Coşkun YILDIRIM - September - 1962 Istanbul
After receiving bachelorhood in business administration from Ege University, he conducted training in cost accounting, educational technology and rural sociology, and he worked in these areas applying his knowledge.
In Turkey, after 1984, he worked as middle and top manager for enterprises of various sizes.
After university, he began working on construction costs and continued his career by creating and managing a training department at a company that was an innovative approach at the time. In addition, establishing business development departments to create projects focused on the efficiency and profitability of the companies he works for, he created successful projects.
Developing the concept of cost center, which is one of the innovative solutions at those times, he conducted research on the analysis and modelling of profitability of business units within the company.
Sharing all his experience and practice with an agricultural marketing company that has been producing social business models for the agricultural sector since 2004, he has contributed to the development of projects awarded in Turkey and recognized globally.
By participating in a working group created by Sekerbank management team, he modelled the farmer’s credit cards, which allowed the farmer to find a suitable source of funding. The farmer’s credit card model has become the calling card that many banks use for agricultural lending, and farmers can use for payment during harvest time.
Together with Vodafone, he led the creation of the Farmers Club. Thanks to this project, with special SMS and applications, it reached 1 million 400 thousand farmers and their families and played a leading role in lifestyle changes with information on early warning in agriculture, suitable for the needs of the farmer.
The business model of the Vodafone Farmers Club entered into force in 2015 in India, Ghana, Kenya, New Zealand and Tanzania.
He was the manager of the team that created the Intel Farm Computer Software, which can be used by anyone who can read and let them ask experts questions about information, communication, and marketing.
He conducted research to raise conscious of water usage in rural areas and expanded the use of modern irrigation methods in our country.
Carrying out projects of social responsibility in order to prevent accidents on tractors, has ensured that this practice has become widespread.
For 14 years he has led all our agricultural activities at TABİT Smart Agricultural Technologies. In this process, he visited more than 12,000 villages and conducted surveys to determine the training needs of these villages. This database is the most complete one being continuously up-to-date.
Based on his rural experience, in 2012 he developed the world's first Smart Village project, designed to stimulate the use of technology by family farmers, and he implemented mathematical model structure for selecting a site.
In 2015, he began working on this project in Aydin, a Kasaplar village in the Kocharly district, which is the most suitable place for mathematical modelling, and with his family he moved from Istanbul to Aydin. In 2016, adding Vodafone and many global brands to the project idea, he continues his work to turn the flashlights on himself with the work done.
He was honored by Information Technology Institute thanks to the important support he provided in the preparation of Beyaz Kitap (White Paper), which forms 5G and beyond Vision of vertical market and prepared by the Information Technology Institute at the direction of the President of Turkey, Mr. Recep Tayyip Erdogan.
He leads a team that constantly monitors the work on advanced agricultural technologies in the world and increases the productivity and profitability of 570 million farmers who are engaged in agriculture in the world, through projects developed in conjunction with the Agricultural and Food University, implements projects aimed at improving the quality of life.
From 2018, the decision support system for farmers, in which the software project was carried out with his team, he began to support the production decisions of farmers with the help of artificial intelligence systems and training.
He prepares economic, social and environmental impact assessment reports for the Vodafone Smart Village project prepared as the first research and development and agricultural technology research center in Turkey, and continues to prepare a book for sharing his experiences.
He has four daughters aged 28, 19, 12 and 8.
Academic Documents and Publications
2006 - IV. Conference of Academic Informatics - Pamukkale Denizli University - Academic Document - Agriculture Database and Data Analysis
2014 - XVI. Conference of Academic Informatics - University of Mersin - Academic Document - IT-based decision support systems in agriculture and animal husbandry
20015 - XVII. Conference of Academic Informatics - Anadolu University at Eskisehir - Academic document - Location for agriculture - Increasing the usefulness of the target audience using a hybrid modelling platform for agricultural e-commerce
Coşkun Yıldırım-ÇİFTÇİLİK 101 Can You Become a Farmer Than Me? (Guidebook for those who will settle in the village or invest in agriculture)