Alexandra Kulikova is the Head of Global Stakeholder Engagement for Eastern Europe & Central Asia at ICANN since September 2017. She leads the development and implementation of the ICANN GSE regional projects in the aforementioned region engaging with various stakeholder groups on a variety of topics regarding the role of ICANN in regional and global internet governance, global DNS security, stability and resiliency issues and DNS industry development. Alexandra holds an MSc (Hons) in Media and Communication Governance from London School of Economics and Political Science in the UK and an undergraduate degree in linguistics and multicultural communication from Moscow State Linguistic University in Russia.
Andrey Pyatakhin serves as Chief Executive Officer of ArmenTel CJSC since May 2013. He served as Regional Director for the Moscow area from 2011 to 2013 of Beeline, Russia. Mr. Pyatakhin headed Mobitel, the holding’s Georgian subsidiary since 2009. He served as director of development of corporate business in regions at VimpelCom Ltd. Mr. Pyatakhin is a graduate of Harvard Business school. He holds an MBA from American University of Business Administration.
Boris Demirkhanyan is the Deputy Minister of Transport, Communication and Information Technologies of the Republic of Armenia. Mr. Demirkhanyan worked at GNC-ALFA CJSC in 2012 as Deputy General Director, and in 2011-2012 he was the Commercial Director of GNC-ALFA CJSC. He has graduated from Yerevan State University, Department of Radiophysics, and later on lectured at the same University from 1992 to 2004.
Gevorg Gevorgyan was appointed to Chief Specialist of Telecommunication Department at RA Ministry of Transport and Communication in 1998. In 2001, he was appointed as the Head of Communications Department at the Ministry of Transport and Communication. From 2005 up to present he is the Head of the Telecommunications Department of the Public Services Regulatory Commission of the Republic of Armenia.
Since 2015 Gevorg Hayrapetyan holds the position of the Head of the Administrative proceedings’ department of Personal Data Protection Agency of the Ministry of Justice of the Republic of Armenia. Previously he was a member of the Civil Society Council under the Minister of Justice of the Republic of Armenia, as well as a Procurement Appeals Board member and commission chair in 2014-2017. He has lectured on the topic of “Legislation and Mass Media”, worked as an expert, conducting qualitative monitoring of election campaign coverage. He has authored 9 books on freedom of information. Mr Hayrapetyan has published about 30 articles about freedom of information and publicity of state organizations, access to official documents, insult and defamation, and analysis. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in law and a Master’s degree in European law.
Grigori Saghyan is the Vice President of the Internet Society of Armenia. He is an Associate Professor at Russian-Armenian University. His previous working experience was the position of the Technical Director at the first Armenian ISP Company Arminco during 7 years. He also worked at the Ministry of Transport and Communications of Armenia in the position of the Head of IT and Telecommunication Department for 2 years. The main fields of interest for Grigori Saghyan are Solid State Electronics, Scanning Microscopy, Telecommunications, Networking as well as Internet Governance. Grigori Saghyan is an International Telecommunication Union (ITU) and Network Security expert since 2012. He is also the Secretary of the newly formed Multistakeholder Armenian Internet Governance Council.
Levon Hovhannisyan works at Microsoft Armenia as a development experience consultant. Mr. Hovhannisyan is a Candidate of Technical Sciences, and has been lecturing at the State Engineering University of Armenia since 2007. He has 12 years work experience in software architecture and development and is the author of various scientific publications. He is an organizer and a speaker at a number of local and international technical events.
Liana Doydoyan is a founding member of the Freedom of Information Centre of Armenia and the president of the Centre from October 2015. From 2003 up to now, together with other freedom of information experts, she is conducting trainings on freedom of information, to teach how to use the Freedom of Information Legislation, both in Yerevan and in all regions of Armenia, implemented by the Freedom of Information Center. From 2005 to present she is a Professor at Journalism Department, Yerevan State University, Courses: E-Governance and Civil Society. From 2004 to 2009 she was the Editor-in-Chief of the Internet department of the Armenian Public Television. From 2001 she was a founding member of PanArmenian Network.
In 2017 Mark Grigoryan was appointed as the Executive Director of Public Radio of Armenia by the decision of the Council of Public TV and Radio Company of Armenia. He is a journalist by profession. He has been engaged in professional journalism since 1993 as a deputy editor of “Swoboda” newspaper in Yerevan. From 1995 to 1996 he worked for AIM (Armenian International Magazine) magazine. He has collaborated with many publications in Armenia and abroad. He is an author and editor of 16 books, numerous scientific and journalistic articles. Mr. Grigoryan is one of the founders of the Caucasus Institute in Yerevan. He has worked in London, in the BBC’s Russian Service project “Early Hours”. Prior to March 11, 2011, along with Seva Novgorodtsev, he has conducted the “BBSeva” program. In 2003, he received the Hellman/Hammett annual journalistic award, which is given as a sign of “courage recognition against political persecutions.” He teaches at Yerevan State University.
