The Foundation for Armenian Science and Technology (FAST) marks its inaugural global Advance Armenia Gala on Thursday, March 31, 2022, at The Landmark in Los Angeles, CA. The evening’s keynote speaker is Dr. Noubar Afeyan, Co-Founder of FAST, Founder and CEO of Flagship Pioneering, and Co-Founder and Chairman of Moderna, Inc.

Funds raised through this year’s Gala will benefit around 50 local Armenian researchers, enhancing expertise in Armenia's burgeoning science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM)-focused fields by connecting them to top international scientists through the FAST’s ADVANCE STEM Research Grant program. This collaboration delivers highly competitive research with a potential for global reach in Biotechnology, Artificial Intelligence, Computational Agriculture, and other scientific fields. For more information click here.

Reserving your seats for this event will place you on the cusp of an exciting chance to be part of Armenia’s rapid innovation development by supporting deep and cutting-edge research. Your $500 or $1000 contributions will reserve a Mezzanine or General seating respectively at the Gala.


Come advance a shared vision and movement steering Armenia toward scientific, technological and innovative greatness.

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For further questions, please reach out to us at or call +13106201687.

This event will abide by LA County regulations in the time of the Gala, additionally to The Landmark regulations.

Advance Armenia Gala Committee
Silva Katchiguian, co-chair
Elizabeth Zoryan, co-chair
His Eminence Archbishop Hovnan Derderian
Dr. Maria Cozette Akopian
Avetis Antaplyan
Roza Grigoryan Baroody
Benjamin Charchian
Irene Darbinyan
Derik Ghookasian
Armen Harutyunian
Lenna Hovhanessian
Sarkis Kiramijyan
Arthur Kokozian
Armen Martirosyan
Dr. Armen Mkrtchyan
Natalie Noravian
Vrej Sarkissian
Elena Semerdjian
Arthur Stamboltsyan
Annie Tabakian
Ardem Tabakian
Fred Tatlyan
Tigran Tutuyan
Armen Vardanyan
Vince Unanyan

Advance Armenia Gala Supporters




The Promise Armenian Institute at UCLA

Turbo Wholesale Tires Inc.- Mr. and Mrs. Sarkis and Nune Sepetjian

in Memory of Pogos and Eghsabet Sepetjian




Thermo Fisher Scientific



Mr. and Mrs. Armen and Katherine Panossian

Dr. Hagop Youredjian

Mr. and Mrs. Kevork and Elizabeth Zoryan

Dr. Aram Adourian
Mr. and Mrs. Hratch and Olga Andreassian
Ms. Ruzanna Avetisyan
Mr. and Mrs. Benjamin and Adrienne Charchian
Children of Armenia Fund (COAF)
City National Bank
Gateway Industry Inc.
Ghailian Family
Mr. and Mrs. Vahik and Alice Petrossian in Memory of Hacob and Mina Shirvanian
Mr. and Mrs. Armen and Gloria Hampar & Family Foundation
Mr. and Mrs. Berdj and Mary Karapetian
Mr. Ara Mahdessian and Mr. Vahe Kuzoyan
McKinsey & Company
Mr. and Mrs. Frank and Hoori Melkonian
GrittGene Therapeutics
Tequila Mandala

Silent Auction Contributors
Eric Hayrapetyan
Emil Kazaz
Fat & Happy Beverages
Henrikh Mkhitaryan
Kevork George Kassabian
Steven Papazian
Robert Papazian
Serj Tankian
Rebecca Topakian

L.A. Banquets
Centerpieces donated by Ardem & Annie Tabakian
KOOR Wines
SalAska Gourmet Seafood