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Alessandra Balduccini



  • Agronomist with wide academic background and specialization in olive oil and citrus fruits production, organic agriculture and marketing  

  • Teacher-training experience in various fields: Food Science, HACCP, Olive oil

  • Agro-food producer with her own company, producing olive oil (DOP) and citrus fruits (IGP) using organic agriculture system

  • Consultancy experience in Design and Management of agricultural businesses in the sectors of citrus fruits, olives, animal farming and floriculture

  • Consultancy experience in Marketing of agro-food products for Small and Medium enterprises

  • Experience in HACCP projects design and implementation, in the sectors of agro-food, citrus, olive oil  

  • Preparation of projects financed by National and European funds


Working Experience

Professor, Italian Ministry of Education,  Italy, 2005 - Present
Teaching Agricultural Science and Food Science

Researcher, University Faculty of Agriculture of Perugia, Perugia, Italy, 2006 - 2009
PhD in Arboriculture e Plant Conservation- thesis in Olive Oil

Consultant, University Faculty of Agriculture of Perugia, Perugia, Italy, 2006 - 2011
Preparation, responsible of projects the EU Cordis 7FP “RESOLIVE”
Preparation, responsible of projects the Ministry of Agriculture DM 186/2007 Floriculture

Training Teacher, Slow Food, Italy, 2006
Testing an olive oil and recognize origins, defects and sophistications. Evolution and History of the Olive cultivation.
Regulation (EEC) 2081/92 PDO

Coordinator, UNAPROL, Rome- Italy, 2005
Research Coordinator E.U. Project (EC 1331/04).
Market research Coordinator in Olive Oil and Table Olives Market Sector.

Owner and Manager, AlmaMaterBio, Sorrento, Italy, 1990 - Present
Production and marketing of 1 ton per year of Organic extra virgin olive oil (PDO), mentioned in several Gastronomic Guides, and citrus fruits (lemon PGI) on a 6 hectares area with 1.178 olive trees. Since 2004 AMB joined the TRE-E Association whose members should have “direct” control and responsibility on production, pursuing Food chain traceability and identification of product from field to bottle through continuous and complete monitoring of mass balances.

Consultant, Coop Italia, Italy, 2000 - 2001
Responsible for collaboration with the "Ministry of Agriculture and ISMEA" and for sales and marketing of product to the supermarket chain store "Coop Italia"

Marketing Consulting, MOC Gruppo Floritalia Srl, Area?, Italy, 1998 - 2001
Enhancement and commercialisation of agricultural produce from Southern Italy - Floriculture section-Reg.EEC 2081/93

Consultant, GMB Consulenza Aziendale, Italy, 1998 - 2000
Preparation of in-house monitoring schemes (HACCP) for the catering, accommodation and foodstuffs distribution industries, and associated training courses

Consultant, Farming Company,  Italy, 1994 - 2000
Preparation of projects for regional, national and European funding on behalf of small and medium-sized businesses in the Agro-food sector (citrus fruits and olive oil)

Project Director, Campania Regional Council, Campania, Italy, 1999
Integrated project for the Quality improvement of Olive Oil in the Sorrentine Peninsular - EEC Regulation N°. 528/99

Consultant, Pastificio Campano S.p.A, Italy, 1999
Determination of pasta nutritional benefits, definition of formulae for testing, assessment of current in-house system compared to those of competitors.

