Our Team

  • Core Team
  • Advisors
  • Ambassadors

Core Team

  • Arman Aleksanian

    Arman Aleksanian

    Co-Founder, Council Member, CINO

    Decentralization evangelist and blockchain pioneer. Over 18 years experience in executive positions in media communications and software development. Founder and member of the board of several companies operating across EU and Asia.

  • Gagik Yeghiazarian

    Gagik Yeghiazarian

    Co-Founder, CEO

    Publisher and Editor-in-Chief of Forbes Armenia, Publisher of Forbes Georgia, contributor to Forbes Kazakhstan, and Publisher of Cosmopolitan Armenia. Founder and investor in several ICT/hi-tech startups, consulting, publishing and media communication companies operating across CIS and North America. Worked at and partnered with Andersen Russia and CIS. Initiator and the first CEO of the Armenian Development Agency. Harvard graduate, Co-Chair of International Programming and Development of Harvard Alumni Entrepreneurs, representing 7000 members globally.

  • Arutyun Pogosyan

    Arutyun Pogosyan

    Co-Founder, Executive Chairman

    Entrepreneur and investor, who has founded over a dozen successful companies in Advertising, Media and Telecom operating in several countries. He has over 15 years of experience in digital media and publishing, founded companies that were the regional lead partners of Mail.ru, Google, Zed as well as were licensees of global publishing houses, including Forbes Media, Hearst Communications, Rodale, Sanoma, Time Out and others. Co-founder of the Blockchain R&D Hub, member of YPO.

  • Tiffany Maria Obser

    Tiffany Maria Obser

    CPO

    Tiffany Obser has worked on building entrepreneurship ecosystems, monitored projects in technology and design throughout the Middle East, Asia, North Africa, Europe and the Americas. Has developed urban innovation strategies for a tabula rasa city in Saudi Arabia, worked with tech startups and acquired partnerships across two dozen countries. Having worked in urban design, research, and development capacities at OMA, Henning Larsen, and Rotor, Tiffany focused on implications of new technologies and big data in a quickly urbanizing world and became a Regional Manager with Seedstars, mentoring over 200 startups and consulting a variety of governments and institutions in MENA and CEE.

  • Dr. Christian de Vartavan

    Dr. Christian de Vartavan

    Advisor and Global Ambassador

    Christian de Vartavan has a very rare parallel career in academia and the private sector. As a scientist, his work has been decisive or influential in many fields including standardization and the classification of sciences – the widely known Vartavan Library Classification (see Wikipedia) being an offshoot from it. He has been the author of many peer reviewed articles, several academic books – two of them landmarks or world reference - and the editor of several international academic journals. In 2014 the University of Oxford created a special archive to keep his scientific work, now part of the UK's national archive. He was elected a Fellow of the Linnean Society in October 2017 (London). As a PR and Communication specialist, his career started in 1992 in the French Ministry of Culture and continued in the public and private sector raising to director of communication and then vice-president in a technology company. He is currently a London Tech Advocate as well as an expert in the APPG-Blockchain group of the House of Lords (UK).

  • Ekaterina Kabakchi

    Ekaterina Kabakchi

    CCO

    Ekaterina has broad experience in media industry. She worked as Digital Director for such publishing giants as Sanoma-Independent Media and Conde Nast in Russia. Ekaterina has a 13-year experience as Publisher and Director for Cosmopolitan, she was General Director of JV with Hearst Int., owner of Cosmo, Good Housekeeping, Esquire, Harper’s Bazaar brands. She launched co-branded TV program with TNT TV-channel and Cosmopolitan bank card with Alfa-bank. Ekaterina was in charge of CIS markets for Hearst brands. She is also lectures in British School for Design about economics of media projects.

  • Muhammed Gali

    Muhammed Gali

    Business Development Director

    Media communication, digital marketing professional with more than 10 years work experience in telecom. Broad networking with mobile operators and deep knowledge of creating and launching VAS B2B and B2C products.

