Senior Policy Advisor, Global Affairs
Ayten is VP of Business Development and Partner at Vasconi Architects
International. In this role, she draws on twenty years of business
development experience to manage major industrial projects – such as
hospitals, hotels, and public buildings – in North America, Europe, and
Asia. She actively works with stakeholders across the international
community, including UNESCO, embassies, healthcare ministers, and
In addition to her expertise in international business and government,
Ayten’s passion for public health makes her a great fit for Babbage
Cofounder. Ayten is very involved in Youth Diabetes Action (YDA) in Hong
Kong. She also works with United International Architects (UIA) in the
Public Health Group, which represents members from 60 countries with an
interest in the planning and design of health facilities.
Working in the intersection of international affairs, marketing, and tourism,
Ayten has served in leadership roles with the Conrad Hilton International
Istanbul; The Pierre New York; Melia Hotels; and Eurostar Hotels, where
she oversaw the opening of 24 hotels and acted as the company’s official
representative in the United States. Having served in many key capacities
throughout the tourism industry, Ayten was appointed by the President of
her home country of Azerbaijan to serve as Vice President of Tourism.
Ayten received her Bachelor of Science in Management and International
Economics at Texas A&M University and her postgraduate degree from the
Oxford University’s School of Management. She is fluent in English,
Russian, Azerbaijanian, Turkish and French.