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Alberto Constain Colombia

Managing Director at Coloma SAS – Has particpated in the development of many spirits brands in Colombiam such as Aguardiente Jubilom Ron Coloma and Parce Rum

Alessandro Geraci Italy
Alessandro Mavolo Italy
Alexandra Bernet France

Business and Sourcing 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

Alexis Boucher France

Sales manager at Montebello

Américo Pereira Portugal

Sommelier – Wine, Spirits & Cigar Educator – Hotel School and Food pairing Educator – Distributor of Wine & Spirits in Madeira

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

Angelo Concas Italy

Sommelier Journalist – Owner and Managing Director at Epulae Accademia Enogastronomica Internazionale – Editor in Chief at Epulae News Food & Wine Magazine

Antoine Gruau France

Oenologist – Sales manager for French market @ Laboratoires Dujardin-Salleron

Antonia Maridaki Bulgaria

Commercial Manager at Diageo for Europe Partner Markets

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

Bernhard Schäfer Germany

Spirits book author & journalist – Master of the Quaich – Cognac Educator – Rectifier of the Gin Guild – ENSE Founder

Bruno Pilzer Italy

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

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

Carlos Armando Borboa Suárez Mexico

Sommelier y periodista gastronómico. Spanish Wine Specialist, por el ICEX Spain Trade and Investment – Director del México Selection by Concours Mondial de Bruxelles – Consultor para México en la 8ª Edición de The World Atlas of Wine – Contributor en la 5ª Edición de The Oxford Companion to Wine

Chienhao Chen China, Taiwan

Oenologist – Winemaker – Journalist at Gourmet World, Joker Wine Lover, Decanter (Chinese version/Taiwan) – Wine and Spirits Educator – Professor at National Kaohsiung University of Hospitality and Tourism – Professor at HK University of Hospitaliy and Tourism

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.

Christophe Viguié France

Europe Business Manager @ Oak Solution Group

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

Cristina Tierno Conde Spain

Journalist – Director of the Spirits Committee of the Association of Wine and Spirits Journalists of Spain – CEO at Efecto Directo Communication Agency

Cyrille Mald France

Columnist for la Revue du Vin de France & Le Figaro – Author of “Whisky (EPA 2021)” & “Iconic Whisky, world top five most distributed book on spirits – Ambassador of the Scotch Malt Whisky Society.

Damien Bertrand France
David Van Hijfte Belgium
Davide Terziotti Italy

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

Dean-David Oxenham Mauritius
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.

Diana Laura Pavelescu Romania

Member of ADAR (Authorised taster association of Romania) – Wine and spirtis journalist – Diploma WSET 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

Dimitri Hindryckx Belgium

Spirits Distributor – Founder of Angel’s Share Tasting – Account manager at Premium Spirits ( Founder of The Spirits Tasting Club

Dimitri Perez France
Dominic Roskrow New Zealand

International drinks writer & consultant – Editor of online magazine Stills Crazy – Former editor of Whisky Magazine and features editor of Whisky Advocate – Freelance writer with wide range of publications including National Geographic and The Times – Keeper of the Quaich for services to Scotch whisky – Kentucky Colonel for his contribution to the bourbon industry

Eduardo Freitas Portugal
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

Emil Koralov Bulgaria

DiVino CEO

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”

Fabien Radet Belgium

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

Floriane Maire France

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

François Longueteau France

Cellar Master @ Distillerie Longueteau

François-Xavier Sobczak France

Cellar master @ Rhum Bologne

Frank Leyens Luxembourg

Spirits purchaser with focus on whisky and rum at Massen Shopping Center

Giorgi Samanishvili Georgia

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

Grégoire Hayot France

Founder & CEO @ Rhum Karukera

Guenael Revel Canada

Journalist and author at Vins & Vignobles / Guide Revel des Champagnes et des autres bulles / MonsieurBulles.com

Guillaume De Roany France
Guillaume Ferroni France
Hannah Lanfear United Kingdom

The :ixing Class founder – Bar opening consultant – Previously Global brand ambassadorm sales and marketing manager @ Jensen!’s Gin – Imbibe’s Educator of the Year 2019

Hélène Turcotte Canada

Sommelier teacher @ Institut de tourisme et d’hôtellerie du Québec – Organoleptic tasting teacher for food, wine, beer & spirits pairing – Bartending teacher including spirits porduction

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.

