Conference Agenda

Food & Farming systems’ green and digital transition

AgriBusiness Forum 4th international edition is held in Athens-Greece, 6-7/10/2021, highlighting Food & Farming systems’ green and digital transition; spanning across 9 high caliber sessions, 45 focal areas, and 50 renowned 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.


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.

Wednesday, October 6th 2021


Welcome remarks

photoMr. Nabil Gangi

Dpt. Regional Representative for Europe & Central Asia, FAO United Nations
Key Note

Chapter-1: The future of agrifood systems in view of the outcomes from the United Nation’s Food Systems Summit 2021

Programming partner: Food & Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO)

photoMr. Nabil Gangi

Dpt. Regional Representative for Europe & Central Asia, FAO United Nations
Key Note

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

photoMs. Christina Legaki

Country Leader, Corteva Agriscience Hellas


photoMs. Mary Kenny

Food Safety & Consumer Protection Officer, FAO Regional Office Europe & Central Asia



Chapter-2: Enabling Women entrepreneurship in agribusiness to build smart economies

Programming partner: UN WOMEN

photoMs. Alia El-Yassir

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

photoMs. Fatma Dirkes

President, European Banking & Financial Services Training Association
Vice President, Frankfurt School of Finance & Management

photoMs. Sakina Babayeva

Chair, Women Entrepreneurship Development Association of Azerbaijan
Member of the Economic Council at the Ministry of Economy

photoMr. Ilia Tamarashvili

Director, RDA, Ministry of Environmental Protection & Agriculture of Georgia

photoMs. Nardane Kuscu

Founder, Narköy Organic Farm

photoMs. Tülin Akın

Tech. Entrepreneur, Founder of Tabit


photoMs. Meral Guzel

Partnership Manager, Women’s Entrepreneurship Accelerator, UN Women

Lunch Break


Chapter-3: Food Security and Safety in the digital world: regulation, frauds detection & monitoring tools

photoDr. Nikolaos Thomaidis

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

photoDr. Antonis Zampelas

President, Hellenic Food Authority - Professor, Human Nutrition AUA
The role of the Hellenic Food Authority in the Promotion of Public Health

photoDr. George Tsangaris

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

photoMr. Haris Linardakis

IBM Cloud Leader, Greece & Cyprus
Build Trust in the Food Ecosystem with Blockchain


photoDr. Panagiotis N. Skandamis

Member of the BIOHAZ panel, European Food Safety Authority



Chapter-4: The novel state of CAP 2021-2027 and the “Green Deal”

photoMr. Spilios Livanos

Minister Agriculture, Rural Development & Food, Greece
Key Note

photoMr. Janusz Wojciechowski

EU Commissioner for Agriculture
Key Note

photoMr. Nikos Papathanasis

Alternate Minister, Ministry of Development and Investments
Key Note

photoMr. Hubert Cottogni

Deputy Director, Head of Mandate Management, European Investment Fund

photoMs. Jessie Voumvaki

Deputy Chief Economist, National Bank of Greece



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

photoMs. Christiana Kalogirou

Secretary General, Ministry of Agriculture & Food

photoMr. Geert Wilms

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

photoMr. Dimitris Skarmoutsos

Executive chef, Natu Restaurant

photoDr. Antonia Trichopoulou

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


photoDr. Athanasios Kizos

Professor of Rural Geography, University of the Aegean

Remarks and conclusions


Networking Reception

Thursday, October 7th 2021


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

Chapter-6: Smart farming, processing & circular economy: Precision agriculture, artificial-intelligence & sustainable biorefineries

photoDr. George Stylios

Deputy Minister of Rural Development and Food

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

photoDr. Philip Papadopoulos

Director, Strategic Project Management Office, American Farm School
Prospects & challenges for the adoption of digital technologies in the Greek agrifood sector: the experience of InoFA

photoDr. Apostolos Koutinas

Associate Professor, Food Science & Human Nutrition, Agricultural University of Athens


photoDr. Charalambos Kasimis

Professor, Agricultural University of Athens



Chapter-7: Financial, insurance and Tech instruments for efficient agribusiness

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

photoDr. Yiannis N. Tzortzis

President, Just Transition Development Plan Legal Experts Committee | PhD Attorney at Law, Regulatory Authority for Energy
Legal framework of the Greek Just Transition Development Plan: An investment bonanza

photoMr. Alexandros Dimitrakopoulos

Regional Mandate Manager, European Investment Fund


photoMr. Anthony D. Papayannides

Journalist, General Manager Economia Group



Chapter-8: Agriculture in view of synergies: the Dutch triple helix model


photoMs. Susanna Terstal

Ambassador of the Kingdom of the Netherlands to Greece

photoMr. Simos Kedikoglou

Deputy Minister, Ministry of Rural Development & Food

photoDr. Meine Pieter van Dijk

Emeritus Professor of University of Rotterdam, Delft & Maastricht

photoDr. Eleni Maloupa

Director Institute of Plant Breeding & Genetic Resources, ELGO Dimitra
Production technologies for high added value products of Greek varieties

photoMr. Hans Nijhoff

Senior expert agribusiness development, Maastricht School of Management


photoMs. Rannia Savvaki

Senior Economic Policy Officer, Embassy of The Kingdom of The Netherlands



Chapter-9: Ahead climate crisis and net zero emissions adaptation

photoDr. Konstantinos Aravossis

Secretary General Natural Environment & Water, Ministry of Environment & Energy

photoMr. Kostis Moussouroulis

Chairman of the Steering Committee, Just Transition Development Plan

photoDr. Dimitris Skuras

Vice Rector of Economics & Planning, Patras University

Remarks and conclusions

photoMr. Giannis Balakakis

Chair, Geo Routes Institute
Chair Organizing Committee AgriBusiness Forum

Networking Reception


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