Business Manager – EMEA
Atilla Akin is a proven leader in seed treatment with extensive knowledge of the industry landscape in Europe, the Middle East and Africa. He is well-versed in seed technology development with a specialty in commercializing new technologies. Akin has broad experience developing, registering and marketing seed treatments and agrochemicals through experience with DuPont, NuFarm and Chemtura. Akin has a strong record of successfully managing product portfolios, introducing new technologies while growing markets for existing products. As Business Manager, Akin is in charge of product and field development services and business development services to commercialize new products as well as providing valuable insight to clients as they launch technologies in new markets globally.Curriculum Vitae (PDF)
Global Regulatory Services Manager
Simon Barber brings more than 25 years of policy expertise to AgriThority with a focus on modern plant biotechnology and breeding. His work with government agencies and international organizations has helped harmonize global practices and advance plant variety development. As the Regulatory Services Manager, Barber is the strategy resource for AgriThority projects involving global regulatory matters for clients and the company. He also manages the AgriThority global regulatory network and is responsible for coordinating regulatory matters with field research and market access activities of the company. Curriculum Vitae (PDF)
Account Manager – Licensing and Intellectual Property
Sharon Berberich is an exceptional leader in business strategy and intellectual property management. She has a proven track record for delivering results, from introducing new products to managing and negotiating licensing agreements. Sharon gained technical and business experience in biotechnology as well as crop protection while working with cutting-edge startups and at Monsanto and Dow. As Account Manager for Licensing and Intellectual Property, Berberich guides clients in developing, protecting, registering and licensing new agricultural technologies. She is also involved in business development for clients from startup technology companies to multinationals. Berberich provides valuable insight in agri-business, specifically in developing and commercializing technologies on a global scale. Resume (PDF)
Research Manager – Latin America
Ignacio Colonna is an experienced researcher and a proven research operations manager. He oversees all lab, greenhouse and field research operations, as well as data analysis and analytics projects in Latin America for AgriThority clients. Colonna has a strong track record coordinating research design, execution, data collection and analysis of field trials. Most recently, Colonna was a research scientist at Pioneer Argentina SRL where he was responsible for hybrid advancement decisions for the temperate program in Pergamino, the new Cordoba breeding program and the North region testing program. His characterization work involved the development of analytical tools based on environmental data and crop models to support corn hybrid positioning and implementation of new technologies for phenotyping. Curriculum Vitae (PDF)
Agronomist, Business & Marketing Specialist
Gerardo Copello is recognized globally as a business development expert for conventional and biological/natural crop protection and high value fertility products. He also has a broad range of expertise in bio-energy crops. His 35 years of experience cover a wide range of agricultural and horticultural applications. Copello has worked with multinational crop protection companies in technical services and business management throughout Latin America, Eastern Europe, the Middle East and Africa. Gerardo Copello is recognized globally as a business development expert for conventional and biological/natural crop protection and high value fertility products. He also has a broad range of expertise in bio-energy crops. His 35 years of experience cover a wide range of agricultural and horticultural applications. Copello has worked with multinational crop protection companies in technical services and business management throughout Latin America, Eastern Europe, the Middle East and Africa.
