Details of the TEBD Agri-Food Networking Event

About TEBD

The Turkey-EU Business Dialogue (TEBD) aims to strengthen mutual understanding and cooperation between the Turkish and EU business communities. TEBD gives Turkish and European Chambers and businesses the opportunity to engage in dialogue, partnerships, capacity building and much more.

Chambers both in Turkey and in the European Union (EU) have an important role to play in fostering economic cooperation and Turkey’s EU accession process. The Turkey-EU Business Dialogue (TEBD) Project is based on the long-term partnership of the Association of European Chambers of Commerce and Industry (EUROCHAMBRES) and the Union of Chambers and Commodity Exchanges of Turkey (TOBB) as the “voices of the business community” considering their strategic priorities and their members of business communities both in the EU and Turkey. The Turkey-EU Business Dialogue (TEBD) Project is implemented by EUROCHAMBRES in close cooperation with TOBB, which is the end beneficiary, and also co-funded by the European Union under its IPA II programme with Turkey.  

The TEBD Project brings the Turkish Chambers of Commerce, Industry, and Commodity Exchanges, and their EU counterparts closer trough establishing grant partnerships and implementing a range of activities, providing the Chambers and Commodity Exchanges opportunities to exchange views and practices and to improve business dialogue. The TEBD Project promotes the integration of the European Union and Turkish business communities and ensures greater awareness of business opportunities and challenges of Turkey’s potential future accession to the EU and the modernization of the Customs Union between Turkey and the EU.

During the implementation of the TEBD Project, Chambers of Commerce and Industry, and Commodity Exchanges from both Turkey and the EU are engaging in Policy and Business Dialogues, Capacity Building, and Chamber Partnerships.


About TEBD Agri-Food Networking Event

Within the scope of the TEBD Capacity Building activities, the “TEBD AGRI-FOOD NETWORKING EVENT” will be organized virtually on 27 and 28 January 2022. The aim of the event is to discuss key topics in the Agri-Food sector and enhance networking between companies and transactional cooperation for improving participants access to new markets, suppliers, traders, organizations, and so on.        

The TEBD Agri-Food Networking Event is organized by the Turkey-EU Business Dialogue (TEBD) Project. This networking event is organized as the continuation of the online “TEBD Agri-Food Forum” held on 21-22 April 2021, to bring companies together from a wide range of countries. The event is a unique opportunity to generate new business contacts and contracts, to find partners, and also to learn about the latest developments & new ideas, and more.   

6 sessions of interest, facilitating practical and interactive discussions among companies from both EU and Turkey will be organized on the following topics: 

  1. 1. Geographical Indication (GI) products
  2. 2. Dried Fruits and Nuts
  3. 3. Aromatic Plants and Herbs
  4. 4. Frozen Foods (including aquaculture)
  5. 5. Health and Lifestyle Nutritional Products (vegan, gluten-free, diabetic, and so on)
  6. 6. Bio-organic Food


The format of those group sessions will follow the below structure:

  • - Meet the audience & Areas of interest for the audience
  • - Introduction of the topic by the Moderator
  • - Intervention of the European and Turkish Participants
  • - Open microphone


How can you benefit from this event?

- Understand the needs and opportunities of the selected topics of interesT
- Publish and showcase your products, projects, services, and/or business
- Find a partner, supplier, producers, customers, and so on
- Initiate and arrange separate B2B Meetings
- Generate fresh new contacts from the sector


The objectives to make your participation with a success:

- Get information about latest's trends and developments
- Meet partners, customers, new suppliers and counterparts
- Discover new products and services
- Establishing new collaborations and developing projects


Networking Platform

Introductions for the use of the digital platform – Conversation Starter

During the networking session, companies are presented the opportunity to have B2B meetings with their counterparts via Conversation Starter platform.

Before diving into the details, these are the main points of Conversation Starter in a nutshell:

- Participants share with each other what people they would like to meet/find/discuss (requests) and the expertise/products/projects they can share (offers)
- Before and during the event, participants can browse the requests and offers of each other.
- With a single click, participants will be able to invite fellow participants to meet during the networking time and after the event.
- When an invitation to meet is accepted, Conversation Starter finds the ideal time slot to meet (networking during the group sessions won’t be available)
- During the event, Conversation Starter provides built-in video calls.


When participants click on the “Click here to get started” button they will have to fill in the following information:

BIO, which includes:

- Very short description of the organisation
- Selection of the general topics of interest
- Selection of the countries of interest
- Type of business


REQUESTS, which includes

- A very short description of the request
- Selection of specific topics on which the participant would like to hear from other participants


OFFERS, which includes

- A very short description of the offer
- Selection of specific topics in which the participant would like to offer support or share his/her projects/products/interest/experience with another participants.


CONTACT, which includes:

- Email address
- Mobile number
- Professional and personal details
- City, Region & Country of the participant
- Languages spoken by the participant
- Setting of a personal password


Once the form is fully filled in, participants will see the message below:


Participants who completed the registration form will receive an e-mail approximately one week before the event which will allow them to access to the entire platform, check the participants registered, and start planning meetings with them.


