Milken Scholar 2001
Scholar Profile

Ruben Harutunian

International Relations


Ruben Harutunian is Treasurer of the Board of Directors of the Binational Fulbright Commission in Egypt and Minister-Counselor for Public Diplomacy at the U.S. Embassy in Cairo. Prior he was deputy chief of mission (DCM) at the U.S. Embassy in Minsk, Belarus. He has also served as a senior advisor at the Foreign Service Institute’s Leadership Management School and as director of the State Department’s Office of Press Operations. Earlier, he was the Public Affairs Officer in Algiers; Deputy Chief of the Political/Economic Section in Yerevan; Special Assistant to Secretaries of State Clinton and Kerry; Political Officer and Staff Assistant to the Ambassador in Moscow; and Vice Consul and Deputy Spokesperson in Tel Aviv. Ruben is a Thomas R. Pickering Foreign Affairs Fellow and a Milken Scholar. He graduated from Johns Hopkins University’s School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) with an MA in International Relations focusing on Conflict Management and has a BA in Middle East and Asian Languages and Cultures from Columbia University. He is married to Astghik, and they are the proud parents of their daughter and son.

High school:  St. Alban’s School


College Year Degree
Columbia University
New York, NY
2005 B.S. Political Science and Middle East and Asian Languages and Cultures
Johns Hopkins University
Baltimore, MD
2007 M.A. International Relations - Conflict Management

News and Highlights

Ruben Harutunian (MS '01)

In September Ruben Harutunian, MS ‘01 entered the United States Foreign Service and is now training in Arlington, Virginia. This June he will begin his first diplomatic assignment at the U.S. Embassy in Tel Aviv, Israel.

Ruben Harutunian (MS '01)

Global perspective. State Department Officer, Ruben Harutunian, MS ‘01, will be returning to the states for his next assignment; serving as an assistant to U.S. Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton.