The program is implemented by a project team consisting of professionals with expertise in the Agrifood sector and experience in managing similar non-profit initiatives.
New Agriculture for a New Generation - Project management team
Effie is a brand and marketing strategy expert, specializing in the Agro-food, Culture
and Tourism sectors, with a proven track record of successfully delivering complex
international initiatives. Among others, she led landmark projects of national
importance, such as Destination Greece's brand and marketing strategy, the largest
communication consultancy project ever initiated in the country, and Greece's Wine
Sector's first ever international branding & strategic marketing plan. She also
directed numerous challenging projects for multinationals, cooperatives, and SMEs
in South Eastern Europe.
Effie has a diverse academic background in Chemical Engineering, Music, Cultural
Management and Marketing. She is also a certified business coach and trainer, an Associate of the Chartered Institute of Marketing London and an Associate Certified
Coach by the International Coach Federation. In 2017 she was selected as mentor at
the Cherie Blair Foundation for Women's Mentoring Women in Business program.
Tel: +30 2310 471 292, ext. 11
Dr. Kostas Karantininisis an agricultural economist, professor at the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (SLU) at Alnarp, Sweden. He was previously Van Vliet Chair Professor at the University of Saskatchewan, Canada, and Professor at the University of Copenhagen, Denmark; Assistant professor at the Panteion University of Athens, Greece, and researcher at Wageningen University, The Netherlands, and visiting scholar at UC Berkeley, USA. He holds a BA in law and economics from the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki and MSC and PhD from the University of Saskatchewan, Canada. He has published in international peer reviewed journals and supervised numerous PhD and MSc dissertations in Europe and Africa. His research and teaching is on local and international agri-food industries and value chains, cooperatives, agricultural policy, international trade, economic development, industrial organisation, institutional economics and econometrics; in Greece, The European Union, North America, and Sub-Saharan Africa.
He recently published the book "A new paradigm for Greek Agriculture" (MacMillan, 2017).
Helena is a member of the TEDx Thessaloniki production team and is highly experienced in organizing cultural events.
Helena holds a Bachelor’s degree from the department of Political Sciences at Democritus University of Thrace and a Master’s degree from the International Department at Aristotle University of Thessaloniki in Digital Media, Communication and Culture with a specialization in Cultural Branding.
Tel: +30 2310 471 292
Anastasia has more than 10 years of work experience in private, public sector and NGOs. Her areas of expertise are fundraising, communications and management of European funded programs. She has worked in Greece and abroad for well-known NGOs including Alzheimer’s Disease International and ActionAid. She is also a mentor at the Social Dynamo Program sponsored by the Bodosaki Foundation.
Anastasia holds a Bachelor’s degree in Management and Business Administration in the Economic and Social Sciences from the University οf Macedonia, in Thessaloniki, a Master’s degree in Marketing, Advertisement and Public Relations from the University of Sheffield International Faculty, CITY College and a Diploma in Fundraising from the Institute of Fundraising, UK.
Tel: +30 2310 471 292, ext. 16
Dimitris holds a PhD degree in Agronomy from Agricultural University of Athens, with a specialization in Climate Change Impacts on Agriculture. His doctoral research was funded by the EU and the Greek Ministry of Education.
In 2009 he co-founded “AEIPHORIA-Green Solutions” where he delivered projects in Urban Farming and Landscape design. From 2011 to 2014 he worked in the European Parliament in Brussels as a contract staff.
Prior to that he worked for the Greek Ministry of Agriculture. He was one of the main authors of the Study of the Impacts of Climate Change on Greek Agriculture of the National Climate Change Impacts Study Committee (Bank of Greece).
He also participated in several studies for private (Agricultural Bank of Greece) and public sector (Government of Cyprus, Regions of Central Greece, South Aegean and Eastern Macedonia-Thrace).
In the field of vocational training he worked for the National Organisation for the Certification of Qualifications & Vocational Guidance-EOPPEP) as a national expert for evaluation and classification of the National Qualifications Framework.
Tel: +30 2310 471 292, ext. 15
Dr. Robert M. Goodman, a plant biologist and virologist by training, is an expert on soil microorganisms and plant disease. Since 2005, he has served as Executive Dean of Agriculture and Natural Resources at Rutgers University, leading both the School of Environmental and Biological Sciences and the New Jersey Agricultural Experiment Station.
