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. 



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 energy and environmental 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. His other related experiences include public outreach, policy development and analysis, research, writing, customer relations, and event management.