Loucine Hayes
Director of AUA Extension
Loucine HayesDirector of AUA Extension

Ms. Loucine Hayes is an international development executive and independent consultant with 25 years’ executive experience on four continents in 27 countries. She has extensive experience in curriculum development, educational program delivery, and the management of rural initiatives. She worked at international NGOs in leadership positions and led large U.S. government agency during period of rapid growth. She has expertise in executive leadership and international development, education and public health, training and teaching, multilateral and bilateral donors, funds and foundations strategic and operational development, budget development, inter-organizational communications and strong partnerships.

Within the academic setting, she contributed to the establishment of a women’s college in Hail, Saudi Arabia, while at the same time developing curricula and course materials for business English and management courses at that institution. Later, working with World Vision Armenia, she established training and development courses in education, health, business development and nutrition. Other initiatives include developing short-term courses for housing microfinance, budgeting and financial management, strategic decision-making and negotiations for Habitat for Humanity’s Europe and Central Asia’s regional programs, and as Country Director for Peace Corps Uganda, she redesigned the training and development department and raised funds through Global Education Fund and Feed the Future to develop a literacy lab that provided ongoing teacher training for local teachers throughout the East Africa region.

Ms. Hayes has a MBA from the Edinburgh Business School and Bachelor’s in Foreign Languages from the Yerevan State Linguistic University as well as TEFL/TESL certificate from University of Utah.



  • MBA, Edinburgh Business School, Edinburgh, Scotland, 2003.
  • TEFL/TESL Certificate, University of Utah, 1998.
  • Foreign languages degree, Yerevan State Linguistic University, Armenia, 1994.
  • Foreign Service Institute, Spanish Language Proficiency Courses, 2017


Research Activities and Conferences

  • Why Foreign Aid Failed in Africa, research paper for MBA Special Project. Edinburgh Business School, 2003
  • Speaker at PEPFAR Strategy Launch, Global Conference, Durban 2014
  • Speaker at Cracking the Nut Conference, represented PC Uganda at Feed the Future project, Rwanda, 2013, Zambia, 2014, and Washington DC, 2015
  • Member FEANTSA (European Federation of National Organizations Working with the Homeless). Keynote presenter at Housing Rights and Policy Development Conference (Budapest, Oct. 2008), and at FEANTSA annual conference (Nov. 2008) in Cardiff, Wales, United Kingdom.


LANGUAGES: English, French, Spanish, Armenian, Russian


Phone: +37460612700

Office location: 110 M (MB)

Office hours: by appointment via email

Anahit Ghazaryan
Operations Manager
Anahit GhazaryanOperations Manager

With her experience in project design, development, planning, and implementation, Anahit Ghazaryan manages the day-to-day operations of the Extension Department and works closely with faculty and staff. Anahit also coordinates projects such as the Ministry of Education’s post-graduate English prep courses, and TOEFL iBT exams.

Anahit has over 25 of years of experience as an Industrial Engineer, Operations Manager, Program Coordinator, trainer, and facilitator. She has nine years of teaching experience in entrepreneurship, is passionate about empowering women, and established the Women’s Entrepreneurship Promotion and Empowerment Center NGO.

Anahit holds an ME degree in Industrial Engineering and Systems Management from AUA.

MB Room 110M


Tel: +37460-61-27-04

Anna Gradlyan
Senior Program Coordinator
Anna GradlyanSenior Program Coordinator

Anna Gradlyan manages the planning and coordination of professional courses and is responsible for the administration of tests and test centers.

Prior to joining AUA Extension, Anna worked at the Union of Communities of Armenia, the Political Science and International Affairs Program at AUA, and was engaged in several research projects and program evaluations with the Turpanjian Center for Policy Analysis.

Anna is a graduate of AUA, with an MA in Political Science and International Affairs. She has completed a fellowship program at the Caucasus Research Resource Centers and an internship program in Civic Development and Partnership Foundation within the framework of a UNDP program.

MB Room 110M


Tel: +37460-61-27-01

Gohar Armenakyan
Senior Program Coordinator
Gohar ArmenakyanSenior Program Coordinator

Gohar Armenakyan coordinates courses in the regions of Armenia, namely Dilijan, Gyumri, Yeghegnadzor and Stepanakert, and manages recruitment for English courses as well as certificate programs in the regions in Tourism and Hospitality and Strategic Business Management. She is also an administrator of the TOEFL iBT, SAT, LSAT tests.

Gohar graduated from Yerevan Brusov State University of Languages and Social Sciences, Department of Foreign Languages, in 2007. In 2015, she received a Graduate Certificate in Translation from AUA. She is currently studying in AUA’s MA in Political Science and International Affairs program, class of 2017.

