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Founder, Managing Partner of Cascade People & Business
Founder and Chairman of Armenian HR Association


The initiator of Regional HR Conference Arpi Karapetyan is the Founder and Managing Partner of Cascade People & Business ( . Besides she is a Chairman of Armenian HR Association ( She is 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 experience in Human Resources Management, Arpi Karapetyan has worked with numerous renowned native and international companies from banking, insurance, production, IT, Telecommunication, retail, NGOs and other sectors.
Arpi Karapetyan is also a lecturer at AUA and French University of Armenia. To learn more visit



Managing partner of Cascade People & Business


Armine Hayrapetyan has been in the business of human development since 1998, starting with education and healthcare, moving to fashion retail and most recently to human capital development.

Armine is Managing Partner at Cascade People and Business, and helped build the company from early stage. With education in engineering, both industrial and commercial, she used her knowledge to connect strategies, systems and people to implement projects with highly customized solutions.

Apart from designing and delivering professional HR and personal development courses, she has applied human yet systemic approach to executive search and team formation for local and international companies, spreading across entire spectrum of industries from energy and mining to IT.

Armine holds international certifications in HR management and Coaching, and advocates the quality of service both to company clients and the customers of clients.



Executive Director of Center for Strategic Initiatives 


Aleksandr Khachaturyan is the Executive Director of Center for Strategic Initiatives  from January 2017 and he is also the Adviser to the Prime Minister of RA. He is an expert in finance and corporate law. Before joining PM’s office he was the managing partner at TK Equity Partners, a boutique law firm, and experienced in cooperating with several international and local investors working in Armenia. Mr. Khachaturyan’s academic background is in finance and banking from Boston University School of Law.


BPI Poland CEO, Change Management Professional, Executive Coach, public speaker


President of BPI Polska, part of an international BPI Group and Prosci Global Affiliate Network, specialized in Change Management. For 15 years has been conducting business transformation projects and advising Management Boards& HR Executives on the implementation of various types of changes in telecom, FMCG, health care, power generation, railway, airline, financial, construction and other industries. He is certified Advanced PROSCI instructor in Change Management. Currently involved in the development of the Global Association of Change Management Professionals (ACMP) in Europe and in Poland. He is also an executive coach (ICC certified) and lecturer of postgraduate& MBA studies on change management, leadership development and strategy implementation. Public speaker on change management at ACMP, PMI and HR events& conferences.



co Founder, Sun House Team LLC


Sergei Dolzhenkov Social psychologist, business consultant, entrepreneur. He began his career in 2003. The main areas of professional interests are: organization of events, organizational consulting and new technologies of loyalty, Participated in the creation of educational systems for TD "Narodny", KD Kulikovsky TM Beeline Kyrgyzstan, Organizer of the International Festival of Advertising and PR Red Jolbors Fest 2012 - 2015, Event Award Central Asia 2016, Actively participates in public life of the city and country. The author and coordinator of the project "Road Triangle" - the formation of a culture of the road, the moderator of the "Forum of Cities", "Mekendeshter", "Urban Data Hackathon", "Enactus KG". Actively applies the gamification in business processes building and brand image. Currently uses 27 methods and approaches, some of which are copyright. During the last three years, it is actively developing in the direction of tourism and has a hostel in the city of Karakol. Plans include the creation of a tourist center with infrastructure for retreats and spectacular cultural events. In an active search for competent partners. A fan of green technology. He dreams to create a zone of perspective development, which will become a laboratory of environmental technologies and a training base for translating values ​​and principles of harmonious development. Sure that the country's natural potential is ideally suited for the implementation of such an international project. Sergey is one of the first events managers of the country, and today he is co-owner of the leading MICE company in Kyrgyzstan in the field of corporate training and inspiration "Sun House Team". The company plans to enter the international market and create unique game products to promote the business goals of customers. Currently he lives in Bishkek with his beloved family.



Deputy General Director of Business Development, EPAM Systems 


Graduated from Yerevan State University with Honour Red Diploma, Artak began his career in Yerevan, Armenia where he worked for software development company ArmSoft. After immigrating to the Russian Federation in 1995, he joined Moscow-based ERP vendor Infosoft as a lead developer. In 2003, Artak completed his post-graduate studies at Finance Academy under the Government of the Russian Federation and got Ph.D. in Economics.

Artak joined EPAM (VDI before acquisition) in 2000 and made a career from a system architect to a project manager providing outsourced software development services for clients in North America and Western Europe. Beginning 2009, Artak manages geographical business unit in Russia and CIS.



Director International Services at Workz


Jacob Holmehave is the Director at Workz and a member of the Workz management team. He is the head of International Services and runs a team responsible for international clients and partners. 
Jacob is an experienced international speaker and facilitator within learning games, storytelling, change management, and strategy execution. He has successfully facilitated learning games with clients all over the world. His point of departure is always the classic Workz philosophy: successful implementation of change requires involvement of managers, employees, and stakeholders.
Jacob holds a Master of Social Science in Human Resource Management from Copenhagen Business School.



Partner , GEC Corps. (GEC Developments Corp.)


