Anna Tunkel

Anna Tunkel, senior vice president, leads strategic initiatives and external partnerships at APCO Worldwide, one of world’s largest privately owned communication, stakeholder engagement & business strategy firms.

Ms. Tunkel oversees global projects, counseling multinational clients on a broad gamut of public affairs and communications issues, public-private partnerships, market entry and global reputation building strategy with a focus on emerging markets. She also manages the firm’s external partnerships with global organizations, including World Economic Forum, Clinton Global Initiative, Boao Forum, Fortune Magazine and others.

In her previous positions at APCO she served as an associate director in Shanghai, managing a number of projects with Chinese multinational firms, an emerging market sovereign wealth fund and a number of global companies seeking expansion in China. She also worked in Washington DC on a variety of business development and special projects for the firm, spanning APCO’s offices across North America, Europe and Asia. Prior to joining APCO in 2005, Ms. Tunkel worked for the Division of External Relations at the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) in Geneva and also had stints with Physicians for Human Rights – Israel and an Anti-Human Trafficking Campaign in Israel.

Ms. Tunkel received a Master of Science with academic distinction from the Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University, and a Landegger Honors Certificate in international business diplomacy. She is also a graduate of Singularity University program on exponential technologies. She was named as one of the 99 most influential foreign policy leaders under the age of 33, by the Diplomatic Courier and is an alum of the Bucerius Global Governance Leadership program.

Raised and schooled in Russia, Israel and India, she is fluent in Hebrew, Russian, English and Spanish and maintains a working knowledge of Mandarin Chinese.

“Seeds of Peace is a transformational organization – bringing together youngsters from different sides of a conflict and showing them that there is another way and another face to the person they considered an enemy. Over the past decades, the Seeds of Peace experience changed so many lives, forged countless friendships and contributed to the development of numerous leadership career paths.

I am fortunate to have joined Seeds of Peace as a camper in 1995, representing the Israeli delegation. I returned as a program leader in 1999 and remained closely involved with the organization, participating in various initiatives and events in the Middle East, US and Europe. I am honoured to be part of Seeds of Peace Global Leadership Council.”