Dr. Donald J. Darnall is the Executive Director of the Maryland Food Center Authority (the “MFCA”) and has held this position since 1985.

Dr. Darnall has been a member of the World Union of Wholesale Markets, an International Fresh Food Association, since 1989 and has continued as a member of its Board of Directors since 1990. Dr. Darnall was elected Vice-Chairman in 2004 and held the position of Chairman from 2006 to 2008. He was re-elected to the position of Vice Chairman again in 2015 and began serving again as Chairman in May of 2016 for another two-year term.
He is a long-standing member of the U.S. National Association of Produce Market Managers; United Fresh Produce Association; and Produce for Better Health Foundation.As Executive Director, Dr. Darnall oversees the 400-acre Maryland Wholesale Food Center, including the operation of the Maryland Wholesale Produce Market, the Maryland Wholesale Seafood Market, the development of the Maryland Market Center, and the Rock Hall Clam House, an Eastern Shore waterside marine focused facility.

Bojan Bajagić, Director of the PUC Belgrade City Markets

Bojan Bajagić was born in 1974 in Belgrade. Undergraduate and postgraduate studies he has finished at the College of Business Economics and Entrepreneurship in Belgrade and then became Master of Economists. He has acquired his skills at the Belgrade Fund for Political Excellence, German Organization for Technical Cooperation Program for Economic Security, National Agency for Regional Development, Media home Silver and shower, as well as the International Organization for Migration. He is the Winner of the Ministry of Youth and Sport, GU City of Belgrade and regional youth offices, the German Agency for Technical Cooperation GIZ, the United States Agency for International Development USAID and NGO sector.

During a long and successful career, he was the Commercial Director for several companies in the private sector and member of the Council of the Municipality of Zemun. Since 2014 he has been employed in the PUC "City Markets" where he was first in the position of Assistant Director, then Head of the Department for technical support, general affairs and development, as well as the Executive Director. In 2018 he was appointed director of the PUC "City Markets". He is the chairman of the Board of the Business of associations "Market Serbia" and the Association of Public Utility Serbian Chamber of Commerce. He is married and has two children.

J. Philip Gottwals, Agricultural Economist, CEO ACDS LLC, Instructor University of Maryland, USA

Philip Gottwals is a Principal at ACDS, LLC and directs the company's agricultural and rural economic development services. He brings over 23 years of experience in agricultural development and marketing at the local, state, and national levels as well as the experience of successfully starting and managing three food and development-oriented businesses.

Mr. Gottwals is adjunct faculty at the University of Maryland where he develops curriculum on local food-system analysis.  He also teaches Partnership for Action Learning in Sustainability (PALS) classes that provide innovative hands-on problem-solving experiences for university students, guided by faculty. He is the co-author of “Tilling the Soil of Opportunity: A Guide for Agricultural Entrepreneurs” and serves as a board member on numerous agricultural and forestry related associations and commissions.

Silvia Llerena, Director of Business Development of Mercasa

Graduated in agricultural engineering, Silvia holds a Senior Business Management Program and a Diploma of Senior Management of Food Chain Companies.

Silvia Llerena is the Director of Business Development of Mercasa since October 2018. She has been working in Mercasa for more than 20 years, occupying several major positions in the company as Head of Planning and Strategy, Head of Wholesale Markets and Wholesale Markets’ Coordinator, among others.

She is member of Board of Directors of Mercamadrid, Mercabarna, Mercagranada, Mercavalencia, Mercazaragoza, Mercasevilla and Mercasturias. Ms. Llerena has broad knowledge in strategic planning as well as in management and operations of wholesale markets.

Darren Henaghan, Managing Director, Borough Market

Born and raised on a beef farm in Staffordshire, Darren is rooted in the world of food production. He has worked as a trustee of Waste Watch, an environmental charity, and held a series of government advisory roles, covering food safety and other regulatory matters.
Darren joined Borough Market in October 2016; navigating the huge impact of the terrorist attack in June 2017 and leading the market to the next stage in its evolution, focusing on sustainability, seasonality and innovation.
Darren has a wealth of leadership experience. After training as a civil engineer and environmental health officer, he made his name in local government, first with Barking and Dagenham, then Thurrock, and latterly in Ealing. Over the past 20 years, he has built a reputation as a specialist in place-based development programmes, including the delivery of environmental services and affordable housing.  

