Dr. Irina Ghaplanyan is a political analyst and a published author. She holds a doctorate degree in political science from the University of Cambridge. Her main areas of expertise are political leadership, states in transition, conflict resolution, gender and gender in conflict as well as security studies. Her previous education includes a Masters Degree in Diplomatic Studies from the Diplomatic Academy of London and a Bachelor of Arts Degree in International Relations from the University of Malta.
She has worked in a number of international organizations and think tanks around the world to include UNDP, Georgetown University, Eurasia Foundation, Hudson Institute and many others. She has also been a catalyst for change in the field of sustainable business and social entrepreneurship in Armenia. Dr. Ghaplanyan was noted for her work in this field and in 2015 was awarded as one of the top social venture entrepreneurs by the Global Good Fund Leadership program in Washington DC.
Irina has a number of academic and media publications, among which the most anticipated is the upcoming book titled “Armenia: A Country in Search of Leaders,” due to be released in 2017 by Routledge Publishers in London.