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AIPRG Annual Conference

Impact of the Global Crisis on Armenia:
Short- and Long-run Perspectives
 
Speakers' Short Biographies
 

Conference Presentations and Papers






A

David Akopyan
Asad Alam
Alen Amirkhanian
Konstantin Atanesyan

B

King Banaian

D

Marek Dabrowski

F

Jesus Felipe
Lev Freinkman

G

Lorenzo Giorgianni
Luciano Greco

H

Manuk Hergnyan
Balázs Horváth

K

Armine Khachatryan

N

Marjan Nikolov

S

Ben Slay



Asad Alam

Mr. Asad Alam holds a Ph. D. in Economics from Columbia University, New York, USA and a B.Sc. in Economics from The London School of Economics and Political Science, Great Britain.

Dr. Alam joined the World Bank Group as a Young Professional in 1993. Later appointments included Country Economist for Western and Central Africa (1994-1998), Senior Country Economist for Poverty Reduction and Economic Management, Europe and Central Asia Region (1999 - 2002), Lead Economist (2002-2003), Sector Manager for Poverty Reduction and Economic Management in Europe and Central Asia (2003-2009), and Country Director for the South Caucasus (2009).

Dr. Alam has a strong interest in inclusive growth and development issues. He has written and published on various subjects including productivity, poverty, inequality, trade, and fiscal issues. His most recent co-authored publications include the 2008 World Bank book, Unleashing Prosperity: Productivity Growth in Eastern Europe and the former Soviet Union and the 2005 book, Growth, Poverty and Inequality in Eastern Europe and the Former Soviet Union.

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Lorenzo Giorgianni

Mr. Lorenzo Giorgianni is currently in charge of the Emerging Market Division in the Strategy, Policy and Review Department of the IMF, which produces cross-country analysis and oversees lending programs to emerging market countries. In this capacity, he recently coordinated the design and implementation of the reforms of the IMF lending framework, including the creation of the Flexible Credit Line.

Prior to this position he was mission chief to Turkey and Division Chief of the European Department's Southern 2 Division. As mission chief, he was responsible for leading discussion with the Turkish authorities on the implementation of a three-year Stand-By Arrangement for US$10 billion approved by the Executive Board in May 2005.

Dr. Giorgianni has extensive experience working on emerging market countries and financial crises. He was heavily involved in the work of the Fund in Argentina (2002-05) following its sovereign default and devaluation, and in Thailand and Indonesia during the 1997-2002 period of the Asian financial crisis and subsequent recovery phase. Dr. Giorgianni started his Fund career at the Research Department in 1996.

Dr. Giorgianni's research interests and publications have mainly focused on international economics and banking crises. He holds a Ph.D. and a M.A. in Economics from the University of Pennsylvania, and a B.S. in Economics from L.U.I.S.S. in Rome, where he graduated with honors.

Lorenzo Giorgianni at IDEAS

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Jesus Felipe

Mr. Jesus Felipe is Principal Economist, Head of the Strategic Research Unit, and Director of the Central Asia Regional Economic Cooperation (CAREC) Institute, in the Central and West Asia Department of the Asian Development Bank (ADB), Manila, Philippines.

He is also a Research Associate at the Centre for Applied Macroeconomic Analysis (CAMA), Australian National University, College of Business and Economics; at the Centre of Full Employment and Equity (CofFEE), University of Newcastle (Australia); and at the Cambridge Centre for Economic & Public Policy, University of Cambridge. Dr. Felipe is a member of the Editorial Board of Metroeconomica. Dr. Felipe holds a Ph.D. from the University of Pennsylvania.

Dr. Felipe works on issues relating to long-run growth in Asia, productivity and technological progress. His research interests spread across areas such as growth (especially the debate on the sources of growth in East Asia), the functional distribution of income, business cycles, the path of profit rates, and structural change. he has held academic positions with the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (Hong Kong, PRC) during 1995-1996, and with the Georgia Institute of Technology (Atlanta, USA), during 1999-2002.