Maxim Burtikov is External Relations Officer of Eastern Europe and Central Asia region at the RIPE NCC, based in Moscow. This role involves engaging the broad range of RIPE NCC stakeholders in Russia and surrounding regions, including RIPE NCC members, governments and law enforcement agencies (LEAs). In this role, Maxim also interacts with international organizations such as the APEC, the European Commission, the OECD and the International Telecommunications Union (ITU). Maxim graduated from law school at Moscow State University in 2007. He started his career at the Ministry of Communications and Mass Media of Russia, before joining the Federal Communications Agency, where he worked as Chief of Staff. In these roles, Maxim was involved in a number of government projects, particularly the launch of the Russian Internet Governance Forum (IGF). In 2012, he embarked upon a career as an independent IT and Internet consultant, focusing on government and public relations, before joining the RIPE NCC in 2013.
Nerses Ter-Vardanyan is the Deputy Minister of Culture of the Republic of Armenia. Mr. Vardanyan is a candidate of historical sciences, author of several scientific articles in various scientific journals. He has participated to numerous conferences, forums and workshops, as well as Cairo State University and the British Council courses. In 2005-2008, he was a researcher at the Institute of Oriental Studies at the National Academy of Sciences of Armenia. Since 2013 he is a lecturer at Yerevan State University History Department, at the Faculty of General History, and since 2004 to date he is a research worker at “Matenadaran” Research Institute of Ancient Manuscripts.
Chengetai Masango is the Programme and Technology Manager at United Nations Secretariat for the Internet Governance Forum (IGF), based in the United Nations Office in Geneva.The Secretariat assists and coordinates the work of the Multistakeholder Advisory Group (MAG).Mr. Masango holds a PhD in Information Science and Technology and an MA in International Relations from Syracuse University.He is a co-author of the book “Internet Governance and the Information Society: Global Perspectives and European Dimensions”.
Ceren Ünal is the European Chapter Development Manager at Internet Society. Ceren’s initial engagement with ISOC began as an individual member that further developed through the NGL Program as an IGF Ambassador (Hyderabad 2008, Vilnius 2010).
Ceren Ünal gained an LLM degree from Queen Mary, University of London, specializing in Computer and Communications Law as a British Chevening Scholar. Ceren has been teaching and consulting on IT/Internet law issues since 2003.
Samvel Martirosyan is an information security and new media expert, a member of the Armenian Internet Governance Council. He lectures at Yerevan State Linguistic University named after Valeri Bryusov, YSU, RAU (Slavonic University) and other educational programs. Samvel Martirosyan ran iDitord, badu.am, OpenArmenia and a variety of Internet projects. Currently, he runs several media blogs at popular news agencies, such as tert.am, media.am, Caucasians Knot, etc.
Sipan Asatryan is a philologist, diaspora specialist, tiflochagogue, and a spatial orientation instructor for visually impaired people. From 2014 to present Mr. Asatryan works at National Leadership Institute in the position of Information and Communication Coordinator. He is the editor-in-chief and broadcaster of “Menq” Internet radio. From 2013 to 2014 he was the director of Forte scientific-cultural NGO for disabled people. Mr. Asatryan believes his life mission is to help raise public awareness on the issue of disability and to contribute to changing the existing stereotypes.
Vahagn Harutyunyan has been appointed to the Head of the subdivision at the General Department of criminal investigation of the RA Police in the beginning of 2009. At the end of the same year he has been appointed to the position of the Deputy Head of the Department of High-Tech Crimes Detection at the General Department of combating organized crime of the RA police and is holding this position up to now. He has a Master’s degree in law, specialized in civil law and litigation.
Since July 2017 Vahan Hovsepyan acts as an External Relations Officer at RIPE NCC, responsible for Caucasus and Central Asia. He has coordinated and headed several delegations of Armenian technological companies to a number of events and activities in Georgia, Russia, Austria and other coutnries. He acts as a Jury member of GITI Award from 2009. As a Director of New Technology Education Fund, Mr. Hovespyan headed a delegation of 26 Armenian ICT companies to 18 European Countries in the framework of ICT European Expedition in 2015. Mr. Hovsepyan is an initiator and co-initiator of different projects in technological development field. He is a President of Armenian Association of Netherlands Alumni, Director of ARMIX Foundation and Armenian Union of Operators, Board Member of ISOC Armenia.
Tigran Zargaryan is a qualified specialist on libraries & archives management with over 30 years of professional experience. He has worked in a broad variety of libraries automation environments, including local government, private sector, non-for-profit and international organizations. Currently he holds the position of Director at the National Library of Armenia. He has experience of projecting the automatization of the procedures of archives and libraries. He has developed a concept of creating Armenian libraries information network. Tigran Zargaryan has worked on projects involving hybrid paper and electronic record systems. He has strong interest in Free and Open Source Software solutions for digital libraries, open standards, distance learning, open educational resources, Creative Commons licensing schemes. Mr. Zargaryan is an author of 2 manuals and one monograph on using Internet, and creating digital libraries, articles on developing digital libraries.
Tigran Hakobyan is a member of the National Commission on Television and Radio since 2016. In 2001-2016 he was a workshop trainer on the following topics: “Public Relations for Non-Governmental Organizations” (Internews), “Business Communication Capabilities” (F. Nauman’s Foundation, Press-Club, Armeconombank, South Caucasus Railways), “Parties and Media” (NIMD, The Netherlands), “Public Relations for Parties” (NDI), etc. From 1999 to 2012 he participated to election processes of the RA, serving as political campaign advisor to a number of MP candidates.