Minister of Rural Development and Food

Spilios Livanos

Spilios Livanos was born in Athens in 1967.

He graduated from Athens College. He studied Economics and Political Sciences at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, USA and International Relations and Comparative Political Analysis at the University of Reading, UK.

He was employed at the European Commission’s Social Fund in Bruxelles, then moved back in Greece as an executive on corporate development of private enterprises. In 2002, he founded a construction and real estate management company operating in Greece and Belgium.

In 2007 he was elected for the first time Member of the Greek Parliament. In 2009 he was appointed Deputy Secretary of Political Planning of New Democracy and in 2013 Secretary General of Political and Strategic Planning of New Democracy.

In 2016 he was appointed Special Counselor for Entrepreneurship to the leader of New Democracy, PM Kyriakos Mitsotakis. In 2019 he served as Parliamentary Representative for New Democracy in the Greek Parliament.

He was a member of the Standing Parliamentary Committee on Cultural and Educational Affairs, the Standing Parliamentary Committee on Economic Affairs, the Special Standing Parliamentary Committee on the Financial Statement and the General Balance Sheet and the implementation of the State Budget.

On the 4th of January 2021 he was appointed Minister of Agriculture, Rural Development and Food.

He speaks English and French. He is married to Domna Kyrzopoulou, lawyer with whom shares three children, Dionysis, Danae and Alice.

Deputy Minister of Rural Development and Food

Simos Kedikoglou

Place and date of birth: November 14, 1963 in Athens
Marital Status: Married with one child
Profession: Journalist
Foreign Languages: Russian, English, French

Parliamentary Activities
He was elected Member of Parliament for Evia with the ND in the elections of 2004, 2007, 2009, 2012, 2015 and 2019.
He served as Deputy Minister to the Prime Minister and Government Spokesman from 2012 to 2014.
He is a member of the Special Standing Committee on Armaments Programs and Contracts, the Special Standing Committee on European Affairs, the Standing Committee on Economic Affairs, and the Standing Committee on National Defense and Foreign Affairs.
He is also the head of the Greek Delegation and Vice President of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Black Sea Economic Cooperation Organization.

Political / Social Activities
He has been a political, parliamentary and diplomatic editor in the newspapers “KATHIMERINI”, “APOGEFMATINI”, “APOFASI” and “HORA”. At the same time he presented and participated in series of television and radio stations (ERT, MEGA, FLASH etc.). For many years he was a contributor to CNN International’s World Report show, and aired on CNN’s “Q&A” show in Atlanta, USA.

Deputy Minister for Economic Diplomacy and Openness

Kostas Fragogiannis

Kostas Fragogiannis was born in 1959, in Kavala, where he completed his basic education. After graduating from the British Institute of Marketing (HND), he continued his studies in the U.S., earning a BS in Business Administration and an MBA in International Management & Computer Systems from the University of San Francisco.

For over 30 years, he has held senior executive positions in major companies and groups, such as Emporiki Bank, Interbank, Delta, the Vasilakis Group, Ant1, the Viohalco Group, Vivartia, and the Chipita Group, where he was also a founding member of the Group’s international operations 24 years ago. Before assuming his duties as Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs for Economic Diplomacy and Openness, he was the Development Manager of the Chipita Group, contributing significantly to the further growth and development of the Group’s international operations.

Having successfully handled development projects worth hundreds of million of euros throughout the world, he has gained invaluable experience in negotiating with organizations in countries where he has overseen investments.  Through his role in the development and internationalization of companies, he has contributed to the creation of thousands of jobs, while also creating considerable added value in each country where he has been active. He has led a total of 18 productive investment projects in 16 countries, 9 investment consortiums, 5 buyouts and, finally, the founding of multiple commercial enterprises in dozens of countries.

Through his many years of international experience, he has gained a full and up-to-date perspective on what is required to effectively attract foreign investments and to promote exports and growth in the international economy.

Chairman of the Board of Directors of HAPO

Apostolos Touralias

Founding member of Andromeda SA, Mr. Apostolos Touralias has an aquaculture experience spanning more than thirty years. He has served as an Administrative Manager, Operations Manager, HR Manager, Sales & Production Manager and Commercial Manager. Currently he is the Production & Sales Planning Director for Avramar Group.

