Yerevan summit WCIT 2019 three reasons to attend
Yerevan summit in Armenia to hold The World Congress on Information Technology (WCIT) summit from October 6 to 9, 2019. An event that is one of the largest and most reputable ICT events in the world. The summit features discussions and topics about the evolution of the Digital Age Era.
1. World-class global project
One-of-a-kind event to attend and form dialogue around our Digital Future and discuss the outcomes that the data and communications technologies have in our lives.
2. Special international network
An exceptional window to expand your network and shape new business opportunities within a group of global leaders.
3. Discover Yerevan, Armenia
An exquisite chance to explore Armenia’s wealthy culture, chic nature, delicious cooking, and innovative technical school community.
Topics covered at the Yerevan summit WCIT 2019
Internet of Things (IoT)
National Digital Agendas
Impact of ICT in Education
Startups and Incubators
Digital Inclusion and Equality
Connecting the Next Billion
Women in Technology
Who are the speakers of WCIT 2019 Yerevan summit?
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Gary Vaynerchuk is a serial entrepreneur and the Chairman of VaynerX, a modern-day communications parent company, as well as the CEO and Co-Founder of VaynerMedia, a full-service digital agency servicing Fortune 500 clients across the company’s 4 locations. His fifth book “Crushing It!: How Great Entrepreneurs Build Business and Influence-and How You Can, Too” is available in stores now!
Gary rose to prominence in the late ’90s after establishing one of the first eCommerce wine sites, WineLibrary helping his father grow the family business from 4 to 60MM in sales.
Gary is also one of the most sought after public speakers alive today. He is a venture capitalist, 5-time New York Times bestselling author, and an early investor in companies such as Twitter, Tumblr, Venmo and Uber. Gary has been named to both Crain’s and Fortune’s 40 Under 40 lists.
Gary is currently the subject of DailyVee, an online documentary series highlighting what it’s like to be a CEO and public figure in today’s digital world. He is also the host of #AskGaryVee, a business and advice Q&A show online. Gary is also the host of a global top 10 business podcast, The Gary Vaynerchuk Audio Experience. Gary’s signature sneakers, The GaryVee 001 & 002 in collaboration with K-Swiss sold out on an opening day.
He is the Co-Founder of VaynerSports, a full-service athlete representation agency with more than 20 clients with his brother AJ. Gary also appears with Gwyneth Paltrow, Jessica Alba, and Will.i.am on Apple’s first original series “Planet of the Apps” out now.
Co-founder, Reddit and Initialized Capital
Alexis was born in Brooklyn, NY and grew up in the suburbs of Baltimore, MD. He’s written a national bestselling book, Without Their Permission, has long advocated for the open internet and STEM education, and alongside Garry Tan co-founded Initialized Capital – a seed-stage venture fund with over $500M under management and a portfolio with $36B in market value so far. Alexis also co-founded Reddit.
Kim Kardashian West
Activist, entrepreneur, the beauty mogul and producer
First burst onto the scene in 2007 after the premiere of her hit E! Entertainment reality series “Keeping Up with the Kardashians” where she also holds an executive producer credit. Now in its sixteenth season, the show has been recognized as the highest-rated show on the E! Network.
Kardashian West has been passionate about the fight for criminal justice reform and she announced in May that she began studying in 2018 for a law degree through the apprenticeship program in the state of California. She is expected to take the bar in 2022. This year, she will launch her anticipated shapewear collection alongside her KKW BEAUTY and KKW Fragrance collections which launched in 2017.
She has been the face of advertising campaigns by YEEZY, Fendi, Balmain and CK as well as graced numerous national covers including Vogue, Forbes, ELLE, GQ, Marie Claire, Glamour, Cosmopolitan, Allure, Harper’s Bazaar, BOF, and Interview as well as the covers of many publications around the world. She is the author of two books, the New York Times best-seller “Kardashian Konfidential” and “Kim Kardashian Selfish” a hardcover book published by Rizzoli featuring many of her never-before-seen personal images.
Kardashian West has some of the most-followed social media pages in the world with over 60.8 million followers on Twitter, 140.5 million followers on Instagram and 30 million likes on her Facebook page. She is also a supporter of numerous charitable organizations including the Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, the Dream Foundation and disaster relief efforts including the recent fires in Los Angeles.
Founder and CEO Quant Network
Yerevan summit 2019 WCIT speaker, Gilbert is building the Internet of Trust by converging Blockchain and Cybersecurity as the Founder and CEO of Quant Network, tasked with connecting the world’s networks to blockchains.
Having over 20 years of industry experience and C-level accountability, he has worked across Government in Downing St, HM Treasury, Cabinet Office, Ministry of Justice and NSW Health and private sector at CSC, EY and HSBC.
Having a keen interest in disruptive technology, he’s the author behind the Blockchain ISO Standard TC307 initiative and is the Chair of the UK’s national committee on Blockchain and Distributed Ledger technologies (DLT/1). He also sits on committees in the Federal Reserve, the EU’s Blockchain Observatory, PayUK’s Cybersecurity board and UK Government’s DLT committee.
Secretary General, BSEC
Ambassador Michael B. Christides is the Secretary-General of the Permanent International Secretariat (PERMIS) of the Organization of the Black Sea Economic Cooperation (BSEC), headquartered in Istanbul, Turkey.
Born in Thessaloniki, Greece in 1949, Ambassador Christides joined the Hellenic Ministry of Foreign Affairs in 1976 as first in his Class and served with distinction until his retirement with honors in August 2014. Among other assignments, he served as Ambassador of Greece to Bulgaria, to Turkey, to Argentina and Bolivia and held senior posts in the Hellenic MFA as Political Director for Southeast Europe, as Director-General for International Organizations, International Security & Cooperation and as Director-General for International Economic Relations.
Ambassador Christides participated in many international meetings and conferences and has spent more than 20 years dealing with S.E. European / Balkan issues, while traveling extensively in the region. He acquired a broad knowledge of the political and economic realities there and established a wide personal network of high-level political, business, academic and media contacts. Apart from his native Greek, he speaks fluent English, German, French, Italian, and moderately good Spanish.
After his retirement Ambassador Christides was elected by the BSEC Council of Ministers of Foreign Affairs as Secretary-General of the BSEC PERMIS, assuming his duties on 1 July 2015. After the unanimous endorsement by all BSEC Member States, the same Council of Ministers of Foreign Affairs reappointed on 15 December 2017 Ambassador Christides for a second three-year term-in-office, as of 1 July 2018 until 30 June 2021.
