ACTE Leaders


Santiago Vivanco, ACTE President


Santiago studied philosophy at the Pontifical University of Salamanca. He obtained a Law degree from the University of La Rioja, a Masters in Management and Business Administration from IED and a Masters in viticulture, enology and wine marketing. Santiago holds the administrative-financial directorship of Dinastia Vivanco Winery and the position of General Manager of the Museum of Wine Culture. He is also Vice President and Manager of Dinastia Vivanco Foundation. He is the representative and collaborator in Spain for the Pablo Neruda Foundation, Santiago de Chile and he is a member of the Board of Anatesis Foundation, dedicated to research on architecture and society. Since 2006 he has been a member of the Board of the Foundation Studies Institute of La Rioja, La Rioja Government;

Since 2007 he has been a member of the Board of La Rioja Editorial,; since 2008 he has been Advisory Board Member of the International University of La Rioja. He was President of the Association of the family business of La Rioja 2010 – 2012 and is currently Vice President. Santiago is also a published poet and a lecturer in wine tourism and wine culture. He brings all this richness to his current post of President of the Association for Culture and Tourism Exchange (ACTE).


Robert Tinlot, Honorary President


Robert Tinlot was the President of ACTE from its inception and during the first two crucial year of its development 2010-2012. Robert Tinlot is Honorary President of the Association for Culture and Tourism Exchange (ACTE) and Vice-President of the International Wine Law Association (AIDV). He is former head of the wine bureau of the French Ministry of Agriculture and delegate in wine group in Bruxelles (1970-1985), as well as former Director General (CEO) of the International Organisation of Vine and Wine (OIV) (1986-1997). In his spare time, he has written and produced a television series of 52 x 52-minute long documentaries on "La route des vins" or ³Wine Routes². He is currently Professor of Wine Law at the "Institut des hautes études de droit rural et d'économie agricole² in Paris.


Shabo, ACTE Vice-President


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Felix Perez, Legal Counsel


Felix S. Pérez Alvarez is a Practicing Lawyer and founding Partner of SEAIN, S.L.P. law firm in Logroño; he is a Member of La Rioja and Madrid Bar Association and a President of the International Wine Law Association (AIDV). His specialization is in Agrarian Law, Designations of Origin of wine and agricultural products, Intellectual Property and Unfair Competition; Commercial Law: Societies, Distribution contracts, Agency contracts, etc. Felix is also a lecturer in Agrarian Law, trademarks and Designations of Origin, in the Master in Enology at the College of Enology of the Basque Country and a Professor in the Master¹s course in Oenology Escuela Superior de Enología del País Vasco. He is often called to participate in international symposium and has numerous publications in learned journals.


Natasha Gagaus, Deputy Secretary General - Ukraine


With twenty-five years' experience in international tourism, Natasha has played a key role in bringing the Council of Europe's Wine Culture and Tourism Exchange project to Ukraine and Moldova. She coordinated the project's first cross-border wine route between Ukraine and Moldova in 2008, and has since developed a Black Sea Wine Necklace cruise taking in Ukraine, Moldova, Romania, Bulgaria and Turkey. She has helped develop previous trainings in Belgrade, Lviv and Transcarpathia, and she is pleased to take on a strategic role in creating the infrastructure for the development of an ACTE-Ukraine.

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