Rafael Ansón GWTO UNWTO

GWTO Structure

Rafael Ansón

President of Honor

José Antonio Vidal

Founder President CEO

Carlos Vogeler

Senior Advisor

Adolfo Favieres

LatAm Ambassador

Tomás Poveda

LatAm Ambassador​​

José Carlos de Santiago

LatAm Ambassador

Pablo Singerman

Regional Director: LatAm

Robin Shaw

Regional Director: Oceania

Erik Wolf

Regional Director: Central & Western Europe

Margaret Chen

Regional Director: Eastern Asia

David Furer

Regional Director: North America

Marisah Nieuwoudt

Regional Director: Africa

Leonid Gelibterman

Regional Director: Eastern Europe, Western & Central Asia

ADVISORY COMMITTEE

PRESIDENCY OF HONOR

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

AMBASSADORS

Adolfo Favieres
Ambassador for Spain and Iberoamerica, WTTC
Secr. General’s Advisor, UNWTO 

Tomás Poveda
Former General Manager, Casa de América
Former General Manager of Media and Public Diplomacy, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Spain 

José Carlos de Santiago
Vice President, Iberoamerican Academy of Gastronomy
Founder President, Grupo Excelencias Comunicación

NATIONAL DELEGATES
(Countries in alphabetical order)

  • France
    Hervé Novelli
    President Conseil Superieur de l’Oenotourisme
  • Italy
    Nicola D’Auria
    President Movimento Turismo del Vino (MTV)
  • Moldova
    Irina Bîstritchi
    Deputy Director Moldova National Office of Vine and Wine
  • Portugal
    Maria João de Almeida
    President Associação Portuguesa de Enoturismo (APENO)
  • South Africa
    Labeeqah Schuurman
    Acting Chief Marketing Officer, Official Tourism, Trade and Investment Promotion Agency for Cape Town and the Western Cape (WESGRO)

  • Spain
    Germán Porras
    Former General Director of  Tourism, Ministry of Tourism of Spain 
    Former General Director of Tourspain, Ministry of Tourism of Spain

  • Turkey
    Fatma Bilge
    President Urla Viticulture and Winery Association (UVWA)

  • Uruguay
    Laura Nervi
    Instituto Nacional de Vitivinicultura de Uruguay (INAVI)

EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE

PRESIDENT CEO
José Antonio Vidal (ESP)
Founder President CEO, Spanish Wine Tourism Association-AEE
Founder President CEO, Spanish EnoTourism Institute
2018 Spanish National Wine Tourism Prize
Lecturer Master ‘VitEno’, Polythecnic Univ. Madrid

SENIOR ADVISOR
Carlos Vogeler (ESP)
Former Executive Director, UNWTO
Former Affiliate Members President, UNWTO

REGIONAL DIRECTORS:
(Regions in alphabetical order)

Africa
Marisah Nieuwoudt (SAF)
Wine Tourism Manager, VinPro South Africa

America, Latam
Pablo Singerman (ARG)
Director of the Wine Tourism Economic Observatory and Marketing Strategy for the Ministry of Tourism of Argentina

America, North
David Furer (USA)
Adult Beverage Communicator & Marketer

Asia, Eastern
Margaret Chen (CHN)
Founder CEO, Optimus Horizon

Europe, Eastern; Asia, Western & Central
Leonid Gelibterman (RUS)
President CEO, International Center of Wine and Gastronomy

Europe, Western & Central
Erik Wolf (UK)
Founder CEO, World Food Travel Association

Oceania
Robin Shaw (AUS)
Founder & CEO, Wine Tourism Australia

HEADS OF DEPARTMENTS: 

ADMINISTRATION
Mercedes Sánchez

              SECRETARY
              Dina Gimbatova
              TREASURY
             Mercedes Sánchez

LEGAL
Maurizio Di Ubaldo
Di Ubaldo Advocats         

COMMUNICATION
Alexandra Stilwell
Com & Press Director
Global PR & Media Manager

  • SOCIAL MEDIA
    Luisa Giraldo
    Former Social Media Chief ‘Marca España’,  Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Spain

  •   PRESS DELEGATES
      Italy: Concetta D’Emma
                    Food & Green Marketing Strategies
                    Founder ‘Unconventional Hospitality’
      LatAm: Paula Labonia and Laura Gutiérrez
                    ‘The Fire Fly Solutions’ Communication
      Spain: Teresa Cruz
                    Former Marketing Director ‘Marca España’, Ministry of Foreign Affairs
                    Former External Relations Manager ‘Red.es’, Ministry of Tourism and Industry

QUALITY
Ilya E. Loevsky
               Deputy CEO, Russia Quality

ECONOMIC MONITOR
 Pablo Singerman
               Director of the Wine Tourism Economic Observatory for the Ministry of  Tourism of Argentina

MICE
Arnaldo Nardone
                Director, MICE International Consulting
                Former President ICCA

SECTORIAL COMMISSIONS:
(Founding Members)

  • Ana Paula Pais (POR)
    Head of Education, Turismo de Portugal
  • Almudena Alberca (ESP)
    Master of Wine
    Technical Director, Bodegas Grupo Palacios
  • Rodrigo Lemos (ARG)
    Wine Tourism Advisor, Corpor. Vitivinícola Argentina (COVIAR)
    Director, Academic Program International (Gob. Mendoza) 
  • Julio Valles (ESP)
    President, Academia Castellana y Leonesa de Gastronomía
    President, Consejo Regulador de la D.O.P. Cigales
  • Paula Sosa (POR)
    Wine Tourism Lecturer, Lisbon, Minho Universities, IPP-Porto
    Wine Tourism manager, Adega Aveleda
  • April Cullom (USA-ESP)
    CEO, Global Bridges LLC Consultancy
  • José Ramón Lissarrague (ESP)
    Full Professor and Dir. Master ‘VitEno’, Madrid Polytechnic Univ.
    Director, GiViTi Consultancy
  • Lluís Tolosa (ESP)
    Sociologist, consultant and writer specialized in wine tourism
  • Diana Isac (UK)
    Founder CEO, Winerist
  • José María de Juan (ESP)
    Partner & Director, KOAN Consulting