Board of Trustees

  • Avetik Chalabyan

    Avetik Chalabyan

    Board member

    Avetik Chalabyan is currently a senior partner in the Moscow office of McKinsey&Company. Since joining McKinsey in 2001, he has advised leading domestic and multinational companies in metals, mining, heavy machinery and petroleum sectors across a broad spectrum of high-profile topics. He currently leads McKinsey’s Metallurgical practice globally, and a broader Heavy Industries practice in Russia/CIS. Avetik has also extensively advised various CIS governments on economic reforms and industrial development. Previously Avetik worked at Salomon Smith Barney in New York, and served as the Head of WTO Affairs department at the Ministry of Economic Development of Armenia.

    Passionate about transforming Armenia into an advanced nation, Avetik has joined the National Competitive Council of Armenia in 2008, and supported the Government and respective industry associations of Armenia in developing modern industrial and tourism sectors of the country. Avetik was one of the original founders of the “5165” Club, which brings together progressive Armenian professionals from various fields with a common vision of building a strong nation and healthy society. With a view of advancing various initiatives within this broader vision, Avetik became one of the original founders of Repat Armenia Foundation in 2012, and co-founded Arar Foundation in 2014, where he currently serves as the Chairman of Board and focuses on several critical challenges facing Armenia. Avetik is also one of the early supporters of the now famous “Ayb” initiative, which aims at modernizing Armenian high school education.

    Avetik graduated from Yerevan State University with Diploma in Physics in 1994, and received his MBA from the University of North Carolina in 2001, both with highest distinction. He is married with 3 children, and shares his time between Moscow and Yerevan.

  • Artashes Shirikyan

    Artashes Shirikyan

    Board member

    Artashes Shirikyan is General Director and Founder of Ark Media Publishing House (based in Moscow and Berlin). He also serves on the boards of Puro Noble trade company and Elenex, whose main business is the construction and exploitation of hydro power stations in Armenia.

    Active in a variety of Armenian causes and organizations, Artashes joined the Western Armenian National Congress in the early 2000’s and is now member of the Governing Council of this Congress.  He is member of Ayb and “5165” clubs.

    Artashes is a graduate of the Faculty of Mathematics of Moscow State University in 1988, and received his PhD from the same department, specializing in differential equations. He is married, has two children and splits his time between Yerevan and Moscow.

  • Raffi M. Kassarjian

    Raffi M. Kassarjian

    Chairman of the Board of Trustees

    Raffi Kassarjian is CEO of Monitis. Previously, he served as Chair to the Committee Adjoined to the Board of Directors of Converse Bank, part of Mr. Eduardo Eurnekian’s Corporacion America management team in Armenia. 

    Moving to Armenia in 2008, Raffi held the positions of Chief Commercial Officer and then Chief Executive Officer of iCON Communications, one of the pioneer wireless internet service providers in the country.

    Before repatriating, Raffi was Vice President and General Manager at Fair Isaac Corporation (FICO), one of the leading solution providers in predictive analytics for financial services, telecommunications and retail. Prior to Fair Isaac, he was a Senior Manager at Accenture (formerly Andersen Consulting).