MB Room 110M


Tel: +37460-61-27-07

Sona Nalbandyan
Senior Program Coordinator
Sona NalbandyanSenior Program Coordinator

Sona Nalbandyan is responsible for building and maintaining strong and lasting relationships with AUA Extension corporate clients. She is involved in design, development and implementation of corporate trainings. She also manages planning and coordination of AUA Extension courses in Stepanakert.

Sona is a graduate of Yerevan Brusov State University of Languages and Social Sciences with MA in English language and International Journalism.

MB Room 110M


Tel: +37460-61-27-03

Lilit Mkhitaryan
Program Coordinator
Lilit MkhitaryanProgram Coordinator

Lilit plans and coordinates English language courses in close cooperation with faculty and is responsible for building long-lasting relationships with AUA Extension corporate clients.

Lilit was formerly a Project Expert in the Ministry of Sport and Youth Affairs of the RA. She possesses over ten years’ working and volunteering experience in non-governmental organizations. During those years, she conducted trainings, has been engaged in designing and implementing several local projects for youth and women empowerment. Meanwhile, she has five years’ experience in entrepreneurship and business management.

Lilit holds an MBA degree from AUA and a BA of Socio-cultural activities in the field of tourism. She has completed an internship program in UNDP Armenia and took part in many EU funded professional development trainings and study visits.

Mariam Khachatryan
Office Coordinator
Mariam KhachatryanOffice Coordinator

Mariam Khachatryan coordinates customer support, which includes identifying enrollment process problems and recommending solutions. Mariam also monitors registration in the University Management System. She also manages the front desk and coordinates the Syrian-Armenian financial aid program.

Mariam has work experience as a technical translator and scriptwriter at Pan Armenian Media Group, and as an IT/ Financial settlements specialist in Converse Bank.

Mariam holds an MA degree in English from Yerevan State University and a diploma in Social Work from Yerevan State University.

MB Room 110M


Tel: +37460-61-27-06

Anna Maghakyan
Program Coordinator
Anna MaghakyanProgram Coordinator

Anna Maghakyan is a Program Coordinator at the American University of Armenia Fund, Extension. Since April 2018 Anna coordinates the entire process of organization of standardized tests, both local and international (TOEFL iBT, SAT and SAT Subject, ACT, LSAT, Placement test, etc.) as Test Center Supervisor/Administrator. She is the Manager of PROMETRIC Test Center as well.

Anna Maghakyan has Master of Business Administration from AUA and Diploma of Economist from the Armenian State University of Economics, Department of Management. She has over ten years of management experience in private and banking sectors of Armenia.


MB Room 110M


Tel: +37460-61-27-02

Gohar Minasyan
Program Coordinator in Gyumri
Gohar MinasyanProgram Coordinator in Gyumri

Gohar Minasyan is the Coordinator of the Extension Program in Gyumri and a General English course instructor.

Gohar has been working as a program representative and an English language instructor at the AUA Extension office in Gyumri since 2008. During those eight years, she held both teaching and administrative positions.

In 2006, Gohar participated in a forum organized by ATHGO International Corporation, along with the US Embassy and the UN. She became an Excellence Scholarship Winner, and participated in the Third Annual Global Forum in Geneva, Switzerland in 2007. Additionally, she has participated in many seminars, workshops, and forums to enhance her knowledge and gain qualification in various areas.

Gohar graduated from AUA with an MA in Teaching English as a Foreign Language. Prior to that, she obtained her first MA in Teaching English as a Foreign Language (second language French) from Gyumri State Pedagogical Institute.

1 Gayi  str, Gyumri


Tel: +37460-61-23-04

Hayarpi Aghakhanyan
Program Coordinator in Yeghegnadzor
Hayarpi AghakhanyanProgram Coordinator in Yeghegnadzor

Hayarpi Aghakhanyan, the coordinator of the Extension program in Yeghegnadzor is responsible for the entire process of organization of Extension courses in Yeghegnadzor. Before joining AUA Extension Program she worked for Syunik-Development NGO as training coordinator, as well as for Christian Education Department of Mother See of Holy Eetchmiadzin as coordinator of Vayotz Dzor Region. Since 2006 during eight years she gave lectures on Philosophy, Logic, and Ethics in ”Gitelik” University, Yeghegnadzor.

She has Ph.D. degree in the field of Philosophy. She graduated from Yerevan State University, the faculty of Philosophy and Psychology and got both Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in the field of philosophy.

