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Don Shindle

With more than 35 years of experience in the hospitality industry, ranging from rooms division and food and beverage to sales, marketing and finance, Don Shindle brings a wealth of knowledge, strong l…

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Andrea Robinson

Andrea Robinson, one of the United States leading wine educators, is one of only 26 women in the world to hold the title of Master Sommelier. The first woman designated as Best Sommelier in the United…

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Dr. Robin Back

Dr. Robin Back is currently an Assistant Professor at the Rosen College of Hospitality Management at the University of Central Florida, USA. Robin has had a successful career in management ranging acr…

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Rico Basson

Rico is the Executive Director for VinPro since 2012. Prior to this he was involved in the commercial banking industry, with specific focus on the agricultural industry (including wine). He currently …

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Jerry Mabena

Jerry Mabena is the CEO of Thebe Services. His extensive and highly successful business background, is a testament to not only his strategic thinking, but also his passion for developing talented indi…

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Dr. Jaisheila Rajput

Jaisheila Rajput is Founder and CEO of Tomorrow Matters Now | TOMA-Now an independent consultancy focused on developing the Green Economy, with special emphasis on value chain management and growth. H…

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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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Amanda Kotze-Nhlapo

Mrs Amanda Kotze-Nlapo is the Chief Convention Bureau Officer of the South African National Convention Bureau (SANCB) and was appointed in November 2011. Mrs Kotze-Nhlapo joined South African Tourism …

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Wendy Masters

Wendy Masters is a well-known reputation manager, strategic consultant and crisis-communications specialist. She is the owner of The Phoenix Partnership, a content agency established in 2002 and winne…

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Linda d’Holt-Hackner

Linda works with companies big and small to fine-tune customer journeys through a brilliant process that supports the team to review and co-create exceptional brand experiences. The Touch Company uses…

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Tahirih Michot

Tahirih Michot is a process designer that focuses on facilitation and creating customised learning solutions for teams. She is the founder of The Idea Processor with a Masters degree in Education. Tah…

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Kelly Jackson

Kelly Jackson is the General Manager of Contiki in South Africa, and recently celebrated nine years with the brand. Kelly has almost 20 years of experience within the travel & tourism industry –…

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Kevin Arnold

Kevin Arnold is currently the Cellar Master and managing partner of Waterford Wine Estate. Kevin’s passion for wine began as a student at Elsenburg Agricultural College in Stellenbosch, where he set…

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Admire Wakwa

I was born and bred in Zimbabwe, and relocated to South Africa in 2009. I Started my Wine journey in Swartland at Bar Bar Black Sheep Restaurant in Riebeek Kasteel where I worked as a waiter. I fell i…

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Glen Christie

Glen’s diverse background includes a wide range of executive experience in international public relations, tour planning, control and management of hotels, restaurants and catering services. This ex…

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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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Joe Stead

Joe (Juanita) Stead completed a BA (FA) Information Design Honours degree in 1993. She joined Spur Corporation’s Marketing Department as a graphic designer in 1995. She was appointed as studio manag…

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Luke Grant

Luke graduated from Stellenbosch with a B.Comm in 2006 and in 2009 opened his first restaurant, The Nook Eatery which he then sold three years later. He then spent a year at Spier as Operations Manage…

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Jessica Mae Shepherd

June 2013 – current The Table Restaurant at De Meye, Stellenbosch Owner and Head Chef. – Focus on sustainable practices, supporting local producers and small farmers, growing own produce at re…

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