Dr. Philip Papadopoulos

Dr. Philip Papadopoulos holds a PhD from London School of Economics and is currently the Director of the Strategic Project Management Office of the American Farm School (AFS). In this capacity he is responsible for the Agrifood Entrepreneurship Centres run by AFS in the cities of Thessaloniki and Kalamata, and oversees training and consultancy projects in over thirty locations throughout Greece. Building and managing multi-actor alliances between research institutes, civil society institutions and the real economy is one of his core activities.

His fields of interest include Consumer Behavior related to the Mediterranean Diet, Alternative Tourism, Food Anthropology, Entrepreneurship, E-commerce, Organizational Culture & Climate, Leadership and Management, including motivation and performance management.

Dr. Konstantinos Tsimpoukas

Tsimpoukas Konstantinos is Professor of the Laboratory of Agribusiness Management, Department of Agricultural Economics and Rural Development in the Agricultural University of Athens. He is a graduate from the Agricultural University of Athens and has a M.Sc. from the Mediterranean Agronomic Institute of Montpellier , D.E.A. and a Ph.D. in Agricultural Economics  of Montpellier III University, France.

He teaches Rural Economy & Policy, Introduction in Agricultural Economics, Farm Management and Economics of Animal Production at undergraduate level and Economics of Animal Production and Farm Management at postgraduate level. His research interests focus in techno-economic analysis of agricultural production systems and in decisions making at farm level. He participates in research projects (national and EU funded) as a coordinator and researcher in areas concerning economic analysis of agricultural production systems and economic viability at farm level.

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.

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.

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.