Georgios Theodoridis (1967) is Professor of Analytical Chemistry at the Department of Chemistry, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece. He studied Chemistry (1990) and received his PhD (1994) in separations sciences from Aristotle University. He worked in the Universities of Pardubice and Leiden, AstraZeneca UK (2006-2007) and IASMA, Edmund Mach Foundation, Trento Italy (2009-2010). His research focuses on the application of LC-MS and GC-MS in metabolite profiling and bioanalysis. He leads the BIOMIC initiative of Aristotle University and FoodOmicsGR National Research Infrastructure. He has co-authored ca. 230 peer-reviewed articles, 20 book chapters and made more than 150 presentations in international meetings. He serves as Editor of J. Chromatography B, and in the editorial board of Metabolites, Open Journal Biochemistry, J. Integrated Omics, and Separations. Recipient of international award and descriptions (power list 2023). Co-founder of ThetaBiomarkers, a spinoff active in the development of cutting-edge bioanalytical solutions in life sciences nutrition and wellness.
2023- Deputy Chief of Mission, Embassy of Israel in Athens, Greece
2022-2023 Department of North East Asia, Jerusalem
2019-2022 Culture Attaché, Embassy of Israel to Berlin, Germany
2017-2019 Deputy Chief of Mission, Embassy of Israel in Hanoi, Vietnam
2016-2017 Spokesperson, Embassy of Israel in Brasilia, Brazil
Education: 2006-2010 LL.B in Law, Hebrew University, Jerusalem
Michal Kicinski is Senior Manager for Sustainable Agriculture at CropLife Europe. Working in CropLife Europe’s office in Brussels since 2015, Michal’s work has focussed on public affairs and sustainability. Before joining CropLife Europe, he was the Head of Office for Polish Agricultural Unions at COPA and COGECA in Brussels. He holds a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Toronto and a Master’s Degree from the University of Kent at Brussels.
PhD from the Department Agricultural Economics and Rural Development of the Agricultural University of Athens, MSc in Agricultural Policy from the Mediterranean Agronomic Institute of Chania (MAICh), MSc from the Department Agricultural Economics and Rural Development of the Agricultural University of Athens.
Dr. George Vlahos is an assistant professor in the Agricultural University of Athens and has collaborated on various research projects focusing on rural and agri-environmental policies. He is author of various articles on these subjects and has collaborated in books.
He is currently chairing the Board of Trustees of WWF Hellas.
Member of the Academy of Athens. Emeritus Professor of Crop Production, Agricultural University of Athens (A.U.A.) Former Rector and Vice-Rector of the A.U.A. Head of the Department of Crop Science and Chairman of the Faculty of Crop Science, A.U.A. Director of the Laboratory of Agronomy of the A.U.A. for more than 28 years. Secretary General at the Ministry of Education and Religious Affairs of Greece (2004-2007). Member and Chairman of the Hellenic Agricultural Academy.
Chair of the Steering Committee of the Education for Sustainable Development of the United Nations Economic Council for Europe (UNECE), elected twice (2005 and 2008) by the Delegates of 58 countries and 10 International Organizations
Author of 8 books and monographs and of more than 100 papers in refereed journals, chapters in collective volumes and encyclopedias, and editor in Conference Proceedings. He is mainly interested in the study of environmental stresses on crop plants with emphasis on the water relations and the drought resistance of crops. Member of the Committee for the Study of the Impacts of Climate Change supported by the Bank of Greece and the Athens Academy and coordinator for the study of the climate change impacts on agriculture. Coordinator of the Agriculture and Food Chain Task Force of the Climate Change Initiative in The Eastern Mediterranean and Middle East of the Republic of Cyprus. Doctor Honoris Causa of the Department of Agricultural Development, Democritus University of Thrace.
Savvas S. Balouktsis was born in 1958 in Serres and he moved to Thessaloniki where he completed his studies. He holds a degree in Economics – University of Macedonia (ex-Graduate University of Industrial Studies). He speaks English. He is married and he has one son.
