Scientific Committee


Alfons Oude Lansink
Wageningen University, Business Economics, NL
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Alfons Oude Lansink holds an Msc and PhD from Wageningen University. He is the head of the Business Economics group of Wageningen University and director of the Wageningen Graduate school of Social Sciences (WASS). His research focuses on three main themes, Dynamic technical and economic efficiency and productivity analysis, Sustainable performance of food supply chains and agribusiness, and Economics of plant health and invasive species. He has published over 250 refereed journal articles and has acted as guest editor of leading international refereed economics journals. Also, he was previously a member of the editorial board of the Agronomy Journal and the European Review of Agricultural Economics. He is also currently a visiting professor of the Wroclaw University of Economics (Poland) and an adjunct professor at the University of Florida.


Alessandro Banterle
Department of Environmental Science and Policy, University of Milan, IT
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Alessandro Banterle is Full Professor of Agri-food Economics and Head of the Department of Environmental Science and Policy (ESP) at the University of Milan. He was founder and Editor-in-Chief of the international scientific journal Agricultural and Food Economics. He is member of the Doctoral Committee of the PhD in Economics. He was member of the International Jury for the ‘EXPO Awards’ of EXPO Milano 2015. He participated in the coordination of several research projects such as TRUEFOOD (2006-2010), CAPINFOOD (2011-2014), SOSTARE (2009-2011), MOSE4AGROFOOD (2010-2012), Long Life – High Sustainability (2014-2016). His research interests include economic analysis of food supply chain, behavioral economics, food policy, and environmental sustainability.


Vera Bitsch
Chair of Economics of Horticulture and Landscaping, School of Management and School of Life Sciences Weihenstephan, Technical University of Munich, DE
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Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c. Vera Bitsch is a full professor at the School of Management and the School of Life Sciences Weihenstephan, Technical University of Munich (TUM), Germany. Prof. Bitsch graduated from Leibniz University of Hannover (LUH), Germany. Her doctoral degree in horticultural sciences with an economics and management focus and habilitation in agricultural economics were also awarded by LUH. For ten years she was an assistant/associate professor at Michigan State University (MSU), USA. Her work focuses on sustainability in agricultural value chains, human resource management, strategic management, and organizational change. She was awarded an honorary doctorate by the Swedish University of Agricultural Science for her engagement in sustainability. Prof. Bitsch is the President of the German Society for Horticultural Science, a board member of the International Food and Agribusiness Management Association, one of the managing editors of the International Food and Agribusiness Management Review, and further continues her service to the profession in many other functions. She has authored and co-authored about 70 peer-reviewed journal articles, authored and co-authored over 150 outreach and extension publications, and many others. In addition to TUM, MSU, and LUH, she has also taught in the graduate program of Alemaya University of Agriculture, Ethiopia.


Hervé Dakpo
Social Science, Agriculture and Food, Rural Development and Environment, French National Institute for Agricultural Research, FR
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Dr. Hervé Dakpo is Postdoctoral Fellow at French National Institute for Agricultural Research. He is considered pro efficient in performance benchmarking techniques, with exceptional knowledge in neoclassic production frontier theory and estimation. He possesses major extensions in the inclusion of undesirable outputs in the production technology modeling and owns excellent training in econometrics, exploratory statistics, macro, and microeconomics. He mostly deals with the effects of the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) on farm economic and environmental performance, policy and programs impact evaluation.


Robert Finger
Department of Management, Technology, and Economics, ETH Zurich, CH
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Robert Finger is Professor of Agricultural Economics and Policy at the ETH Zurich. The Agricultural Economics and Policy Group ( is a member of two Departments at ETH Zurich: i) the Department of Management, Technology and Economics as well as ii) the Department of Environmental Systems Science. Robert Finger holds a Diploma in Economics and received a PhD in Agricultural Economics from ETH Zurich in 2009. Before being appointed as Associate Professor at ETH Zürich in 2016, he was Assistant Professor at Wageningen University (The Netherlands) and Professor of Production Economics Group at the Rheinische Friedrich-​Wilhelms-Universität of Bonn (Germany). The research of Robert Finger and his team is at the interface of agricultural sciences and economics. Research foci are i) risks, risk management and insurance solutions in agriculture, ii) the evaluation and design of agricultural policies, with special emphasis is on economics and policy of agricultural pollutants, iii) climate change and climate risks in agriculture and iv) the adoption and diffusion of new technologies.


Jarkko Niemi
Bioeconomy and Environment Unit, Natural Resources Institute Finland (Luke), FIN
E: jarkko.niemi [@]

Jarkko Niemi is a research professor at Natural Resources Institute Finland (Luke). He has a PhD degree in agricultural economics from the University of Helsinki, Finland (2006), where he also holds the title of docent. His current research mainly focuses on the economics of animal production, with special emphasis on sustainability issues, animal health and welfare, and risk management. Professor Niemi has contributed to several national and international projects such as sustainable intensive pig and poultry production (PROHEALTH) FP7 project and recently started PPILOW and ClearFarm H2020 projects which focus on animal welfare. He has also investigated food and nutrition security and adaptation of agriculture to climate change in Sub-Saharan Africa, where his institute coordinated the FoodAfrica program. Professor Niemi has also contributed to professional associations such as the Nordic Association of Agricultural Science.


