Women in wine in Hong Kong (pic: Vino Joy News)

Women in wine in Hong Kong (pic: Vino Joy News)

Meet the 10 most powerful women in Hong Kong's multi-billion wine industry, whose influence shapes local wine scene and far beyond.

Michelle Chan

Head of Wine, Christie’s Asia Pacific

Michelle Chan is appointed Head of Wine for Christie's Asia Pacific (pic: Christie's)
Michelle Chan is appointed Head of Wine for Christie’s Asia Pacific (pic: Christie’s)

Michelle Chan is the Head of Wine at auction house Christie’s Asia Pacific department, and plays an important role in securing consignments, driving sales, uplifting client acquisition and engagement for live and online auctions in a market steeped with competitions. 

Originally from Hong Kong, Chan worked for about 10 years at Sotheby’s as senior wine specialist and head of sales. She was part of a strong wine team in Asia led by Adam Bilbey (who now has also left Sotheby’s to head Christie’s wine and spirits department) that saw some blockbuster and record-breaking wine sales and reinforced Sotheby’s lead in fine wine sales. 

Prior to joining Sotheby’s, she worked at Hong Kong’s Hang Seng Bank for 10 years, specialising in media and investor relations. 

Chan joined Christie’s in December 2019, and leads a team of specialists seeking to expand its client base in China, Hong Kong and rest of Asia, and promote cross-category buying in other departments within art and luxury. 

Under her leadership, she orchestrated the auction debut sale of Japan’s ultra premium sake Juyondai, achieving white glove sale result of 100% sell rate.

1 thought on “Hong Kong’s 10 Most Powerful Women in Wine

  1. I must commend Debra for setting up WineSpit which helped educate the wine industry in Hong Kong, she gives back to the Industry selflessly time and time again.

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