About Us / Executive Board

David Akopyan - UNDP

Last 12 years of his career David Akopyan spent with UN. In September 2006 he joined UNDP in New York. Before was 5 years in Central Asia on field assignments. He was the International Trade Centre UNCTAD/WTO - Chief Technical Adviser of Regional Trade Program in Central Asia and before with UNDP/Afghanistan developed a program on trade cooperation Afghanistan and Central Asia. In 2001-2004 he was the UNDP Deputy Resident Representative in Kyrgyzstan. In 1994-2001 he was Assistant Resident Representative with UNDP in Armenia actively involved in national policy formulation. Prior to joining the UN he was in private business, R&D and hi-tech production. David Akopyan was also Senior Associate with Center for business research and development at American University of Armenia. He is among the first MBA/AUA graduates in 1993 and additionally holds a Ph.D. in Laser Physics.

Konstantin Atanesyan - The World Bank  (Chair)

Konstantin Atanesyan is a Senior Evaluations Officer at the World Bank's Independent Evaluation Group (IEG), Country Evaluations and Regional Relations Division. His previous experience in the World Bank Group includes various positions at the Policy Support Division of the Corporate Secretariat and the Poverty Reduction and Economic Management Network in Europe, Central Asia and East Asia Regions. Before joining the Bank, Mr. Atanesyan held a number of positions in the Offices of the President and the Prime Minister of Armenia. Mr. Atanesyan holds graduate degrees from Duke University ( Durham , NC ) in Public Policy/International Development Policy, Haygazian University (Beirut, Lebanon) in International Relations/Middle East Politics and Yerevan State University in Arabic Studies. 

Garbis Iradian - IMF

Garbis Iradian is a Senior Economist with the IMF’s Middle East and Central Asia Department. He received his Ph.D. in Economics from the University of Freiburg (West Germany), and both MBA and BA from American University of Beirut. He joined the IMF in 1991 and worked on several African and Middle Eastern economies including Jordan, Syria, Algeria, Sudan, and Mauritania. Between June 2000 to September 2002, he was the IMF resident representative in Armenia. His work experience also includes positions with UNIDO (consultant on external debt analysis), Royal Bank of Canada (International Economist), and Concordia University (lecturer in econometrics and macroeconomics).

Armine Khachatryan - IMF (Treasurer)

Armine Khachatryan is Economist with the IMF’s Policy Development and Review Department.  Prior to joining the IMF, Mrs. Khachatryan has worked in the World Bank Group, holding positions of Advisor to Dutch Executive Director and consulting various departments in the are of finance and banking sector development. Mrs Khachatryan has seven years of work experience  at the Central Bank of Armenia where she supported foundation of monetary policy and research. She is author and co-author of a number of publications and articles. Mrs. Khachatryan graduated from the Institute of National Economy, department of international economic relations and management, where she completed her post-graduation work.
Ara Khanjian - Ventura College

Ara Khanjian is a Professor of Economics at Ventura College and a Lecturer in Money and Banking at California Lutheran University, Thousand Oaks. He has lectured economics at different universities, including Hofstra, Saint John’s, and New York Universities. In 1991, he worked at the Economic Institute of the Economic Ministry of Armenia, developing economic legislation, such as labor laws. His current research interest is monetary policy in transition economies. Dr. Khanjian is the former editor of the AJPP. He holds a Ph.D. in economics at New School University in New York and received his M.A. in economics at Queen’s University in Canada and B.A. in economics at University of British Columbia.

Heghine Manasyan - Caucasus Research and Resource Centers
Heghine Manasyan is a Doctor in Economics with broad experience in research, teaching, and policy analysis. Her primary areas of expertise include economic growth and development, political economies of transition, labor markets, poverty and education, privatization, and issues related to underground economies. She has approximately one hundred publications and articles.
Dr. Manasyan has been actively involved in projects of international organizations (UNDP, WB, TACIS) implemented in Armenia and aimed at strengthening domestic capacity for high quality economic research and education. Currently, she is directing the Armenian section of the Caucasus Research Resource Centers Network. Dr. Manasyan’s educational background includes training at Yerevan State University, State Academy of Management (Moscow), Central European University (Budapest) and Columbia University (New York).

Bryan Roberts - U.S. Department of Homeland Security (Research Coordinator)

Bryan Roberts is an Economist working for the U.S. Government. He was a Manager and Senior Economist of the BearingPoint consulting firm during 1998-2005.His research interests include macroeconomic analysis and forecasting, cost-benefit analysis, and applied microeconomics. He has served as an economic advisor to the Ministries of Finance and/or Central Banks of several transition countries, including Poland, Russia, Kyrgyzstan, Bosnia, Armenia, Montenegro, Macedonia, and Turkmenistan. He currently serves as Vice President of the first independent economics think-tank in Macedonia, the Center for Economic Analyses. He has also worked with universities on business and economic education reform in Central Asia, Armenia, and Macedonia.

Nicole Vartanian - U.S. Department of Education (Secretary)

Nicole Vartanian is a Senior Research Associate at the U.S. Department of Education in Washington , DC . She recently returned to her post after spending a year in Armenia as a U.S. Fulbright Scholar, where she worked on issues relating to civic education and educational policy. She obtained her doctorate degree in the Sociology of Education from Teachers College, Columbia University . Dr. Vartanian also holds an M.A. in the Philosophy of Education, and a B.A. in the Teaching of English (with a minor in Speech Communication), both from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
Nerses Yeritsyan - Ministry of Economy of the Republic of Armenia (Chair)

Nerses Yeritsyan is the Minister of Economy of the Republic of Armenia. Before this, Mr. Yeritsyan held a number of positions in the CBA. He was one of the founders of the Monetary Policy and Research function at the CBA and served as a Board Member of the CBA for two terms. Yeritsyan also worked as an assistant to the Dutch Executive Director for the IMF for two years before rejoining the CBA. He has graduated from the Institute of the National Economy and received his Doctoral degree from a council representing all the economic universities in Armenia. Since Armeina's independence Yeritsyan has extensively been involved in the design and implementation of economic policies and reforms in Armenia.