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Faculty & Staff

Academic Dean
ATHANASIOS TSAFTARIS (full time)

As of October 2016, Dr. Athanasios Tsaftaris assumed the position of Academic Dean of Graduate Studies at Perrotis College. As former Minister of Agricultural Development and Food (2012-2014) and Emeritus Professor at the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Dr. Tsaftaris was selected to provide the outstanding leadership required to move Perrotis College dynamically forward. A Professor of Genetics, Dr. Tsaftaris holds an MSc in Plant Competition in Breeding, a Ph.D. from the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki in the field of Genetics and Plant Breeding, and a second Ph.D. from North Carolina State University in Plant Molecular Biology and Biotechnology.

A member of the prestigious F1000 list, Dr. Tsaftaris has more than forty years of teaching experience in undergraduate and graduate programs and oversees M.Sc. and Ph.D. theses related to genetics, genomics, and biotechnology.

As an expert in his field, he has held a wide range of positions in research, education and technology worldwide. He established the Center for Research and Technology Hellas (CERTH) and served as the elected Director in CERTH Institute of Agrobiotechnology for 8 years. In 2014, he served as Minister of Rural Development and Food in the European Council of Agricultural Ministers. He is considered the most significant contributor to the establishment of NOESIS, the Science and Technology Museum of Thessaloniki, and from 1999 to 2000 served as Secretary General of Research and Technology for the Greek Government.  In 2004 the President of the Hellenic Democracy awarded Dr. Tsaftaris national recognition with his appointment as a Commander of the Order of the Phoenix (Greece) for his outstanding service to Science. Contact: atsaftaris@afs.edu.gr

Dean of Student Services
EVA VARELLAS KANELLIS (full time)

 
An alum of both private and public institutions (Wake Forest U, U of Tennessee, and U of Iowa), Eva Varellas Kanellis has spent a long career as an educator and change agent: Director of the University of Minnesota School Without Walls (alternative school for troubled children), Curriculum Specialist at US government OEO Title VIII Dropout Prevention Program at Pine Ridge Reservation, University of Houston International Programs Director,  Elderhostel programs in northern Greece, over thirty years as Director of the successful College Counseling and Special Programs Office at Anatolia College, and is now the Dean of Student Services at The American Farm School/Perrotis College.  Eva recently received one of the eight "Counselors that Change Lives" Awards from the Colleges That Change Lives Board of Directors - the only international counselor honored in 2015.  

Faculty

FILIPPOS PAPADOPOULOS - Chair of Marketing for the Agrofood Sector (full time)


 

Dr. Filippos Papadopoulos is the Chair of the MSc in Marketing for the Agrofood Sector and the Director of the Strategic Project Management Office of AFS.He earned his PhD from the London School of Economics, his M.A. in International Relations from the University of Sussex and a BSc in Economics from the London School of Economics. He has been active as a trainer and organizational consultant in the public and private sector and is currently consultant of the University of Macedonia for quality assurance in tertiary education. His research interests include: entrepreneurship and innovation, organizational and national culture, product development and consumer behavior in the food sector.

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TRYFON ADAMIDIS - Chair of New Food Product & Business Development (full time)

Dr. Tryfonas Adamidis is an associate professor at Perrotis College, responsible for the Food Science and Technology pathway. He earned his PhD from Michigan State University, and his BSc in Agriculture with a concentration in Food Science from the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki. His research interests include food quality, microbiology, and product development. Contact: tadami@afs.edu.gr 

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ATHANASIOS GERTSIS (full time)

Dr. Athanasios Gertsis earned his PhD in Agronomy from Texas Tech University, and his BSc and MSc in Soils-Crop Physiology and Simulation Modelling from Mississippi State University. He holds Diplomas of Agricultural Technology from the Technological Educational Institution (TEI) of Thessaloniki and ASPAITE (certified educator), and has conducted post-doctoral research at the University of Thessaly. He participates in and coordinates major EU- and nationally-funded research, as well as joint research projects funded by agricultural sector businesses, and publishes findings widely in peer reviewed journals and other media. Current areas of research interest concentrate on innovative crop production systems in the soil-plant-atmosphere continuum, focusing on sustainable environmental management systems and materials used through Low Input Sustainable Agriculture (LISA) and Precision Agriculture concepts. Contact: agerts@afs.edu.gr

