Conference Agenda

Wednesday, October 7th 2020




Welcome remarks

photoMr. Giannis Balakakis

President, Geo Routes Cultural Institute
Chair Organizing Committee AgriBusiness Forum

Session 1: Impact on climate change, Environmental sustainability

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

photoDr. George Zalidis

Director of the Laboratory of Remote Sensing, Spectroscopy and G.I.S., AUTh, Faculty of Agriculture
Reduced carbon footprint in agriculture

photoMr. Dimitris Skarmoutsos

Executive chef, Natu Restaurant, Kifisia-Athens
Chefs and responsible gastronomy: saving food raw materials, rethinking safety in catering and food waste management

photoMr. Dimitris Michaelides

Journalist, Agronea
Co-Moderator (Session-1)


photoMr. Nikos Thymakis

President, Institute of Agronomic Sciences

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

photoDr. Philip Papadopoulos

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

photoDr. Eleni Maloupa

Director Institute of Plant Breeding & Genetic Resources, HAO-DEMETER
Developing farming systems able to generate income and create employment

photoDr. George-John Nychas

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



Session 3: Financing, Insurance & Services instruments

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


photoMr. Anthony D. Papayannides

Journalist, General Manager Economia Group

Lunch Break


Session 4: Security safety and resilience on Agrifood Supply Chains

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

photoMr. Kees van Duijvendijk

Advisor Satellite Applications, Netherlands Space Office
Earth observation & big-data analytics to water, energy & food security nexus


photoDr. Chrysoula Tassou

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

Session 5: Policies for addressing short & midterm agrifood challenges

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

photoMs. Stella Ronner-Grubačić

Ambassador of the Kingdom of the Netherlands to Greece

Wrap-up and conclusions


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


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