Mr. Nikolaos Doukas

Nikolaos Doukas was born in Agios Theodoros, Karditsa in 1972. He is married and father of three children. Physics graduate of the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki and a holder of a MBA executive from the University of Sheffield. Since 1993 has been an active member in the field of education and in 2003 of the health sector where he has been an executive manager of multinational companies for over 10 years. 

He started his activity in the agricultural sector in 2012. He is the founder of the Hippophaes Hellas Producers Group Company in 2015 which has developed significant international branding. During his career he developed remarkable international activity. In the agricultural sector, managing to consolidate our country as an important and reliable factor of modern and efficient development. 

Since 2019, he is the Vice President of the Hellenic Agricultural Insurance Organization (ELGA).

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.

Dr. George Zalidis

George Zalidis graduated from the Agronomy Department of the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, with doctoral studies at the Department of Soil Science and postdoctoral studies in Civil Engineering and Environmental Engineering Department at the State University of Michigan US.

Today, he is the  Director of the Laboratory of Remote Sensing, Spectroscopy and Geographical Information Systems, and member of the Laboratory of Applied Soil Sciences at the Department of Agriculture of the School of Agriculture, Forestry and Natural Resources of the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki. He is also the  Scientific Coordinator of Interbalkan Environment Center (i-BEC) since 2007.

His research focuses on issues of quality and restoration of terrestrial and aquatic ecosystems, the use of Earth observation data (space and terrestrial) in the  Societal Benefit Areas, the OECD indicators of sustainable development and the use of spectral data in the monitoring of agricultural ecosystems and natural terrestrial and aquatic ecosystems.



  • Professor of Pollution and Soil Degradation, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Faculty of Agriculture, Department of Land Reclamation Soil Science and Agricultural Engineering, Laboratory of Applied Soil Science.
  • Director of the Laboratory of Remote Sensing, Spectroscopy and G.I.S., Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Faculty of Agriculture.
  • Member of the Laboratory of Applied Soil Science. Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Faculty of Agriculture.
  • Scientific Director, Interbalkan Environment Center (I-BEC)
  • Member, Hellenic Quality Assurance & Accreditation Agency (HQA) Council
  • Representative of the Hellenic Republic, Ministry of Rural Development and Food at the international Group on Earth Observations Global Agricultural Monitoring Initiative (GEOGLAM) of GEO.

Dr. Evdokia Krystallidou

Dr. Evdokia Krystallidou received her PhD in Animal Nutrition and an MSc in Dairy Animal Science from the University of Reading after being awarded a scholarship from IKY (Greek state scholarship institute). She holds Diplomas in Animal Production from the Technological Educational Institution (TEI) of Thessaloniki and ASPAITE (certified educator).

She worked as a part time lecturer at the Technological Educational Institution (TEI) of Thessaloniki and Larisa and as an advisor at Hellenic Feed Industries (ΕΛΒΙΖ).

She acted as program Leader for the Pearson BTEC Higher Nationals in Animal Management program. He teaches at Perrotis College and the Adult Education Program of the American Farm School. She is the Senior Project Manager of the SPMO Strategic Programs Management Office where she is responsible for many research projects.

Her research interests include animal nutrition and its impact on animal products and human health, monitoring feed formulations to meet quality performance and animal health standards, and evaluating chemical and nutritional value of feeds.

Athina Korovesi

Athina Korovesi holds a Bachelor in International and European Studies from Panteion University of Social and Political Sciences in Athens and the Executive MSc in European Studies from the Athens University of Economics and Business.

Since 2013, she has been working at the International Centre for Black Sea Studies (ICBSS) based in Athens, the research institute which is a supervised organization by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Hellenic Republic as well as the related body of the Organization of the Black Sea Economic Cooperation (ΒSEC) that also serves as its acknowledged think-tank. She is a columnist and journalist and currently she is collaborating with greek news website “Politis Online”. She also appears at the talkshow “X2” in Action24 greek tv channel.

Previously, during her undergraduate studies, she had internships at the ICBSS and at the english spoken news bulletin “NEWS 4U” of the internationally broadcast channel “ERT World” run by Greece’s national broadcaster Hellenic Broadcasting Corporation (ERT). Among others, she was a researcher at the Institute of International Relations of Panteion University. She has attended numerous conferences and seminars.

Dr. Ilias Kalfas

Dr. Ilias Kalfas is an Agronomist with a specialty in Plant Protection, having a degree from the Faculty of Agriculture of the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki. He holds PhD from the University of London, Diploma of Imperial College and MSc in Production Organization and Quality Management in the Food Industry.

He has worked at the National Agricultural Research Foundation, ELGA, Certification Organizations, assuming positions of responsibility in the Region of Central Macedonia, National and European funded projects (both pure and applied research) and the American Agricultural School. He is a member of the European Commission’s ENV Panel (Research Executive Agency) and a reviewer in scientific journals.

He also is the Project Leader regarding plant production projects of Strategic Programs Management Office of the American Farm School. He participates in many research projects and his research interests include the implementation of high technology to Greek agriculture, the circular economy, the sustainability of the Greek farmers and the environmental impact of agriculture.

Mr. Lefteris Gitsas

Having involved in the export trade of fruit, he has been successfully operating in the livestock sector since 2004.

A founding member of the SEK, laid the foundations for PASEGES in 2011 where he was elected on its board

Ms. Georgia Chantzi

Ms. Georgia Chantzi is senior researcher at the International Centre for Black Sea Studies (ICBSS), based in Athens, Greece. As ICBSS’s project manager, she is responsible for the scientific and financial implementation of research projects in the fields of science, technology and innovation, sustainable growth & human development, and culture, focusing in the wider Black Sea region.
Prior to joining the ICBSS, she has worked in the private sector and as junior researcher at the Centre of Russia, Eurasia and SE Europe, in Athens.
She holds an MA in Terrorism, International Crime and Global Security from Coventry University and a BA in International and European Studies from Panteion University.

Dr. Eleni Athanasiadou

Dr. Eleni Athanasiadou is a Horticulturist (BSc Hortic. Wye College, University of London, MSc Hortic. University of Reading) and a Landscape Architect (MLA and PHD form the  Aristotle University of Thessaloniki), teaching landscape architecture in higher education institutions of Greece since 2005.  She is currently laboratory teaching staff at the School of Agriculture, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, co-teaching undergraduate and postgraduate courses relevant to landscape architecture at the School of Agriculture, School of Architecture and at the Joint Postgraduate Program of Studies ‘Landscape Architecture’. She has co-supervised over twenty undergraduate dissertation theses and been involved (as a participant or coordinator) in workshops and architectural competitions regarding planning and design of landscapes. Since 2002, she participates in national and international research programs under the themes of crop protection, organic farming, landscape architecture and urban rejuvenation. Her PhD thesis was on spatio-temporal analysis of the suburban landscape using landscape metrics and her main scientific interests include landscape planning, landscape ecology and historic aspects of gardens, parks and landscapes. She is the co-author of two books (on organic agriculture and on land-use planning) and one book chapter (on resilience of the suburban landscape). She has published four articles in scientific journals and ten and nine articles in international and national conferences proceedings, respectively. She is member of the editorial board of journal ‘Land’ and a reviewer on MDPI’s several other Journals. She is the landscape architect responsible for the management of the Gardens of Anatolia College, Greece. Finally, she is Vice President Communications of PHALA (PanHellenic Association of Landscape Architects) and a member of IALE, LE:NOTRE Institute, EUCALAND and the Mediterranean Garden Society.