VP, Sustainability and Cities, Siemens
Jenny Bofinger-Schuster, as a Senior VP for Sustainability and Cities, leads to Siemens’ sustainability activities around the globe, setting the right strategy and ensuring its implementation. Siemens is committed to being CO2 neutral by 2030 and is a leader in innovating sustainable solutions for its customers. Jenny’s professional focus encompasses resource & energy efficiency, sustainability management and Siemens’ Business to Society approach.
In addition, she leads the Center of Competence Cities. The purpose of the Center within Siemens is to offer integrated solutions addressing the challenges caused by urbanization, climate change, and globalization, shaping tomorrow’s urban infrastructures.
With her more than 12 years’ experience in management consultancy within and outside of Siemens, Jenny Bofinger-Schuster was made a Partner of Siemens Management Consulting. Within that role, Jenny developed trendsetting strategies in areas around the globe ranging from mobility to healthcare.
Mr. Steil has been CEO of TeamViewer since January 2018. He is an internationally experienced manager with a proven track record in building and successfully leading tech champions. As Chief Executive Officer, Mr. Steil is responsible for the development and implementation of TeamViewer’s strategy.
Before taking over the position of CEO TeamViewer, Mr. Steil was Partner at the international private equity firm Permira. There he built up and headed Permira’s Portfolio Group, which works with global deal teams across all sectors on designing and delivering value creation plans for Permira funds’ portfolio companies. Prior to joining the private equity firm, Mr. Steil served as CEO of Sunrise Communications AG, the largest privately-owned telecommunications provider in Switzerland, and as CEO of Debitel (today: Freenet AG), a leading mobile service provider in Germany. He started his career at McKinsey where he became a Partner with a focus on the telecommunications and technology sector.
Mr. Steil holds a master’s degree (German diploma) in Electrical Engineering, from the Ruhr-University, Bochum, Germany.
Geopolitical Expert, Ethics, Commentator
Jamie Metzl is a leading futurist, geopolitical expert, science fiction novelist, and media commentator and a Senior Fellow of the Atlantic Council. He was recently appointed to the World Health Organization expert advisory committee on developing global standards for the governance and oversight of human genome editing. Jamie previously served in the U.S. National Security Council, State Department, Senate Foreign Relations Committee, as Executive Vice President of the Asia Society and with the United Nations in Cambodia. He is the author of a history of the Cambodian genocide, the historical novel The Depths of the Sea, and the genetics sci-fi thrillers Genesis Code and Eternal Sonata, and his new book Hacking Darwin: Genetic Engineering and the Future of Humanity. An avid ironman triathlete and ultramarathoner and former White House Fellow and Aspen Institute Crown Fellow, Jamie holds a Ph.D. in Asian history from Oxford, a JD from Harvard Law School, and is a Phi Beta Kappa Magna cum Laude graduate of Brown University. www.jamiemetzl.com
Senior Vice President, Pixar Animation Studios
Katherine Sarafian is the Senior Vice President, Talent, at Pixar Animation Studios. In this capacity, she oversees the development and cultivation of Pixar’s workforce at all levels, helping shape the filmmaking experience at the studio. A Pixar veteran, Sarafian produced the Academy Award ® -winning feature film Brave and the Academy Award ® -nominated short film Lifted. She joined the studio in 1994 as a coordinator on Toy Story and held a variety of key production roles, including production supervisor on the Academy Award ® -nominated Monsters, Inc. and production manager on the Academy Award ® -winning The Incredibles, before beginning her tenure as a producer. Sarafian’s experience spans the range of Pixar’s creative and business interests; in addition to her film production work, she has overseen Pixar’s feature film development department and served as its Director of Marketing and Consumer Products. Prior to her promotion to Senior Vice President, Talent, she served as the studio’s Vice President, Strategic Talent Planning. Before joining Pixar, Sarafian worked in development at Castle Rock Entertainment and in digital entertainment at Sanctuary Woods Multimedia. Sarafian received her BA in Communication Studies and MA in Film and Television Critical Studies from the University of California, Los Angeles. She is a member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and the Producers Guild of America.
Cybersecurity expert, Founder and CEO, Konfidas
Ram Levi is a cybersecurity expert, public speaker and advisor to global organizations on cybersecurity, data protection, and privacy.
Founder and CEO of Konfidas cybersecurity consulting firm; Among our clients are EL AL (Israel Airlines), ZIM (Israeli Shipping Company), Bank Hapoalim (Israel’s Largest Bank) Clal Insurance, Bank of Israel, Amdocs, etc.).
In house expert and delivers a cyber corner on i24News TV. Cybersecurity expert for the International Union of Aerospace Insurers (IUAI)
The former secretary of the Prime Minister of Israel National Cyber Initiative Task Force that spearheaded the government resolution on establishing the National Cyber Bureau (2010-2011). Former cybersecurity advisor to the Israel National Research and Development Council (2011-2016). Co-authored the Israel national civilian space policy (2010) Member of the Israel National Committee for Cybersecurity Research and Development; Senior fellow at the Yuval Ne’eman Workshop for Science, Technology, and Security, Tel Aviv University. Cyber Expert for the committee for Internet and New Media at the Israel Lawyers Association. Member of the steering committee for the Control System Cyber Security Association International (CS)2AI. Leads an esteemed community of Israeli cybersecurity experts.
Ram holds MA (Cum Laude) from the Tel Aviv University (thesis on Cyberattack of Space Systems), bachelor of the International Space University (ISU/SSP), holds a degree in Computer Science and trained in the elite IDF “Mamram” Programming School.
Ram retired with honors as Major of the Israel Intelligence Corps. He is particularly proud of having won the first place in the IDF gourmet-cooking contest.
Global Practice Leader, Digital Government, Boston Consulting Group
Miguel Carrasco is a Managing Director, Senior Partner and global leader of Boston Consulting Group’s Center for Digital Government. He works with public sector clients to transform their organizations and build leading capabilities in digital, technology and data analytics. He is a writer, speaker, and thought leader on a range of topics including digital identity, bionic organization and AI, automation and the future of work. He is a member of the Business Council of Australia’s Skills and Innovation Taskforce and has been a senior adviser to governments around the world on digital government, innovation and the digital economy. He is also BCG’s lead for Technology in the Asia Pacific and a member of the global Digital BCG leadership team.
