Berk has been an ONAOO Professional Taster since 2022.
His partner, Sarah Baird, and he have young olive trees in the South Island of New Zealand (Aotearoa) and they hope to produce extra virgin olive oil from their grove.
Berk works as Lead Economist in the Development Research Group of the World Bank and as Research Manager of the Poverty and Inequality Team. In 1991 he received a B.Sc. in Mathematics from Boğaziçi University (Bosphorus University) and in 2001 a Ph.D. in Econimics from Cornell University (Ithaca, NY, USA).
Berk is also Co-founder of and a Regular Contributor to the Development Impact Blog.
His areas of expertise include randomized controlled trials, cash transfer programs, and the measurement of poverty and inequality.
Berk, moreover, is often be found on Twitter giving plant–based cooking tips.
OLIVE OIL CULTURE
In recent times, organizations that deal with olive oil tasting training have multiplied. It follows that more and more people graduate as tasters.
On one hand, ONAOO is pleased to have been the initiator of a phenomenon that interests because it creates an “olive culture” that is perceived as a necessity for market and consumers.
Considering our experience, we can say that follow the whole ONAOO path is a distinctive hallmark as well as be enrolled in the INTERNATIONAL REGISTER OF ONAOO PROFESSIONAL TASTERS
This entry opens the door to all the opportunity that the oil world offers to the professional taster and is a real value, not only added, but fundamental, for the definition of an effective and convincing operating profile.