Additionally, through his constant presence in the sector’s institutional affairs, he is the elected Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Hellenic Aquaculture Producers Organization (HAPO), the Managing Director of the “Echinades and West Coast of Aetoloakarnania Development SA” and member of POAY Echinadon SA (Allocated zones for aquaculture development in Echinades)

Secretary General of Coordination

Thanasis Kontogeorgis

He graduated from the College of Athens and then studied Law at the University of Athens. He continued his postgraduate studies in Public Policy and Administration at Harvard University (Master in Public Policy-Harvard Kennedy School of Government).

Furthermore, he is a lawyer at the Supreme Court and the Council of State and founder-lawyer of KTA Legal, with many years of experience in representing companies, public bodies and collective organizations.

Fluent in English, German, French, Italian and Russian.

He served as Legal Adviser to the Greek Government until 2014, providing support to the Office of the Prime Minister, the Minister of Finance, the Ministry of Culture and the General Secretariat of the Government.

He was a member of the Government Private Debt Management Council and vice-chairman of the Accounting Standardization and Auditing Committee (ELTE).

He took an active part in the negotiations with the European Commission, the IMF and the ECB, as well as in the drafting of a number of bills on tax and accounting legislation, companies, and the banking system.

Since July 2019, he has been the Secretary General of Coordination in the Presidency of the Government.

General Secretariat of Rural Development and Food

Christiana Kalogirou

Christiana Kalogirou was born in Athens. She holds a degree in Economics from the Athens University of Economics and Business and a master’s degree (M.Sc) from the National and Kapodistrian University on Disaster and Crisis Management Strategies in the Administrative and Development Sectors.

She has worked for 20 years in the private sector. She has prepared studies and scientific works in the field of economic and regional development. At the same time, she actively participated in initiatives related to issues of sustainable development, blue economy and entrepreneurship, environmental protection and cultural heritage as well as issues related to the modern woman.

In 2004 she was elected MP of the prefecture of Lesvos with New Democracy. In 2012 she took over the position of Secretary General of the Decentralized Aegean Administration of the Ministry of Interior. In 2014 she was elected Regional Governor of the North Aegean. From August 2019 to April 2021 she served as Secretary General of the Aegean and Island Policy of the Ministry of Shipping and Island Policy. In April 2021 she took over the position of Secretary General of Rural Development and Food.

Secretary General for International Economic Affairs

Ioannis Smyrlis

Mr. Ioannis Smyrlis is a political scientist, graduate of the Department of Political Sciences and Public Administration with a Postgraduate Diploma in International and European Relations from the University of Athens (EKPA).

He represented the Ministry of Interior during the rotating Greek Presidency of the EU in 2013-2014. He was Press and Public Relations Consultant of ODIE SA. in 2009-2010, Adviser to the General Secretary of the Ministry of Shipping in 2007-2009 and Adviser to the General Secretary of S.E.P.E. in 2005-2007.

He was elected as the first president from Greece of the Youth Organization of the European People’s Party (YEPP) 2007-2009, the largest political Youth Organization in Europe.

He served as Secretary of International and EU Relations of New Democracy Party and a Member of the Political Bureau of the European People’s Party (ELK) in 2013-2019. During that time, he cultivated personal relationships with major stakeholders in Brussels and other European capitals.

He was a European fellow of the German Marshall Foundation of the USA and a member of the EU Youth Assembly for the European Constitution (2003), the Hellenic Society of Political Science (E.E.P.E.) and the Hellenic Society of International Law and International Relations of the Aegean Institute for the Law of the Sea and Navigation.

He has been a freelancer since 2009 in activities related to catering, trade and import-export.

He speaks English and French.

Rector of the University of Patras

Christos J. Bouras

Christos Bouras is Professor in the University of Patras, Department of Computer Engineering and Informatics.

His research interests include 5G and Beyond Networks, Analysis of Performance of Networking and Computer Systems, Computer Networks and Protocols, Mobile and Wireless Communications, Telematics and New Services, QoS and Pricing for Networks and Services, e – learning, Networked Virtual Environments and WWW Issues.

He has extended professional experience in Design and Analysis of Networks, Protocols, Telematics and New Services. He has published more than 500 papers in various well-known refereed books, conferences and journals.

He is a co-author of 9 books in Greek and editor of 1 in English. He has been member of editorial board for international journals and PC member and referee in various international journals and conferences. He has participated in R&D projects.

Professor Biological Sciences University of Patras

Panayotis Dion. Dimopoulos

Professor Panayotis Dion. Dimopoulos holds a degree in Biological Sciences and a PhD on “Flora and Vegetation Ecology of mountain ecosystems”.

