DigiWeek21 Science and Sustainability Summit

  • November 1, 2021
  • Motor Yerevan

Examines critical role of science, innovation and sustainable technology on the Armenian economy

  • This summit will focus on the key role of science and most crucial areas we need to develop for Armenia to stay at the forefront on technology innovation.
  • Led by speakers from FAST and Gituzh, this summit will examine the critical role of Basic & Applied Science Research in Education, Academia, Life Sciences and BioTech Entrepreneurship.
  • How can Armenia leverage innovative technologies and venture development to accelerate implementation of the UNDP sustainable development goals (SDGs)?
DigiWeek21                    Monday, November 1            Motor Yerevan
Time DigiWeek21 Science and Sustainability Summit
10:00 am

Future Armenian: Science, Innovation and Technology Education

Ruben Vardanyan,  Co-Initiator, Тhe FUTURE ARMENIAN

Armen Orujyan, CEO, FAST


10:30 am

Realizing Armenia’s Scientific Potential :  What are the most crucial areas of science we need to develop?

Moderator:  Aram Jivanyan, CEO, Skycryptor, Senior Research Associate, AUA

Artur Ishkhanyan, Secretary of RA National Academy of Sciences

Hayk Sarkisyan, Director, Engineering & Physics Institute, Russian-Armenian University

Hrant Khachatrian, Director of YerevaNN

Hripsime Mkrtchyan, Postdoctoral Research Fellow, MIT

11:30 am

Gituzh – What is Next?     

Armchair Interview by Berge Ayvazian

Aram Pakhchanian, VP at ABBYY, Chairman of the Board at Ayb Foundation

Artavazd Minasyan, Co-founder of Krisp, Member of Gituzh

12:00 pm

Basic & Applied Science in Academia: Innovation and Entrepreneurship

Moderator:  Hrant Khachatrian, Director of YerevaNN

Prof.  Kristina Sargsyan, Dean of the Computer Science Department, UFAR

Prof.  Ani Aprahamian, Director, A. Alikhanyan National Laboratory of Armenia (AANL)
Frank M. Freimann Chair Professor of Physics at the University of Notre Dame

Yelena Bisharyan, Director Of Business Development, Harvard University, Office of Technology Development

Vardan Gevorgyan, Advisor, National Center of Innovation and Entrepreneurship

1:00 pm Lunch and Innovation Networking
2:00 pm

Innovation in BioTech and Life Sciences

Moderator:  Yelena Bisharyan, Director Of Business Development, Harvard University, Office of Technology Development

Hovakim Zakaryan, Co- Founder, Denovo Sciences & Project Leader, FAST

Garegin Papoian, Founder of Biosim and Professor, University of Maryland

Vardan Harutunyan, Co- Founder, Denovo Sciences & Data Scientist, FAST

Jack Topdjian, Founder, Healthcare Equity Angels & Healthcare Partner, SmartGateVC

Anahit Hovhannisyan, Adjunct Professor, California State University

3:00 pm

Sustainable Technology Development to Accelerate SDG Implementation

Moderator:  Berge Ayvazian, Managing Director, Distrikt Ventures

Tatevik Koloyan, Innovation & SDG Finance Portfolio Lead, UNDP Armenia

Todd Fabacher, Co-founder, Digital Pomegranate and Distrikt Ventures

Tatevik Markosyan, ImpactAIM IMM Lead

Vardan Urutyan, Rector, Armenian National Agricultural University
(ANAU ImpactAIM AgriTech Accelerator)

Klaus Schimmer, Chief Innovation Architect for Sustainability at SAP

4:30 pm

Action Plans for Science, Innovation and Sustainability

Moderator:  Berge Ayvazian, Managing Director, Distrikt Ventures

Aram Jivanyan, CEO, Skycryptor, Senior Research Associate, AUA, Member of Gituzh

Davit Kartashyan, Advisor on Innovation and Science to Business Linkages at GIZ Armenia, EU4Business

Narek Manukyan, Project Coordinator, UNDP ImpactAIM Accelerator

Suzanna Shamakhyan, Vice President on Strategic Programming, FAST