About IBA

In 1951, the International Bartenders Association was established in Torquay, UK on the 24 February by 7 founding members (guilds), Denmark, France, Italy, Netherlands, Sweden, Switzerland and the United Kingdom. The first President was Mr Bill Tarling from UKBG, followed George Baker the next year, then by George Sieve of Switzerland, Pietro Grandi of Italy, and Kurt Sorensen of Denmark. 

From 1963 to 1976 (14 years) the presidency was in Italy held by Mr Angelo Zola. Angelo Zola was also one of the founding members at the round table meeting for the inception of the IBA. 

The IBA flourished and by 1976 it had recruited 23 new members, making the IBA with a membership of 30 countries. To-date the IBA membership stands at 64 with 3 observing countries.

Message from the President

The International Bartenders’ Association is the crossroad of exchange between new and old generations of professionals, it is the meeting point of all professional optics. It is the splendid gym where competition is exercised in view of a single common goal: our professional identity.

I would not want to fall into the obvious, but here is where our asociative “spirit” emerges: robust in its professional solidity, and full-bodied for everyone who takes part in it, every year, with new and consolidated experiences.

The commitment, and devotion that is given by our 64 member countries, underline how important and strong our association is.

A special recognition to our Partners, that despise the current socio-economic situation continue supporting our causes and working for the benefit of the world’s bartending community.

IBA Board

The current Board was elected in the 70th Annual General Meeting held via web conference on the 7th of April 2021.

Giorgio Fadda


Country: Italy

Bruno Santos


Country: Macau S.A.R / China

David Nepove

Vice President – Education

Country: USA

Sheena Cullan

Vice President – Flair

Country: Australia

Salvatore Damiano

Vice President – Classic

Country: UK

Ramón Fresneda

Vice President – Public Relations, Communication

Country: Spain

Ryszard Berent


Country: Poland

Derrick Lee

Honorary President

Country: Singapore

Our mission

To unite international bartenders to raise awareness to the service and the traditions of our trade.

Our Vision

To raise the professional behavior of bartenders, their technique and knowledge internationally.

Our Core Values


What We Do

Utilize our relationship with our Associate Members to add value to our international associations for the advancement of their members.

Offering opportunities to compete at our World Cocktail Competition and personal growth through learning in our IBA Academy courses.

What We Are

The IBA is the only non-profit international bartender’s association. We are a body sharing a common interest to unite and advance bartenders worldwide.