Arevik Anapiosyan holds MA in Political Science from American University of Armenia (2008), and MA in International Affairs, from Yerevan State University (2008). She did her studies towards Ph.D. at the University of Tartu, Estonia (2015), and during her studies she was a visiting fellow at the Human Rights Centre, University of Essex, UK (2012-2015). She did academic fellowship at the University of Massachusetts, in collaboration with Harvard University, on the Study of US Political Thought and Politics (2016). She is a founding member and the Executive director of the Institute of Public Policy ( She is a consultant for international organizations (Council of Europe, EU Delegation to Armenia, Konrad Adenauer Foundation,) within education policy related programmes. She is an adjunct faculty member at the American University of Armenia, and at the Centre for European Studies, Yerevan State University.

Kristine Antoyan

Sos Avetisyan holds a MPhil in Russian and East European Studies from St. Antony’s College, University of Oxford (2016) and a MA in Human Rights and Democratization from European Studies Center of Yerevan State University (2013). He is a recipient of the Luys scholarship as well as the Harry Shuckman Scholarship for Eurasian Studies from St. Antony’s College and the Armenian Studies Scholarship from the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation. His research interests are the Post-Communist Transitions, Comparative Democratization and Security Studies and Ethnic Conflicts. Currently, he is visiting lecturer at the Center for European Studies at Yerevan State University, and Civil Society Program Coordinator at Open Society Foundations Armenia.

Olya Azatyan

Heghine Badalyan

Victoria Burnazyan graduated from Yerevan State University Journalism Department; Journalism Department of the International Center for Science Education at the National Academy of Sciences of Armenia, and holds a master’s degree. A journalist by profession, she covers environmental issues. The scope of her research interests include hydropower, mining, natural resource conservation and management and human rights protection. She is the Editor-in-chief of “EcoLur” Information NGO ( She also works at the Information-Analytical Center of the RA National Academy of Sciences as a journalist.

Hamazasp Danielyan holds PhD in Political Science from Yerevan State University, where he also was engaged as a professor delivering various graduate courses, including on public policy analysis. Elections and electoral systems is one of the important subfields both in terms of his academic interests and expertise as a practitioner. Member of the International Political Science Association since 2013, he has contributed to the works of Institute of Public Policy and Appella Institute of Policy Analysis and Dialogue, and served in the past as a board member of Policy Forum Armenia.

Mkhitar Gabrielyan

Inessa Chilingaryan

Valentina Gevorgyan holds Master’s degree in Political Science from American University of Armenia. Her academic interests are in the spheres of society – state relations and development of post-Soviet countries. She served as a senior researcher of a four-year study (2012-2016) on Armenian civil society supported by Academic Swiss Caucasus Net. She has published articles and reports on civil society and volunteering. Currently, she is Policy Fellowship Initiative Coordinator at Open Society Foundations Armenia, and a doctoral student in Political Science at University of Fribourg.

Arevik Ghalumyan graduated from Romance and Germanic Philology Faculty of YSU, after which gained her Master’s degree at YSU Center for European Studies. Currently she does her studies towards PhD at Yerevan State University of Languages and Social Science. The scope of her research interests includes the relationships between HEI and labor market, the development of Civil Society in Armenia, the relationships between EU and Armenia. She is a co-author of the book ”The Political Stability Index of the South Caucasus, EURASEC and EU Member States”. She has also published a few articles about HEI-labor market relationships in different countries. She has been a researcher at ”Caucasus Regional Studies Center” and YSU Center for European Studies. At the moment she works at ”Champord Public Fund” as a translator.

Armen Grigoryan holds a Master’s degree in Political Science and International Relations from American University of Armenia. Currently, he is Project Coordinator at Transparency International Anti-Corruption Center. He is co-author of the book titled “The Political Elite of Post-Independence Armenia: Characteristics and Patterns of Formation’’, and a columnist at EVN Report, Civilnet and Media-max writing on democratization, civil society, economic development as well as political development in Armenia. He is a visiting lecturer at Russian Armenian (Slavonic) University at the faculty of World politics and international relations.

Hasmik Grigoryan is a PhD researcher at Dublin City University School of Law and Government. Her research interests include the behavior of non-democracies, political situation in post-Soviet space and conflicts. She is also currently a program manager at Yerevan based Analytical Centre on Globalization and Regional Cooperation.

Lilit Grigoryan holds a master’s degree from University of Southern California and a bachelor’s degree from Yerevan State University. The fields of specialization are International Relations and Diplomacy. Her research interests include gender studies, role of media in shaping gender roles, reproductive health and education, anti-tobacco campaigns and policies. Currently, she is Monitoring and Evaluation Specialist at the National Institute of Health of the Armenian Ministry of Health.

Lusine Grigoryan

Arsen Hakobyan graduated from YSU Faculty of History, and received his PhD in Social/Cultural Anthropology. His research interests include complex identity and diaspora groups, anthropology of ethnic conflicts, violence, and deportation. He is a senior researcher at the Institute of Archeology and Ethnography, and a lecturer at YSU.

