Fork to Farm: International Journal of Innovative Research and Practice

Keynote speakers


Dimitrios Iatridis
Mr. Iatridis studied Economics and International Relations (B.A.) at Brown University in the United States and, Law (LL.B.) at the University of Edinburgh in Scotland, United Kingdom. He gained a Masters Degree (M.Sc.) in Applied Economics and Finance, and later, an MBA at the Athens University of Economics and Business. He, also, completed the Harvard University Kennedy School of Government ‘Public Leaders in Southeast Europe’ Program. He started his professional career working in the banking sector in bond issuance and in money markets in Greece and in Great Britain.

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He teaches Strategy, Leadership and Business Administration in Universities in Greece and other countries, and participates, actively, in the ‘Constantinos Karamanlis’ Institute for Democracy. In the past, he served as Reserve Officer, Second Lieutenant in the Greek Army. Moreover, he worked in the Organizing Committee for the Athens 2004 Olympic Games, first, as Sports Finance and Human Resources Manager and, later, as Venue Director.Furthermore, Mr. Iatridis served as adviser in the Greek Parliament, and , also, among other assignments, as special adviser to the Minister of Health, the Minister of Foreign Affairs, and the Minister of National Defense. He speaks English, French and Italian.

Dr. Dimitris - Antonis Maniatakis
Dimitris Maniatakis was born in Koroni, Messinia. He is a businessman, economist, holds an honorary degree from Kingston University and has been honored by the Athens University of Economics and Business for his contribution to the academic community and to market research.

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He is best known as the founder and CEO of ICAP until 2005, the largest management consulting and business information services firm in Greece, which provides credit risk services, management consulting services, market research and executive search and selection services. He was CEO of the Public Power Corporation of Greece during 2005-2006, after which he resigned. During his tenure at the PPC a number of significant reforms were introduced and implemented concerning its reconstruction, modification and internationalization. He is Chairman of the Maniatakeion Foundation, which he founded in 1995 together with his wife Eleni Tagonidi Maniataki, a literary writer. The Maniatakeion Foundations is a private, nonprofit, public service institution. Its main purpose is to identify, promote and internationalize the comparative advantages of Koroni and the wider region of Messinia, through three pillars of actions: cultural, economic development and social.

He was elected external member in the Administrative Council of the Technological Educational Institute of Peloponnese on March 2012 (under the Presidential Decree No. 160 for the organization and the operations of the Universities). He was elected General Secretary of the Hellenic-African Chamber of Commerce and Development on January 2012, wherein he promotes Greek exports and the development of investment opportunities in African countries. He was elected member of the Board of Directors in the “Fund Relief of the Poor Students from Messenia of the Holy Metropolis of Messenia” on February 2009. Its main purpose is to grant scholarships to poor students of Higher Education. The Maniatakeion Foundation supports financially the abovementioned Fund.

He has been a member of the Board of Directors of several corporations and institutions in Greece and abroad and his name is listed in the International Who Is Who Of Professionals. He is also the author of several articles in business and economic affairs in Greece and abroad. His recent article refers to the restructuring of the Public Sector through processes, using high technology in combination with the introduction of fully assessment and evaluation systems for human resources.

Basil J. Janavaras
Professor Emeritus of International Business and Marketing at Minnesota State University, Mankato (MSU), MN, USA and President/CEO of JAI, Inc., a global marketing management training and consulting firm.
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Ioannis Thanopoulos
Professor of International Business (May 17, 2000 to present) at the Department of Business Administration, University of Piraeus.
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