Ella Lister, Founder & CEO

Ella, the driving force behind Wine Lister, is well respected in the industry for her accomplishments as a wine writer, fine wine market analyst and consultant. After a degree from Oxford University in French and Italian, Ella started her career as an investment banker at Lazard in London. As her passion for wine intensified, she started writing about wine in 2009, first for The World of Fine Wine, and subsequently for the Financial Times and Decanter. Until last year she also consulted to private clients on their wine collections, and was Fine Wine Strategy Consultant to Octavian for four years. Wine Lister was born from Ella’s desire to see a more comprehensive, logical and progressive wine rating system; combining her passion for wine with her analytical spirit.

Ella most loves French and Italian wine, with a current crush on Nebbiolo, but balanced offerings from California are seriously challenging her old world predilection.

Henry Woodsend, Director of Technology

After graduating in Mathematics and Computer Science from Bristol University, Henry went on to gain extensive experience in IT and website development, including as Assistant Vice President at Deutsche Bank. Previously the Chief Technology Officer for a social gaming platform, he delivered a website and iOS mobile app to the market. Henry is rare in combining logical and creative skills. An experienced web programmer, he is also particularly passionate about user experience design.

Having holidayed for half his life in the Jura, he has yet to develop an appreciation for the region’s wines, preferring an “easy red”

Marcela Kopytko, Research Manager

Marcela’s research and data analysis skills, combined with an abundance of creative talent, make her an excellent fit for Wine Lister. She has extensive experience in managing research and consulting projects, notably as Research Executive at Repucom, working with clients such as HSBC, TfL and UEFA. A wine enthusiast, Marcela also speaks five languages, making her an invaluable member of the team.

Marcela delights in discovering esoteric wines such as sparkling rosés from Lombardy.

Contributors

Simon Woolf, Data Architect Consultant

Simon is at once an experienced IT professional and a wine expert. Having completed a degree in Music from the University of York, Simon began working in the realm of IT, eventually building up and then selling his own IT consultancy. Now Chief Technology Officer for Qoin, an alternative currency provider, Simon also writes about wine, both for his blog, www.themorningclaret.com, and as a freelance journalist for publications such as Decanter. Drawing on this unique skillset, Simon has played an instrumental role in the set-up of Wine Lister, from designing a flexible database, to overseeing the agile development process

Simon is possibly the world’s most vocal advocate for orange wine, but he has yet to convince Henry.

Rishi Nalin Kumar, Chief Data Science Consultant

Rishi combines an impressive list of academic achievements with a pleasing ability to apply the science to real life. He holds a double BA in Mathematics from Wilfrid Laurier University, an MSc in Applicable Mathematics from the LSE, and a PhD in Mathematics from Imperial College London. He has put these skills to practice in various roles, including leading data science and analytics at Unilever for the best part of a decade. Currently, Rishi is the chief data scientist at eBench.

Rishi has relished the opportunity to drink more wine with the Wine Lister team, and is currently loving Penfolds Grange.

Will Hardman, Data Science Consultant

Will is an experienced data scientist, with a creative and practical approach, and a deep knowledge of machine learning. After a BSc from the University of Warwick in Computer Science, Will completed an MSc at the University of Sussex in Evolutionary and Adaptive Systems. He is passionate about problem solving, applying his analytical skills to his subsequent roles as a consultant at PA Consulting Group and KPMG. Will is currently Director of Data Science at Elucidata.