About AgriBusiness Forum 2018

AgriBusiness Forum 2018 takes place in Serres-Greece 2 & 3 November 2018, highlighting the Future of Greek & European Agriculture in the Digital Era.

A number of prominent speakers from Greece, Europe and beyond will focus on the digitization and digital transformation including, smart plant farming, smart livestock farming, Agri distribution Logistics, smart greenhouses, private-public partnerships, circular economy, financial instruments for smart agribusiness and the Common Agricultural Policy in Greece and the European Union 2020 onwards.

Meet, interact and exchange knowledge with leading businesses, agtech innovators, farmers, producers and academia and obtain insights for the Agrifood value chain in Greece and beyond.

Speakers

Dr. Athanasios Tsaftaris

Dean of Graduate Studies, Perrotis College-American Farm School

Dr. Ilias Kalfas

Project Leader, Strategic Project Management Office, American Farm School

Μr. Evangelos Argyris

President, Wines of Greece

Mr. Anthony D. Papayannides

Journalist, General Manager Economia Group

Agenda

Thursday, November 1st 2018

The Challenge

Challenge is a pitching event for the food & agtech scaleups being participants to the Masterclass, providing a reward to Top 3 of them being panelists to the conference. The event aims at bringing to light innovative ideas and value propositions, where agribusiness leaders should consider advancing progress in the agrifood value chain.

16:00 - 17:00

Delegates arrivals | Serres Chamber of Commerce

Your conference badge or a valid registration pass to the forum, or a personal invitation by Serres Chamber of Commerce or the Regional Unit of Serres should be presented at the entrance.

17:00 - 19:45

AgriFood Scaleups Innovation Challenge

Serres Chamber of Commerce, Christides conference hall

Moderator

photoMr. Giannis Balakakis

President, Geo Routes Cultural Institute
Chair Organizing Committee
20:15 - 22:30

Networking dinner

Delegates only. A badge or a valid registration pass should be presented at the entrance.

Friday, November 2nd 2018

The AgriBusiness Forum:

1½ day conference enhancing issues for the digitization and digital transformation of the Agri & Food value chain and providing insights for the agri-sectoral policies in Greece and the EU.

Years’ headline: The Future of Greek & European Agriculture in the Digital Era

08:00 - 09:00

Registrations | Elpida Resort & Spa

09:00 - 09:30

Welcome Notes

photoMr. Giannis Balakakis

President, Geo Routes Cultural Institute
Chair Organizing Committee

photoMr. Yiannis Moisiadis

Governor, Regional Unit of Serres
Vice-Chair Organizing Committee
09:30 - 11:30

Session 1 | Common Agricultural Policy in Greece and the EU post 2020

photoMs. Jessie Voumvaki

Deputy Director, Economic Analysis Department, National Bank of Greece
Insights for the Greek agro-food sector by NBG Research

photoMr. Tassos Haniotis

Director, Strategy, Simplification & Policy Analysis, Directorate General for Agriculture & Rural Development, European Commission
Key Note - Greek agriculture into the new CAP: adaptation challenges

photoDr. Charalambos Kasimis

Secretary General of Agricultural Policy & Management of European Funds, Ministry of Rural Development & Food
Key Note - EC’ s new proposal for the CAP after 2020

photoMs. Fotini Arampatzi

Member of the Hellenic Parliament, New Democracy Party, Sector Head of Rural Development & Food
The new CAP 2021-2027 strategic plans, as a key driver of Greek economic growth

photoDr. Athanasios Kizos

Professor of Rural Geography, University of the Aegean
From an agricultural to a spatial policy? The dilemmas and the spatial future of the CAP

photoΜr. Evangelos Argyris

President, Wines of Greece
Commentator

photoMr. Stergios Litos

President, Farmers of Visaltia region
Commentator

Moderator

photoDr. Konstantinos Mattas

Professor of Agricultural Economics, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki
12:00 - 13:30

Session 2 | Financial Instruments for smart agribusiness in Greece

photoMr. Alexandros Dimitrakopoulos

Regional Mandate Manager, European Investment Fund (EIF)
EIF financial instruments for agriculture

photoMr. Ioannis Chaniotakis

Senior Director, Agricultural Sector Operations Development, Piraeus Bank
Agri-food sector finance in the context of a rapidly changing market environment

photoMr. Panos Theodorou

Head of strategy & analysis sector, Eurobank Small Business Segment General Division
Business Banking Agro sector: Integrated solutions to support the agri-food sector

photoMs. Maria Karathanassi

Assistant Manager, Small Business Banking Division, Alpha Bank
Alpha Agricultural Entrepreneurship: Innovative banking solutions in the service of agricultural sector

photoMr. Neoklis Stamkos

Head, microSTARS micro-lending
Fintech and microloans in agriculture: The microSTARS case

photoMr. Christoforos Chatzopoulos

Head of Business Banking & Retail Lending, National Bank of Greece

Moderator

photoMr. Costas Apostolopoulos

Head of the Evaluation and Institutional Support Unit, Managing Authority for Rural Development Programme in Greece
13:30 - 14:30

Lunch Break

14:30 - 15:30

Session 3 | New Technologies & AgriDistribution Logistics

photoAmbassador Caspar Veldkamp

Ambassador of the Netherlands to Greece
Key Note Speaker - ‘Triple Helix’ back bone of agribusiness development in the Netherlands: Cooperation is the key to an innovative, productive & sustainable agriculture

photoDr. Dimitrios Vlachos

Director of the Laboratory of Statistics & Quantitative Analysis Methods, Logistics & Supply Chain Management, Department of Mechanical Engineering, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki
Sustainable Agrifood Logistics: Trends and Challenges

photoMr. Lucas Marxen

Associate Director, Office of Research Analytics, Agricultural Experiment Station, Rutgers University New Jersey, USA
The drones in agricultural crop production and the Geographic Information Systems (GIS) means of adoption of new technologies on farms

photoMr. Alexandros Kouris

CEO, Cyclades Microbrewery at Tinos Island
Secretary General, Elladika mas
“Beer 4.0”: Brewing during the 4th Industrial Revolution (2/11/2018)

