9:30am—Continental Breakfast and Coffee will be served


Hagop Panossian, Ph.D., President of ARPA Institute,
General Chair: Yervant Zorian, Ph.D.

10:20—Keynote Speaker

Mary Papzian, Ph.D., San Jose State University President

Session I – Science, Education and Technology in Armenia

10:45—Science, Education and High-Technology Industry in Armenia

Chair: Artur Davoyan, Ph.D., UCLA


Ani Aprahamian, Ph.D., Professor of Physics, UND, Director, AANL
Armenia Marching Forward: Transforming AANL into Innovation & Technology HUB

Tigran Shahverdyan, Ph.D., Giduj, Armenia
Science and Education in Armenia

Yervant Zorian, Ph.D. VP of Synopsys Armenia
Advanced Technology Trends and the Armenian World

Al Eisaian, M.S.

12:30—Panel Discussion; Q & A

1:00 – Lunch Break (Lunch will be made served)

Session II – Social and Political Development of Armenia

2:00—The Social and Political Development of Armenia: The Role of Diaspora

Chair: Sargis Sedrakyan, Ph.D., USC


Irina Ghaplanyan, Ph.D., AUA
Modernization of Social System and Society in Armenia?

Eric Hacopian, Ph.D., Political Consultant and Analyst, Yerevan, Armenia
The Foreign Policy of Armenia and Geopolitical Challenges

Shant Shekherdimian, MD. UCLA Professor

Armine Lulejian, Ph.D. USC Sr Director of Educational Initiatives for the USC MESH Academy,
Associate Director of Informatics Education Core with USC Clinical Translational Sciences Inst. &
Asst Prof in Population and P. Health Sc, Keck Sch. of Medicine
Healthcare System in Armenia and the Need for Modernization

Carla Garapedian, Ph.D., Filmmaker, Director, Writer, and Broadcaster

3:45—Panel Discussion; Q & A