Ian Burrell United Kingdom

Global ambassador of Rum

Ilona Fässler Switzerland

Head of production & operation – Swiss Spirits Sommerlier

Ilonka Omta Guadeloupe
Ingvar Thomsen Denmark
Isadora Fornari Brazil

Beverage services consultant specialised in spirits and brawilian crqft products – Bar Consultant – Brawilian zood researcher – Script consultant @ GloboSat for the very first cachaça tv series – Columnist for “Prazeres da Mesa“

Jacky Luhangu France

Retail Manager @ Dufry

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

Jean-Luc Braud France

Engineer for Innovation – Technical assistance of wines and spirits group Remy Cointreau – Spirit Drink Consultant

Jean-Luc Fossey France

Cellar Master @ Calvados Père Magloire

Jennifer Gardener United Kingdom

Sipormix – Spirits Distributor in UK

Jesús Bernad Spain

Director at Planeta Hedonista

Johan Laermans Belgium

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

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

Joris Galli France

Co6founder @ Papa Rouyo Distillery

José Rafael Arango Ordóñez Colombia

Certified Sommelier by The Court of Master Sommeliers. WSET III Diploma. Cavaleiro cofrade honorario do Vinho do Oporto. Columnist for El Colombiano Newspaper.

Julie Hamilton United Kingdom

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

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.

Karina Sanchez Mexico

Diageo Global Brand Ambassador for Tequila Don Julio

Kathleen Mc-Neil Canada

Sommalier Teacher @ Institut de tourisme et d’hôtellerie du Québec – Co-quthor of Manuel de Sommellerie Professionnelle

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

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

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

Luca Picchi Italy
Luigi Terzago Italy
Marc Darroze France

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

Marco Graziano Italy
Marco Pau Luxembourg

Luxembourg Market Manager at Rémy Cointreau Benelux

Margarita Levieva Bulgaria

Editor in Chief Vine & Wine Association

Maria-Luisa Martín Tejera Spain

Wine writer – Hospitality trainer – 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 – Editor in Chief of “Il Barman” – Beer writer – Beer judge

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 “Whisky” by Cyrille Mald – Regular judge in European competitions.

Nicolas Medicamento Italy
Nikolay Neykov Bulgaria

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

Olivier Chapt France

CEO of Laboratoire Gensac Oenologie

Olivier Pecheux Luxembourg

Sommelier – Wine & Spirits Sales Manager at Othon Schmitt

Paul Dempsey United Kingdom

Sales & Marketing Director for Brave New Spirits, Glasgow-based independant Whisky Bottler & Blending company – Two times Whisky Magazine “Icons of Whisky” nominee – Former UK distributor for several premium Whisky and Spirits producers

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

Author of “Journey to above the clouds” and “Rum Rebels” – Content writer for several magazines and ezines – Taste Director of Rene’s Rarities – Director of Trips & Taste

Richard Nicholson New Zealand

Consulting & Trading – Founder of New Zealand Rum Society

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

Rodrigo Flores Chile

Official Pisco Ambassador Chile – Pisco Interactive Museum Co-founder and Secretary – Pisco Expert and Consultant to Coquimbo Regional Chamber of Tourism – Wine and Pisco Former at OenoMixologia

Rojita Tiwari India

Founder and Director at Drinks & Destinations LLP

Salvador Blanco Spain

International sales director at Samson&Surrey

Sébastien Foulard France

Founder & publishing director @ Alambic Magazine

Seongwoon Yoo South Korea

Whisky Writer & Journalist – Author of Singlemalt whisky bible Committee – General Manager of Korea Brewing & Distillation Academy – Member of Whisky Live in Seoul – Judge at Korean Wine & Spirits Awards

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

Vicente Bastos Ribeiro Brazil

Expert Cachaça – Owner of Fazenda Soledade; Vice President of IBRAC (Brazilian Institute for cachaças)

Willem Huijsman Netherlands

Huijsman Consultancy & Trading

Woongho Lee South Korea
Yolanda Ruiz Mexico
Zvonko Herceg North Macedonia

President of Macedonian Association of Sommeliers (MASOM)