About AgriBusiness Forum 2019

AgriBusiness Forum 2019 to be held in Serres-Greece 1-2 November 2019 under the topic “The future of agriculture in the digital era” is committed to advancing knowledge for the digitization & digital transformation of the agrifood value chain from seed to fork.

AgriBusiness Forum, agro-technology premier event is focused on boosting innovation, integrating partnerships, enhancing cross-sectoral cooperation and dynamically debating the near-future of the production, processing and distribution of sustainable and value-added agrifood products in Greece, the Balkans and beyond.

AgriBusiness Forum 2019 intriguing agenda features 8 content driven sessions, 60 distinguished speakers from Europe, Greece and the US, and be attended by 200 hi-level delegates of farmers, leading businesses, financial services, innovative scaleups, research, academia and the public sector. It also boosts entrepreneurship and innovation through a Masterclass to be delivered by its designated scientific partners.

  • AgriBusiness Forum 2018 highlights video here

Speakers

Mr. Christos Yiannakakis

Board Member of Sasoee, Executive Consultant at Venus Growers Cooperative

Dr. Vasilis Vasiliou

Chair of the Department of Environmental Health Sciences, Yale School of Public Health

Dr. Evdokia Krystallidou

Project Leader, Strategic Project Management Office, American Farm School

Mr. Yiannis Glavakis

Agronomist, former EP MEP, Glavakis Nurseries

Agenda

Thursday, October 31st 2019

The Challenge

The Challenge is a pitching and pre-opening event to the AgriBusiness Forum. Τhe Challenge made for the food & agtech scaleups being participants to the Masterclass and focuses on bringing them into the radar of agrifood industry representatives, also promoting innovative products and business value propositions to the public, the delegates and the media.

16:00 - 17:00

Registrations | Serres Chamber of Commerce

A conference badge or a valid registration pass, or a personal invitation should be presented at the entrance.

17:00 - 20:00

AgriFood Innovation Challenge

Serres Chamber of Commerce, Main conference hall

Moderator

photoMr. Giannis Balakakis

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

Networking reception | sponsored by EUROBANK

By invitation or conference badge or a valid registration only

Friday, November 1st 2019

AgriBusiness Forum Day-1:

Day one focuses on boosting innovation and dynamically debating the near-future of the production, processing and distribution of sustainable, profitable and value-added agrifood products.

2019 headline: The Future of Agriculture in the Digital Era

08:00-08:45

Registrations | Elpida Resort & Spa Hotel

08:45-09:30

Opening Remarks

photoMr. Giannis Balakakis

President, Geo Routes Cultural Institute
Chair Organizing Committee AgriBusiness Forum
09:30-11:00

Session 1: Precision Agriculture and Artificial Intelligence, factors for value-added farming systems

photoDr. Philip Papadopoulos

Director, Strategic Project Management Office, American Farm School

photoDr. Peter Oudemans

Professor, Plant Biology & Pathology, Rutgers University, New Jersey, USA

photoDr. Vasilis Vasiliou

Chair of the Department of Environmental Health Sciences, Yale School of Public Health

photoDr. George Zalidis

Director of the Laboratory of Remote Sensing, Spectroscopy and G.I.S., AUTh, Faculty of Agriculture

Moderator

photoDr. Nikolaos Lappas

Managing Editor, Ypaithros Hora
11:00-11:30

Break

11:30-13:00

Session 2: Trends, challenges and perspectives in the era of smart livestock farming

photoMs. Fotini Αrampatzi

Deputy Minister of Rural Development & Food

photoMr. Lefteris Gitsas

President, Hellenic National Interbranch Meat Organization (EDOK)

photoMr. Geert Wilms

Director, Agricultural Innovation Brabant LIB/ZLTO, South Holland Farmers Organization

photoDr. Evdokia Krystallidou

Project Leader, Strategic Project Management Office, American Farm School
13:00-14:00

Lunch Break

14:00-15:30

Session 3: Agri & Eco-tourism, driving force for inclusive growth at rural societies, destinations and agrifood products. Greeces’ new strategy

photoMr. Harry Theocharis

Minister of Tourism, Greece

photoMr. Konstantinos Skrekas

Deputy Minister of Rural Development & Food

photoMr. Giannis Balakakis

President, Geo Routes Cultural Institute
Chair Organizing Committee AgriBusiness Forum
15:30-15:45

