Dr. Clement Atzberger
Clement Atzberger is Full Professor and Head of the Institute of Surveying, Remote Sensing and Land Information (IVFL) of BOKU University in Vienna, Austria. He is a remote sensing & GIS expert with more than 20 years overall project experience in land use/land cover classification and environmental monitoring using very high to low-resolution satellite imagery.
He obtained his Ph.D. in crop growth modeling and remote sensing data assimilation. His technical experience includes the development and inversion of physically based radiative transfer models, the use of machine learning techniques for classification tasks as well as the estimation of vegetation biophysical variables such as LAI.
He is also an expert for proper RS data pre-processing (such as atmospheric corrections) and time series analysis (incl. land surface phenology).
Dr. Nektarios Chrysoulakis
Director of Research
Dr. Nektarios Chrysoulakis is a Director of Research, at the Foundation for Research and Technology – Hellas (FORTH) in Heraklion, Greece. He holds a BSc in Physics, a MSc in Environmental Physics and PhD in Remote Sensing from the University of Athens. He has been involved in R&D projects funded from organisations such as the European Union, the European Space Agency and the Ministries of Environment, Development, Culture and Education.
He has considerable experience in the area of Earth Observation and GIS. His main research interests include urban research, urban energy balance, natural and technological risk analysis, thermal infrared imagery and surface temperature studies, environmental monitoring and change detection. He is the coordinator of the H2020 (Space) project URBANFLUXES.
Dr. Chrysoulakis was also the Coordinator of the FP7 projects BRIDGE and GEOURBAN. He also participates in the H2020 (Climate action, environment, resource efficiency and raw materials) project ECOPOTENTIAL (Improving future Ecosystem benefits through Earth Observations). He has more than 150 publications in per-review journals and conference.
Mr. Umberto Di Pasquo
Senior Policy Advisor
Umberto Di Pasquo is a Senior Policy Advisor at Copa-Cogeca, the association of European Farmers and European Agri-Cooperatives. His portfolio covers cooperative policy, legislation and governance. Umberto is Sherpa of the European Commission High-Level Forum for a better functioning of the food supply chain, as well as a member of the European Commission's Experts Sub-Groups on "Digitalisation in the food supply chains", "Internal Market for food" and, "Private labels". He is a lawyer by training, with a Master degree in International law and European Union policies. He has worked for over a decade in many different fields including cooperative finance, payment systems, communication, legal and public affairs.
Mr. Peter Fane
Principal consultant Peter Fane has been advising farmers, trade bodies and agribusiness professionals on all aspects of European policy for over 20 years. He is a surveyor and agricultural consultants with extensive practical experience of agriculture and estate management. Prior to establishing Eurinco, Peter was Director of the British Agricultural Bureau, the Brussels office of the UK Farmers’ unions and farm co-operatives in the 1990s.
Peter has worked as a surveyor in both private and public sectors, and is a former Director of the RICS Land Group, where he was responsible for rural, environmental and other professional groups. He is retained to advise the RICS on public policy issues, and is the principal author of the “Rural Vision for CAP”. He was a board member of the Government’s former Countryside Agency.
He chaired the Agency’s Landscape, Access and Recreation division and was Deputy Chair of the Agency at the time of its abolition in 2006.
Mr. Prodromos Kalaitzis
Senior Policy Advisor
Prodromos Kalaitzis is Senior Policy Advisor on issues related to agricultural cooperatives, Internal (Single) Market and EU Budget. Mr.Kalaitzis is a business economist with post graduate studies on agricultural economics. He has worked for more than a decade as a researcher on agricultural cooperatives, at the Netherlands Institute for Cooperative Entrepreneurship and at Wageningen University in The Netherlands, on agri-food marketing and supply chains.
Since 2008, he has been lobbying in Brussels for Copa-Cogeca the European Farmers and European Agri-Cooperatives Organisation, as a cooperative expert and policy adviser on related policies of European Institutions.
Dr. Alan Matthews
Alan Matthews is Professor Emeritus of European Agricultural Policy at Trinity College, Dublin, Ireland. His research interests include the areas of agricultural policy and modeling, applied trade policy and WTO rules affecting agriculture and food security.
He has published widely and has undertaken commissioned studies for the European Commission, the European Parliament, the Food and Agricultural Organisation of the United Nations and the OECD in these areas.
He is a past-President of the European Association of Agricultural Economists and is currently a member of Ireland’s Climate Change Advisory Council. He is a regular contributor to the blog capreform.eu on issues relating to the EU’s Common Agricultural Policy.
Mr. Socratis Socratous
Socrates Socratous is Senior Officer at the Cyprus Agricultural Payments Organization with more than 10 years of experience in Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) Implementation aspects. MrSocratous is an IT expert with strong Management experience accompanied by relevant academic education. He is a holder of engineering (Electrical and Informatics Engineering) diploma and two Masters Degrees in Management Information Systems and in Management Business Administration.
For the last 10 years he is working at the Cyprus Agricultural Payments Organization and he has a great involvement in the design, reengineering, build and implementation of the IACS (Integrated Administration and Control System) system that the organization uses. Moreover he is fully familiar with the CAP regulation and implementing acts as well as of the working documents issued by the Dg-Agri towards implementing the CAP.