PANEL LEADER Antonio Lauro
Antonio G. Lauro, graduated as agronomist, is Int’l EVOO consultant, educator, journalist and panel leader; assessor of EVOO quality since 1995 and Panel Leader since 2003 in compliance with IOC rules. Since 2003 Dr. Lauro has been teaching courses for professional tasters of EVOO in accordance with IOC/EU laws and was professor in several master courses. Lauro has written numerous publications (books, guides, catalogs, etc..) on the EVOO sector. Antonio Giuseppe is Panel Leader: D-IOOC Palermo (2015-present); PrimOlio (Agricultural Ministry of Italy, 2012-present); TerraOlivo Israel (2010–present); OLIVINUS Argentina (2013-present). Panel Leader/Judge: 2013 OLIVE JAPAN, Judge in 2014; 2014 NYIOOC, judge in 2015; Mediterranea ORO (2014-present), Skidòn Oil (2013); Judge of 2012 Extrascape. Agronomist and expert for ARSAC Calabria, he has participated in many EVOO projects. Lauro, speaker in EVOO conferences, has conducted olive oil seminars and tasting sessions in many countries around the world.
Francisco Manuel Aguia de Sousa Ataide Pavao, from Portugal, is an agronomist, olive grove manager, olive mill expert, educator and accredited international assessor. A graduate of the Superior Institute of Agronomy at Lisbon’s Technical University, he has managed olive groves, olive tree nurseries and olive mills for many years with a vast array of responsibilities. As technical manager and president of the Producers Association in Integrated Pest Management of Trás-os-Montes and the Alto Douro Region, Francisco has been in the forefront of implementing novel integrated production and organic farming techniques in these regions. He teaches at the School of Agronomy at Bragança’s Polytechnic Institute and is a permanent member of the school’s extended panel of olive oil tasters. He has been the director of the Portuguese Farmers Confederation and judges regularly in several international competitions outside Portugal.