She has attended a range of workshops, debates, discussions and scientific conferences in Armenia and outside the country. The last one was a two-week Summer Academy on “The role of Churches and Faith-Based organizations for sustainable development”, organized by Bread for the World, Berlin, Germany, 2018.

She is also the author of academic publications: she has published nine scientific articles in scientific journals.

”Gitelik” University, Momik 5 str., room 108, Yeghegnadzor, Armenia

Tel: +37493892833


Vardan Avagyan
Program Coordinator in Dilijan
Vardan AvagyanProgram Coordinator in Dilijan

Vardan Avagyan is a Program Coordinator at the American University of Armenia, Extension office in Dilijan. Since October 2016 Vardan has been covering the entire process of organization of extension courses in Dilijan. Vardan Avagyan has Master of Science in Economics from AUA and a Bachelor’s degree from the European Regional Educational Academy of Software Engineering Department. He has over ten years of management experience in ICT companies and in the Central Bank of Armenia.

Knowledge for Development Center 63 Myasnikyan Street, 4th floor, Dilijan, Armenia

+374 99 052818

Nonna Poghosyan
Program Coordinator in Stepanakert, Artsakh
Nonna PoghosyanProgram Coordinator in Stepanakert, Artsakh

Nonna Poghosyan joined American University of Armenia first as Turpanjian Rural Development Progamme’s Project Manager for Artsakh, and later as AUA Continued Education Program Coordinator in Stepanakert. She has also been teaching English in AUA Extension Program in Stepanakert.

Nonna’s prior professional experience includes work with National Heritage Foundation, as well as representing Artsakh at the MITT International Tourism Exhibition in Moscow and the AWTTEE in Beirut, Lebanon.

She has worked on publication of “Discovered Paradise” Guide among a number of maps, guide books and tourist brochures on Artsakh.

6 Azatamartikneri Street, Stepanakert


Tel: +37497-7-40-56

Eduard Shahinyan
Program Coordinator in Vanadzor
Eduard ShahinyanProgram Coordinator in Vanadzor

Eduard Shahinyan is the coordinator of AUA Vanadzor Extension, responsible for building and maintaining strong and lasting relationships with general public and AUA Extension corporate clients. He deals with planning and coordination of new courses, and identifies individuals’ and companies’ market demand for trainings. Eduard is a graduate of the National Polytechnic University of Armenia, Vanadzor Branch of Economics and Management of Enterprise with BA. Now he is studying for Master’s Degree in Economics and Management of Enterprise at the same university

Magda Arzakanyan
English Instructor
Magda ArzakanyanEnglish Instructor

Ms. Magda Arzakanyan was granted her first MA degree (diploma) by Yerevan State Institute of Foreign Languages. In 1995, she completed the first one-year TEFL Certificate Program at AUA. In 2002, she earned her MA in Teaching English as a Foreign Language at AUA. The topic of her MA thesis was the role of motivation in learning based on extensive class observations and her personal professional experience. In 2006, she participated in a highly competitive research and faculty development program for university professors funded by US government. As one of the 5 winners, she spent six months at Kansas University, School of Education, as a visiting scholar in the field of Higher Education Administration and Management.

Besides teaching Magda has worked as interpreter-facilitator for World Bank funded educational projects, which has enhanced her expertise in various aspects of teaching and learning such as assessment, curriculum development, education management, etc. Within the framework of these projects she has worked with distinguished international experts of western education.

Since the completion of the Certificate program in 1995 she teaches at AUA Extension Program where she is a senior teacher of General English and TOEFL. Magda was one of the first English language specialists who developed the syllabus and materials for teaching TOEFL iBT and is certified by the ETS as TOEFL iBT instructor.

Parandzem Badalyan
English Instructor
Parandzem BadalyanEnglish Instructor

Ms. Parandzem Badalyan teaches General English and IBT courses at the Extension of AUA.

She holds an MA degree in Teaching English as a Foreign Language from TEFL, AUA and an MA degree in English Philology, Teaching, Translation/Interpretation from Romance and Germanic Languages Department of YSU.

Parandzem has got great passion for teaching and her career has started in 1992 teaching English for Academic and Specific Purposes, first, in degree programs at Economics department of YSU and in 1993 in the Intensive English Program of AUA. She is specialized in teaching English for Academic Purposes, Communicative English, Business English, English for Accountancy and Finances as well as TOEFL (PBT, CBT, IBT).

Parandzem is an author of a number of publications on teaching methods. She is interested in Theology, Natural Sciences (Chemistry, Physics, Astronomy), Neurolinguistics and Literature. But her second passion is Educational Psychology.