Michael DeSa’s technical background, years of leadership and project management experience with the U.S. Marine Corps and extensive travels and investment experience throughout Latin America make him uniquely qualified to strategically counsel companies and investors throughout the region. He has guided high net worth individuals and institutional investors in every aspect of foreign land investments from project sourcing and risk assessment/mitigation, to boots-on-the ground due diligence, overseas land management and ownership structuring. DeSa has detailed farming experience with a wide variety of row and permanent crops, hydroponic greenhouse produce, bees, and proteins. He is also a published author with articles appearing in Global AgInvesting, Agri Investor, Huffington Post, and the Marine Corps Gazette. DeSa graduated from Texas A&M with a Bachelor of Science in agricultural engineering. Curriculum Vitae (PDF)
Agronomist, Business & Marketing Specialist
Jerry Duff specializes in the technical foundation, development and introduction of products with a particular focus on their fit into Best Management Practices systems. He is widely recognized for his vision and strategy development capabilities, and for his ability to work with the technical community. His experience includes farm business planning and farm management and agricultural economics. He has spent more than 30 years in the agriculture industry and provided services to clients worldwide. His agri-business experience includes grain, oilseed, cotton, biomass, trees and vines, vegetable production, turf, ornamentals, beef and dairy cattle, equine and small animal health. Resume (PDF)
Dave Guthrie, PhD
Dave Guthrie has more than 25 years of experience and is well-versed in agronomic research, has experience in developing products for the market and a background in extension and education. His experience includes positions with Stoneville Pedigree Seed Company, Monsanto, Bayer CropScience, the National Cotton Council and North Carolina State University. He was awarded the Man of the Year in Service to North Carolina Agriculture by Progressive Farmer in 1992. Curriculum Vitae (PDF)
Krishan Jindal, PhD
Research Scientist & Agronomist
Jindal has more than 27 years of academic and industry experience with expertise in crop protection, seed, agronomy and nutrient management, technology transfer, plant breeding and technical support. His professional background includes positions with the Australian Wheat Board India Pvt. Ltd, Hindustan Unilever Ltd, Punjab Agricultural University and the University of Horticulture and Forestry in Solan, India. Most recently, Jindal served as head of scientific affairs for Savannah Seeds Pvt. Ltd, where he managed agronomy trials, germplasm collection, varietal performance, data analysis and established key relationships with federal and provincial ministries and research institutes in India. Curriculum Vitae (PDF)
Research Logistics & Operations Manager
Shaw has worked in agriculture for more than 40 years. An entomologist by training, Shaw most recently was Fiber Development Manager, Cotton Team, at Bayer CropScience, where he operated in the textile and apparel market globally with branded upland cotton fiber. His roles at Bayer CropScience and legacy companies Aventis CropScience, Rhone-Poulenc and Union Carbide spanned global product development, field development and technical services. He has managed technical support across broad-acre crops, vegetables, trees and vines, and specialty crops, including sugar cane and rice. Curriculum Vitae (PDF)
Account Manager – Market Analyst
Jeff Sorrell has more than 35 years of US and international experience in sales, development and executive management. He has created and implemented long-term, sustainable strategies and initiatives with P&L responsibility for a diverse list of agricultural companies. Throughout his career, Sorrell has managed multi-million dollar development projects for major crop protection companies including Bayer CropScience and its legacy companies, as well as Nufarm, often exceeding annual growth targets. His expertise in regulatory, registration and training procedures is recognized globally. As a project manager and market analyst for AgriThority, Sorrell will determine new opportunities for emerging and established products and technologies. Resume (PDF)
Marco Toapanta, PhD
Director – Science & Technology
Dr. Toapanta has more than 15 years of experience in agricultural research management. He is recognized for his expertise in crop protection, seed treatment and seed-applied technologies, and technical competence in agriculture, entomology, pest management, specialty crops, tropical fruits and vegetables. As AgriThority Director – Science & Technology, Marco will oversee and define standardized processes and will guide science and technology development projects. He will work with Account Managers and science-based staff and Associates.
Account Manager for Mexico and Central America
Villasante has more than 32 years of international experience in business development, marketing, sales and management. Through management positions with leading agricultural companies, he has demonstrated a strong background in strategy, leadership and product development for Latin American markets. Villasante is recognized for creating and implementing marketing, training, stewardship and safety programs for Latin American, North American and global markets. Prior to joining AgriThority Villasante worked for FMC Corporation where he built the company’s reputation as a leader in the insecticide market. Curriculum Vitae (PDF)
Plant Physiologist, Agronomist
ShiGui Zhang has nearly 30 years of experience as an agronomist and crop scientist in the Chinese agriculture industry, specializing in cotton seed production, processing, evaluation and treatment. He is recognized in China as an authority on Best Management Practices and Integrated Pest Management programs and studied cotton physiology and production for a year at Texas A&M University.
Seed Treatment Product Development Specialist
Arthur has achieved a broad base of expertise in seed treatment applications, steering the R&D process from experimental evaluation of early stage biologics and chemistries to product and field development through to commercial launch. Arthur directed research and development programs, overseeing laboratory and field research, to build the Valent U.S.A. seed treatment portfolio. Arthur’s biological experience in seed treatment began early in her professional career as a seed technologist with Gustafson. She is proficient in seed technology and seed treatment strategies with extensive knowledge of seed-applied fungicides, insecticides and biologics.