Gharib Harutyunyan

Hovhannes Hovhannisyan

Lusine Karamyan holds a Bachelor’s degree in Social Work from Yerevan State University and a Master of Science degree in Social Management and Social Work at Manchester University. She is a full-time professor at the Faculty of Sociology of the Yerevan State University, a researcher and a member of the Institute of Public Policy team. Her research interests include public health and HIV; Human Rights; SOGI and LGBT issues; education, diversity and inclusion.,

Ben Kennard

Serine Khachatryan holds degree in high legal education from Yerevan State University Faculty of Law, specializing in Civil law, Corporate law, and Administrative law. The areas of her research interests include pension (social security) rights, labor rights, right to education. Currently she serves as a corporate lawyer in commercial (business) organization.

Vilen Khachatryan

Artak Kyurumyan is an independent researcher and consultant with experience in international development, public policy and administration. He has worked for the Ministry of Finance of Armenia. As an independent consultant he worked in the World Bank, European Union, USAID, DFID funded projects on implementation of medium term expenditure framework, program budgeting and public debt management. He received Master’s in Engineering degree from American University of Armenia and an MBA from Tulane University.

Anna Makaryan

Nvard Manasian holds a Master of Arts in political science and Master of Community Planning. The specific field/s of specialization include higher education policy and integration into the European Area of Higher Education. Further knowledge in quality assurance processes. Besides, is also specialized in equity issues linked to gender sensitive socialization and policy provision. Her research interests include education policy, higher education policy and gender relevant research into the perceptions and foundations of socialization, as well as gender relevant analytics of the labor market. Currently, she is Gender Equality Officer at the UNICEF.,

Sona Manusyan

Avetik Mejlumyan holds PhD in Social Philosophy (2009) from Yerevan State University, where he also was engaged as a professor (2007-2017) in the department of Sociology, delivering various graduate courses (including on Social work technologies, Social technologies, Human behavior in social environment, etc). Labour rights and the operation of the Labour Inspectorate in Armenia are the important subfields of his academic interests and expertise as a practitioner. Avetik is the author of some researches dedicated to the actual educational issues in Armenia, such as the corruption in education, the operation of the inspectorate of education, etc. He is a co-founder of Institute of Public Policy and serves as a Research coordinator in the same think tank (

Araks Melkonyan holds Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in Law from the Yerevan State University. In 2014 she graduated from the University of Essex (UK) with LL.M. in International Human Rights Law and in 2015 from the University of Turin with LL.M in International Criminal Justice. Her research interests include international law, human rights and criminal justice. She authored a number of publications in those fields. Currently, she works as legal expert in “Protection of Rights without Borders” NGO. E-mail:

Armine Mkhitaryan holds MA degree in Political Science and International Affairs from American University of Armenia. Previously, she worked as a Research Assistant in the Council of Europe office in Armenia and Caucasus Research Resource Centers. Currently, she is a freelance researcher and evaluation specialist working on issues connected with the decentralization policies and mechanisms.

Hrach Mkrtchyan

Anna Ohanjanyan holds PhD in Historical Theology from Institute of Ethnography and Archeology at NASA. She is a post-doctoral fellow at Centre for Eastern Mediterranean Studies (CEMS) at Central European University (CEU) in Budapest. She is also affiliated to Institute of Ancient Manuscripts “Matenadaran” as a senior researcher. Her current interests include confessional dynamics of Armenian communities in Early Modern period. She has more than 20 publications in various languages.

Alina Poghosyan is a researcher in the Institute of Archaeology and Ethnography of the National Academy of Sciences, Armenia. She received her PhD in Social Anthropology in the same institute. In 2015-2016 as a post-doctoral fellow, she worked at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, USA, researching and teaching on the migration and cultural changes. Her active involvement in the researches resulted in more than 15 publications on migration, transnationalism, cultural changes and gender issues.

Karine Poghosyan graduated from Yerevan State University with a bachelor’s degree in jurisprudence (2010). She then continued her studies at the American University of Armenia and received a master’s degree (LL.M. 2012). The scope of her scientific interests lie within the scope of alternative (effective) dispute resolution. Currently, she works at Prudence Law Firm as an associate attorney. Also, she is a civil court certified mediator.

Anna Pokhsraryan

David Sarkisyan holds a BA (summa cum laude) and MA (with distinction) in international relations from Yerevan State University (YSU). He is currently a PhD student at YSU. David’s research interests involve the application of quantitative and formal methods in international relations. He has published 15 academic papers in international peer reviewed journals and conference proceedings. David is a winner of a number of research and travel grants from the Caucasus Research Resource Center—Armenia, Young Scholars Assistance Program, the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation, and the Ministry of Sport and Youth Affairs of Armenia.

Vigen Shirvanyan
Aghasi Tadevosyan
Ruzanna Tsaturyan
Narek Vardanyan

Artak Yengoyan has an extensive experience in banking and finance holding managerial positions in international banks. Currently, he is engaged in Risk Controlling and Compliance at ProCredit Bank Germany (Frankfurt am Main). His educational degrees include PhD in Economics from Yerevan State University and Master of Science Degree from Humboldt University of Berlin. His main fields of specialization are Finance and banking, International Economics and Econometrics. His research interests include Finance and banking, Macroeconomics, International Trade and Finance.