Konstantinos (Kostas) Liris is a Kalamata-based agronomist (MSc, MBA) and olive oil expert. He is the founder of “Iris”, a 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 NYIOOC since 2014.