Fabio Massimo Pallottini, Managing Director of CAR

Born in Rome on August 28th 1959. Graduated with a degree in Law with a specialization in Economics at the La Sapienza University in Rome.
Economist, expert in issues concerning economic and territorial development.
From 2014 performs the role of Managing Director responsible for the structure management, ensuring the economic and production results of CAR ScpA, company that owns and manages the Agribusiness Center in Rome, having coordinated the activities from 1994.

 Vlade Zaric, Dr. sc. agr. & Dr. ecc.  Professor, University of Belgrade, Faculty of Agriculture, Department of Agricultural Economics.

He is Head of Chair for Finance and Business Operations since 2015 and Professor of Trade, Marketing and Business since 2013. Vlade Zaric received his first PhD in Agricultural Economics, University of Kiel, Germany in 1996 and his second PhD in Economics, Unuversity of Belgrade, Serbia in 2002. He became Assistant Professor in 2002 and Associate Professor in 2009
Ongoing research projects deals with value chain in the agri-food sector, competitivense at the micro level, vertical coordination and trade policy. In 2018 Vlade Zaric managed the following projects:
Final competition of the best students teams at the Faculty of Agriculture, Zemun - Belgrade, June 13, 2018. Implemented within the project "Open Doors", http://www.agrif.bg.ac.rs/Vest/137/34654

Expert meeting II "Modern access of transferring knowledge in agriculture", 12 June 2018, organized by The Faculty of Agriculture at the University of Belgrade in cooperation  with IAMO.  http://www.agrif.bg.ac.rs/Projekti/2039

Workshop “Food 4.0 and globalization”, 26-27 April 2018, has been organized by IAMO in cooperation with the Faculty of Agriculture of the University of Belgrade and the Leibniz ScienceCampus “Eastern Europe - Global Area” (EEGA). https://www.iamo.de/en/events/details/workshop-food-40-and-globalization-chances-and-challenges-for-western-balkan/

Ioannis Nanos, Ph.D., Business & ICT Consultant, External Lecturer at University of Macedonia and Alexander Technological Institute of Thessaloniki, former CEO of the Central Market of Thessaloniki.

Ioannis Nanos holds a PhD and a BSc from the Department of Applied Informatics, University of Macedonia and an MSc in Analysis, Design and Management of Information Systems from London School of Economics (LSE). Also he is certified from EUCIP (European Certification of Informatics Professionals) in the field of “IT Project Management”. He has many years of working experience as an individual Business & ICT consultant and teaching experience in undergraduate, postgraduate courses and vocational training programmes in the areas of Information Systems, E-Business, Logistics, Supply Chain Management, Information and Communication Technologies. He was the CEO of Central Market of Thessaloniki in 2007-2010 and during this period he contributed decisively to the modernization of market’s premises, implementing major infrastructure projects of about 3,5M. Dr. Nanos has published and presented papers in national and international conferences and journals, and participated as a speaker in various events and congresses.

Branislav Vlahovic, PhD, full professor, Republic of Serbia, University of Novi Sad, Faculty of Agriculture in Novi Sad, Department of Agricultural Economics and Rural Sociology 

 He obtained his master's degree in 1991, and defended his doctoral thesis in 1995 at the Faculty of Agriculture, Novi Sad. He has been full professor since 2005, teaching at all levels of academic studies (undergraduate, master’s and doctoral studies). The courses he teaches include the following courses: Marketing, Market of Agro-industrial Products, Marketing of Organic Food, Consumption of Agro-food Products and Food Quality, Market and Marketing of Agro-food Products, intended for students from different study programmes at the Faculty of Agriculture, Novi Sad.

He also taught at the Faculty of Agriculture in Belgrade, and as a visiting professor, he lectures at the Faculty of Economics in Subotica and the Faculty of Agronomy in Čačak. He specialised in the field of market and marketing of agro-food products.


