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ATHENA 2018

Όπως και στις δύο προηγούμενες διοργανώσεις, την κριτική επιτροπή του ATHIOOC 2018 απαρτίζουν δοκιμαστές ελαιολάδου διεθνούς εμβέλειας, από την Ελλάδα και το εξωτερικό, με βαθιά γνώση και ολοκληρωμένη άποψη για το ελαιόλαδο, καθώς και με μεγάλη πείρα σε διεθνείς διαγωνισμούς.


Jose Maria Penco

Spain

Panel Leader ATHENA IOOC

Jose Maria Penco from Spain is an agronomist, consultant, manager and olive farmer in Cordoba. He holds an Agricultural Engineering degree from the University of Cordoba, an Executive MBA degree from the International Institute San Telmo in Seville and a Masters degree in Olive Growing and Olive Oil Technology also from the University of Cordoba. He is currently the Technical Director of the Spanish Association of Olive Oil Municipalities, an organization made up of 170 municipalities across Spain. Among his duties are studies and market research and EU projects management including Equal, Interreg, Enpi and Adapt.

Jose Maria has also worked as a designer for 15 years, developing multiple food industry projects, especially in relation to olive oil. Early on in his career, Jose Maria worked as an agronomist for the government of Cadiz and as a manager for agribusiness companies in the oil and wine sectors. He is the author of several technical papers about olive growing and olive oil production and has lectured at various national and international forums on olive cultivation techniques, cost analysis, market analysis, quality olive oil, etc. He is a member of several tasting panels in Spain, including Cadiz, Cordoba, Seville, BioCórdoba, Ecotrama, Community Heritage Award Montoro, AEMO and AOVE.

Alexandra Kicenic Devarenne

USA

Alexandra Kicenik Devarenne, olive oil consultant and educator, is a cofounder of the Extra Virgin Alliance (EVA), an international non‐profit trade association of olive oil producers and experts working to foster appreciation, restore consumer trust and create value in the market for authentic, high-quality extra virgin olive oil. A taste panel member since 2003, she currently serves on two California olive oil sensory panels. She has taught olive oil tasting classes in many venues, including Olive Oil Sommeliers of Japan, Culinary Institute of America, Los Angeles County Fair, UC Davis, and many other venues. She serves as a judge and advisor for several California and international olive oil competitions and chairs the Napa Valley Olive Oil Competition. Alexandra has presented at many olive oil conferences in the US and abroad, focusing on olive oil sensory education, communication, marketing and quality, and teaches classes on olive oil production. She is a member of the American Oil Chemists’ Society expert committee on olive oil, and has cooperated with AOCS on research projects. Beginning with her research work while at the University of California Cooperative Extension, she has written on many aspects of olive oil for popular and scholarly publications, and contributed a chapter to the international book Olive Oil Sensory Evaluation.Juan Ramón Izquierdo, from Spain, is a chemist. He is a civil servant for the Spanish Ministry of Agriculture where he heads the Department of Fats and Oils Analysis of the Ministry’s central laboratory (Laboratorio Arbitral Agroalimentario).

Up to 2012 he headed the tasting panel of virgin olive oil of the Ministry and is currently in charge of it. He is a member of the chemical experts group in olive oil of the European Union Commission and the International Olive Council

Lazzez Aida

Tunisia

Aida Lazzez from Tunisia, is an educator and permanent researcher at the unit of Technology and Quality at the Olive Tree Institute (L’Institut de l’Olivier) in Sfax, Tunisia, since 2005. Her research aims to improve the quality of olive oil through the study of factors such as the maturation process, olive tree varietals, extraction techniques, geographical locations, irrigation and climate factors. In recent years she has focused on developing olive oil authentication techniques through biomarkers and olive oil “fingerprints”. The author of more than 20 scientific papers and co-author of many more, she has participated in several national and international scientific conferences and is a permanent member of the Scientific Committee of the International Symposium Med Mag Oliva where she is in charge of developing several programs including a course on the sensory analysis of olive oil.

As a member of her country’s Audit Committee she is responsible for controling olive oil mills and practices and as a member of Tunisia’s National Olive Oil Office she controls the application of physico-chemical methods of analysis of olive oil and olive pomace oil. She is an accredited olive oil taster since 2009, through the University of Jaen, where she also teaches a university-level course on olive oil sensory analysis and another one on the chemistry of fats.

