Celebrating International Women's Day 2024

On International Women's Day today, we are delighted to celebrate all the fantastic women in the brewing and distilling industry and shine a light on their incredible work. Though there is a wide history of women's involvement in brewing and distilling dating back to perhaps 4000 years ago in Mesopotamia, the industry has worked hard to embrace and drive widespread changes that has made our community one of the most forward thinking.

The Institute of Brewing and Distilling through the years has championed women, with our first woman President being Professor Anna MacLeod,  who was President between 1970 – 1972. Currently, IBD is proud to be led by our current President, Megan Sheehy, who is our fourth woman president, and is supported by the many men and women in the past and present who have encouraged building a more inclusive and diverse community. 

Apiwe Nxusani-Mawela, first black woman in South Africa to start a microbrewery and a passionate advocate for diversity in the industry, on her journey in brewing

Apiwe is a trailblazer if there ever was one! South Africa's first black woman brewmaster, leading the first black female majority owned brewing company in South Africa, the youngest and first black female chairperson of the IBD's Africa Section and the founding chairperson of the Beer Association of South Africa. Read about her fascinating journey, challenges and her advice for the future generation.

Learn more about our first woman President

IBD has had four women Presidents so far, including our current and immediate Past Presidents. Read more about our very first female President, the legenday Anna MacLeod.