Dr. Eleftherios Evangelou

Dr. Eleftherios Evangelou is an agronomist/soil scientist, working as a researcher in the Institute of Industrial and Forage crops of Hellenic Agricultural Organization “DEMETER”. His focus is on soil quality improving, through soil management. His main research interests include soil quality monitoring, sustainable soil management, soil organic carbon pools, re-use of agricultural and municipal wastes on soils and use of innovative technologies in precision agriculture. He is trained as an Agronomist (Aristotelian University of Thessaloniki) and holds a PhD in Soil science (Department of Environment, University of the Aegean). He has worked on 26 international/national soil-related research projects and results of his work have been published to peer review journals and international conferences.

Dr Stathis Klonaris

Dr Klonaris, Professor of the Department of Agricultural Economy & Development of the Agricultural University of Athens. He has got a BSc in Agricultural Science with a specialization in Agricultural Economics from Aristotelian University of Thessaloniki (1990) and an MSc in Agricultural Economics and a PhD from the University of Reading (UK). He was Head of the Department of Agricultural Economy & Development (12/2017 to 08/2022) he is deputy dean of the Faculty of Applied Economics & Social Sciences (09/2019 to date), Director of the Laboratory of Agricultural Policy and Cooperatives and Director of the Postgraduate Program MBA Food and Agribusiness. In the past, he has been a national representative in the negotiation of the Common Agricultural Policy (2003). His research has been published in scientific journals including the Journal of Agricultural Economics, European Review of Agricultural Economics, Agricultural Economics, Forest Policy, and Economics. He has also worked as a consultant for FAO and has many years of experience in managing European programs, having worked either as a coordinator or as a researcher in several research programs. Since January 2020, he has been scientifically responsible for preparing the strategic plan for the new CAP 2021-2027. His research interests are focused in food economics and food policy, consumer behavior, modeling of agricultural markets, the agricultural policy as well as issues related to the European CAP

Ms. Ioanna Karra

Ioanna Karra was born in Liopraso, a village in Trikala, Thessaly in 1990.
Being born in a rural area, in a family of farmers, she loved this life from an early age. Her and her family’s belief was that the evolution in primary sector would only occur through knowledge.
She studied Economics in University of Piraeus and Dairy Product Technologist in Dairy Product School of Ioannina. Now, she tries to enter in Veterinary School of University of Thessaly.
The last 3 years, Ioanna combined her willing and poers with Thanos Zouzoulas, her husband. He is a Mechanical and Electrical Engineer from University of Thessaly, but also a passionate sheep breeder.
They co-founded a model sheep and goat breeding farm in Zilevti,Trikala. Stalos Farm.

Mr. Panayiotis Kalfountzos

Panagiotis Kalfountzos is a graduate of the Agricultural School of the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki and chairman of the Board of Directors of the “Cooperative Farmers of Thessaly”- THESgi since 2013, the year of its foundation. At the same time, he runs the third generation family farm, where he continues to cultivate dynamic corps applying modern methods.

He has participated in seminars on agricultural entrepreneurship, agricultural marketing, management and development of agricultural cooperatives, as well as, at the Center of Agri-Food Innovation and Entrepreneurship of American School of Agriculture. As a speaker at many conferences, he has developed the way in which Creek agriculture can come out of the crisis through the development of synergies and various forms of collectivity.

Dr. Athanasios Loukas

Dr. Athanasios Loukas is, currently, Professor of Engineering Hydrology – Management and Development of Water Resources, Head of Transportation and Hydraulic Engineering Department, Director of the Laboratory of Hydraulic Works and Environmental Management, Director of Master Program “Water Resources” of the School of Rural and Surveying Engineering, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki (2018-today). He was Professor, Head of the Department of Civil Engineering (2008-2012) and Dean of Engineering School, University of Thessaly (2015-2018).  He was Director of the Laboratory of Hydrology and Aquatic Systems Analysis and Director of the common Greek-French Master Program “Management of Hydrometeorological Hazards-HYDROHASARDS” co-organized with the Joseph Fourier University-Grenoble I (2010-2018).  He is Visiting Scientist/Researcher (Professor 1st class) at the Joseph Fourier University-Grenoble I, France and Visiting Professor at the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Colorado State University, U.S.A., position for which he was awarded a Fulbright Research Scholarship for the academic year 2013-2014. He is listed in the top world-wide 2% of the most influential scientists (according to his publications and the citations to his publications for his carrier period) of Stanford University (2023).

He has co-ordinated and participated in national, European research projects as well as a significant number of hydrological and hydraulic studies and water resources management projects. He is member of scientific and professional associations. He is, currently, Editor-in-Chief of European Water, Section Editor-in-Chief “Water Resources Management Policy and Governance” of Water and Editorial Board Member of Water Resources Management and Scientific Review Engineering and Environmental Sciences. He participates and participated as Guest Editor of scientific journals Special Issues.  He is reviewer of national and European research proposals as well as evaluator and responsible of research projects certification.

Dr. A. Loukas is the author and co-author of more than 400 referred international journal publications, conference proceedings publications, publications in special issues, books and technical reports. His published work has received over 4900 citations, as indicated in the Google Scholar database search (h-index =37, i10-index =75).

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.

Dr. Lois Labrianidis

Lois Labrianidis is a retired Professor of the Department of Economics at the University of Macedonia. He is an economic geographer (BA – Aristotelian University of Thessaloniki 1977, MA – Sussex 1978, Ph.D. – LSE 1983), and coordinates the Regional Development and Policy Research Unit (RDRPU). He is the author of several articles and books including. (2021) (co-author) Brain drain in Greece. (2021) (co-author) Do we want development?? (2016) (co-editor) Spatial development and human capabilities. (2011) Investing in leaving: The Greek case of international migration of professionals. (2008) (co-editor) Thessaloniki in transition. (2008) (co-editor) The Moving Frontier: The Changing Geography of Production. (2004) (co-editor) The future of Europe’s rural peripheries. (2001) (co-author) Albanian immigrants in Thessaloniki. (2001) Economic Geography. (1993) Regional universities in Greece. His CV is available at https://labrianidis.gr In addition to his academic work during the period 2015-19 he served as Secretary General of Private Investment of the Ministry of Economy and Development.

Mr. Vasileios Gaitanaros

Vasileios Gaitanaros has been working as a senior banking executive for over 30 years in Wholesale Commercial Banking.

He has acquired diverse knowledge and extensive in-depth experience in all aspects of Corporate and Commercial Financing through his work at multinational Banks (Société Générale, Arab Bank, Bank of Cyprus) in managerial positions of progressive responsibilities.

He successfully operated for 5 years as Head of Kyprou Factors, the development of factoring activities in Greece.

In 2013 joined Piraeus Bank Group and he is currently leading the Contractual Farming financing activities of the Bank.

He is currently focusing in bringing excellence to the Contractual Farming Program of Piraeus Bank by innovating constantly its specific Agri business model, spending efforts in benchmarking its quality and assuring that the framework implemented expands to all related agri-food areas.