Jaega Wise
Brewer, Chemical Engineer, Presenter

Jaega is the Head Brewer of East London based Wild Card Brewery. Combining expertise in engineering, mathematics, logistics and a love of all things beer, she has been leading the brewing team at Wild Card since 2012. Jaega was named one of London’s most influential figures in the Evening Standard’s Progress 1000 as well as Brewer of the Year in 2018 and 2022. In 2023, she was nominated for CODE Hospitality’s Women of the Year. Jaega is also one of the core presenters of The Food Programme on BBC Radio Four.

Jaega’s background is in chemical engineering – she first worked as a Process Technician for General Electric’s Water Division before moving to London for a commercial role in the industry – switching to international chemical import & trading. Combining her expertise in mathematics, engineering & logistics and a love of all things beer Jaega now leads the award-winning brewing team at Wild Card as Head Brewer.

Jaega is vocal about equal representation within the brewing community. She spearheaded an industry-wide ruling in the UK that banned sexist, homophobic, and racist labeling on beer; as well as working closely with her brewing mentor to build and grow the International Women’s Collaboration Brew network. Through this network she unites female brewers across the globe to learn, talk shop, and network. Jaega shares her own story and knowledge to inspire other women in business and help elevate their careers. Jaega is a warm, energetic, and adept presenter and hosts beer masterclasses and pairing events across the country. She is a natural communicator who will impress audiences with her knowledge of beer, Jaega is a perfect after dinner speaker for food and beverage events.

Themes: Business, Design & Manufacture, Diversity & Equality, Food & Drink