EMEIA Area Managing Partner and Global Leader, EY
Julie Linn Teigland is Area Managing Partner of EY Europe, Middle East, India and Africa (EMEIA) and a member of EY Global Executive leading over 115,000 people across 98 countries. She is responsible for international tax advice, auditing, advising large clients and accompanying business transformations. With nearly three decades of experience in professional services for international clients, she has advised and audited many growth companies and served as lead partner for several Fortune 500 clients. Passionate about the power of digitalization disrupting current business models and the resulting need for a more holistic approach, she accompanies her clients in transformation processes, focusing on the challenges of digital transformation and is committed to the sustainable development of capital markets and their framework conditions.
As the Global Leader for EY’s Women. The fast forward initiative, Julie a key player in progressing gender equality issues, with a focus on digital parity. She is a prominent voice of the Women20 (W20) global agenda and also serves on several non-profit boards across Europe and the US, such as the UN EQUALS and the American Council on Germany.
Born in the US, Julie has been living in Germany for more than 30 years. She studied business in Heidelberg, Frankfurt and Paris and qualified as a US Certified Public Accountant.
Head, Federal Tax Service, Russia
In 1989 he graduated from the Moscow Machine Tool Institute (STANKIN), majoring in computer aided design, and in 1992 he completed his Ph.D. in Economics. 1995–1996: Deputy General Director and Chairman of the International Computer Club. August 1998: Mr. Mishustin was appointed Deputy Head of the Russian Federal Tax Service. March 1999 – March 2004: Deputy Minister of the Russian Federation on Taxes and Levies.
2004 – 2006: Head of the Federal Real Estate Cadastre Agency. January 2007 – March 2008: headed the Federal Agency for the Management of Special Economic Zones. In March 2008, Mr Mishustin became President of the UFG (UFG Asset Management) group of companies – one of the largest companies working in Russia in the field of asset management, private equity, and (together with Deutsche Bank) domestic mutual funds.
Mr Mishustin has been Head of the Federal Tax Service since 6 April 2010.
Carolin T. Seward
Vice President, General Manager, Datacenter Group, Intel Corporation
Carolin T. Seward is Vice President and General Manager in the Datacenter Group at Intel Corporation. In this role, she is responsible for delivering integrated data center solutions with the best customer experience for product launch, manufacturing, deployment, and services. She partners with sales to manage customer relationships and optimize partnerships to generate new sources of revenue. She also works closely with the product development and supply chain teams to deliver solutions with
optimized margins and quality performance. Previously, Carolin was Vice President in the Technology and Manufacturing Group and Director of Global Supply Management at Intel. She managed Intel’s global capital expenditures and materials sourcing for Intel manufacturing operations. The scope of her position included development and delivery of supplier capabilities to support Intel’s five-generation technology roadmap, including enabling strategies to ensure a healthy and affordable supply chain ecosystem through collaborations, investments, intellectual property management, and supply chain capability development. Other responsibilities included capacity, supply planning, and global manufacturing support for assembly manufacturing operations.
Since joining Intel in 1991, Mrs. Seward has served in a variety of technical and managerial roles in Intel’s technology manufacturing engineering organization, including as director of supply chain strategy integration and as engineering manager of fab capital equipment development. She is a champion for diversity and inclusion and has sponsored development initiatives for women throughout her career. Mrs. Seward holds a bachelor’s degree in materials engineering from San Jose State University and a master’s degree in business administration from Pepperdine University.
Managing Director, RIPE Network Coordination Centre
Axel Pawlik is the Managing Director of the RIPE Network Coordination Centre (RIPE NCC), the Regional Internet Registry for Europe, the Middle East, and Central Asia
Axel graduated from the University of Dortmund, Germany, with a Masters Degree in Computer Science. He was later employed at the University of Dortmund from 1985 to 1992, where he contributed to the establishment of UNIX networking as a publicly available service in Germany. This institution introduced Internet access services to the business community and the general public. From 1987-1991, he also served as a member of the Board of the German Unix Users Group (GUUG). Understanding the demand for a commercial operation to provide Internet services, Axel founded EUnet Deutschland GmbH in 1992 and commercialized the operation. Under his leadership, EUnet Deutschland GmbH became the market leader in Germany and one of the strongest EUnet networks in Europe.
Dr. Yervant Zorian
Chief Architect and Fellow, President, Synopsys Armenia
Dr. Zorian is a Chief Architect and Fellow at Synopsys, as well as President of Synopsys Armenia. Formerly, he was Vice President and Chief Scientist of Virage Logic, Chief Technologist at LogicVision, and a Distinguished Member of Technical Staff AT&T Bell Laboratories. He is currently the President of IEEE Test Technology Technical Council (TTTC), the founder and chair of the IEEE 1500 Standardization Working Group, the Editor-in-Chief Emeritus of the IEEE Design and Test of Computers and an Adjunct Professor at University of British Columbia. He served on the Board of Governors of Computer Society and CEDA, was the Vice President of IEEE Computer Society, and the General Chair of the 50th Design Automation Conference (DAC) and several other symposia and workshops.
Dr. Zorian holds 35 US patents, has authored four books, published over 350 refereed papers and received numerous best paper awards. A Fellow of the IEEE since 1999, Dr. Zorian was the 2005 recipient of the prestigious Industrial Pioneer Award for his contribution to BIST, and the 2006 recipient of the IEEE Hans Karlsson Award for diplomacy. He received the IEEE Distinguished Services Award for leading the TTTC, the IEEE Meritorious Award for outstanding contributions to EDA, and in 2014, the Republic of Armenia’s National Medal of Science.
He received an MS degree in Computer Engineering from the University of Southern California, a Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from McGill University, and an MBA from Wharton School of Business, University of Pennsylvania.
Corporate Vice President, Microsoft
Vahe has more than 25 years of experience running multiple lines of business for Microsoft, in the Americas, Europe and Asia, in mature and emerging markets, and across consumer, retail, OEM, Enterprise, SMB & public sector industries.
He is a graduate of ISG in Paris, INSEAD and an MBA from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business. He is the executive sponsor of Microsoft’s Diversity & Inclusion initiative & co-chair of the Gender Diversity Leadership Board, since 2001. He serves as a member of the board of directors of the French as well as Pacific Northwest French American Chambers of Commerce.
Co-Founder and President, ServiceTitan
ServiceTitan Co-Founder and President Vahe Kuzoyan is responsible for defining the company’s overall product strategy, overseeing the development and launch of new products, and perfecting the platform’s user experience and analytics. Vahe is the principal domain expert and product visionary behind ServiceTitan’s innovations.
