Tag: Green industrialisation

Gert Zechner

Gert Zechner

Aphropean Partners is proud to present Gert Zechner, MA, BSc.

Gert Zechner shares his experiences and insights on Making Sense and Profit of Sustainable Agriculture at the 4th Frontiers of Dialogue. In sponsorship of Knowledge City, Aphropean Partners hosts the #FOD17 engagement series to learn and exchange knowledge on profitable sustainability business and initiatives.

In 2009, Gert established the Austrian Aquaponic community. He combines his interest, technical and leadership skills to develop the community and along the way, Gert built Austria’s first Aquaponic System, which runs as a family business.

Currently, Gert Zechner is the President of Aquaponic Austria (NPO) and as Board Member at the Vertical Farm Institute (VFI), he actively advocates to reduce the gap within nutrient cycles and drive integrated application approaches between Aquaponic and vertical food production.

In 2018, Gert will launch his Startup PONGANIC, the first Aquaponic farm located within a residential housing development in Vienna, Austria. In addition, he is the founder of Ponganic GmbH, a fish and greengrocers store supplying sustainably farmed products.

Thomas Kukovec

Thomas Kukovec

Aphropean Partners is proud to present Thomas Kukovec.

Thomas Kukovec shares his experiences and insights on  Making Sense and Profit of Sustainable Agriculture at the 4th Frontiers of Dialogue. In sponsorship of Knowledge City, Aphropean Partners hosts the #FOD17 engagement series to learn and exchange knowledge on profitable sustainability business and initiatives. 

As a biology student, he voluntarily engaged in environmental and conservation campaigns across the globe. This experience deeply forged his personality and insights on the polemics that replaced policy making.

After spending several years as a crop protection- and trial farm manager for an Austrian agri-holding group, Thomas Kukovec recognised the underserved sector of sustainable tropical- and dryland farming. This experience led him to establish a coffee cultivation- and trade business with partners in Uganda, which he later converted into a Conservation Farming & Climate Smart Agriculture Consultancy. However, as he was offered to build up the African market for Technik-plus, an Austrian technical agribusiness, he took up the challenge to finally export Austrian know-how and technology to Africa.

In addition to his role as business development regional manager for the Middle East and Africa, Thomas Kukovec co-initiated the World Organization for Conservation- and wildlife-friendly Family Farming (WOCFF), a global network of creative thinking agronomists, sharing and debating new and old farming methods.

Thomas Kukovec keenly supports the mechanisation of African agriculture with attention to the local conditions, such as tribal traditions, nature, and environment. He advocates the belief that the age of development is over. “We don’t need your patronizing well-meaning pity“, he likes to cite the quote by Nigerian novelist Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie.

Thomas Kukovec believes the approach towards Africa is outdated and argues that it is finally time for an economic cooperation – a partnership based on mutual interests and benefits.

www.technik-plus.eu / www.thomaskukovec.com

Vesela Tanaskovic

Vesela Tanaskovic

Aphropean Partners is proud to present Vesela Tanaskovic.

Vesela Tanaskovic joins a panel of leading experts and practitioners to share her insights on Making Sense and Profit of Sustainable Agriculture on the fourth engagement series of #FOD17 Frontiers of Dialogue held on 9 November in Vienna, Austria.

Vesela Tanaskovic is an award-winning architectural engineer, and founder of Afforest4Future, an enterprise that makes agroforestry fields out of the desert sand with a pending patent of this transportation system.

Presently advising the Research Executive Agency of the European Commission, Vesela Tanaskovic is working on her PhD degree with a focus on sustainable transportation systems for desert greening. At the technical university of Vienna, she is researching the areas of geoengineering, afforestation and (eco)system design to compliment her consultancy at Afforest4Future.

She demonstrates a clear passion to providing solutions for the impending scarcity of food and water, unemployment, extreme temperatures, desertification, governance, technology employment in the Middle East and Africa.

In her own words: “My Massive Transformative Purpose MTP, in life, is to terraform the Earth. Make the Sahara Desert green again, with abundant food forest ecosystems and from there terraform Mars, once Elon has colonized it.”


Making Sense & Profit of Sustainable Agriculture

Making Sense & Profit of Sustainable Agriculture


What does agriculture have to do with the sustainability business? Everything.
Agriculture is the common thread which holds the global goals together;  from protecting society, our health and animal welfare to preserving the environment.

This inclusive discussion is particularly relevant for:

> suppliers of agricultural products and services,

> representatives of health and environmental protection agencies,

> food distributors and processors,

> NGOs and organic farming groups,

> environmental scientists.

In sponsorship of Knowledge City, Aphropean Partners 4th Frontiers of Dialogue is produced to increase your understanding of sustainable agriculture and highlight the lucrative opportunities as well as challenges in trading between Austria and Africa.  

At this Frontiers of Dialogue, we’ll discuss the opportunities relevant to sustainable agriculture, along with the technological and market changes in Africa.

We have invited a panel from the private sector who will be sharing their sustainability initiatives in sustainable agribusiness. These practitioners are incredibly valuable sources of knowledge and even better, can help you and your enterprise avoid the same mistakes they made. Together, we’ll explore high growth potentials and various pathways to the green industrialisation of Africa. 

The #FOD17 Moderator

Rita Isiba
Aphropean Partners
Founder, Director of Partnership Development and Programmes

The #FOD17 Panellists

Festus O. Imarhiagbe
Fesima Agro Consultancy
Agribusiness Expert, Agricultural Consultant

Thomas Kukovec
Technik-Plus – Carbon Farming Austria

Business Development Regional Manager MENA & Sub-Saharan Africa

Gert Zechner

What’s on the agenda?

An engaging dialogue in a relaxed and intimate setting between practitioners of organic farming and sustainable agribusiness in Austria and Africa.

It is said that over 65% of the global population is employed within the agricultural sector. In most of the developing world and Africa, the highest growth potentials are in agribusiness. Technological advancement and market changes have made it possible to drive the green industrial revolution. This comes along with an abundance of opportunities as well as challenges.

We’ll explore the correlation of sustainable agriculture with industrialisation, health, food distribution and human migration.

What’s the point?

At this #FOD17 evening, we’ll learn about the opportunities and challenges of sustainable agriculture in the developing world.

Take into consideration the population rate in economically challenged countries. Now more than ever, the world needs more job creation, food, water and land availability. What drives the success of entrepreneurial companies that sustainably produce agricultural products and services? How can Green Technology and Innovations help build a healthy ecosystem? Which business models are proven successful in Africa’s emerging markets? Why is impact investing crucial to the sustainable agriculture sector?

We will look into practices and strategies to understand what drives success in agricultural innovations and greentech.

If you are interested in the business of sustainability for development, this is a brilliant opportunity to meet amazing people, exchange views and learn. We may not solve the world’s problems by the end of the evening, but our conversations may be the most inspiring.

The evening will be casual and filled with a variety of people sharing a common interest in the Africa-EU relation to stem migration, create a skilled workforce and reduce the reliance of foreign aid among other matters. We place emphasis on promoting leaders of thought and practice with Africa experience.

Previous topics of #FOD17 Frontiers of Dialogue:

Mastering Disruptive Innovation and Technology (March 2017) Click here to learn more
Driving Environmental Performance with Technology (May 2017) Click here to learn more
Corporate Social Responsibility Across Borders (September 2017) Click here to learn more


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