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KYRIAKI ZINOVIADOU (full time)

Dr. Kiki Zinoviadou is an Assistant Professor at Perrotis College in the Food Science and Technology pathway. She earned her PhD from the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki as a fellow of the Ministry of Education, her MSc. in Product and Ingredient Functionality from Wageningen University in the Netherlands after being awarded a scholarship from NUFFIC (Netherlands Organisation for International Cooperation in Higher Education), and her BSc in Food Science from the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki. Her research interests include the development of delivery systems and biopolymer based antimicrobial packaging, as well as the understanding of the factors that determine the relationship between sensory perception, texture, microstructure, physicochemical properties and shelf-life of food systems. She has attended various seminars concerning the sensory evaluation of olive oil and is a member of the National Table Olive Taste Panel. Contact: kzinov@afs.edu.gr

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CHRISTOS KISSOUDIS (full time)

Christos Kissoudis holds a BSc and an MSc, with a specialization in Plant Genetics and Breeding, from Aristotle University of Thessaloniki. During his MSc, he worked on biotechnological approaches to increase herbicide and stress tolerance in tobacco. He obtained his PhD from Wageningen University in the Netherlands investigating the genetic utilization of wild species and other genetic resources of tomato for achieving increased stress tolerance and pathogen resistance. He subsequently worked as a research and teaching assistant at the Plant Breeding department of Wageningen University. His research interests include crop improvement and the exploitation of their wild relatives and landraces with biotechnological and genomics-assisted plant breeding techniques, molecular plant physiology and pathology and the characterization and utilization of biotechnology-driven innovative agricultural practices. 

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ANASTASIA GIOTI (full time)

Dr. Anastasia Gioti is an Assistant Professor and Head of the Bioinformatics Facility at Perrotis College. She holds a BSc in Biology from the National & Kapodistrian University of Athens, an MSc and a PhD in Genomics from University Paris-XI, and an additional diploma (D.U.) in Bioinformatics from University Paris-Diderot. Her PhD thesis, conducted at the French National Agronomic Research Institute (INRA), focused on the transcriptomic and functional characterization of the interaction between a major fungal pathogen of plants and its model host. Since then, she has performed research in a number of countries and institutes: University College London & the European Bioinformatics Institute, Uppsala University, Karolinska Institute & the Science fo rLife Laboratory, University of California Riverside, University of Crete, and IMBB-FORTH. 

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ATHANASIOS KRYSTALLIS (part time)

Dr. Krystallis is a Food Marketing Consultant with the Hellenic Research House S.A. and a Visiting Scholar in the Centre of Research on Customer Relationships in the Food Sector (MAPP, Aarhus University, Denmark), where he was until 2016 a Full Professor of Consumer Behavior. Until today, he has also served in various positions in Greek public tertiary and research institutions (i.e. Agricultural University of Athens, Hellenic Center for Marine Research, National Agricultural Research Foundation etc.). Dr. Krystallis’ area of expertise is food marketing / consumer behavior (choice), and in particular the study of attitudes towards differentiated product quality and its impact on behavioral intention & choice. Specifically, Dr. Krystallis’ expertise lies in customer behavior towards new product development and differentiation, namely products carrying sustainability (i.e. eco-labels), authenticity (i.e. designations of origin) and wellness (i.e. health claims) cues on their branding & positioning strategies. His expertise includes developing statistical models for analysis & forecasting of customer choice, & marketing strategies for customer loyalty. 

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ANASTASIOS KARAMANOS (part time)

Dr. Anastasios Karamanos holds an MSc in Advanced Mechanical Engineering from Imperial College, London and a PhD in Management Studies from the Judge Business School, University of Cambridge. He teaches and researches entrepreneurship, innovation and strategy. His main area of interest is the external relationships of young firms and how these contribute to their innovation capabilities and competitive advantage. He has published work on the economic organization of biotechnology innovation clusters and the mobility of research scientists, on alliance networks and their effects on the innovation output of young firms, as well as on entreperneurial intentions. His work has appeared in the Journal of Management Studies, R&D Management, International Journal of Innovation and Regional Development, European Planning Studies, the Best Paper Proceedings of the Academy of Management Conference and Product Development Management Association Conference.

