Born into a family of wine brokers in Switzerland, I received a classical education in both the French and German speaking parts of the
country, and studied economics, business and law, gaining the following qualifications:
- Doctorat en sciences économiques (gestion d'entreprise) [Ph. D. in Business Economics] fom the Ecole des Hautes Etudes Commerciales
(HEC), University of Lausanne, 1978;
- M.Sc. in Agricultural Economics from the University of California in Davis, 1980;
- Ph.D. in Agriculture (Agricultural and Food Marketing) from the University of Newcastle upon Tyne, 1986.
- Research Associate at the Edinburgh School of Agriculture and the Scottish Agricultural College in Edinburgh from 1989 to 1993;
- Visiting Research Fellow at the School of International Politics,
Economics and Business of Aoyama-Gakuin University in Tokyo during the 1991/92 academic year.
I have also been involved in software development over the years, mostly in association with
programmer Olly Morgan, currently senior IT Operations Analyst at Plymouth University: Whisman, an MS Excel application for planning production of malt whiskies was released in 1992 and MS Courtage, an
integrated software for wine brokers, was produced in 1999. I have now established my own independent research and consultancy service.
- Expert to the Economic Commission of the Organisation Internationale de la Vigne et du Vin
(OIV - the intergovernmental body for wine) in Paris, from 1996 to 2000;
- Visiting Fellow at Adelaide University's Centre for International Economic Studies during May 1999;
- Columnist at Harpers Wine & Spirit Weekly, from January to June 2001.
I have operated as a freelance researcher and consultant since 1994, providing consultancy and policy
advice on wine marketing and trade issues to senior executives at administrative, intergovernmental and business level.