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Clay Gregory

Clay Gregory is currently the President and CEO of Visit Napa Valley, whose mission is to promote, protect and enhance Napa Valley’s position as North America’s legendary wine, food, arts and well…

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Felicity Carter

Based in Europe, Felicity Carter is editor-in-chief of Meininger’s Wine Business International, the world’s only global, English language wine business magazine. As well as extensive wine judging …

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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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Peter McAtamney

Peter holds a unique position within the wine industry. He is founding Principal of Wine Business Solutions (WBS), one of the only businesses globally whose sole focus is providing strategic consulta…

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Caro de Waal

Caro started her studies in Fine Arts, moved on to Graphic Art, continued into Computer Graphics and Multi-Media and then into 3D Animation. She worked in front end graphics and web design for the fir…

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J P Rossouw

Jean-Pierre Rossouw is Publisher of Rossouw’s Restaurants and Platter’s SA Wine Guide by Diners Club – South Africa’s leading wine publication. He has been a food and wine writer for two decad…

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Jonathan Steyn

Jonathan Steyn is convenor of the wine business management programme at the University of Cape Town Graduate School of Business and the South African module for the OIV MSc in Wine Management (Montpel…

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Mariette du Toit-Helmbold

Mariette du Toit-Helmbold is an international destination marketing and tourism thought leader, a writer and public speaker on tourism, destination marketing, brand innovation and digital marketing. S…

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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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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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Matome Mbatha

After 9 years of travelling the world as a flight steward at South Africa Airways, Matome studied International Trade Relations Management and worked as an export consultant at Absa International Trad…

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Kim Van Niekerk

Kim Van Niekerk heads up an environmental company based in the farming village of Bedford. She is the founding convenor of the Bedford Garden festival which effectively placed the small country town o…

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Lisa Antrobus – Ker

Proudly born and bred in Cradock in the Karoo, Lisa works as the Marketing and Human Resources Manager in the family business, Die Tuishuise & Victoria Manor in Cradock.  She is a Founder Member …

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Cany Bugler

Cany launched her first company in 1986, followed 4 years later by her first tourism company, Which Way Adventures, specialising in overland expeditions through Africa. As a pioneer in the overland ex…

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Dax Villanueva

After nearly 2 decades in the IT industry, Dax’s move into the field of Digital Marketing was more a segueway than a pivot. While working as an IT manager in a South African company with a national …

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Marilyn Martin

BA (Hons) UNISA; MArch, Wits University. In May 2001, after eleven years as director of the South African National Gallery, Martin was appointed director of Art Collections for Iziko Museums. Prior to…

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Higgo Jacobs

Higgo graduated with a law degree from the University of Stellenbosch and was involved in the wine business from his student years. He spent two years working in the UK wine trade, where he studied wi…

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Ntshantsha Tafeni

Ntshantsha Tafeni’s passion for herbs and natural healing led to her founding Yivani Naturals in 2011 to produce beauty therapy products and cosmetics  made with natural South African indigenous oi…

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Rob Arnold

Rob is the founder and operations director of RCA Consulting, a leading customer experience advisory in the hospitality and retail sectors of Southern Africa. The WHY behind RCA’s on-going journey i…

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Paula Hulley

As managing director at Gloo@Ogilvy CT, Paula Hulley oversees the growth and day to day operations of the Cape Town business, aligning with both the Gloo@Ogilvy Johannesburg presence and the Ogilvy Ca…

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Annebelle Schreuders

Annebelle heads up international marketing strategy and execution for Spier Wines and Spier Resort Management. (2009-2016). She has guided the marketing and business team through its trajectory as an …

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Alex Robertson

Formerly a senior partner of a leading Architectural, Urban Design and Town Planning practice in Cape Town, Alex has since 2001, been providing consulting services to public and private sector clients…

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Roslyn Lavery

Roslyn is the Business Development Manager at PayFast, a leading online payment gateway in South Africa. With a background in Finance and Software Development, she uses her combined skills  to naviga…

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David Frost

David Frost is a trained economist who began his working life in the trade union movement in the late 1980s.  He joined the Premier Group in 1994, serving on the boards of Sodexho and Premier Foods a…

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Muhammed Khan

With the ending of apartheid,  Muhammed Khan returned to South Africa after a long absence, and qualified as a tour guide in 1995. After 7 years guiding, he started his own business, Tribal Meetings,…

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Su Birch

Su holds degrees in English and Sociology from Stellenbosch and Wits Universities and an MBA from UCT. She was CEO of Wines of South Africa (WOSA) from its beginnings in 2000 until 2013. Su has receiv…

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Enver Malley

Enver Mally, a UCT graduate and former teacher, entered the tourism market as a tour guide in 1977. In 1998 he established Grassroute Tours, which grew into a leading cultural tour company. In 1999 he…

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Zelda Coetzee-Burger

Zelda has extensive experience in the production of international conferences and events, within South Africa and abroad. Upon her return from a four month event production assignment in China, she wa…

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Odette Faling

Odette is currently Head of Global Partnerships at Travelstart, Africa’s largest online travel website offering flights, hotel bookings, car rental, vacation packages and other travel services. Odet…

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Deborah Johnson

Dr. Deborah Johnson is an experienced tourism and hospitality educator who has played a role in the development of tourism and hospitality education and training in South Africa and internationally. S…

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Mmatšatši Ramawela

Mmatšatši Ramawela’s career South Africa’s travel and tourism industry spans over 20 years. It was her curiosity as a Bachelor of Social Science and Humanities student at the University of Cape …

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