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Manolis Salivaras Co-Founder, Technical Director, Head Panel Leader,Greece

Emmanuel Salivaras, owner and founder of Multichrom.lab, is one of the most experienced and skilled analysts in the industry of quality control and sensory evaluation of olive oil. He studied Food Technology at the Technological Educational Institute of Thessaloniki and then at the Agricultural Faculty of the University of Saskatchewan in Canada. From the same University he also holds a graduate degree (M.Sc) in Food Science and Applied Microbiology.

Since 1993 he is successfully working in the field of laboratory analyses and sensory evaluation of olive oil, building a reputation as one of the most reliable and experienced professionals in this field. He has participated in many educational seminars for quality control equipment of food and fats. He has written scientific articles on olive oil chemistry and contributed a chapter on olive oil sensory evaluation in “Functional properties of olives and olive oil” (Wiley Blackwell, 2017).

Dieter Oberg Germany

Dieter Oberg is scientifically involved in the history and quality of olive oil and continues to train intensively, especially in the field of sensory evaluation. In 1998, he co-founded the German Olive Oil Panel (DOP), which he now leads. He is therefore responsible for compliance with quality standards.

He is also a lecturer for olive oil sensory evaluation at the University of Applied Sciences in Zurich and a jury member in various international olive oil competitions such as PremioBIOL (Italy), the International Olive Oil Award (Switzerland) and the tests by the Hamburg magazine Feinschmecker. The now retired olive oil expert has been running the Olive Oil Information Community on a voluntary basis since 2002.

Agusti Romero Spain

Dr. Agustí J. ROMERO, PhD in Food Science and Technology. Thirty years of experience as researcher at the IRTA Plant Science Program. His work focuses on virgin olive oil quality improvement and cultivar evaluation. He is co-author of one book about olive cultivars in Catalonia, the chapter about olive oils from Spain in “Olive Oil Sensory Science Book” (Ed. Willey, 2014) and several parts of technical books on olive oil, food sensorial analysis, etc.

Co-author of more than 60 scientific reports and more than 80 articles of divulgation. In addition, he is an expert assistant for the International Olive Council (IOC) regarding olive germplasm repository banks and professor in several master courses: “experto en cata de aceites” University of Jaen; “gestión e innovación de la industria alimentaria” University of Lleida.

Milena Miklavcic Slovenia

36 years; researcher, national Panel leader for organoleptic assessment from 2005; project development and writing, manager of accredited laboratory

BSc., Hilena Bučar-Hiklavčič (female) is the Head of laboratory. From 1998 she is spread among research work and project oriented work at Science and Research Center of Koper as a researcher and project manager in the field of olive oils and Hediterranean agriculture. Her main research fields are:antioxidant substances in olive oils and olive drupes (secoiridoids and tocols), chemometric assessment of extra virgin olive oils from Slovene Istria,sensoriaI and chemistry related studies of aotOChthonoos olive cultivars from Slovene /stria, monitoring of re/evant chemical and sensorial data in Slovene olive oils since 1995.

Alissa Mattei Italy

Alissa Mattei is an organic chemist that started her professional life in 1974 in Carapelli company as quality control assistant, in 1995 became R&D and QC and QA manager developing new analytical methods and many studies especially on nutritional aspects of EVO ( polyphenols), creating Carapelli Nutritional Foundation.

In 1992 became professional taster and panel leader for Carapelli panel recognized from IOOC. Published several scientific papers, patents and participating in many workshop/congress in Italy and abroad.

From 2006 works as consultant for many companies and associations of producers, organizing tasting and scientific courses in Italy and in different other countries ( Russia, Ungheria, Cile, Argentina, Cina).

Today President of Knoil Association for dissemination of the culture of olive oil and Aifo (Italian millers Association) panel leader in Florence, secretary of SISSG ( Società Italiana per lo studio Sostanze Grasse ) and member of UNI-ISO.

She has been a judge in many national and international olive oil competitions.

