Before joining The American University of Rome as Dean of Graduate Studies and Founding Program Director of Food Studies, Dr. Quieti was Executive Director of The U.S.-Italy Fulbright Commission, promoting and implementing the Fulbright Program of cultural and academic exchanges between Italy and the United States of America. She worked with the Commission’s Board on formulating the policies and strategic orientations of the Program, as an instrument of public diplomacy between Italy and the U.S.; she was responsible for ensuring the good governance and administrative and financial management of the Commission and guided development of the Commission’s fund-raising from extra-governmental sources. During her six year tenure (2007-2013) she strengthened relationships with the academic world in Italy and the U.S. as well as with civil society organizations at large; implemented the program of scholarships for Italian and U.S. nationals; was member of scientific committees, delivered lectures and conducted seminars.
Prior to 2007 Dr. Quieti had a long career in the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), during which she held various positions, finally as Senior Policy Officer, in the field of education for sustainable food and agriculture development, including training for developing country representatives participating in the World Trade Organization negotiations on agriculture. She managed projects with teams of up to 30-40 staff in many countries at different development levels in Asia (China, India, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka), Near East (Algeria, Morocco, Syria, Tunisia), Sub-Saharan Africa (Burkina Faso, Cameroun, Kenya, Mali, Niger, Senegal, Swaziland, Zambia), and Latin America (Chile, Paraguay). She worked with governments and academic and research institutions of both developing and industrialized countries, with a particular focus on forging closer and more effective links between policy making and university curricula. Teaching and preparation of training materials were an integral part of her work and she also authored or co-authored several articles and book chapters. During a two-year period in the mid-1990s she was detached to promote and manage the participation of more than 800 civil society organizations in the 1996 World Food Summit convened in Rome by FAO.
Dr Quieti’s areas of research and professional interest include: sustainable food systems; rural development; WTO multilateral trade negotiations on agriculture; discourse analysis and policy-making; communicating and building partnerships with civil society organizations for policy and planning; gender analysis in projects and policies; economic and social development planning at local level and participatory planning of small-scale investment projects.