The people of World Olive Center for Health.

Dr Eleni Melliou


Dr. Eleni Melliou, University of Athens, School of Pharmacy, Laboratory of Pharmacognosy and Chemistry of Natural Products.

She has two degrees, one from the chemistry department of UOA and one from the department of food technology of the Technological Institute of Athens. She has received her master and doctorate from the Pharmacy department of UOA in 2005.

Her research is focused in the chemistry of natural products and particularly in isolation and structural identification of bioactive small molecules from foods. In 2011 she worked as visiting professor in the department of food science and technology of the university of California in Davis.

She has been awarded as the inventor of the year 2016 in Greece for her invention ARISTOLEO. Together with prof.Magiatis she has created the first university lab offering analysis of olive oil by NMR regarding its content on health protecting ingredients.

Prof. Prokopios Magiatis

General Secretary

Prokopios Magiatis, Ph.D., M.Sc., is associate Professor of Pharmacognosy and Natural Products Chemistry at the Faculty of Pharmacy of the University of Athens.

He graduated from the same Faculty in 1994 and defended his Ph.D. in 2000. In 2001, he did his postdoctoral research at the Curie Institute in Paris, France.

He has worked as a visiting professor at the University of California, Davis. In 2009, he was awarded the Egon-Stahl silver medal as the top scientist under 40 years old in the field of natural-products chemistry and pharmacology.

His research is focused on the isolation, chemical synthesis, and bioactivity of natural products, especially those reported in ancient medical texts. He has been awarded as the inventor of the year 2016 in Greece for his invention ARISTOLEO.

Together with Dr. Melliou he has created the first university lab offering analysis of olive oil by NMR regarding its content on health protecting ingredients. 

Baltopoulos George, MD, PhD

Vice President

Baltopoulos George, MD, PhD is an emeritus professor and former Dean of the Department of Nursing of the University of Athens specialized in Critical Care and Pulmonary Diseases. 2010-2016 Director of Athens University School of Nursing I.C.U. at “Agioi Anargyroi” Hospital of Kifissia. 1983-1986 University of Colorado and University of Chicago. He has a long experience in organization of Medical conferences and was one of the first Medical doctors that promoted olive oil as a health protecting agent in the medical audience.

Diomedes Logothetis

Diomedes Logothetis is a professor in the School of Pharmacy at Northeastern University, Boston. Studies: Northeastern University, BA (Physics, 1980), MS (Psychology, 1981), Harvard University, Ph.D. (Physiology and Biophysics, 1987), Harvard Medical School, Postdoctoral Fellow/Instructor (1987-1993). In 2008-2016 he had the position of Professor and Chair of Physiology and Biophysics at Virginia Commonwealth University School (VCU) of Medicine. His research specializations are: Molecular basis of Ion Channel and G Protein-Coupled Receptor (GPCR) function and Mechanisms of action of small molecule ligands on Ion Channels and GPCRs. 

Maria Nikolantonaki

Dr. Maria Nikolantonaki is Αssoc. Prof. in wine chemistry at University of Burgundy, Dijon, France since 2013. 2000-2005 She received her bachelor from Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece B. S. and M.Sc. (combined) in Plant Sciences, specialization in Viticulture and Horticulture. At University of Bordeaux Segalen, Bordeaux, France she received Diploma in Enology (D.N.O.) 2005-2007 M.Sc. in Viticulture and Enology 2006-2007 and from the same University her Ph.D in in Enology 2007-20102011-2013 she performed her Post-doctoral Research Associate, University of California, Davis, USA.

Michail Mikroulis

Chief Financial Officer

Certified Economist and “A” class Accountant with more than 18 years of experience in accounting, finance, and business consulting. He is an official member of the “Greek Association Tax Advisers” (EFEEA) as a certified accountant, and an official member of “Economic Chamber of Greece” (OEE) as a certified economist and accountant. He has exceptional knowledge of business mathematical and statistical concepts, Greek and International accounting, taxation, finance topics, and IFRS/GAAP.

The January of 2015 he established the “MM FINANCIAL ACCOUNTING SERVICES PC”, which is a high standard Accounting, Financial and Consulting company. The company offers a big variety of services to its business clients and organizations like: i) business growth plans, business costly analysis, business reorganization projects, business mergers projects, and ii) Bookkeeping, tax calculating, and reporting.

From 2017 is participating to a Greek Parliament team as a volunteer freelance economic advisor, with plenty of reports and proposals for the reformation of the Greek taxation, and plenty of Greek economic matters that related with microeconomics and macroeconomics.

He has a variety of experience in economics, finance, accounting and business consulting, that’s why he has worked in very big companies as a Financial Manager (ETERNIA CONSTRUCTION SA 2008-2012), as a Chief Accountant (FOR LOG ACCOUNTING COMPANY 2013-2014, ETERNIA CONSTRUCTION SA 2008-2012), as an Accountant (VOLKSWAGEN FILOSIDI SA 2001-2003), and as a Financial and Statistical Analyst (CRONUS AIRLINES – AEGEAN AIRLINES 1997-2000).

He graduated in 1997 from the Institute of Professional Training with a degree in Accounting and then from the Hellenic Open University with a degree in Business Administration. He speaks Greek (native language) and English. He has participated to many (over 400 from 1997 – today) seminars and workshops with economic, accounting, financial, and consulting matters, and to many conferences for high phenolic EVOO’s topics.

Honored Members

Dan Flynn

Dan Flynn is executive director of the UC Davis Olive Center, established in 2008 to do for olives what UC Davis did for wine. The self-funded center is the only one of its kind in North America and has helped drive global debate on quality. The center’s core assets are the 60 expert faculty members, research specialists, and farm advisors who provide an interdisciplinary resource for olive growers, olive processors, professional buyers, and consumers. Flynn and the Olive Center staff have overseen more than one hundred research projects, presented dozens of short courses, established a research laboratory and olive grove, and consulted on three successful legislative measures. Dan has reached millions of consumers worldwide through media coverage of the Center. He has received top awards from UC Davis for his work in leading the center.

Dr. Stefanos Kales

Dr. Kales is a Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School and Director of the Occupational Medicine Residency at the Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH). He is co-director and cofounder of the Initiative for Productivity and Health Management, which organized and hosted the groundbreaking 2014 Mediterranean Diet and Workplace Health Conference. Dr. Kales is also the Chief of Occupational & Environmental Medicine /Medical Director for Employee Health at the Cambridge Health Alliance, a Harvard-affiliated hospital system. Dr. Kales was the 2013 recipient of the Kehoe Award for Excellence in Education and Research from the American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine (ACOEM), and the 2014 winner of the distinguished Harriet Hardy award from the New England College of Occupational & Environmental Medicine. Both awards are presented annually to an individual who has made outstanding scientific contributions to the field. These two lifetime achievement awards recognize Dr. Kales’ many significant contributions, in particular, his large body of work dedicated to better understanding and preventing heart disease in public safety personnel like firefighters. The team’s latest initiative is an ambitious Mediterranean Diet Intervention trial among firefighters which is funded by the US Department of Homeland Security.