Encantada – Administrator at Bureau Interprofessionnel de l’Armagnac BNIA

Vincent Stiévenart Belgium

Manager at Gervin Distillery – Previously worked in sales and accounting for various drinks and hotel brands

Vincenzo Scivetti Italy

ONAV Puglia Ambassador – PR & Marketing Consultant in Wine and Spirits fields – Teacher

Willem Huijsman Netherlands

Huijsman Consultancy & Trading

Zvonko Herceg North Macedonia

President of Macedonian Association of Sommeliers (MASOM)