Maria Perdikari is an agronomist based in Kalamata. Since 2005 she has worked as an agricultural consultant focusing on best practices for agriculture and the environment, especially in regards to olive tree cultivation and olive oil production. Maria holds a Bachelor’s degree in Agricultural Science from the Agricultural University of Athens and a MSc in Environmental Design of Cities and Buildings from the Hellenic Open University. Prior to her current position, Maria worked for the Ministry of Agriculture, in charge of issues pertaining to the processing, standardization, quality control and marketing of industrially produced agricultural goods. As an instructor she offers her expertise on issues related to the improvement of agricultural productions and the sustainability of the environment; as a consultant she specializes in organic and integrated farming of olive groves. Ms Perdikari is a member of the Kalamata Olive Oil Tasting Panel of the University of the Peloponnese. In 2018 she received an IOC scholarship to attend the EVOO organoleptic assessment program of the University of Jaen in Spain.