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Cathy Huyghe – Headline Speaker

Cathy Huyghe is the co-founder and CEO of Enolytics LLC, which provides big data services to the wine industry. She is a journalist by training and writes for Forbes online about the business and poli…

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Khuthala Gala-Holten

Khuthala Gala-Holten has two decades of experience in the Advertising industry and is a respected Managing Director at Joe Public, one of the leading agencies in the country. She holds an impressive c…

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Peter Greenwall

Peter Greenwall is an author, entrepreneur and innovation thought-leader whose unique stand-up comedy approach to innovation might seem light-hearted – until you realise how powerful his insights an…

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Wandile Mabaso

Wandile Mabaso is the new, young and fresh Soweto born chef who is set to disrupt the culinary scene in Johannesburg. He obtained his culinary education in South Africa, trained in classical French cu…

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Dr Serge Raemaekers

Dr Serge Raemaekers is a specialist in fisheries management systems, works on several fisheries research, training and consultancy projects through his academic position in the Department of Environme…

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Giles Edward

Giles Edward, chef at the award winning, top 20 restaurant, La Tête in Cape Town. La Tete restaurant in the space of two years has become known for its fabulous food and commitment to sustainability.…

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Dr. Donovan Kirkwood

Dr Donovan Kirkwood has worked as an ecologist and biodiversity conservation specialist for more than 15 years. He’s been gardening and fascinated by unusual food plants, growing heirloom vegetables…

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Spicer de Villiers

Spicer de Villiers | @iamspicer Spicer de Villiers started out as a copywriter in big advertising agencies before going brand-side as a Communications Manager at Hurley. It was during this time that t…

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Chris Joubert

Chris Joubert | @thatcapetownkid Chris Joubert is a visual storyteller, and has been since anyone can remember – words and numbers just get in the way where sights and sounds can bring it to lif…

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Tim Harris

Tim Harris assumed the role of Chief Executive Officer of Wesgro in March 2015 Prior to joining Wesgro, he was the Director of Trade and Investment in the Office of the Executive Mayor at the City of …

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Marisah Nieuwoudt

Marisah Nieuwoudt is the Wine Tourism Manager at Vinpro, a non-profit company which represents 2 500 South African wine producers, cellars and industry stakeholders. Her focus is on providing momentum…

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Katlego Ditlhokwe

With over half a decade of experience in brand leadership, Katlego’s ability to solve business problems through effective media strategies and brand communications has seen him rise to become one of…

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Kobus van der Merwe

Having worked as the Web Editor for Eat Out, Kobus van der Merwe followed his passion for the West Coast and for food, moving to Paternoster in 2009 to run a small family restaurant called Oep ve Koep…

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Xania van der Merwe

Xania van der Merwe, a Lowveld girl, who after studying in Potchefstroom, started her career in Johannesburg before she embraced her love for the Cape Winelands. Xania has been working in the wine ind…

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David Sadie

David was born and bred in Malmesbury and studied Viticulture and Oenology at the University of Stellenbosch. Work experience was gained at Waterford, Rustenberg, Saronsberg, Lemberg as well as intern…

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Carla Malherbe

Carla Malherbe came to Stellenbosch to study and never left. Armed with a Bachelor of Consumer Science majoring in Food & Nutrition, she entered the wine industry and has worked in a variety of po…

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Damien Joubert-Winn

University indoctrinated Damien in to the sodality of jazz, electropop and wine, where, upon an invitation to a Corney and Barrow tasting, this love affair moved in to a concerted and focussed drive t…

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Pearl Oliver

Pearl Oliver is the Sommelier at leading Cape Town hotel, One and Only. Pearl has over 16 years’ experience in the hospitality industry and has worked at top hotels including the Taj and Belmond Mou…

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Jimmy Eichelgruen

Jimmy Eichelgruen has built his career in the airline business, starting off as a management trainee with South African Airways. In 1973 he joined Pan American Airways and held various positions in a…

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Margi Biggs

Margi was raised on a Karoo merino sheep farm. She lectured at the Cape Town Technikon in Tourism for 7 years and acted as Secretary General of Junior Chamber International SA. She started Specialized…

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Andre Morgenthal

Andre Morgenthal studied philosophy, languages and drama at the University of Stellenbosch in the early 90’s.Toward the end of his studies, Andre started a wine tourism business, offering specialise…

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