Manolis Fafoutakis

Greece

Manolis Fafoutakis from Ierapetra, Crete, is the director of the department of olive oil of Chemicotechniki Laboratories. He is an analytical chemist with 33 years of experience in the quality control of olive oil and he is also an olive oil producer. He has been the head of several chemical testing laboratories specialized in olive oil. His laboratory is the first in Greece to be accredited to EN ISO/IEC 17025 for the determination of all the chemical parameters specified in the European Regulation for Olive Oil and it is recognized by the International Olive Council.

He is a member of the tasting panel of UAC Mirabello and he participates as a judge in the Cretan Olive Oil Competition. His many years of experience and expertise in olive oil analysis and organoleptic assessment have established him as a valuable advisor to olive oil professionals.

Dr. Richard Gawel

Australia

Dr Richard Gawel, from Australia, has judged of over 30 national and international extra virgin olive oil competitions including the Australian and New Zealand Nationals, the Los Angeles International, Sol D’ Oro (Verona) and Olives Japan. Richard trained and headed the first Southern Hemisphere taste panel recognised by the International Olive Council. He was the inaugural lecturer in sensory science at the University of Adelaide, and later taught principles of food and wine matching at the Le Cordon Bleu culinary school. He has authored several peer-reviewed papers on the bitterness and pungency of phenolic compounds and on the consistency of expert tasters in judging situations. He currently is a consultant taster and blender for the Australian olive industry and conducts full time research on taste active polyphenols. He holds several degrees from Australian universities (BSc Adelaide, Graduate Diploma in Wine, Roseworthy), Dip Ed, Adelaide), including a PhD from Deakin University at Geelong, Victoria.

Sara Godena

Croatia

Sara Godena works as a Research Associate at the Department of Agriculture and Nutrition of the Institute of Agriculture and Tourism in Poreč (Croatia). She won a COI scholarship in 2014, when she attended a university specialization course in the organoleptic assesment of virgin olive oil at the University of Jaen. In 2008 she attended also a course of the International School of Sensory Analysis and Food Culture O.L.E.A. in Pesaro (Italy). She is author and co-author of many scientific and professional papers, and she participated in many national, international and EU projects. She is on the national list of sensory evaluators of virgin olive oils of the Ministry of Agriculture in Croatia since 2010 and she is a member of the professional, authorized and official panel of the Institute of Agriculture and Tourism in Poreč (Croatia) which is on the list of official panels of the European Union and on a list of panels recognized by the IOC. She has participated on several VOO international judging panels since 2013: New York International Olive Oil Competition (NYIOOC), Copenhagen International Olive Oil Awards (CIOOA), Athena International Olive Oil Competition (ATHIOOC), MonocultivarOliveOil and Domina International Olive Oil Contest (D-IOOC).

Juan Ramon Izquierdo

Spain

Juan Ramón Izquierdo, from Spain, is a chemist. He is a civil servant for the Spanish Ministry of Agriculture where he heads the Department of Fats and Oils Analysis of the Ministry’s central laboratory (Laboratorio Arbitral Agroalimentario).

Up to 2012 he headed the tasting panel of virgin olive oil of the Ministry and is currently in charge of it. He is a member of the chemical experts group in olive oil of the European Union Commission and the International Olive Council

Antonio G. Lauro

Italy

Dr Antonio Giuseppe Lauro, from Italy, is an agronomist, olive oil consultant, educator, journalist and panel leader in several olive oil competitions. He is an accredited Extra Virgin Olive Oil taster since 1995 and an International Olive Council (IOC) panel leader since 2003. He has also been leading training courses for professional olive oil assessors for the past 15 years (in accordance with IOC/EU laws) and is a judge at many international olive oil competitions, such as Concorso Nazionale Ercole Olivario, Premio Biol/International Organic Olive Oil Competition, Concorso Nazionale Ercole Olivario, Extrascape, TerraOlivo Jerusalem, Olivinus Mendoza, New York International Olive Oil Competition, Domina International Olive Oil Contest Palermo, Mediterranea Oro, Skidòn Olive Oil Competition and Olive Japan.

