Caroline Gilby| MW- United Kingdom

"Role of a native grapes in building a marketing narrative"

Dr Caroline Gilby MW is an author, writer and consultant specialising in Central and Eastern Europe and her first book The Wines of Bulgaria, Romania and Moldova was published in July 2018


Elizabeth Gabay| MW- France

"Climate change in Szeksárd, southern Hungary"

I have been working in wine for over thirty years, achieving the Master of Wine qualification in 1998. I have worked with an in-depth focus on the wines of southern France, Central Europe and with a strong focus on rosé wine


Polly Hammond| Founder of 5forests- New Zealand

"More Human Than Human: How the Eastern European Wine Industry can leverage digital to overcome challenges, build relationships, grow brands…and sell more wine."

Polly Hammond is a self-described black sheep marketer who spends her days desperately trying to drag traditional wine

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Tomislav Ivanovic| Vinopedia- Serbia

"The emergence of  Balkans' native grapes as reference examples within the vast category of grape varietals."

Tomislav Ivanovic is a wine writer, wine critic and contributor to selected printed and online wine magazines.


Scott Carney|Dean of Wine Studies, Institute of Culinary Education(ICE), New York- United States

"Making the market move!"

Scott Carney whet his appetite for wine by taking a sommelier position at the Bay
Tower Room in Boston’s financial district.


Rose Murray Brown| MW-United Kingdom

"Engaging with the wine consumer on a limited budget"

Rose Murray Brown Master of Wine is Scotland’s leading award-winning drinks journalist, working as The Scotsman’s weekly drinks columnist and expert for the past 34 years.

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Petar Raychev| SCEB Vice President & General Manager CPG- Bulgaria

"Wine Production In a Circular Economy: Minimum-Waste Technologies"

Petar Raychev is a Business Consultant and a Managing Partner in CPG Consult Bulgaria.

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Alessio Planeta| Sicilia DOC Winemaker & Board Member, Consorzio Sicilia DOC

"Sicily Sustainable by Nature"

After completing his Masters in agriculture Alessio spent the best years of his youth studying the history of Sicily and its viticulture


Robert Joseph| Editorial Consultant and Columnist of Meininger’s Wine Business International, Co-owner of Greener Planet and Grand Noir Wines- Germany

"Land or Brand? Local Grapes or International? 

Does the future for Eastern Europe like in appellations and traditional indigenous grape varieties? Or in brands and international ones?

The answer is not as clear cut as some people would like to imagine."


Robert Joseph is one of the most broadly experienced members of the wine industry.

Nicolae Minciuna| Oenologist Engineer, Winemaker and ECOU's Associate Wine Expert- Republic of Moldova

"Wine Tourism and its impact on local communities"

Nicolae Minciuna is an oenologist engineer since 2011.


Ljubica Radan| Winemaker, President ofVinska Akademija Srbije, WSET Educator -Serbia

"Clime challenges in Fruška Gora wine region, experience and challenges in wine production from local grape varieties"

Ljubica Radan is a graduated engineer of agronomy and the founder and president of the Wine Academy of Serbia and the Association of Sommeliers


Cecilia Magni|Policy Advisor of Federazione Italiana Vignaioli Indipendenti (FIVI)-Italy

"Italian Federation of Independent Winegrowers: our role in defending the independent winegrowers’ interests at national and european level"

Born in 1993, Cecilia Magni studied internation relations in Pavia. 


Paula Stanca| CMS Certified Sommelier & CEO OenoCo International- Romania

"Introduction of CWC"

Paula has gained extensive experience in the sommelier profession, being certified by the Court of Master Sommelier and running her own related business in New Hampshire-US.


Fred Dex| MS-

United States

"Eastern European Tasting Through the Eyes of Master Sommelier"

Fred encourages participation after each wine tasted