Second Agricultural Business Summit

The second Agricultural Business Summit is organized by The Economist Events in Thessaloniki on 8 December 2015 at The Met Hotel in association with the Netherlands Embassy in Athens and HEDA as the supporting organization.

 The summit focusses on the current developments regarding the sector of agribusiness as well as on the leadership strategy that will lead Greece and Europe as a whole towards growth and prosperity.

High profile speakers from Greece and abroad representing the fields of politics, business, technology and science will share their expertise, knowledge and prospects with the summit’s exceptional audience, within the context of a constructive dialogue under the chairmanship of The Economist’s analyst

 

 

Programme

08:30 

Registration-refreshments 

09:00

Chairman's introduction:
John Andrews, consultant editor, The Economist

Welcome remarks:
Maria Kollia Tsaroucha, deputy minister of interior and administrative reconstruction (for Macedonia & Thrace), Greece (acceptance in principle)

Caspar Veldkamp, ambassador of The Kingdom of the Netherlands to Greece

09:25

Official opening session
COMMON AGRICULTURAL POLICY REFORM 2014-2020: PRIORITIES AND CHALLENGES TO REVIVE GREECE

  • EU budgetary framework
  • Fairer and greener direct payments
  • Fostering sustainable growth and jobs

Evangelos Apostolou, minister of agricultural development and food, Greece (acceptance in principle)

09:35

Discussion

09:50

THE NEW STRATEGIC FRAMEWORK FOR AGRIBUSINESS IN GREECE

  • Developing strategic advantages for rural development in Greece

Markos Bolaris, alternate minister of agricultural development and food, Greece
Tassos Haniotis, director, economic analysis, perspectives and evaluations, DG for agriculture and rural development, European Commission
Fotini Arampatzi, MP, head of the agricultural development sector, New Democracy party (acceptance in principle)
Athanassios Savvakis, president, Federation of Industries of Northern Greece (FING)

10:20

Discussion

10:40

WHAT IS GREECE'S POSITION AND POTENTIAL?

  • In dialogue with business

Vassilis Kappas, director of northern Greece, Gaia Epiheirein
Constantinos Constantinidis, managing director, Pelopac

THE EXAMPLE OF THE GREEK HORTICULTURAL SECTOR

  • Greenhouses and vegetable logistics

Constantinos Kastrinakis, executive vice-president and chief executive officer, Kantor  
Moderated by:
Yannis Perlepes, general manager, Naftemporiki

11:05 

Discussion

11:20

Break

11:50

A NEW ERA FOR ENTREPRENEURSHIP AND START-UPS

  • Innovation
  • Extroversion
  • Funding
  • Modernization
  • The importance of branding

Kyriakos Loufakis, president, Greek International Business Association
Demetrios Iatrides, economist-lawyer, former special secretary for community resources and infrastructure, Greece
Christos Katsanos, chief executive officer, DKG Group

SUCCESS STORIES: SHARING EXPERIENCE IN ENTREPRENEURSHIP

  • Inspiration
  • Empowerment
  • Development


ROUNDTABLE DISCUSSION
Evangelos Gerovassiliou, owner, Ktima Gerovassiliou
Angelos Markou, general manager, Krocus Kozanis Products

12:30

Discussion

12:45 

CONTRACT FARMING AND FINANCING AGRIBUSINESS TO ACHIEVE ECONOMIC RECOVERY

  • High-tech agriculture: From tree to market
  • Facilities
  • Liability
  • Quality control and environmentally friendly methods
  • Compensations

Nikos Efthymiadis, chairman, Redestos Efthymiadis Agrotechnology Group, honorary president, Federation of Industries of Northern Greece (FING)
George Kotsalos, chief executive officer, Interamerican
Ioannis Chaniotakis, director of agricultural sector operations development, Piraeus Bank
Nikolaos Myrtakis, president, Association of Cooperative Banks of Greece, vice president, Pancretan Cooperative Bank

 

SUCCESS STORY IN CONTRACT FARMING
Nikos Zervas
, finance director, Athenian Brewery 

13:20

Discussion

13:40 

DIGITAL ECONOMY FOR AGRIBUSINESS

  • Modernizing agribusiness
  • R&D
  • Skills for existing and new farmers

Henk Hogeveen, professor, Wageningen University
Demetris Psaltopoulos, professor, department of economics, University of Patras

14:00

Discussion

14:15

THE MECHANISATION OF AGRICULTURE

  • National Strategic Reference Framework (NSRF): New programming period for cohesion policy 2014-2020
  • Precision farming
  • Hydroponic technology

Triantafyllos Xenos, co-founder, Eyefarm

14:30 

Discussion

14:40 

FROM PRODUCTION TO THE HEALTHY CONSUMER: THE UN'S RESPONSE
Keynote address:
Kostas Stamoulis, director, strategic programme leader, food security and nutrition, Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), United Nations

HOW ARE SUCCESSFUL CORPORATIONS EMBRACING THEIR CONSUMERS?

  • Nutritional products for healthy consumers
  • Food safety and quality control measures
  • The importance of logistics

Ioannis Kallias, chief executive officer, TUV Austria Hellas

15:00

Discussion

15:15 

Networking luncheon

17:00

End of conference

 

When

8 Dec 2015