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Rosa Vañó:

International and renovative Branding of Castillo de Canena - EVOO Producer - President of the Andalusian Academy of Gastronomy and Tourism, Member of the Royal Academy of Gastronomy

Subject: EVOO and Gastronomy


Anna Petkova:

Olive oil sommelier, business strategist and developer, marketer, educator, local food traveler and promoter

Subject: Olive oil as a local gastronomic and cultural heritage

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Stefania van Lieshout​:

Travel & Lifestyle Blogger - Serial expat, Entrepreneur, Psychologist, Economist

Subject: What are the secrets of bestselling olive tourism experiences?

Vassilis Frantzolas originates from Lygourio in Argolida, while his family has a long tradition in the commerce of olive oil and standardization. He completed his studies in civil engineering at the NTUA and has been very active in his professional activity for more than 30 years. He holds an M.Sc. in Construction Management (U.S.A.) and since 2009 he holds an M.Sc. in Food Policy (UK). In 2003 he founded the organization Oliveoilseminars with a strong activity in the field of training of olive oil producers. Since 2016 he has been organizing 4 month training seminars for Olive Oil Tasters, jointly with the National Association of Italian Olive Oil Tasters (ONAOO). He has authored and published three books, including "Modern techniques of olive cultivation and production of quality olive oil" (386 pages, second edition 2021).

Vasilios Frantzolas:

Food Policy M.Sc. - City University London, Olive Oil Taster  & Quality Consultant,Founder  


Subject:Sustainable Integrated Pest Management (IPM) methods for controlling Dacus - Necessity for an immediate smooth transfer of the existing system from the state to the olive growers - proposal.


Santiago Botas: 

SPAIN International marketing consultant, promoter, educator, taster and occasional writer, specializing in olive oil and other fine foods

Subject: Olive oil promotion and tourism promotion


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Aggeliki    Politaki:    MSc Sociologist, Anthropologist, Head of Tourism Directorate of North Aegean Region

Subject: ''Experiencing the olive tourism: a journey through the senses, in the space and time of Lesvos".

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Thanasis Kizos:

Professor in “Rural Geography” in the Department of Geography,
University of the Aegean

Subject: Olive plantations and the environment: Adapting to new realities  


Tassos Kyriakides:

Ph.D. Assistant Professor,Yale School of Public Health

Subject: Assessing the health-related benefits of table olives consumption: A Yale University research project


Prokopios Magiatis: 

Associate Professor of Pharmacognosy and Natural
Products Chemistry at the Department of Pharmacy of the University of

Subject: The impact of olive oil technology on the health protecting properties of
olive oil


Nikos Thomaidis:

National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, Department of Chemistry, Laboratory of Analytical Chemistry

Subject: The superiority of the quality characteristics of Lesbian olive oil and their contribution to longevity


Vasilis Vasiliou: Susan Dwight Bliss Professor of Epidemiology and the Chair of the Department of Environmental Health Sciences at Yale School of Public Health

Subject: Use of deep-learning to evaluate the beneficial effects of effects of phytochemicals of the olive tree in neurodegenerative diseases

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Francisco Vano:Founding Partner of Castillo de Canena Olive Juice

Subject: How to harmonise envirometals and regeneration measures with the olive growing agriculture activities. Castillo de Canena: a success example

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Xeni Gerna: Director of the Vocational Training Institute of Thessaloniki of the Ministry of Tourism.

Subject: The promotion of the "olive culture and its products" as an element of attracting
tourist interest and increasing the activities of olive growing areas in Greece, in comparison with the Best  International practices.

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Maura Harrigan:


Certified Specialist in Oncology Nutrition

Subject: Olive Oil and Nutrition in Cancer Care


Emmanuel Salivaras is owner and founder of Multichrom.lab, an olive oil quality control and
sensory evaluation laboratory.

Subject: Impact on quality from practices in olive oil production

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Charlene Peters: Marketing & PR Communications, Brand Content Development and destination content manager

Subject: Following the Olive Oil Trail through California


Katerina Vassilatou is a Chemist with a Master’s degree in Pharmaceutical Technology and Cosmetology

Subject: Development of a Cosmetic range based on Olive leaf extract from Lesvos


Krinanthi Gdonteli (PostDoc, Ph.D.)  is an Assistant Professor at the Department of Sports Organization and Management, University of Peloponnese. 

Subject: The effect of olive oil consumption on athletic performance  


Alexandros  Tokas is a qualified olive oil taste tester. 

Subject: Innovative cultivations with respect for people and the planet


Nikolaos Zouros: Professor at the Department of Geography and Dean of the School of Social Sciences of the University of the Aegean. President of the Global Geoparks Network. Director at the Natural History Museum of the Lesvos Petrified Forest and Coordinator of the Lesvos Island UNESCO Global Geopark.

