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Lawless Jim
Jim Lawless is one of the world’s leading keynote speakers. Over half a million people on five continents have been entertained and inspired by Jim’s presentations and many more by his bestselling book “Taming Tigers”.

He has advised companies globally on creating cultural change and elite teams. He has designed and implemented successful change programmes in companies including Apple, Barclaycard, Atos, Axa, BT, Aramark and Skrill Group.

He insists on testing his principles on himself before advising others, using “Taming Tigers” to become Britain’s deepest freediver. He is the first Briton to dive below the magic 100m barrier on a single breath of air.

In response to an audience challenge, he proved “Taming Tigers” by becoming a jockey in 12 months. At the outset he was 3 stone (20kg) too heavy and could not ride. These adventures - and the lessons he learned - bring him and his methodology immediate credibility with audiences on all continents.

Taming Tigers  
 
Charitopoulou Triantafyllia (Rozy), Dr.
Chemist with a PhD (Dr.-Ing.) in Environmental Engineering from the Technical University of Karlsruhe (now KIT), Research assistant, Adjunct lecturer at the University of the Aegean teaching Environmental Management and Hydrology. Consultant in the field of waste and environmental management, as well as in Agricultural Development Programs. Ms Charitopoulou has worked as a project and scientific manager in many research and demonstration projects.

From 2002 to 2012 she worked as a Project Manager at MOU (Management Organization Unit for Development Programs). In the last 7 years she is the Director for Alternative Waste Management at the Hellenic Recycling Agency (HRA) with increased responsibilities apart from technical supervision, in the organisation of the HRA functioning as an Acting General Manager from 02/2015 until 01/2018. Ms Charitopoulou is also an elected member of the City Council of Kifissia, responsible for the Environmental and Recycling portfolios.
The prospects and challenges in the framework of a Circular Economy  
 
Evangeliou Vicky
Freethinker , Innovative marketing strategist, Creative Entrepreneur, Explorer, Business Mentor

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Do Millennials take the Driver’s Seat? A Diversity Challenge Who they are and what are their Believes, Habits, Desires and Ambitions.

What is their relationship with Technology and how it cultivated their culture.

How can we target them, address their needs and finally focus on their value propositions to communicate effectively with these plugged-in viewers.

Let’s grasp the opportunity and communicate with this Generation of Chameleons, impossible to put in boxes or segments.

 
Markwardt Stefanie
Stefanie Markwardt graduated in geoecology (Diploma) at the University of Bayreuth and has joined the Institute for Energy and Environmental Research (ifeu) in Heidelberg, Germany in 2010.

Since then she consults national and international businesses especially within the packaging regarding the ecological evaluation of their processes and products along the value chain.

More recently, her research has focused on the investigation of the ecological importance of out-of-home consumption (e.g. disposable drink cups) and possible measures to reduce it.

Sustainability makes the difference Driving a sustainable, responsible approach to business is now more important than ever. There is no doubt that the challenges we face within the food and beverage industry are complex, interconnected and intensifying.

But we can turn these challenges into opportunities and ensure we protect what is so precious to us all. Learn more from our presentation on how to differentiate and grow your business. Because sustainability matters.
 
 
Mimilidou Aliki
Aliki Mimilidou is Environment Officer in Tetra Pak Hellas, responsible for Greece, Cyprus, Romania and Bulgaria. Her main task is to increase environmental awareness for collection and recycling of beverage cartons and sustainability in the above mentioned markets, in collaboration with Waste Management Companies, Packaging Recovery Organisations and NGOs.

She holds MSc in Waste Management and BSc in Environmental Engineering from Technical University of Crete. She is presently candidate for Master of Business Administration from Athens University of Economics & Business.
 
Kafarakis Phil
Phil Kafarakis is president of the Specialty Food Association (SFA), a not-for-profit organization whose members are specialty food artisans, importers, buyers, and entrepreneurs. Overall specialty food sales in the U.S. totaled over $140 billion in 2017.

The SFA produces the world-renowned Winter & Summer Fancy Food Shows, the sofi™ Awards honoring excellence in specialty foods, the award-winning Specialty Food Magazine, and affiliated media platforms.

