About AgriBusiness Forum 2020

Since early 2020, dramatic disruptions have been undermining an otherwise promising year in economics, international trade, and societal well-being. The Covid-19 pandemic has revealed severe shortcomings on globalized (agrifood) supply chains raising questions ranging from globalization to security, safety, risk management, and resilience of farm-to-fork food chains. The AgriBusiness Forum 2020 focuses on addressing these pressing challenges for the food sector with a targeted, pragmatic, and forward-thinking manner, under the novel global and national emerging trends and constraints. Amidst the pandemic, the AgriBusiness Forum timely provides an inclusive platform for start shaping robust, comprehensive & coherent strategies towards viable, sustainable, traceable and resilient agrifood ecosystems in Greece and throughout the world.

The 3rd international AgriBusiness Forum is held in Athens-Greece on 7 October 2020 highlighting “Food Safety, Security & Resilience: pressing challenges in the COVID-19 era and beyond”; with the physical participation of 35 renowned speakers and a pre-accredited audience of leading businesses, financial services, innovative farmers joining 5 high caliber and content driven sessions.

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Speakers

Mr. Dimitris Michaelides

Journalist, Agronea

Mr. Geert Wilms

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

Dr. Eleftherios Iakovou

Director of Manufacturing & Logistics Innovation Initiatives, Texas A&M Engineering Experiment Station

Dr. George-John Nychas

Professor of Food Microbiology, Agricultural University of Athens

Agenda

Wednesday, October 7th 2020

08.30-09.30

Registrations

09.30-10.00

Welcome remarks

photoMr. Giannis Balakakis

President, Geo Routes Cultural Institute
Chair Organizing Committee AgriBusiness Forum
10.00-11.30

Session 1: Impact on climate change, Environmental sustainability

Q&A's and Discussion 10 minutes

photoDr. Dionysia-Theodora Avgerinopoulou

Chair, Special Permanent Parliamentary Committee on Environmental Protection, Hellenic Parliament
Biodiversity protection and agriculture. EU post-2020 biodiversity strategy

photoDr. Charalambos Kasimis

Professor, Agricultural University of Athens
CAP 2021-2027: Environmental conditionalities and the EU Green Deal strategy

photoMr. Dimitris Michaelides

Journalist, Agronea
Co-Moderator (Session-1)

Moderator

photoMr. Nikos Thymakis

President, Institute of Agronomic Sciences
11.30-13:00

Session 2: Circular Economy, IoT, E-Commerce & Retailing

Q&A's and Discussion 10 minutes

photoDr. Philip Papadopoulos

Director, Strategic Project Management Office, American Farm School
I.o.T, key integrator across agrifood supply chains and clusters’ remuneration

photoDr. George-John Nychas

Professor of Food Microbiology, Agricultural University of Athens
Digital Technologies to transforming food safety management systems in EU-China
13:00-13:15

Break

13.15-14.30

Session 3: Financing, Insurance & Services instruments

Q&A's and Discussion 5 minutes

photoMr. Tassos Haniotis

Director, Strategy, Simplification & Policy Analysis, Directorate General for Agriculture & Rural Development, European Commission
CAP 2021-2027: EU structural funds to supporting European agrifood sector

photoMr. Nikolaos Doukas

Vice President, Hellenic Agricultural Insurance Organization (ELGA)
How ELGA policies and risk management tools address future farming indemnifications

photoMs. Effie Kokoreli

Head of Agricultural and Bank Assurance, INTERAMERICAN SA
Protecting farmers from the unexpected: available tools and services

Moderator

photoMr. Anthony D. Papayannides

Journalist, General Manager Economia Group
14:30-15.30

Lunch Break

15.30-17.00

Session 4: Security safety and resilience on Agrifood Supply Chains

Q&A's and Discussion 15 minutes

photoDr. Panagiotis N. Skandamis

Member of the BIOHAZ panel, European Food Safety Authority
EU policies in biological hazards amidst and post Covid-19

photoDr. Eleftherios Iakovou

Director of Manufacturing & Logistics Innovation Initiatives, Texas A&M Engineering Experiment Station
Food safety technologies for resilient farm-to-fork supply chains: Lessons from a US-Greece collaboration

photoDr. Dimitrios Vlachos

Director, Laboratory of Statistics & Quantitative Analysis Methods, Logistics & Supply Chain Management, AUTh
Food safety technologies for resilient farm-to-fork supply chains: Lessons from a US-Greece collaboration

photoDr. Serko Haroutounian

Professor, Αgricultural University of Athens Chairman, Hellenic Agricultural Organization DEMETER
What HAO-DEMETER does to address food security in Greece’s agrifood chain

Moderator

photoDr. Chrysoula Tassou

Research Director & President, Institute of Technology of Agricultural Products (ITAP)
17.00-18.30

Session 5: Policies for addressing short & midterm agrifood challenges

Q&A's and Discussion 15 minutes

photoMr. Makis Voridis

Minister, Ministry of Agriculture, Rural Development & Food
Food security vs food sovereignty? Inclusive policies to address short/midterm agrifood challenges

photoMr. Geert Wilms

Director, Agricultural Innovation Brabant LIB/ZLTO, South Holland Farmers Organization
Reshaping future through investing in the triple helix between business/research/academia
18.30-19.00

Wrap-up and conclusions

Speakers TBA

Organizers

Auspices

Official Partners

Sponsors

Scientific Partners

Field Experts

Media