ACG 150

Overview

Resting on two of the main pillars of the Greek economy, i.e. the agri-food sector and the tourism and leisure sector, the Center of Excellence in Food, Tourism & Leisure promotes the intellectual, pedagogical and outreach infrastructure necessary to make Greece a leading academic innovator in these vital sectors. Through fostering innovative research, teaching, and public outreach in the areas of food, tourism and leisure by means of targeted academic programs, fellowships, internships, lectures, policy papers, media productions, symposia and conferences, the CoEFTL seeks to help propel Greece’s economic growth.

The CoEFTL provides a forum for the interchange of ideas between agri-food and tourism researchers, educators, managers and policymakers from a perspective that is multi-disciplinary and international. Among other unique roles, the CoEFTL identifies emerging issues and opportunities that will influence future agri-food, tourism and leisure research, education, management and policy. In this way, the Center intends to play a decisive leadership role in linking research and practice.

Mission

Develop and communicate state-of-the-art knowledge and technologies to design, manage and operate innovative, sustainable, customer-centered, and effective operations in the agri-food, tourism and leisure industries. The methods and solutions we develop will address challenges that the agri-food, tourism and leisure industries face and will contribute to the overall development of Greece. 

Vision

To become the exemplar catalyst in agri-food, tourism & leisure innovation and advancement in Greece, bringing together research, education, public policies and industry. 

Impact

The CoEFTL will establish and expand its impactful work in promoting the intellectual, pedagogical and outreach infrastructure necessary to make Greece a leading academic innovator in the agri-food, tourism and leisure industries through research, education, public policy and public service.

CoEFTL Governance Model

Promote scientific excellence & build relevant research capacity
Leverage competitiveness and sustainability in the agri-food and tourism industries
Contribute to the public discourse on social perspectives of agri-food and tourism
Undertake educational activities & foster teaching excellence
Develop public policy recommendations & advocacy

Leadership

Athanasios Krystallis, PhD
Executive Director of the Center of Excellence on Food, Tourism and Leisure (CoEFTL)

Fellows

Dr. Maria Psimouli
Area: Tourism
Dr. Stella Leivadi
Area: Leisure (Sports)

Members per Area: Food

Dr. Toula Perrea
Associate Lecturer in Marketing at ACG and a member of the Center of Excellence in Food, Tourism & Leisure (CoEFTL)

Members per Area: Tourism

Despina Gavrilli
Lecturer and internship administrator in the Department of Tourism, Hospitality and Sports at ACG
Dr. Antonis Klidas
Associate Professor and Head of the Management and International Business department at Deree -
Dr. George Skourtis
Assistant Professor in the Department of Tourism, Hospitality, and Sports at ACG
Dr. Maria Vrasida
Assistant Professor in International Tourism and Hospitality Management at Deree - ACG
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Members per Area: Leisure

Dr. Tatiana Chalkidou
Assistant Professor and Head of the Tourism, Hospitality and Sport Department, at Deree - ACG
Dr. Symeon Siomopoulos
Part-time Instructor, Sports Management, Deree - ACG
Dr. Eugenia Tzoumaka
Associate Lecturer at Deree - ACG; Adjunct Lecturer at the University of West Attica

Visiting Members

Tourism

Dr. Stella Kladou
Postdoc researcher at the Hellenic Mediterranean University, Crete, Greece

Affiliated Faculty

Rania Assariotaki
Senior Manager for Sustainability, Office of Public Affairs, The American College of Greece
Dr. Gregory Katsas
Associate Professor, member of the Sociology Department at ACG
Dr. Irene Karayianni
Associate Lecturer I, Department of Psychology, The American College of Greece
Dr. Chrysanthi Nega
Associate Professor of Psychology at Deree -- The American College of Greece
Dr. Metaxia Papageorgiou
Associate Faculty, Lecturer I in Archaeology, History Program Coordinator, Deree -- ACG
Dr. Lena Pateraki
Assistant Professor and Head of the Psychology Department at Deree – The American College of Greece
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Student Scholars

Iason Dilintas
Markella Kokavesi

Research

Internal Funded

External Funded

Consulting Projects

Research Proposals