Brussels Bar Connector Owner – Academy for Bartender and Barista – WSET Master in Spirit – Pisco College Creator
Alan SmartUnited 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
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 ZapataMexico
Entrepreneur in Educational Programs and communications Spirits and Life Sciences.
Andre De AlmeidaUnited 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
Commercial Manager at Diageo for Europe Partner Markets
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
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.
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
Grappa Consultant – Head of Distillery Bruno Pilzer – Fondazione E.Mach Instituto Agrario San Michele all’ Adige TN
Founder and CEO of Enosis Ltd Co. – Italian ambassador at Concours Mondial de Bruxelles – Italian ambassador at Spirits Selection by Concours Mondial de Bruxelles
Freelance Journalist and Press Office
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
French Flying Rum Maker – Spirits Consultant for many rum, whisky and gin brands – Independent Master blender – Oenologist and wine maker in Burgundy.
Chrysoula Konstantina KyriakopoulouGreece
Editor-in-Chief at Athinorama Wine and Spirits Magazine
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
Creator of new products for the spirits industry, blending white or aged spirits – Based in Burgundy
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.
Liquid Department Manager at Cactus Belle Etoile
Writer and Blogger – Co-Founder Distillerie.it – Craftdistilling.it – Whiskyclub – Rum club and Spirit Club Italia
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 SandhausUnited 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 PavelescuRomania
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.
Wine, Whisky and rum importer at DVins.be – Freelance
Founder of db Consulting – Previously General Manager of reknown Calvados company – Previsouly President of IDAC
Spirits Distributor – Founder of Angel’s Share Tasting – Account manager by Premium Spirits
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
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
Director at Rhum Expert & Manager Héritiers Crassous de Médeuil – Rhum JM Martinique
International Sales Manager at Tonnellerie Quintessence – ISC
Master Distiller & Founder of The Owl Distillery and whisky “The Belgian Owl”
Legal expert at AssoDistil
Director at Cave Saint Jacques SPRL – Retailer in wines and spirits
R&D manager for spirits and drinks at “Les Grands Chais de France”
Journalist at Live Communication Group Srl
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
Oenologist – Wine and Spirits Consultant – Expert on PDIs and PGOs of Wines and Spirits
Co-organizer of Roma Whisky Festival – Owner Whisky & Co in Rome
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.
Production Manager at Goba AG
James BaxterUnited 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 GardenerUnited Kingdom
Sipormix – Spirits Distributor in UK
Jenny ElliottUnited 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.
Purchase & Sales Director for spirits and fortified wines at Young Charly
Founder of Oeno Belgium – The largest Belgian wine & spirits selection in one retail store
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 HamiltonUnited Kingdom
Global Whisky Ambassador – Elixir Distillers, Director – Glasgow’s Whisky Festival
COO – Cave de Bissey Winemaker at Cellier du Muhlbach R&D Manager – Spirits Category – Grands Chais de France Group
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.
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
Owner at Left Hand Spirits
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
Journalist at La Stampa
General director at Impulso Sostenible Agavería AC. Writer, researcher, taster and columnist of agave spirits.
Journalist specialised in the world of the spirits, cocktails and beers.
Owner and master distiller of the Distillery of Montreal
Chairman of the “Bureau National des producteurs d’Armagnac” – Owner of the “Armagnac Darroze” house
Oenologist – Consultant in wine and spirits – CEO at Mgconseils W&CBSC
Trade Marketing Manager at Velier SPA
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
Account Manager Luxembourg at Rémy Cointreau Benelux
Editor in Chief Vine & Wine Association
Maria-Luisa Martín TejeraSpain
General Manager of Sumiller Formación – Wine writer – Blogger
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
Chief Editor at Wine & Degustation Magazine – WSET Educator
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.
Diageo World Class and DBA trade advocacy attendant – Spirit vlogger – Founder and CEO of Example hospitality services and coaching business
Sommelier – Wine & Spirits Sales Manager at Othon Schmitt
Paul DempseyUnited 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 MathewUnited Kingdom
Director at Bloodandsand Limited
Peter HollandUnited Kingdom
Sugarcane Spirits Ambassador – Event host – Chair judge for a number of spirits competition – Consultant for rums – Owner of thefloatingrumshack.com
René Van HovenNetherlands
Director of Rene’s Rarities – Director of Trips & Taste – Author of “Journey to above the clouds” and the upcoming “the Rum Rebels”
Robin RobinsonUnited 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
International sales director at Samson&Surrey
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 BolleBelgium
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
Wine and Spirits Consultant EOOD
Independent Spirits Sales and Consulting
Self-employed beverage consultant – Owner at Bar-Face
Founder & Director of Armagnac house L’Encantada – Administrator at Bureau Interprofessionnel de l’Armagnac BNIA
Manager at Gervin Distillery – Previously worked in sales and accounting for various drinks and hotel brands
ONAV Puglia Ambassador – PR & Marketing Consultant in Wine and Spirits fields – Teacher
Huijsman Consultancy & Trading
Zvonko HercegNorth Macedonia
President of Macedonian Association of Sommeliers (MASOM)