Faculty member since 2000 and Professor in Botany and Ecology from 2009 to 2016 in the Department of Environmental and Natural Resources Management and from 2016 onwards in the Department of Biology of the University of Patras.

His research interests and key-expertise (1990-2021) lie in: flora and vegetation analysis, conservation and ecology of species and habitats focusing to: inventory, monitoring, assessment and mapping of habitats and ecosystems in protected areas (Greece & Cyprus); biodiversity evaluation and analysis (species and community level); mapping and assessment of ecosystems and their services; vegetation and flora databases; Article 17 (Dir. 92/43/EEC) reporting on the conservation status assessment of habitat types (Greece & Cyprus); conservation policy and National Biodiversity Strategy and Action Plan for Implementation.

Since 1990, he has published 137 articles in peer-reviewed journals, 130 of which are included in the ISI-Web of Science. During the last nineteen years (2001-2021), he has published 120 articles in ISI journals and in peer-reviewed non-ISI journals. Following the Google Scholar, the 10-year h-index is ninety-six (96) for the complete list of publications and 67 since 2016, while the total h-index is 36).

He has participated with 112 and 95 oral presentations in International and National Conferences respectively.

He has participated as lead researcher and to date have coordinated 40 national and 20 European research projects. I

He has served and still serves as:

  1. Scientific coordinator:
    • for the preparation and edition in 10 volumes of the Flora of Greece (Flora Hellenica), 120 years after the first and only existing Flora of Greece (Conspectus Flora Graecae, 1904-1908)
    • for the edition of the National Biodiversity Strategy and its Action Plan for Implementation in Greece (Ministry of the Environment, Energy and Climate Change, 2013-2014)
    • of the Working Group on Nature Conservation policy implementation in Greece with emphasis to the Natura 2000 network (Ministry of the Environment, Energy and Climate Change, 2013-2014).
  2. National Representative at the MAES working group in the European Commission on “Mapping and Assessment of Ecosystems and their Services” (MAES activities, 2014- present)
  3. Deputy Chair of the Natura 2000 National Committee for the Protected Areas of Greece (2010-2013).
  4. Chair of the Natura 2000 National Committee for the Protected Areas of Greece (2020-2023).

Alternate Minister of Development & Investments

Nikos Papathanasis

Nikos Papathanasis, is a mechanical engineer, studied at the University of Toronto and received postgraduate degrees in Business Administration and Aeronautics.

He started his working life in 1984 at the DeHavilland Aircraft Company (now Bombardier) in Toronto. He was a member of the Board of Directors of the Hellenic Aviation Industry (EAB) and a member of the Board of Directors and Executive Vice President of Olympic Aviation.

He worked for twenty-four years in senior and top management positions of companies in the Private sector as well as listed in Greece and Abroad. His experience includes the management of public transport companies of public interest such as CEO of ISAP SA and President and CEO of STA.SY SA. From 2008 to 2010 he was elected President of the Center for Greek and Public Enterprises and Public Interest Organizations (KEDEO).

In his thirty-five years of work experience, he has demonstrated important work in the development of business plans, the maturation of investments, the reorganization and the streamlining of the operation of companies, with the consequent result of the significant improvement of their financial results.

In 2016, with the decision of the President of ND, Mr. Kyriakos Mitsotakis, he took over the general management of the party.

On July 8, 2019, he was appointed Deputy Minister of Development and Investment, in charge of Industry and Trade, at the Ministry of Development and Investment.

On August 4, 2020, he was promoted to Deputy Minister of Development and Investment, responsible for Private Investment and Public-Private Partnerships.

General Secretary of Spatial Planning and Urban Environment

Efthymios Bakogiannis

Efthymios Bakogiannis Dr. Urban Planner – Transport Engineer, is an assistant professor at NTUA – SRSE, Department of Geography and Regional Planning. His field of study is “Urban Planning with emphasis on Sustainable Mobility policies” and has 15 years of experience in coordinating and implementing urban and traffic studies, construction supervision and funding processes by the European Union and other financial institutions.

He has participated in a number of EU-funded studies and research projects. or National Resources (Ministries – Municipalities) in more than 50 Bodies. He is an experienced researcher who has contributed to science since 2001 by writing dozens of articles and chapters in books in Greece and abroad, while he has participated in more than 100 conferences as a speaker on related topics and has written over 50 scientific papers. Utilizing its international experience, it has contributed from various positions to the promotion of Urban Planning and Sustainable Mobility in Greece.

