Dr. Eleni Maloupa

Dr. Eleni Maloupa (BSc Agronomy, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, MSc & PhD in Plant Biology and Physiology, “Pierre et Marie Curie” University of Paris) is Director of the Institute of Plant Breeding and Genetic Resources, Head of the Laboratory for the Conservation and Evaluation of Native and Floricultural Species (LabCENFS) and Curator of the Balkan Botanic Garden Kroussia.

Her research fields focuses on protection, conservation, propagation and utilization of native Greek plant species (mainly aromatic-medicinal). She has teaching experience in graduate and postgraduate level (Universities, MAICH). She participated in the MSc program “The biodiversity and sustainable exploitation of native plants” (School of Biology, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki (AUTH) and supervise MSc and PhD thesis in school of Pharmacy and Athens Agronomy University. Her research work has been published in more than 60 international and Greek journals. She has also participated in the publication of 3 book chapters.

She has implemented major research programs in collaboration with internationally renowned researchers. She has organized and materialized educational programs and seminars addressed to farmers, enterprises and interested civilians on the above-mentioned subjects. She has educational certification for adult training from the National Organization for the Certification of Qualifications & Vocational Guidance (EOPPEP).


Dr. Demetris Psaltopoulos

Dr. Psaltopoulos is Professor in Development Economics at the Department of Economics, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece. His main research interests include agricultural and rural development policy analysis and evaluation, development economics and policy, and quantitative methods.

Since 2016 he has been working with Agricultural Global Practice, World Bank as a Senior Economist, engaged in various diagnostic analyses in the Western Balkans, Croatia and Greece. His research work has been published in numerous high-ranked international journals and presented in more than 70 international conferences. He has coordinated several consultations with agricultural and rural stakeholders and has published numerous agricultural and development policy analysis reports and studies. Also, he has coordinated and participated as team leader and researcher in many international research projects, mostly associated with agricultural and rural policy analysis and development policy analysis. He has been engaged in various research projects of the OECD and the CEC. Finally, for a period of 6 years (2005-2011) he served as an elected member of the Executive Board of the European Association of Agricultural Economists (EAAE).

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.

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.

Dr. Anagnostis Argiriou

Dr. Anagnostis Argiriou was born in Drama. He graduated Biological Sciences with full honors and degrees. He holds a Ph.D. in Biochemistry and Medical Biotechnology from Italy.

From 1996 to 2003 he worked in the Center for Genetic Engineering (CEINGE Biotecnologie Avanzate) in Italy where he developed and improved gene therapy and molecular diagnostic protocols, but also participated in the sequencing program of the first plant genome.

Since 2006 he holds the position of Researcher and from 2014 the position of Deputy Director at the Institute of Applied Biosciences of the Center for Research and Technology Hellas (CERTH).

His main research field is the study of genetic and epigenetic mechanisms related to nutrition and the effects on health. Furthermore, he works on the management and introduction of technological innovations based on modern genomic technologies for the promotion and exploitation of the Greek biodiversity.

He participates in various scientific councils of the Ministry of Education and Religious Affairs, the Mistry of Rural Development and Food and the Ministry of Health. He has many years of teaching experience in university; he participates in research projects, and is the author of a significant number of scientific publications in international journals.

Mr. Vassilis Exarchos

Accomplished Executive Director with 25+ years of management experience and a successful background building and leading top performing teams focused on exceeding goal in business development and sales. A growth-focused approach and a keen client needs assessment aptitude, with the ability to design and implement customer engagement strategies, that enhance customer acquisition and retention figures significantly. An entrepreneurial leadership and talented in developing people while instilling a common vision based on trust and mutual respect. Sales network development expertise and accountability in establishing sales objectives by forecasting and developing annual sales budgets for territories and regions.


Professional Experience

  • Piraeus Bank S.A., Director, Athens, Greece, 01/2015 – present
  • Geniki Bank S.A. Head of Affluent Banking, Athens, Greece, 01/2014 – 01/2015
  • EFG Eurobank Ergasias S.A. Area & Business Development Manager , Athens, Greece, 1992 – 2013
  • P&P Marine Consultants Inc, Financial Analyst, Investment Department, New York, USA, 1991 – 1992
  • Optimum Portfolio Management Inc, Account Manager, New York, USA: 1989 – 1991
  • National Bank of Greece, Αssistant to the Operations Manager, Boston, USA, 1986– 1987