Dr. Aristotelis Lymberopoulos

Dr. Lymberopoulos is a professor in the field of “Farm Animal Reproduction” in the Division of Animal Science of the Department of Agriculture, School of Geotechnical Sciences, of the International Hellenic University. He graduated from the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine of the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki in 1982. In November 1997 he was awarded the title of Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) of Veterinary Medicine of the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, specializing in Reproductive Toxicology. His main research interests include reproductive management, reproductive physiology, endocrinology, andrology, estrus synchronization, artificial insemination of farm animals, and ovine and caprine early pregnancy diagnosis. He has been a researcher or member of a research team of dozens of competing national and European programs. He has more than 70 publications in national and international scientific journals, 150 publications in international and national conferences, and has 450 citations with h-index 12. His contribution to science and the impact of his work has been recognized by becoming a “de facto” diplomat of the European College of Animal Breeding (Diplom ECAR).

Mr. Zafiris Mistakidis

He studied Agronomy at the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki and he received his M.Sc. in Waste Management from the Hellenic Open University. He is involved in the trade of agricultural medicine and fertilizers and he is also technical advisor in Plant Protection and Crop Nutrition.

He is Public Institute of Vocational Training of Drama and Kavala certified in adult education (Winery and Viticulture Technician Programs and Education for new farmers), ex President of Agronomists Association of the District of Kavala and member of National Federation of Association of Agronomists.

Now is the President of Eastern Macedonia Annex of Geotechnical Chamber of Greece. Author of agricultural production and development articles. Participation to many national and international congresses.

Dr. Nikolaos Lappas

Dr. Lappas holds a PhD from Bradford University England in agricultural economics and is currently Chief Editor in Ypaithros Chora.

Researcher and research coordinator in many agricultural development projects, Counsellor and Consultant on issues of agriculture. Member of the Presidium and the Group of General Experts of COPA for many years.

President of the Consultative Committee of the EU on Quality and Hygiene of Agricultural Production (1998-2002), Member of the C.C. of the EU on Environment (2003-2009).

Mr. Anthony D. Papayannides

Has read Law in Athens University. Post-graduate studies in Law, Economics and International Relations and in Medieval History in Strasbourg and Cambridge.  DEA European Law, DIHEE European Economy. Practiced business law and EU law. Consultant on E.U. topics to the Athens Daily Newspaper Publishers’ Association.

Member, then national representative, of the negotiating team for the Integrated Mediterranean Programmes. Counsellor to the Alternate Minister for Foreign Affairs, Counsellor to the Minister for Culture, Chairman of the Committee of Cultural Affairs at the E.U. Council. Consultant to the Bank of Greece. Founding member and member of the Board of a number of European affairs institutes and reviews in Greece (EKEME, EKEM, EEK)

From 1972 onwards a journalist and then a columnist at the Greek political daily “TO VIMA” and at the economic and financial weekly  “ECONOMICOS TACHYDROMOS”, specialising in macro-economic policy European affairs and foreign relations. Has also worked at “ELEFTHEROTYPIA” and “IMERISSIA” newspapers, managing editor of “ELEFHEROS TYPOS”.

Writes a bi-weekly column at “NAFTEMPORIKI”. Presently managing director of ECONOMIA Publishing, (“ECONOMIKI EPITHEORISSI”, “BUSINESS FILE”; writes a daily blog at economia.gr). Participates to the talk show “Evening Report” at ACTION 24 Channel.

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”.