A native of Turkey and a U.S. citizen, Nilufer Leuthold started her career in diplomacy and international relations working at Middle Eastern embassies in Turkey and the United States as executive assistant to the ambassador and the diplomatic programs manager. In this position, Leuthold was responsible for the ambassador’s office operations and managing diplomatic delegates/government officials’ visits between host and guest countries, welcoming over 1,000 guests from 2002 until 2013.
Leuthold is a United Nations veteran who has worked with UNICEF as a program manager in Turkey, assisting Syrian refugees (Women and Children) in urban areas in Istanbul and Gaziantep. She has also worked at UNHCR in Istanbul as a refugee protection officer. In 2017, she joined the United Nations Association in San Diego as community relations coordinator, promoting the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals and strengthening relations between the organization and San Diego communities. She also served as co-chair of the Young Professionals Committee, introducing young professionals to the many opportunities to help build and strengthen their communities. At the same time, she worked on her master’s degree in global management at National University-San Diego.
Leuthold Joined NNIC in 2019 as international exchanges coordinator and manages the Study of the U.S. Institutes and the Open World programs, as well as coordinates International Visitor Leadership Program visits.
Leuthold holds a B.A. in Business Studies from Sudan University of Science and Technology as a study abroad and is currently pursuing her master’s degree in international relations and conflict resolution with a concentration on security and comparative issues in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) at the American Public University. She is multilingual and fluent in Turkish and Arabic. She is married and enjoys hiking and camping with her husband.