Expert Spotlight: Atilla Akin

In our Expert Spotlight series, we focus on our AgriThority® talent and the work they do. In their own words, you’ll learn about their global travels, and the crops, technologies and innovations they research.

Expert Spotlight: Atilla Akin

For the past 41 years, I have worked across many countries and companies before moving to the United Kingdom as well as France and working all of EMEA Region. Not only have I covered a broad swath of geography, crops and cropping systems, but my work has spanned from managing technical product development, defining and overcoming regulatory hurdles, and building commercial businesses in the EMEA Region. 

Since my agricultural engineering training at Aegean Agriculture University in Izmir, Turkey, my Master of Science in both Mexico and the U.S., I’ve continued learning and developing skills for leading people, marketing, business development and especially sales management.

My knowledge and experience include crop protection, research farm and lab management, and, ultimately, regional business management positions for multinational companies.   

I have worked with AgriThority Founder and President Jerry Duff off and on for more than 30 years, and he knows I love meeting customer needs. My leadership has been useful for a variety of clients, including Nufarm, DuPont, Chemtura, Uniroyal Chemical and Ciba-Geigy. Although I didn’t grow up in agriculture, I have had a career of learning and managing agricultural crops and products while working with many colleagues and customers in the industry.   

As AgriThority EMEA Regional Business Manager, my growth mindset hasn’t changed as I manage the diverse technologies and their developers’ needs across the European, Middle East, Asian and African areas for AgriThority.  Managing the broad geography is difficult as we all have to clearly communicate despite the potential language barriers.  I work hard to build relationships and hope to continue delivering good work and dividends to the companies and clients we serve. 

Forward-thinking agriculture experts with deep scientific experience are the core of AgriThority®. As an independent global science consultancy, we focus on exploring potential, expanding market access and evolving production for greater food security and sustainability. When your Research is ready for Development, turn to AgriThority for scientific businessmarket and product expertise.