Dan Carmody, President Eastern Market Corporation

Armed with wit and an appetite for hard work, blessed by good luck, and fueled by passion for better places Dan Carmody has led local governments, small businesses, and non-profits during a forty-year career focused on reviving rust-belt cities in the Midwest of the United States. 

Since 2007, Carmody has been the President of Detroit’s Eastern Market Corporation (EMC) where he leads the non-profit tasked with shepherding the rich history of the market to nourish a healthier, wealthier, and happier Detroit. EMC is responsible for managing market operations, renovating the market campus, and revitalizing the adjacent business district. In addition, EMC also leads efforts to strengthen southeast Michigan’s food economy and improve food access in underserved neighborhoods throughout the metropolitan area.


Bojana Kuveljić,Deputy Director and Logistics Manager at AWT International

15 years’ Experienced Operations Manager with a demonstrated history of working in the logistics and supply chain industry. Skilled in Negotiation, Business Planning, Operations Management, Warehouse Operations, and Management. Strong operations professional with a Masters focused in Supply Chain from Faculty of Transport and Traffic Engineering, University of Belgrade, Serbia Montenegro. Member of  SUPLS  (Serbian Supply Chain Professionals’ Association).

In AWT Company from 2009. currently on position Deputy Director of Operations at AWT International d.o.o. Serbia - imoprter and distributer of FMCG. Recent projects: EDI system implementation in the company; WMS system implementation ; The project of building , first and second expansion of storage capacity in distribution center in Belgrade;The project of reconstruction of a distribution center in Kraljevo; The project of introducing technologies in the WMS DC Belgrade.

Roberto Alonso Gordón, Co-Founder and CEO of the Platform for Support to Retail Markets DREAMING MARKETS.

Roberto Alonso Gordón, is a recognized specialist in the wide field of commercial food distribution, especially in the rehabilitation and modernization of Commercial Equipment, as well as in the development of new commercial structures and the promotion of urban and agri-food trade. He is currently Technical Advisor of the Agency of International Cooperation of the Dutch Government AGRITERRA and has worked as an FAO Consultant developing the "Guide for Understanding Municipal Markets in the Context of Systems Meeting Urban Food Needs".

Roberto Alonso has managed, developed and participated in more than 221 projects of renovation and modernization of COMMERCIAL EQUIPMENTS in countries such as Germany, Bolivia, Chile, China, Costa Rica, Spain, Guatemala, Holland, Panama, Peru, Poland, Dominican Republic and Mexico .
Previously worked for 24 years in SEPI- State Industrial Participation Society- SEPI-MERCASA carries out several important responsibilities within the company and within the Management Board of several Spanish Food Units.
All of which allows him to have a wide experience to provide high quality advice and technical assistance in the management of national and international projects related to the wholesale and retail trade sector.He has worked on several projects for the - Inter-American Development Bank - BID, has also published an important series of articles on Retail Distribution and Retail Markets, and has participated as a speaker at numerous national and international Congresses in the sector.

Vuk Radojevic, Dr. Sc. Agr., Provincial Secretary for Agriculture, Water Management and Forestry, Autonomous Province of Vojvodina, Republic of Serbia

 He has been the Provincial Secretary since 2016 and he was the President of Bečej Municipality from 2012 to 2016. Also, he has worked as Assistant Professor at the Faculty of Agriculture, University of Novi Sad, Department of Agricultural Economics and Sociology of Rural Development, since 2007.  In 2018, Vuk Radojevic  received his  PhD in Agricultural Economics, University of Novi Sad,  Serbia, upon defending the PhD thesis titled “MARKET RESEARCH OF ORGANIC AGRICULTURAL AND FOOD PRODUCTS IN THE REPUBLIC OF SERBIA”

He has participated in several international Tempus projects and numerous national projects. In the field of scientific and research work, he has published over 40 papers in the country and abroad and participated in a number of national and international scientific and expert events. Furthermore, he has independently authored and published one monograph and co-authored two monographs.He is a member of several professional associations: the European Association of Agricultural Economists, Balkan Scientific Society of Agrarian Economists, Serbian Association of Agricultural Economists and Association of Agricultural Economists in Vojvodina

Nikica Marinkovic, Degree engineer in Agriculture – Agri-management, University of Novi Sad, Serbia.

