Armen Orujyan, Ph. D., is an internationally recognized expert in driving innovation ecosystems. He is dedicated to transforming economies, empowering aspiring minds, and shaping the global innovation landscape through science, technology, and entrepreneurial initiatives. As the Founding CEO of the Foundation for Armenian Science and Technology (FAST), Armen has positioned himself as a leading innovation architect, driving the advancement of Artificial Intelligence, Biotechnology, and other STEM fields across Armenia and beyond.

Under Armen's visionary leadership, FAST has launched nearly thirty pioneering science-intensive research, education, and commercialization initiatives. His strategic direction has cultivated a thriving ecosystem of researchers, startups, and entrepreneurs bolstered by world-class educational programs, venture builders, and large research grants. FAST has emerged as a leading force, impacting over 12,000 students, scientists, and entrepreneurs, helping establish Armenia as a hub for cutting-edge innovation.

Prior to his tenure at FAST, Armen founded and led Athgo Corporation, a global entrepreneurship platform with consultative status with the UN Economic and Social Council, the UN Department of Public Information, and the World Intellectual Property Organization. Through Athgo, Armen has championed the educational and entrepreneurial aspirations of nearly 10,000 young innovators from over 600 universities in 80 countries. His efforts have spurred the creation of new startups, incubation and acceleration programs, and policies fostering innovation.

Armen's commitment to aspiring young minds, human rights, and shaping the global innovation landscape is evidenced by his numerous initiatives and roles. He launched a youth-led human rights movement in Los Angeles in 2001, now an annual event drawing over 150,000 supporters. As a Founding Member and later Co-Chairman of the UN's Global Alliance for ICT and Development (GAID), Armen played a pivotal role in shaping global digital development policies. His contributions extended to serving as a Commissioner on the UN's venerated Broadband Commission for Digital Development.

Recognized globally for his achievements, Armen has been honored as a UN e-Leader for ICT and Youth and named among the top under-40 young leaders by the Asia Society. His academic credentials include a Bachelor of Arts with Honors in Political Science from UCLA and a Master of Arts and Ph.D. from the School of Politics and Economics at Claremont Graduate University (CGU), where he received the Distinguished Alumni Award. Armen served on the board of advisors for Rice University's Baker Institute for Public Policy and continues to be an active member of the Asia Society's Global Council.

Armen frequently speaks about science, technology, innovation, and the intersection of humanity and technology. Armen continues to inspire and shape the next generation of global innovators and entrepreneurs through his innovative vision, dedication to scientific advancement, and remarkable leadership. His expertise, strategic vision, and execution excellence make him an invaluable asset for nation-states seeking economic transformation and for companies aiming to drive innovation and growth.