Suggestions of suitable meetings will be made by the platform on the basis of the information indicated in the registration form, but participants can also browse the attendee list and select themselves who they want to meet. In doing so, they are helped by the filters offered by the platform: type of language spoken, type of countries of interest, type of topics of interest, type of request, type of offer, type of organization, etc. An email and an SMS (for those who indicated the mobile number) will be received communicating the start of the matchmaking.


The participants who do not wish to plan B2B meetings in advance, can directly go on the platform on the meeting day by logging in with their credentials and join the activity.


During the event participants will meet each other by video calls (Conversation starter provides built-in video calls). After the event, participants will have an overview of all the people they met and their contact details.


This event is suitable for companies from the EU and Turkey related to the Agri-Food sector, and on the topics that will be addressed during the event.

Turkish and English interpretation will be provided during the  sessions. Nevertheless, English speaking and listening abilities by participants is highly recommended for the B2B Meetings and fruitful networking.

Visit www.tebd.eu to find out more about the project and activities.


TEBD Agri-Food Networking Event Programme


09:00 – 09:30 CET
Welcome to participants

Oya ERSÖZ, EUROCHAMBRES TEBD Team Leader and Project Director


Mustafa BAYBURTLU, TOBB, Head of EU and Foreign Relations Department

Gesa WESSELER, European Commission, DG AGRI, Deputy Head of Unit Farm Economics

Burcu ALTINORDU, Directorate for EU Affairs, DG for Relationswith the EU, Headof Sectoral Policies

09:30 – 10:15 CET
Session 1: Geographical Indication (GI) Products

Nermin KAHRAMAN, Delegation of the EU to Turkey, Policy Officer for Agriculture and Food Safety


Burhan ÇAĞDAŞ, Antep Baklavası; İmam Çağdaş Kebap Baklava, Company Owner

Sertuğ YAKAN, Aydın Inciri,Aydın Chamber of Commerce, Treasurer Member of the Board

Ekber Karadeniz, Malatya Kayısısı; Akçir Food, Agri-culture and Industry Trade Limited Company, Company Partner

Ali Osman MENTEŞE, Milas Zeytinyağı; Menteşe Som Olive Oil, Sitare-Osman Menteşe Farm Business Owner

Orhan REİS, Taşköprü Sarımsağı; Orhan Reis Agricultural Products & Taşköprü Garlic Integrated Facilities, Company Owner

İsmail PEHLİVAN, Bayramiç Beyazı; Bayramiç Chamber of Agriculture, Chamber President

13:00 – 13:45 CET
Session 2: Dried Fruits and Nuts

Pablo MORALES, Sevilla CCI, European Project Coordinator


Javier PAREDES, CONEXIO Consulting, General Manager

Mustapha CHIHABI, Tomoor Belgium, Founder

Hasan RÜSTEMOĞLU, Fruit and More, Apricot Farmer and Exporter, Co-partners

Berkay ALPAGOT, Antalya Yenigün Gıda Dış Tic.Ltd.Şti., Export Specialist

14:45 – 15:30 CET
Session 3: Aromatic Plants and Herbs

Aydın ACUN, Noor AsiaTurkeyFood Manufacturing and Trading Inc., Dried Food and Spice Manufacturer, Executive Board Member

Rosina KOLEVA, Essential Oils and Herbs Ltd., Sales Officer

Ana DJUROVIC, Cretan Rhizotomists, Communication Director

Abdullah İNAN , İnan Tarım Ticaret, Owner, General Manager

09:30 – 10:15 CET
Session 4: Frozen Foods (including aquaculture)

Angela USTARROZ, EUROCHAMBRES, TEBD Capacity Building Expert


Berra SARAL, Polifish, Assistant Foreign Trade Specialist

Başak ÇETİN, İreks Gıda Inc., Export Sales Specialist

Savaş TİTİZ, Titiz Agro, Company Owner, Chairman

13:00 – 13:45 CET
Session 5: Health and Lifestyle Nutritional Products (vegan, gluten-free, diabetic, etc.)

Emrah İNCE, YeniCiftci, Digital Seed, Founder, Agri-preneur


Başak ÇETİN, İreks Gıda Inc., Export Sales Specialist

Nayade BRAVO, Meraki, CEO –Founder

Tahir BÜYÜKHELVACIGİL, Helvacızade Gıda Inc., Chairman

Karym CHARWANI, WJT, Commercial Director

Celalettin İLTAR, Selçuklu Un Ve Yem San. Tic. A.Ş., Factory General Manager, R&D Manager

14:45 – 15:30 CET
Session 6: Bio-Organic Food

Theo THEOHARIS, Agoge Ventures, Expert in Food and Beverage


Ebru BAYBARA DEMIR, Cercis Murat Konagi, Chef and Social Entrepreneur

Jose Luis VARELA, Factoria Verde, CEO


  • tebd@eurochambres.eu
  • + 32 2 282 08 76
  • + 32 2 282 08 50
  • 09:00 - 17:00 CET
  • https://tebd.eu/