E. Janset Batibay

Executive Director

Janset Batibay is a marketing and communications professional with more than 10 years of work experience in government, for profit and nonprofit industries in both Turkey and the United States. Prior to her role at The American Turkish Society, Janset was in charge of marketing the Turkish Art and 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, Janset 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 Turkey-Niger government relations. In that role, she helped Turkish business leaders with navigating investments in Niger and connected them with various government officials. We was in charge of organizing an emergency food aid ceremony during the famine of 2010 in Niamey, Niger. Janset is a graduate of The Hague University, in the Netherlands and holds a M.S. in International Communication Management. 


Funda Akin

External Relations Manager

Funda Akin is a multilingual communications professional with more than eight years of experience in the public and private sectors, having worked in leading outreach and corporate communications campaigns with international clients. Her prior experience in the field of journalism and public relations has provided substantial knowledge in working with diverse stakeholders, such as journalists, clients, and educators. In addition to her extensive experience in communications, she completed a traineeship in the European Parliament and has volunteered with several not-for-profit organizations, including lecturing on marketing in a college in Ethiopia and supporting refugees in Germany. Her mother tongues are Turkish and German. Funda has a Master of Arts in Communication from the University of Duisburg-Essen and a Certificate in Global Affairs from New York University. 


Brian Seavitt

Program Officer

Brian Seavitt is an experienced sales professional with a B.S. in Communications from the University of Miami and a M.S. in Global Affairs from New York University with a concentration in environment and energy policy. He has taught English in Turkey at Yeni Yuzyil University in Istanbul and spent time in India as a Fellow at Pollinate Energy, a social enterprise creating opportunity and access to sustainable goods in poor urban markets, after interning for Congressman Hansen Clarke in Washington, D.C. His other related experiences include public outreach, policy development and analysis, research, customer relations, and event management.