Dr. Nikolaos Danalatos

Professor of Agronomy and Crop Ecology. Director of the Laboratory of Agronomy, Department of Agriculture Crop Production and Agricultural Environment, University of Thessaly (UTH)  (2006-Today). Dean of the Faculty of Agricultural Sciences UTH (2019-2022). Vice Rector of UTH (2013-2014) and unanimously elected Chairman of the Department of Agriculture Crop Production and Rural environment UTH for two terms 2014-2016 and 2016-2018.

He graduated from the Agricultural University of Athens (1982), received MSc in Soil Science and Water Management (1983-1986) and PhD in Quantitative Assessment of Land Use Systems (1987-1993) at Wageningen University. He is author of over 190 scientific papers in international journals (50), international book chapters (20), international conferences (106), other conferences and scientific papers.

He holds a Greek and international patent for solid biofuel production. He is evaluator of EU research programs, while his work is cited in more than 1600 international papers.

Mr. Giannis Balakakis

He is a forward thinking and results oriented strategist specialized in event management, marketing, BtL communication and hospitality industry. In his career, Giannis has been appointed as Planning | Product | General Manager & Chief Executive Officer in various Greek and International firms.

He currently serves as President of the Board at Geo Routes Institute, Chair of the Organizing Committees at the Balkans & Black Sea Forum and AgriBusiness Forum and Chair of the leading event & destination management company Gnomon Performance.

Giannis has repeatedly leaded large scale projects and events around the globe, has been founder and initiator leading socioeconomic platforms, and has been regular speaker to international fora related with business strategies, innovation, culture-tourism-development and policy strategies.

He has served as member of the BoD of the Association of Chief Executive Officers Greece, former VP of the Society of Incentive Travel Executives, member of Meeting Professionals International, member of UN Global Compact and other relevant organizations.

Giannis has financial background (banking marketing & management), he speaks Greek (mother tongue), English and French, and has excellent skills in planning, negotiations and cross-cultural communication as a result of his extensive experience in more than 80 countries around the world.