Before joining FAST, Armen founded and was the CEO and Chairman of Athgo Corporation, one of the world’s leading entrepreneurship platforms in consultative status with the UN Economic and Social Council, the UN Department of Public Information, and the World Intellectual Property Organization. Armen’s pioneering initiatives have provided educational and entrepreneurial opportunities to nearly 10,000 young innovators and students from over 600 universities in 80 countries, helping build startups, incubation and acceleration programs, and innovation-stimulating policies in North America, East Africa, Europe, and Asia.
In 2006, Armen joined the UN’s Global Alliance for ICT and Development (GAID) as a Founding Member. He was appointed by the Secretary General of the UN and served through 2013 as co-Chairman of GAID. Armen also served as a Commissioner on the UN’s venerated Broadband Commission for Digital Development through 2015. He was named a UN e-Leader for ICT and Youth and selected as one of the top under-40 young leaders by Asia Society.
Since 2017, Armen is a Member of the Board of Advisors at the Rice University's Baker Institute for Public Policy. He is also a member of Asia Society’s Global Council aiming to fulfill its educational mandate through a wide range of cross-disciplinary programming.
Armen earned his Bachelor of Arts degree with Honors in Political Science from UCLA and received his Master of Arts degree and Ph.D. from the School of Politics and Economics at Claremont Graduate University (CGU). He is a recipient of CGU’s Distinguished Alumni Award.