He is currently working on two books. The first one is on the theoretical foundations of the aggregate production function and its implications for empirical analyses (The Aggregate Production Function and the Measurement of Technical Change: A Critique and Evaluation). The second one is on the relevance of full employment as an objective of policy making in developing Asia (Inclusive Growth, Full Employment and Structural Change. Implications and Policies for Developing Asia). He is also working on a project on industrialization and structural change in Pakistan.

Dr. Felipe has co-authored and co-edited a book entitled Labor Markets in Asia: Issues and Perspectives (Palgrave Macmillan, 2006). This book was selected in 2006 by Princeton University as one of the Noteworthy Books in Industrial Relations and Labor Economics. Dr. Felipe has published his work in the Cambridge Journal of Economics, Journal of Comparative Economics, Eastern Economic Journal, Metroeconomica, Journal of Income Distribution, International Review of Applied Economics, Journal of Development Studies, Oxford Development Studies, among others.

Jesus Felipe's site

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Ben Slay

Mr. Ben Slay is senior economist for UNDP's Regional Bureau for Europe and CIS. In this capacity he advises UNDP senior management on economic development and transition issues, as well as supporting UNDP country offices with priority projects and initiatives in these areas. Dr. Slay also serves as executive editor of UNDP's regional Development and Transition newsletter, which is published with the London School of Economics.

Before coming to UNDP Dr. Slay worked as a senior economist for PlanEcon Inc., a Washington D.C.-based international economics consultancy. Dr. Slay has held academic positions at a number of universities in the United States, including Georgetown University. His publications include: "The Polish Economy: Crisis, Reform, and Transformation" (Princeton University Press, 1994); "Demonopolization and Competition Policy in Post-Communist Economies" (Westview Press, 1996); and the co-edited volume "Beyond Transition: Development Perspectives and Dilemmas" (Ashgate Publishers, 2004).

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Balázs Horváth

Balázs Horváth is Poverty Reduction Practice Leader in the Bratislava Regional Center. He manages regional projects and provides policy advice to UNDP country offices in the Europe and CIS region on poverty reduction and macroeconomic issues. Dr. Horváth has 18 years of experience in macroeconomic issues at the IMF, most recently as Resident Representative in Ukraine. He joined UNDP in 2009. He holds a Ph.D. in Economics from the University of Pennsylvania.

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King Banaian

Mr. King Banaian is professor and chairman of the Department of Economics at St. Cloud State University. He holds the Ph.D. in economics from the Claremont Graduate School. He has consulted at the central banks of Ukraine, Egypt and Macedonia and the ministries of finance of Indonesia, Macedonia and Armenia.

Dr. Banaian is author of "The Ukrainian Economy since Independence" (Edward Elgar, 1998), co-editor of "The Design and Use of Political Economy Indicators" (Palgrave, 2008) and more than thirty-five articles and book chapters discussing monetary policy and political economy. He is also a radio talk show host in Minneapolis, and co-author of the St. Cloud Quarterly Business Report.

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Marjan Nikolov

Mr. Marjan Nikolov is the president of Center for Economic Analyses, research think tank in Macedonia, and professor of statistics at Integrated Business Faculty in Skopje.

Mr. Nikolov took a BSc in Mechanical engineering from the Faculty of mechanical engineering in Skopje and a MSc in International economics and finance from the University of Iceland in Reykjavik. At present he is a PhD student in economics in the University of Ljubljana.

His interests include applied economics, fiscal decentralization, public finance and other. Marjan is also a member of the Supervisory board of the electricity generation state owned company AD ELEM.

Mr. Nikolov was employed as researcher in the Economic institute Reykjavik, and in Macedonia as auditor in Ernst&Young, assistant at IMF, as consultant in macroeconomics for the Ministry of finance for USAID project conducted by Bearing Point and other. He has worked on many projects for UNDP, USAID, OSI, Government of RM and EU funded projects.

