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.
Chloe Ashton, Head of Marketing & Digital
Growing up between England and France, Chloe’s love of wine started early. It became a professional interest through working in a wine shop during her BA in Classics at Kings College London, and then studying Wine Marketing & Management at INSEEC Business School in Bordeaux. Since then Chloe has gained valuable experience in all aspects of digital marketing at FINE+RARE Wines. Her wine market knowledge combined with a growing curiosity for data analysis makes Wine Lister the perfect fit.
As a self-proclaimed Francophile, Chloe is happiest when enjoying the familiar taste of a good Pomerol or a glass of Blanc de Blancs.
Oleksandr Semenov, Lead Developer
Oleksandr studied information security in computer systems at the National Technical University of Ukraine (KPI). He began his software engineering career in the finance industry, and after six years decided he wanted to experience life in a start-up.
Oleksandr was 13 when he first tasted the family wine, made by his father in vineyards next to their house in Ukraine. He acquired a taste for wine, and his favourite grape variety now is Pinot Noir.
Aly Sullivan, Head of Research
After a lifetime growing up in the American midwest, Aly’s interest in wine sparked when she took a professional opportunity in Oregon wine country. After a year exploring local wineries and becoming a Certified Specialist of Wine, she began her studies in Vineyard & Winery Management at Bordeaux Sciences Agro. During this two-year program, she also worked a harvest internship in Sonoma, California to apply her lessons in viticulture and enology. Before her transition to the wine industry, Aly worked as a management consultant, specifically working in data analytics and technology. Her role at Wine Lister is the perfect marriage of these two disciplines.
Aly has a love for all Pinot Noir wines, particularly those originating from the Eola-Amity Hills in the Willamette Valley, and also has a soft spot for Spanish wines after a summer spent living in Spain.
Poppy Seeley, Intern
A module entitled ‘The Geography of Wine’ captured Poppy’s imagination whilst studying undergraduate Geography at Edinburgh University. When the opportunity to work a harvest in The Adelaide Hills arose, she relished the chance to learn about and be involved in the making of so many different styles of wine. Having returned to Plumpton College in the UK to complete an MSc in Viticulture & Oenology, Poppy then worked subsequent harvests in California, South Africa, New Zealand, the UK and back in Australia, gaining vital winemaking experience and expanding her wine knowledge.
She is keen to develop her vinous understanding further in a different branch of the wine industry here at Wine Lister, and currently enjoys drinking cool climate Syrah.
Tom Burchfield, Research Consultant
After graduating in Italian from Bristol University, Tom went on to study for an MA at University College London. During this time, he started managing a local restaurant, of which he soon became partner. In his five years at May the Fifteenth restaurant, Tom learned invaluable skills, displaying a passion for business and the food and drinks trade.
Having lived in Piedmont for a year, Tom has a love of the region’s great wines (when funds allow), although his current passion is for Loire whites.
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.
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.