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
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
Since 2005 Panos has been working in the design, implementation and audit of EU territorial cooperation projects with a focus in the areas of culture, sustainability and innovation. In 2013 he was a co-founder of the NGO ‘Creativity Platform’, an initiative created with a bottom up approach aiming to research and support the Cultural and Creative Sectors (CCS) of Thessaloniki. Flagships projects like ‘Creative Brunch’, ‘Agro Design Cluster’ and ‘Handpeak’ -among others- are designed to enhance the capacity of professionals from the creative sectors and to build tools that support collaboration and outreach between the creative sector and others (eg. agri-food and tourism).
Tel: +30 2310 471 292, ext. 12
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
Steven Tagle is a writer, photographer, and philhellene. He is the recipient of an Asian American Writers' Workshop Margins Fellowship, a Fulbright Fellowship to Greece, and a Soros Fellowship for New Americans. A recent graduate of the UMass Amherst MFA Program, he has been published in the Los Angeles Review of Books, New Delta Review, Spork, The Rumpus, and LIFO. Originally from California, he now lives in Athens, Greece.
Tel: +30 +30 698 824 8804
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
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