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. Alexandros Chrysafis

Alexandros Athanasiou Chrysafis was born in Serres in 1962. He graduated from the Higher School of Economics and Business Sciences (1985) and completed his Master’s Degree in Social Science at the Faculty of Hellenic Open University, specialized in “Mergers and Business Conversions”.

Since 1988, he has worked as a freelance professional in the field of corporate accounting and tax support and is Chairman of the Board of Directors at Logistiki S.A. He has been an auditor in dozens of anonymous and municipal companies and has long experience in carrying out researches and development projects.

He has participated in a number of committees and councils and he has been a speaker at various scientific conferences and forums, while during the period 2002-2006 he served as Chairman of the Board of Directors at the Serres Chamber of Commerce.

Mr. Grigoris Tasios

Since 1987, he’s co-owner of the Hotel PHILOXENIA BUNGALOWS 3* – Psakoudia Halkidiki, Greece (www.philoxenianet.gr)

  • President of Hellenic Hotel Federation since November 2017
  • President of Halkidiki Tourism Organization, a non-profit organization (official promotional body of Halkidiki) since 2011
  • President of Halkidiki Hotel Association since 2009 (member since 2003)
  • 1st Vice President of the Board of the Greek Tourism Confederation (SETE) since November 2017
  • Member of the Monitoring Committee NSRF 2007-2013 and NSRF 2014-2020 for the Region of Central Macedonia
  • Member at the following Boards based in Athens: Greek National Tourism Organization (GNTO) from January 2013 to January 2015, Hellenic Chamber of Hotels since 2010, to the position of the General Secretary since 2015, Research Institute for Tourism since 2013
  • Member of the Board of the Greek Tourism Confederation (SETE) since 2012

Graduate School of Tourism Administration 1994

Mr. Tassos Mantagaris

Tassos Mantagaris is a Sector Expert in the Strategy & Analysis Sector of the Small Business Segment General Division in Eurobank. The Segment serves enterprises with turnover up to €5 mio, aiming at a holistic approach towards entrepreneurship, by creating tailored solutions to address sector or segment-specific needs for development and everyday transactions.

Tassos has been working in Eurobank since 2008, having held positions of responsibility serving SME’s.  As of 2016 he holds the position of Sector Expert, analyzing business sectors and developing tailor made solutions to match their needs.

He was born in 1982 in Athens. He holds two BSc degrees, in Economic and Regional Development and in Sociology from Panteion University, as well as an MBA from the University of Piraeus.

He is the father of two children.

Mr. Yanko Ivanov

Assoc. Prof., PhD, Yanko Ivanov is a Deputy Minister of the Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Forestry, responsible for animal breeding, animal health and policies in the agro-food chain. His whole activity is closely connected to the prevention, control and eradication of cross-border diseases on animals and zoonosis on a national and international level. He has subsequently held the positions: Head of the National Reference Laboratory for Foot-and-Mouth Diseases and Exotic Animal Diseases, Director of the National Research Veterinary Medical Institute, Deputy Director General and General Director of the Veterinary Service of Bulgaria and Chief Veterinary Inspector of Bulgaria.

He is a part-time lecturer at the Department of Infectious Diseases at the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Forestry in Sofia. From 1995 to 2001, he was a member of the FAO Science Group of the European Commission for the control of foot-and-mouth disease and a member of the Standing Technical Committee and later on a member of the Executive Committee and a Vice-President of this committee. As a FAO expert, he was on many missions in various countries: China, Mongolia, Thailand, Georgia, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Tajikistan and others. He was a FAO regional coordinator for the Balkan peninsula regarding avian influenza.

He has managed projects that were funded by the EU for the eradication of swine fever and rabies in the Republic of Serbia, of avian influenza in the Republic of Turkey and for the establishment of the Veterinary Information System of the Republic of Serbia.

He speaks English, Russian and Serbian.

He is married and has two children.

Dr. Nikos Tsotsolas

Dr. Nikos Tsotsolas is a Production and Management Engineer and holds a Master of Science Degree in “Business Research” from the Department of Production and Management Engineering of the Technical University of Crete. In 2009 he was awarded a doctorate by the University of Piraeus and since 2017 he is Assistant Professor at the University of West Attica.

He is a member of the Research Laboratory “Digital Transformation & Decision Support Systems – DigiT-DSS Lab” and co-founder of the “Institute of Port Administration and Development” under the umbrella of the University of West Attica Research Center. He teaches in 5 Postgraduate Programs and his research interests fall within the fields of Logistics, Operational Research and Decision Support Systems. He has published more than 90 papers and studies in scientific journals, international conferences and edited volumes. He has participated in the implementation of 34 research projects.

Since 1995 he has been working as a freelance consultant in R&D projects. He has worked with a number of organizations and businesses in Greece, Denmark and Ireland. He is a member of the Board of Directors of the Hellenic Operational Research Society and the initiator of the KalaΘos platform idea, a holistic B2B mechanism for tracing and tracking of fresh fruits and vegetables.

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.

Mr. Constantinos Michailides

Mr Constantinos Michailides is the Director of the Independent Directorate of  Innovation and Entrepreneurship Support of the Region of Central Macedonia. He is a graduate of the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki School of Economics and holds an MSc in International Banking and Finance from the University of Southampton and a PhD from the City University of London with a scholarship  from Greek National Scholarships Foundation.

He has worked at the Bank of Cyprus as a Credit Officer and since 2004 he has been working in the Public Sector, initially in the Prefecture of Thessaloniki, then for five years at the Regional Development Fund of Central Macedonia and from January 2017 to today as the Director of the Directorate of Innovation and Entrepreneurship Support of the Region of Central Macedonia. He has extensive experience in writing proposals and in implementation of EU funded projects and other development initiatives.

He has been a keynote speaker at many international and national conferences and workshops. He is responsible for the Mechanism for Supporting Innovation and Entrepreneurship of the Region of Central Macedonia and the One Stop Liaison Office  which is a liaison office between the research community and the businesses of the Region of Central Macedonia.

Mr. Dimitris Tasioulas

Born and raised in Thessaloniki with roots as far as Eastern Romylia and Pontus. A Balkan enriched by the influence of Peloponnese. Inspirer and key creators of a culinary project that loved by the public and fascinated New York Times Sebrico’ That first “push” at Frangon  Road in Thessaloniki,  had led his step to the next destination called Thria, located on Maria Callas Street 1. Chef Ambassador of the City of Thessaloniki for 2018. London’s Sunday Times traveller magazine gave the restaurant the title of gourmand’s destination in the 2019 issue.

‘The roots of my kitchen lie in the cuisines of Jewish, Slavs, Ottomans, Izmir and Pontus. My ambition is to deconstruct and reconstitute the culinary tradition of the place in a modern gastronomic proposal that expresses and matures in this city. Materials and traditions from the Mediterranean basin blend in with innovative techniques and bold ideas to bring a piece of the history of the future to today’s desires. ‘