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Arango Ordóñez José Rafael Colombia

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

Bamford Didier Belgium

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

Barro Helmut 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.

Bastos Ribeiro Vicente Brazil

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

Baxter James 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

Becheau Emmanuel France

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

Bernad Jesús Spain

Director at Planeta Hedonista

Bernet Alexandra France

Business and Sourcing Manager at L’Explorateur du Goût since 2017 – Bordeaux Rhum Festival Co-founder – Worked in the Spirits Industry for 17 years, from the field to the distribution – Retail, On-trade, FMG, FMCG, Travel Retail

Bertrand Damien France

20 years experience in Spirits Sales & Marketing – International Business specialist – Coganc lover & Rhum Collector

Blanco Salvador Spain

International sales director at Samson&Surrey

Borboa Suárez Carlos Armando 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

Boucher Alexis France

Sales manager at Montebello

Boudaric Emmanuel France

International Sales Manager at Tonnellerie Quintessence – ISC

Bouillon Etienne Belgium

Master Distiller & Founder of The Owl Distillery and whisky « The Belgian Owl »

Bourdais Nicolas 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.

Braud Jean-Luc France

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

Burrell Ian United Kingdom

Global ambassador of Rum

Burtschy Bernard 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

Chapt Olivier France

CEO of Laboratoire Gensac Oenologie

Chen Chienhao Chinese Taipei (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

Concas Angelo Italy

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

Connor Lee United Kingdom

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

Constain Alberto 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

Cornu Vincent France

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

Darroze Marc France

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

De Almeida Andre 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

De Bolle Stephan 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

De Roany Guillaume France
Dempsey Paul 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

Dugo Carlo 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

Dutto Carlo Italy

Freelance Journalist and Press Office

Fässler Ilona Switzerland

Head of production & operation – Swiss Spirits Sommerlier

Ferroni Guillaume France
Flores Rodrigo 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

Fornari Isadora 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“

Fossey Jean-Luc France

Cellar Master and site manager @ Spirits France Diffusion

Freitas Eduardo Portugal

Chairman of Câmara de Provadores do Instituto do Vinho, do Bordado e do Artesanato da Madeira, IP-RAM

Galais Benjamin France

Oenologist – Spirit drink consultant : process & R&D – Creator of products for the spirits industry

Galli Joris France

Co-founder @ Papa Rouyo Distillery

Gardener Jennifer United Kingdom

Founder of Sip Or Mix in 2011 a Spirits Importer, Distributor and Brand Manager – Spirits Specialist currently on Absinthe, Gin, Rum and Liqueurs – Previously worked for a number of brands of Tequila, Pisco, Cachaca etc.

Geraci Alessandro Italy

Global Brand Manager & Head of Advocacy at ITALSPIRITS

Gerz-Stamenkovic Solveig Germany

Managing Director and Founder of FFL -Rum Brands- since 2011 – Rum speaker at several events – Previously International Travel Retail Business in Europe, South Africa, Mauritius and Military Bases for perfume industry – Currently developing her own brand for On and Off trade

Graziano Marco Italy

Founder @ Leviedelrum.it

Grenci Danilo France

Brand Developer @ Rhums Damoiseau

Gruau Antoine France

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

Hamilton Julie United Kingdom

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

Hamm Claudia 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

Hayot Grégoire France

Founder & CEO @ Rhum Karukera

Herceg Zvonko North Macedonia

President of Macedonian Association of Sommeliers (MASOM)

Hindryckx Dimitri Belgium

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

Holland Peter United Kingdom

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

Huijsman Willem Netherlands

Huijsman Consultancy & Trading

Kallivoka Denny 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.

Kielmayer Kristian 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

Koralov Emil Bulgaria

DiVino CEO

Kyriakopoulou Chrysoula Konstantina Greece

Editor-in-Chief at Athinorama Wine and Spirits Magazine

Laermans Johan Belgium

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

Lanfear Hannah United Kingdom

The Mixing Class founder – Bar opening consultant – Previously Global brand ambassador, sales and marketing manager @ Jensen’s Gin – Imbibe’s Educator of the Year 2019 – WSET Spirits Educator

Lee Woongho South Korea
Levieva Margarita Bulgaria

Editor in Chief Vine & Wine Association

Leyens Frank Luxembourg

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

Ling Thomas Malaysia

CEO at Entwine Consultancy Asia – Malaysia first Certified Sommelier – Master of Sake from Sake Service Institute of Japan – Consultant – Educator

Longueteau François France

Cellar Master @ Distillerie Longueteau

Luhangu Jacky France

General Manager @ Dufry – Spirit & Tobacco (Travel retail) – 10 years experience in the spirits industry in the field of distribution, retail, travel retail, Hotel & leisure in Switzerland, France, Caribbean, French Guiana

Maestrelli Maurizio Italy

Journalist – Editor in Chief of « Il Barman » – Beer writer – Beer judge

Maia Mauricio 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

Maire Floriane France

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

Mald Cyrille 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.