Subject: The olive on Lesvos (The features of Lesvos - geomorphology, geology - affecting
the distribution of olive groves and olive trees on the island) 

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Vasilis Mouselimis:

Agronomist, MSc-MBA

Subject: Optimising the economic result of olive cultivation with environmentally friendly practices


Panos Grigoriou is Professor of International & European Institutions at the University of the
Aegean and holder of Jean Monnet European Chair on "Citizen Europe"

Subject: “The olive branch, as symbol of peace for the international community”

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Carlos Ruiz  is a conservationist and since 2015 he has been working on the Olivares Vivos project.

Subject: Recovering biodiversity in the olive groves to improve profitability: the model “Olivares Vivos”.

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Mr. Domenico Pratico:

MD, FCPP director, Alzheimers Center at Temblo - Scott Richards North Star Foundation Chair Alzheimer's research- World Expert in Alzheimer’s Disease research

Subject: Extra virgin olive oil and brain health (Alzheimer diseases)


Popi Xynopoulou
She is a Tour Operator specialized to the destination Rhodos and to other Greek islands, owner of the Choice Travel, located in Thessaloniki, Greece. She serves as the vice president of the Macedonia – Thrace Travel Agents’ Association.

Subject: "How olive tourism may develop a  tourism destination  - Useful tips  by Travel Agents" (pannel discussioon)

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Georgios Kokkinos  is President and CEO of the NILEAS Producer Group

Subject: The  olive cultivation and its connection with the environment and the culture.


Anita Zachou:

Agricultural Engineer, Expert Olive Oil Taster

Subject: The alternative olive oil tourism, what offers and how it
can carried out in every corner of Greece. 


Jill Myers:

Founder & CEO of 

Women In Olive Oil™️



( Connecting the Producer with the Consumer through the lived experience)


Vyron Theologis
He has been running his own travel agency “Theologis Travel”, located in Thessaloniki, Greece, for more than 20 years. He has been elected President of the Macedonia – Thrace Travel Agents’ Association

Subject: "How olive tourism may develop a  tourism destination  - Useful tips  by Travel Agents" (pannel discussioon)


Dr. Vasileios Takavakoglou : Hellenic Agricultural Organization “DIMITRA” – Soil and Water Resources Institute

Subject: Nature-based Solutions and Living Labs of open innovation in Rural Mediterranean areas:  Addressing societal challenges with the help

of nature

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Anthoula Daniel, Doctor of Philology of the Greek Academy of Sciences, Writer and Literature Critic

Subject: will present to the audience  the bilingual deluxe illustrated volume THE OLIVE ON LESVOS, published by the Association Elaias Nisos Lesvos last year.

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Valia Kelidou, Communication Manager at extra virgin olive oil KYKLOPAS

Subject: Innovative cultivations with respect for people and the planet


Dimitris Papageorgiou:  

Professor Department of Cultural Technology and Communication University of the Aegean

Subject: The processing of the olive fruit and the evolution of olive oil production from the 19th to the 20th century

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Professor Agustí J. ROMERO, is Agricultural Engineer from Univ. of Lleida (PhD in Food Technology by UdL) (ORCID), researcher of the IRTA’s Food Division and leader of the IRTA’s Olive & Oil research team.

Subject: New trends in olive growing management and its impact on olive oil quality

Antonios Tirpintiris, Enterpreneur

Mechanical and Electrical Engineer of the National Technical University of Athens, Founder of Sigri Olive Mill & Group Falcon SA

Subject: Sustainable development with olive groves and combating climate change

Maria Athanasopoulou: 

Founder of the tourism marketing company Respond On Demand Ltd & Chairwoman of the World Food Travel Association

Subject: Olive oil tourism: a new challenge for tourism destinations and tourism companies

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Peter Economides: 

President/CEO of Felix BNI Brand Strategy Consultancy.

Subject: A powerful brand comes from deep within


Georgios Korfias: CEO of AQUA Yacht Club (USA & Greece).

Subject: Olive & Greece 2022 – Symbols of peace in nature and on the planet

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Pavlos Triantafyllidis: 

Director of the Ephorate of Antiquities of Lesbos

Subject:  From the world of the olive tree to ancient Lesvos

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Paul D. Cleary, Ph.D. is the Anna M.R. Lauder Professor Emeritus and Dean Emeritus at the Yale School of Public Health. 

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George Oikonomou: Founding Member and Executive Director of "FILEOS" - Club of Friends of Olive Oil & Olives
General director in SEVITEL (Association of Greek  Industries Ιn Olive oil  Standardization

Subject:"Sustainable olive products and consumers' behavior" 


Panagiotis Chatzinikolaou: CEO ELGO ( Greek agricultural organization) DEMETRA