Moderator

photoMr. Anthony D. Papayannides

Journalist, General Manager Economia Group
15:45 - 17:15

Session 4 | Smart Plant Farming

photoDr. Peter Oudemans

Professor of Plant Biology and Pathology, Rutgers University, New Jersey, USA
Smart technology for problem solving in agriculture

photoMr. Geert Wilms

Director of Agricultural Innovation Brabant (LIB) partner of ZLTO farmer’s organization, The Netherlands
The Dutch Model, successful in the past, competitive in the present and ambitious in the future
Agriculture Innovation Brabant (LIB), Netherlands. A PPP for sustainable development in agriculture through experience, best practices and expertise

photoDr. Athanasios Tsaftaris

Dean of Graduate Studies, Perrotis College-American Farm School
A new agriculture: digitalizing genomic information

photoMr. Aristodimos Zamidis

President, TractorGPS
Common farmer’s mistakes in electronic equipment selection

photoDr. Thanos Balafoutis

Researcher (Grade C), Institute for Bio-Economy & Agro-Technology, CERTH Hellas
Smart-AKIS – a Network for the development of Smart Farming in EU

Moderator

photoDr. Ilias Kalfas

Project Leader, Strategic Project Management Office, American Farm School
17:15 - 18:15

Session 5 | Smart Livestock Farming

photoDr. Demetrios Kouretas

Professor, Department of Biochemistry-Biotechnology, University of Thessaly
How feta cheese products can transform to super foods. Proteins isolated, New Products development, Branding & Marketing

photoDr. Georgios Arsenos

Professor, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki
Decision support tools for livestock enterprises

photoDr. Anagnostis Argiriou

Senior Scientist, Deputy Director Institute of Applied Biosciences – CERTH
Data Driven Bio-economy or how to create new value chains with examples

Moderator

photoDr. Evdokia Krystallidou

Project Leader, Strategic Project Management Office, American Farm School
18:30 - 19:30

Networking cocktail reception

Saturday, November 3rd 2018

09:00 - 09:30

Welcome Notes

photoMs. Siwarde J. SAP

Vice Chair Steering Committee, Balkans & Black Sea Cooperation Forum
Sr. Economic Policy Advisor, Embassy of the Netherlands

photoMr. Christos Meglas

President, Serres Chamber of Commerce
09:30 - 11:15

Session 6 | Business Impact HUB

Purpose of this panel is about providing information on offer vs demand and strengthening dialogue for up scaled synergies at corporate level. Businesses executives and two Principal Bankers (NBG & EBRD) exchanging views on prospects and opportunities, as well as the readiness and the facilities these financial institutions can hold at hi-scale projects in the agribusiness sector.

photoMs. Jessie Voumvaki

Deputy Director, Economic Analysis Department, National Bank of Greece
Insights for the Greek agro-food sector by NBG Research

photoMr. Geert Wilms

Director of Agricultural Innovation Brabant (LIB) partner of ZLTO farmer’s organization, The Netherlands
The Dutch Model, successful in the past, competitive in the present and ambitious in the future
Agriculture Innovation Brabant (LIB), Netherlands. A PPP for sustainable development in agriculture through experience, best practices and expertise

photoMs. Augusta A. Vrachnou

Principal Banker, European Bank for Reconstruction & Development
EBRD support across the agribusiness value chain

photoMs. Ioanna Tavanidou

Sector Supervisor, Mid Corporate Banking Division, National Bank of Greece
Partnerships to support investments in agriculture

photoMr. Nikos Stamou

Investments Promotion Officer, Enterprise Greece
Invest in Taste: Opportunities & Prospects

photoMr. Christos Meglas

President, Serres Chamber of Commerce

Moderator

photoMr. Yiannis Tsatsakis

Editor in Chief, Ypaithros Chora
11:15 - 11:30

Break

11:30 - 12:30

Session 7 | Scientific Impact HUB

Advancing dialogue towards integrating partnerships and cross-sectoral cooperation in sciences & institutions

photoDr. Spyridon Mamalis

President, Geotechnical Chamber of Greece
The Wine lab: The Development of structured university-business cooperation

photoMs. Effie Lazaridou

Managing Director, Rutgers, Greece
New Agriculture for a New Generation
Building shared value through innovative ecosystems

photoDr. Philip Papadopoulos

Director, Strategic Project Management Office, American Farm School
Measurable economic results as a precondition for the adoption of technological innovation on the part of

photoDr. Peter Oudemans

Professor of Plant Biology and Pathology, Rutgers University, New Jersey, USA
Smart technology for problem solving in agriculture

photoDr. Håkan Jönsson

Professor of food studies, Lund University Sweden
Present and future skill gaps in the agrifood sector

Moderator

photoMr. Alexandros Kouris

CEO, Cyclades Microbrewery at Tinos Island
Secretary General, Elladika mas
12:30 - 13:00

Highlights from Sessions

13:00 - 17:00

Field visit at Nigrita geothermal zone

A component about expanding knowledge, analyze elements onsite and point-out market opportunities of a specific agricultural project. See and download the detailed program from the menu bar: Media/Media Kit

17:00

Return to Serres - End of conference

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Location

Elpida Resort & Spa, Serres

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