ABF19 Training schedule

Training schedule & focal areas 2019

29/10/2019, Tuesday: 15h00-19h00

American Farm School

Topic: Challenges in new agri-business environment

Focal Areas:

  • The life cycle of your business. What to expect?
  • Marketing is important. Although sales is the only tool for survival!
  • The fundamentals of costing and pricing
  • Consequences to be expected when proper legal support is missing to your business

Facilitator: Dr. Ilias Kalfas

Moderator(s): Mr. Kleovoulos Alexiadis, Mr. Vassilios Tsekeridis, Dr. Theodoros Sidiropoulos

30/10/2019, Wednesday: 09h00-13h00

Laboratory of Statistics & Quantitative Analysis Methods, AUTh.

Topic: Logistics & Supply Chain Management

Focal Areas:

  • Supply Chain: Processes and decisions
  • Design of Supply and Distribution Networks
  • ​Value Chain Analysis and Performance Measurement of Supply Chains
  • Supply-Chain Strategy Planning

Facilitator: Dr. Dimitrios Vlachos

Moderator(s): Dr. Dimitris Folinas, Ms. Christina Paraskevopoulou

30/10/2019, Wednesday: 14h00-18h00

Hellenic Agricultural Organization-Demeter

Topic: Business development on plant biodiversity

Focal Areas:

  • Greek flora:  protection and evaluation
  • Integrated approach of the cultivation and production process
  • Plant production and certification
  • Traceability and identification of plant material and products produced
  • Processing
  • Ηigh added value products
  • Food security
  • Greek “Superfoods”
  • Utilization of by-products
  • Ecological, energy footprint

Facilitator: Dr. Eleni Maloupa

Moderator(s): Dr. Katerina Grigoriadou, Dr. Ioannis Ganopoulos

31/10/2019, Thursday: 09h00-13h00

Institute of Agronomic Sciences

Topic: Hellenic Future Farm

Focal Areas:

  • The European Landscape Convention and its relation to Hellenic agricultural landscape
  • Hellenic Rural Agricultural Landscape as Cultural good
  • Plant Cultivation in Landscape Ecology in Greece
  • The composition of the “Hellenic Future Farm”. Integration of Plant Cultivation, Animal Husbandry and Fish Farming by using “Smart Agriculture practices, based on new CAP period for renewal of Farm Population
  • Case Study: “Hellenic Garden” as development model of Horticulture and Landscaping worldwide
  • “Hellenic Future Farm” as agro touristic enterprise. Branding through financial instruments
  • Laboratory including a Case study and an Action – Business Plan

Facilitator: Mr. Nikolaos Thymakis

Moderator(s): Dr. Eleni Athanasiadou, Mr. Alexandros Vasiliadis

31/10/2019, Thursday: 14h00-17h00

Topic: Wrap-up and messages for a successful value proposition

Focal Areas:

  • SMEs preparations for pitching to the Challenge

Facilitator: TBA

Moderator(s): TBA

Image, video, sound data policy

AgriBusiness Forum image, video and sound data policy

All AgriBusiness Forum participants, including speakers, panelists, delegates, subcontractors and staff, for attending the event, namely the Masterclass, the Challenge, the Conference and the Field Visits modules, they accept, agree and consent to the following terms and conditions. If you do not agree with those terms, please refrain from registering to the event without prior communication with the conference organizer.

  1. AgriBusiness Forum (herein after referred to as ABF) is to the ownership and jurisdiction of the nonprofit organization Geo Routes Cultural Institute (herein after referred to as Geo Routes) being its sole and exclusive organizer.
  2. Participants acknowledge, agree and consent that during ABF there will be photo, video, audio and speaker’s presentations recordings by Geo Routes in the context of conference documentation..
  3. Participants are granting Geo Routes the right to make free use of the content above, to its affiliated websites, including but not limited to balkansblackseaforum.org, www.geo-routes.com, www.agribusinessforum.org, the social media connected to those websites, the media and communication partners and the bodies – institutions and organizations related with ABF organization.
  4. Geo Routes is committed handling said content and data in a professional manner and solely in the context related to ABF. Any disagreement must be submitted in written prior registration to the email abf@geo-routes.com.
  5. ABF speakers, panelists and delegates are solely responsible for the material presented to the conference, also for the rights at using such material publicly. ABF has no responsibility for copyrighted or otherwise protected material presented by any person to the conference without the consent of the creator or rights holder.
  6. Geo Routes may prohibit the taking of photographs and/or the making of audio and video recordings by participants who have not received accreditation from conference organizer for such purpose. Only photographers / cameramen holding official accreditation are allowed to operate within ABF venue(s). Upon request copy of any photographic material and/or audio and video recordings shall be provided to Geo Routes.
  7. Unless Participants expressly refuse consent in advance, they authorize, free of charge, Geo Routes and its partners to photograph and/or record the voice and image of the Participant(s), the stands or specific items displayed within stands, distribute photos and/or recordings to third parties and to communicate them to the public, in the whole world, which may be presented (in particular in the form of live or delayed broadcasting), reproduced without limit as to the number of reproductions and published, in the whole world, in any format, using any method or process known or unknown at this time, in whole or in part, on all tangible or intangible media known or unknown at this time, including, in particular, the internet (the websites of the Organizer and its partners and social networks), and on any other promotional or marketing tool it may use for information or promotional purposes.