Break

15:45-17:00

Session 4: New products, services and financial instruments for smart & efficient agribusiness

photoDr. Konstantinos Baginetas

Secretary General of Agricultural Policy and Management of European Funds, Ministry of Rural Development & Food

photoMr. Alexandros Dimitrakopoulos

Regional Mandate Manager, European Investment Fund (EIF)

photoMs. Augusta A. Vrachnou

Principal Banker, European Bank for Reconstruction & Development

photoMr. Panos Theodorou

Head of Strategy & Analysis Sector, Eurobank Small Business Segment General Division

photoMs. Effie Kokoreli

Head of Agricultural and Bank Assurance, INTERAMERICAN SA
17:00-17:15

Break

17:15-19:00

Session 5: The future of plant biodiversity conservation and certification in Greece

photoDr. Eleni Maloupa

Director Institute of Plant Breeding & Genetic Resources, Hellenic Agricultural Organization DEMETER
Holistic utilization of plant biodiversity, through protection and conservation in Genes Banks

photoDr. Anagnostis Argiriou

Deputy Director, Institute of Applied Biosciences – CERTH

photoMr. Anastasios Kalantzis

Vice-President, Hellenic Plant Importers & Exporters Association

photoMr. Panagiotis Sainatoudis

Founder, Peliti NPO

photoMr. Yiannis Glavakis

Agronomist, former EP MEP, Glavakis Nurseries

photoMr. George Kostelenos

Αgronomist-Author, EFE Board Member, Kostelenos Nurseries

photoMr. Konstantinos Bakasietas

General Manager, VNB (Vine Nurseries Bakasieta)
19:00-21:00

Networking reception

For conference delegates only

Saturday, November 2nd 2019

AgriBusiness Forum Day-2:

Day 2 focuses on synergies between Academia-Research and Businesses and providing Policies/Perspectives for sustainable agrifood systems in the EU, Greece and the Balkans. The event is concluded with an experiential field visit at Lake Kerkini.

08:00-09:00

Registrations | Elpida Resort & Spa Hotel

09:00-09:15

Opening remarks

09:15-09:30

Lessons Learnt from the AgriFood Traction Tour 2019 to the Netherlands

AgriFood Traction Tour is networking & learning event trips to top agri-destinations about providing knowledge and output assessment in agriculture, horticulture, food technology and deal flows.
AgriFood Traction Tour 2019 went to the Netherlands, Noord Brabant 27-30/8/2019 and conveys meaningful messages from the Dutch agribusiness models.

photoMs. Siwarde J. SAP

Vice Chair Steering Committee, Balkans & Black Sea Cooperation Forum
Sr. Economic Policy Advisor, Embassy of the Netherlands
09:30-11:00

Session 6: Policies/Perspectives for sustainable agrifood systems in the EU, Greece and the Balkans

photoMr. Makis Voridis

Minister, Ministry of Agriculture, Rural Development & Food

photoMr. Kostas Karamanlis

Minister of Infrastructure & Transport

photoAmbassador Michael B. Christides

Secretary General, Organization of the Black Sea Economic Cooperation
11:00-11:15

Break

11:15-12:45

Session 7: The future of agriculture through synergies between Academia-Research and Businesses

photoMr. Gregory W. Pfleger

Consul General of the United States of America to Thessaloniki, Greece

photoMr. Nikos Thymakis

President, Institute of Agronomic Sciences

photoDr. Dimitrios Vlachos

Director, Laboratory of Statistics & Quantitative Analysis Methods, Logistics & Supply Chain Management, DPT Mechanical Engineering, Aristotle University

photoMr. Geert Wilms

Director, Agricultural Innovation Brabant LIB/ZLTO, South Holland Farmers Organization
12:45-13:15

Session 8: Agrifood players’ initiatives to address challenges to the competitive agrifood environment

photoMr. Christos Meglas

President, Serres Chamber of Commerce

photoMs. Effie Lazaridou

Managing Director, New Agriculture for a New Generation

photoMr. Pavlos Satolias

President, New Hellenic Confederation of Agricultural Cooperatives

photoMr. Christos Yiannakakis

Board Member of Sasoee, Executive Consultant at Venus Growers Cooperative

Moderator

photoDr. Nikolaos Lappas

Managing Editor, Ypaithros Hora
13:15-13:30

Conference conclusions

photoMr. Giannis Balakakis

President, Geo Routes Cultural Institute
Chair Organizing Committee AgriBusiness Forum
13:30-17:30

Field visit at lake Kerkini

Lake Kerkini is one of the most important wetlands in Europe and home of the largest water buffalo colony in Greece.

See the program online: Practical Info/Field Visit.

17:30

Return to Serres

End of AgriBusiness Forum 2019

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Location

Elpida Resort & Spa, Serres

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