Gayane Shiroyan
English Instructor
Gayane ShiroyanEnglish Instructor

Ms. Gayane Shiroyan joined AUA in 1996 as an Instructor of English Language at DEP Intensive English Program and later Extension Program. Gayane holds a BA and an MA (English and Russian Languages) from GSPI, and an MA in Teaching English as a Foreign Language from AUA. Also, she conducted post-graduate research at The Armenian State Pedagogical University.

Gayane’s research interests lie in the areas of teacher education, course design and promotion of autonomous learning.

Naira Smbatyan
English Instructor
Naira SmbatyanEnglish Instructor

Ms. Naira Smbatyan has been teaching at AUA Extension since 2008. She completed TEFL Certificate Program at AUA in 2003. In 2005, she earned her MA degree in Teaching English as a Foreign Language at AUA. The topic of her MA thesis was teachers’ and students’ perceptions of language assessment in Armenian schools. Also, she got a postgraduate education (ABD) in General and Comparative Linguistics at the European University.

Naira worked as a high school teacher/ supervisor for the University of Nebraska, Lincoln (UNL) via Distance Learning in 2005. In 2006, she started teaching English for Academic Purposes at the European University. In addition, she got interested in teaching English for Specific Purposes (Law / International Relations). Naira is the author of the textbook “The Language of Politics through Political Speeches” intended for students of the faculty of International Relations.

“My teaching philosophy is based on the belief that a positive classroom atmosphere is one of the keys to student success. Positive teacher-student and student-student interactions are of major importance for creating a friendly and relaxing atmosphere in the classroom. A positive atmosphere helps students to break down the psychological barriers they bring with them to the learning environment. As a teacher, I do my best to motivate my students as well as to inspire and enhance their self-confidence.”


Shoghig Keoshkerian
English Instructor
Shoghig KeoshkerianEnglish Instructor

Shoghig Keoshkerian believes that the purpose of education is to help all learners reach their full potential in different facets of their lives, thus establishing an organic network, where everyone has the opportunity to grow and thrive.

Shoghig has been teaching English at different schools, colleges and institutes throughout Armenia and elsewhere for a considerably long time to a wide range of age groups. She is an EFL instructor at the American University of Armenia Extension Program dealing with local and non-local students. She is also a lecturer at Gevorgyan Theological Seminary. Shoghig holds a dual bachelor’s degree in English and Engineering and a master’s degree MA in TEFL Teaching English as a Foreign Language from the American University of Armenia AUA.

She has been awarded a certificate of Teaching Excellence and Achievement from both Claremont Graduate University in California and The U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs in Washington DC.

Her miscellaneous interests include implementing innovative approaches to learning and assessment, educational leadership and learner variability. In addition, designing language courses and enticing the love of learning for all ages, is of utmost importance to her. She has presented a number of those courses and research projects in numerous leading international conferences around the world. She is also an ambassador of educational equity and a member of Alumni Advisory Council in Teach for Armenia. Besides, she is a Change Agent-Teacher Active Group facilitator in British Council Armenia.

Having discovered her true passion in life, Shoghig highlights Margaret E. Sangster’s quote “No one should teach who is not in love with teaching”. For her, teaching is a lifelong learning process of learning about new philosophies, new strategies and embracing the diversity of ideas in the world, which helps fuel innovation and generate creativity.


Vigen  Vartevanian
English Instructor
Vigen  VartevanianEnglish Instructor

Mr. Vigen  Vartevanian was born in Iran, educated in England, and is living in Armenia. He studied mechanical engineering at Thames University, UK. For twenty-two years he ran his own business in London. In 2005 decided to move in Armenia with his wife and two children.

Vigen started teaching English at the AUA in 2010, and as he puts it “found it a stimulating and enjoyable experience. Students are motivated, creative and quickly accept new ideas. My only wish is that I had started teaching as soon as I arrived in Armenia.”

