Spirits Selection is organised by Vinopres and the multidisciplinary team at Concours Mondial, who do their utmost to ensure the competition is professional, independent and reliable.
Baudouin HavauxChairman of the Concours Mondial
Chairman of the Concours Mondial de Bruxelles and managing director of Vinopres, Baudouin Havaux is an agricultural engineer and a trained wine maker. He took over Vinopres, the communications agency founded by his father Louis Havaux, in 1994. He is the publisher of Essentiel Vino! and DM Vino! and is a journalist with ‘La Libre Belgique’ and RTBF.
Thomas CostenobleDirector of the Concours Mondial
An agricultural engineer and trained wine maker, Thomas Costenoble has managed the Concours Mondial de Bruxelles virtually since its inception. His training as a wine maker gives him in-depth knowledge of the industry and allows him to organize the competition’s tasting sessions seamlessly and efficiently.
Thierry HeinsDirector Spirits Selection
An agricultural engineer and graduate in business management and administration, Thierry Heins has always had a deep-rooted passion for the world of wines and spirits. His particular specialty within Vinopres is spirits: he runs Spirits Selection by Concours Mondial de Bruxelles and organizes a range of media events related to the world of spirits.
Blandine Philips handles all the logistics aspects of the competition: contact with the judges, sample shipments and results processing.
Filippo Baldan is an internationally renowned mixologist. His broad-ranging knowledge of spirits allows him to oversee the judges at the competition and prepare the tasting flights.
Géraldine Gérard Communication with producers
Géraldine Gérard speaks French, English and Dutch and has worked for the competition since 2001. She liaises with producers, from entries through to results dispatch.