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 and Art Law practices at Herrick, Feinstein, LLP; a mid-size law firm headquartered in New York City with an international 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. In that role, she guided Turkish business leaders in their investments in Niger and connected them with various government officials. She was also in charge of organizing an emergency food aid ceremony during the famine of 2010 in Niamey, Niger. Janset holds a M.S. in International Communication Management from The Hague University, in the Netherlands and a B.S. in Translation and Interpretation (English-Turkish-French) from Bilkent University in Ankara. 


Ela Gunes

Business Development Manager & Budget Analyst

Prior to her role at The American Turkish Society, Ela worked as an intern in the fields of financial services, international business and sustainable investment at organizations such as the European Investment Bank (EIB), Spartan Capital Securities LLC and Henkel. In her capacity as an intern at Spartan Capital Securities, Ela assisted in maintaining client database to manage client relationships, maximize referrals and sales opportunities. She also conducted product, market, and client research and performed product suitability for clients. Before moving to New York, she gained experience in product line strategies, monitored market trends and consumer markets at Henkel. In her role at The European Investment Bank, an EU non-profit lending institution in Luxembourg; she supported the human resources team in preparing missions, country profiles and background checks of onboarding employees. Ela received her undergraduate degree in Economics at the Middle East Technical University in Ankara, Turkey in 2015. She also holds a Masters of Business Administration (MBA) in Applied Management from Black Hills State University.