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Organisers/IWSC Group

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).

Simon Tam 

"Hong Kong continues to strengthen as the leading global fine wine center of the world. The Cathay Pacific HKIWSC plays an integral role in promoting wine excellence and the continuous growth of the Greater China wine industry."

Based in Hong Kong, Simon Tam is the head of wines for Asia at Christie’s. A pioneer educator, communicator and wine consultant in Greater China, Simon has over 20 years’ experience developing and nurturing the Chinese wine market. An award-winning consultant to the wine industry, Simon was voted “The Best Wine Consultant” by UK’s The Wine Business magazine. He is also the founder of the Independent Wine Centre in Hong Kong and co-founding director of the Cathay Pacific Hong Kong International Wine and Spirit Competition.

Allen Gibbons

Allen Gibbons is the Executive Director of the International Wine and Spirit Competition, the UK’s oldest and most prestigious wine and spirit competition. He has over 20 years experience in sales and marketing roles across the fmcg sector including over 10 in the drinks industry where he worked across Europe, Africa, Asia and the Americas. Prior to joining the IWSC Allen worked at Diageo for 8 years where he held a number of senior innovation and marketing roles and where he was responsible for some of the most high profile product launches of recent years. Allen is a Freeman of the City of London and a Liveryman of the Worshipful Company of Distillers.


HKIWSC is a member of the IWSC Group

The IWSC Group is the world leader in organising wine and spirit events around the globe.

In addition to The Cathay Pacific Hong Kong International Wine & Spirit Competition, the IWSC Group operates, and works in partnership with other brands including:

The International Wine & Spirit Competition

The Beer Awards

The Whisky Lounge

Atlanta Food & Wine Festival

Cochon 555

The Spirits of the Americas

Whiskies of the World

The Spirits of Mexico