Mr. Nikolov is author of more than thirty articles and book chapters, among which "Budget process in Macedonia: Recent developments and chalanges" (forthcoming OECD Journal of Budgeting, June 2009), "People centered analysis" (chapter 2; UNDP, 2009), "Fiscal Decentralization in Transition Economies: Case Studies from the Balkans and Caucasus" (Macedonia country report, UNDP-Bratislava, 2005).

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Marek Dabrowski

Mr. Marek Dabrowski is Professor of Economics, President of the CASE - Center for Social and Economic Research in Warsaw, Chairman of the Supervisory Board of the CASE-Ukraine in Kiev, Member of the Board of Trustees of the Institute for the Economy in Transition in Moscow, Member of the Executive Committee of the Association of the Comparative Economic Studies (ACES, 2007-2009), one of the founders and former Member of the Executive Comitteee of the European Association for Comparative Economic Studies (EACES, 1995-1996; 2003 - 2006), Member of the Scientific Committee of the European Journal of Comparative Economics, and Member of the Counsulting Board of the 'Economic Systems' journal. Former First Deputy Minister of Finance (1989-1990), Member of Parliament (1991-1993) and Member of the Monetary Policy Council of the National Bank of Poland (1998-2004).

From the end of 1980s he has been involved in policy advising and policy research in Azerbaijan, Belarus, Bulgaria, Egypt, Georgia, Iraq, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Macedonia, Moldova, Mongolia, Poland, Romania, Russia, Serbia, Syria, Turkmenistan, Ukraine, Uzbekistan and Yemen and in a number of international research projects related to monetary and fiscal policies, financial crises, international financial architecture, EU and EMU enlargement, perspectives of European integration, European Neighborhood Policy and political economy of transition. Consultant of the World Bank and UNDP. Author of several academic and policy papers, and editor of several book publications.

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Konstantin Atanesyan

Mr. Konstantin Atanesyan is a Senior Evaluations Officer at the World Bank's Independent Evaluation Group (IEG), Country Evaluations and Regional Relations Division. His previous experience in the World Bank Group includes various positions at the Policy Support Division of the Corporate Secretariat and the Poverty Reduction and Economic Management Network in Europe, Central Asia and East Asia Regions.

Before joining the Bank, Mr. Atanesyan held a number of positions in the Offices of the President and the Prime Minister of Armenia. Mr. Atanesyan holds graduate degrees from Duke University (Durham, NC) in Public Policy/International Development Policy, Haygazian University (Beirut, Lebanon) in International Relations/Middle East Politics and Yerevan State University in Arabic Studies.

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Armine Khachatryan

Ms. Armine Khachatryan is Economist with the IMF's Policy Development and Review Department. Prior to joining the IMF, Ms. Khachatryan has worked in the World Bank Group, holding positions of Advisor to Dutch Executive Director and consulting various departments in the are of finance and banking sector development. Ms. Khachatryan has seven years of work experience at the Central Bank of Armenia where she supported foundation of monetary policy and research. She is author and co-author of a number of publications and articles. Ms. Khachatryan graduated from the Institute of National Economy, department of international economic relations and management, where she completed her post-graduation work.

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David Akopyan

Mr. David Akopyan is Planning Advisor/Specialist at the Bureau of management of the United Nations Development Programme in New York. Last 15 years of his career David Akopyan spent with UN. In September 2006 he joined UNDP in New York. Before was 5 years in Central Asia on field assignments. He was the International Trade Centre UNCTAD/WTO - Chief Technical Adviser of Regional Trade Program in Central Asia and before with UNDP/Afghanistan developed a program on trade cooperation Afghanistan and Central Asia. In 2001-2004 he was the UNDP Deputy Resident Representative in Kyrgyzstan. In 1994-2001 he was Assistant Resident Representative with UNDP in Armenia actively involved in national policy formulation. Prior to joining the UN he was in private business, R&D and hi-tech production. David Akopyan was also Senior Associate with Center for business research and development at American University of Armenia and additionally holds a Ph.D. in Laser Physics.

