GWTO Academy Structure

Prof. Eduardo Fayos-Solà

Honorary President 'In Memoriam'

Rafael Ansón

President of Honor

José Antonio Vidal

Founder President CEO

Coralie Haller

GWTO Academy Director


The Academy consists mainly of Fellows (rectors, deans, doctors, professors and Master Coordinators) from leading universities and institutions of higher education,  specialized in ‘wine, gastro and agri’ tourism intelligence, intangible culture, destination management and related fields.


  • 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

    GWTO Regional Directors
    GWTO National Delegates
  • Executive Academic 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)

    • Academic Director:
      Coralie Haller, PhD
      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
      Head of Master in Tourism Management
      Founding Fellow, GWTO Academy
  • Founding Fellows:
    (Countries and names in alphabetical order)


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

Andrés di Pelino
Director Economy Career, Universidad de Belgrano
Full Professor Master in Economics and Tourism, Universidad de Buenos Aires

Gabriel Fidel
Full Professor Politic Economy, Universidad Nacional de Cuyo

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


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

Maria Gravari-Barbas, PhD
Director UNESCO Chair “Culture, Tourism, Development”, UNITWIN Committee for Cultural Heritage
Vice Provost Relations internationals
Prof. Urban cultural and social geography, heritage, tourism
Panthéon-Sorbonne Université, Paris 1

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