Kafarakis’s 35+ years of leadership in the global food industry also include executive positions at McCormick & Co., Cargill, Jones Dairy Farm and Kraft. Just prior to the SFA, Kafarakis served as Chief Innovation & Member Advancement Officer at the National Restaurant Association
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Korosis Elias
Elias Korosis is responsible for overseeing our innovation-led growth investing as well as investment strategy function, which includes global markets research, portfolio construction and exploring new areas in private markets. He is the portfolio manager of the Hermes GPE Environmental Innovation Fund, a specialist growth equity/venture capital fund focused on sustainable growth.

He joined Hermes GPE in 2011 and is a member of the Hermes GPE Investment and Management Committees. Previously Mr. Korosis was a Manager in research functions at Bridgewater Associates and held several roles with Citigroup CIB initially with Schroder Salomon Smith Barney’s M&A team. Elias Korosis is an Executive education alum of Oxford University’s Said Business School (CIPEI), holds an MSc in European Political Economy from the LSE and a BSc in Economics and International Studies from the University of Warwick. He is also a member of the 25th cohort of the Program for Leadership Development (PLD) at Harvard Business School.
Planet earth in 2018 – An epic or a tragedy? Global challenges and opportunities Elias Korosis has been focusing on big picture questions for the past 15 years on behalf of bank, hedge fund and private equity investors. Taking on one of the world's biggest picture and impact questions, Elias Korosis will take us on a world tour across thousands of years, millions of kilometers and billions of people (as well as dollars at play!) in discussing the current planetary challenges, risks and the opportunities they present for this century.

 
Nomikos Dimitrios
Dimitris Nomikos: born 1957 in Athens Greece , married with 2 children.

Education: Bachelors degree (BA) in business administration from Deree College Athens, 1980. Masters in Business Administration (MBA) from Boston College, Boston USA, 1982. Work experience: from 1983 in D. Nomikos S.A., the leading tomato products processing industry in Greece, where he is currently is president and executive director.

He has served as President of European Organisation of Tomato Processors, and President of AMITOM. Board Member of various Greek Industry Associations . Currently President of the Greek Canners Association, VP of the World Processing Tomato Council and VP of AMITOM.

Buyer Seller Debate
 
Nomikos Maria
Maria Nomikos is the Sales director of D. Nomikos / Copais S.A..

She started her career at the Coca cola company in Atlanta Georgia where she worked for 2 years as assistant marketing manager in new products development department.

When she decided that corporate life was not her most favorable way of leaving she returned to Greece and joined the family company as sales manager. Since 1997 she has been dealing with tomatoes and the tomato industry building over the years a fair knowledge and objective view of the industry and the market. She is the current Vice President of Tomato Europe, a European tomato processors association that represents the sector in EU on regulatory and legislative matters.

Maria holds an MBA from the George Washington University (Washington D.C.) and a post graduate degree in Economics and business administration from the Athens School of Economics.

Revival Does our industry need revival?
Is consumption of tomato products increasing?
Do our products follow current market trends?
Is tomato a superfood?
What can we do to promote the tomato industry more effectively?

Maria Nomikos is trying to answer all these and more questions on her presentation titled “revival”.
 
Prevelakis George
George Prevelakis is Professor of Geopolitics at the Sorbonne (Paris 1). He specializes in European, Balkan and Eastern Mediterranean Geopolitics, in Diasporas and in Physical Planning. After leaving Greece in 1984, he has occupied teaching and research positions in Paris, Baltimore, Boston and London.

During the academic years 2003-2005 he served as the Constantine Karamanlis Chair in Hellenic and Southeastern European Studies at the Fletcher School and during the period 2013-2015 as the Greek Ambassador at the OECD.

He co-directs the academic journal Anatoli (Paris, CNRS Editions). Among his books are: Qui sont les Grecs ? Une identité en crise, CNRS Editions, Paris, 2017, Who are we ? The Geopolitics of Greek identity, Economia, Athens, 2017, « Géopolitique des civilisations. Huntington, 20 ans après », Anatoli n° 4, CNRS Editions, 2013, « Pour une nouvelle Entente balkanique », Anatoli n°1, CNRS Editions, 2010, Géopolitique de la Grèce, Complexe, Brussels, 2005.

Tomato. Icon of Globalization Few are aware that the tomato was introduced quite late in Europe and in the rest of the World. Very rapidly it became an essential part of international gastronomy, linking together culturally many different peoples through taste. The tomato industry was globalized even before Globalization and benefited enormously when Globalization flourished. Its destinies are therefore closely linked with its advances and retreats. The image of a tomato could be considered as a symbol, as the icon of Globalization.

