Founder | CEO
Sotiris studied Agronomic Sciences in Technological Agricultural Institute of Crete and got specialized in ecological & biodynamic farming in France | Ecole d’ Agrobiologie de Beaujeu, and Group de Recherche en Agriculture Biologique. He holds diploma on “Sustain Earth and its People” from Renewing Earth and its People Foundation|J.Doran and Ecology Action in Nebraska | USA. He has worked in organic-food companies, members of Association des producteurs biologiques du Rhône et de la Loire | ARDAB. He is co-founder at BioForum SA, sub-Representative of Greece in IFOAM.eu. Sotiris has been setting up projects to connect Land, Gastronomy and Responsibility of Hospitality on Crete since 1997. He works between Farming and Tourism business in order to build a “Sustainable Food Destination”. With the Team of Local Food Experts sce, he works to Build more locally based self-reliant Food economies.
Founder | CPO, Chief Projects Officer
Kostas studied Agronomic Sciences and got specialized in ecological and sustainable agriculture, rural development and organic & biodynamic farming. He has been setting up bridging projects between farming and tourism on Crete since 1995, leading the path of connecting local food production with tourism business on the island. Kostas holds hands-on experience in applying sustainable practices, promoting local food production, building short food supply chains and managing resort landscapes. He is an inspiring tutor in the fields of farmers’ training, personal coaching and group dynamics and community interactions management.
Founder | International Relations & Trade
Efthymios holds a M.Sc. in Agronomy sciences. Specialized in Landscape Architecture, he has rich design and construction experience in residential, business and hotel premises.
Since 2000 he has been active in Real Estate & Land Developing as a company consultant. Since 2004, he is actively engaged in the field of international trade and international relations, mainly with the markets of China, Russia and the Middle East. He has been the Chairman for Marketing, Purchasing & Sales of the European Economic Chamber, EEIG (2007-2009). In 2008, he received a Certified Enterprise Manager degree (CEM) from the International Institute of Enterprise Management and in 2009, he received MBA (Master of Business Administration) from European Carolus Magnus University. Efthymios is a public speaker, organizer of philosophical symposia and an analyst of geopolitical and historical topics.
Founder | Senior Judge
Founder | Consultant for Gastronomy and Alternative Tourism
Senior Partner | Consultant for Organic & Biodynamic Agriculture
Senior Partner | Business Strategy & Strategic Management
Partner | Marine Environment & Coastal Zone management
Partner | Architect, Graphic designer, 3D visualization
Michalis has a long career and a proven experience as a financial controller, accounting supervisor and chief accountant. He holds a BS degree in Accounting and has developed a thorough knowledge of advanced accounting procedures, much beyond the Generally Accepted Accounting Principles.
Michalis regularly updates his job knowledge by participating in educational opportunities, reading professional publications, maintaining personal networks and participating in professional organizations.
LFE appreciates Michalis for his accuracy and attention to detail, his awareness of innovative business trends, his aptitude for numbers and quantitative skills and his advanced skills in accounting software.
Agronomist | Natural Resources Management & Agricultural Engineering | Arboriculture and Viticulture
Aspasia has graduated from the Agriculture university of Athens, Department of Natural Resources Management & Agricultural Engineering. She has additionally attended the postgraduate program of Science and Systems of Crop Production and has been specialized in Arboriculture and Viticulture.
She is a contractor of the public program for the “Control of the Bactrocera oleae insect’’ for four consecutive years in the area of Rethymnon, Crete. Aspasia believes that a balanced and healthy relationship between humans and the ecosystem is what would fit the best for both!
Partner | Agronomist, MSc Agricultural University of Athens