About the Event

Women in Agrifood Summit 2023 is not only the closure event of this year’s Empowering Women in Agrifood (EWA) programme edition. It is also an opportunity for all women interested in the agrifood, agri-tech, and business sectors to network: meet each other, exchange experiences, develop new strategies, discover personal potential, and contribute to making a global difference.

The event will gather participants of the EWA programme from 11 European countries. Among the speakers there will be numerous experts and managers in the agri-food industry who will undertake important discussions on the cooperation of women and men in the process of transforming the sector towards a better future. There will also be an opportunity for on-site participants to actively participate in workshops together with exceptional moderators who will inspire audiences to reflect together on the current challenges of the agri-food industry. The places for the workshop sessions are limited. Register now to secure your spot!

Women in Agrifood Summit will be available also online. Meet the participants of the EWA 2023 programme and source the most up-to-date and valuable information for women leaders in the agri-food sector. Register now!

Let’s meet at the event!

Talent Garden Vilnius, Vilniaus g. 33, 01402 Vilnius



09:30 - 10:00

Networking coffee

10:00 - 10:10

Introductory speech

  • Renata Kim (Newsweek Poland)
  • Maciej Sadowski (Startup Hub Poland)

10:10- 10:25

Welcome speeches

  • Marja Liisa Meurice (Director of the EIT Food North-East);
  • Kristina Šermukšnytė-Alešiūnienė (CEO of the AgriFood Lithuania DIH)

10:25 - 10:45

Keynote speech

  • Agnieszka Wojdyr Policy Officer at the European Commission

10:45 - 11:45

Main panel discussion: Balance for the future – how to achieve balance in the agrifood sector?

  • Magdalena Gryszko (Innovation Officer, Gender Equality Lead at European Institute of Innovation and Technology)
  • Dr Olga Trofimtseva (Agrifood Team Lead, Mykolaiv Water Hub)
  • Dr Miro Hegedic (Founder and Partner at Smion)
  • Dr Ivan Stefanic (Programme Manager for food chain technologies, novel & sustainable food at European Innovation Council)

11:45 - 12:25

1st Walk of EWA Fame

  • Eylül Er, EWA Türkiye 2023
  • Ivana Mišković, EWA Serbia 2023
  • Mihaela Sipoș, EWA Romania 2023
  • Ana Gonzalez, EWA Spain 2023

12:25 - 13:30


13:30 - 14:15

Panel discussion: How to find balance between E, S & G in the agrifood sector?

  • Blazhka Trepetanova (EWA Alumni, CEO & Founder of Blagichka and Zero Wave)
  • Daniel Matei (Sustainability Manager at Reiffeisen Bank Romania)
  • Mindaugas Snarskis (CEO at VIKONDA Group)

Workshop: How to find work-life balance as an agrifood entrepreneur?

  • Paulina Brym-Ciuba (Startup Hub Poland) – Moderator

*Attendees will be able to join workshops running parallel to the panel discussion. Workshops are available only for the on-site participants, places are limited.

14:15 - 14:55

2nd Walk of EWA Fame

  • Martina Riolino, EWA Italy 2023
  • Lenča Zorko, EWA Slovenia 2023
  • Sirli Rosenvald, EWA Estonia 2023
  • Monika Gaszyńska, EWA Poland 2023

14:55 - 15:15

EIT Food Programmes supporting Gender Balance in the Agrifood sector

  • Amparo de San José Riestra (Business Creation Portfolio Manager EIT Food South)

15:15 - 16:00

Panel discussion: Gender balance in the agrifood sector – why men and women shall cooperate for the better future of our food system?

  • Dr Prof. Aleš Kuhar (Associate Professor at University of Ljubljana, Slovenia)
  • Małgorzata Druciarek (D&I Manager EIT Food North-East)
  • Lorena van de Kolk (The Gender Alliance for Innovation in Agriculture, Managing Partner at Schuttelaar & Partners)

Workshop: How to produce and sell agrifood products in a sustainable way?

  • Nevenka Rangelov (Startit Serbia) – Moderator

*Attendees will be able to join workshops running parallel to the panel discussion. Workshops are available only for the on-site participants, places are limited.

16:00 - 16:15

3rd Walk of EWA Fame

  • Anastasia Kritikou, EWA Greece 2023
  • Yuliia Yutovets, EWA Ukraine 2023
  • Ana Fernandes, EWA Portugal 2023

16:15 - 16:25

Closing Remarks

  • Aleksandra Bara (Project Manager EIT Food North-East)
  • Iñigo Rodilla Ojeda (Regional Project Manager EIT Food South)

16:25 - 16:30

Wrap up of the event

  • Renata Kim (Newsweek Poland)
  • Maciej Sadowski (Startup Hub Poland)

16:30 - 16:50

Networking coffee

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AboutEIT Food

EIT Food is the world’s largest and most dynamic food innovation community. We accelerate innovation to build a future-fit food system that produces healthy and sustainable food for all.

Supported by the European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT), a body of the European Union, we invest in projects, organisations and individuals that share our goals for a healthy and sustainable food system. We unlock innovation potential in businesses and universities, and create and scale agrifood startups to bring new technologies and products to market. We equip entrepreneurs and professionals with the skills needed to transform the food system and put consumers at the heart of our work, helping build trust by reconnecting them to the origins of their food.

About EWA | Empowering Women in Agrifood programme

Empowering Women in Agrifood programme supports women in their early-stage entrepreneurial path in discovering their potential, providing them with knowledge and access to a wide network of contacts so that they can successfully set up and/or develop a sustainable business in the agrifood industry. For 6 months EWA participants (Mentees) take part in dedicated trainings, workshops and events, while developing ideas under the individual supervision of a professional female or male Mentor. The aim of the EWA programme is to reduce gender inequalities and gender differences in the agri-food sector thanks to education, comprehensive entrepreneurial support and equal opportunities for all. More about EWA can be found here.

About AgriFoodLithuania DIH

AgriFood Lithuania DIH is a cluster and Digital Innovation Hub that brings together major research, business and public stakeholders in Lithuania for the common pursuit to transform agri-food sector. The organization itself is organizing more than 300 events annually and is participating as a partner in at least 50 initiatives. Agrifood Lithuania DIH is a part of several international projects under the H2020 framework and has a strong background in projects dedicated to women.

Learn more about AgriFood Lithuania DIH here.