Ani Vardanyan
English Instructor
Ani VardanyanEnglish Instructor
Teaching is learning, and learning is what I like to do most. Teaching English is more about introducing the culture and mentality of the English speaking community to the students who came for grammar and vocabulary. The outcome is promising- people open not a window but a whole door to the international world- more information, more communication, more opportunities.
I am a teacher by education and vocation. In his commencement speech for Stanford University  in 2005 Steve Jobs said “You’ve got to find what you love”, and I am happy to say I did, and I fully enjoy every hour of teaching and learning.
As for educational background, I went to the public school after A. Pushkin, and parallelly tried to develop my piano playing and singing skills in the music school after Sayat-Nova, which I actually graduated, to my own surprise. I did a bachelor’s degree course in Linguistics in the European Academy in Armenia, followed by two master’s degrees in Linguistics(the same university) and Journalism(National Academy of Sciences of the RA), which I took simultaneously. A PhD research in the field of comparative and historical linguistics helped me realize how unique my mother language is and how much similar to and different from English it is.
In my professional development, I specify the winter of 2014, when I traveled to Budapest, Hungary to do a Cambridge University Qualification intensive course and obtain my CELTA(Certificate in English Language Teaching to Adults). It was challenging to teach non-Armenian students, and I mastered the skill of delivering a foreign language with the use of that same foreign language only, and much more.
Currently I am teaching for AUA Extension and seize every chance to become better in my job.
Aregnaz Hakobyan
Digital Marketing Instructor
Aregnaz HakobyanDigital Marketing Instructor

Aregnaz Hakobyan is a Digital Communications professional with more than 6 years of experience in International Marketing and Digital Media. One of her success stories was cited by ‘The Financial Brand’, a renowned international digital publication focused on Marketing and Strategy issues affecting retail banks and credit unions. Aregnaz developed her digital marketing expertise by working for international companies across a range of industries including also Banking and Telecommunications.

Irina Ghaplanyan
Leadership Instructor
Irina GhaplanyanLeadership Instructor

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.

Liana Tadevosyan
Marketing and Branding Instructor
Liana TadevosyanMarketing and Branding Instructor

Liana Tadevosyan is marketer with 18 years of work experience both in non-profit as well as private sectors. Presently being the GM of a newly opened hotel in downtown Yerevan (Nova Hotel Yerevan), Liana has an extensive marketing portfolio ranging from the telecom field to banking and from FMCG to hospitality. Moreover, she has massive experience in start-up management and brand establishment and communication, since she has personally been a part of 3 start-up projects in Yerevan.

Hovhannes Minasyan
Project Management Instructor
Hovhannes MinasyanProject Management Instructor

Mr. Hovhannes Minasyan is an experienced project management professional and consultant with main focus on e-Government, information and communication technologies. In close cooperation with international organizations, global corporations and state authorities he has successfully directed and managed numerous national level e-Government and telecom projects. He has also implemented a number of projects related to the introduction of new products and services, and organizational change. His portfolio includes implementation of the Integrated Health Information System of Armenia (eHealth), modernization of Biometric Identification System of Armenia, launch of Mobile-ID Authentication system.
Mr. Minasyan has technical academic background and managerial professional experience, which have prepared him well to understand and solve complex operational, technical and development issues. Mr. Minasyan is a member of the Project Management Institute and is a certified Project Management Professional (PMP.) Currently he serves as a PMI Armenia Chapter Liaison to the PMI Educational Foundation. Also, he has experience in community and pro bono work, volunteering for several causes and charity initiatives.

Anahit Avetisyan
Armenian Instructor
Anahit AvetisyanArmenian Instructor

Ms. Anahit Avetisyan, has significant professional experience in teaching Eastern Armenian at all levels to students from throughout the world.  She is a professor of Eastern Armenian language studies at Yerevan State Medical University, is teaching Eastern Armenian at American University of Armenia Extension and has tutored many foreign professionals and Diaspora Armenians at elementary, intermediate and advanced levels.

Anahit has a degree in Armenian Philology from Yerevan State University, and is the author of one of the principal books used in Eastern Armenian language instruction today, the critically acclaimed “Eastern Armenian Comprehensive Self-Study language course,” first published in 2008, with a second edition in 2014.

Astghik Sahakyan
Project Management Instructor
Astghik SahakyanProject Management Instructor

Ms. Astghik Sahakyan is a certified Project Management Professional (PMP®), an international expert on project management and procurement.

She is a consultant with many years of experience and a qualified trainer. Her area of concentration includes consultancy for large and complex projects. She provides guidance to various stakeholders during all project phases, starting from initiation up to closing.

Astghik has worked for the largest highway project in Armenia and has led procurement processes of more than US $300 million. Astghik has authored several research studies and assessments in the fields of project management and procurement.

Astghik is a member of the Project Management Institute (PMI®).

Gyulen Sahakyan
French Instructor
Gyulen SahakyanFrench Instructor

Ms. Gyulen Sahakyan, has over thirty-five years of experience in teaching French Language. She has participated in a number of seminars targeting innovative techniques of teaching as well as has presented and shared best practices “Noveau Sans Frontiere” international program teaching principles during “Week of Francofone” in Lebanon, Beirut. Her work experience includes teaching French language at school as well as at “.GIIA-Groupement Interprofessionnel International Armenian” Organization.