Vahe dreamed up ServiceTitan as a “thank you” to his father, a veteran plumber who grew frustrated by the lack of technology in the industry. Vahe and Co-Founder/CEO Ara Mahdessian
chose to forgo prestigious job opportunities with other tech giants to create their own game-changing product in ServiceTitan. Vahe earned his Bachelor of Science in computer science, neuroscience, and business administration from the University of Southern California.
Aside from work, Vahe enjoys traveling, skiing, and spending time with his family. He hones his business and tech knowledge by reading about industry pioneers he admires such as Steve Jobs, Jeff Bezos, Sergey Brinn, and Larry Page. Vahe believes in giving back to the community and does philanthropic work with Children’s Hospital Los Angeles and underprivileged students in Armenia. He lives in Glendale, California with his wife Ruzan and their three amazing children.
CEO, Bitcoin Suisse
Arthur Vayloyan, CEO, Member of the Board at Bitcoin Suisse AG
Arthur Vayloyan is the CEO and a Board Member at Bitcoin Suisse AG, a leading financial service provider specializing in crypto-assets. Throughout his 25+ year career, Arthur has established himself as a thought leader and an innovative pioneer in the world of finance, private banking, and microfinance.
In 2017, as Global Head of Products and Member of the Executive Board at Falcon Private Bank, Arthur and his team launched the first, fully regulated, FINMA-approved private banking offering in Europe for direct investments in cryptocurrencies.
Prior to this, Arthur held several senior positions at Credit Suisse including Global Head of Investment Services and Products, Head of Private Banking Switzerland, and Head of Latin America. For ten years, he served as a Private Banking Divisional Board Member.
Chief Operating Officer, VMware
Rajiv Ramaswami joined VMware in April 2016 and has joint responsibility with Raghu Raghuram for all of VMware’s product and service offerings, along with centralized services, support, and operational functions. In this role, Ramaswami’s primary focus is on VMware’s product offerings. Prior to this role, Ramaswami led VMware’s Networking and Security business as executive vice president and general manager.
Before joining VMware, Ramaswami was executive vice president and general manager for the Infrastructure and Networking group at Broadcom Corporation for six years. During his tenure, Broadcom became a leader in delivering merchant silicon switching solutions, which have now been widely adopted in carrier, data center, and enterprise networks, transforming how these networks have been built.
He previously served as vice president and general manager for switching, storage, data center, and optical business units at Cisco for 8 years, and earlier in his career, worked at Xros (acquired by Nortel), Tellabs, and IBM Research.
Ramaswami received his bachelor’s degree from the Indian Institute of Technology, Madras, of which he is a Distinguished Alumnus, and holds master’s and doctoral degrees from the University of California, Berkeley. He is an IEEE Fellow and holds 36 patents, primarily in optical networking.
Mr. Murthy founded Infosys in 1981. Infosys is today, a highly-innovative software services global company listed on NYSE in the US and on the Bombay Stock Exchange in Mumbai with about US$ 11 billion in revenue and US$ 45 billion in market capitalization.
Mr. Murthy conceptualized, articulated and implemented the Global Delivery Model (GDM) which has become the backbone of the Indian software industry. GDM is based on collaborative distributed software development principles and has resulted in the delivery of superior quality software to global customers delivered on time and within budget. Mr. Murthy also introduced the concept of the 24-hour workday to the world.
Under Mr. Murthy’s leadership, Infosys became the leader in innovation in technical, managerial and leadership training, software technology, quality, productivity, customer focus, employee satisfaction, and physical and technological infrastructure.
In 2014, Mr. Murthy was ranked 13th among CNBC’s 25 global business leaders and listed among the ‘12 greatest entrepreneurs of our time’, by Fortune in 2012. He has received Legion d’honneur from France, CBE from Britain and Padma Vibhushan from India. The Economist ranked him among the 10 most-admired global business leaders in 2005. Mr. Murthy is ranked among the top 10 of the Financial Times’ list of “Business pioneers in technology”, published on March 2015. He is the first Indian winner of Ernst and Young’s World Entrepreneur of the Year award.
Mr. Murthy was elected as a member of the prestigious American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 2019. He is a foreign member of the US National Academy of Engineering and a Fellow of the Indian National Academy of Engineering. He received the Founders Medal in 2018, the Hoover medal in 2012 and the Ernst Weber Medal in 2007, all the three from IEEE. He has received the Thomas Jefferson medal and James C. Morgan Global Humanitarian Award.
Currently, Mr. Murthy serves on the boards of Ford Foundation, the Institute for Advanced Study at Princeton, New Jersey, and the United Nations Foundation. He has served on the boards of HSBC and Unilever, both headquartered in London.
He has served as a member of the boards of various well-known universities in the US like Cornell University, Wharton School, the Graduate School of Business at Stanford University and the Rhodes Trust at Oxford. He was the Chairman of the Indian Institute of Management (Ahmedabad), the #1 business school in India, and the Public Health Foundation of India (PHFI).
He is a member of the advisory board of the University of Tokyo (Japan), ESSEC Business School (France), IESE Business School (Spain) and Fundação Dom Cabral (FDC – Brazil).
He has also served on the international advisory boards of Yale University, the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, William F. Achtmeyer Center for Global Leadership at the Tuck School of Business, Singapore Management University INSEAD, Asian Institute of Technology (Bangkok), the Indian School of Business (Hyderabad), and the International Institute of Information Technology, Bangalore.
He is married. His wife, Sudha, is a well-known author. They have two children.
Secretary General, WITSA
Dr. Poisant was appointed the Secretary-General of the World Information Technology and Services Alliance, (WITSA) in June 2006. He directs the day-to-day operations of the global alliance. WITSA’s alliance consists of over 80 leading ICT associations from around the globe. WITSA members represent over 90% of the ICT industry worldwide.
WITSA hosts its signature, annual event the World Congress on Information Technology (WCIT), around the globe, (over 2000 delegates from over 70 countries).
In 1996, Dr. Poisant was appointed the President and CEO of the 1998 World Congress on Information Technology held in the United States. He was then appointed the International Executive Director for the 2000 World Congress, held in Taipei, Taiwan.
Prior to organizing large international events, Dr. Poisant held a number of senior-level positions within the ICT industry. At the Electronic Data Systems Corporation, (EDS) he served as the Vice President of EDS’ Entertainment Division. He was responsible for EDS’ involvement in the 1992 Barcelona Olympics, the 1994 World Cup in the US and the 1996 Goodwill Games in St Petersburg, Russia. He was also responsible for the design, construction, and operations of EDS’ internationally recognized, a marketing center in Dallas, Texas.