  • Cornelius Lipp

    Cornelius Lipp

    Project Manager

    Cornelius studied economics and philosophy in Bayreuth, Seoul and Berkeley, wrote his thesis on personalization filters in social media. Besides his academic career, he was engaged in international projects, such as directing the strategic and legal affairs of a development project in Tanzania. For motivating and supporting people to engage in a critical discourse on right-wing populism in the private network, he co-founded a non-profit media platform. In his spare time he used to head the debating union of his university and hold classes on rhetoric and communication strategy.

  • Tatev Babayan

    Tatev Babayan

    Project Development Manager

    Over eight years of experience in different fields including starting and leading projects and long-term programs, managing multiple social media outlets, creating and screening content and organizing forums and conferences abroad. Throughout the years, Tatev has gained deep fundamental knowledge and experience in the administrative and managerial fields, in multiple sectors from business to NGOs, while holding executive positions. Graduated with a BA of International Relations and Applied Legal Studies from Suffolk University in Boston, MA.

  • Hayk Hayotsyan

    Hayk Hayotsyan

    Software Architect

    Skilled developer who has spent significant time working with complex, multi-component, cross-platform tools. Has strong knowledge in C++, Javascript and other web technologies. Graduate degree in Microelectronics. Worked in NY hedge fund as a developer responsible for communication with exchange servers and has considerable experience of working with low latency and high throughput systems.

  • Vazgen Manukyan

    Vazgen Manukyan

    Technical Product Manager

    Advanced knowledge of PHP, Java, C++ and other technologies. Built numerous web and client-server applications with great companies like Johnson & Johnson, GlaxoSmithKline, Solvay Pharmaceuticals, Eli Lilly, TNO, Quality of Life, and Bayer Healthcare. Establishment and development of digital processing of random signals. Attains M.Sc. in Radiophysics.

  • Dr. Tigran Ghahramanyan

    Dr. Tigran Ghahramanyan

    Software Engineer

    Specialized software engineer, with a background of Cosmology- Theoretical Physics and a Doctorate in Philosophy. Owns expertise in programming languages, as well as production of structured platform test data, analysis data and software development as whole. Has worked with big clients as Nvidia, Quallcomm, SanDisk, and STMicroelectronics. Is now fully involved in designing and the construction of PUBLIQ’s unique blockchain infrastructure.

  • Dr. Armen Kocharyan

    Dr. Armen Kocharyan

    Software Engineer

    Having theoretical background in mathematics (Ph.D.) basically was focused on parallel algorithms and pattern matching problems. Armen has spent significant time working on theoretical and practical research projects (IIAP of NAS RA, INSA de Rennes FR). As an experienced developer last years was focused on architecture design, development and support scalable, high loaded enterprise applications for B2B and B2C businesses in gaming and medical industry.

  • Dr. Gagik Karapetyan

    Dr. Gagik Karapetyan

    Software Engineer

    Experienced Software Engineer with a demonstrated history of working in the information technology and electrical engineering industry. Skilled in DSP, embedded systems and cross platform C programming. Strong engineering professional with a PhD in Condensed matter physics from Institute for Physical Researches NAS RA.

  • Alexander Bondarenko

    Alexander Bondarenko

    Software Engineer

    Experienced C / C ++ developer, and competent in developing various functional applications. Worked in the Swedish company Pennan Consulting AB. Participated in the development and implementation for known international projects.

  • Anna Soshenko

    Anna Soshenko

    Project Manager

    Anna has a major in Economics. She has working experience as a group coordinator in international companies, operating in telecommunications and insurance industries. Being interested in IT technologies and innovations, and possessing perfect organizational skills, she joined our team in 2016.

  • Grigor Igitbashyan

    Grigor Igitbashyan

    Web Developer

    Graduated from the Politechnic University, Faculty of Computer Science and has a Master's degree in that sphere. Grigor has over 10 years of profound experience in development of web applications. Has worked with international projects for such corporations as Forbes, Cosmopolitan, Snickers etc.