Getting in touch with us:

If you have any questions or concerns about ABF Digital Policy, please contact us at abf@geo-routes.com

ABF19 Speakers 2019

Speakers 2019


Mr. Makis Voridis

Minister, Ministry of Agriculture, Rural Development & Food

Mr. Harry Theocharis

Minister of Tourism, Greece

Mr. Kostas Karamanlis

Minister of Infrastructure & Transport

Mr. Yanko Ivanov

Deputy Minister, Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Forestry, Bulgaria

Mr. Konstantinos Skrekas

Deputy Minister of Rural Development & Food

Ms. Fotini Αrampatzi

Deputy Minister of Rural Development & Food

Ambassador Michael B. Christides

Secretary General, Organization of the Black Sea Economic Cooperation


Dr. Konstantinos Baginetas

Secretary General of Agricultural Policy and Management of European Funds, Ministry of Rural Development & Food

Mr. Konstantinos Bakasietas

General Manager, Vine Nurseries Bakasieta

Mr. Giannis Balakakis

President, Geo Routes Cultural Institute
Chair Organizing Committee AgriBusiness Forum

Dr. Anagnostis Argiriou

Deputy Director, Institute of Applied Biosciences – CERTH

Mr. Alexandros Dimitrakopoulos

Regional Mandate Manager, European Investment Fund (EIF)

Mr. Lefteris Gitsas

President, Hellenic National Interbranch Meat Organization (EDOK)

Mr. Yiannis Glavakis

Agronomist, former EP MEP, Glavakis Nurseries

Mr. Anastasios Kalantzis

Vice-President, Hellenic Plant Importers & Exporters Association

Dr. Kostas Karantininis

Professor, University of Agricultural Sciences Uppsala Sweden (SLU)

Dr. Charalambos Kasimis

Professor, Agricultural University of Athens

Ms. Effie Kokoreli

Head of Agricultural and Bank Assurance, INTERAMERICAN SA

Mr. George Kostelenos

Αgronomist-Author, Kostelenos Nurseries

Dr. Evdokia Krystallidou

Project Leader, Strategic Project Management Office, American Farm School

Ms. Effie Lazaridou

Managing Director, New Agriculture for a New Generation

Dr. Eleni Maloupa

Director Institute of Plant Breeding & Genetic Resources, HAO-DEMETER

Mr. Tassos Mantagaris

Sector Expert, Eurobank Small Business Segment General Division

Mr. Christos Meglas

President, Serres Chamber of Commerce

Mr. Constantinos Michailides

Director, Directorate Innovation & Entrepreneurship, Region of Central Macedonia

Dr. Peter Oudemans

Professor, Plant Biology & Pathology, Rutgers University, New Jersey, USA

Dr. Philip Papadopoulos

Director, Strategic Project Management Office, American Farm School

Mr. Gregory W. Pfleger

Consul General of the United States of America to Thessaloniki, Greece

Mr. Georgios Rigas

Director, Directorate Animal Genetic Resources and Livestock Facilities, Ministry of Agriculture & Food

Mr. Panagiotis Sainatoudis

Founder, Peliti NPO

Mr. Pavlos Satolias

President, New Hellenic Confederation of Agricultural Cooperatives

Ms. Siwarde J. SAP

V.C. Steering Committee, Balkans & Black Sea Cooperation Forum
Sr. Economic Policy Advisor, Embassy of the Netherlands

Mr. Georgios Stratakos

Secretary General, Ministry of Rural Development & Food

Mr. Grigoris Tasios

President, Hellenic Hotelier’s Federation

Mr. Dimitris Tasioulas

Executive Chef Thria restaurant, Chef Ambassador for Thessaloniki in 2008

Mr. Nikos Thymakis

President, Institute of Agronomic Sciences

Dr. Nikos Tsotsolas

Ass. Professor University of West Attica, KalaΘos platform Co-founder

Dr. Vasilis Vasiliou

Chair of the Department of Environmental Health Sciences, Yale School of Public Health

