GWTO Academy Structure

Prof. Eduardo Fayos-Solà

Honorary President 'In Memoriam'

Rafael Ansón

President of Honor

José Antonio Vidal

Founder President CEO


  • Committee of Honor:
    Honorary President ‘In Memoriam’
    Dr. Eduardo Fayos-Solà
    Senior Adviser, George Washington University (GW)
    Regional Director of Europe, UNWTO
    Vice President, Spanish Wine Tourism Association (AEE)
    Full Professor of Applied Economics, Universidad de Valencia
    Ulysses Laureate Prize, UNWTO

    President of Honor

    Dr. Rafael Ansón
    Dr. Honoris Causa and Director Gastronomy Chair, Universidad Alfonso X El Sabio
    President of Honor, International Academy of Gastronomy
    Ambassador for Sustainable Tourism, UNWTO
  • Advisory Council:
    Prof. Paul Wagner
    Napa Valley College, Culinary Institute of America, UC Davis
    Founder, Balzac Communications Consultancy

    Aurora Pedro, PhD
    Dir. Tourism Green Transition Chair and Full Professor of Applied Economics, Universidad de Valencia
    Consultant, UNWTO

    Joëlle Brouard
    UNESCO Chair ‘Culture and Wine Traditions’, Université de Bourgogne
    Manager, Terroir consultancy
  • Executive Committee
    Founder President:
    José Antonio Vidal
    Founder President CEO, Global Wine Tourism Organization (GWTO)
    Founder President CEO, Spanish Wine Tourism Association (AEE)
    Founder President, Spanish EnoTourism Institute (ieE)
  • Founding Academics:
    Fellows from universities and institutions of higher education,  specialized in ‘wine, gastro and agri’ tourism intelligence, intangible culture, destination management and related fields.

Countries and names in alphabetical order:

Adriana E. Romero
Secretary of Tourism, La Pampa Government
Universidad de Buenos Aires
Professor, Climate Change and Tourism

Andrés di Pelino
Universidad de Belgrano
Director Economy Career

Universidad de Buenos Aires
Full Professor Master in Economics and Tourism

Gabriel Fidel
Universidad Nacional de Cuyo
Full Professor Politic Economy

Mariana Juri
Minister of Tourism, Mendoza
Universidad Nacional de Cuyo
Full Professor in Tourism Management

Universidad de Champagnat

Marianna Sigala 
Professor of Tourism, UniSA Business, University of South Australia
Director of the Centre for Tourism and Leisure Management (CTLM)

Albert Franz Stöeckl, Dr. 
Program Director International Wine Business, IMC Krems University

Mark Holmes
Professor, School of Hospitality, Food and Tourism Management, University of Guelph

Edgardo Oyarzun
Professor and Academic Director, Tourism Institute, Universidad Austral

Jorge Espinoza
Member of SERNATUR-National Tourism Service for O’Higgins region
Professor Tourism career, Universidad de los Lagos

Patricio Gómez Arismendi
Professor, Director Universidad de Talca (Campus de Colchagua)

Haiyan Song, PhD
Associate Dean, School of Hotel and Tourism Management, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University

Coralie Haller, Ph.D.
EM Strasbourg Business School, University of Strasbourg
Founder and Holder of Corporate Chair “Wine and Tourism”
Founder and Head of Master on International Wine Management and Tourism

Laurence Cogan-Marie
Associate Professor Wine Marketing and Wine Tourism, Burgundy Business School of Wine and Spirits

Laurence Geny-Denis
Responsable Licence Professionnelle Oenotourisme, ISVV, Bordeaux

Sophie Lignon-Darmaillac
Directrice Master Alimentation, Cultures Alimentaires
UFR de Géographie, Sorbonne Université, Paris 

Dr. Kaha Shengelia
President of Caucasus University

Gergely Szolnoki, Dr.
Professorship of Market Research
Institute of Wine and Beverage Business Research, Geisenheim University

Panagiota Dionysopoulou, Dr.
Director General of Tourism Policy, Ministry of Tourism
Professor School of Social Science, Tourism Business Administration
MSc, Hellenic Open University (HOU)

Panagiotis E. Kaldis, PhD
Rector, University of West Attica
Professor of Applied Economics and Marketing

Alessio Cavicchi, PhD
Professor, Economics of Food and Environmental Resources, Department of Education, Cultural Heritage and Tourism, Università di Macerata 

Christine Mauracher, PhD & Vladi Finotto PhD
Research and Management
Università Ca’ Foscari (Venezia)

Rodolfo Baggio, PhD
Coordinator of the Information Systems area at the Master in Economics and Tourism
Università Bocconi (Milano)

Francisco Madrid
Former Director Faculty Tourism and Gastronomy
Universidad Anáhuac

Marisa Ramos, PhD
Professor, Faculty of Tourism and Gastronomy
Coordinator Master on GastroTourism Management
Universidad Anáhuac-Le Cordon Bleu
UNWTO instructor

Alison McIntosh
School of Hospitality and Tourism
Auckland University of Technology

Michael Hall
Professor, Department of Management, Marketing and Entrepreneurship
University of Canterbury

Richard Mitchell
Professor in Food Design
Otago Polytechnic

António Pé-Curto
Marketing Ph.D., Wine Business Researcher
ISCTE-IUL (Instituto Universitario de Lisboa)

Bebiana Monteiro
Professor and Director of the Graduate Course in Wine Tourism, School of Hospitality and Tourism
Polytechnic of Porto

Alexander Fedulin
Rector, Russian State University of Tourism and Service

Jozef Gáll
Tourism, Hospitality & Regional Development
University of Economics in Bratislava

Aleš Gacnik, Dr.
Professor, Department of Cultural Tourism, Faculty of Tourism Studies
University of Primorska
Head, Centre of gastronomy and wine culture, University of Primorska

Janez Bogataj, Dr.
Professor Emeritus, University of Ljubljana
Professor, Faculty of Tourism Studies
University of Primorska in Portorož

Eduardo Rodríguez, PhD
Former Ministry of Culture and Tourism of La Rioja
Professor and Researcher in Economy, Business and Tourism
Universidad de La Rioja

Javier Melgosa, PhD
Full Prof. and Director Master in Tourism and MICE
Universidad de Salamanca

José Luis Peña and María Luisa González
Full Professors and Coordinators Master on Wine Tourism
Universidad de Burgos

Salvador Antón, PhD
Distinguished Full Professor of Regional Geographical Analysis
Universidad Rovira i Virgili

Erna Blancquaert, PhD
Lecturer & Researcher in Viticulture
University of Stellenbosch

Marianne McKay, PhD
Senior Lecturer
University of Stellenbosch

Miriam Scaglione, PhD and Roland Schegg, PhD
Professors UAS, School of Management Institute of Tourism
HES-SO Valais-Wallis

Hilmi Rafet Yüncü, PhD
Professor, Faculty of Tourism
Anadolu University
Vice-Chairman Department of Gastronomy and Culinary Art (UNGOK)

Övünç Bardakoglu
Head of Department of Tourism Management and Hospitality
Dokuz Eilul University 

Una McMahon-Beattie
Professor, Head of Department for Hospitality and Tourism Management
Ulster University

Donald E Hawkins
Professor Emeritus of Management, Tourism Studies and International Affairs, School of Business
George Washington University
UNWTO Ulysses Laureate

Kyuho Lee, PhD
Internship Director & Associate Professor of Marketing
School of Business & Economics
Sonoma State University

Robin M. Back, PhD
Asst. Professor, Rosen College of Hospitality Management
University of Central Florida