He has been a Member of the Board of the Athens Urban Transport Organization and Chairman of the Technical Council of the Organization, Chairman of the Metropolitan Agency for Regeneration and Management of Protected Areas of Attica, Director of the Minister of Productive Reconstruction and a member of Local Government.

Journalist - Financial Editor Real News

Dimitris Christoulias

He is a journalist, financial editor, Member of the Athens Daily Newspaper Editors Association since 2007.

From 1998 to 2008, he worked for the newspaper “Ethnos”, from 2008 to 2009 for the “Free Press”, while from September 2009 until today I work for the newspaper “Realnews” and the radio “Realfm” and since September 2019 until today on the ANT1 television station and on the show “Good Morning Greece”.

Aquaculture Conference | Greece 2021

"2021/2027: Development challenges and critical milestones"

The 2nd Aquaculture Conference is being held in a different environment, as the COVID-19 pandemic crisis has dramatically affected dozens of areas of social and economic life on the planet. In this new environment, fish farming, the most dynamic animal feed industry in the world, is emerging as a critical pillar of growth for the EU.

The continuing dependence of EU member states, as 70% of the products consumed come from third countries, demonstrates the need for an immediate redesign of Community policy to increase primary production within the EU.

Greece as a leader in aquaculture or fish farming has great potential for further development, but also the promotion of high-quality products. It must therefore play an important role in shaping the EU’s new aquaculture plan and highlighting all the benefits of developing the industry. An industry that combines primary production with export-oriented, sustainable development and the use of new smart technologies. Political leadership from the EU and Greece, academic technocrats, and industry representatives will engage in a fruitful dialogue.

Opening Ceremony

Kyriakos Mitsotakis

Kyriakos Mitsotakis

Prime Minister of Greece

Greetings

Virginijus Sinkevičius
Via Video

Virginijus Sinkevičius

European Commissioner for Environment, Oceans and Fisheries

Speakers

Spilios Livanos

Spilios Livanos

Minister of Rural Development and Food
Simos Kedikoglou

Simos Kedikoglou

Deputy Minister of Rural Development and Food
Kostas Fragogiannis

Kostas Fragogiannis

Deputy Minister for Economic Diplomacy and Openness
Apostolos Touralias

Apostolos Touralias

Chairman of the Board of Directors of HAPO
Thanasis Kontogeorgis

Thanasis Kontogeorgis

Secretary General of Coordination
Christiana Kalogirou

Christiana Kalogirou

General Secretariat of Rural Development and Food
Ioannis Smyrlis

Ioannis Smyrlis

Secretary General for International Economic Affairs
Christos J. Bouras

Christos J. Bouras

Rector of the University of Patras
Panayotis Dion. Dimopoulos

Panayotis Dion. Dimopoulos

Professor Biological Sciences University of Patras
Nikos Papathanasis

Nikos Papathanasis

Alternate Minister of Development & Investments
Efthymios Bakogiannis

Efthymios Bakogiannis

General Secretary of Spatial Planning and Urban Environment
Dimitris Christoulias
Moderator

Dimitris Christoulias

Journalist - Financial Editor Real News

Live Streaming

Συνέδριο Ιχθυοκαλλιέργειας 2021 - Οι αναπτυξιακές προκλήσεις και τα κρίσιμα ορόσημα.

Συνέδριο Ιχθυοκαλλιέργειας 2021 - Οι αναπτυξιακές προκλήσεις και τα κρίσιμα ορόσημα.


Program

*The conference program will be constantly updated.

    • 09:30 - 10:00
      Registrations / Coffee

    • 10:15 - 10:40
      Interview of the Minister of Rural Development and Food Mr. Spilios Livanos by Mr. Nikos Chantzinikolaou

    • 10:40 - 11:00
      Break / Coffee

    • 12:00 - 12:50
      Section B: Spatial planning: pillar of sustainable development

    • Christiana Kalogirou
      General Secretariat of Rural Development and Food

    • 12:50 - 13:50
      Break / Light lunch

    • 13:50 - 14:50
      Section C: Economic growth & competition

    • Ioannis Smyrlis
      Secretary General for International Economic Affairs

    • Christos J. Bouras
      Good Fisheries Practices in the European Union: The Case of EXTRA-SMEs
      Rector of the University of Patras

    • 14:50 - 15:50
      Section D: Environmental sustainability and innovation

    • Panayotis Dion. Dimopoulos
      "Blue" and "Green" infrastructure as a prerequist for integrated development
      Professor Biological Sciences University of Patras

    • 15:50 - 16:00
      Conclusions / Closing of the Conference

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