Antonio Giuseppe Lauro is an olive oil consultant, journalist and panel leader, an assessor of extra virgin olive oil quality since 1995 and an International Olive Council (IOC) panel leader since 2003.
Since 2003 Dr. Lauro has been teaching courses for professional tasters of olive oil in accordance with IOC/EU laws. Lauro has written numerous publications on the extra virgin olive oil sector.
Lauro is panel leader of “Prim’Olio,” certified by the Agricultural Ministry of Italy and the panel leader of the international jury for TerraOlivo Mediterranean International Olive Oil Competition since 2010. He is also the panel leader of of the international jury for OLIVINUS International Olive Oil Competition .
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.
Dr. Lauro is member of the jury of the regional selection Concorso Nazionale Ercole Olivario, the international organic olive oil competition Premio Oleum Olivarum, a Member of the National Jury Concorso Nazionale Ercole Olivario (2005/2013); member of the international jury of Extrascape (2012), and a frequent panel Leader and member of regional olive oil competitions since 1995.
Brígida Jiménez Herrera is a Doctor of Pharmacy, Master in Economics and Business Administration (MBA) and Diploma in Business Management by the CSIC, is Director of the Center IFAPA Cabra since 1990, specializing in the Olivar center, oil olive oil and table olives.
She has extensive experience in R + D + I in the sensory characteristics of virgin olive oil, as an expert panel participating in major international competitions of quality olive oil.
She has participated in numerous conferences at the national and international level and has received several awards as Andres Nunez de Prado Organic Livestock Award for Research in Agriculture and for the work “Phenolic compounds with beneficial health effect in Virgin Olive Oils Extra Picual variety. Comparative study of organic farming versus conventional farming:” Olivar de Jaén Prize, in recognition of the work in spreading the culture of the grove and its dedication to the promotion and development of the olive and olive oil, given by the Association for Culture and Olivar; Award The experience in the development and promotion of Table Olive awarded by the Foundation for the Development and Promotion of the Table Olive IFAPA center Cabra (Córdoba); Weevil Award 2005 awarded by the DOP Priego de Córdoba for their continued support for the operation and development of the appellation.
Dr. Lavee is Professor Emeritus of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Faculty of Agriculture and The Agricultural Research Organization (ARO) at the Volcani center for agricultural research. In the past Deputy Director for research ARO, Head Institute of Horticulture and for 25 years Head Department of Olive and Viticulture.
Israel delegate to the International Olive Council (IOC) and elected its president for the years 2000 and 2008. His research is in the field of olive physiology, breeding and agronomic development. He published about 150 scientific papers 60 professional articles and about 65 review papers and book chapters. He is involved in various National and international olive research projects and was a visiting professor at many universities and research institutes, world wide. He was and still is deeply involved in teaching, guiding M.Sc and Ph.D students as well as in research and development of the olive industries in Israel and various other countries. Some of his new varieties for oil extraction are world wide used in the new intensive olive orchards.
Dr. Fathi Abd El-Hadi is an agribusiness and agricultural extension specialist, who brings both a public and private sector perspective.
Have worked on his family farm raising field crops and fruit trees, then after the high school he served as a manager for field crops cotton and corn crops in Moshav Tel Adashim. Dr. Abd El-Hadi is intimately familiar with both the physical and political challenges of managing a successful agribusiness in the private sector. During studying for the Masters and Ph.D. in Entomology and Biochemistry from The Hebrew University, he began working within the Extension Service Department within the Ministry of Agriculture. During this period Dr. Abd El-Hadi serves as teaching assistant for general chemistry for 1st year studies and organic chemistry for the 2nd year studies for the first degree in the Agriculture Faculty. Dr. Abd El-Hadi has experience in a number of agricultural sub-sectors; initially, he provided extension services to farmers operating in vegetables production, then fruit tree production, and currently, serves as the Chief Specialist for olive and almond growing, olive oil quality, pomegranate and fig growing. Dr. Abd El-Hadi has also succeeded in establishing a 120 memberstrong local cooperative for olive and almond production within an area of 250 Has.