  • Sergey Tangyan

    Sergey Tangyan

    Web Developer

    Sergey studied Business Administration at the American University of Armenia. His skills mainly include PHP, Python and Java. He has spent 3+ years in IT mainly focused on payment systems, security and modular gateways.

  • Karen Stepanyan

    Karen Stepanyan

    Web Developer

    Karen is a Javascript developer and technology evangelist who is passionate about building great user experiences, fighting for simplicity over complexity, using modern web frameworks and technologies like Angular, React, Node.js and others. He has 2+ years experience in developing rich interactive applications.

  • Hayk Grigoryan

    Hayk Grigoryan

    Web Developer

    Hayk is passionate web developer who has experience of working with VOIP technologies & video communication API’s. He graduated from the State Engineering University of Armenia and has Master’s degree on Informatics and Computer Science. The desire to share experience and to learn new technologies brought Hayk to our team.

  • Harutyun Mnatsakanyan

    Harutyun Mnatsakanyan

    Web Developer

    Harutyun graduated from the State Engineering University of Armenia with Bachelor’s Degree as well as with Master’s Degree (with Honors) in Information of Technology (IT). Has strong knowledge in PHP, Angular, MySQL and JavaScript. Has more than 7 years of experience in programming industry. Is certified by IBM Blockchain Essentials.

  • Vahe Gasparyan

    Vahe Gasparyan

    UI/UX Designer

    He has more than 8 years of experience in Graphic and UI/UX Design. His passion for all aspects of UI/UX design has remained strong and even enlarged throughout the years of experience. During his career, he has done branding/rebranding for several big and well-known organization in different spheres, he worked on nationwide and international marketing, advertising businesses and product/service launch.

  • Arthur Harutyunov

    Arthur Harutyunov

    UX/UI Designer

    Experienced User Experience Designer with a demonstrated history of working in the computer software industry. Skilled in Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Illustrator, Sketch, user Interface design. Strong information technology professional with a Master of Arts (M.A.) focused in UX/UI Design from Yerevan state academy of fine arts.

  • Sona Badalyan

    Sona Badalyan

    Software Developer

    A software engineer with experience of C/C++, Java and Android development. Great experience in developing mobile applications for processing city traffic control. Has experience in electronic design automation, logic design, digital and analog circuit design.

  • Hermine Balumyan

    Hermine Balumyan

    Graphic Designer

  • Alexandra Banna

    Alexandra Banna

    Community Manager

    Qualified in Communications and Marketing, practicing the skills in several platforms, and different environments for four years. Proficient in communications and event management, responsible for managing the connections between platforms and making sure the requisites are met as well as assisting in required projects. Graduated from the American University of Armenia with BA of PR and Communications. Has been an organizer and alumni in the European Youth Parliament since 2014.

  • Mane Mirijanyan

    Mane Mirijanyan

    Marketing Specialist

    Mane has worked on building marketing campaigns and developing products for multinational companies from the USA, Japan and Germany. She holds a Master’s degree from CUAS, Cologne, Germany and UWW, Wisconsin, the USA. Her curiosity towards innovative technologies and their disruption in various industries brought her to join our team as a Marketing Specialist. Mane is also actively involved in voluntary activities and was an AEGEE-Yerevan member for nearly 5 years.

  • Jemma Manukyan

    Jemma Manukyan

    Project Assistant

    Jemma graduated from the Slavonic University of Armenia, receiving a professional degree of a Linguist. However, the new technologies and blockchain took over and she started diving deep into the topic. Has 3 years' working experience in marketing. Got certified from Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania for Online Courses of Marketing

  • Sarkis Andreyan

    Sarkis Andreyan

    Frontend Developer

    Sarkis is the youngest member of our team. He’s a technology enthusiast and loves to build awesome web-designs with cool animations, as well as their logical parts. He studies at the Polytechnical University of Armenia, loves to dive deep into the world of Mathematics.

