Conference Agenda

The Future of Thessaly plain in the digital era

AgriBusiness Thessaly Summit 2021 is held on 19-20/11/2021 in Trikala-Greece highlighting “The Future of Thessaly plain in the digital era”; spanning across 7 high caliber sessions, 35 focal areas and 40 renowned speakers. The conference will be held with the physical participation of the speakers and accredited audience representing leading businesses, financial services, innovative farmers, policy makers, research and academia.

Friday, 19 November 2021


Welcome remarks


Chapter-1: CAP 2021-2027, EU Recovery Fund, “Green Deal”, Climate Change & adaptation

photoDr. George Stylios

Deputy Minister of Rural Development and Food

photoMr. Tassos Haniotis

Director, Strategy, Simplification & Policy Analysis, DG Agriculture & Rural Development, European Commission

photoMr. Petros Kokkalis

MEP European Parliament, Member of the Committees ENVI, AGRI, PECH, BUGD

photoMr. Dimitris Lianos

Ass. Managing Director, LKN ANALYSIS LTD

photoDr. Charalambos Kasimis

Professor, Rural Sociology, Agricultural University of Athens


photoDr. George Vlontzos

Ass. Professor, Director of the Laboratory of Agricultural Economics & Consumer Behavior, Thessaly University



Chapter-2: Doing efficient agribusiness: financial services, insurance and Tech instruments

photoDr. Konstantinos Baginetas

Secretary General, Agricultural Policy and International Relations, Ministry of Rural Development & Food

photoMr. Christoforos Chatzopoulos

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

photoMr. Costas Apostolopoulos

Head of the Evaluation & Institutional Support, Managing Authority for Rural Development Programme

photoDr. Konstantinos Tsimpoukas

Professor, Agribusiness Management, Agricultural University of Athens

photoMr. Alexandros Dimitrakopoulos

Regional Mandate Manager, European Investment Fund (EIF)



Chapter-3: Present & future of large-scale agriculture. Precision farming, Profitability, Yield management

photoDr. Nikolaos Danalatos

Dean - Professor of Agronomy & Crop Ecology, Thessaly University

photoDr. Theofanis Gemtos

Emeritus Professor, Farm Mechanization, Thessaly University
Field crop future: crop selection, cropping practices and sustainability in the era of climate change

photoDr. George Zalidis

Professor, Lab Director of Remote Sensing, Spectroscopy and G.I.S., AUTh

photoMr. George Pontikas

President & CEO, Syngenta Hellas

photoMs. Christina Legaki

Country Leader, Corteva Agriscience Hellas

Lunch break


Chapter-4: Energy & Water resources: rivers’ supplies, reservoirs, green-energy, new technologies

photoMr. Dimitris Papagianidis

Secretary General of European Funds & Infrastructure, Ministry of Agriculture & Food
Integrated program for the development of rural infrastructure and climate change mitigation in Greece, ISIODOS

photoDr. Athanasios Loukas

Ass. Professor of Hydrology and Water Resources, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki
Water Balance of Thessaly: Past, Present, Future. Alternative Proposals and Prospects

photoDr. Nicholas Dercas

Vice Rector, Professor Agricultural Hydraulics, Agricultural University of Athens
Reclamation Works in Greece: In Need of Rehabilitation and Modernization.

photoMr. Costas Goumas

Agronomist, fm. President GEOTEE CG, fm. Director of Land Reclamation Service of Larissa
Necessary infrastructures to cover the water deficit of Thessaly



Chapter-5: Livestock, Dairy, Aquaculture industries

photoMr. Simos Kedikoglou

Deputy Minister, Ministry of Rural Development & Food

photoMr. Michalis Sarantis

Managing Director, Hellenic Dairies SA

photoDr. Charalambos Billinis

Professor, Lab Director of Microbiology & Parasitology of Veterinary Science, Thessaly University
Infectious Diseases of ruminants, threat to Food Safety

photoDr. Demetrios Kouretas

Professor, Animal Physiology & Toxicology, Thessaly University
The new food labelling system AFQ

photoDr. Ioannis Boziaris

Professor, Lab Director of Marketing & Technology of Aquatic Products & Foods, Thessaly University

photoMs. Ioanna Karra

Goat Breeder, KarMa Farm, Thessaly


photoDr. Dimitrios Vlachos

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

Food security & resilience: The potentials of Thessaly to feeding Greece

photoMr. Spilios Livanos

Minister Agriculture, Rural Development & Food, Greece


photoMr. Giannis Balakakis

Chair, Geo Routes Institute
Chair Organizing Committee AgriBusiness Forum

Networking Reception

Saturday, 20 November 2021


Welcome remarks


Chapter-6: Plant transformation & hort-innovation: hydroponics crops under-coverage. Greenhouses’ next-generation

photoMs. Christiana Kalogirou

Secretary General, Ministry of Agriculture & Food

photoDr. Nikolaos Katsoulas

Professor, Lab Director of Agricultural Constructions & Environmental Control, Thessaly University

photoDr. Constantinos Kittas

Emeritus Professor, Agricultural Constructions and Environmental Control, Thessaly University



Chapter-7: The synergy between farmers-businesses-academia, a way forward for sustainable agriculture

photoMr. Geert Wilms

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

photoDr. Philip Papadopoulos

Director, Strategic Project Management Office, American Farm School


photoMr. Dimitris Lianos

Ass. Managing Director, LKN ANALYSIS LTD

Remarks and conclusions


Field visit programme


  1. Forum official language is Greek with simultaneous translation to English
  2. Agenda is subject to reordering and modifications