He studied at the Johns Hopkins University and then transferred to Cornell University, where he earned a B.S. degree in Plant Sciences in 1967. After two years of civilian service, he completed a Ph.D. in Plant Pathology at Cornell University in 1973. He was awarded a NATO postdoctoral fellowship by the National Science Foundation for study in molecular virology at the John Innes Institute in Norwich, England. In 1974, he was appointed Assistant Professor at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and later promoted to Associate Professor in 1978 and Professor in 1981.
In 1982, Goodman was named Vice President, and thereafter Executive Vice President, for Research and Development at Calgene, Inc., an early plant biotechnology company and one of the pioneers in the genetic engineering of crop species, notably pesticide resistance and the use of anti-sense RNA to modify crop traits.
From 1991 to 2005, he was a professor of plant pathology and environmental studies at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where his laboratory carried out pioneering work on the diversity of soil microorganisms refractory to cultivation and co-developed the approach for microbial biology studies now widely called metagenomics.
He is widely published in scientific journals such as Science, Nature, Virology, and the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences on topics including soil metagenomics, the discovery of the geminiviruses, and characterization of unexpected Archeal and Eubacterial clades in soil.
Goodman has served in several senior leadership positions, including the Board of Trustees of the International Center for Maize and Wheat Improvement (CIMMYT), founder and chair of the McKnight Foundation’s Collaborative Crop Research Program, and chair of the Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources section of the American Association for the Advancement of Sciences (AAAS).
He is an elected Fellow of the AAAS and of the American Academy of Microbiology.
Dr. Lia Papathomas is responsible for Rutgers’ role in the operations management of the New Agriculture for a New Generation (NeAGen) program. She earned her MSW studying Labor Issues and her PhD in Cognitive Development at Columbia University. Dr. Papathomas’ research focuses on development of epistemological understanding and critical thinking, and includes projects at Columbia University, Cornell University’s School of Industrial and Labor Relations and the Institute for the Study of Child Development at the Robert Wood Johnson Medical School. She is an alumna of Rutgers University, having graduated with a BA in Psychology. Dr. Papathomas has extensive professional experience in program evaluation, labor force development and higher education administration.
Marianna Korre has extensive professional experience in administration, program development and evaluation. She holds an undergraduate degree in Education from the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens and a Master’s degree in Education from Swansea University in Wales, UK. Marianna also holds a Translation Certification from the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens.
As the Senior Program Coordinator, Marianna works closely with the PI of the New Agriculture for a New Generation project, the Operations Director, the SEBS Business Office, the Office of Research and Sponsored Programs, Grant and Contract Accounting and the University Procurement Services divisions to expedite procedures and ensure timely processing.
Dr. Salome Papaspyrou Rao is an Assistant Teaching Professor in the Department of Nutritional Sciences at Rutgers University, New Brunswick. She is currently involved in the Greek-US initiative named “New Agriculture for a New Generation” funded by the Stavros Niarchos Foundation, as well as coordinating the “One Nutrition” initiative at the New Jersey Institute for Food, Nutrition and Health, at Rutgers University. Her Ph.D. thesis research was in the area of adipocyte metabolism, specifically on the hormonal regulation of lipoprotein lipase and leptin by human adipocytes. Upon completion of her doctorate, Papaspyrou Rao was involved as co-director of the New Jersey Obesity Group, coordinating research in the area of obesity between Rutgers and other research institutes in the New Jersey and New York area. Furthermore, she coordinated numerous conferences in the area of basic research in Obesity as well as in the field of community nutrition. More recent research has been on the relationship between weight loss and taste preferences in the Sensory Evaluation/Nutrition Laboratory at the Department of Food Science, Rutgers University. Papaspyrou-Rao obtained her undergraduate degree at the University of California at Berkeley in Nutrition and Food Technology and her Master’s degree at Cornell University in Food Science, with a minor in Biochemistry. Dr. Rao also holds the Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (RDN) certification.
Melissa McKillip has broad responsibility for the integrated management of the philanthropy and strategic partnerships, communications and marketing, alumni and community engagement, and external affairs functions for the School of Environmental and Biological Sciences and the New Jersey Agricultural Experiment Station. She is a member of the Executive Dean of Agriculture and Natural Resources’ Leadership Team.
