Dr. Nicholas Dercas

Professor Dercas is an Agricultural Engineer (AUA), Hydraulic Engineer (S.Sp. Institute National Polytechnique de Toulouse, France), and Civil Engineer (National Technical University of Athens). He holds a Master of Science/DEA (University of Montpellier II) and a PhD in Hydraulic Engineering (University of Montpellier II / France).

His research interests cover the area of applied agricultural hydraulics, irrigation systems and management, water resources management, crop water requirements, biomass and energy crops. He has participated in several international and national research projects.

His research work is published in peer review journals and international conferences. He is a reviewer of international scientific journals and research proposals.

Dr. Theofanis Gemtos

Dr. Gemtos is Emeritus Professor of the University of Thessaly. He is a graduate of the Department of Agriculture, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, and holds PhD in Farm Mechanization from the University of Reading UK.

He is member at Geotechnical Chamber of Greece, the Hellenic Society of Agricultural Engineers, the European Society of Agricultural Engineers, the American  Society of Agricultural Engineers, the  Canadian Society of Agricultural Engineers, and the Greek and European Conservation Agriculture societies.

His teaching experience focuses on farm mechanization, energy in Agriculture and precision agriculture.

He has participated in more than 27 researches, has supervised 8 PhD theses, has published more than 60 papers in peer reviewed journals and 200 papers in national and international conferences. He has additionally organized 2 international and several national conferences.

Ms. Stella Ronner-Grubačić

Professional career Ministry of Foreign Affairs:

1990 – 1991            Diplomatic training MFA

1991 – 1993            Policy officer, Multilateral Development Cooperation/ UN aid (The Hague, New York)

1993 – 1996            First secretary Political and Press Affairs, Embassy in Belgrade

1996 – 2001            ENA (1996-1997) followed by posting at Embassy in Paris (1997-2001)

2001 – 2003            Spokesperson for OSCE Mission to the Former Republic of Yugoslavia

2003 – 2004            Spokesperson to former Minister Jaap de Hoop Scheffer, OSCE Chairman-in-Office

2004 – 2005            Spokesperson Dutch EU Presidency

2005 – 2008            Head, Western Europe Department

2008 – 2010            Ambassador for Millennium Development Goals

2010 – 2014            Ambassador to Croatia

2014 – 2015            Director of Communication to the MFA

2015 – 2019            Ambassador to Romania and the Republic of Moldova

Sep 2019                Ambassador to the Hellenic Republic



– 1982   Graduated High School, Johan van Oldenbarnevelt Gymnasium, Amersfoort

– 1989   Masters degree, European Studies, University of Amsterdam



– Department for Disarmament Affairs, United Nations Secretariat, New York, September – December 1987
– European Commission, DG XI (Environment & Nuclear Security), September 1988 – March 1989



– ‘International Relations’, Clingendael Institute, The Hague

– Ecole Nationale d’Administration (ENA), Paris


Languages: fluent in Dutch, English, French, Serbian/Croatian and moderate in Spanish and German


Married to Bratislav Grubačić, one son (Luka Grubačić)

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.

Mr. Petros Kokkalis

Petros Kokkalis has been actively involved in public service for the past 25 years, developing social innovation focused on human and sustainable development.

In 2019 he was elected MEP with the Progressive Alliance – Syriza ticket, representing Kosmos: an association seeking to put the SDGs in the heart of the European policymaking, and aiming at the empowerment and engagement of civil society and all stakeholders to take bottom-up action for implementing the European Green Deal and the SDGs.

He is a member of the Committee on the Environment, Public Health and Food Safety (ENVI) and a substitute member of the Committee on Budgets (BUDG), the Committee on Agriculture and Rural Development (AGRI), and the Committee on Fisheries (PECH). In the Intergroup on Climate Change, Biodiversity and Sustainable Development he is the co-chair of the SDGs Working Group.

He studied Modern History at the University of Hampshire, and earned his master’s degree in public administration at Harvard Kennedy School of Government.

He was co-founder and secretary of the non-governmental environmental Organization Earth (2009 – 2021) whose work on environmental awareness and education for sustainable development has been awarded by the International Union for the Protection of the Environment (IUCN).

He was elected and served as the Vice-Mayor responsible for economic development and climate change in the municipality of Piraeus (2014 – 2019), where he promoted sustainable entrepreneurship and support of start-ups in the maritime economy.

The European Commission has acknowledged its work, awarding the Blue Growth Piraeus initiative at the European Entrepreneurship Promotion Competition 2018.

During his term of office he led the humanitarian support during the Refugee Crisis in the period 2015-2016 and served as the President of the Municipal Council for Refugees.

Mr. Spilios Livanos

Spilios Livanos is born in Athens in 1967.

He graduated from Athens College. He studied Economics and Political Sciences at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, USA and International Relations and Comparative Political Analysis at the University of Reading, UK.

He was employed at the European Commission’s Social Fund in Bruxelles, then moved back in Greece as an executive on corporate development of private enterprises. In 2002, he founded a construction and real estate management company operating in Greece and Belgium.

In 2007 he was elected for the first time Member of the Greek Parliament. In 2009 he was appointed Deputy Secretary of Political Planning of New Democracy and in 2013 Secretary General of Political and Strategic Planning of New Democracy.

In 2016 he was appointed Special Counselor for Entrepreneurship to the leader of New Democracy, PM Kyriakos Mitsotakis. In 2019 he served as Parliamentary Representative for New Democracy in the Greek Parliament.

He was a member of the Standing Parliamentary Committee on Cultural and Educational Affairs, the Standing Parliamentary Committee on Economic Affairs, the Special Standing Parliamentary Committee on the Financial Statement and the General Balance Sheet and the implementation of the State Budget.

On the 4th of January 2021 he was appointed Minister of Agriculture, Rural Development and Food.

He speaks English and French. He is married to Domna Kyrzopoulou, lawyer with whom shares three children, Dionysis, Danae and Alice.

Mr. Michalis Sarantis

Michalis St. Sarantis was born in Trikala and he graduated from the 1st High School of Trikala in 1979.

He joined the small family business of his father Stelios, along with his brother Dimitris. There, after learning the process of cheese making, he was actively involved in the production, sales and distribution of the manufactured products.

In 1985, Dimitris and Michalis started their own dairy facilities with their father being their valuable consultant. The following years, the two brothers jointly managed to transform the local dairy facility into an admirable group of companies, which has a leading position in the dairy industry.

Michalis St. Sarantis is currently the Chief Executive Officer of “HELLENIC DAIRIES SA”, which has today products with brand name OLYMPUS, TYRAS, RODOPI, KLIAFA, DOUMPIA and also seven factories.

Finally, it is noted that Mr. Michalis Sarantis is an elected member of the Board. of the Inter-professional Feta Organization.

He is married and has three children, who are also actively involved in the company.