Before joining EDS, Dr. Poisant was the founder and first director of the Walt Disney Company’s Business Seminar Division, where he was responsible for all external Business, People Management and Quality Service seminars, and speeches. He presented speeches and seminars on leadership and management to over 200,000 executives worldwide.
Prior to joining WITSA, he was the founder and CEO of Poisant International LLC, an internationally recognized events management company.
The former member of the Executive Committee of the Board of Directors for Operation Smile, a former professor of Marketing and Management at George Mason University’s MBA program and a senior consultant to the Jamestown 2007 (400th Anniversary of the United States) Commemoration committee.
Dr. Poisant also held the positions of Director of Professional Development and Conference Services at the University of Miami, Florida.
In 2009, selected to serve on the United Nations Global Alliance for ICT Development Strategy Council.
In 2012, selected to deliver a TED speech in Lithuania, titled “Fulfilling the Promise of the Digital Age.”
Dr. Poisant is a long-time resident of the state of Virginia, USA. He is an annual participant in the Miami Marathon (26.2 miles/42.1 km).
Executive Director, Berkeley SkyDeck
Caroline is Executive Director of Berkeley SkyDeck, UC Berkeley’s flagship startup accelerator. At SkyDeck she leads a program that hosts over 200 companies per year. She recently launched the Berkeley SkyDeck Fund, a $25 million VC fund investing in SkyDeck startups that shares half of the fund profits with UC Berkeley. Prior to Berkeley SkyDeck, Caroline was a serial entrepreneur. Caroline co-founded the pioneer company in the neuromarketing industry, NeuroFocus, which was acquired by Nielsen in 2011. Before her career in startups, Caroline was a professional concert violinist. Caroline is a recognized speaker on startups, accelerators, and consumer neuroscience. She is an angel investor and is an Advisor and Board member for several startups in mobile, IoT, internet, and travel. Caroline received her MBA from the Haas School of Business at UC Berkeley. Her undergraduate studies were at Brown University and she earned her Violin Performance degree at the Indiana University School of Music. In her spare time she likes to read books on startups, play the violin, do the occasional Ironman triathlon, ski as fast as possible without crashing, and scuba dive.
Javier Garcia Gomez
CTO, Europe and Latin America, Ericsson
Javier Garcia Gomez is Ericsson CTO for Europe and Latin America. In this role, Javier oversees technology and architecture strategy for main Ericsson´s customers in the region and supports Ericsson business areas and global technology functions with overall strategic alignment and direction. Javier works across multiple network technology areas like radio, transport, core, cloud, management, and orchestration. Prior to this role, Javier worked as account CTO in Customer Unit AT&T at Ericsson based in Dallas, USA. Javier has more than 20 years of experience in ICT working different roles as Technology Leader in several network technology suppliers like Nortel, Alcatel-Lucent, and Ericsson. He has ample international experience working in network engineering, product management, product marketing, business development and sales support roles in several countries like Spain, France, India, Sweden, and the USA. He holds an MSc in Telecommunications Engineering from University of Valencia, Spain and the Technical University of Berlin, Germany.
Founder and CEO, GIPHY
Alex Chung is the founder and CEO of GIPHY, the people who bring you all the GIFs. Before founding GIPHY, he was a Hacker in Residence at Betaworks and directed media technology for companies such as MTV, Viacom, Comcast, managed research for Paul Allen’s R&D lab, and started his career as a hardware engineer at Intel. He’s a serial entrepreneur whose past projects include The Fridge (acquired by Google) and several others backed by investors such as YCombinator, Mitch Kapor, Google, Intel, Yahoo, and others. He was named on Business Insider’s Top 25 most influential technologists in New York, Fast Company’s most creative people in business, and Ad Age’s 50 most creative people of 2016.
Senior Vice President and Chief Technology Officer
Ivo Bolsens is senior vice president and chief technology officer (CTO), with responsibility for advanced technology development, Xilinx research laboratories (XRL) and Xilinx university program (XUP). The research of his team leads to the industry-leading adoption of 2.5D advanced packaging technology in Xilinx products. His team spearheaded the introduction of high-level abstraction flows for programming FPGA’s leading towards the first deployments of FPGA technology in datacenter applications. Most recently his team was credited for the development of Xilinx’s AI engine architecture providing leading-edge performance for Machine Learning applications in the 7nm Versal product family, the first generation of Xilinx’s Adaptive Compute Acceleration Platform (ACAP).
Ivo came to Xilinx in June 2001 from the Belgium-based research center IMEC, where he was vice president of information and communication systems. His research included the development of verification for VLSI circuits, design of digital signal processing applications, and wireless communication terminals. He also headed the research on design technology for high-level synthesis of DSP hardware, HW/SW co-design, and system-on-chip design.
Bolsens holds a Ph.D. in applied science and an MSEE from the Catholic University of Leuven in Belgium.
VP, Finance Strategy, Lyft
Michelle is a dynamic and results-oriented executive leading global finance and governance teams for over 25 years. Michelle is currently a VP of Finance Strategy for Lyft, helping the company and finance and other teams scale in a dynamic industry and mature in a post-IPO world. Michelle was previously the Chief Audit Executive at Uber, improving culture scores and corporate governance at a pivotal time in the company’s journey, while she doubled her global team. Previously she spent eight years at Hewlett-Packard, where she was the Vice President of Internal Audit leading a large global team, and prior to that the VP of Enterprise Financial Reporting. During her time there she also created the first global Women’s Leadership Program in Finance. She started her career in public accounting with Ernst & Young after graduating from Truman State University. Michelle serves on the Board of Governors for the San Jose chapter of the Institute of Internal Auditors and is the former Chairwoman of the Audit Committee and Board member of the Uber and Yandex Joint Venture. Michelle was recently named one of the Top 50 Women in Technology by the National Diversity Council. She’s a member of Advancing Women Executives and frequently shares her experiences and career lessons with other women, inspiring them to take charge of their career journeys.
Michelle is a mom to two boys and her pets, and a closet poker player who also loves to travel, read, cook and go wine tasting at local wineries around the Bay Area in California, with her husband Peter.