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Lev Freinkman

Mr. Lev Freinkman is a lead economist in the World Bank who is currently on leave from the Bank and works as an adviser to the rector in the Academy of National Economy, Moscow-based business school and think tank. He joined the World Bank in 1992 and until 2005 was working mostly on economies in transition, including Russia, Ukraine, Belarus, Kazakhstan and Moldova. His main areas of professional interest include public fiscal management, fiscal federalism, and intergovernmental relations. In 1998-2002 he held a position of the Bank country economist for Armenia and led various Bank teams that were involved in development of several credits to the Armenian government. In 2005-2007 he worked as a fiscal economist in the World Bank office in Abuja, Nigeria. Lev Freinkman holds PhD in economics from the Moscow State University, Russia.

Lev Freinkman at IDEAS

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Manuk Hergnyan

Mr. Manuk Hergnyan is the founding chairman of the Economy and Values (EV) Research Center and the managing partner of EV Consulting, a business advisory company specializing in strategy, market and investment consulting. At Yerevan State University Mr. Hergnyan teaches Strategic Management and the Harvard Business School course on Microeconomics of Competitiveness developed by Michael Porter.

In 2001-2006 Mr. Hergnyan has been the Executive Director of Vem Radio station, where he currently serves on the executive board. Mr. Hergnyan has had consulting experience with the US-based Setrakian Financial Group (head of Yerevan office), Arlex International and KPMG Consulting-Barents Group in Armenia and with Global Investment Union in Russia. He has also had extensive experience with the Armenian public sector focusing on foreign investment policy.

Mr. Hergnyan holds a Ph.D. from Moscow State University and an MA in Economics from Yerevan State University. He has been trained at Cambridge (UK), Harvard (USA) and Central European Universities (Hungary). He is a member of The Competitiveness Institute, an international association of competitiveness professionals as well as the Microeconomics of Competitiveness Network of over 80 universities worldwide chaired by M. Porter). He is Kaplan & Norton Balanced Scorecard Certified professional.

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Alen Amirkhanian

Mr. Alen Amirkhanian is a partner at DCS, cjsc, a construction and project management company in Armenia. He brings analytic and field experience to understanding the construction industry. Mr. Amirkhanian has worked for more than six years at Michael Porter's Initiative for a Competitive Inner City as well as consulted with the Brookings Institution, the World Bank, and the United Nations Development Programme. His construction management experience in Armenia has been with Masisavan Inc. and Aghveran Inc. In the US he has been managing partner at Thirteen Eleven, LLC, a construction and development company. Mr. Amirkhanian holds a Masters in Urban and Regional Planning from the Massachussetts Institute of Technology.

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Luciano Greco

Mr. Luciano Greco holds Ph.D. in Economics at CORE, Université Catholique de Louvain, Belgium (2005) and Ph.D. in Public finance at Universitŕ di Pavia, Italy (1999).

Dr. Greco is sssistant professor of Public Finance at Dipartimento di Scienze economiche - Facoltŕ di Giurisprudenza, Universitŕ di Padova, Italy, since 2000; Research fellow at CRIEP, Universitŕ di Padova, since 2000, and ECONPUBBLICA, Universitŕ Bocconi, since 1995; Visiting professor at the LEO, Université d'Orléans, France, in 2007; Visiting research fellow at the FMG, London School of Economics, UK, in 2006 and 2007.

Dr. Greco's research interests include public economics and public finance: fiscal policy and public debt; fiscal and economic decentralization; theory and design of public and private institutions; assessment of public programs and investments.

Luciano Greco at IDEAS

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Conference Details
Dates: 7-8 July, 2009

Time: 9am - 6pm

Venue: Marriott Hotel Armenia
 
Workshop Details
Date: 9 July, 2009

Time: 10am - 2pm

Venue: American University of Armenia
 
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