Technical Director, Italy meeting Srl, Italy, 1990 - Present
Conferences organisation and P.R. company

Consultant and trainer, Restaurant Company,  Italy, 1998
Application of the HACCP method

Consultant, Don Alfonso Srl, Italy, 1998
Preparation of foodstuffs labels

Consultant, Vitagliozzi Srly, Italy, 1997
Development and preparation of finance plans L.44 for young entrepreneurs

Surveyor, Association for the quality improvement of Olive Oil in the Sorrentine Peninsula, Sorrento, Italy, 1995-1996
Integrated project for the application of the EEC regulation N°. 2492/94


Extra-Curriculum Experience

Consultant, FAO, Palestine - April/May 2008
“Emergency support to olive farmers in Salfit Governorate to increase their income through olive oil quality improvement” (OSRO/GAZ/702/NOR) FAO

Consultant, FAO,  Nepal - Mars 2007
Promotion of Olive Production and Consumption in Nepal

Consultant, Emilia Romagna Region GVC,  Palestine - January/February 2004
Project designer for improvement of Olive Growing, Olive Oil Technology and of Olive Oil quality chain



Politecnico di Milano 2015-2017
Master of Technology Educational

University of Gastronomic Sciences - Pollenzo 2014-2015
Master Management of Gastronomy

University of Perugia, Perugia, Italy, 2006 - 2009
PhD in Arboriculture and Plant Conservation

University of Perugia and International Olive Oil Council, Perugia, Italy, 2003-2004
International Master in Olive Growing and Olive Oil Technology (9/10)

University of Salerno, Italy, 2001-2002
Specialization in quality control, insurance and management in agro-food industry

Faculty of Agriculture/University “Fderico II“ Naples, Campania, Italy, 1994 - 1995
Post-graduate Diploma in improvement and conservation of agricultural environments and forests

University of Perugia, Perugia, Italy, 1989
University degree in Agricultural Science


Training Courses

APRE, Rome, Italy, 2009
Seventh Framework Programme for Research and Technological Development Roma

University of Perugia, Perugia, Italy, 2007
Audit procedures in the VI and VII Framework Programme

Campania Region, Italy, 2006
National Professional Olive Oil Tester Campania Region

SGS, Roma, Italy, 1999
ISO 9000                

SGS-FIDAF, Roma, Italy, 1998
Introductory course on certification of Ago-food chain

Italian Association for Quality Control, Milan, Italy, 1998
Application of the HACCP method in agricultural/foodstuffs industries

National Research Council, Naples, Italy, 1997
ISO 9000 Quality, Quality systems, Certification and Standards

Italian Association for Quality Control, Naples, Italy, 1996
Quality systems for in-house inspections

Euro-department of the Naples Chamber of Commerce, Naples, Italy, 1995 - 1996
European Community regulation 1836/93 (voluntary adhesion of industries to an EC system of eco-management and auditing)

ECC Umbria Regional Council and I.N.U., Umbria, Italy, 1991
Multimedia Operators for landscape analysis and architecture

Faculty of Agricultural Science, Naples, Italy, 1990
Theoretical-practical training course in biochemical analysis of Foodstuffs

Umbria Regional Council, Umbria, Italy, 1990
Qualification as "multi-functional agricultural expert" (EEC reg. 270/79)



