The Mediterranean Diet Roundtable® (MDR) is a think-tank designed to inform, inspire and promote the appreciation of ingredients and cuisines distinctive of the Mediterranean region, and to translate the benefits of the Mediterranean Diet into commercial opportunities within the United States.

The Mediterranean Diet has been recognized by UNESCO as a Global Intangible Cultural Heritage (2010), a symbol of a unique synergy between nature and the culinary culture distinctive of the Mediterranean countries.  This designation is regarded as a universal value worldwide. The MDR is a healthy, delicious and sustainable choice for the planet, as well as a meaningful way to reduce obesity and other diseases in America.

The MDR is playing a key role in repositioning the Mediterranean Diet as a competitive driving force to shape the offerings in high volume commercial and non-commercial food services, as well as to retailers and restaurants. By attending our programs, you can learn more about the #1 diet in the United States from world-class scholars and insights from leading food industry icons! Gain a deeper understanding of the health values, uses, commercial benefits and market trends from our dynamic, informative and interactive settings.

Team 2022

Coley Anderson

Director of Industry and Government Relations,
Registrar Corp.

Marco Andreoli

Consiglio Regionale del Veneto

Fabio Auguadro


Celine Beitchman

Director of Nutrition,
Institute of Culinary Education

Dennis M. Bier, M.D.

Professor of Pediatrics and Director of the USDA/ARS Children’s Nutrition Research Center at Baylor College of Medicine

Midgie Cajayon

World Bank

Lucy Calautti

American Italian Food Coalition

Hugo da Costa Ribeiro

Full Professor at the Department of Pediatrics at the FMB at the Federal University of Bahia

Lorenzo Maria Donini, MD

Full Professor at the Faculty of Medicine and Surgery of the Sapienza University

Alessio Fasano, MD

MassGeneral Hospital for Children, Harvard Medical School

Paul Gately

Professor at Leeds Beckett, Director of MoreLife

Sabrina Hafner

Registered Dietitian Nutritionist, UMass Dining

Joshua Holmes

Corporate Sales Executive

Stefanos N. Kales MD, MPH, FACP, FACOEM

Harvard Medical School & Harvard TH Chan School of Public Health

Dean G. Karalis, MD, FACC, FNLA, FAHA

Clinical Professor of Medicine, Thomas Jefferson University Hospital, Philadelphia

Ronald E. Kleinman, MD

Massachusetts General Hospital, Harvard Medical School

Dr. Daniela Martini

Assistant Professor, University of Milan

Richard D. Mattes, MPH, PhD, RD

Distinguished Professor of Nutrition Science, Purdue University

Angelo Mojica

Johns Hopkins Hospital

Hon. Susan Molinari

American Italian Food Coalition

John Moysoglou

Director, Sales & Business Development
One Point

Emily Murphy

Baldor Specialty Foods

David Neuman

CEO,, Professional Olive Oil Taster

Terry Nipp

Columbia University, Texas A&M University

Alexandra Papadopoulou

Ambassador of Greece to the U.S.A.

Daniela Puglielli

Founder of MDR

Roberta Re, Dpharm PhD MBA

Director of Cambridge Food Science

Chiara Remonti

Senior Regulatory Advisor, Registrar Corp

Arezu Roozbahani

CEO of YBC Global

Thomas Sheridan

Kensington Food Company

Alessandra Sponda

Consiglio Regionale del Veneto

Rafi Taherian

Yale Hospitality

Ken Toong

Executive Director of University of Massachusetts, U-Mass Dining

Cara Warren

Certified Cheese Professional and Certified Cheese Sensory Expert

Ori Zohar

Co-founder of Burlap & Barrel