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Julien Camus, President

As Trade Attaché for wines and spirits at the French Embassy in Washington DC (2004-2006), corresponding with national importers of French wine as part of his mission, he witnessed the US wine industry's call for French wine promotion and education and decided to do something in response to this need.

By way of answer, he founded the Wine Scholar Guild (August 2005), an organization dedicated to the promotion of French wine and culture through education. Julien invited national importers of French wine to join the organization as Industry Members and 25 key French wine importers did so immediately. Since 2006, he fully devoted his energy to developing the organization and its network of program providers across North America. Julien holds a Master Degree in Business Administration with a major in International Marketing from the Strasbourg Management School.


 

Lisa M. Airey, Director of Education

Lisa M. Airey was knighted by the French government for the creation of the French Wine Scholar program and its significant contribution to the French wine industry. 
 
She has 24 years of experience in the wine industry. She has sold wine at the wholesale level, conducted her own wine school (Grapes: Gondola to Glass) and written a weekly wine column for Patuxent Publishing (an eight-year run). As Education Director for the Society of Wine Educators, she gained experience in building study and certification programs. She vetted the educator training programs for both the CIVB and the BIVB.
 
She currently serves as Director of Education for the Wine Scholar Guild. In this capacity, Lisa is responsible for designing the programs' structure, creating and updating all study materials, teaching materials and exams. She also coordinates instructors on our online study programs as well as oversees all educational aspects of our immersion study trips to France.
When not writing about wine, Lisa is gardening or writing novels. She earned her Master Gardener credential in 2012 and she has written two novels: Touching the Moon and Touched by the Moon.


 

Maurizio Broggi, Italian Wine Scholar Education Director

Maurizio Broggi has several years of experience in the wine industry. Since 2009 he worked as sommelier in Italy and as wine consultant for wine shops, restaurants and the various consorzi of Lombardia. In 2011 he left Italy and moved to China where he worked as wine ambassador for a wine distributor based in Hong Kong until 2014.

Maurizio earned the Diploma in Wine and Spirits (with Merit) from the Wine & Spirits Education Trust in 2015. He was awarded the Napa Valley Vintners Scholarship for being one of the WSET Diploma top scorers in North America.  In 2013 , he obtained the Wine & Spirits Education Trust Advanced and Intermediate Levels, both with Distinction. He was awarded the Decanter Scholarship for top Advanced Level graduate and the WSET Book Prize for top score in the Intermediate Level.

His wine credentials also include the French Wine Scholar with Highest Honors, Certified Specialist of Wine from the Society of Wine Educators and Certified Sommelier from the Court of Master Sommeliers.


 

Rick Fisher, Spanish Wine Scholar Education Director

Rick Fisher is currently developping all the study & teaching materials for the Spanish Wine Scholar program.

Rick lives and breathes Spain. Part Catalan, Rick’s passion for his Spanish heritage and a desire to educate others about Spanish culture, food, and wine led him to create Bodega: Eat. Drink. Explore. ESPAÑA! (www.bodegaspanishwine.com) in 2009.

He has also been a contributor to the Spanish and Portuguese wine site, CataVino as well as Glass of Bubbly, a UK-based magazine focusing on sparkling wine. In 2018, Rick became an official Certified Sherry Educator.


 

Kirra Barnes, Consultant & Editorial Assistant

Kirra Barnes inherited her love for wine from her Italian Grandfather who had a penchant for French wine.

Bordeaux vs Burgundy was a common topic around her childhood dinner table (the issue is still not resolved). Kirra joined the Wine Scholar Guild in 2016 as a consultant and editorial assistant following 13 years with the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board.

During her PLCB tenure, Kirra developed and wrote the curriculum for the agency’s wine and spirits training programs and conducted seminars for agency staff statewide.


 

Celine Camus, Office Manager

Celine Camus joined the FWS in 2006 with an Associate Degree in Marketing and Accounting. As the Wine Scholar Guild got established, she was instrumental  in the coordination of events, classes and conferences.

Now, as Office Manager, Celine is in charge of answering and assisting members and students, proctoring online exams, logistics with program providers, certification records as well as accounting.


 

Marie-Céline Wallerand, Marketing & Communication Assistant

Marie joined us in 2016 when she translated and developed the French version of the French Wine Scholar study manual while completing an OIV MSc Master Degree in wine management.

She worked several years in the wine industry in Bordeaux, partly as an Ambassador for UGCB-member, Château CLINET in Pomerol, promoting the brand at the property and internationally. The OIV MSc program, recently took her across 25 countries in two years, meeting 300+ wine professionals, tasting 2000+ wines and studying at Montpelier SupAgro, Geisenheim and UC Davis Universities. Now, she collaborates with the Bordeaux Wine Campus education center, designing educational materials and teaching WSET and FWS programs.

Before Bordeaux, she completed a first Master’s Degree in management, applied to sustainable tourism and worked in the tourism industry in Corsica. She brings a globe-trotting perspective to our team.


 

 

 

 

 

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