Director of International Development Projects
Keith Eisberg has nearly 30 years of international and domestic agricultural consulting experience. The majority of his assignments have been with The World Bank to analyze and implement viable production and agricultural improvements in developing countries. He also has worked with the Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO) of the United Nations and the U.S. Agency for International Development (AID). He is skilled in analyzing crop production costs, revenue budgeting, feasibility studies, cropping patterns and best management practices to improve farmer profitability. Resume (PDF)
Neil William Forrester, PhD
Neil Forrester has been deeply involved in the development and application of biotechnology in field and horticulture crops. He is credited with the introduction and maintenance of the first insecticide resistance management strategy for conventional insecticides in cotton as well as for the inception of the Bt cotton resistance management strategy. Dr. Forrester earned his PhD at the University of Queensland and went on to work for a major multinational seed company where he led business development programs in India and was responsible for the technical development of new markets in Africa, the Sub-Continent, the CIS and South America. Curriculum Vitae (PDF)
Manager — Seed Technology Systems
David Jackson built an international reputation as an expert in seed technology and crop protection over a 35 year career with the Crop Protection Division of Chemtura Corporation (formerly Uniroyal Chemical). He designed and developed seed treatment products, and advised agribusiness groups on data generation for registering new products worldwide. Based in the UK, Jackson has worked extensively in EU countries and Eastern Europe, the Middle East, Latin America, India and China. Jackson has authored or co-authored over 20 scientific publications covering seed treatment, and is currently a principal with SeedTech Consulting, Ltd. Curriculum Vitae (PDF)
Market Research Expert
Jan Johnson is an expert in market research, data and intelligence. She knows how to ask the right questions and leverage data to provide actionable market analyses. Johnson’s extensive knowledge of global agricultural markets makes her an invaluable resource to AgriThority clients. She has over 20 years of experience in market research in addition to a background in agricultural communications and publishing. She specializes in research in many areas including: agriculture, veterinary services, rural life styles, forestry and turf. Resume (PDF)
David E. Lincoln, PMP
Unmanned Aerial Systems Expert
Lincoln has more than 20 years of technical experience managing the development and fielding of high-tech systems and equipment. He has worked with companies such as Alion Science and Technology, Insitu, Inc. and General Dynamics. In addition to his commercial experience, Lincoln has extensive military experience including positions in shipboard tactical aviation operations, program manager for training systems with the US Naval Air Systems Command and as an air operations officer and change management coordinator for the USS Enterprise.
Giovanni Miglio, PhD
Crop Protection Specialist & Agronomist
Miglio has more than 32 years of technical experience with expertise in field trials, product development and registration, regulatory approval, and cultivating key business relationships. He is well-versed in the subjects of plant pathology, entomology, herbicides and plant growth regulators. Miglio’s professional background includes positions with a variety of Italian institutions and companies including the University of Bologna, Coltivatori Diretti and Rhone-Poulenc Agro. Most recently, Miglio served as research and development manager for Agrimport.
Bennie Oosthuizen has more than 40 years’ experience in the Agricultural Chemical Industry in sales and marketing management. His professional background includes 33 years of business management at Uniroyal Chemical / Crompton Chemical / Chemtura where he was responsible for the company’s business in Sub-Sahara Africa from 1978 until he retired in 2011. Before that Bennie worked for Bayer for a period of 10 years in sales and product management. Most recently Bennie worked as an agricultural marketing consultant representing a number of European based agricultural chemical suppliers.
Ottavio Raucci, PhD
Agronomist, Business & Marketing Specialist
Ottavio Raucci has more than 35 years experience in agriculture business development and business management. His professional background includes global marketing and sales with Monsanto Company and business management with Uniroyal Chemical/Chemtura (Crop Protection Division). Most recently, Raucci has worked as an agricultural business development consultant representing biotechnology companies from Europe to Southeast Asia. Raucci earned a technical agronomist diploma from S. Severo (FG) at Superior Agricultural School and a PhD in Agriculture Sciences from Naples University. He will assume business development and project management for AgriThority® in Europe, Middle East, Central Asia and Northern Africa. Curriculum Vitae (PDF)
Wayne Vanderwert, PhD
Livestock Production Specialist
Wayne Vanderwert has more than 30 years of experience in animal agriculture in the beef industry and business management and will serve as the AgriThority animal agriculture project manager. His professional background includes university extension at the University of Minnesota; teaching at South Dakota State University and the University of Illinois; director of education and research and vice president of the North American Limousin Foundation; financial and agri-business development manager at Vested Interest; executive director of the American Gelbvieh Association. Presently, Vanderwert serves as manager and co-owner of H-Squared Genetics, a genetics analysis and herd data management company.