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EVANGELOS KARAGIANNIS (part time)

Dr. Evangelos Karagiannis holds a B.Sc. in Agriculture with a specialization in Horticulture & Viticulture from Aristotle University of Thessaloniki and acquired an M.Sc. in the field of Horticultural Sciences. He is currently completing his Ph.D. dissertation in Pomology Laboratory, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki focusing on postharvest physiology and molecular analysis of apples. During his graduate, his post-graduates studies and also as a Ph.D. candidate he was awarded with fellowships from the State Scholarships Foundation and from the National Foundation of Research and Innovation. Furthermore, he has visited the Cyprus University of Technology and the University of Evora, Portugalfor training and research purposes and part of his doctoral studies took place in IRHS/INRA, Angers, France. He is specialized in pomology, postharvest physiology, and proteomic and metabolomic analysis. He has 8 publications in peer – reviewed journals with total impact factor 28, when at the same time main findings of his research have been presented in national and international conferences. He is a reviewer in 2 peer – reviewed journals, and an active member of Hellenic Horticulture Society. Current areas of research include postharvest physiology of apple, peaches, cherries and kiwi fruits with the usage of advanced “–omics” technologies.

STAFF

STAVROULA ANTONOPOULOU (full time)

Stavroula Antonopoulou is the Chief Administration Officer. She holds a B.Sc. and a Master of Education in Continuing Education from University of Macedonia in Thessaloniki. She is responsible for the financial, administrative and personnel services, along with maintaining day to day use of facilities, in order to meet legislative requirements and support operations. She is also experienced in adult education programs and managing and reporting of EU co-funded projects. Ms Antonopoulou has published extensively on her field of expertise and participated in many conferences and training courses. Contact: santon@afs.edu.gr   

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IOANNA ZAFEIRIOU (full time)



 

Ioanna Zafeiriou acts as the Executive Administrative Assistant providing support to the Academic Dean of Graduate Studies at Perrotis College. She holds a BA (Hons) in Philology with a specialization in Linguistics from the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki and an MSc in Machine Translation from the University of Manchester, UK. Her professional experience has been obtained from a multi-year career in the translation and localization industry and includes working experience within the UK site of an American global corporation. She has been appointed to roles of project manager, linguistic consultant, project managers’ coordinator, recruitment manager, training coordinator and director of supplier services at multinational working environments. Contact: izafei@afs.edu.gr 

KATHERINE PITSELIS (full time)

Katherine Pitselis is the Outreach & Foundation Coordinator. She has lived and studied in Canada and the U.S. for many years. She is a graduate of McGill University with degrees in Industrial Relations and Social Sciences. Katherine received her English teaching diploma from the University of Michigan. She has a wide range of experience teaching English and preparing students for various level Cambridge and Michigan language exams. Her career experience includes having worked at Mandoulides Private Schools and Perrotis College/American Farm School, where she taught advanced level English to students and trained them to enter various undergraduate degree programs. Her activities also include the language improvement of professionals in various fields (e.g. Administration, economics, accounting) as well as English translation of professional texts. Contact: apitsel@afs.edu.gr

LEIGHANNE PENNA (full time)

 
Leighanne Penna graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Classical Studies (2002) and a Master’s degree in Higher Education (2006) from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst.  From 2003-2006, she worked at the University of Massachusetts’ Residence Life Department.  Immediately after her masters, she started her PhD Program in Higher Education with a specialty in K-12 Curriculum and Instruction at the University of Denver.  During her doctoral coursework, she held various graduate positions in the following departments, including the Teacher Education Program, Educational Administration Program, and the Multicultural Center.   She also served as the Vice President and afterwards President for the Graduate Student Association, representing 6,000 graduate students on campus.  For four summers, she worked for Duke University’s Talent Identification Program coordinating academic summer programs for gifted 13-18 year olds.  In 2009, she moved to Thessaloniki to direct Northeastern University’s pre-freshmen program at the American College of Thessaloniki and afterwards worked at Anatolia College in the US College Counseling Office.  September 2015, she started working at the American Farm School & Perrotis College as the Director of Student Life. Contact: lpenna@afs.edu.gr

TΕRINΑ KARAKASIDOU (full time)

