Katalin Pákozdi

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Katalin is East-West Seed's Chief R&D Officer, leading the company's breeding strategy and direction.

Katalin brings the right experience with her breeding knowledge and background in the vegetable seed and fruit industry. She has a strong understanding of market needs, strategy formulation for the business and expertise in leading teams.

Kat joined East-West Seed from Driscoll’s as the EMEA Plant Breeding Director, with previous extensive breeding experience in pepper and strawberries. 

She enjoys travelling, immersing herself in different cultures and is a lover of good food. She mostly spends time with her family and has a “green thumb” as she always finds something to plant or nurture in the garden.

Bio

Team : Managing Board

Current position : Chief R&D Officer

Works for East-West Seed since : 2021

Based in : Global

Education

PhD

New Mexico State University, USA

MsC

Tokyo University of Agriculture and Technology, Japan

Bsc

Pannon University of Agriculture, Hungary

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