A few years ago nothing seemed able to stop Globalization. However, today the United States of America, the major promoter of Globalization in the past, seem to hesitate whether to continue to support it. China on the other hand has become its main advocate. How can we explain these new trends? Can Geopolitics help us anticipate the future? Will globalization continue or are we to assist to a counter-globalization wave? What can be the possible consequences for the tomato industry? Further growth, decline, renationalization?

Whatever the geoeconomic trends that will result from the geopolitical evolution, the tomato consumption will continue to promote the unification of global space. Sharing the same taste creates deeply rooted common experiences that help construct a conscience of belonging to the same species, to the same world. Economically depending from the ups and downs of the economic unification of the world, the tomato industry will continue to contribute to its cultural unification.
 
Sandis Constantine
Constantine Sandis is Professor of Philosophy at the University of Hertfordshire, Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, and an international collaborator of the Centre de Recherche en Éthique (CRÉ) in Montréal.

His research lies primarily in philosophy of action and its explanation. His first monograph, The Things We Do and Why We Do Them was published in 2012. He is now working on a book on the Philosophy of Understanding (for Yale University Press) and a textbook on the Philosophy of Action (for Wiley-Blackwell).Mr. Sandis has published numerous books and articles on these and other topics, from moral psychology to heritage ethics. Current projects include a collaboration with Microsoft Research on a three-year funded project (2015-18) on reasons for communication.
How to Understand Others Without Going Mad Human beings regularly have great trouble understanding each other, and misunderstandings are even more common across different cultures. How can we come to better understand one another?

In a moment of pessimism, the philosopher Ludwig Wittgenstein wrote to his friend Piero Sraffa (the influential Italian economist) that 'If some people looked like elephants and others like cats, or fish, one wouldn’t expect them to understand each other and things would look much more like what they really are'. In this talk, I consider various obstacles to mutual understanding across different periods and places, as well as the increasingly relevant issue of understanding between humans and machines.

I end by offering a solution which replaces the common yet highly problematic suggestion of exchanging translated information with one in which understanding emerges from shared practices and activities across extended periods of time.

This amounts to nothing less than a shared communion (a genuine breaking of bread) with ones business partners. In addition, as technology becomes increasingly integral to business transactions, we need to stop thinking of ourselves as 'users' of machines and re-imagine what it would be to act together with them, co-creating shared meaning.

 
Sarasini Davide
Davide Sarasini is CFT Group's sales director of the Processing and Packaging Division since 2009, even if his experience as a salesman in the tomato processing has started 20 years ago.

After graduating in Economics at the University of Parma and post graduating in “International trade business”, he joined Comaco (now a CFT Group brand) in 2000.

As Sales Director of a world leader Group, operating in the Food, Liquid Food, Beverage and Lube Oil sectors, one of the tasks of Davide Sarasini is to contribute to the Group economic development and business growth.
Smart Factory:Innovation
 
Theodosiou Vasilis
Vasilis Theodossiou is the owner and managing director of the food safety consulting firm “Virtuous Triad”. His professional focus lies primarily in the designing and managing of food safety / quality systems, personnel training and lately public procurement management. Apart from his B.Sc in Food Technology, he holds an MBA from Strathclyde University. He is Six Sigma Green Belt certified by American Society for Quality (ASQ) and a certified Food Defense Coordinator by American Institute of Baking (AIB).

His professional background includes experience in quality assurance / quality control positions with famous Brand names like Pizza Hut, KFC, Careffour. He is also a lecturer in National Centre for Public Administration and Local Government of Athens teaching ISO 9001 / ISO 22000 / ISO 19011.

He is widely recognized for his forward-thinking approach to Quality Assurance, creating food safety culture and driving quality assurance programs in Greece by the international conglomerate Yum! Brands Inc. He is a member of the certification committee of the prestigious Q mark awards of the Excellence Ireland Quality Association (EIQA) since 2016. He loves Obstacle Course Racing (OCR) and has three kids
Quality in the supply chain and the role of the supplier Imagine a world without quality assurance. Doctors without proper education, technicians lacking expertise and foods without specifications. How different our lives would be. In this presentation Vasilis Theodossiou is going to present the two sides of the same coin: our world as we know it with and without quality assurance. It is said in general and it is well known to the most of management that quality costs. How different our world would be if we take the decision not to invest is quality and to be more precise in quality assurance.