Ana Carrilho Portugal

Ana Carrilho graduated in Agro-Industrial Engineering Instituto Superior de Agronomia, in Lisbon, initially developed her interest in the production of olive oils during the completion of her thesis, entitled “Definition of the optimal period of harvest of olives and characterization of the oils of two cultivars in the DOP – North Alentejano “.

In 2005 made a Master’s in Oliviculture and Oliotechnology at University of Cordoba, Spain having the opportunity to work in the “ Almazara Experimental – Instituto de la Grassa, topics such as Influences of Inertization in the process of virgin olive oil extraction and quality of the oils obtained. She is also Post-graduated in Management by Nova School of Business and Economics in Lisbon.
In 2003, developed a professional internship in Italy, in Product Quality Control at Carapelli. The following year, she returned to Lisbon, where she obtained a research scholarship, where she followed projects in the Olives and Olive Oil area until 2008. In the company Olivais do Sul was Technical Director, having been responsible for Quality and Environment, Production and Laboratory.

In 2013 he joined the Esporão team, assuming the responsibility of the Company’s Olive Oil Business Area.

Aldo Mazzini Italy

I have worked during the last 20 years in the olive oil field as an entrepreneur and as consultant and lecturer for privates and companies in Italy and abroad. I have also had some experiences in the meantime for olive oil and olives quality assurance and evaluation in Italian and international companies.

Consultant for “The quality improvement project” as EVOO taster for rough materials and blending and trainer for new Professional Tasters for the internal tasting Panel for Deoleo/Carapelli in Tavarnelle Val di Pesa (FI) since 05.07th.2016 to 31.03rd.2017;

Consultant as professional EVOO Taster for Olive Oil and Table Olives and Temporary Export Manager for Cipressa Sapori SRL (IM) from 10.1st.2016 to 06.30th.2016;

Sophia Streich Amariotaki Switzerland

After graduating from The Food Technology Department of Thessaloniki in Greece, she obtained her Master Degree at the Reading University in England. During her studies and throughout her professional career, she focused on projects dealing with olive oil technology and quality.

As a Research Assistant at R.S.S.Ltd, in Reading England she was responsible for the Authenticity Analysis tests for fats and oils of the Lipids Department; Worked as a freelance consultant and founder of Elaionsophie, spreading knowledge and word of excellence in the olive oil sector.

Johnny Madge United Kingdom

I started tasting olive oil on the panel of the Slow Food ‘Extravergini’ Guide in 2005 in Italy where he has lived since 1982. Since he has talked about olive oil for the BBC (tv and radio) and about bitterness in olive oil at the First International New York Olive Oil Competition in 2013. In 2008 he started olive oil education for tourists, chefs and producers from all over the world on  his Johnny Madge Olive Oil Tour.

Since 2014 he has judged olive oil in international competitions including Olive Japan, The London Olive Oil Competition and Athena. In 2017 he was awarded the Lekythos award at the Ercole Olivario Competition for the non-Italian person who distinguished himself for spreading the good word of quality Italian olive oil in Italy and abroad.

Muge Asan Turkey

Research R&D

Ministry of Food,Feed and Livestock

Central Research Institute of Control of Food and Feed

Food Engineer PhD / Master Researcher

Director of national and international projects Research of Olive oil&oil&fats

Panel Leader of Sensory Analysis Laboratuary Chef of Oils&Fats Laboratuary

Inspector of Ministry for Private Laboratories Validations for Analysis

Inspector of Accreditation Trainer for Ministry

Aseoaiation of Turc Acreditation/ANKARA Master Inspector

Control of Laboratoriees which are work in fôod Acreditation

Kerstin Barduhn Germany

Kerstin Barduhn is the founder of the Olive Academy in Hamburg where she works as an olive oil consultant as well as an educator offering an international clientele (B2B and B2C) the opportunity to acquire valuable olive oil know-how and to sharpen the senses for high-quality extra virgin olive oils. Her mission: the implementation of an olive oil culture in Germany. In addition, she supports quality evoo producers to establish themselves in the German market. Kerstin lived 14 years in Spain where you received her expertise in extra virgin olive oils.