As the chief development officer for the School and Experiment Station, Melissa is primarily responsible for overseeing all development operations including major gifts, corporate and foundation relations, gift planning, and annual giving. She is also responsible for engaging the Executive Dean and key faculty with the top fundraising prospects for the School and Experiment Station. In addition, Melissa is responsible for forecasting and achieving annual fundraising goals for the School and Experiment Station by working in collaboration with the SEBS and NJAES development staff and those working on behalf of the School and Experiment Station at the Rutgers University Foundation.
Melissa is a member of the Council for Advancement & Support of Education, Association of Fundraising Professionals, and the National Association of Asian American Professionals. She has been an advancement professional and in development and event planning for over twenty years at institutions of higher education and nonprofits, like the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and Special Olympics Colorado.
Dr. MUKUND V. KARWE is a Professor of Food Engineering and the Dean of International Programs at the School of Environmental and Biological Sciences of Rutgers University, New Jersey. Dr. Karwe has a Ph.D. in Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering from Rutgers University. Over the last three decades Dr. Karwe has published over 120 research articles and book chapters on topics such as Food Extrusion, Microwave Baking, Fortification of Foods with Omega-3 fatty acids, High Pressure Food Processing, Effect of Processing on Nutraceuticals in Foods, Cold Plasma Processing, and Flow of Food in Human GI tract. His research has been supported by the U.S. Dept. of Agriculture, U.S. Food Industry, and the U.S. Army.
Dr. Karwe has given keynote addresses and research seminars in Argentina, Australia, Brazil, China, France, Greece, Hong Kong, India, Italy, Kuwait, S. Korea, Turkey, and the UK. Dr. Karwe is a Fellow of the International Academy of Food Science and Technology (IAFoST), a Fellow of the Institute of Food Technologists (IFT) USA, and a recipient of several Teaching Excellence awards at Rutgers and at national level in the U.S.
Laura Lawson is Professor of Landscape Architecture and Dean of Academic Programs in the School for Environmental and Biological Sciences at Rutgers University, New Brunswick. She has a B.A. in Environmental Studies from the University of California, Santa Cruz and an MLA and Ph.D. from the University of California, Berkeley. Her research includes historical and contemporary community open space, with particular focus on urban agriculture and the changing roles of parks in low-income communities. She is currently working on a collaborative project, Cultivating Justice, to develop a website that explores African American values and experiences in rural and urban agriculture. She is author of City Bountiful: A Century of Community Gardening in America (Berkeley: University of California Press, 2005) and co-author of Design as Democracy: Techniques for Collective Creativity (Washington DC: Island Press, 2017), Greening Cities, Growing Communities: Urban Community Gardens in Seattle (Seattle: University of Washington Press, 2009), as well as of numerous publications in academic journals, edited books, and popular media. At Rutgers, Professor Lawson teaches courses focused on social and cultural issues in design and planning.
American Farm School
Dr. Filippos Papadopoulos is the Director of the Strategic Project Management Office of AFS. He earned his PhD from the London School of Economics and Political Science and his M.A. in International Relations from the University of Sussex and a BSc in Economics (International Relations) from the London School of Economics and Political Science.
He has been active as a trainer and organizational consultant in the public and private sector, visiting professor in foreign Universities and academic dean in Perrotis College, IMESE and CMI. He is currently consultant of the University of Macedonia for quality assurance in tertiary education and a member of the Regional Research and Innovation Council of the Regional Authority of Central Macedonia.
His research interests include: entrepreneurship and innovation, organizational and national culture, product development and consumer behavior in the food sector.
Tel: 2310 492 855
Dr. Evdokia Krystallidou received her PhD in Animal Nutrition and an MSc in Dairy Animal Science from the University of Reading after being awarded a scholarship from IKY (Greek state scholarship institute). She holds Diplomas in Animal Production from the Technological Educational Institution (TEI) of Thessaloniki and ASPAITE (certified educator). She worked as a part time lecturer at the Technological Educational Institution (TEI) of Thessaloniki and Larisa and as an advisor at Hellenic Feed Industries (ΕΛΒΙΖ). She acted as program Leader for the Pearson BTEC Higher Nationals in Animal Management program. She teaches at Perrotis College and the Adult Education Program of the American Farm School. She is the Senior Project Leader of the SPMO Strategic Programs Management Office where she is responsible for many research projects. Her research interests include animal nutrition and its impact on animal products and human health, monitoring feed formulations to meet quality performance and animal health standards and evaluating chemical and nutritional value of feeds.