Maridaki Antonia Bulgaria

Commercial Manager at Diageo for Europe Partner Markets

Marot Laurence France

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

Martín Tejera Maria-Luisa Spain

Wine writer – Hospitality trainer – Blogger

Mathew Paul United Kingdom

Founder of Everleaf Drinks – Bar-owner and drinks consultant – Previously China and SE Asia-based drinks writer and educator

Mavolo Alessandro Italy

CEO @ Mavolo Beverages, distribution and import of premium, ultra-premium and prestigious spirits, beers and soft drinks from all over the world

Mc-Neil Kathleen Canada

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

Medicamento Nicolas United Kingdom

Owner and Founder of « Doctor Cocktail ltd » based in London – Bar consultant – Hospitality speaker, and mentor – Advanced Rum Taster.

Mirchev Svetlin Bulgaria

Wine and Spirits Consultant EOOD

Neykov Nikolay Bulgaria

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

Nicholson Richard New Zealand

Consulting & Trading – Founder of New Zealand Rum Society

Nijs Ulric Belgium

Self-employed beverage consultant – Owner at Bar-Face

Nikoloulia Eleni 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

Noguera Laura Mexico

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

Omta Ilonka Netherlands

Spirits Course Provider for professionals and amateurs in the Caribbean and the Benelux – Brand Activator and Brand Ambassador Spirits for the Caribbean and the Benelux – Anthropologist, OIV MSc. in Wine Mgt, WSET 3 in Spirits and WSET 3 in Wines

Oxenham Dean-David Mauritius

10 years experience Wine & Spirits Professional – Business development (Distillery, Brewery) – Product development (Rum) – Sales & Export management – Former president of Rum Producers Association Mauritius – MSc Wine Business, BSB Dijon – WSET Diploma

Pagnotta Clémence France

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

Pau Marco Luxembourg

Luxembourg Market Manager at Rémy Cointreau Benelux – Co-Founder of The Spirit Tasting Club

Pavelescu Diana Laura 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.

Pecheux Olivier Luxembourg

Sommelier – Wine & Spirits Sales Manager at Othon Schmitt

Pereira Américo Portugal

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

Perez Dimitri France

General Manager @ Independent Intercontinental trading Company CWS&BF (Bulk-bottled wines & spirits, distillation – Chalvignac – & ageing materials – Seguin Moreau -) since 2005 – General Manager of French importing/distributing company of authentic selected high end spirits – APOTHEKA – www.apotheka-spirit.com since 2018

Pilzer Bruno Italy

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

Radet Fabien Belgium

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

Revel Guenael Canada

Journalist and author at Lux Magazine – Guide Revel des Champagnes et des autres bulles – MonsieurBulles.com

Robinson Robin 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

Roskrow Dominic 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

Ruiz Yolanda Mexico
Salomez Timon Belgium

Independent Spirits Sales and Consulting

Samanishvili Giorgi Georgia

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

Sanchez Karina Mexico

Diageo Global Brand Ambassador for Tequila Don Julio – Chemical engineer with 16 years experience in the Tequila Industry – Digital content creator about Tequila

Schäfer Bernhard Germany

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

Schmücking Jürgen 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.

Schuler Johnny 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

Setka Michal Czech Republic

Chief Editor at Wine & Degustation Magazine – WSET Educator

Sobczak François-Xavier France

Cellar master @ Rhum Bologne

Stiévenart Vincent Belgium

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

Termosiris Delphine France

Marketing Manager @ Reimonenq Distillery & the « Musée du Rhum » in Sainte Rose, Guadeloupe – Co-founder of Titonoart (Piece of Art from Barrel) – Mixology, Spirit and Art lover

Terzago Luigi Italy
Terziotti Davide Italy

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

Thomsen Ingvar Denmark

Reporter for the Danish “Whisky & Rum Magazine” since 2011 – Rum & Whisky enthusiast – Rum tasting seminars host, with more than 250 events organized since 2004

Tierno Conde Cristina Spain

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

Tiwari Rojita India

Founder & Director @ Drinks & Destinations LLP, India – Award-winning drinks writer – Educator – Consultant – Global Wines, Spirits & Cigars Committee by Della Leaders Club

Turcotte Hélène Canada

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

Valenzuela Zapata Ana Mexico

Entrepreneur in Educational Programs and communications Spirits and Life Sciences.

Van Hijfte David Belgium
Van Hoven René 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

Vergier Christian France

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

Wasantha Sanath Sri Lanka

Head of SIMDI Beverages – 20 years experience in Alco-Bev industry based out of Maldives working with the world’s top hotel chains such as Hilton, Four Seasons, Marriotts, IGH

Weiss Simon 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

Wolfelsberger Lilian Canada

Owner and master distiller of the Distillery of Montreal

Wurm Klaus 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

Yoo Seongwoon 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