George is Founding Partner of GEC Corps. that is fast growing Georgian management consulting company, which helps organizations in public and private sector to improve organizational performance. George and his partners started the company in 2010 and since then successfully implemented more than 100 different scale projects in Georgia and abroad. George, himself is concentrating on business performance improvement, business development/turnaround, strategy, operations and organizational development consulting. George comes with Finance and International Economics background with more than 15 years of executive management, consulting and teaching/training experience. His career started as financial analyst and financial manager at different medium size companies. Later George has joined Caucasus School of Business (CSB) as Vice-Dean (later became a Dean) and turned school into the first internationally accredited business school in Georgia, and developed the organization into full-fledged university with 6 schools. In addition to his consulting and executive management experience, George also has over 15 years of teaching and training experience at leading Georgian and international universities and business schools such as Robinson College of Business (GSU) and Grenoble Graduate School of Business. George, through his consulting company, is also member of International Society for Performance Improvement. He has graduated from Tbilisi Independent University in 1997 (M.A in International Economics with honors) and completed masters, postgraduate and PhD course works at Tbilisi State University (concentration in Economics), Georgia State University (concentration in Finance). George also completed executive education program in Consulting Process at Maastricht School of Management.



Partner at GEC Corps


Eka Katamadze is an active performance improvement practitioner with extensive experience of business process efficiency management within both private and public organizations. Eka is a Partner at GEC Corp.—a consulting company which helps organizations to improve their business performance. In addition to her consulting and management experience, she has over 20 years of experience of teaching at leading Georgian universities and business schools.



Founder & Owner , Podium - Innovative Talent Development


Michael is an entrepreneur and a violinist. He has a Bachelor’s degree in Arts from the University of California at Irvine, a High Diploma in Violin Performance “with honors” from the Vienna Conservatory of Music, and over 20 years of experience as a professional musician. In 2007, following 3 years as a violinist with the Vienna Radio Symphony, Michael re-invented himself and founded Executive Relocations Austria. E.R.A. currently provides corporate relocation services for a number of high-profile companies throughout Austria. In 2012 Michael was certified in the use of the full suite of Neethling Brain Instruments (NBI) and established “Podium – Innovative Talent Development” to provide comprehensive whole-brain leadership development for domestic and international organisations. Michael is certified in the use of the full suite of Neethling Brain Instruments (NBI) as well as in the EQ-i 2.0, and EQ 360.



BPI Group Executive Coach, Change Professional


Magdalena is an executive coach, passionate about creating an environment that supports creative development processes, innovation, and change. For 10+ years she has been working extensively within energy, logistics, health care, global shared services, transportation and legal advisory industries, coaching and mentoring top managers in the fields of change management, leadership, team development, social skills, and customer relationship. She occupied top managerial positions in international companies, and now has shifted focus to executive coaching and process-oriented psychology. She is certified in various coaching, training and assessment tools& methods aimed at individuals, teams and organizations, to help them change successfully.



Country Manager of Microsoft Armenia


Liana Korkotyan is the Country Manager at Microsoft Armenia and serves on the board of Microsoft CIS. Liana specializes on digital transformation, entrepreneurship development and business capacity building. Prior to joining Microsoft Liana managed projects and advised clients with such organizations as the World Bank, IFC, USAID, and Accenture. Her professional interests lie in the intersection of technology, information & innovation strategy and their potential in empowering individuals and businesses throughout the world. Liana has an MBA from the American University of Armenia and an MS in International Business from Georgetown University.


Leadership coach/ organizational development and change management consultant


Armenia, Russia, USA

Astghik is a results-oriented business professional with more than 15 years of experience in talent and change management, organizational development and business consulting. She has a unique background mix and work experience in public, private and intergovernmental organizations and an extensive international experience of working with diverse teams and individuals.

In the past Asya worked for the Central Bank of Armenia, has led the HRM department of the Inecobank CJSC, worked for the UNECE in Geneva, Switzerland and the IMF at Washington DC, USA. Currently she works as a leadership coach with clients from several countries across the globe.


Asya holds Master’s degrees from the Yerevan State University (Psychology), the American University of Armenia (Law) and University of Geneva (MBA) and a Certificate in Leadership Coaching for Organizational Well-Being from an ICF accredited program at George Mason University, USA.


Founder & General Manager of Yell Extreme Park, founding partner and development director of “Apaga resort”


Tigran is an Armenian entrepreneur with more than 10 years of experience in business and administrative management, social entrepreneurship and community development programs. In 2015, he founded a unique project – “Yell Extreme Park” located in Yenoqavan community of Tavush region of RA. He is the founding partner and development director of "Apaga resort" active leisure club, Board Member of Apaga Sports Club, founder of Dasht Sports School.

Tigran has a Master’s degree in Business Administration from the Moscow School of Management SKOLKOVO.

He passed the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Sloan Business School Entrepreneurship program and graduated from the Russian National Research Medical University named after N.I. Pirogov, faculty of Medical cybernetics


VP Product Development, Microsoft Partner – WebSoft company


Pavel Kovalev graduated from the faculty of Computational Mathematics and Cybernetics of Lomonosov Moscow State University and since 1994 works in the field of software development. From 2003 to 2007 he was a director of Software Development in the leading Russian IT outsourcing company Auriga. Since 2007 he works as a Deputy General Director of Web Soft. He is responsible for the development of the company products, pre-sales, as well as the implementation of the projects for the automation of HR processes and the relationship management with partners of Web Soft and a number of key customers.

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