 Have experience in various projects - agriculture, local economic development and in IT sector. Working on development projects in mountainous Balkans regions in UN (FAO) Food and agriculture organization. Founder of Zelenoo.com startup - organic food delivery in Serbia. Winner of Smart living challenge in Sweden 2014 and Social entrepreneurship challenge in Austria 2016 and ExpoLive competition supported by Expo 2020 in Dubai as well as Climate-KIC accelerator by European institute for innovation and technology (EIT).

Co-founder WooBox startup - organic packaging for food with recycling process into added value product (nomorestyrofoam.org).  Director of small agriculture company specialized in strawberry production. Working on projects in rural development through development agencies such as USAID and GIZ in underdeveloped part of Serbia as a project manager. Improved knowledge in area of agriculture in Italy and Israel. Passionate about social entrepreneurship with focus on food and food chain supply.  

Josep Tejedo, Managing Director of Mercabarna, the wholesale market in Barcelona since 2012.

Josep Tejedo holds degree in law and a diploma in management development from the IESE Businesss School.He has held executive positions in different financial, property and consulting firms throughout his career. He was also counselor of Ibercaja Bank and a patron of the Fundació Catalana de la Cooperació (Catalan Cooperation Foundation), an organization devoted to the world of farming cooperatives.
He has been the Mercabarna managing director since March 2012 and he participates in the most important organizations in the Catalan agri-food sector, where he holds the following positions:
- Board member, Barcelona Regional
- Board member, Barcelona Centre Logístic and Chair of its Food Committee
- Member, Alimentaria trade fair organizing committee
- Member of Restaurama executive committee
- Member, Catalan Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock, Fisheries, Food and Natural Environment standing committee
- Member, Catalan Ministry of Agriculture good sale practices committee
- Member, CREDA Research Centre for Agri-Food Economy and Development management board
- Board of Directors Member, World Union of Wholesale Markets (WUWM)
- Member, Pedagogical Coordination Council (Barcelona City Council)
- Member of the Business Council of the UPC

Internationally, it should be noted the important work he has performed in positioning Mercabarna as one of the world leading wholesale markets and developing the Mediterranean-Barcelona Food Hub®.
Together with his team, he has advised governments and institutions from five continents on the development and management of food markets and units


Benoît JUSTER, Executive Director, SEMMARIS

As a member of the SEMMARIS Strategic Committee, he manages the Planning, Construction and External Affairs functions. A graduate of the Ecole Centrale and Sciences Po (with expertise in urban planning and development), Benoît JUSTER, 55, is a specialist in corporate management in the real estate, development and infrastructure sectors. After starting his career as a Transport and Infrastructure Engineer in France and then in Egypt, he then headed a team in charge of urban planning, mobility and environment projects at Beture Conseil in Lille, then consolidated his experience as branch manager and director of transport, infrastructure and urban policy projects at ISIS. Finally, since 2010, he has been CEO of EGIS Conseil, relying on his ability to manage large-scale projects combining real estate, infrastructure and development.

Pablo Vilanova; Industrial Engineer at Polytechnic University of Catalonia and MBA at ESADE.

His professional career was developed in the first years in the field of consulting and engineering services. Later, in 2007, he became part of the company Mercabarna, SA, currently holding the position of Strategy Area Director.  

At this stage he carries out the direction of studies and projects of management and infrastructures of the different Wholesale Markets of Barcelona, and international consultancy in different projects of wholesale markets in the middle East and South America, both in aspects of building design, as well as in business strategy and operating management.  

Likewise, since 2010 he carries out the management of the food cluster based in Mercabarna where together with the wholesalers of the agri-food sector promotes the innovation and the strategic change of the food distribution sector through the main strategic logistic and technological development challenges.