Editor, Defense & Aerospace Report
Vago Muradian is the editor of Defense & Aerospace Report, an online video news website he launched in July 2016, featuring exclusive, in-depth interviews with international security and defense industry leaders. Since its founding, Defense & Aerospace Report has garnered a worldwide, senior-level audience. For more than 25 years, the defense and aerospace community worldwide has relied on Vago’s reporting and editorial opinions. His in-depth coverage and analysis of national and international security have made him a go-to authority on policy, strategy, innovation, technology, programs, and budgeting. Prior to founding Defense & Aerospace Report, Vago served for 14-years as editor of Defense News. During his tenure there, Vago made Defense News a global must-read, with reporters and editors in 21 countries. He also founded and hosted Defense News with Vago Muradian, the world’s first weekly TV program dedicated to defense issues. Vago has appeared on C-SPAN, CNN, CNBC, MSNBC and radio interviews for international outlets such as the BBC, the Australian Broadcasting Corporation and Swiss TV. His reporting and commentary have been cited in books and quoted in international publications, and he is a frequent speaker, panelist, and moderator at global defense and aerospace conferences. He also has been a regular guest lecturer at leading military institutions including the Royal College of Defence Studies, the Joint Forces Staff College and the Defense Acquisition University.
Managing Director (Engineering), Emerson Collective
Raffi Krikorian is currently at the Emerson Collective, a social change organization, focusing on using technology and data for social good and the public interest. Formerly, he was the Chief Technology Officer of the Democratic National Committee where he rebuilt the Democratic Party’s data systems as well as the technology team through the 2018 mid-term elections. Prior to that, he was the Engineering Director at Uber’s Advanced Technologies Center, where he’s credited with unleashing the first self-driving car fleet, and was the VP of Platform Engineering at Twitter where he was in charge of the backend infrastructure for all of Twitter up to August 2014.
Yale-MIT Technologist-Turned-Technoskeptic Author and Commentator
Eric Brende is the author of BETTER OFF: Flipping the Switch on Technology, a book that received widespread attention and is now in the 23rd printing. BETTER OFF tells the story of Brende’s investigative foray from M.I.T. to the Amish to probe the question: has the wholesale embrace of technology made our lives easier and better, or would we be better turning many of our devices “off” as the Amish do? He studied at Yale and M.I.T. and served as a teaching fellow in the History of Science at Harvard. Determined to learn for himself what place human invention deserves in our lives, after living amongst the Amish, whose lessons of technological restraint inform his book, he later put them in practice in an urban setting while raising a family in St. Louis. He continues to work there as a writer, craftsman, and part-time pedicab operator (old-fashioned muscle-work that enables him to get paid for doing the exercise that others must pay to obtain in a gym). Former Wired editor Kevin Kelly has declared Brende one of “the smartest people” he knows. Of Brende’s Amish memoir, Bill McKibben has said it will do “more good than a thousand self-help books.” Brende is presently at work on a book about possibilities of a revival of traditional household economics inspired in part by the emerging gig economy.
Managing Partner, DVI Equity Partners
Robert Griffin is currently the Managing Partner for DVI Equity Partners a Private Equity Investment arm of Diamond Ventures. As the Managing Partner, he focuses on technology investments that are concentrated on delivering disruptive or disintermediating technology in areas of B2B, critical infrastructure, national security, and emerging trends. Mr. Griffin has been a key player and successful serial entrepreneur in the Software and Services industry for more than 40 years. In Oct. of 2011 he facilitated the sale of his company, i2, to IBM into their Industry Solutions, Software Product Group, where he remained as the General Manager for the Safer Planet and Smarter Cities brand until February of 2017. Mr. Griffin had the global leadership responsibility for solutions that address the Intelligence and Law Enforcement Industries, for the development and deployment of Counter Fraud and Financial Crimes solutions and for solutions that make cities more resilient and sustainable (Smarter Cities).
Mr. Griffin conducted his undergraduate studies in Business Management at Franklin Pierce College in New Hampshire. He is a distinguished alumnus of the Naval Post Graduate School’s Center for Homeland Defense and Security’s Executive Leadership Program (ELP 1001) in Monterey, California, the Founder of the Network Science Research Center and the Center for Resiliency and Sustainability while at IBM in partnership with MIT, a Distinguished Lecturer at the Johns Hopkins School of Education, a Distinguished Lecturer at the University of Arizona’s Eller School of Business, has addressed the World Economic Forum on the use of technology for critical infrastructure protection and is a graduate of the NASDAQ Mindshare Entrepreneur program in Washington DC.
Mr. Griffin is a member of the Board of Advisors for the Intelligence and National Security Alliance (INSA), a member of the Board of Directors for the National Cyber-Forensics and Training Alliance (NCFTA), a member of the Cyber Advisory Board the for the Daily Cypher Brief, the Board of Advisors to the Asian Pacific Institute for Resiliency and Sustainability (AIRS) and a member of the Board of Advisors for the University of Arizona’s Tech Launch Arizona (TLA).
Mr. Griffin has served on the Board of Advisors to the Adjutant General for the State of Hawaii, on the National Advisory Board for InfraGard (a public-private non-profit between US Businesses and the FBI), as a member of the Whitehouse taskforce on Human Trafficking on the Internet and has twice been the recipient in the UK of the Queen’s Award for Enterprise Innovation. He was the 2001 Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year for Greater Washington DC and holds several U.S. patents focused on Law Enforcement and Intelligence and carries an active TS security clearance.
Founder and CEO, PicsArt
Hovhannes Avoyan is a longtime entrepreneur, engineer, and investor, having started and sold more than six companies in 25 years. His biggest and most recent success is PicsArt, now the world’s #1 creative platform and social editing community of more than 130 million monthly creators. As founder and CEO of PicsArt, Hovhannes believes passionately in breaking down technical and cultural barriers so that anyone can create and tell their stories visually. Backed by Sequoia Capital and other leading global VCs, PicsArt is based in San Francisco with offices in Yerevan, Armenia; Moscow; Beijing; Tokyo and Los Angeles.
Deputy CEO, Yandex N.V.
Tigran Khudaverdyan was appointed Deputy CEO of Yandex N.V. and joined the company’s Board of Directors in 2019. Prior to this, from 2015, he served as CEO of Yandex. Taxi, and following its merger with Uber, served as the CEO of the combined business. He joined Yandex in April 2006, and since then has led several successful Yandex projects, including Yandex. Browser and Yandex.Navigator. Tigran Khudaverdyan is a graduate of Moscow State University with a degree in Physics.