Richard Wolny Germany

Richard Wolny from Germany is a copy writer and food journalist who has been working in the olive oil business for 20 years. He is the organizer of the “Experience the World of Olive Oil” show at Biofach, the world’s leading trade fair for organic food.

This special show allows all visitors to taste the different olive oils from the exhibitors of the trade fair in one place. In addition to this, Richard Wolny oversees the Olive Oil Award of Biofach, which he developed.

What makes this award particular is that the visitors select the best olive oils in a blind tasting and that the winners receive the prizes on site during the fair. Being member of the German Olive Oil Panel (DOP), which is certified by the International Olive Oil Council, Richard Wolny is part of the German network of panel tasters.

A fact that allows him to foster the communication amongst olive oil experts in Germany.

Rob Harris Australia

Robert Harris, Dip.A&D, MA (CSU Australia)

Australian Olive Oil Sensory Panel (IOC accredited) 

Judge, Australian National EVOO shows, Sydney, Canberra, Melbourne, Wagga Wagga.

Royal Melbourne Fine Food Awards. Australian regional/state EVOO shows.

AOA Study and publication of Tunisian Olive Oil production. ‘Oleo’ Munchen, Germany.

‘Der Feinschmecker’, Hamburg, Germany. Monocultivar OO Master, Milan, Italy.

Oil China, Milan, Italy. Flos Olei, Rome, italy. NYIOOC, New York, USA.

New Zealand

Rob is a past academic in the University sector of Australian and International education with special research areas in Art Education and Child Development through art.

Dimitris Salivaras Greece

Dimitrios Salivaras, co-owner of Multichrom.lab holds a degree in Food Science & Human Nutrition from the Aegean University of Greece.

He has been trained in sensory evaluation of olive oil in technical and theoretical courses in Greece, Italy, and in Spain and in 2016 completed the 4-month advanced course ‘’Titulo De Experto En Cata De Aceites De Oliva Virgenes’’(Expert in Tasting Virgin Olive Oils) at the University of Jaen in Spain on an IOC grant.

​He has also completed the ‘’International Master for EVOO Taster and Olive Expert’’ by O’live Italy and the ‘’Technical Course for Aspiring Olive Oil Tasters’’ – 2014, by O.N.A.O.O. Imperia, Italy. He has also participated in seminars regarding agricultural technical production procedures. In 2017, he became panel leader of organoleptic assessment teams after completing IOC relevant seminar in Izmir, (Turkey) again under an IOC grant.

The quality assurance manager of Multichrom and deputy panel leader of its accredited panel, he has served on the panel of the London International Olive Oil Competition’’ from 2016 to 2019.

Francesca De Ritis Holland

ONAOO Professional Taster & Trainer.

Olive Grower and Premium Extra Virgin Olive Oil Importer.

Since more than 15 years she is a passionate olive grower from family farm in Abruzzo, Italy.

She developed a deep knowledge in EVOO from farming to milling, consulting, training and marketing.

Expert of Italian and other main European and North African olive oil producing countries.

She is a premium EVOO importer to the Dutch market and consults Retailers and Restaurants on their shelf space, the knowledge and the use of EVOO (Food Pairing).

Health Coach graduated in 2018 from IIN – Institute for Integrative Nutrition, New York.

Graduated in Psychology from University G. D’Annunzio.  Prior of working in the Food & Health industry she worked for 15 years for the world’s leading sport company in the area of costing, sourcing and development.

