Conference Agenda

Thursday, September 28, 2023


Welcome remarks

photoMr. Constantinos Tsoutsoplides

Head of the European Parliament Liaison Office in Greece

photoMr. Giannis Balakakis

Chair AgriBusiness Forum, President Geo Routes Institute

Chapter 1: Climate change (consequences, impacts, response policies)

photoProfessor, Petteri Taalas

Secretary-General, WMO
video message

photoHE Susanna Terstal

Ambassador of the Kingdom of the Netherlands to Greece
The effect of climate change on Agriculture - the case of the Netherlands

photoDr. Andreas J. Karamanos

Member of the Academy of Athens, Professor Emeritus Agricultural University of Athens
Climate change and Greek agriculture. Estimated predictions and adaptation measures

photoMr. Nico Kalinis

Programme Manager, Greece CAP2023-2027, DG-Agri, European Commission
Climate change and the CAP strategic plan

photoMr. Doron Lebovich

Deputy Chief of Mission, Embassy of Israel in Athens
Israel: Climate Change, Supply Chains and Collaborative Solutions

photoMr. Andreas Lykourentzos

President, Organisation of Greek Agricultural Insurances
Climate change, Extreme Weather Conditions and the ElGA regulation



Chapter 2: Τhe challenges and contradictions of the new Common Agricultural Policy 2023-2027

photoMr. Dionysios Stamenitis

Deputy Minister, Ministry of Agriculture & Food
The challenge of the Green Architecture of the New Common Agricultural Policy

photoMr. Filip Busz

Head of Unit CAP Mediterranean, DG-Agri, European Commission
The Challenges of the CAP strategic plan

photoDr. Konstantinos Tsimpoukas

Dean - Professor, Agribusiness Management, Agricultural University of Athens
Basic income support for sustainability, Complementary redistributive income support for sustainability and Coupled income support

photoDr. George Vlahos

Assistant Professor, Agricultural University of Athens
CAP and Environment: The long and tedious (?) integration process

photoMr. Christos Yiannakakis

Vice President, National Union of Agricultural Cooperatives
Coverage loss of income from natural disaster and market conditions

photoMr. George Pontikas

President, Hellenic Crop Protection Association (ESYF)
28/9: Agricultural supplies & New Common Agricultural Policy
29/9: Crop Protection contribution in dealing with climate change and protection of the environment



Chapter 3: Agro-technology, innovation and knowledge transfer

photoProfessor Dan G. Blumberg

Chairman at Israel Space Agency, VP for Regional & Industrial Development at Ben-Gurion University of the Negev

photoDr. Evdokimos I. Konstantinidis

Chair, European Network of Living Labs (ENoLL)
Living Labs for rapid and reliable open innovation

photoDr. Georgios Theodoridis

Professor Analytical Chemistry Aristotle University, Co-founder of ThetaBiomarkers
Biomarker Discovery for health and nutrition. Route for innovative personalised services in wellness, disease, sports

photoDr. Fotios Tekos

CEO, FoodOxys
FoodOxys: An initiative of a University that conquering the markets

Speakers, Sponsors, partners reception cocktail (by invitation only)

Friday, September 29 2023


Welcome remarks

photoMr. Giannis Balakakis

Chair AgriBusiness Forum, President Geo Routes Institute

Chapter-4: Agrifood key-factors & financial instruments

photoMr. Dimitris Papagiannidis

Secretary General of European Funds & Infrastructure, Ministry of Agriculture
New financial tools for the development of the primary sector

photoMs. Areti Roditi

Mandate Manager, European Investment Fund
Supporting investments in agriculture with financial instruments focused on sustainability

photoMr. Dimitrios Mitsopoulos

Business Sales (B2B) Sub-Division Manager – Embedded Banking Sector, National Bank of Greece
National Bank of Greece Financial instruments for the agri-food sector

photoMr. Menelaos Gardikiotis

President, Geotechnical Chamber of Greece
The required financial tools for the change of the farming model as requested by the E.U.

photoMr. Moschos Korasidis

Director General, National Union of Agricultural Cooperatives
Do the financial tools follow the needs of today's agriculture?



Chapter-5: Circular economy in agriculture, in the context of the green deal

Programming partner: EPLO | Circular Economy & Climate Change Institute

photoDr. George Zalidis

Professor, Lab Director of Remote Sensing, Spectroscopy and G.I.S., Aristotle University
Carbonica Hub of Excellence: Its role in the green and digital transition in agricultural and natural ecosystem management to address climate change

photoMr. Spyros Ignatiadis

Director of Strategy & Development, ids CONSULTING & IDEA group of companies
Circular Economy in Agriculture: The only way to a sustainable future

photoDr. Alexandrina Kostadinova-Slaveva

Chief Assist. Prof. University of Forestry, Sofia-Bulgaria
Composting is the key to the circle economy

photoMr. Alkis Angelos Stavridis

Managing Director, ECHMI S.A.
Circular and carbonless “from farm to fork" agricultural products

photoMr. Yanko Stoyanov

CEO, Interact Energy LLC-Bulgaria
The challenge of governance in the circular transition in cities and regions towards systemic and regenerative resource management and use of waste waters as a resource



Chapter-6: Agricultural inputs & emerging climate/environmental challenges

photoMr. Athanasios Tsoutsas

President, Hellenic Seed Association (SEPY)
The importance of seed / plant reproductive material in addressing the challenges posed by the environment and climate change

photoMr. Alexandros Triantafyllou

President, Hellenic Feed Industry Association (SEVIZ)
The animal feed industry as a driver for the development of low environmental emission livestock farming

photoMr. Dimitris Rousseas

President, Hellenic Fertilizer’s Association (SPEL)
The Role and Contribution of the Crop Nutrition Sector to Climate Change Challenges

photoMr. George Pontikas

President, Hellenic Crop Protection Association (ESYF)
28/9: Agricultural supplies & New Common Agricultural Policy
29/9: Crop Protection contribution in dealing with climate change and protection of the environment

photoMr. Christodoulos Bozatzidis

BoD Member, Machinery Importers’ Representatives’ Association (SEAM)
Environmental and financial benefits of agricultural machinery technological evolution



Chapter-7: Moderators’ remarks and conclusions

photoMr. Anthony D. Papayannides


photoDr. Charalambos Kasimis

Professor Emeritus, Dpt. of Agricultural Economics & Rural Development, Agricultural University of Athens

photoMr. Sotiris Nikas

Athens Bureau Chief, Bloomberg LP

photoMr. George Makris


photoDr. Angeliki Kavga

Ass. Professor, Head of Agricultural Department, University of Patras

photoMr. Ioannis Mardikis

Director, Circular Economy & Climate change Institute (EPLO)

Farewell reception (standing cocktail)


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