Dr. Sonat Birnecker Hart is the Co-founder & President of KOVAL Distillery. She has degrees from Earlham College, the University of London, and the University of Oxford. Her and her husband, Robert, chose to leave their academic careers to bring the distilling traditions of Robert’s Austrian family to America. In 2008 they launched KOVAL Distillery, which produces organic whiskey, liqueurs & specialty spirits in Chicago's first distillery since the mid-1800s. Today, their spirits are sold worldwide.