With Dr. Abd El-Hadi’s assistance, the cooperative undertook a project to meet the recycled irrigation water quota of 1,300,000 quibeq/meter as well as lay the main irrigation pipes and irrigation systems for about 260 plots at a total cost of roughly $1.5 million USD. Since the irrigation system has been in place, more than 100 families now have sustainable livelihoods through agricultural production. The cooperative is producing 150+ tons of almond kernel with an economic value of more than $1 million USD and producing 180 tons of olive oil with an economic value of $650,000 USD. Dr. Abd El-Hadi also created the Israeli Olive Oil Tasting Panel and in less than 7 years of collaboration with the Israeli Olive Oil Board, he was successful in receiving recognition of Israeli olive oil by the International Olive Oil Council. He serves as a tasting panel supervisor for the Israeli tasting panel, after getting education in Italy and Spain. Dr Abd El-Hadi is serving in Tel Hai 2 College as an academic manager of an academic course for olive and olive oil production ( 220 hours).
Recently at June 2006, Dr Abd El Hadi left his position in the ministry of Agriculture to the private sector to Netafim and joins the company in the agribusiness department in the corporate as an expert in olives almonds and pomegranates and he share his big experience with all the countries that grow these crops with Netafim projects. He get involved in the olive big projects in Australia, Argentina, Chile, Europe, Israel and North Africa. His experience in all production aspects: growing systems (intensive and super intensive), variety selection, plant protection, olive oil production, olive oil quality and the olive Nutrigation.
Since the beginning of 2010 Dr Abd El Hadi is working as a free lance consultant in agriculture project in the different countries of the world.
Born in Kibbutz Hamadia , 29 years old. wide experience in agriculture from very young age.
Presently working in Eretz-Gshur olive oil as a marketing manager andoperation manager of the Eretz-Gshur olive mill. Graduate of several olive oil tasting courses.
Mrs. Eleftheria Germanaki has a degree on Agronomist from the Technological Education Institute of Crete.
Currently she is the panel supervisor for the Laboratory of Organoleptic Assessment of Virof, the virgin olive oil of A.C.R of Rethymno and generally on Crete. She is also responsible for quality assurance for all the Quality Systems National System of Accreditation and an olive oil consultant.
Since 1986 she has been responsible of quality control of virgin oil for the laboratory of A.C.R and in a variety of other agricultural products such as milk and raisins. Furthermore she has attended numerous educational seminars regarding the production of olive oil.
One of the top moments of her career was being selected as chief of European schemes regarding olive oil farming, organic agriculture and PDO since 2000.
In addition she has supervised programs with the aim to educate producers on how to produce qualitative olive oil, and supporting them from “the field to the store” using environmentally friendly methods.
She also took part in Symposium ”Olive Oil Mediterranean Diet” presented in collaboration with the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki: the application on multivariate statistical analysis on the control of the determination of the geographical origin of Greek virgin oil.
Last but not least she has served as a member of the judge panel since the foundation of the New York International Olive Oil Competition and in contests throughout Greece.
Mrs. Germanaki considers olive oil to be a divine product which could “heal” the planet not only in a financial sense but in general. The fact that she comes from a farming family with tradition in oil production has influenced her throughout her life, determining her studies and her passion for her work.
Licenciada en Veterinaria por la Universidad de Zaragoza en la especialidad de Bromatología, Sanidad y Tecnología de los alimentos.
Gerente de empresa Agrícola-Ganadera desde 1991. Forma parte del Panel de Cata de Aceites Vírgenes de Oliva de Cataluña desde su creación en 1997. Jefe del Panel de Cata Oficial de Aceites Vírgenes de Oliva de Cataluña desde 2004.
Participación en la formación y selección de otros paneles de cata de aceites a nivel Nacional (Aragón, Toledo, Murcia y Comunidad de Navarra). Participación en la implantación de la Norma ISO 17025 para la acreditación del Panel de Cata Oficial de Cataluña. Miembro del grupo de expertos en análisis sensorial del COI (Consejo Oleícola Internacional) desde 2008.
Miembro del jurado de numerosos Premios Internacionales de Aceite de Oliva Virgen.
Licenciado en Veterinaria, bromatología y tecnología de los alimentos. Facultad de veterinaria (Universidad de Zaragoza) Colegiado Nº 450. Ilustre colegio oficial de Veterinarios de Teruel.
Jefe de Producción de Laboratorios Cenavisa S.A. (1985-1998)
Secretario y Director técnico de la D.O.P Aceite del Bajo Aragón desde el año 1999.
Responsable técnico de cata del Panel de Catadores de Aceite de Oliva Virgen de Aragón desde el año 2005.
