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 (

  • 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.

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. 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. ‘

Dr. Kostas Karantininis

Kostas Karantininis, was born in Trikala Imathia, Greece, where he farmed for several years. He obtained his bachelor of Law and Economics from the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, and his MSC and PhD in agricultural economics from the University of Saskatchewan, Canada. He has been visiting scholar at UC Berkeley, USA. Prior to joining the University of Copenhagen in 1997, and the SLU in 2007, he was with the University of Wageningen, The Netherlands, and Panteion University, Greece. He is also affiliated faculty at MAICh, and serves at the Graduate Board of the University of Perugia, Italy. He has supervised numerous graduate MSC and PhD students, and has taught at Universities in The USA; Canada, Brazil, China, Africa, Spain, Greece. He has published and served at the editorial boards of international academic Journals. His main academic interest is the applied microeconomics, econometrics, and economic development. His research focuses on the economics of organizations and international agribusiness and cooperatives, with applications in the EU, Scandinavia, Greece, and Africa. His book “A new paradigm for Greek Agriculture” was published by Palgrave-MacMillan, 2017.

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. Vasilis Vasiliou

Dr. Vasiliou received his BSc in Chemistry (1983) and PhD in Biochemical Pharmacology (1988) from the University of Ioannina, Greece. He then trained as a Fogarty Fellow in gene-environment interactions, molecular toxicology and pharmacogenetics at the Department of Environmental Health in the College of Medicine at the University of Cincinnati (1991-1995). In 1996, he joined the faculty of the University of Colorado School of Pharmacy where he rose through the ranks to become Professor and Director of the Toxicology Graduate Program. In July 2014, he joined the faculty of Yale University in his new position.

Professor Vasiliou has established an internationally recognized research program that has been continuously funded by several USA federal agencies such as NEI/NIH, NIAAA/NIH and NIH/NIEHS since 1997. His research interests include mechanisms of cellular responses to environmental stress, gene-environment interactions, alcohol –induced tissue injury, pharmacogenetics and his laboratory studies metabolic diseases including obesity and diabetes, and cancer. Dr. Vasiliou has published over 190 papers and edited three books on Alcohol and Cancer. He has trained over twenty five doctoral and post-doctoral students. Dr. Vasiliou is the editor of Human Genomics.

Prof. Vasiliou along with Dr. Tassos C. Kyriakides has been establishing The Yale Olive Sciences and Health Institute. This Institute’s mission is to facilitate and coordinate rigorous study, robust research, and creative interdisciplinary education and activities related to the olive tree and its products. The concept and mission of the Institute has been widely supported and endorsed by over 70 international and national academic, research and private entities working in the field.

Ms. Effie Kokoreli

Effie believes in the power of new ideas. Undertakes strategic projects and manages to successfully accomplish them in a way that fits the nature and the recourses of the organization. Persistent yet patient, Effie manages to effectively coordinate professionals from different areas towards a common goal. Identifies new ways of business, embracing change as the necessary element of an organization to move forward and meet the demands of the market.

INTERAMERICAN S.A, 1983 to present

  • Head of Agricultural and Bank Assurance
  • Develops annual business plans and ensure that align and fully support company’s strategic goals.
  • Participates in Product, IT and Sales committee of the organization
  • Maintains bancassurance partnerships of the organization and evolve new ways of business
  • Actively involves in the design of the Marketing plan to support the partnerships
  • Leads the Agricultural project
  • Responsible for the creation of Agricultural products
  • Establishes new partnerships with companies from the Agricultural sector and bank sector
  • Designs and performs training for the insurance intermediates for Agricultural sector

Head of Bank Assurance, 2008-20018

  • Develops annual business plans in cooperation with the banks and ensure for their timely and successful delivery
  • Participates in Product, IT and Sales committee of the organization
  • Maintains bancassurance partnerships of the organization and evolve new ways of business
  • Actively involves in the design of the Marketing plan to support the partnerships
  • Establishes new partnerships with banks
  • Responsible for the analysis of all customer segments’ product needs, as well as for the design, development and promotion of Bancassurance products
  • Successfully introduces Interamerican’s ‘Anytime’ offering to the Bank’s branches and customers. Achieved a 500% annual increase in Car Insurance production and 200% in health insurance production

Bank Assurance Account Manager, 2007-2008

  • Monitoring annual business plans and ensures that aligns and fully supports company’s strategic goals
  • Designs and performs training for the bank employees
  • Support bancassurance partnership
  • Actively involves in the design of the Marketing plan to support the bancassurance partnership
  • Participates in projects for increasing bancassurance volumes and business
  • Monitors sales performance

Corporate customers’ executive, 2005-2007

  • Responsible for managing the underwriting process
  • Customer service and after sales support
  • Manages the insurance intermediate of corporate customers


  • Conservatoire National des Arts et Métiers / CNAM – Bachelor, Banking & Insurance
  • Harvard Business Publishing – Stepping Up to Management
  • George College – Annual Public Relations Department