Dr. Dimitrios Vlachos

Director, Laboratory of Statistics & Quantitative Analysis Methods, Logistics & Supply Chain Management, AUTh

Mr. Geert Wilms

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

Mr. Christos Yiannakakis

Board Member of Sasoee, Executive Consultant at Venus Growers Cooperative

Dr. George Zalidis

Director of the Laboratory of Remote Sensing, Spectroscopy and G.I.S., AUTh, Faculty of Agriculture


Ms. Andriana Paraskevopoulou

Journalist, EPT Television

Dr. Charalambos Kasimis

Professor, Agricultural University of Athens

Dr. Nikolaos Lappas

Managing Editor, Ypaithros Hora

Dr. Aristotelis Lymberopoulos

Professor, Animal Sciences, International Hellenic University

Mr. Zafiris Mistakidis

President, Geotechnical Chamber of Greece, Eastern Macedonia

Mr. Anthony D. Papayannides

Journalist, General Manager Economia Group

ABF2019 Personal Data Policy

Personal Data Policy

Being transparency among AgriBusiness Forum (herein after referred to as ABF) priorities, we would like herewith to clearly explain on how we collect and process your personal data about protecting your privacy upon using ABF products, services and website(s).

ABF is at the ownership and jurisdiction of Geo Routes Cultural Institute based in Athens-Greece (39, Aristotelous str. 10433) which only collects, uses, and processes your personal information in accordance with actual data protection legislation. This includes but not limited to, EU Regulation 2016/679 of the European Parliament and of the Council of April 27, 2016 on the protection of natural persons with regards to the processing of personal data and on the free movement of such data, and repealing Directive 95/46/EC (General Data Protection Regulation) and applicable national data protection legislation.

Your personal data are usually obtained directly from you. In this case, you provide your personal data on a voluntary basis. Specific cases of non-disclosure of personal data may affect the ability of ABF to properly provide services, or properly perform contractual obligations. ABF acts on behalf of its subscribers and other clients in the capacity of a data controller.



ABF processes your personal data as needed for the following purposes:

  • Provision of services: this includes the delivery of digital content (legal basis: processing necessary for contractual performance or for the implementation of measures taken before a contract is concluded);
  • Processing payments: this includes the maintenance of payments, together with payment processors (legal basis: processing necessary for contractual performance);
  • Marketing activities: this includes the delivery of personalized content, targeting of advertising or the sending of newsletters (legal basis: legitimate interest);
  • Determination and enforcement of ABF ‘s legal claims (legal basis: legitimate interest);

Compliance with legislation: If necessary, ABF will ask you for permission to process your personal data.



Using the services provided by ABF may require the following data:

  • Name, surname, job title, company and industry;
  • Address, telephone number, mobile number and email;
  • Payment details (payment card information);
  • Your preferences and opinions on products and services;
  • Your browsing activity on our websites.



All data that we receive is obtained directly or indirectly from you when you choose to use our services. This includes the following situations:

  • When you subscribe to our newsletter;
  • When you pay for or use our services;
  • When you register to our events;
  • When you browse our website;
  • When you share content from our website; or
  • When you interact with us via social media platforms.



In order to provide you with the services you request, your personal data may be provided to:

  • Selected employees of ABF;
  • Service providers: those ensuring provision of the services provided by ABF, in particular software services providers, marketing providers, customer service providers, and distributors of marketing and other materials such as newsletters, including employees of such entities;
  • Tax advisors, professional advisors (e.g. auditors, lawyers), including employees of such entities;
  • Entities providing payment services;
  • Social media providers – using the services of ABF together with a social network may require ABF to share your personal data with social media providers.



We do not track or collect any sensitive information about you. This includes race, religion, ethnicity and political opinion.



We keep your data for the period of time necessary to fulfill the purposes of processing as defined above; however, this data will be erased, when you stop interacting with ABF (i.e. after delivery of a particular service, unless ABF has a legitimate interest in keeping the personal data longer (for example to protecting ABF’s legal claims). This would be the case if ABF had a legal obligation to keep your data for a longer period of time (eg. applicable accounting rules), or in cases where applicable law obliges us to keep such records for a longer period.



We store electronic and in some cases physical copies of your personal data. In accordance with best practices, we maintain security safeguards that protect your data. We strictly limit who is allowed to access the information and we keep this number to a minimum. In addition, we maintain physical and cyber safeguards, server protection devices and software to minimize possible loss, misuse, or alteration of your data.