Catador del Panel de Aceite de Oliva Virgen de Aragón desde el año 2001
Propietario de explotación agrícola-ganadera.
Integrante del Órgano Consultivo de la Entidad de Certificación y Control LDLCER desde 2010.
Inspección y Control de las empresas inscritas en la D.O.P Aceite del Bajo Aragón hasta la acreditación del pliego de condiciones por la Norma UNE EN-45011 (2010)
Asesoramiento a las empresas inscritas en la D.O.P. para la verificación del cumplimiento en lo especificado en el pliego de condiciones.
Asesoramiento en la elaboración de los Procesos de Certificación de la D.O.P. Aceite del Bajo Aragón con la Entidad Certificadora LDG-CER.
Asesoramiento en la implantación de los APPCC en las empresas de la D.O.P Aceite del Bajo Aragón (2001)
Asesoramiento en la implantación de la trazabilidad en las empresas de la D.O.P. Aceite del Bajo Aragón (2003)
Curso” Formación de Auditores en materia de Certificación de Producto según la NORMA UNE-En 45.011. Zaragoza 2009
Curso “Formación específica para auditores en materia de certificación de producto UNE EN-45011. Madrid 2011
“ Formación específica para auditores en materia de certificación de producto” Madrid 2013.
Cursos de olivicultura y elaiotecnia para la mejora de la calidad del aceite de oliva virgen extra
Curso “Entrenamiento Paneles de cata” (6-10 marzo de 2001)
Curso “Selección y entrenamiento de Panel” (17,18,19 y 26 marzo de 2003)
Curso “ Olivo: Cata de aceite” (20-30 junio de 2005)
Curso “Catadores. Nivel avanzado” (19,26 y 27 abril de 2006)
Jefe de Panel de Cata de Aceite de Oliva Virgen (10 – 13 noviembre 2008)
Curso “ Aseguramiento de la calidad en laboratorios de ensayo” Madrid 2012
Curso “Jefes de Panel de oliva “ 20-23 de mayo de 2014
Alexis Kerner, born in Philadelphia, is an expert olive oil taster who has resided in Seville, Spain for the past 14 years. She received her undergrad in Environmental Science from Connecticut College and her title as Expert Olive Oil Taster from the International Olive Council and the University of Jaen in Spain. She also has trained under top Spanish olive oil tasters, Brígida Jiménez and María Paz Aguilera. Every spring, Alexis serves on the jury for the annual Ovibeja International Extra Virgin Olive Oil Competition of Portugal. In 2014, she founded The Olive Oil Workshop, a company that strives to educate buyers at all levels as well as producers of virgin olive oils in order to empower consumers, promote good olive oil, and support producers in a difficult market.
Licenciada en economía por la Facultad de Ciencias Económicas y Empresariales de Zaragoza. (2004)
Ampliación de estudios universitarios en la Facultad de Economía y Comercio de Génova (Italia). (2003)
Certificado de aptitud pedagógica. (2005)
Postgrado en Gestión Medioambiental de la empresa. (2005)
Asistencia al curso sobre “Catadores” de 30 horas de duración (22 – 27 marzo de 2004)
Catadora en Panel de Catadores de Aceite de Oliva Virgen de Aragón desde el 8 de octubre de 2008 hasta la actualidad.
Asistencia al curso “jefes de Panel de Cata de Aceite de Oliva Virgen” de 25 horas de duración (10 – 13 noviembre 2008)
Asistencia al curso de “Formación específica para Auditores de Certificación de Producto en las Denominaciones de Origen Norma UNE-EN 45.011” de 8 horas de duración (14 de julio de 2008)
Asistencia al curso de “Formación de Auditores en materia de Certificación de Producto según la Norma UNE-EN 45011” de 14 horas de duración (17-18 de marzo 2009)
Asistencia al curso de “Formación específica para Auditores en materia de Certificación de Productos (Norma UNE-EN 45011) DE 50 horas de duración (diciembre 2011)
Asistencia al curso de “Aseguramiento de la calidad en laboratorios de ensayo” (26 - 27 noviembre 2012)
Asistencia al curso “Higiene alimentaria para manipuladores de alimentos” (31 de enero de 2013)
Curso de “Auditores en materia de certificación de producto. Cambios de la norma UNE-EN 45011 a ISO 17065/2012 (15 abril – 6 mayo 2013)
Labores de administración en los Consejos Reguladores de las Denominaciones de Origen “Aceite del Bajo Aragón” y “Melocotón de Calanda” desde 2005 hasta la actualidad.
