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Debra Meiburg MW

A Hong Kong resident for nearly 30 years, Master of Wine Debra Meiburg is an award-winning author, TV personality and international speaker, and is widely considered the global authority on the Asian wine market. She is founding director of Meiburg Wine Media, Asia’s leading wine communication agency, as well as wine consultant for Cathay Pacific Airways and Cathay Dragon, and holds the position of Chair of the Education Committee for the Institute of Masters of Wine.

Debra is producer and host of several documentaries and TV shows, including Taste the Wine which is broadcast in 26 countries, Grape Moments. She has a monthly column in the South China Morning Post, among other publications.

A former wine professor at the Rochester Institute of Technology in New York and an always passionate educator, Debra’s suite of award-winning wine educational books and tools are currently distributed on four continents, and her six-volume book series, Debra Meiburg’s Guide to the Asian Wine Trade, and conferences series Wine in China and WineSPIT Association have firmly established her as champion of the Asian wine trade.

Debra’s string of accolades includes: Entrepreneur of the Year (Women of Influence) by the South China Morning Post & the American Chamber of Commerce; 7th Most Powerful Woman in Wine by The Drinks Business magazine; the China Power List Award by WINE Magazine (China); and the Il Premio Internazionale (Vinitaly International Award).

Allen Gibbons

Allen Gibbons has over 25 years experience in commercial, marketing and general management roles, including over 15 years in the drinks industry where he has worked across Europe, Asia and the Americas. 

In his role as the Group CEO of the parent company of the International Wine and Spirit Competition, Gibbons is responsible for businesses in the UK, USA and Hong Kong, including founding the Cathay Pacific Hong Kong International Wine and Spirit Competition and the acquisition and development of the Whiskies of the World and Spirits of Mexico festivals. Gibbons is a Freeman of the City of London and a Liveryman of the Worshipful Company of Distillers.


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