Mr. Aristotelis Basdanis

Born in Volos on 15th April 1962. Married and father of 3 children. Graduated with excellence from the University of Trieste, Italy as DOTTORE IN SCIENZE POLITICHE (INDIRIZZO POLITICO – ECONOMICO). Military service in the island of Chios. The last 25 years owns a food enterprise.


  • 2011 – today President of the Chamber of Magnesia
  • 2021 President of the Regional Council of Thessalian Chambers
  • 2011-2014 Councilor of the enlarged Municipality of Volos
  • 2011-2012 Vice President of the Committee for the quality of life in the Municipality of Volos
  • 2009-2010 President of the Municipal Council of the Municipality of New Ionia, in Magnesia
  • 2007-2008 President of the Child Centre and Family Care Organization of the Municipality of New Ionia, in Magnesia
  • 2003-2006 Vice President of the Cultural Organization of the Municipality of New Ionia, in Magnesia
  • 2003-2010 Municipal Councilor of the Municipality of New Ionia, in Magnesia
  • 1996 Co-Founder of the Group “PROMITHEAS Industrial S.A.” for the constitution of a small and small and medium enterprises’ network (aprox. 150) in the Regions of Thessaly and Macedonia, aiming at achieving better agreements with industries


Dr. Demetris Psaltopoulos

Dr. Psaltopoulos is Professor in Development Economics at the Department of Economics, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece. His main research interests include agricultural and rural development policy analysis and evaluation, development economics and policy, and quantitative methods.

Since 2016 he has been working with Agricultural Global Practice, World Bank as a Senior Economist, engaged in various diagnostic analyses in the Western Balkans, Croatia and Greece. His research work has been published in numerous high-ranked international journals and presented in more than 70 international conferences. He has coordinated several consultations with agricultural and rural stakeholders and has published numerous agricultural and development policy analysis reports and studies. Also, he has coordinated and participated as team leader and researcher in many international research projects, mostly associated with agricultural and rural policy analysis and development policy analysis. He has been engaged in various research projects of the OECD and the CEC. Finally, for a period of 6 years (2005-2011) he served as an elected member of the Executive Board of the European Association of Agricultural Economists (EAAE).

Dr. Ioannis Boziaris

Ioannis S. Boziaris is Professor of University of Thessaly since 2007, Director of Lab of Marketing & Technology of Aquatic Products and Foods, and former Head of the Dept of Food Science and Nutrition of University of Thessaly. He graduated from the Dept, of Food Science and Technology of Agricultural University of Athens (1995), got his MSc in Food Science from University of Leeds, UK, (1996), and his PhD in Food Microbiology from University of Surrey, UK (2000).

From 2002 to 2006 he worked as post-doctoral researcher in Agricultural University of Athens and as consultant for the private sector in the field of water sanitation, food safety and quality management systems. His interests concern the quality, safety, and processing of aquacultured products. He has more than 100 publications in international scientific journals and conferences, with more than 2500 citations and with h-index 25, he is editorial board member of 3 international scientific journals of high impact factor and reviewer in more than 30.

He is also board member of Hellenic Technological Platform for Aquaculture and assessor of Hellenic Accreditation System for Food Safety Management Systems Certification Bodies.

Dr. Constantinos Kittas

Dr. Kittas is an Agronomist, Civil Engineer and Mechanical Engineer. PhD (Docteur Ingénieur) of the University of Perpignan, France. Dr Dozent (Habilitation) in Agro-meteorology of the University of Patras, Greece. MSc in “Solar Energy” of the University of Perpignan, France. D.E.A. in “Thermodynamique et Cinétique à hautes temperatures” of the University of Perpignan, France. MSc in Meteorology of the Faculty of Sciences of the University of Athens, Greece.

Former Director of the Laboratory of Agricultural Constructions and Environmental Control of the Department of Agriculture Crop Production and Rural Environment of the School of Agricultural Sciences of University of Thessaly. Former Director of the Institute for Technology & Management of Agricultural Ecosystems of the Centre for Research & Technology-Thessaly (CERETETH).

Regular member of the Greek Agricultural Academy. He has more than 35 years of experience in Academic Education in the field of Agricultural Engineering, bio-climatology, environmental control of agricultural buildings, greenhouse technologies and renewable energy sources. He, also, has notable research experience in greenhouse design, microclimate control of agricultural buildings, irrigation of crops under cover, simulation and modelling of greenhouse ecosystem. He has more than 180 publications in peer-review international journals, more than 300 papers in international and national conference proceedings, while his published work has more than 3500 citations. Dr Kittas also has significant experience in research projects, having coordinated and participated in more than 60 National and European research projects.

Mr. Geert Wilms

Geert Wilms studied Horticulture at Wageningen University and Business Administration at Open University. For more than 20 years Geert has been director of Agricultural Innovation Brabant (LIB), and he is consultant at Royal Haskoning DHV.

LIB is a partnership of Province North-Brabant and farmers organization ZLTO. Each year more than 30 innovative projects are initiated and supported, with the participation of hundreds of (agricultural) businesses. Several workshops are organized and guided. Geert is directly accountable to the President of ZLTO and regional Minister of agriculture in North-Brabant. One project he started and is very proud of: “Smart irrigation in agriculture; 3.000 farmers participating with 60.000 hectares, and 25% gain of efficiency in water use”.

 Geert Wilms also is a speaker, discussion leader and initiator of cooperation in different regions in Europe. He is/was involved in more than 15 European funded projects, for example Water management, Water conservation, Agrispin, Eurodairy, EU-PIG and STRING.