  • Sergey Chimanyan

    Sergey Chimanyan

    Frontend Developer

    Sergey graduated from Yerevan State University, Faculty of Informatics and Applied Mathematics. He has more than 7 years of experience in JS technology.

  • Alexandria Kharatyan

    Alexandria Kharatyan

    Frontend Developer

    Creative front-end developer specialized in translating rich interfaces into interactive web experiences using cutting edge technology and techniques, such as AMP. Alexandria got her BA in International Economic Relations at ASUE. Throughout her academic experience she has been involved as a volunteer in various international and national organizations such as AIESEC, YMCA, TEDx. In the past years she's grown up as a front-end developer building design and usability-oriented projects creating the best user engagement.

  • Vlad Babayan

    Vlad Babayan

    Communication Manager

    Recent repatriate to Armenia from the US, currently studying English at the American University of Armenia. In the states Vlad studied finance for two years at Suffolk University and has worked in both B2C and B2B sales at various places throughout both the states and Armenia.

  • Gohar Avetisyan

    Gohar Avetisyan

    Frontend Developer

    Skillful programmer, with profound insight of JavaScript, who also possesses experience with Angular framework, jQuery and other web technologies. Has deep and fundamental knowledge of Mathematics and Physics, graduating biomedical engineering at the National Politechnic University of Armenia.

  • Annie Akkam

    Annie Akkam

    Content Manager

    Born and raised in UAE, Annie became involved with writing after moving to Armenia. She has written countless articles for multiple companies and NGOs. Currently, she is studying English and Journalism at YSLU.

Advisors

  • Alexandre Tabbakh

    Alexandre Tabbakh

    Alexandre is a Fintech and Blockchain expert with deep knowledge on derivatives from his experiences at Société Générale and JP Morgan (Paris, Luxembourg and Hong Kong). He has been working with different Fintech startups designing blockchain-based workflows and proof-of-concepts. As an active member of the blockchain ecosystem in Asia, he has delivered numerous talks about the rise of blockchain and cryptocurrencies. Alexandre graduated from ISC Paris Business School, and INSEAD.

  • Brett Scott

    Brett Scott

    Brett is involved in financial campaigning and alternative finance, blending experience in environmental and social movements and start-ups. He is the author of a book called The Heretic's Guide to Global Finance. Brett has also written for the Guardian, Wired Magazine, New Scientist, The Ecologist, The New Internationalist, openDemocracy and This Is Africa (Financial Times). He has appeared on BBC, radio, Arte TV and various other places. He was the 2006/2007 Magdalene Mandela Scholar at Cambridge University. Bret has published number of academic papers related to international development and blockchain ecosystems. Brett is a Fellow at the WWF/ICAEW Finance Innovation Lab, an initiative drawing alternative finance peeps together.

  • Dr. Arman Jilavian

    Dr. Arman Jilavian

    Arman Jilavian leads Aurora Humanitarian Initiative as CEO. He is a member of the Board of Directors at RVVZ Foundation, Member of the Board of Trustees of UWC Dilijan, Co-Founder and Managing Partner of MEDIACRAT. In 2011, he was named the Media Manager of Russia in the Printed Media / Magazines category. Arman Jilavian graduated from the Lomonosov Moscow State Universtiy with a PhD in philology. He has held various positions in Russia’s leading media groups (Nezavisimaya Gazeta, Eurasian Media Group) and managed the Time Inc.’s business in Russia (FORTUNE and Popular Science magazines).

