SPEAKERS AND HOSTS :
He is the quintessential sales professional. His core competencies are sales, personnel motivation, development and modification of sales structures, sales training, customer acquisition, lectures and texts. Bongers has proven his thorough understanding of his profession in the cosmetics industry, in system catering and, for more than ten years, as managing partner of the wine retailer Nagel & Hoffbaur. He earned a graduate degree in business administration from RWTH Aachen University.
Division Manager Domestic Fairs, Member of the Management Board, Messe Düsseldorf
After studying business administration, Michael Degen began his career in 1992 at Messe Berlin, where he worked in various marketing functions until 1994. Since 1994 he has been responsible for various international trade fairs as a project manager and in 1997 he moved to Hamburg Messe und Congress GmbH. As divisional manager he was responsible for trade fairs and exhibitions, and as a member of the management board he was in charge of the entire domestic trade fair business, the marketing division and the exhibition technology department. Since 2007, Mr. Degen has been responsible for a large number of international trade fairs at Messe Düsseldorf in his capacity as divisional manager for Germany. He is a member of the management and Chairman of the Board of Messe Düsseldorf Japan Ltd.
Wine Expert, The Wine Show
Joe Fattorini works as a radio announcer and is also simultaneously a writer and wine merchant. As the host of The Wine Show, which is now broadcast in 110 countries, he reaches a global audience of more than 70 million people. Fattorini is also a wine writer for Saga Magazine and Radio Times, the UK’s top monthly and weekly magazines. In addition to his monthly column on behavioural economics for Harpers, Fattorini is a profile writer for Club Oenologique and a wine merchant at Fields, Morris and Verdin, a Berry Bros. & Rudd company.
Managing Partner Rheingold Institute
Heinz Grüne started working on numerous research projects in the field of qualitative market research while studying psychology at the University of Cologne. He has been a managing partner at Rheingold since 1988. His scientific focus is on researching digital media and its impact on everyday life, examining senior culture and the psychology of food consumption, especially with regard to beer. In 2011, Grüne investigated the suitability of electric mobility for everyday use in 2011 using a unique road research method: He rode an e-bike from Sylt to the Zugspitze and reported on it live via various social media channels.
Editor-at-large MEININGER'S WINE BUSINESS INTERNATIONAL
Robert Joseph has been awarded prizes as the author of over 25 books on wine. He holds lectures on wine marketing at various universities and faculties such as the Burgundy Business School in Dijon and the University of Sonoma in California. With his thought-provoking and broad-based knowledge, he is a highly respected speaker in the international wine industry. A French brand of wine, which he launched in 2005, today sells more than two million bottles in 40 countries. He is a member of the editorial team at MEININGER'S WINE BUSINESS INTERNATIONAL and a board member of Mundus Vini. His latest book on the future of the wine industry has been published in 2018.
Sommelier and Purchaser, Vipino
Michael Liebert has been in the wine business for more than 25 years. Even as a young student, he ran a wine shop. Later, he selected wines for an Italian importer and provided the descriptions. Again and again, he has also taken the opportunity to bring wine to the public: on TV channels such as n-tv, in the Handelsblatt, in his own wine blog, or by collaborating with prominent TV chefs. Today, when he is not travelling, he lives in Chiemgau, tries, writes and practises his own 100-point programme, which is more based on the price/pleasure ratio than on Parker’s points system.
Director of the Institute of Wine and Beverage Business,
After studying economics in Germany and Sweden, Prof Loose obtained a PhD for her “Country of Origin Effect for Sparkling Wines”. During her various stays doing research in Australia, France, Denmark, Italy and the United States, she deepened her experience and knowledge in the field of food marketing and qualified as a professor on issues of agricultural and nutritional marketing. With her well-founded analyses of the future of the wine market, she has quickly made a name for herself.
For around 25 years, Dr Pilz has been editor-in-chief of the WEINWIRTSCHAFT editors. He reports on the German and international wine industry and, together with his editorial team, he provides an indispensable medium for every professional wine producer and wine merchant. After studying agricultural sciences and earning a PhD at the University of Stuttgart-Hohenheim, he launched his career initially in the wine and food retail trade as a buyer of wines and spirits. By establishing a Sekt producer as the subsidiary of a winery cooperative, he became one of the pioneers of the German sparkling wine industry before joining the writing profession as a journalist.
Wine Merchant in Hamburg
His stories about wine are legendary. As an 18-year-old, Rindchen drove off in an old VW bus to stock up on wine in the Palatinate region, which he wanted to sell to his parents’ acquaintances and relatives in Bremerhaven. That was his first foray into the wine business. In 1983, after an apprenticeship as an insurance clerk, he opened his first wine shop in Hamburg’s City Nord. A wine merchant always on the hunt for the best price/pleasure ratio, he visited a myriad of vineyards and wine cellars, attended wine fairs and tastings, and continuously developed his company. Rindchen is considered an institution in today’s wine trading sector.
Prof Gergely Szolnoki
Professorship at the Department of Wine & Beverage Business,
Prof Szolnoki is head of the Professorship for Market Research at Geisenheim University and the author of numerous books as well as practical and scientific articles in the field of consumer behaviour, market analysis, wine tourism, sustainability and organic wine, social media and e-commerce.