Jean-Paul Auguste, President, Groupe Geraud, France

Chairman of the WUWM Retail Section since 2008, Mr Auguste is the President of Group Géraud SA, a company established in 1880 that conceives, develops, funds and manages various public facilities such as retail markets, livestock markets, wholesale markets, parking areas, etc. in partnership with local or regional public authorities. Nowadays, the Group achieves more than 50% of its activity outside the French territory, mainly in the United Kingdom. In both countries, the Group leads retail market management. Working with more than 400 local governments, the Group has concluded major partnership agreements with the municipalities of Bordeaux, Paris and Liverpool. The company is still controlled by the founding family with Mr Auguste, belonging to the 4th generation, having taken over leadership of the company in 1981.

Savo Duvnjak, Executive Director, Business Association of Serbian Markets

Journalist and PR manager by profession. Mr Duvnjak has been an active member of Business Association of Serbian Markets since it was  founded in 2003. He has been in the position of executive director since April 2009.  His study “Directions of development of retail markets in Serbia” was published in 2013 by the Business Association of Serbian Markets. He is the co-author of numerous IPA-projects of the European Union in the field of cross-border cooperation between Hungary, Croatia and Serbia. Since 2017 Mr Duvnjak has been engaged in the project “Guaranteed domestic  – markets of Serbia” that is a process of certification of products and manufacturers  who sell their produce directly on retail markets.  Mr Duvnjak is the author of the above project and other numerous researches and studies in the field of retail markets in Serbia and the region.

Konstantinos Rotsios, Academic Dean

Dr.  Konstantinos Rotsios is the Academic Dean of Undergraduate Studies at Perrotis College. He is also the Chair of the International Business Department. He earned his BSc and MSc degrees from the University of Minnesota, and his MBA from the University of Macedonia in Thessaloniki. He holds a PhD in Business Administration from the University of Macedonia. His academic interests include international business knowledge management, knowledge transfer, Food and Beverage SMEs and exports. He is an accredited instructor of adult continuing education and has extensive teaching experience in the fields of marketing and small firm entrepreneurship.
Contact: krotsi@afs.edu.gr

  Wu Mengqiu, President and General Manager of Shanghai Vegetable (Group) Co., Ltd.

President and General Manager of Shanghai Xijiao International Agricultural Products Trading Co., Ltd.
President of Shangai Yonghui Fresh Food Co., Ltd.
President of Shanghai Vegetable Edible Fungus Industry Association


Dr. J.S.Yadav, Managing Director, National Council of State Agricultural Marketing Boards of India (COSAMB), New Delhi

Dr. J.S. Yadav holds a degree of P.h.D. in Economics having legendry experience of 40 years in training, research & consultancies in agricultural marketing and agribusiness. Currently he holds the position of Managing Director, National Council of State Agricultural Marketing Boards of India (COSAMB), New Delhi and also the Ex. Officio Director, World Union of Wholesale Markets (WUWM) for the last 6 years.

 He is authors of the many books & papers naming a few “Horticultural Marketing and Exports”, “Agricultural Marketing and Market Planning”, “Modern Trends in Agricultural Marketing”, “Evaluation of Agricultural Extension” etc. and also handled more than hundred projects related to Agricultural Marketing.

Dr. Altivo Almeida Cunha, Agronomist, Master and Doctor in Economics was President of Ceasaminas, in Belo Horizonte, Brazil, second largest Wholesale Market in Brazil.

He is FAO’s consultant for Latin America and the Caribbean about Wholesale Markets and is in charge for the actions of the cooperation agreement of the regional FAO in this theme.
He is the author of several studies on wholesale markets and urban supply, having conducted studies for international organizations such as the World Bank and the European Union. He was the author of the study of the Brazilian Wholesale Markets that established the bases for the Public Program of Modernization of Wholesale Markets in Brazil and the Diagnosis of the Wholesale Markets of Latin America and the Caribbean for the FAO’s regional office.

Joaquín Pérez Martín, Research fellow at the Special Program for Urban and Regional Studies (SPURS) 2018/2019  Department of Urban Studies and Planning at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)

 Associate professor at the Agri-food Systems Chair, School of Agronomy, University of Buenos Aires (UBA). He previously worked at the Ministry of Agri-industry, first as a consultant and then as a coordinator and senior advisor, and also as a consultant and project manager for different companies in the agri-food sector. His research and policymaking expertise is in agri-food policies, particularly on the interaction between logistics, wholesale, and retail for urban food supply.