Gyulen has developed and used novel techniques in vocabulary and grammar introduction. She has a degree from the Faculty of Philology from Yerevan State University. Her involvement with AUA Extension.

Artyom Petrosyan
Legal Instructor
Artyom PetrosyanLegal Instructor

Dr. Artyom Petrosyan currently is the Legal Director of GeoProMining Gold, as well he coordinates the project of Paramount Gold Mining. His professional experience includes the position of Senior Lawyer at Vallex Group and the Head of Legal Department at Spayka Holding. Since 2016 Dr. Petrosyan is completing an Executive MBA program at Skolkovo Business School. During the period of 2010 and 2011 he studied at the University of Strasbourg, Robert Shuman, The School of Law. Dr. A. Petrosyan has graduated from the Russian-Armenian Slavonic University, Law Department in 2006. In 2009 he obtained the Doctor of Law degree. He is the author of numerous articles; he participated in more than 40 court proceedings in commercial arbitration courts of European Union countries (France, Belgium, Germany and Switzerland) and Russian Federation.

Suzanne Daghlian
Communication Instructor
Suzanne DaghlianCommunication Instructor

Suzanne Daghlian is a writer/editor/manager with 30 years of experience in book publishing in New York City.  As an Integrated Marketing Director at HarperCollins Children’s Books and with years in sales training and advertising at companies including McGraw-Hill, Prentice Hall, and Little, Brown and Co., she has written for many purposes and formats in business.

Nazareth Seferian
Corporate Social Responsibility Instructor
Nazareth SeferianCorporate Social Responsibility Instructor

Nazareth Seferian has been working in Corporate Social Responsibility in Armenia for more than 8 years. As programs manager at the British Council, he set up and coordinated a working group on CSR that organized one of the first conferences on this topic in 2008. He was responsible for all CSR and philanthropy activities at the mobile communications company Orange Armenia from 2011 to 2014 and oversaw programs that impacted more than a hundred thousand people all over the country. Currently a freelance CSR trainer consultant, Nazareth is part of a group of individuals who have founded a new organization in Armenia to promote the concept of sustainable business in Armenia. He has authored two manuals on CSR in Armenian, as well as a guidebook on Social Enterprise. He also writes articles from time to time for Responsible Business magazine, based in Lebanon. Besides a background in healthcare and community development, Nazareth Seferian holds a post-graduate certificate in sustainability business from the University of Cambridge.

Armen A. Avakian
Marketing Instructor
Armen A. AvakianMarketing Instructor

Mr. Armen A. Avakian is a Co-Founder and Chief Growth Hacker at Metrica Group. Metrica Group is a marketing and pr resource specialized in collecting the right data, choosing the right methodology to analyze, reading the right emotions of the customer and generating the messages for call to action. Armen was previously an advisor to the Prime Minister of Armenia, the CEO of Business Armenia and a Partner/Regional Director at the Garrison Marketing Group.

Armen has personally overseen projects that cover over 120 brands worldwide. He has operated in over 25 countries. His client list includes, but is not limited to Danone, Carlsberg, EFES, P&G (multiple countries), Carlsberg Balkans, LEGO Denmark, Sportmaster Russia, Raffeisen Bank Hungary, etc.

Armen is a Professor of Applied Marketing Strategies (MBA level) at the American University of Armenia. He has previously also taught at CEU Business School based in Budapest, Skolkovo, IE Business School, etc.

Armen is a published marketer with articles in leading marketing and advertising magazines in different

Khachik Martirosyan
GMAT/GRE Instructor
Khachik MartirosyanGMAT/GRE Instructor

Mr. Khachik Martirosyan has been conducting GMAT and GRE classes since 2001. With more than 15 years of teaching experience he has helped more than 1,000 students to achieve high scores on the GMAT and get accepted by top business schools worldwide. Mr. Martirosyan has got his MBA degree in London and during that time he also managed to conduct GMAT classes in Kaplan Educational Company which gave him a new breath to his GMAT teaching.

Irma Tevosyan
Math and GRE Instructor
Irma TevosyanMath and GRE Instructor

Ms. Irma Tevosyan holds MS in Industrial Engineering and Systems Management from American University of Armenia and MS in Engineering from State Engineering University of Armenia. She started teaching in 2003 at State Engineering University of Armenia, where she lectured “Applied Mechanic” to both local and international students.