Responsable técnico de cata en Panel de Catadores de Aceite de Oliva Virgen de Aragón desde 2008 hasta la actualidad.
Auditora en el CRDO “Melocotón de Calanda” y CRDO “Aceite del Bajo Aragón” desde 2008 hasta la actualidad.
Veedora en el CRDO “Melocotón de Calanda”. (Campañas 2005, 2006 y 2007)
Prácticas de tres meses en oficina de Ibercaja en Híjar (Teruel). (2003)
Labores de voluntariado para recuperación ecológica de la playa de San Nicolás de Tolentino (Gran Canaria).(2000)
Advanced course - olive oil tasters from the IOOC Education
BA in Economics and Management College of the Yizreel Valley.
12 years of school with full matriculation in agricultural school "Kadoori"
Establishment of "farm producers", agricultural tourism
Creation of a family business manufacturing and marketing of olive oil, boutique wines and agricultural produce - Birger farm.
Assistant winemaker in "keshet" winery (a boutique winery.)
Currently chairman local committee in Kfar Kish
2006: Chief events of the 60th anniversary of Kfar Kish.
2006 - 2009: Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, the faculty of Engineering. M.Sc. - Industrial Engineering, Industrial Management.
2003 - 2006: The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, the faculty of Agriculture. B.Sc. in Biochemistry and Food Science
2007 - Present: Production and R&D technologist, YadMordechai Strauss Israel.
Managing all the organoleptic discipline of the company: Olive oil & honey
Responsibility for control of production processes.
Management of the factory laboratory
Professional courses for olive oil tasting.
Training course for panel leaders of organoleptic assessment of virgin olive oil.
Resident of Acre.
Born in St. Petersbourg , an olive oil taster at Zeta since 1994.
Professionally trained in the field of olive oil tasting.
Works daily with various olive oils, head taster at Zeta.
A regular participant in the Council of Olives taste panel since 2005.
Resident of Mitzpe Hila, in the Galilee.
Zeta's C.E.O since 2007. Former marketing and sales manager of Golan Heights Winery and Zeta.
Knowledgeable in the field of local and international olive oil production, marketing and tastings.
Tasters panel member of the Israeli Olive Board since 2005.
M.Sc. Agriculture- Hebrew University.
Advanced Public Management Course- in cooperation with Bar Ilan University, Tel Aviv.
Courses on olive cultivation abroad.
Computers and various agronomic courses.
Conducting courses on olive growing in: China, Botswana and India. feasibilities for olive growing in Azerbaijan and Chile.
2005- present- chief specialist olive growing of the Israel olive board. Chairman of the Israeli almond board. Privet consulter on olive and almond growing in Israel And abroad.
1997- 2005- Chief specialist, olives and almond cultivation. Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, Israel. Chairman of the management committee of the olive industry. Executive member of National Olive Production and Marketing Board.
1987- 1997 - Deputy Manager of the Afula District Office of the Ministry of Agricultural and Rural Development Extension service. National Extension Service Referent for olives and almonds. Chairman of the management committee of the olive industry.
1978- 1987 - Regional olive and almond Extension Officer.Involved in establishing a national management committee for the olive industry.
1976- 1978- Lower Galilee regional council. Regional agricultural project manager.
Other public positions:
Chairmen of regional water council.
Executive member of olive board.
More than 85 publications on various agricultural topics (especially on olives)
Production of 2 instructional videos on: Mechanization of almond collecting, and Preparation of quality olive oil.
With twenty years of marketing experience in the fields of lifestyle, fashion & dining under her belt, Hilla Wenkert decided to make a career change. After visiting friends in the north of Israel and sampling some local olive oil, she realized it was high time to open the first store in Israel dedicated solely to the olive tree and its wondrous oil.
Now, five years on, Wenkert is the co-founder and Ceo of Olia ltd, a company which specializes in manufacturing & marketing olive oil & olive products – in a boutique chain-store in Israel. Olia was he first company to introduce the Israeli market with the concept of varietal olive oils: a wide range of olive oils according to olive varieties, and it is making a name for itself as a brand that promotes great quality, healthy living, culinary delight, old traditions and exciting innovation.