Introducing our Board of Trustees

Igor Khalatian - Co-Founder of STAN, Chairman of the Board

Igor is an entrepreneur with over 20 years of successful expertise in the high-tech sector globally. Igor established a co-browsing and screen-sharing technology startup, LiveLOOK, in 2007, which was acquired by Oracle in 2014. Later, he assumed the role of Vice President of Development at Oracle. In the mid of 2023, Igor founded the world’s first AI-based dating service, IRIS Dating.

Igor is an avid mountaineer who has conquered Mount Everest, as well as 5 out of 7 highest points on each continent of the world. He has a master's degree from Yerevan Polytechnic Institute, a doctorate in computer science from the USSR Academy of Sciences, and a Ph.D. from the Bell Labs research facility in the US. Dr. Khalatian is the author of 13 US patents. He is also an official member of the Forbes Technology Council.

Igor Khalatian, together with a group of 18 additional angels, established STAN. Since 2018, he has held a position as one of the co-chairs within the organization. Igor's influence has been crucial in molding the development and influence of the Armenian startup ecosystem.

Ruben Arutyunyan - Co-Founder of STAN

Ruben's diverse background includes being the founder and President of the highly successful HENDERSON Russia Group, a prominent men's business and leisure outfit retailer with an extensive presence across more than 50 cities in Russia, and in Armenia.

He graduated from Yerevan Polytechnic University with a mechanical engineering degree in 1989. Additionally, he has an MBA from Moscow's Higher School of Commerce. Between 2017 and 2019, he presided over the board of trustees of the Ayb Educational Foundation. He has supported the UWC Dilijan educational project and has served as chairman of the Ayb School Board of Trustees. He has also been a member of the Aznavour Foundation Board of Trustees since 2019.

Ruben Arutyunyan is one of the initiators of creating the Science & Technology Angels Network in 2018. He has been the founding angel of STAN since its inception in 2018. Over the course of 5 years, he was the Co-Chair of the STAN. Ruben has played a pivotal role in shaping the growth and impact of technology-focused startups in the region.

Avetis Antaplyan - An award-winning CEO, mission-driven Technologist, Entrepreneur, and Angel Investor.

Avetis is the Founder & CEO of HIRECLOUT, a 2-Time Inc. 5000 Fastest Growing Company and a Global Tech Recruiting and Consulting firm with partners such as Uber, Hulu, SonyPS, Salesforce, LinkedIn, Rivian, StubHub, and many of the best tech companies in the world. He has helped hundreds of companies scale their Tech & Engineering, leading to acquisitions and IPOs.

Avetis’s educational background includes completing the Executive Leadership program at Stanford University Graduate School of Business and Business & Economics degrees at California State University, Northridge. Avetis is also an official member of the Forbes Technology Council.

Avetis Antaplyan joined STAN in 2021, bringing with him a wealth of experience and a strong commitment to supporting Armenian startups as an investor and advisor. Avetis is among the most active angels of the STAN. His portfolio includes startups such as Saima, Doodooc, BrandLens, PopUp School, DoctorYan, Bliink, and many others.

Avetis's main passion lies in empowering the Armenian tech ecosystem to reach new heights and emerge as a global leader. Through his active involvement with STAN and dedication to supporting local startups, he endeavors to propel Armenia's tech landscape to international prominence.

Alexandre Meterissian - Managing Director at Teneo

Alexandre has deep expertise in public policy, communications, and corporate strategy and has advised the senior leadership of many high-profile organizations in managing strategic policy issues and regulatory, financial, and business challenges. Some of his clients have included Uber, Expedia Group, Intuit, Coca-Cola, BlackRock Metals, Altasciences, Syneos, HEXO, Rio Tinto, ArcelorMittal, Shoppers Drug Mart and GlaxoSmithKline.

Prior to joining Teneo, Alexandre was a partner at HATLEY Strategy Advisors, which was acquired by Teneo in 2020. He led the government affairs group, advising clients on policy issues both provincially in Québec and federally in Ottawa. Previously, Alexandre worked for Canada’s Foreign Affairs and Immigration Ministers in Ottawa. Alexandre received his bachelor’s degree (B.A. Arts) at McGill University and his master’s in business (M.Sc. Strategy) at HEC Montréal.

As a proud Armenian-Canadian, one of Alexandre's passions is the economic development of the Republic of Armenia. He is currently the Canada representative for Enterprise Armenia, the country's national promotion authority.

Alexandre is an angel investor and an LP in a Canadian-based venture capital fund. He joined STAN in January 2023 and, in this brief period, has already showcased an active commitment to supporting STAN programs and engaging with Armenian startups. With a demonstrated passion for fostering growth and innovation, Alexandre's active involvement in STAN initiatives and his extensive background make him a valuable board member.

Suzanna Shamakhyan - An ex-officio board member of STAN appointed by the Foundation for Armenian Science and Technology (FAST)

Suzanna Shamakhyan is a versatile leader dedicated to education, network-building, and youth empowerment. As Vice-President of Strategic Programming at the Foundation for Armenian Science and Technology (FAST), she helps develop Armenia's science and innovation ecosystem, driving initiatives to modernize education and advance research. With extensive experience in leadership roles over the last 12 years, she spearheads impactful projects, creating a multiplying impact.

Additionally, Suzanna is an Associate Professor at the American University of Armenia, contributing to students' academic development by combining practical knowledge with a global perspective. Previously, as the Head of International Cooperation at Russian-Armenian University, she facilitated partnerships with institutions from 40 countries, implementing 25 major projects that fostered global collaboration. As the driving force behind building the university's internationalization strategy and structures, she established the department from the ground up.

Beyond her professional work, Suzanna is actively involved in volunteerism, supporting causes ranging from human rights to educational opportunities for indigenous communities. Her dedication to creating impact led her to establish the European Youth Parliament (EYP) in Armenia. As the Founding President of EYP Armenia in 2012, she created a platform for over 10,000 young Armenians to become active participants in society, fostering dialogue, leadership skills, and civic responsibility.
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