ITU Deputy, Secretary-General
Malcolm Johnson was re-elected ITU Deputy Secretary-General on 1 November 2018 for a second four-year term starting on 1 January 2019. During his first term as Deputy Secretary-General, he implemented many efficiency measures releasing more resources to key ITU activities. He led the ITU’s new headquarters building project from initiation to selection of architect and concept design. He has modernized ITU’s physical security, improved internal coordination and streamlined and digitized many internal processes. From 2007 to 2014 he served as Director of ITU’s Telecommunication Standardization Bureau where he spearheaded activities in cybersecurity, climate change, and accessibility, considerably increasing the involvement of developing countries and academia in ITU’s standards activities. Between 2003 and 2006, Mr. Johnson was International Coordinator at the United Kingdom’s Office of Communications (Ofcom), where he had lead responsibility for the United Kingdom in ITU and in CEPT. From 1992 to 2003, he was Director of the United Kingdom’s Radiocommunications Agency and between 1988 and 1992, he worked in the European Commission’s Telecommunication Regulations Division, where he represented the Commission in the Council of the European Union, EU Parliament, CEPT, and ITU.
Dr. Steve Chan
Science & Technology Advisor
Steve Chan is a futurist and digital nomad. Within the industry, he serves as a Science & Technology Advisor for various private wealth management advisory firms with regards to technology investments. He has served as Chair, Scientific Advisory Committee, and Chairman for various cyber and critical infrastructure firms. He previously served as Vice President and Chief Innovation Officer/Chief Strategist for the IBM Safer Planet and Smarter Cities division.
Within academia, Dr. Chan has co-founded several academic centers and held various academic appointments, such as Senior Fellow at Harvard and Fellow/Chief Software Architect at MIT. He has served as lead instructor and co-instructor for various MIT courses; he is an alumnus of MIT and Harvard. His presentations and lectures have been featured at the White House, National Research Council of the National Academies, Aspen Security Forum, Todd Lecture Series, World Economic Forum, and a number of United Nations venues. He was first author for “The Internet of Things” chapter of the 150th-anniversary edition annual publication on statistics, the Measuring the Information Society Report, produced by the International Telecommunication Union of the United Nations.
For government, he has served as Special Advisor, Scientific Advisor, Program Review Panel Member, Strategic Studies Committee Member, Advisory Board Member, Chief Academic Officer, and Chief Architect for various governmental organizations with regards to critical infrastructure, innovation, and the digital ecosystem.
Olga V. Mack
Vice President, Strategy, Quantstamp, Inc.
Olga V. Mack is a blockchain and distributed ledger technology strategist and security professional. She is currently Vice President of Strategy at Quantstamp, the first decentralized security auditing blockchain platform. Olga co-authored Fundamentals of Smart Contracts Security (Momentum Press, March 2019) and she is writing Blockchain Business Models (Business Expert Press, Fall 2019). She leads the Smart Contracts Security Alliance to help enterprises innovate in blockchain securely. Olga spoke at TEDxSanFrancisco about the impact potential of blockchain and smart contracts and at SXSW about blockchain business models. She was previously General Counsel at ClearSlide. Olga also worked at Visa, Yahoo, ClearSlide, Zoosk, and Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati. Olga is a member of the California State Bar. She is a Corporate Social Responsibility fellow at Berkeley Law and CodeX fellow at Stanford University. Olga received a Juris Doctor and Certificate in Law and Technology from U.C. Berkeley School of Law. She also graduated with a double major in Economics and Political Science from U.C. Berkeley.
Dr. Garo H. Armen
Chairman and CEO, Agenus Inc.
Dr. Garo Armen serves as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Agenus Inc., which he co-founded in 1994. Under his leadership, Agenus has been advancing breakthrough scientific technologies and immunotherapeutic products for over 25 years. From mid-2002 through 2004, Dr. Armen, in addition to his responsibilities at Agenus, served as Chairman of the Board of Directors for the biopharmaceutical company Elan Corporation, plc, which he successfully restructured. Dr. Armen serves as non-executive Chairman of the Board of Protagenic Therapeutics, a biotechnology company using novel neuropeptides that are in various stages of development and pre-clinical evaluation for the treatment of stress-related disorders. The lead product candidate is targeted to treat PTSD and Drug & Alcohol Addiction without interfering with normal brain function. Dr. Armen also serves as Founder and Chairman of the Children of Armenia Fund (COAF), a philanthropic organization he founded in 2000. COAF is dedicated to the development of children and youth in rural Armenia. Dr. Armen is the recipient of the Ellis Island Medal of Honor for his humanitarian efforts in Armenia; the Humanitarian Award from the Sabin Vaccine Institute, which recognizes extraordinary individuals in the field of science.
Anke den Ouden
General Manager, Multi-Country Region, Microsoft CEE
As the General Manager of a region comprising from 24 countries in CEE and Central Asia (Multi-country for short), Anke den Ouden is responsible for running all facets of the business. She has a 200+ people organization across all subsidiaries.
Anke has a proven executive management record of accomplishment and over 20 years of experience driving sales growth and business transformation in the technology industry. Prior to becoming General Manager, Anke was Senior Director CDS (Consumer Device Sales) in Russia, responsible for growing the consumer device sales organization in times of political and economic crisis. She drove the optimization of the partner ecosystem and developed new business areas around IoT, DAAS and industry solutions within Retail customers.
Previously, she held different management roles inside Microsoft covering different segments like Director of the OEM CEE HQ department or driving the Small & Medium Customer Sales & Partner Team in the Polish subsidiary.
Before joining Microsoft, Anke worked for 7 years in Mars in the Procurement and Marketing department.
Anke is part of the leadership team of Microsoft Central and Eastern Europe and she`s Executive sponsor and developer of the Consumer and Devices Sales MACH (Microsoft Academy for College Hires) organization in CEE. She earned a BA degree at the European Secretarial Academy in Marketing, Economics, Administration, languages.
Regional GM, EMEA & CIS
Originally from Yerevan, Armenia, Aram joined Yandex.Taxi in 2017 as Deputy Head of International Business Development. Today, he is Regional General Manager EMEA & CIS, making him responsible for the company’s overall performance in its core markets.
Before Yandex. Taxi, Aram was Deputy General Manager at Brunel, a Dutch company serving the world market for professional staffing and recruitment services. Prior to that, he was a Financial Controller and Country Manager Regions & Franchise in Russia at EF Education First (Sweden), and Financial Controller/Head of IT Department at EvoBus Russland/DaimlerChrysler Buses.
Aram has a degree in Financial Management from the International Business School of the Plekhanov Russian University of Economics, and also studied Business Administration at the University of Borås. He is a former professional chess player, and today competes internationally as a certified barista.
