Mr Ioannis GKLAVAKIS was born in 1949 in Thessaloniki Greece and raised in Piperia Aridaia of Pella prefecture.

He holds a degree in Agriculture from Aristotle University of Thessaloniki.

In 1976 he founded ‘Gklavakis Plants’, an agricultural company that changed the standards of the industry of hardy nursery stock (plant propagational material) in Greece.

He participated in a number of committees and boards related to his sector, represented the most important research institutes from the world in Greece

In 2004-2009 he was member of the European Parliament (MEP). Member of the committee of Agriculture and Rural development as well of the Fisheries Affairs committee. For the same period he was acting member of the committee of Environment, Public Health and Food Safety and second vice president of the EU-Mexico delegation (2006-2009).