Holding second MS, Irma worked for the Government of Republic of Armenia as an Expert at Prime Minister’s Advisor office.  She worked on different projects for the different sectors of economy. In 2010 she continued working as an Expert in the Financial- Economic department of Government of Republic of Armenia. In 2000’s she worked as an Expert in Commercial Department at the Ministry of Transport and Communication.

Irma holds a certificate in Environmental Science from American University of Armenia and holds BS from State Engineering University of Armenia. In 2004’s she was a PhD researcher at State Engineering University of Armenia.

Ruben Gatrjyan
GRE and Math instructor
Ruben GatrjyanGRE and Math instructor
Ruben Gatrjyan has graduated from Armenian State University of Economics in 2013 with a Bachelor’s degree in Macroeconomics.
In 2015 he completed his Master’s degree in Industrial Engineering and System Management graduating from American University of Armenia.
In 2012 during his study in State University of Economics Ruben passed an internship in Ararat Bank at the Department of Credits and
Loans. During the period of 2013-2015 Ruben was the Financial Director at the “Elleon” design studio.
From September 2015 Ruben is doing his PhD at the Armenian National Agrarian University. His research interests lie in the area of
Alternative Energy methods implementation in greenhouses and its financial and economical advantages.
During the period 2015-2016 Ruben was working as a Teaching Assistant in Alternative Energy at AUA.
Seda Vardanyan
Finance and Entrepreneurship Instructor
Seda VardanyanFinance and Entrepreneurship Instructor

Seda Vardanyan is an experienced professional with 13+ years of working in the area of managerial, financial accounting and tax consulting. She has worked in consulting, auditing and finance fields at local companies, as well as PwC Hungary, General Electric. While doing her MBA at the Central European University (CEU) Seda spent one month visiting a number of innovative organization based in New York City, to complete an individual project on general management, leadership and financial control. Besides professional achievement, she did her research assistantship on the topics of “Directionality of Innovation of Armenia”.

Along with her ACCA and MBA she recently certified as a CEFE Trainer (Competency Based Economies through Formation of Entrepreneurs), a hands-on, interactive a visual methodology used in situational business games.

Naira Ter-Poghosyan
Russian Instructor
Naira Ter-PoghosyanRussian Instructor

Naira Ter-Poghosyan has over 20 years of experience teaching Russian Language and Literature. Ms. Ter-Poghosyan has participated in a number of projects organized by State Institute of Russian Language after Pushkin, High School of Economics, National Institute of Education, got certified by Russian Educational and Methodological Center of Russian Language in Armenia. Her previous work experience includes teaching at school as well as translating and editing articles. She has pursued her degree from the Faculty of Russian Language and Literature of Yerevan State University.

Artak Aloyan
Communications Instructor
Artak AloyanCommunications Instructor

Artak is a soft skills trainer at the American University of Armenia Extension program. Also, Artak was an expert/trainer for EastInvest2 project (Eurochambres, EU). Besides, Artak is a freelance trainer for EBRD (European Bank of Reconstruction and Development) within WiB (Women in Business) training. Also, Artak is a CYD (Community and Youth Development) Technical Trainer at U.S. Peace Corps Armenia. Since 2009 Artak has been a country representative for the German training and expertise company called SES (Senior Expert Services) the headquarter of which is located in Bonn, Germany.

Internationally, he has conducted training in Georgia, Belarus, Moldova, Ukraine.

Since 2000 Artak has been in the field of training, coaching, consulting, and lecturing providing training sessions and coaching to corporations and organizations like United Nations Development Program, American University of Armenia, AGBU, Ameriabank, Banking Management School, American Councils, Lydian International, EBRD, Synopsys, IREX, UNFPA, Enterprise Incubator Foundation, Peace Corps, Leadership School of Armenia and many more

Martin Galstyan
Leadership and Strategy Instructor
Martin GalstyanLeadership and Strategy Instructor

Dr. Martin Galstyan holds postgraduate degree from John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University. He is the Director of Central Bank of Armenia’s Research and Training Centre in Dilijan.
At AUA he teaches “Microeconomics of Competitiveness” taught in affiliation with Harvard Business School’s Institute for Strategy and Competitiveness. Dr. Galstyan is the first recipient of Excellence in Teaching Award at the American University of Armenia.
Dr. Galstyan is a Board Member of Dilijan Development Foundation, a Board Member of Scholae Mundi Foundation Armenia for new educational opportunities and also a Board Member of Dilijan Central School (Ayb Educational Foundation).