As an agronomist and olive sector expert for the Agricultural Department of Calabria he has participated in many national and international projects related to olive oil production and quality control. Antonio is also the author of numerous publications (books, articles, guides…) on olive oil. His web site is www.antoniolauro.it 

Kostas Liris

Greece

Konstantinos Liris from Greece, is a Kalamata-based agronomist (MSc, MBA) and olive oil expert. He is the founder of “Iris”, a newly established Greek private company providing consulting services to the wider agricultural and agri-food sector. He also cooperates with companies as an independent contractor on international olive oil trading. In 2013/2014 he was chief olive oil trader and taster for Salov Spa (Filippo Berio) responsible for the markets of Greece and Turkey. Earlier, from 2010 to 2013, he was responsible for the standardization of olive oil, olives and raisins for the Union of Agricultural Cooperatives of Messinia (Greece’s biggest olive oil cooperative) as Director for its agricultural industries, while previously (1998-2010) he served as Export and Quality Control Manager for the same company.

Konstantinos has participated in many olive oil conferences in Greece and abroad and has been among the team of judges at the NUIOOC since 2014.

Ayala Noy Meir

Israel

Ayala Noy Meir, from Israel, is an agronomist with a Masters degree from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. She is the manager of the organic, cold press olive oil mill "Rish Lakish", cultivating more than 100 acres of organic olive trees, and a lecturer of olive oil in various forums in Israel. Following an internship in olive oil cultivation and production at Tel Hai College, Ayala followed several IOC-approved olive oil tasting courses, including the "Olive Without Borders" training course in Spain, led by Jose Maria Penco and Dr. Fathi Abd El-Hadi.

Ayala is the representative of the Organic Olive Growers on the Israeli Olive Growers Board and from 2012 to 2016 was a member of the Israeli IOC olive oil panel. She has judged at the Terraolivo and Masters of Olive Oil competitions in Israel and Italy, respectively.

Dionissis Papadatos

Greece

Dionissis Papadatos was born in Kalamata, Greece. He studied at the Department of Cultural Technology and Communication of the Aegean University specializing in Cultural Representation and New Technologies. Currently he is an MBA student. Since 2006 he has worked in various areas around Greece, as cultural event manager. Since 2012 he is the Project Manager of “Captain Vassilis and Carmen Konstantakopoulos Foundation”. The main aim of the Foundation is to establish Messinia as a model for sustainable agricultural development, by supporting and promoting related projects. So far the Foundation has supported a range of activities, varying from research on local seed varieties to seminars and promotional activities on local gastronomy and products. Dionissis Papadatos is olive oil taster and was an active member of the Kalamata Olive Oil Taste Panel of the Technological Educational Institute of Peloponnese from 2012 to 2017.

Franco Pasquini

Italy

Franco Pasquini, an agronomist, lives in Pistoia, near Florence. He is an accredited Extra Virgin Olive Oil taster since 1995 and an International Olive Council (IOC) panel leader since 1997. Since 2011 he is president of ANAPOO (National Association of Olive Oil Professional Tasters) and directs one of the four tasting panels of ANAPOO recognized from the Italian Ministry of Agricultural Policies. Since 2013 he has been panel leader of the “Il Magnifico” International Olive Oil Competition, held in Florence. He has organized and directed numerous official courses for tasters in various parts of Italy (in accordance with IOC/EU laws) and has participated as a taster in various olive oil competitions, such as “Harmony”.

Francisco Ataide Pavao

Portugal

Francisco Manuel Aguia de Sousa Ataide Pavao, from Portugal, is an agronomist, olive grove manager, olive mill expert, educator and accredited taster. A graduate of the Superior Institute of Agronomy at Lisbon’s Technical University, he has managed olive groves, olive tree nurseries and olive mills for many years with a vast array of responsibilities. As technical manager and president of the Producers Association in Integrated Pest Management of Trás-os-Montes and the Alto Douro Region, Francisco has been in the forefront of implementing novel integrated production and organic farming techniques in these regions.

He teaches at the School of Agronomy at Bragança’s Polytechnic Institute and is a permanent member of the school’s extended panel of olive oil tasters. He has been the director of the Portuguese Farmers Confederation and judges regularly in several international competitions outside Portugal.

Carmen Sancez

Spain

Carmen Sanchez Garcia is an olive oil consultant who was born in Valdepeňas, Spain but currently resides in Pulheim, Germany. She holds a degree in Economics from the University of Castilla La Mancha and is an accredited Extra Virgin Olive Oil Taster through the University of Jaén in Spain. Her consultancies have led her to work with many Michelin-starred chefs such as Alexandro Pape of Altes Fährhaus restaurant in Sylt, Andreas Steinwandt of Kleine Brunnenstrasse 1 in Hamburg and Nelson Müller of Müllers auf der Rü.

