Key Speakers

Lisa Perrotti Brown Master of Wine


Lisa was born and raised in rural Maine, USA. She attended Colby College in Maine and after graduating with a degree in English Literature in 1989, moved to London, England with designs on becoming a playwright. Still broke after having a few of her plays performed on the London “fringe”, and with the nagging necessity of college loan repayments not to mention the rent, Lisa decided to seek alternative employment. A friend offered her a job in a wine bar and before long she found herself managing the place.

Wine soon became more than just a very small pay cheque. A growing passion for wine experiences enticed Lisa to pursue wine studies at Londons Wine and Spirit Education Trust where she went on to achieve her Diploma. She progressed to an on-trade sales position at one of Londons oldest wine merchants and subsequently worked in various sales and marketing roles in the London wine trade for a total of more than twelve years.

In 2002 Lisa moved to Tokyo, Japan where she worked as a wine buyer for one of Japans top fine wine importers and a part-time wine educator for Tokyos Academie du Vin. She toured Japans wine producing regions and became involved in various viticulture and winemaking projects to improve the quality of wines made from local grapes. And from her base in Tokyo she took the opportunity to travel throughout Asia discovering the many cultures and opportunities for the unconventional enjoyment of wine.

Lisa has since relocated to Singapore, her new base for pursuing her exploration of wine in Asia. In September 2008, after more than five years of rigorous study, palate work-outs and examinations, Lisa achieved her Master of Wine qualification.



Richard Hall

Founder and Chairman

Richard is an economist who was made a Director of the Dairy Trade Federation at 28 and has since become a world leading expert on the international food and drink sector. He regularly chairs industry conferences and client company strategy reviews. He is a respected presenter and writer of numerous industry and market studies.


Guo Songquan

Visiting professor, international judge, winery designer and wine writer.

Was join the industry in 1969, works in Great Wall Winery in Shacheng in 1979~1981, then he moves to Tianjin, works for Dynasty Winery from 1982 to 1993 as winemaker and deputy-manager. He build-up Guos wine technology centre then. He has wide links with the international wine field, from OIV to countries departments, from Old world like Italy, France, German and Spain to New world Australia etc., the working field from wine law to analysis methods, from wine making to wine equipment. He has deep understood about wine market in China, domestic and imported.