Principal, Index Ventures
Nina focuses on venture and growth investments in B2B SaaS at Index Ventures, which has backed companies like Dropbox, Sonos, Robinhood, and Slack. Nina also runs HIVE Ventures, the first Armenian-focused VC fund which has invested in ServiceTitan, Gecko Robotics, ShopMonkey, SurpriseHR and 30+ other startups.
Previously, Nina was an FP&A Lead for Google’s AdSense team where she managed a multi-billion dollar book of business covering Amazon, IAC and eBay. Nina started her career as a high yield bond trader at Citigroup.
Nina graduated from Harvard University with a B.A. in Government and is a recipient of the Michael C. Rockefeller Scholarship. Nina currently lives in San Francisco.
PwC FinTech & Crypto Leader
Henri Arslanian is the PwC FinTech and Crypto Leader, the Chairman of the FinTech Association of Hong Kong and an Adjunct Associate Professor at the University of Hong Kong where he teaches the first FinTech university course in Asia.
With over 500,000 LinkedIn followers, Henri has been awarded many industries and academic awards over the years from being regularly named one of the Most Influential Individuals in FinTech to being awarded the Governor-General of Canada’s Gold Medal for Academic Excellence.
Henri was also recognized as one of the global LinkedIn Top Voices in Economy & Finance and is regularly featured in global media including Bloomberg, CNBC, CNN, The Wall Street Journal and the Financial Times.
Henri is also a TEDx speaker, a published author, and currently sits on several finance, academic, government, civil society, and FinTech related boards and advisory boards globally.
Andrew W. Wyckoff
Director OECD, Technology and Innovation
Andrew W. Wyckoff is the Director of the OECD’s Directorate for Science, Technology, and Innovation (STI) where he oversees OECD’s work on innovation, business dynamics, science and technology, information and communication technology policy as well as the statistical work associated with each of these areas. His experience prior to the OECD includes positions at the US Congressional Office of Technology Assessment (OTA), the US National Science Foundation (NSF) and The Brookings Institution. He has served as an expert on various advisory groups and panels which include joining the Global Board of Trustees of Digital Future Society (DFS), being a member of the Research Advisory Network for the Global Commission on Internet Governance, the International Advisory Board of the Research Council of Norway and Head of OECD’s Delegation at the G20 and G7 meetings on ICT and Digital Economy.
Executive Vice President and General Counsel, Marsh & McLennan Companies
Mr. Beshar manages Marsh & McLennan Companies’ Legal, Compliance & Public Affairs function. He also oversees the Company’s Government Relations and Risk Management groups. Before joining Marsh & McLennan on November 2004, Mr. Beshar was a Litigation Partner in the law firm of Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP, which he joined in 1995 after serving as an Assistant Attorney General in the New York Attorney General’s office and as the Special Assistant to Cyrus Vance in connection with the peace negotiations in the former Yugoslavia.
Managing Director, Head, BNP Paribas
Yerevan summit 2019 speaker, Neil Bansal is Managing Director, Head of Transformation for BNP Paribas in the Americas where he turns his strategic recommendations on digital, change, and efficiency topics into thoroughly designed and sustainable solutions. He built from scratch an internal consulting team that has delivered significant value creation and savings as well as a diverse talent pool. Neil was a consultant for McKinsey & Company where he advised global C-suite leaders on corporate strategy, innovation and operational improvement. He also spent four years as an M&A and fixed income investment banker. Neil has an MBA from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business on a full merit scholarship and a BA in Economics from Brown University. Neil lives in New York with his wife Dhara and in his free time enjoys Insanity workouts and traveling – Armenia is his 75th country visited.
Ellen Zimiles, Yerevan summit speaker
Ellen Zimiles is a managing director and Navigant’s Financial Services Advisory and Compliance Segment Leader. She has more than 30 years of litigation and investigation experience, including 10 years as a federal prosecutor.
Before coming to Navigant, Ellen co-founded Daylight Forensic & Advisory, an international consulting firm, which was funded by private equity. She ran the firm prior to Daylight’s acquisition by Navigant. Prior to Daylight, Ellen was a principal at a “Big Four” accounting firm, where she coordinated the forensic practice across all industry segments and was practice leader for the financial services industry. She is a leading authority on anti-money laundering programs, corporate governance, foreign and domestic public corruption matters, regulatory and corporate compliance, and fraud control. Ellen has worked with a multitude of financial institutions preparing for regulatory exams. She also has extensive experience in developing remediation programs, serving as a regulatory liaison and independent monitor, as well as advising organizations that are the subject of a monitorship.
Before her Big Four experience, Ellen was an assistant United States attorney in the Southern District of New York for more than 10 years. She served in the civil and criminal divisions and was chief of the forfeiture unit for more than six years. Ellen was responsible for much high-profile money laundering, fraud, and forfeiture cases. In recognition for her contributions as a federal prosecutor, Ellen received the United States Department of Justice’s John Marshall Award for Outstanding Service and the United States Department of Health and Human Services’ Integrity Award.
Dr. Mary A. Papazian
President, San José State University
Dr. Mary A. Papazian, a seasoned leader with over 30 years of experience as a university professor, academic and administrative leader, joined San Jose State University as its 30th president on July 1, 2016.
As the leader of the founding campus of the California State University and Silicon Valley’s only public university, Papazian — a Southern California native — is firmly committed to student success; open, transparent and inclusive leadership; fostering a culture of curiosity and discovery; and building the enduring campus and community partnerships.
Before coming to SJSU, Papazian was president of Southern Connecticut State University in New Haven, Connecticut. There, her accomplishments included strengthening programs supporting the successful transition of first-year and transfer students; establishing a vision for what will be SCSU’s first-ever comprehensive philanthropic campaign and securing a $3 million gift and a $1.2 million bequest to establish its first endowed chair; opening the new Academic Laboratory and Science Building; expanding international education and study abroad programs; increasing research opportunities for undergraduate students, and expanding scholarships to support student recruitment, retention and completion.
Papazian holds bachelor’s, masters and doctoral degrees in English from the University of California, Los Angeles. She and husband Dr. Dennis R. Papazian, founding director of the Armenian Research Center at the University of Michigan, Dearborn, have two adult daughters.
Papazian is actively engaged in national and regional volunteer leadership, serving on the boards of Higher Education Resource Services, Association of American Colleges and Universities, Bay Area Council, Silicon Valley Leadership Group and Joint Venture Silicon Valley.