Terina Karakasidou is the Perrotis College Registrar. She obtained her BSc in Business Administration from theAmerican College of Thessaloniki (ACT) and her MSc in Marketing Management from the University of Surrey, UK. Responsibilities: Registering incoming students; Evaluating transfer credit; Approving the adding and dropping of modules; Maintaining and issuing records of student grades; Maintaining records on student Declarations of Courses and Pathways; Monitoring student progress toward a degree; Issuing official grade transcripts and degrees; Processing applications by students for withdrawal from the College program. Contact: tkarak@afs.edu.gr

PANTELIS HANTZARAS (full time)

Pantelis Hantzaras is the Residence Life Coordinator. He received his Bachelor degree from Perrotis College, with a major in International Business, after completing his secondary education at the American Farm School. In both educational programs, he received the prestigious Bruce and Tad Lansdale Leadership Award. He has undertaken training in Student Affairs from the University of Massachusetts-Amherst, Colorado State University and National Kapodistrian University. As a resident student on the campus of the American Farm School and Perrotis College throughout his education, Pantelis has developed a strong multicultural perspective. He is also an experienced graphic designer. Contact: phantz@afs.edu.gr

 

ATHANASIOS BIZBIROULAS (full time)

Athanasios Bizmpiroulas is the Administrative Assistant. He received his Bachelor Degree in International Business from Perrotis College. He is responsible for assisting the Administration Officer and provides administrative support to college staff and faculty, ensuring the efficient operation of the College. His research interests include Food Exports and the Development of Export Activities. He has presented his research work at various International Conferences, and has published in peer reviewed journals. Contact: abizbi@afs.edu.gr.

 

DAMIANA KOUTSOMIHA (full time)

Damiana Koutsomiha is the Head Librarian of Dimitris & Aliki Perrotis Library. She holds a BSc on Library and Information Systems and a MScEcon on Management of Library and Information Services from the University of Aberystwyth, Wales. She promotes library services to the community through education, outreach and participation in professional conferences, trainings, publications and research groups. Her research interests cover a range of issues such as digital literacies, evaluation of Web resources, knowledge management, library instruction. Over the years her vision and mission as a librarian has taken concrete form: to strengthen the learning process of students and the general public and provide the means and foundations through teaching for the development of critical thinking in the chaos of information and the fundamental value of lifelong learning. When not teaching she likes to return to her first favorite job as librarian: identifying information and reaching where her users cannot and ultimately provide them with the necessary tools to reach the desired information on their own. Contact: dkouts@afs.edu.gr

GREGORIOS SOUGARIS (full time)

Gregorios Sougaris holds a BSc (Hons) Degree in Agriculture Business Management from University of Essex, an MSc in Food Industry Management and Marketing from the University of London (Imperial College), and an Executive MBA from the International Hellenic University. He is also a Perrotis College graduate, the first graduating class of 1998. He has worked at the Marketing Department of Allatini Group SA, and since 2006 has been coordinating the Admissions procedure and Recruitment activities of Perrotis College. Today is the Recruitment Coordinator at the Enrolment Department, implementing promotional activities for Perrotis College. Contact: gsouga@afs.edu.gr

EVA KALAITZIDOU (full time)

Eva Kalaitzidou is a Recruitment Officer, a role that involves recruiting new students for the Bachelor Degree Programs of Perrotis College. She herself obtained a Bachelor Degree in International Business from Perrotis College, where upon graduation she received the salutatorian award. Being a graduate of our school she is passionate about the institution and all it has to offer. Her daily responsibilities include organizing presentations and information sessions for prospective students covering a variety of topics including academics, campus life as well as the admissions process. Her research interests include Alternative Tourism and Food Marketing and she has presented her research work at conferences in Greece. Contact: ekalai@afs.edu.gr. 

HAROULA KATZANI (full time)

Haroula Katzani is the Director of Finance. She is an Economist with a BSc in Business Economic Administration from the Department of Law & Economics of the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki.  She is responsible for overseeing all the College’s financial activities in order to ensure its strong financial structure and economic development.  Her career experience includes having worked at the Financial Department of the American Farm School since 1994.  In her current position she is responsible for preparing the annual operating and capital budget, monitoring the cash flow on daily basis, analyzing financial data into key performance metrics as well as overseeing the annual audit & any special audits. She also manages incoming gifts and monitors financial aspects of all privately and state-funded projects. Contact: hkatza@afs.edu.gr

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