Balduccini, M.A. (2005). Utilizzo dei reflui oleari nel nuovo panorama normativo. UNAPROL. Reg. Ce 1331/04
Balduccini, M.A. (2005). Miglioramento della caratteristiche organolettiche tipiche degli oli extra vergini di oliva rispetto alle esigenze di mercato. UNAPROL. Reg. Ce 1331/04
Balduccini, M.A. (2005). Strumenti e procedure per il sostegno delle imprese olivicole multifunzionali. UNAPROL Reg. Ce 1331/04
Balduccini, M.A. (2005). I sistemi di qualità e di impatto ambientale nella filiera olivicola. UNAPROL. Reg. Ce 1331/04
Balduccini, M.A. (2005). Paniere Etruria progetto per la valorizzazione e promozione delle produzioni tipiche della maremma etrusca.  Università degli Studi della Tuscia Dipartimento di Economia Agroforestale  e dell’Ambiente Rurale Reg.CEE 2052/88 DOCUP 5/b Lazio 1994/99 Asse 1 Sott.1 Mis.1
Proietti, P., Famiani, F., Nasini, L. and Balduccini A. (2008). Strategie e Tecniche di potatura nell’olivo: stimolare la produzione le regole da rispettare. Olive e Olio n.1, pag. 42 - 47
Nasini L., Proietti P., Famiani F., Boco M. and Balduccini, M.A. (2008). Potential use in olive nurseries of olive cake and compost from animal manure or urban rubbish. Atti del Convegno The International Symposium on Olive Growing”, Lisbona, Portogallo, Settembre 2008, Acta Horticulturae
Proietti, P., Nasini, L. and Balduccini, M.A. (2009). Utilizzazione della sansa per la realizzazione di substrati nel vivaismo olivicolo. Olive e Olio - Edagricole
Proietti, P., Nasini, L. and Balduccini, M.A. (2008). Tecniche colturali e qualità dell’olio extra vergine di oliva, Atti del Convegno. L’ulivo: l’oro del Cilento. Un approccio nuovo all’economia ed al paesaggio. Giuncano (SA): 55-82
Proietti, P., Nasini, L., Balduccini, M.A. and Peri, C. (2009). Il miglioramento dell’olio extra vergine di oliva – Il controllo di processo nella produzione di olio extra–vergine di oliva. Quaderni di Unioncamere Umbria. n°33
Proietti, P., Nasini, L., Tombesi, S. and Balduccini, M.A. (2009). Sostanza organica chiave della tecnica soft. Olive e Olio - Edagricole
Nasini, L., Proietti, P.,  Famiani, F., Balduccini, M.A., and Baldicchi, A. (2009). Speciale raccolta meccanica delle olive. Olivo e Olio. 10: 40-44
Nasini, L., Proietti, P.,  Famiani, F., Balduccini, M.A., and Baldicchi, A. (2009). Raccolta agevolata, la scelta delle macchine. Terra e Vita. 7: 70-74
Proietti, P., Nasini, L., Balduccini, M.A., Famiani, F. and Ilarioni L. (2009). Effetti della concimazione fogliare azotata sull’attività dell’olivo e sulla qualità dell’olio. Atti “I° Convegno Nazionale dell’Olivo e dell’Olio”. Portici 1-2
Nasini L., Proietti P., Balduccini M.A., Del Buono D., Gigliotti G., 2009 - Compostaggio dei sottoprodotti della filiera olivicola-olearia ed effetti della fertilizzazione degli oliveti con il compost ottenuto. Atti “I° Convegno Nazionale dell’Olivo e dell’Olio”, Portici 1-2 Ottobre 2009
Proietti P., Nasini L., Balduccini M. A., 2009 - Dalla sansa si ricavano substrati per la coltivazione. Olivo e Olio, 1: 48-51.
Proietti P., Nasini L., Tombesi S., Balduccini M.A., 2009 – Speciale olivicoltura biologica. Olivo e Olio, 5: 34-46
Gigliotti G., Proietti P., Del Buono D., Said-Pullicino D., Nasini L., Tombesi L., Balduccini M.A., Scarponi L., 2009 - Uso dei sottoprodotti della filiera olivicola nella preparazione di substrati per il vivaismo: influenza sul sistema suolo/pianta. Abstracts Convegno Nazionale SISS Perugia 17 – 19 Giugno 2009
Proietti P., Nasini L., Balduccini M.A., 2009 – Il controllo del processo agronomico di produzione delle olive. Simposio Agroalimentare
Nasini L., Proietti P., Balduccini M.A., Tombesi S., Del Buono D., Gigliotti G. - Effetti delle sanse e dei compost sui substrati da invasatura e sulla germinabilità con Lepidium sativum L. Atti IX Giornate SOI, Firenze, 10-12 marzo 2010
Corso Multimediale  tecniche di difesa olivicola AIPO
P. Proietti, L. Nasini, L. Ilarioni, A.M. Balduccini - Photosynthesis and Vegetative-Productive Activities of the Olive Cultivars Arbequina, Leccino and Maurino in a Highly Intensive Olive Grove in Central Italy, Lisbona,  20-22 agosto 2010



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