Tel: +30 2310 492 737
Dr. Ilias Kalfas is an Agronomist with a specialty in Plant Protection, having a degree from the Faculty of Agriculture of the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki. He holds a PhD from the University of London, Imperial College and an MSc in Production Organization and Quality Management in the Food Industry.
He has worked at the National Agricultural Research Foundation, ELGA, Certification Organizations, assuming positions of responsibility in the Region of Central Macedonia, National and European funded projects (both pure and applied research) and the American Farm School. He is a member of the European Commission's ENV Panel (Research Executive Agency) and a reviewer in scientific journals.
He participates in many research projects and his research interests include the implementation of high technology to Greek agriculture, the circular economy, the sustainability of the Greek farmers and the environmental impact of agriculture.
Tel: 2310 492 827
Anisa Bellou obtained her Bachelors Degree in International Business specializing in Food and Agribusiness Management from Cardiff Metropolitan University and her MBA from the American College of Thessaloniki (ACT). She is the Project Leader of the Alternative Tourism Project, coordinating a team of over 30 trainers in different locations. Additionally she serves as Resource Coordinator for all projects of the Strategic Project Management Office of the American Farm School. She is responsible for overseeing the budget throughout the projects pipeline and coordinating internal and external resources in order to ensure that projects are completed on time and satisfactory. Over the years she has been extensively involved in a wide range of projects dealing with multiple stakeholders and becoming well-versed in the art of proactive problem solving. Her interests include project management, outdoor activities and team building. When she isn’t working, she is most probably traveling.
Tel: +30 2310 492 848
Maria Soumelidou holds a Degree (with Honours) in Economics - Business Administration, a Degree (with Honours) in Law, both from the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece, and an MSc (with Distinction) in Farm Management from the University of Reading, U.K., Department of Agriculture.
She has extensive experience in senior management positions with several leading commercial, agricultural and consulting firms and institutions. She was also active as a lecturer/trainer in various Adult Education Programs and has participated in several feasibility studies regarding agricultural entrepreneurship within the framework of Interreg and Leader programmes. She was also for 10 years a freelance lawyer. She acted as a programme leader for the Pearson BTEC Higher Nationals in Business and teaches at Perrotis College. She is also the module leader of “Legislations and ethics in Travel and Tourism” and coordinator of internships for the Alternative Tourism Program.
Her research interests include the legal, social and managerial implications of development projects in tourism.
Tel: +30 2310 492 851
George Georgiadis is a graduate of the Department of Economics, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, holds an MBA in Total Quality Management from the University of Piraeus and a certificate of pedagogical and didactic competence. He has experience in the management of funded projects and in the development and management of quality systems, while he is a certified internal quality system auditor according to the ISO 9001 standard. He possesses a continuous improvement and lifelong learning mentality and his current fields of cognitive interest include project management and developmental psychology. He is a dedicated father, a water polo player and certified coach and he likes to travel, playing music and chess. He is currently working as a Project Manager at the Strategic Projects Management Office of the American Farm School.
Tel: +30 2310 492 822
Aristotelis Stamatiadis holds a Degree in Business Administration from the Macedonia University of Thessaloniki. He is responsible for facilitating the needs and requirements of SPMO office relevant to correspondence, traveling, events and trainings. His interests include accounting and management systems. When he isn’t working, he is probably playing basketball or watching movies.
Tel: +30 2310 492 822
Agricultural University of Athens
Received his B.Sc. degree in Chemistry from the University of Patras (1980) and pursued doctoral studies in Chemistry (1981-85) at the Agricultural University of Athens (AUA) and the University of Illinois (UI), under the guidance of Professors M. P. Georgiadis and J. C. Bailar Jr. In 1986–7 he moved at the UI where he carried out postdoctoral research with Prof. J. A. Katzenellenbogen, specializing on the biomedical applications of organic synthesis. After serving at the Greek Navy (1987-88) he joined the faculty of AUA (1989), where he is currently Professor of Chemistry. In 1992–1993 he returned at the UI as a visiting professor. Since 2002 he also serves at the Hellenic Open University (Natural Sciences Studies) as Professor-Coordinator of Organic Chemistry.