Your personal data may be stored and processed in countries where ABF carries out business or where its service providers are located. These countries may apply different privacy rules than the European Union, or the European Economic Area (EEA). In this case(s) ABF puts in place appropriate contractual and other measures to protect your personal data when personal data are transferred to related parties or third parties located in other countries.

In the case of cross-border transmission of data from the EEA to countries where the European Commission recognizes an insufficient level of protection of personal data, the controller ensures that those data recipients are bound by EU standard contractual clauses to protect your personal data.



Regarding your data, you have the following rights:

  • To request access in order to correct or delete your personal data, as well as to restrict its processing; however, your right to delete or restrict processing is applicable only if ABF is not required to process it on another legal basis (i.e. compliance with a legal obligation);
  • To object to the processing of your personal data processed with a legitimate interest, as well as against processing for marketing purposes.
  • If you wish to exercise your rights above or have any questions regarding the processing of your personal data, please contact the administrator by email at abf@geo-routes.com  using as subject “inquiry for personal data protection

The information that ABF is required to provide to you regarding the processing of your personal data may change over time or become outdated. For this reason, ABF reserves the right to modify and change these conditions at any time. These changes will be reflected in this statement, so you should check here regularly.


AgriBusiness Forum

c/o Geo Routes Cultural Institute

Athens, June 18, 2019

ABF19 Registration Policy

Registration Policy

General Conditions for participation to the AgriBusiness Forum


Participation to the AgriBusiness Forum (herein after ABF), meaning that following provisions have been read, understood and accepted by the person(s) registered to the conference.


  1. Registrations can be in electronic format only. No oral, email, phone, fax or other means of registrations are accepted.
  2. Participation is with a registration fee. Prices are expressed in EURO including VAT 24%.
  3. Registration fees are referred into two periods. Early bird (up until September 30th 2019) and Late/Onsite (from October 1st to onsite). Deadlines are given at Eastern European time (EET).
  4. Delegates choosing to pay the registration fee to the Bank Account of the Organizer, they should consider that booking is pending to be confirmed till full payment will be effected. Payments should be settled within 2 working days from the time of registration, otherwise registrations are cancelled automatically. Registrants should notify the organizers for any transaction of payment.
  5. Only one registration at a time can be made. Registrations close 48hrs prior to the commencement of the conference.
  6. Registrations are not transferable and no refunds for cancelled registrations are accepted.
  7. Students’ reduced fees require a valid academic ID and a student enrolment document. Such documents should be provided by email following to the completion of students’ registration.
  8. Registrants declared as ‘Farmers, Partnered Organizations and Sponsors’ should consider their contact details are subject to justification with the bodies or businesses or organizations were referred to the registration form.
  9. ABF official language is Greek with simultaneous translation in English throughout the Challenge and the Conference
  10. Access to the conference requires a valid e-pass that will be provided to your email on completion of your registration and payment.
  11. ABF reserves the right to amend the programme and it is not responsible for cancellations of speakers due private reasons or other unforeseen circumstances.
  12. ABF accepts no responsibility for statements made orally or in written material distributed by any of speakers or delegates during the conference, nor responsibility for any copying, republication or redistribution of such statements.
  13. Participants accept, consent and authorize the organizers for free photo and/or record shooting (both voice and image) throughout the event. Furthermore they agree at personally appearing into this material for further promotional or scientific reasons for unlimited amount of time.

ABF19 Hellenic Challenge Winners

Hellenic Challenge Winners

Here presenting the winners of the Hellenic Challenge 2019 seeking at taking the agri-food and bio-based economy in Greece into the future!

For Photo & Video material, you may visit AgriBusiness Forum 2019 “Media” section

ABF19 Apply to the Masterclass

Apply to the Masterclass

Thank you for your interest to apply to the Masterclass. After having carefully read the criteria explicitly stated to the home page “About the Masterclass” and having accepted the Privacy Policy and the General Terms & Conditions listed here below, you are warmly welcomed to submit your application for participation to the workshop cycle of the event. Please note that applications are assessed and evaluated by an external Selection Committee so that no prior guarantee of participation can be provided to the applicants to the Masterclass. Applications closing date is October 5th 2019.


    Company Information

    Turnover in € (last 3 years)

    Forecast in € (next 3 years)

    Masterclass Applicant Information

    Main Applicant


    2nd Applicant

    Business Profile

    Additional Information

    Practical Information



    Privacy Policy, General Terms & Conditions

    Before submitting your application please read carefully & accept the following terms & conditions for participation. In order your application will be valid, you should need to tick each of the boxes below

    ABF19 Participants


    AgriBusiness Forum 2019 Masterclass participants!

    Here are presented the entrepreneurs in the agri-food and bio-based economy, further evaluation and decision of the Selection Committee.