  • Emma Arakelyan

    Emma Arakelyan

    Emma is a management consulting executive, author, speaker, entrepreneur, philanthropist, coach and professor. Emma brings more than 20 years of experience in leadership across business strategy, IT Architecture & Transformation, M&A, governance and compliance credentialed by global professional services and technology companies EY (Ernst & Young) , Accenture. Emma has first-hand experience in business transformation and technology solutions implementation for Fortune 500 companies. She is currently driving emerging technologies and innovation by accelerating startups and entrepreneurs go to market strategies and execution. Emma is the CEO and Co-Founder for Orion Worldwide Innovations, LLC offering IP Management & Acquisition solutions to the innovators and investors market globally. Emma operates her multimedia company Open Mind Productions, LLC. She is an adjunct professor at New York University and is also a mentor at the Singularity University.

  • Edwin Tham

    Edwin Tham

    Edwin Tham is a corporate lawyer based in Moscow with over 20 years’ experience advising on mergers and acquisitions, and finance transactions, in the Russian and CIS market. He was managing partner of the Moscow office of Allen & Overy from 2011 until 2014. He is currently senior counsel at Danilov & Konradi. He has been ranked as a leading corporate and M&A lawyer in Russia by publications such as The Legal 500, Chambers Global, Chambers Europe and Kommersant. Edwin has advised on deals in the oil and gas, financial and private equity sectors. He is qualified as an English solicitor, Singaporean advocate and solicitor, and New York attorney.

  • Adam A. Kablanian

    Adam A. Kablanian

    Adam is an acclaimed Silicon Valley executive and investor in several next-generation ventures and technologies such as chip design (NASDAQ (VIRL.)), organic thin-films development (acquired by AIXTRON SE (FSE: AIX; NASDAQ: AIXG)), memory IP solutions (acquired by CISCO), next-generation neural interface technology (Paradromics, state backed venture that he currently manages as the Chairman). Adam has served on numerous boards in the EDA Industry (Sequence Design) and Application SW (IconApps) companies. Currently he serves on the board of Silicon Cloud International. He has numerous inventions and 15 patents granted in the area of Micro-chip design and Memory. Moreover, he is the author and co-author of over 15 technical publications in leading trade journals. Adam holds a BA in Physics from UC Berkeley, a MS in Electrical Engineering from Santa Clara University, and an Executive MBA from Stanford University.

  • Pierre Hennes

    Pierre Hennes

    Pierre has international experience in technology investments and new venture creation. He is the Partner of Granatus Ventures, Managing Partner of Extream Ventures, a Singapore-based VC firm launched in 2009, and a Partner of Upstream Ventures, a Singapore-based seed, startup investment firm launched in 2003. Pierre currently serves as Executive Chairman of Tagit Pte Ltd, Asia’s leading provider of enterprise mobility solutions for the financial services sector, and actively invests in and advises promising startups in the clean-tech and medical devices sectors, including Visenti (smart water grid), Sentec (diabetes) and Glissade Dental (3D dental imaging). He earned a B.A. with Honors in International Relations from Boston University, and an MBA from New York University's Stern School of Business. 

  • Fábio Silva

    Fábio Silva

    Fábio Silva is the CEO of LatoEX the first Latin America asset tokenization and trading platform. He was the Co-Founder of StartMeUp Crowdfunding and Partner of SuperJobs Ventures. He made investments in Silicon Valley and Brazil (ROOT, Mirador and House of All) acting as a Board Member in the 3 companies. Specialist in: Startups, Fundraising, Blockchain, Strategy, Finance, Marketing and Human Resources. With over 11 years of experience in companies such as Syngenta, Philips and Whirlpool, he has teamed up with strategic projects for Latin America, US, Italy and China. Fábio holds a degree in business administration from FAAP and a postgraduate degree in Strategic Formulation and Management Processes from FGV. In 2016 he was elected by the French portal Techfoliance as one of the 30 influencers of the Fintech market in Brazil.

