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 foreign dignitaries.
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.