International Alumni Advisory Board

The International Alumni Advisory Board plays an active role in guiding WSET's engagement efforts with alumni, by ensuring that activities are "by alumni, for alumni." Board members represent the major regions where the Diploma is offered across the world. Contact details for board members are available to alumni by logging in to the Global Campus.

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The current advisory board was appointed in January 2018.


Alex Ririe

United Kingdom

Alex is a Managing Partner at Coley Porter Bell and has spent the last eight years working as a marketing and branding consultant for Pernod Ricard, developing award-winning packaging and new product development for brands such as Campo Viejo, Perrier-Jouët, Chivas Regal, Beefeater and Martell. Alex has spoken at a number of events and has had articles published on subjects including brand naming, marketing to Millennial consumers and creating brand desire.


Thomas Curtius

Europe (ex UK)

Thomas Curtius MW is primarily a specialist in PR, digital communications and business development, but has been involved in the wine business for more than two decades. He completed his WSET Diploma in 2010, became a Master of Wine in 2019, and won the Outstanding Achievement Award for his overall performance in the MW examination. Thomas works as a PR professional, consultant, teacher and lecturer, he judges in wine competitions, writes articles, and runs wine seminars and master classes for professionals and enthusiasts. 


Maggie Campbell

United States of America

Maggie is Head Distiller and Vice President at Privateer Rum and founded the Denver Brewer’s League. She currently serves on the Board of Directors of the American Craft Spirit Association and co-chairs their Education Committee. She first became interested in learning about distilling in 2004 on a trip to Scotland and has since received her Diploma in Craft Distilling Technologies from the Siebel Institute. Maggie is currently on the Master of Wine study programme.

Michelle Paris


After a successful career as an Investment Banker, Michelle set her sights on the world of wine. She became a Certified Sommelier, earned the WSET Diploma and became a WSET Certified Educator. She owns Adventure in Wine, a wine education and wine events company where, among other things, she teaches the WSET curriculum. Michelle is also Director of Education for the Canadian Association of Professional Sommeliers (Ontario) and is currently on the Master of Wine study programme


Wei Xu


Wei is the founder of wine marketing agency Aroma Republic, a wine consultant for the online retailer and a WSET Certified Educator. Having studied at the Bordeaux Business School for his MSc in International Business, Wei went on to become a market researcher for the Chamber of Commerce in Bordeaux. He is an active educator, writes for Decanter China and is a member of the California Wine Advisory Board in China.