  • Etienne A. Bernath

    Etienne A. Bernath

    Organizer of the Blockchain Meetup and Media and Communication. Author of the chapter on blockchain and journalism in the book "Blockchain: The Industrial Revolution of the Internet". She is co-founder of the Spanish Blockchain Observatory, the site to promote the development of this technology and its application in our society, and the platform OléChain, correspondent of CriptoNoticias in Spain and communication consultant blockchain. She has developed her professional career in the magazine Panorama, the newspaper ABC and Telemadrid, public television in Madrid, where she was president. She has also been a professor at the Universidad Carlos III Journalism School in Madrid.

  • Benjamin Leiding

    Benjamin Leiding

    Benjamin is an academic blockchain researcher and PhD student at the University of Göttingen (Germany). His research interests focus on blockchain-based identity and authentication systems as well as system architectures. He is also the founder and CEO of Chaindrium.

Ambassadors

  • Covadonga Fernández

    Covadonga Fernández

    Spain

    Journalist, enterprising and curious of everything. Organizer of the Blockchain Meetup and Media and Communication and author of the chapter on blockchain and journalism in the book "Blockchain: The Industrial Revolution of the Internet", the first volume written in Spanish dedicated to this technology. She is co-founder of the Spanish Blockchain Observatory, the site to promote the creation of collaboration networks for the development of this technology and its application in our society, and the platform OléChain, correspondent of CriptoNoticias in Spain and communication consultant blockchain. She has developed her professional career, among other media, in the magazine Panorama, the newspaper ABC and Telemadrid, public television in Madrid, where she was president. She has also been a professor at the Universidad Carlos III Journalism School in Madrid.

  • Kohei Kurihara

    Kohei Kurihara

    Japan

    Kohei is a social media business operational expert. He worked as sales at Rakuten, the number one Japanese e-commerce giant. As country manager of S&W Media group, he managed advanced targeting and optimization techniques for local ad-network enterprises. Kohei also established his own company, Mangaconnect, which represents a business alliance and development firm building relationships between Japanese companies and foreign markets. He is a blockchain enthusiast and organises events in Japan with the purpose of democratizing the blockchain technology.

  • Andrew McGregor

    Andrew McGregor

    USA

    Andrew McGregor has an eclectic background in the not-for-profit and social enterprise worlds drawing from his expertise as a journalist, frequent TEDx speaker, filmmaker, inventor, writer, chessboxing champion, Highland games athlete, and entrepreneur.

    He has founded or co-founded several not-for-profits and social enterprise companies and has managed teams doing humanitarian programs in challenging places such as Mogadishu and Eastern DR Congo.

    He is the Curator of MindshareLA and has a master’s degree from the University of Southern California.

  • Matthias Schmidt

    Matthias Schmidt

    Germany

    Matthias is a degreed-engineer of the polytechnic university in Munich. He has been working for IT companies in the publishing industry for 2 decades. During the print to a web conversion he became an OpenSource evangelist, with focus on the Drupal CMS. He was in the organizing team of the biggest European Drupal event in 2018 for its publishing + media track. He believes that Publishers need to join forces and share technology in collaborative environments to not let players like Google, Facebook and Twitter shape the publishing landscape.

  • Mariam Haydeyan

    Mariam Haydeyan

    Germany

    Mariam has a Philosophy & Economics background and is a digitalization advocate. She has worked and consulted in the field of digital education and digitalisation strategies within the German Higher Education system and developed and implemented online learning environments of different kinds. Currently she is working for a German governmental organisation on the private sector development in Armenia, especially focusing on SMEs in the area of innovation, High-Tech and IT.

  • Mikayel Pogosyan

    Mikayel Pogosyan

    Canada

    Although still in the nascent stages of his career, Mikayel has already had several stints in consulting firms with clients in Pharma, Healthcare, Insurance and Banking, mostly focusing on data-driven solutions. He currently works at the leading Canadian power sports e-commerce company as a data manager, acting as an intermediary between the Order Management, Catalog and Software Development teams. He holds a Bachelor's Degree in Management of Information Systems from McGill University, as well as a certificate from Harvard Univetsity's HBX program on disruption.