Research Interests: Applications of Organic-Analytical Chemistry for the development of novel bioactive preparations (food additives, functional foods, biocides and medicines for humansanimals) Specifically, his research is focusing on:
a) NATURAL PRODUCTS - ENVIRONMENT (i. isolation-valorisation of bioactive molecules and extracts from plants of Greek flora, ii. Management & valorization of agricultural wastes-byproducts, iii. evaluation-mitigation of the climate change consequences)
b) FOODS (i. development-production of novel food additives-supplements, ii. exploitation-certification of Greek traditional agricultural products, iii. development of novel functional foods), and
c) BIOMEDICAL APPLICATIONS OF ORGANIC CHEMISTRY for the development of novel molecules with anti-estrogenic and anti-angiogenic activities
Tel: +30 210 529 4247, 529 4456
George Papadakis is full Professor of renewable energy at AUA. During more than twenty years on the AUA faculty, Papadakis’s research and educational efforts have focused on heat and mass transfer, renewable energy technology (in particular solar energy) and water desalination in combination with renewable energy technologies. He has also filled a number of administrative roles at AUA, especially the period 2010-2014 where he was vice rector of economics and research of AUA.
He has been collaborating with many public and private organizations from more than 35 countries from Europe and internationally in projects funded by the European Union and other international organizations.
He has directly supervised more than 60 graduate theses (including 6 PhDs) and postdoctoral associates and he has authored more than 180 publications. Google scholar reported in Apr 2019 more than 640 citations with h index equal to 43,
He is member of the Editorial Boards of eight (8) International Scientific Journals.
Tel: +30 210 5294209
PapalexiAikaterini is graduated BSc (2014) in the sector of Facility of Animal Science and Aquaculturure (6.74/10) and she took her Master’s degree (2017) in Food Science and Human Nutrition, specialized in the field of Human Nutrition as well Public Health and Policies (9.4/10) from Agricultural University of Athens. During her studies she did internships: in Sheep and Goat Livestock Unit (MakrolivadoDomokou, Greece) who was responsible for milking (2012), at the Department of Animal Breeding and Husbandry of Agricultural University of Athens as a responsible for maintance work program in Poultry’s University Farm (2013), and in R&D Discovery Research Center in Budapest, Hungury (2017). She has experience on sales and scientific support in the local weekly Market Association with ‘No Proxies’. To follow her dream to pursue a career in the Agribusiness sector she has undertaken various opportunities that combine scientific knowledge with the market and industry culture; through continuous training on seminars, conferences and jobs related to Animal Science, Food Science and Human Nutrition. Aikaterini’s values are honesty, integrity and motivation. She can work well under pressure, solely or as a team member.
Tel: +30 210
Artemis Rigou is agronomist, graduate of Dept of Agricultural Economics & Rural Development (2005) and postgraduate in 'Integrated Development and Management of rural areas' (2010) in Agricultural University of Athens (AUA), Greece. MsRigou have working experience as agronomist in several organizations, such as OPEKEPE (Payment and Control Agency for Guidance and Guarantee Community Aid) and EAS (Union of Rural cooperatives of Evia), especially in the field of European agricultural subsidies, digitization of parcels and consulting New Farmers. At the same time, MsRigou has attended Seminars & Training in Long-term Learning/ Adult Training (‘Organization and Administration in Life Long Learning’ in National and Kapodistrian University of Athens (EKPA), ‘Consulting, Life Coaching and Mentoring’ in University of the Aegean etc.). At the last 13 year, she has 850 hours teaching experience as adult educator in Long – term Learning training in agronomic items and years of experience in preparing and formulating training forms. Her working experience as agronomist and her family rural and business backround has provided important insights into major problems of rural population. She is currently specialized in Life & Business Coaching, upgrading her training and consulting skills. At ‘New Agriculture for the New Generation’, she is a member of Project Management Office (PMO) of Agricultural University of Athens and Responsible for supporting the organization and implementation of all training programs carried out by AUA.
Tel: +30 210 529 4963-4964
MyrtoZografaki is an independent artist based in Athens, Greece.She graduated from the School of Fine Arts at the University of Ioannina (2016) and is a postgraduate student in the department of Graphic Arts - Multimedia (MA) at the Hellenic Open University. During her studies, through Erasmus +, she attended a one-year study program at the Université Paris 8 in France (2015). She assisted in the organization, preparation and operation of educational workshops at the Museum of Children’s Art (2014), and founded, organized, and implemented art educational programs at the Museum of Pedagogy Municipal Art Gallery in Ioannina (2014). She also coordinated the Children's Educational Art workshop in the first Recycling Park in Greece (2017). She currently works as an artist and a graphic designer in public and private projects.
Tel: +30 210 529 4963-4964