Founder, New Zealand School of Food and Wine | New Zealand
In 2014, Celia published The New Zealand Wine Guide which was awarded the Gourmand World Book Awards Best in the World for Wine and Tourism. It is the text book of the new Certificate in New Zealand Wine NZQA approved Micro-Credential. Celia is founding chair - president of the New Zealand Sommeliers and Wine Professionals Association. Celia sits on the board of Heart of the City, Auckland City's Business Association and has involved in the development of Auckland's Food and Beverage strategy Auckland's international education strategy with Auckland Council's Study Auckland education advisory group.
Education Director, The Court Of Master Sommeliers Americas | US
Melissa has been the Education Director for the Court of Master Sommeliers since 2013. Melissa became a Master Sommelier in February of 2010. She is the 17th woman in the world to hold this title. In 2009 and 2010 both Philadelphia Magazine and Main Line Magazine named her “Best Sommelier”. Wine & Spirits Magazine recognized her as one of America’s “Best Young Sommeliers” and she was a James Beard Foundation nominee for “Outstanding Wine Service” in 2011.
Master of Wine | Hong Kong, China
Sarah Heller MW is a wine expert, visual artist and television host. As a communicator, Sarah’s focus is on engaging with more senses to enlarge our experience of wine. Her series of online educational videos has over 9 million students. Sarah is wine editor for Asia Tatler and the wine columnist for Club Oenologique; host of the television series Wine Masters; faculty of the Vinitaly International Academy.
Founder, Chezcarlita.com | Chile
As a communicator, taster and educator in wines, Carla started her blog Chezcarlita.com 8 years ago, with mission is to communicate and share knowledge and experiences in the area of wine and gastronomy with the entire Latin American community. Now she has formed a community of +12,000 people who follow her news, read her blog, attend courses and tastings. Recently she has started her school: “La Academia del Vino”.
Founder, Moming Kombucha | China
Marcia Xiao is one quarter of the team that founded The Hope Group, which consists of four bars across Guangzhou and Shenzhen, a bar consultancy agency and Xiao’s own pet-project, Marcia Fermentology. Under her ‘fermentology’ track, Xiao has created Moming Kombucha. Moming Kombucha is a brand using traditional fermentation techniques to create a new line of beverages with healthy benefits.
Senior Development Manager, Creamy Creation | Netherlands
Creamy Creation develops and produces emulsified beverages for customers around the world. We are the global leader in the B2B cream liqueur segment, while also specializing in nutritional beverages and iced coffee. Its story started in the heart of the Netherlands’ dairy country in 1979 and expanded from there. Its 0% Alcohol concepts shine at the IWSC Awards with high tasting scores in the low/no category.
President of Fine Wines & Corporate Image , Viña Concha y Toro | CHILE
Considered one of the most influential executives in the global wine industry, Isabel Guilisasti is responsible for elevating visibility and sales for Viña Concha y Toro’s fine wines around the world. Exporting to more than 130 countries and farming over 30,000 acres of vineyards in Chile, Argentina and California, Viña Concha y Toro is an acclaimed purveyor of wines including iconic selections from celebrated terroirs.
Global Senior Director, Campari White Spirits | Brazil
As the senior global director, white spirits of Campari, Marina Santos successfully led the campaign for repositioning Skyy Vodka, with a new recipe and packaging, delivering the next generation of growth on the storied brand. She managed to reframe the brand in a new, highly appealing way that deepens connection with their core consumer, thus expanding the global footprint.
COO, Mystic Island Winery | China
She joined Mystic Winery in 2009 as COO. She developed the core product concept of natural wine with minimal interference. She further developed two star products, Chardonnay fermented with wild yeast and Petit Verdot. Mystic Winery's cooperation with major trade media and experts helped to elevate its brand. The winery has won 27 awards from both home and abroad from 2019 to 2022, and is well recognized within the wine industry.
President, D.O. Rueda | Spain
Carmen is the president of the D.O. Rueda, as well as the managing director of Bodegas Hijos de Alberto Gutierrez. D.O. Rueda produces and protects one of the most recognized Spanish white wines in the world. During the Covid pandemic, she has led a great marketing campaign for Rueda wines, engaging young and female consumers and positioning the Rueda wines as a reference in the white wine sector. She has headed the D.O. Rueda Hijos de Alberto Gutiérrez, S.A. winery since June 2012, carrying out the work of manager.