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. Athanasios Kizos

Athanasios Kizos is Professor of “Rural Geography” in the Department of Geography of the University of the Aegean, where he teaches from 2003. He has a Bachelor in Agricultural Science and a Ph.D. in Environmental Policy and Management.

His research is focused on local and rural development and spatial impacts of agricultural, agri-environmental and rural development policies and with agricultural landscape changes in relation to rural households and other rural actors’ practices’ that includes geographies of quality, services’ provision and multifunctionality.

He has published more than 100 papers in international and domestic scientific journals and edited volumes and recently his book “Rural Development: Concepts, Practices and Policies” was published by Tziola publishers.

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.

Mr. Nikos Thymakis



Nikos Thymakis born in Athens in 1971 and hails from Naoussa and Chania. He is Agronomist and is engaged in the Floriculture and Gardening since 1998. He has done studies and construction for over 200 projects. Among other things, he deals with the management of herb farms in terms of organic farming.

He has participated representing Greece in International Floriculture and Horticulture events, as in IGM Tulln (Austria, 2007) and the Taipei Flora Expo (Taiwan, 2010-2011) where he got the 6th place among 31 entries, the better for European country. He was the Project Manager of the Greek participation in Floriade (Netherlands 2012) with the group set up for this purpose, SYNERGIA “Hellenic Garden Team”. For all his activity, the Hellenic Plant Material Exporters Association (HEPMEA) announced him Honorary President. He participated for Greece in IHK Goyang (Korea 2016) with the Hellenic Garden “Anthestiria” along with the award-winning Landscape Architect Konstantina Stara and in 2017, with Hellenic Garden “ Aegean Miracle-the Island of Skyros”

Within partnerships abroad, he worked in Qatar (2012) to palm -management projects  and Halki (Princess Island-Constantinoupolis) (2013-2016) for the construction of the “thematic garden” at the Halki Theological School (1,4ha) , applying the study of  Neapolis University of Paphos.

He was the Director of the Kifissia Flower Show from 2005-2012, boosting the international profile and the dimension of environmental education. A plurality of editorial content in newspapers and magazines as well as television hits on gardening and gardening shows in the last decade.

He is the co-founder of GREEKPALMSOCIETY struggling for the dissemination and preservation of the Cretan Date Palm (Phoenix theophrasti) and member of EUNOPS (European Network of Palm Scientists).

From October 2015 and after a long career in the municipalities of Halandri and Kifissia and the body for the Park of Environmental Awareness “Antonis Tritsis” (110 ha) he works  to the Planning and Development Office Resources of the Municipality of Maroussi, with focus on the European Programs and International Relations.

Since October 2016 he is the Landscape consultant of the Rejuvenation of Ionian Village Campus gardens (Ileia, Greece, 13 ha) . He worked as senior landscape consultant in Stavros Niarchos Foundation Mediterranean Park (Athens ,1.5ha) for 6 months in 2017.

As a Landscape Consultant is convinced that the “landscaping” is a “tool” of cultural, tourism -and not only- to promote our country. In particular, it enhances the dynamics of sustainable and self-sustaining “Hellenic Garden” worldwide with his activities. He is a member of several voluntary organizations concerned with the green and the environment.

He was Senior Adviser to the Ministry of Rural Development and Food (Ministers Office) and President of Institute of Agricultural Sciences (Syggros Estate-Athens, 100ha) from 1st September 2010 -31st August 2020 .

Currently he is the Director o ELGO DEMETER “Syggros Horticulture ,Garden Design and Landscaping School” as much as member of the board of Institute of Agricultural Science and “Metropolitan Green of Athens S.A” (Historical Parks of National Garden of Athens.


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. Charalambos Kasimis

Charalambos Kasimis is a Professor at the Department of Agricultural Economics and Rural Development of the Agricultural University of Athens. In March 2015, he was appointed as Secretary General of Agricultural Policy and Management of European Funds of the Ministry of Rural Development and Food, in charge of CAP, Rural Development and Fisheries Development Programmes of Greece as well as International Relations. He completed his term in office in July 2019.

He has served as the Head of the Department of Agricultural Economics and Rural Development (2013-2014) and as the Director of the Postgraduate Studies MSc. Programme “Integrated Rural Development and Management of Rural Space” (2010-2014). Between September 2014 and March 2015, he was appointed as Deputy Rector of the Agricultural University of Athens. In the period 1986-2003 he served as a member of staff at the Department of Economics of the University of Patras and between 1995 and 2000 as the Director of the Institute of Urban and Rural Sociology at the National Centre for Social Research. For a number of years, he served as a member of the Executive Committee of the European Society for Rural Sociology and between 2013 and 2015 as President.

His academic interests focus on issues of rural transformation and development in Greece, the Balkans and the Mediterranean region and more particularly on family farming, employment and rural community change. Migration and, more precisely, the implications of international migration on rural regions have become one of his main research topics in the past years. In the crisis years he dealt with the study of the implications of the economic crisis upon the rural areas and the ‘return to the land’ movement in Greece.

Since 2016 Charalampos Kasimis is Vice President and member of the Governing Board of the International Center for Advanced Mediterranean Agronomic Studies (CIHEAM).

Between 2018 -2019 he served as Executive Board member of the Organisation “Enterprise Greece”.

Dr. Nikos Chorianopoulos

Dr. Nikos Chorianopoulos was born in Athens and is a Senior Researcher (Food Hygiene) of Institute of Technology of Agricultural Products of the Hellenic Agricultural Organization DEMETER. He received his BSc in Food Science and Technology Dept of Agricultural University of Athens (AUA), Greece in 2002. Subsequently, he obtained his PhD in Science Dept of AUA in 2007 and had post-doctoral training in the laboratories of Prof. G.-J. E. Nychas in AUA and Prof. J. N. Sofos in Colorado State University of USA. He had worked as Food Scientist-Researcher at more than 43 European and Greek projects, at 12 of them as coordinator.

His work has been focusing on the field of food microbiology with special interest in food safety, in the use of natural antimicrobials as food preservatives, in probiotics, in biofilm disinfection, in fermented products, in the use of modern methods for food analyses. He has published 49 scientific papers in SCI journals (IF/pub: 2.715, h-index: 20, 1786 citations), 4 book chapters and he has more than 120 presentations in international and national conferences. He has served as reviewer in several International Journals of SCI. He has teaching experience in Agricultural University of Athens as an Assistant Professor.

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.