Alumni Events

How can we rethink development in our country’s energy sector? Book NOW to join us at the Nederburg Wine Estate in Paarl for a Wisdom & Wine Club brunch and wine-tasting, as we reimagine development in that sector, considering the sustainable development agenda within South Africa’s unique context.

Nederburg Wine Estate offers a special package and rate for all Stellenbosch Business School Wisdom and Wine Club members. Please click here to order by using promotional code: #DISCOVER for 15% off. Wine will also be available on the morning of the event.

The event’s wine-tasting is kindly sponsored by Nederburg.

The Wisdom and Wine Club aims to bring alumni, staff and students together to connect, engage in thought leadership and enjoy good wine in good company. The club will facilitate, in partnership with the wine industry, access to unique insights from winemakers, special offers and introduce alumni, staff and students to individuals and associations in the industry that focus on making a positive social impact.

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Date: Saturday, 2 July 2022

Time: 09:00 – 12:00 (CAT | GMT+2)

Venue: Nederburg Wine Estate, Paarl

Enquiries: Lizelle Kannemeyer | [email protected]



Prof Euan Phimister

Head: Development Finance programme at Stellenbosch Business School

Euan Phimister is a Professor of Development Finance and is the current Head of Development Finance Programmes at Stellenbosch Business School. He is an economist and his research focusses on natural resources and particularly energy, agriculture and the environment in Sub-Saharan Africa.

He is currently leading a funded Global Challenges Research Fund project on land and soil degradation in Ethiopia, aiming to improve how land conservation measures are designed so benefits to local communities are increased while safeguarding soil conservation. He is also involved in the development of economic and financial analyses working with ecologists to improve invasive species management in South Africa and Latin America.

He was a panel member in the recent Research Excellence Framework 2020 which judged all agricultural related research in UK universities since 2014. He is also an Associate Editor of the Journal of Agricultural Economics.

Wendy Petersen

Head: Operations for the SA Wine Industry Transformation Unit

Ms Wendy Petersen has been appointed at the helm of the Operations for The SA Wine Industry Transformation Unit NPC. Since joining the organisation in February 2019, she has been instrumental in ensuring that black owned enterprises and farms receives the relevant mentoring support, funding, marketing, promotional and technical support to ensure that their businesses are sustainable.

She holds more than 27 years’ experience in the South African Wine Industry and have wealth of expertise on various levels of primary and secondary levels of the wine value chain. She holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree in Marketing with specialisation in Strategy management and she is currently studying towards her Honours degree in Marketing Management.

Wendy also holds various qualifications including project management, packaging development and leadership. Wendy was responsible for Innovation and Product Development, both packaging and intrinsic, for organisations such as Distell, KWV and DGB. Some of South African most successful brands on Wine, RTD’s, and Spirits, Cider and Cream liqueurs were developed under her leadership.

She is a determined leader, true professional and team player, focussed on continually striving for a streamlined effective approach. One of her prevalent strengths is her ability to be resilient, find solutions and to embrace change. A desirable skillset, so much needed in today’s changing commercial environment.

Her passion for the wine industry is deeply rooted in the appreciation, commitment, and dedication of each person’s role in the entire wine value chain.

Pieter Badenhorst

Winemaker at Nederburg Wine Estate and wine taster lead

Pieter Badenhorst, Nederburg’s white-winemaker, grew up in the scenic Boland town of Tulbagh, surrounded by majestic mountains and fertile valleys boasting pristine vineyards. The chance to create something a little magical, and adored worldwide, fascinated him to the point of pursuing a career in winemaking.

After matriculating in 1998, he enrolled at the University of Stellenbosch, specialising in oenology and viticulture. Straight after graduating, he was appointed as Nederburg’s assistant white-winemaker, working under the guidance of legendary cellar-master at the time, Razvan Macici.

In 2019, Pieter’s journey in winemaking came full circle when he returned to Nederburg to head up the white-winemaking team, after more than a decade as winemaker for Fleur du Cap, another of Distell’s prestigious wine brands. Working with Andrea Freeborough at Nederburg is a particular highlight for him.

In between, he managed to squeeze in some harvest seasons in Germany and France, further honing his winemaking skill.


Dr Edward Heynes

Head: Innovation PMO at Distell Ltd

Edward heads up a diverse team responsible for driving the Distell Innovation Funnel from ideation to commercialisation. He is a professional with over 25 years of corporate experience across diverse industries, including manufacturing and banking. He is a certified PRINCE2 Practitioner and Six Sigma Black Belt and recently completed his MBA at the Stellenbosch Business School.

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