Seta Tutundjian is an advocate and change champion for sustainable development and food systems in the face of climate crisis, accelerated biodiversity loss, and growing poverty and hunger. She has led the formulation and execution of a number of acclaimed transformational programs that engaged stakeholders and mobilized community action to introduce novel approaches and build a demand management culture in the water, agriculture and energy sectors.
A recipient of several awards including the prestigious Superior Honor Award by the Government of the United States of America, Ms. Tutundjian is increasingly asked to participate in major new initiatives such as the European Commission High-level Expert Group to assess the needs, potential, feasibility and approach for an International Platform for Food Systems Sciences. She is also involved is several international policy debates most recently those related to the United Nation Food System Summit as the Chair of the Environment Working Group under Action Track 5 “Build Resilience to Vulnerabilities, Shocks and Stresses”. Ms. Tutundjian serves on the Advisory Committee for the XV World Forestry Congress; General Board of United Cities - The International Centre for Smart and Sustainable Cities and Regions; and the Executive Committee of the Association of Agricultural Research Institutions in the Near East.
Ms. Tutundjian joined ICBA in 2014 as Director of Partnerships and Knowledge Management and in 2018 assumed the role of Director of Programs. Prior to that, she had worked in advancing sustainable development for 20 years, including 15 years with the United States Agency for International Development.