Advisory Council

Achilles G. Adamantiades

Dr. Achilles G. Adamantiades is currently working as an independent energy and environment consultant for the World Bank and ICG Aeolian Energy. He previously worked at the World Bank as the Principle Power Engineer in the Industry and Energy Department where he acquired extensive experience in international energy matters. Prior to working at the World Bank, Dr. Adamantiades spent ten years with the Electric Power Research Institute, the major United States research and development organization for electric power utilities, where he focused on nuclear power safety issues. Dr. Adamantiades holds a Ph.D. in Nuclear Engineering from MIT and a Diploma in Electrical and Mechanical Engineering, from the National Technical University of Athens, Greece. He has taught at Iowa State University, University of Patras in Greece, Stanford University, and The George Washington University.

Mehmet Betil

Mehmet Betil is a respected and innovative businessman in Turkey as well as a strong voice for disadvantaged people. He worked as an economist at the Turkish Industrial Development Bank from 1967 to 1987. He is a long time supporter of Anatolian Artisans in the U.S. and Community Volunteers Foundation (TOG) in Turkey. His research on investment projects were published in a newspaper from 1975 thru 1987. Mehmet retired in 1987 and founded Karma A.S., a computer and construction company, the same year. He is a graduate of Robert College in Turkey.

S. Ayse Kadayifci-Orellana

Dr. S. Ayse Kadayifci-Orellana is Interim Associate Director and Visiting Assistant Professor at Georgetown University’s MA Program in Conflict Resolution. She also directs the Conflict Resolution Field Program. She received her PhD from American University’s School of International Service in Washington DC in 2002 with a Master’s degree in Conflict Analysis from University of Kent in Canterbury, England. As a scholar-practitioner, Dr. Kadayifci-Orellana has also facilitated dialogues and training workshops, and worked on conflict resolution curriculum development in various countries including Turkey, Israel, Palestinian Territories, Iraq, Chad, Niger, Kenya, Guatemala, Iran, Saudi Arabia, among others. Dr. Kadayifci-Orellana’s has authored Standing on an Isthmus: Islamic Narratives of War and Peace in the Palestinian Territories and co-authored the edited the volume, Anthology on Islam and Peace and Conflict Resolution in Islam: Precept and Practice.