Michael Carroll, Executive Director
Michael Carroll joined the Hollings Center in August 2013. Prior to becoming Executive Director, he served as the inaugural Assistant Director for the Institute for the Study of Muslim Societies and Civilizations at Boston University (SMSC). At BU, he oversaw development and growth of the Institute’s outreach, exchange and curricular programs. In addition to those duties, he served as the Executive Director of the American Institute of Afghanistan Studies (AIAS) and the American Institute for Yemeni Studies (AIYS), both of which are overseas research centers committed to fostering greater understanding through academic research and collaborative exchanges. Mr. Carroll received his bachelor’s in Honors History from the University of Michigan and his M.Ed. in Policy, Planning and Administration from Boston University. His research interests include Middle East relations and Higher Education reform.
Sanem Güner, Assistant Director
Prior to joining the Hollings Center in September 2008, Ms. Güner served for several years as program officer at the Turkish Economic and Social Studies Foundation (TESEV) in Istanbul, one of Turkey’s leading civil society organizations. At TESEV, she managed projects on EU-Turkey relations; democratization and international civil society networking; civil society-state dialogue in the Middle East and North Africa; women’s empowerment and gender issues; and Turkey’s foreign policy. She organized and contributed to many international conferences and workshops in Istanbul and has a wide network of contacts in Turkey and throughout the Arab world. Ms. Güner previously taught English at Marmara University in Istanbul. A native of Turkey, she received her bachelor’s from Bryn Mawr College in Pennsylvania and her master’s in international relations from Bilgi University in Istanbul, and studied at the London School of Economics.
Aslı Mutlu, Senior Program Officer
Prior to her arrival at the Hollings Center, Ms. Mutlu worked at the Center for International and European Studies (CIES) at Kadir Has University in Istanbul where she managed the International Neighbourhood Symposium project and managed other international projects, events and grants. She has also worked for the United Methodist Women’s Division Washington Office of Public Policy where she researched and wrote on various public policy issues pertaining to women’s and children’s issues. In addition to her research and writing, she organized advocacy and training events in Washington, D.C. Her work experience in Istanbul began when she completed a banking management program and started working in international banking, building relationships with foreign banking institutions. Aslı Mutlu received her B.A. in International Studies from American University in Washington, D.C.
Jeffrey Treisbach, Operations Manager and Program Coordinator
Jeffrey Treisbach joined the Hollings Center in January 2017 after working for several years in the non-profit sector in the Western Balkans. While based in Macedonia, Mr. Treisbach researched EU enlargement for the Balkan Civil Society Development Network. He then moved to Kosovo where he coordinated volunteer efforts and managed donor relationships for Balkan Sunflowers before becoming Deputy Director in 2014. In that role, he supported the Executive Director by managing finances, day-to-day operations, and development of partnerships with local and international stakeholders. Mr. Treisbach has a B.A. in International Affairs from The George Washington University in Washington, D.C. and an M.A. in Intercultural Conflict Management from Alice Salomon University of Applied Sciences in Berlin, Germany.
Pınar Çakırtaş, Program Assistant
Pınar Çakırtaş joined the Hollings Center in January 2020. She graduated from Gaziantep University with a B.Sc. in food engineering in 2017 and continued on to earn her M.Sc. degree in food technology. Previously, she worked with an International Development Organization as Country Team Operations Officer from 2017 to 2018. She also worked with a travel agency from 2013 to 2017 as Operations Manager.