About AgriBusiness Forum 2021

Covid-19 pandemic has revealed severe shortcomings on globalized (agrifood) supply chains raising questions from globalization to security, safety, risk management and resilience of farm-to-fork chains. AgriBusiness Forum 2021 focuses on addressing these challenges, enhancing “green” & “digital” transition, and appraising climate change impact, in line with CAP2021-2027 & EU Recovery Fund strategy. Under the global and national emerging trends & constraints, including the “One Health approach”, AgriBusiness Forum sets an inclusive platform for shaping robust, comprehensive & coherent dialogue towards viable, sustainable, traceable & resilient agrifood systems in Greece and the World.

AgriBusiness Forum 4th international edition is held in Athens-Greece, on 6-7/10/2021, highlighting “Food & Farming systems’ green and digital transition”; spanning across 9 high caliber sessions45 focal areas, and 50 speakers from Greece and the world. The conference will be held with the physical participation of speakers and delegates, representing leading businesses, financial services, innovative farmers, policy makers, research and academia. ABF2021 will be also offered online, with reduced registration fees. 

AgriBusiness Forum is committed to advancing knowledge for the digitization & digital transformation of the agrifood value chain from seed to fork; and pivotal platform at boosting innovation and integrating partnerships towards viable, sustainable, traceable and resilient agrifood systems in Greece and beyond. It spans across number of top-tier networking & learning activities, including conferences, summits, masterclasses and AgriFood Traction Tours in Europe; while maintains cooperation with distinctive national, regional and international bodies & organizations. 

Speakers

Mr. Alexandros Angelopoulos

Managing Director, Aldemar Hotels & Resorts

Dr. Kalliopi Chalkou

Group Food Safety & Suppliers Quality Manager, Coca Cola Hellenic

Dr. Serko Haroutounian

Chairman, Hellenic Agricultural Organization ELGO Dimitra

Mr. Geert Wilms

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

Agenda

Wednesday, October 6th 2021

09.00-09.30

Welcome remarks

photoMr. Giannis Balakakis

President, Geo Routes Cultural Institute
Chair Organizing Committee AgriBusiness Forum
09.30-11.00

Chapter-1: CAP 2021-2027, EU Recovery Fund, “Green Deal”: a novel state to the agrifood sector

Session focuses on the novel state expected at boosting and/or influencing the agrifood value chain. High level panelists will share information about CAP 2023-2027, the EU Recovery Fund and “Green Deal”

photoMr. Spilios Livanos

Minister Agriculture, Rural Development & Food, Greece
11.00-11.15

Break

11.15-12.45

Chapter-2: The future of agrifood systems in view of 2030 Agenda: the “One health” approach

UN 2030 Agenda recognizes that people can no longer look at food, livelihoods and the natural resources separately. Rural development and investments in agriculture is powerful tool to end poverty and hunger, while agriculture has a major role to play in combating climate change and losses of jobs

photoDr. Dionysia-Theodora Avgerinopoulou

Chair, Special Permanent Parliamentary Committee on Environmental Protection, Hellenic Parliament
Environmental protection & Climate adaptation determine present and future generations’ viability

photoMr. Tassos Haniotis

Director, Strategy, Simplification & Policy Analysis, DG Agriculture & Rural Development, European Commission
Understanding CAP 2021-7 prerequisites & green philosophy

photoDr. Phoebe Koundouri

Co-Chair SDSN Europe, Professor AUEB
The Future Europe Wants: A Green & Digital, Job-Based and Inclusive Recovery from COVID-19 Pandemic
12.45-13.00

Break

13.00-14.30

Chapter-3: Women in agribusiness sector: rising power and promising agri-changers

Programming partner: UN WOMEN

photoMs. Alia El-Yassir

UN WOMEN Regional Director, Representative to Turkey; Europe and Central Asia Regional Office

Moderator

photoMs. Meral Guzel

Partnership Manager, Women’s Entrepreneurship Accelerator, UN Women
14.30-15.30

Lunch break

15.30-17.00

Chapter-4: Food Security and Safety in the digital world: regulation, frauds detection & monitoring tools

photoMs. Alexandra Nikolakopoulou

Head of Unit 'Farm to Fork Strategy', Food Safety Directorate, DG SANTE European Commission
The Farm2Fork strategy under the perspective of the EU Food Safety Regulation

photoDr. George Tsangaris

Professor Proteomics Research, Biomedical Research Foundation, Academy of Athens
Modern technologies for monitoring emerging risks & epidemiological investigation

photoDr. Nikolaos Thomaidis

Professor of Analytical Chemistry, University of Athens
Advanced tools for authenticity assessment and fraud detection

Moderator

photoDr. Panagiotis N. Skandamis

Member of the BIOHAZ panel, European Food Safety Authority
17.00-17.15

Break

17.15-18.45

Chapter-5: The state of play in Agritourism: rural development in the context of Mediterranean diet, local products & landscaping

photoMr. Harry Theocharis

Minister of Tourism, Greece

photoMr. Geert Wilms

Director, Agricultural Innovation Brabant LIB/ZLTO, South Holland Farmers Organization
The Netherlands agritourism evolution

photoMr. Dimitris Skarmoutsos

Executive chef, Natu Restaurant, Kifisia-Athens

photoDr. Antonia Trichopoulou, MD, PhD

President, Hellenic Health Foundation
Back to the future: meeting Health Claims via Traditional Novel Foods

photoMr. Alexandros Angelopoulos

Managing Director, Aldemar Hotels & Resorts

Moderator

photoDr. Athanasios Kizos

Professor of Rural Geography, University of the Aegean
18.45-19.00

Remarks and conclusions

19.00-21.00

Networking Reception

Thursday, October 7th 2021

09.00-09.30

Welcome remarks

photoMr. Giannis Balakakis

President, Geo Routes Cultural Institute
Chair Organizing Committee AgriBusiness Forum

photoMs. Alia El-Yassir

UN WOMEN Regional Director, Representative to Turkey; Europe and Central Asia Regional Office
09.30-11.00

Chapter-6: Smart farming & processing: leveraging competitiveness through precision agriculture and artificial-intelligence

photoDr. Spyros Fountas

Associate Professor, Agricultural University of Athens

photoDr. Kalliopi Chalkou

Group Food Safety & Suppliers Quality Manager, Coca Cola Hellenic
Smart Processing engaging on line sensors
11.00-11.15

Break

11.15-12.45

Chapter-7: Tool-kit for efficient agribusiness: financial, insurance and advisory instruments boosting near- future agriculture

12.45-13.00

Break

13.00-14.30

Chapter-8: Actors’ initiatives in response of agrifood challenges and FLW management: invest in innovation, digitalization & extroversity

photoDr. Apostolos Koutinas

Associate Professor, Food Science & Human Nutrition, Agricultural University of Athens
Biorefinery and bioprocess development using crude renewable resources in the circular economy era
14.30-14.45

Break

14.45-16.15

Chapter-9: Synergies in agriculture: the Dutch model “Farmers- Businesses-Academia”

Programming partner: EMBASSY OF THE NETHERLANDS

photoDr. Eleni Maloupa

Director Institute of Plant Breeding & Genetic Resources, ELGO Dimitra
16.15-16.30

Remarks and conclusions

photoMr. Giannis Balakakis

Chair, Geo Routes Institute
Chair Organizing Committee AgriBusiness Forum
16.30-18.00

Networking Reception

Organizor

Leading partners

In Cooperation

Official Partners

Sponsors

Scientific Partners

Field Experts - Contributors

Media Sponsors

Venue Information

Location

Benaki Museum

Travel Information

Accredited Hotels