The Assembly of Turkish American Associations (ATAA) deeply mourns the loss of Ambassador (Ret.) Nabi Sensoy, who passed away early this morning at age of 73 in Izmir, Turkey.

During his tenure as Ambassador of the Republic of Turkey to the United States (2006-2009), Sensoy was instrumental in the growth, and success of ATAA. Ambassador Sensoy and his wife Mrs. Gulgun Sensoy graciously hosted ATAA and its members at the Turkish Ambassador’s Residence on many occasions. Ambassador Sensoy was a true leader and an accomplished diplomat, who throughout his professional career exhibited the utmost dignity and a constant commitment to the empowerment of Turkish American community and Turkey-U.S. relations.

Before his assignment to the U.S., Ambassador Sensoy served as Deputy Undersecretary of General Political Affairs at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (2002-05), Ambassador to Russia (1998-2002), Deputy Undersecretary of Political Affairs for the European Union (1997-98), Director-General of the Department of Policy Planning at the Foreign Affairs Ministry (1995-97), and Ambassador to Spain (1990-95). He was also Chief of Staff to the president (1988-90), Consul General in London (1985-88), advisor to the prime minister (1983-85), as well as Counselor at the Turkish Embassy in Washington, DC (1980-83) and in Cuba (1979-80). Before that, he served as Head of Section at the Department of Bilateral Political Affairs for Western Europe (1977-79), First Secretary at the Turkish Embassy in Venezuela (1975-77), Vice Consul at the Turkish Consulate General in New York (1972-75), and Third Secretary and Second Secretary at the Department of Research in the Foreign Affairs Ministry (1970-72). Ambassador Sensoy was a graduate of Faculty of Political Sciences at the University of Ankara.

ATAA remembers Ambassador Sensoy with great affection, and expresses its deepest condolences to the Sensoy Family, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Turkey, Turkish Embassy in the U.S. and the Turkish American Community.