Juan Baseda Torruella Spain

Degree in Veterinary, Bromatology and Food Technologies

Facultad de Veterinaria (Universidad de Zaragoza)
Colegiado Nº 450. Ilustre colegio oficial de Veterinarios de Teruel

  • Secretary and Technical Director of PDO Aceite del Bajo Aragón (1999 –
  • Deputy Head Panel of Panel de Catadores de Aceite de Oliva Virgen de Aragón
    (2008 – present)
  • Tasting Technical Manager of Panel de Catadores de Aceite de Oliva Virgen de
    Aragón (2005 – l present)
  • Taster of Panel de Catadores de Aceite de Oliva Virgen de Aragón (2001 –
  • Organizer of the prize “Mejor Aceite del Bajo Aragón” (2001 – present)

Spyros Misichronis Greece

Misichronis Spyros is the owner of Misichronis Estate, where he is responsible for the production, packaging and trade of extra virgin olive oil. After completing his BA in International and European Economic Studies in Athens University of Economics and Business, in 2013 he attended ONAOO’s “International Technical Course for Aspiring Olive Oil Tasters” in Imperia, Italy, in order to expand his knowledge in olive oil tasting. In 2014, he joined the olive oil tasting panel of mr. Salivaras Manolis, and has been a panel member ever since.

In 2015, he attended the International Master of “Olive & Italy” to further enhance his skills in olive oil tasting. Later that year, he launched “Poetry Olive Oil Tasting” events in Santorini, in collaboration with Selene Restaurant (featured in 2014’s “101 Best Restaurants in the World”). He is the speaker of the event for four consecutive years, presenting to visitors from all over the world some of Greece’s finest extra virgin olive oils.

Dilsen Oktay Turkey

Born in Türkiye, and lives in Izmir.
I am the Manager of the family business and olive orchards. I produce olive oil in Gömeç, Balıkesir since 1998.

I own the brand “Ethem Bey Zeytinyağları” and the company DOKTAY, which is focused on food, agriculture, tourism, consultancy and trade. I am planning to build my own factory for 2020/21 production season and grow the business.

1998-2002 Bachelor of Science degree in the Food Engineering in CBU (Celal Bayar University, Manisa, Türkiye)
2002-2004 Master of Science degree in Economic Sciences, Marketing, Finance and Management in MAICh (Mediterranean Agronomic Institute of Chania, Greece) Thesis topic: “Econometric Analysis of Turkish Olive Oil Sector With Special Reference To EU Membership” 2004-2010 Philosophy degree in Agricultural Economics in Ege University (Izmir, Türkiye) Dissertation topic: “Research Into The Possible Increase of Olive Oil Consumption in The Aegean Region Through Improved Supply Chain Management”

Vasilis Fratzolas Greece

Vasilis Frantzolas, is an olive oil taster and quality consultant, participating in various international competitions. He is the founder of (OOS), an established since 2006, a private organization offering seminars in various subjects, such as olive oil tasting, olive cultivation, and production of high-quality olive oil. He is also the founder of the program for the training of olive oil tasters in Greece, commonly organized by ONAOO (Italy) and OOS, for four consecutive years.

Andrea Sita Germany

I was born in Milan (Italy) on 14th November  1969.

I studied Agricultural Sciences in Florence until 1996

1996-1999 I worked for the Retailer tegut… in Fulda/ Germany (with 340 Supermarkets)

2000-2005 I worked for the Mail-Business seiVital Faber Versand in Kempten, a reseller of Food, helthy products and supplements

2005 I founded OLI DIVINI passion olive oil, a Mail-Business for best EVOO

2006 I founded BIO MERCATO, an organic Supermarket in Kempten

Since 2009 member of the DOP (german olive oil panel)/ Nürnberg

Efstratia Kouzoumi Greece

Aggeliki Efstratia Kouzoumi, is currently head of the Olive Oil Laboratory of Mytilene, an organization which belongs to the Hellenic Agricultural Organization “DIMITRA”, under the supervision of the Greek Ministry of Rural Development and Food.
Efstratia, is highly experienced in quality control and sensory evaluation and has participated in numerous scientific conferences and international quality olive oil competitions. She is the panel leader of Lesvos accredited organoleptic evaluation team.
Other notable professional activities include her involvement in environmental projects, waste management, plant protection, and olive oil cultivation research projects, etc.
She holds a degree in Environmental Science and a master’s degree in Environmental Policy and Management.