The American Turkish Society has elected its new Executive Director. Ms. E. Janset Batibay has been selected by the Executive Committee of The Society during a period in which former Executive Director, Marie Stewart, decided to leave The Society and take a position in Europe.
Prior to her role at The American Turkish Society, Batibay was in charge of marketing the Turkish and Art law practices at Herrick, Feinstein LLP, a mid-size law firm with headquarters in New York City and an office in Istanbul, Turkey. Prior to that, she worked at the Turkish Culture and Tourism Office, Turkey's national tourism board, in New York. Before moving to New York, she was representative of the Honorary Consul of Niger in Ankara, Turkey and was in charge of Turkish-Nigerian government relations. In that role, she guided Turkish business leaders in navigating their investments in Niger and connected them with various government officials. She was also personally in charge of organizing an emergency food aid ceremony during the famine of 2010 in Niamey, Niger.
Batibay is a graduate of The Hague University, in the Netherlands and holds an M.S. degree in International Communication Management. Her thesis focused on the role of communications in influencing policymakers and was presented as a communications strategy to The Bernard Van Leer foundation, a prestigious private foundation located in The Hague. She also holds a bachelor's degree in translation and interpretation in Turkish-English-French from Bilkent University in Ankara.
Finally, Batibay is truly American-Turkish. Born in New Orleans, she was raised in Texas and Tennessee and later moved to Turkey with her family at the age of 12, and returned to the USA at age 29.
She is absolutely thrilled with this important appointment, and is terrifically accomplished to take The American Turkish Society to a much higher level.