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 - 19:30

AgriFood Scaleups Innovation Challenge

Serres Chamber of Commerce, Christides conference hall

20:15 - 22:30

Networking dinner sponsored by ALPHA BANK

Dinner is held at CityZen bar-restaurant, for AgriBusiness Forum delegates only. Your 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 - 11:00

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

photoMr. Tassos Haniotis

Director, Strategy, Simplification & Policy Analysis, Directorate General for Agriculture & Rural Development, European Commission
Key Note Speaker

photoDr. Charalambos Kasimis

Secretary General of Agricultural Policy & Management of European Funds, Ministry of Rural Development & Food
Key Note Speaker

photoMs. Fotini Arampatzi

Member of the Hellenic Parliament, New Democracy Party, Sector Head of Rural Development & Food
New Democracy note for Common Agricultural Policy post 2020

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

photoMr. Alexandros Kontos

President, Association of Agricultural Cooperative Organizations

photoΜr. Evangelos Argyris

President, Wines of Greece

photoMr. Pavlos Satolias

President, New Hellenic Confederation of Agricultural Cooperatives

photoMr. Theodoros Vasilopoulos

President, New Farmers Hellenic Network

photoMr. Stergios Litos

President, Agri & Livestock Farmers Association, Region of Serres


photoDr. Konstantinos Mattas

Professor of Agricultural Economics, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki
11:00 - 12:30

Session 2 | Financial Instruments for smart agribusiness in Greece

photoMr. Alexandros Dimitrakopoulos

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

photoMs. Nelly Tzakou-Lambropoulou

General Manager Retail Banking, National Bank of Greece

photoMr. Ioannis Chaniotakis

Senior Director, Agricultural Sector Operations Development, Piraeus Bank

photoMr. Panos Theodorou

Head of strategy & analysis sector, Eurobank Small Business Segment General Division

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


photoMr. Costas Apostolopoulos

Head of the Evaluation and Institutional Support Unit, Managing Authority for Rural Development Programme in Greece
12:30 - 13:00


13:00 - 14:30

Session 3 | New Technologies & AgriDistribution Logistics

photoAmbassador Caspar Veldkamp

Ambassador of the Netherlands to Greece
Key Note Speaker

photoDr. Dimitrios Vlachos

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

photoDr. 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. Anthony D. Papayannides

Journalist, General Manager Economia Group
14:30 - 15:30

Lunch break

15:30 - 17:00

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. 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

photoDr. Athanasios Tsaftaris

Dean of Undergraduate and Graduate Studies, American Farm School
A new agriculture: digitalizing genomic information
17:00 - 18:30

Session 5 | Smart Livestock Farming

photoDr. Demetrios Kouretas

Professor, Department of Biochemistry-Biotechnology, University of Thessaly

photoDr. Georgios Arsenos

Professor, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki
Decision support tools for livestock enterprises
18:30 - 19:30

Corporate-Scaleups Engagement Program

B2B networking between scaleups and food/agri leading businesses (priority to consortium partners)

18:30 - 19:30

Networking cocktail reception at Elpida Resort

Saturday, November 3rd 2018

09:00 - 09:15

Welcome Notes

photoMs. Siwarde J. SAP

Vice Chair Steering Committee, Balkans & Black Sea Cooperation Forum

photoMr. Christos Meglas

President, Serres Chamber of Commerce
09:15 - 10:45

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.

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

photoMr. Arda Batu

Secretary General, Turkish Business Confederation

photoMs. Augusta A. Vrachnou

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

photoMr. Christos Meglas

President, Serres Chamber of Commerce
10:45 - 11:00


11:00 - 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

photoMs. Effie Lazaridou

Managing Director, Rutgers, Greece
Recharging the Youth: New Agriculture for a New Generation

photoDr. Philip Papadopoulos

Director, Strategic Project Management Office, American Farm School
Member Scientific Committee
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


Return to Serres

End of conference


  • Participation to the Masterclass is subject to the terms & conditions listed online AgriBusiness Forum website
  • Participation to the AgriBusiness Forum is with a registration fee (early bird and regular/onsite periods apply)
  • AgriBusiness Forum official language is Greek with simultaneous translation to English
  • Agenda is subject to changes/modifications at anytime