At Munich’s Confiserie Opaque she has worked with their chefs-patissiers to develop a ground-breaking series of EVOO chocolates exclusive for high gastronomy. As an educator and lecturer she has led numerous events, presentations, lectures and workshops on olive oil, including several for such prestigious companies and organizations as Thyssen Krupp, Vitra, the Anuga fair, Edeka Supermakets, the Cervantes Institute in Bremen, the Food & Flavour cooking school in Essen and Google Deutschland. Carmen has judged olive oils at Biopress and Feinschmecker (Germany), Ovibeja (Portugal) and at the Universitiy of Jaén in Spain.

Chrissa Sergentani

Greece

Chrysa Sergentani, from Greece, is an agronomist at the Olive Tree, Subtropical Plants and Viticulture Institute of the agricultural organization “Demeter” at Chania, Crete. She is an accredited taster with the organoleptic panel of the food technology laboratory of the Institute since 2009. The panel is accredited according to the European commission regulation EEC 2568/91- ISO 17025.

Chrysa has attended many seminars concerning the evaluation of olive oil and has co-authored numerous scientific publications mainly about the cultivation of the olive tree. She is part of several national and international projects related to olive oil production and quality control.

Ehud Soriano

Israel

Ehud Soriano, from Israel, is an olive oil consultant, head of the Israeli Olive Oil Tasting Panel (recognized by the IOC) and instructor of other olive oil panels in Israel including the IOC-accredited Israeli Organoleptic Assessment Course, which he heads.

Ehud is panel leader at both of Israel’s national olive oil competitions and travels extensively abroad as a taster in several international olive oil competitions including Biopress, Ovibeja and Der Feinschmecker.

Tomiko Tanaka

Japan

Τomiko Tanaka is an olive oil consultant who was born in Japan and has been living in Spain for the past 17 years. She is an accredited Extra Virgin Olive Oil Taster through the University of Jaén since 2008. Over the past ten years Tomiko has refined her knowledge about extra virgin olive oil through numerous courses, travels and seminars and has focused on communicating olive oil in both Spain and Japan. She is the creator of a start-up Oleotourism project called “Viaje de Olivos” and is a regular contributor on olive oil to Spanish and Japanese food publications. Among other projects she has created an olive oil specialist course destined to introduce Japanese consumers to olive oil appreciation. For all of the above in 2013 she was nominated and won second prize for “Disseminating Olive Oil Culture” by AEMO. Tomiko has previously judged at Ovibeja (Portugal), Evooleum and Jaén Selección (Spain) and Horeca (Lebanon).

Odysseas Vlaxavas

Greece

Odysseas Vlachavas from Greece is an olive oil producer based in the Chalkidiki region of Northern Greece. After studying physiotherapy in Greece and Germany, Odysseas worked in sales for various companies before deciding in 2009 to follow his passion, the production of olive oil. Odysseas is an accredited, by Paratus Europe, olive oil taster and has attended numerous seminars on olive oil tasting, quality control and blending. He recently organized a workshop on olive oil good practices with the support of the Chalkidiki Chamber of Commerce.

Richard Wolny

Germany

Richard Wolny from Germany is a copy writer and food writer who has been working in the wine and olive oil business for 18 years. He is responsible for the "Experience the World of Olive Oil" show at Biofach the world’s leading trade fair for organic food, taking place in Nuremberg. This special show allows all visitors of the fair to taste different olive oils in one place. In addition to this, Richard Wolny is in charge of the Olive Oil Award of Biofach.

An award where the visitors select the best olive oils in a blind tasting and where the winners receive the prize on site during the fair. Being associated with the German Olive Oil Panel (DOP) Richard Wolny is a member of the German network of panel tasters, which allows him to foster the communication amongst olive oil experts in Germany.

Dr. Kiki Zinoviadou

Greece

Dr. Kiki Zinoviadou from Greece is an Assistant Professor at the Department of Food Science and Technology, Perrotis College, American Farm School. She holds a PhD in Food Science from the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki and a MSc. in Ingredient Functionality from Wageningen University the Netherlands.

She has attended various seminars concerning the sensory evaluation of olive oil and is one of the principal scientists of the Perrotis College “Krinos” Olive Centre. She has authored and co-authored many scientific publications and has participated in various national and international conferences. Dr. Kiki Zinoviadou

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