Our Guest Speakers

Alejandro “Hoot” Baez








Alejandro “Hoot” Baez began his assignment as the Principal Officer and Consul at the United States Consulate in Adana in September 2018

Mr. Baez served in Washington as the Director for NATO and Western Europe on the National Security Council staff at the White House. He also served as an advisor on European and Eurasian affairs to the Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs. Earlier in his career, he served as a Watch Officer in the State Department’s 24/7 Operations Center and as a NATO Policy Officer in the Office of European Security and Political Affairs.

Mr. Baez spent the 2012-2013 academic year as a National Security Affairs Fellow at the Hoover Institution think tank located on the Stanford University campus in California.

A native Texan, Mr. Baez earned undergraduate degrees in Political Science and Philosophy from Southern Methodist University in Dallas, as well as a Master’s in Political Science from Texas A&M University in College Station. He also holds a Master’s in Defense and Security Analysis from England’s Lancaster University.

Mr. Baez and his wife, Linda, have been married for over twenty years.

Edward Smiles








Edward Smiles is an engineer and business man with over 25 years of experience living and working in Turkey for multi-national companies based in the UK, France, the USA and Germany. A specialist in fuel technology and heat and mass transfer he has now turned his skills to teaching and coaching in English language. He works with company managers and executives who need to improve their communication skills, as well as middle and high school students who need coaching in developing their language capabilities.

Based in Izmir he is married and has recently started working for Oxford University Press. A former General Manager at Delphi Diesel in Izmir and Managing Director at Thyssen Krupp in Bursa he describes himself as a coach who encourages self-learning and development at all levels. He is interested in phonetics and the use of technology in language skill development.

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