Let’s assume that Demming, Ishikawa, Juran and Crosby were totally wrong, would our businesses be better? More efficient perhaps? Would we achieve an increased revenue for the sake of our business? And where does emotional intelligence and other soft skills play catalytic role in the quality assurance management? These and other questions will be answered in a short but interesting “journey”, beginning with a dramatic scenario (absence of quality assurance from our lives) and reaching its final destination which is the realization of systems and the need for systemic thinking through quality assurance.
 
Tchouboukjian Tiffany
A Central-Valley California native that manages the grower relationships and services for CropScope in the United States. For over a decade, Tiffany has worked in various sectors of the agriculture industry in several countries across the globe.

She graduated from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo with degrees in Crop Science and Agriculture Business. “I am both fortunate and proud to be part of such an incredible industry at such and an exciting time. Current research and technologies are revolutionizing agriculture and completely transforming the livelihoods of so many. It’s truly a privilege to be part of and witness that transition.”
 Trichopoulou Antonia Antonia Trichopoulou, MD, PhD, is President of the Hellenic Health Foundation, Director of the World Health Organization Collaborating Centre of Nutrition, Medical School, University of Athens and Professor Emeritus, School of Medicine, University of Athens.

She has served as president of the Federation of the European Nutrition Societies (FENS) and as chairperson or key member of numerous Greek, European Commission and World Health Organization Committees. She has received numerous honors and awards and was decorated by the President of the Greek Republic with the Golden Cross of Honor for her work in nutrition and public health.

Her scientific work has focused on public health nutrition and nutrition epidemiology, with emphasis on the health effects of the Mediterranean diet and traditional foods. Antonia Trichopoulou has been included in the 2014 Thomson Reuters list of the Highly Cited Researchers in the field of Social Sciences, General.
Greek traditional Mediterranean diet: the role of tomato paste Tomato (Lycopersicon esculentum L.), although imported from the Andean region to Europe in the 16th century, was not systematically cultivated and consumed in Greece prior to the 20th century. Nowadays tomato is cultivated in most regions of the country.

The spreading and incorporation of tomato in the Greek cuisine was so extensive that rural families devised various methods, including tomato paste, aiming at its utilization even during the winter months. Tomato paste, in several traditional Greek dishes, is cooked with the addition of olive oil, increasing the bioavailability of its bioactive compounds. Thus, olive oil may contribute to the biological action of tomato compounds in the human body.

Consumption of tomato is linked to beneficial health outcomes through antioxidant and anti-inflammatory mechanisms. It has been indicated that, tomato intake has beneficial effects on cardiovascular risk factors exerting a beneficial effect on endothelial function. Further studies are warranted to explore these effects.

 
Young Gwen
Gwen L. Young is a world leader in advocating and promoting research on tomatoes and human health. As president of the Tomato Foundation, she educates and inspires healthy lifestyle and aims to reduce the incidence of diet related diseases and increase access to healthy plant based foods.

As the Chair of the Tomato and Health Commission of the WPTC, she analyzes and promotes scientifically valid research published globally on the health benefits of tomatoes and tomato products.

As a member of the science committee for ISHS Symposia, she helps provide scientists opportunities to present and publish academic research and network with the global tomato community.

She completing her BS and MS degrees in Food Biochemistry / Food Science at UC Davis and then directed product and process development, marketing, culinary arts, and quality assurance for Nestle Brands and Kagome Inc.
Promoting Tomato Products through the Health Benefits Numerous recently published reports show ever growing consumer demand for healthy food, natural food based nutritional replacements for medicines, and lifestyle approaches to wellness. The time is right for approved tomato product health claims that have the power to create permanent, positive shifts in global consumer opinion regarding tomato products. Generic and branded promotional strategies regarding product health benefits are proven to lift sales.

This talk focuses on examples of these two very different styles of promotion, examines the vehicles of promotion, shares the relative short and long term sales impacts, and showcases the variation of promotional activities utilized across many regions of the world.

Additionally, the bioactive components in tomatoes, tomato products, and tomato base pharmaceuticals that are being promoted or have the potential for future promotion will be shared. Finally, explorations and status of current and potentially approved future health claims for tomato products including a detailed summary and update on the Tomato Foundation blood circulation health claim project will be detailed.