All speakers mentioned herein are confirmed
  Thursday, February 7th 2013 
08:30 Registration and refreshments
09:00 Chairman's introductory remarks:
 John Parker
, Globalisation Editor, The Economist

Welcome remarks:
Theodoros KaraoglouMinister of Macedonia and Thrace, Greece 
Yiannis Boutaris, Mayor of Thessaloniki
09:15COMMON AGRICULTURAL POLICY (CAP 2020)
AND THE CHALLENGES FOR EUROPE
Food production
Climate change and water management
Bioenergy & Biodiversity

Tassos Haniotis, Director, Economic Analysis, Perspectives and Evaluations, DG for Agriculture and Rural Development, European Commission
09:25 Discussion
09:40ESTABLISHING A NEW STRATEGIC FRAMEWORK FOR AGRI-BUSINESS IN GREECE

 Developing our strategic advantages for the rural development of Greece
Athanasios Tsaftaris, Minister of Rural Development & Food, Greece

 The European perspective: Greece and the Netherlands
Simon Smits, Vice Minister for Foreign Trade, The Netherlands

 The main Opposition's viewpoint
Giorgos Stathakis, MP, Head of the Development Sector, SYRIZA
10:10Discussion
10:30 WHAT IS GREECE’S POSITION AND POTENTIAL?
The need for new agricultural policy and reforms
National Strategic Reference Framework (NSRF) 
Contract Farming: An opportunity for Greece's agribusiness sector?

Horst  Reichenbach, Head, EU Task Force for Greece
Thanasis Skordas, Deputy Minister of Development, , Greece

In dialogue with the business sector:
Nikos Efthymiadis, President, REDESTOS Efthymiadis Agrotechnology Group & Honorary President, Federation of Industries of Northern Greece
Dimitrios Lakassas, President, Greek International Business Association (SEVE)
Nikolaos Pentzos, President, Federation of Industries of Northern Greece
Annie Michailides, Vice-president, Michailides Group of Companies
11:10Discussion
11:30 Break 
 12:00TACKLING UNEMPLOYMENT IN GREECE:
WHY IS AGRIBUSINESS AN OPPORTUNITY?
Young educated professionals steer towards agriculture

Nikos Panagiotopoulos, Deputy Minister of Labour, Social Security and Welfare, Greece 
Tzanetos  Karamichas, President, Pan-Hellenic Confederation on Unions of Agricultural Co-operatives (PASEGES)
Vassilis  Giannopoulos, President, Pan-Hellenic Union of Young Farmers
 12:30 Discussion
 12:45 A NEW ERA FOR ENTREPRENEURSHIP
  • Innovation
  • Extroversion
  • Funding
  • Modernisation

Demetri Politopoulos, Chief Executive Officer, Macedonian Thrace Brewery
Ioannis Papadopoulos, President, Hellenic Venture Capital & Private Equity Association, CEO, Attica Ventures 
Yiannis Mandalas, Chief Executive Officer, Mastihashop
Nikolaos Porfiris, Vice Chairman, Athens Exchange
Maria Vlachou, Managing Director, Fereikos Gefsis
Socratis Ploussas
, Vice-president, Hellenic Start-Up Association
Theodore Tsemperoulis, Marketing Director, Marinopoulos
13:45Discussion
 14:05HOW CAN THE SECTOR'S FINANCING HELP EUROPE OVERCOME THE ECONOMIC CRISIS?

Nikolaos Haritakis, Vice Chairman & Chief Executive Officer, New Economy Development Fund (TANEO)
14:15 Discussion 
14:30 Networking luncheon
 15:30

NEW TECHNOLOGIES, INNOVATIONS AND PRACTICES AT THE SERVICE OF AGRICULTURE
Hydroponic technology
Modernising agribusiness
R&D
Environmental friendly methods
• High-tech agriculture: from tree to market

Laan  van  Staalduinen, Director General, Social Sciences Group, Wageningen UR (University & Research Centre)
Nick  Sigrimis, Professor, Agricultural University of Athens, Founder and honorary Chair of ICT in Agriculture of CIGR
Founder and President of spinoff Geomations - From Research to Practice
Amos Levin
, Founding Member and Chief Food Technology Officer, (CFTO), Pomeg-Tech, Israel

 16:00Discussion 
16:20 ORGANIC FOOD AND FARMING IN EUROPE: WHERE DO WE STAND?
Christopher Stopes, President, IFOAM (International Federation of Organic Agriculture Movements)  

HOW CAN GREECE BECOME THE CENTRE FOR ORGANIC PRODUCTION IN EUROPE?
Charalambos Tsokanis, President, Federation of Organic Farmers of Greece
Anagnostis Argyriou, Researcher, Institute of Applied Biosciences, The Centre for Research and Technology Hellas
16:50 Discussion 
Coordinated by: Dimitrios Simeonidis, President, Business and Cultural Development Centre, President, Organic Products Cluster
17:10 LESSONS FROM SCANDINAVIA:
FARMER-OWNED, EXPORT ORIENTED AGRI-FOOD SYSTEMS
Kostas  Karantininis, Professor, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (SLU), Uppsala and University of Copenhagen, Denmark
17:20 Discussion
17:30 Roundtable discussion with the Regional Governors of Greece
REGIONAL DEVELOPMENT AND AGRIBUSINESS GROWTH:
NEW OBJECTIVES AND NEW PROPOSALS ON THE TABLE

Georgios  Dakis, Regional Governor, Western Macedonia, Greece
Petros Tatoulis, Regional Governor, Peloponnese, Greece
Apostolos Tzitzikostas, Regional Governor, Central Macedonia, Greece
18:00 Discussion 
18:30 End of conference
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