In 1982, he started his professional career in the CONTELLIS’ Group of Companies, where after a successful career and serving in between for many years as the General Manager of Group’s subsidiary company, TERRA S.A., he completed his career in 2018 having the position of the Group’s General Manager. In the same year, he moved to G. HIGAS S.A (GEORGOTECHNIKI) Company, which is among the top 5 agricultural machinery companies in Greece. Today, he is a member of the Board of Directors and holds the position of Vice President in the Company.
He has a long presence in social and public activity. He had been a member of the Board of Directors of Manufacturers of Agricultural Machinery Association (EKAGEM) for many years. In the period 2000- 2002, as the President of the Association, he also served the position of the President of the respective European Association (CEMA).
In 2005 he was elected as a member of the Board of Directors of the Machinery Importers’ Representatives’ Association (MIRA). Since 2013 and for 4 consecutive terms, he holds the position of the President of the Association.
Dr. Evdokimos I. Konstantinidis is the Chairperson of the European Network of Living Labs (ENoLL) with more than 170 members worldwide and coordinator of the Health and Wellbeing Living Labs Working Group. He is currently coordinating the Research Infrastructure H2020 project, VITALISE – aiming to harmonize the procedures and ICT tools of the Health and Wellbeing Living Labs towards creating an open ecosystem for the European researchers. He is the leader of the Assistive Technologies and Silver Science Research Group in the Medical Physics and Digital Innovation Lab, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki. He received the Diploma in electronic engineering from the Technological Educational Institute of Thessaloniki, in 2004, and the Ph.D. degree in the Laboratory of Medical Physics of Medicine, School of Health Sciences, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece in 2015. He is currently the coordinator of the RAISE Horizon Europe funded project on services for the European Open Science Cloud, towards a crowdsource network for data processing. In 2020, as a result of the H2020 funded project named CAPTAIN H2020 (technically coordinated by him), he co-founded CAPTAIN-COACH, one of the first 10 spin-offs of AUTH.
His research interests lie predominately in the area of living labs methodologies combined with agile aspects in the Health and Wellbeing domain as well as design of tools used as interventions for elderly in the field of exergaming, indoor monitoring and e-coaching. He supported the establishment of the Thessaloniki Action for Health and Wellbeing Living Lab (ThessAHALL) which in 2016 became an adherent member of the European Network of Living Labs (ENoLL) and he is working towards living labs sustainability model based on access to private funding. He has been principal investigator for a couple of national and international funded projects and has authored more than 70 publications in various international peer-reviewed journals and conferences (h-index: 18, ~ 2259 citations), and he co-chaired the OLLD2019 Conference in Thessaloniki.
As an Agricultural Engineer, Dimitris has got an eye for Improvement. 28 years in business development, this trait has been the driving force of a career dominated by a year-on-year increase of the sales of agricultural inputs, and the development of teams of unshaken loyalty.
In a market dominated by volatility and change in line with nature, he has invested in building robust networks and commercial relationships globally. Heavily involved in new product design and development himself, he is extremely confident to propagate the final products to a Greek-and not only- wide network of clients.
In his current position as Commercial Excellence-Fertilizers & Seeds Director in ADAMA HELLAS, he is responsible not only for the sustainable development of the Business but also for the introduction of ADAMA Commercial Excellence innovative practices and tools to ADAMA HELLAS, in order to optimize the company’s GM & GP, steering business to success through upward and downward economic cycles.
Dimitris is based on 3 key things: a. data analysis b. clear strategy c. a focus on a win-win mentality all around.
Elected as President of the BOD of the Hellenic Fertilizers Association for the biennium 2022-24, and Vice President of CYCLOS SA (company under the aegis of the Hellenic CP Association) for the triennium 2023-26, he enjoys widespread acceptance from peers across the country and keeps a hand on the pulse of the industry thus affecting change for the greater benefit.