Mr. Nikolaos Totsios

Mr. Nikolaos Totsios was born in Thessaloniki in 1966. He graduated from the Agricultural University of Athens in 1989 and took an MBA Certificate in The City University of London in Marketing.

He started working in Elanco Hellas SACI in 1994, where he is the Commercial Director since 2001, after passing through several working positions of the Sales and Marketing Divisions. He is also the Vice President in the Board Of Directors of Elanco Hellas since 2010 and President and CEO in Plantas SA, a nursery and sister company of Elanco Hellas.

Mr. N. Totsios is a member of the BOD of the Hellenic Association since 2010.

Mr. George Pontikas

George Pontikas is President and CEO at Syngenta Hellas Single Member SACI. He began his career in 1990 at Ciba Geigy Hellas (Legacy company of Syngenta), as Seed Development Manager. In 1997 he became Director of the Seed Division and in 2011 Head of Sales of the company’s consolidated business and Managing Director since 2015.

In January 2020 along with the position of Head of Sales for Crop Protection Products he assumes the duties of President and Managing Director at Syngenta Hellas Single Member SACI as well as the position of Business Area Manager for the countries Greece, Israel/Palestine, Cyprus, Albania and Kosovo (BA Mediterranean).

He is President of the Hellenic Crop Protection Association (ESYF). He was President of the Greek Seed Trade Association (SEPY) from 2010 to 2016 and member of the Board of the International Seed Federation (ISF) from 2010 to 2013.

George Pontikas is agronomist with a master degree in rural economy, marketing & sociology, and a master degree in Business Administration (MBA).

Mr. Vassos Efthymiadis

Born in Thessaloniki, Greece, in 1972, Mr. Vassos Efthymiadis graduated from Anatolia College of Thessaloniki (1990) and has a B.Sc. in Industrial Economics from the London School of Economics (1993) and an M.Sc. In Shipping, Trade and Finance from City University (1994).

Mr. Efthymiadis is Managing Director of K&N Efthymiadis S.A., one of the leading Greek companies in the field of agricultural supplies, established in 1935 and having a significant export activity in various countries of Southeastern Europe. Moreover, he is Vice President of the Redestos Agrotechnology Group, the largest and most diverse agribusiness group in Greece, dealing with agricultural supplies, R&D in plant propagation material, analytical laboratory services concerning food quality and hygiene, environmental services and food trading through contract farming.

Alongside his main business interests, Mr. Efthymiadis is actively involved in a number of associations and educational institutions for the promotion of economic growth and development. In this capacity, he is currently serving as

  • Vice President of the Hellenic Crop Protection Association
  • Board Member of the Hellenic Association of Chemical Industries
  • Advisory Board Member of the International Hellenic University

He is married to Calliope Gkantzou and has 2 children

Mr. Spyros Georgiou

Spyros Georgiou is Commercial manager, Crop Protection & Seeds in BASF for Greece and Cyprus. He is an Agronomist. He graduated from the School of Agriculture of the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki.

He started his career in 1990 in ICI Hellas ABEE and in 1997, he moved to ZENECA Hellas AEBE, a company that succeeded ICI Hellas in the market of Agricultural Solutions. In 2000, after the merge of ΖΕΝΕCA και NOVARTIS he moved to Syngenta Hellas.

Since 2010, he works in BASF Hellas as Sales and Commercial Manager for Crop Protection & Seeds. Throughout his career, he supported the companies he worked from various position in Marketing and Sales departments.

Since 2012, he represents BASF Hellas in HCPA as member of the board and as treasurer of the board.

Mr. Manolis Panagiotopoulos

Manolis Panagiotopoulos is an agronomist. He began working in Bayer in 2004 as a Sales Representative in Western Greece. In 2009, he continued in Marketing taking the responsibility of various positions including Product/Crop Management and development of collaborations in the framework of Bayer’s Food Chain Partnership. During this period, he acquired experience in the agri-food sector, having the opportunity to collaborate with growers, food processors, packing houses and other stakeholders in food value chain, contributing mainly in aspects of produce quality and sustainability. In 2014, he took over the position of Marketing Manager, supporting strategies to provide modern integrated crop solutions for the Greek grower. Since June 2019, he became Country Commercial Lead for Greece and Cyprus, in the Crop Science Division of Bayer Hellas.

Manolis Panagiotopoulos is a graduate from the Department of Agricultural Biotechnology at the Agricultural University of Athens and holds a master’s degree in Business Administration from the Hellenic Open University. He is also member of the Managing Board of the Hellenic Crop Protection Association (HCPA) and vice-president of the Managing Board of the Crop Protection Packaging Recycling Company (CYCLOS SA)

Mr. Kostas Alexandropoulos

Konstantinos Alexandropoulos was born in Athens in 1996 and is married with three (3) children. He is a graduate of the Department of Greenhouse Cultivation and Floriculture of the Geotechnical Department of the Hellenic Mediterranean University. He has a post-graduate degree in Operational Strategy, and Marketing and an MBA from Kingston University of London. He also has an executive and corporate coaching degree from the University of West Attica. In 1991 he was recruited as a salesman in the family business AGROFARM SA which counts over 60 years of presence and experience in the Crop Protection Products and Specialized Fertilizers market. Kostas started in the Sales Department and took the General Manager position in 2007. Since 2016, he is the President and CEO of AGROFARM SA and a member of the board of ESYF (Hellenic Crop Protection Association).

Mr. Kostas Papasotiriou

Konstantinos Papasotiriou was born in Athens. He is agronomist, graduated from the Agricultural University of Athens and holds a master’s degree in Soil Science and Agricultural Chemistry.

He has been director in large multinational companies of crop protection and nutrition products such as ICI-Zeneca, Syngenta, BASF, ELFE and Arysta LifeScience with regions of responsibility in Greece and Southern Europe.

Today he is CEO of UPL Hellas – formerly Arysta LifeScience Hellas – for Greece, Cyprus and business  head of  Adriatic region.

At the same time, he leads the NPP (Natural Plant Protection) strategic platform of UPL OpenAG aimed at redesigning the Sustainable Development of Modern Agriculture.

He is Vice-President of the Hellenic Plant Protection Association (Hellenic Crop Life) and a member of the Board of Directors of the Fertilizer Producers Association SPEL.

He is married to Dr. Papastylianou Panagiota, professor at the Agricultural University of Athens and is the proud father of Dimitra Graphic Designer and Marilia Pediatrician doctor at the University Clinic of Bochum.