Fabio Santeramo
Department of the Science of Agriculture, Food and Environment, University of Foggia, IT
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Fabio G. Santeramo received his Bachelor degrees in Agricultural Sciences at the University of Bari (Italy), his MSc in Economics at Iowa State University (USA), and his doctorate in Agricultural Economics at the University of Naples “Federico II” (Italy). In 2016 he has completed his PhD in Economics at the North Carolina State University (USA), awarded as Best Italian PhD Dissertation by SIDEA and AISSA. Since 2014 Fabio Santeramo has been at at the University of Foggia, as Assistant Professor and Associate Professor. Since 2018, he has been awarded the National Scientific Habilitation for Full Professor. Member of the IATRC since 2017, Fabio has taught in Italy, in the Netherlands, and in USA (University of Bari, University of Naples “Federico II”, Iowa State University, North Carolina State University, Wageningen University & Research); he has served as consultant for the CIHEAM, the FAO, te ICCT, the EU Commission, the IATRC, and the IFPRI; he has authored more than sixty peer-reviewed articles, and is co-authoring with more than thirty colleagues from Germany, Italy, Pakistan, Spain, Turkey, and the USA. Fabio Santeramo has been awarded the Best Article by a Young Researcher by the AIEAA (2016). His research has been published in top field journals such as Applied Economic Perspectives and Policy, European Review of Agricultural Economics, Journal of Agricultural Economics, and Agricultural Economics.

Ioannis Skevas
Department of Food Business & Development, Business School, University College Cork, IE
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Dr. Ioannis Skevas is Professor (Assistant) at the Cork University Business School, Department of Food Business and Development. He conducts applied economic research that can support decision-making, including topics in production economics, firm-level benchmarking, technology adoption and spatial-temporal econometrics. He has published several articles in highly-ranked agricultural economics and operational research journals. 


Justus Wesseler
Agricultural Economics and Rural Policy Group, Department of Social Sciences, Sub-Section Economics, Wageningen University, NL
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Prof. Dr. Justus Wesseler holds the chair in Agricultural Economics and Rural Policy at Wageningen University, The Netherlands. He has a degree in agricultural, environmental and natural resource economics from the University of Göttingen, Germany. His research work is on bioeconomy economics and policies. The major focus is on the contribution of value chains to improve sustainability and the impact of new technologies and regulations on the value chain in this respect. He is vice-president of the International Consortium of Applied Bioeconomy Research (ICABR), board member of the Wageningen School of Social Sciences (WASS), and coordinator of the EU funded project Monitoring the Bioeconomy (BioMonitor). He serves on several editorial and advisory boards of scientific journals and organisations, edits the Palgrave Advances in Bioeconomy: Economics and Policies series, and chairs for 2019-2020 the Economics, Business Economics and Management panel of FWO, Belgium. His research has been published in more than 100 disciplinary and interdisciplinary peer reviewed scientific journals and books.


Anthony Rezitis

Department of Agricultural Economics and Rural Development, School of Applied Economics and Social Sciences, Agricultural University of Athens, GR
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Antonios (Anthony) N. Rezitis is currently Professor of Agricultural Economics at the Department of Agricultural Economics and Rural Development of the School of Applied Economics and Rural Development of the Agricultural University of Athens, GR. He received his Bachelor’s degree in agricultural sciences with a major in agricultural economics from the Agricultural University of Athens, GR. He holds two Master’s Degrees, one in agricultural economics from Rutgers University, USA, and another in economics from North Carolina State University (NCSU) and a Ph.D. in economics from the Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics, NCSU, USA. His research focuses on agricultural economics and policy, price transmission and volatility, price analysis and market structure, efficiency, technical change, and productivity analysis. He has taught a wide range of Agricultural Economics and Economics courses at both undergraduate and graduate levels. He is Associate-Editor of Agricultural Economics and Journal of Agribusiness in Developing and Emerging Economies. He currently serves as elected President of the Hellenic Association of Agricultural Economists – ETAGRO. The following links provide lists of his published work in well-known Economics and Agricultural Economics international journals; ScopusRePEc/IDEASResearchGate, Google Scholar.



Organising Committee


Pavlos Karanikolas
Department of Agricultural Economics & Rural Development, School of Applied Economics and Social Sciences, Agricultural University of Athens, GR


Ioannis Vardopoulos
Department of Home Economics and Ecology, School of Environment, Geography and Applied Economics, Harokopio University, GR