Marina Poghosyan
Entrepreneurship Instructor
Marina PoghosyanEntrepreneurship Instructor

Ms. Marina Poghosyan is a trainer and mentor for Women Entrepreneurship Program, WEP at AUA Extension program. In the scope of this program she trained and provided mentoring to more than 150 women entrepreneurs. She was a member of the initiation and founding working group for creating a Women Entrepreneurship Promotion and Endowment Center, WEPEC uniting all the graduates of WEP program.

Marina started her career in the area of business development back in 1994. Her involvement in multinational consulting companies, like Chemonics International, Nathan Associates and J.E. Austin Associates, Inc. enabled her to apply the best practices in the area of Entrepreneurship and Management Consulting in the client organizations.

Currently she is leading her own consulting company, Management Systems Consulting LLC, helping entrepreneurs to start and grow their businesses. Marina has been selected by EBRD SBA program and delivered training courses for consultants in Armenia, Belarus, Mongolia and Russia. She is a trainer for EBRD Women in Business, WiB program, training women in leadership, communication and balancing work and life courses. She serves as a Board member at the Institute of Management Consulting, IMC Armenia.

Arpi Karapetyan
HR Instructor
Arpi KarapetyanHR Instructor

Arpi Karapetyan is the Founder and Managing Partner of Cascade People & Business ( Besides she is a Chairman of Armenian HR Association ( and the initiator of Regional HR Conference. She is an Internationally Certified HR Professional (SPHRi, SCP), Internationally Certified Coach (ECC, ACSTH), trainer and consultant. Arpi has PhD in Social Psychology. With over 20-years of extensive experience in Human Resources Management and over 10 years’ experience in Training and Development, Arpi has worked with numerous renowned native and international companies from banking, insurance, production, IT, Telecommunication, retail, NGOs and other sectors.

Arpi Karapetyan has her own training programs, as well she is a certified instructor from HRCI (Human Resources Certification Institute, USA). To learn more visit

Artak Ordyan
Fundraising and Financial Management Instructor
Artak OrdyanFundraising and Financial Management Instructor

Artak Ordyan has International MBA from Nyenrode Business Universiteit, the Netherlands, and a Ph.D. from Yerevan State University, Department of  Sociology. Artak has participated in “Mesopartner International” Summer Academy organized by Yerevan State University, has organized and participated in more than 20 International educational events  (Cambridge, Rwanda, and other interesting sites). He has over 16 years of work experience in the development sector and over 12 years of program management experience in international non-profit organizations.

Artak is a consultant on Marketing, Resource Mobilization, Corporate Social Responsibility and Cross-Sector Partnership between NGOs and businesses. He has 9 years of experience in teaching Marketing Researches, Social Partnership, and Sociology at Yerevan State University, 5 years in Digital Marketing in different areas. He is a Certified Manager on Reviewing Organizational Strategy, Plans and Performance by UK Chartered Management Institute, as well as Microsoft Certified Professional on Installing, Configuring, and Administering. Artak has been engaged with AUA Extension in teaching Fundraising & Financial Management within the frames of Certificate Program in Non-Profit Management, a joint program between AUA Extension & AGBU. His hobbies include Standup comedy shows, sitcoms, football, squash

Diana Avetyan
Marketing Instructor
Diana AvetyanMarketing Instructor

Diana Avetyan is a business consultant and trainer in management, marketing, digital marketing, sales, and tourism and hospitality services. She is currently the founder of a company specializing in business consulting and training services. She holds an MBA from the American University of Armenia with her major in marketing. For over 15 years she worked at the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) responsible for private sector growth and competitiveness portfolio, with a particular focus on tourism and information technologies.

Anahit Tantushyan
Tourism and Hospitality Instructor
Anahit TantushyanTourism and Hospitality Instructor

Anahit Tantushyan is a hospitality professional, currently holding the position of the 1st Assistant General Manager at two hotel properties managed by Hyatt Hotels Corporation – Hyatt Place Yerevan and Hyatt Place Jermuk. Her career in hospitality started back in 2009 with her active participation in USAID/CAPS funded internship programs. Anahit has worked in PR, marketing, sales and operations at Armenia Marriott Hotel, Hyatt Place Yerevan and Hyatt Place Jermuk hotels. While working in Marriott, Anahit passed different cross trainings, received certification in «Marketing Knowledge Forum» from Professor Philip Kotler, attended Marriott Sales Universities in Berlin and Prague. During her working experience with Hyatt, Anahit was part of the executive pre-opening team of Hyatt Place Jermuk, represented Armenia in many destinations such as London, Moscow, Toronto, Abu Dhabi, Dubai, Paris etc., and has been implementing innovative ideas and unique approach for the success of the company.

Fundraising and Financial Management Instructor
&nbspFundraising and Financial Management Instructor

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