The Balkans International
Wine Competition
Sofia 1 - 4 June 2017
The Balkans International
Wine Competition
Sofia 1 - 4 June 2017

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Konstantinos Lazarakis MW – Greece
BIWC Chairman

Konstantinos Lazarakis works as an Imports Manager and Wine Buyer in AIOLOS ltd and the Managing Director of Wine and Spirits Professional Consultants that run WSET courses in Greece and Cyprus. 
In the last two years he has been involved in wine writing and wine journalism and now writes for four Greek publications as well as having 'Wines of Greece' published as a part of the Mitchell Beazley Classic Wine Library in Sept. 2005.In addition, he consults for wine producers, hotels and restaurants.
 

eng. Galina Niforou, Wine MBA – Bulgaria
BIWC Managing Director

 

Galina Niforou has an engineer degree in Wine and Spirits Technology from the University of Food Technology, Plovdiv and she has specialized in Wine Marketing & Management MBA at Bordeaux International Wine Institute - INSEEC, Bordeaux, France. 
During the 15 years in the wine industry in Bulgaria and abroad she has established herself as a specialist who successfully develops business strategies and creates brands of international significance. She consults wine producers and writes for different wine editions.

Galina is elected chairwoman of the newly established Bulgarian Wine Export Association (BWEA) and work hard to promote Bulgarian wines abroad.

 

Nikos Panidis - Greece

Nikos Panidis is a wine professional who has been active in wine education from lecturing to syllabus development for W.S.P.C. the Approved Program Provider of WSET London in Greece. Also, Nikos' most recent experience includes having worked hands-on at Domaine Sigalas in Santorini, Greece and Jim Barry Wines in Clare Valley, Australia during harvest. He has accrued much experience as a sommelier and restaurant manager in leading restaurants and hotels around Greece. He speaks English and German fluently. 

Neli Ruseva

BIWC Communication Manager

Neli is in the wine communication since 2012. She use to work for Edoardo Miroglio - leading wine producer in Bulgaria and now she is working for Bononia estate as a marketing manager. Neli is trulyy in love with the wine and all the nice activities around it.