SCIENTIFIC ADVISOR

SPIROS FOTINOS


Spiros has spent more than 40 years of his life in the area of human health and life sciences. His focus has been in the field of natural products taken from Mediterranean plants. He has two degrees:  BCs from the pharmaceutical school of University of Athens and Bsc of from the chemical school of the University of Thessaloniki.

Since 1995 and in collaboration with the School of Pharmacognosy (University of Athens), Agriculture University of Athens, National Institute of Research (Greece), and Center of Nuclear Research (Demokritos), Spiros has researched and studied numerous plants of the Mediterranean flora regarding their ingredients and their applications in dietetic, pharmaceutical and cosmetic products.

He is an inventor or co-inventor of several international patents surrounding the application of traditional Mediterranean plants such as Olea Europea, Pistacia Lentiscus (Chios’ mastic), Saint John’s Wort, Vitis Vinifera (grapes) and other edible plants with phyto-estrogenic and other therapeutic applications, as well as vegetable proteins and oily materials from wheat and similar plants.

Spiros is an active member of several European Union governed projects related to the above-mentioned fields.

REGISTERED DIETITIAN

CONNIE DIEKMAN RD


Dir. of University Nutrition – Washington University

St. Louis, Missouri

A registered dietitian and nutritionist communications consultant, she is a former president of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, formerly the American Dietetic Association (ADA) and co-author of The Everything Mediterranean Diet Book: All You Need to Lose Weight and Stay Healthy! She is currently director of University Nutrition at Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri. Prior to her appointment at Washington University, Connie worked in a private practice with physicians, corporations, and as an instructor at Fontbonne. She also is a former television nutrition reporter with St. Louis’ NBC and FOX affiliates. Connie earned her master’s degree in education/counseling from the University of Missouri-St. Louis and a bachelor’s degree in food and nutrition from Fontbonne College in Saint Louis.

INNOVATION ADVISOR

John Heath


John Heath is a consumer product innovation expert with a passion for food and wellness. During his career he has worked with some of the most prestigious brands in the world. Most recently John served as the senior vice president of Innovation at Greek yogurt CHOBANI where during his tenure he launched more than 50 successful products. John Heath was among the first few executives hired early on at CHOBANI and helped grow the brand to America’s best-selling Greek Yogurt.

John has been an adjunct professor at City College New York and was prominently featured in a Harvard Business School case study “Growing a Live and Active Culture” which is currently being taught to Harvard Business School students as well as Harvard’s Executive Education program. When not working, John is probably cooking, playing guitar or listening to music