Driving technological innovation and scientific advancement in Armenia and beyond

FAST is a neutral and open platform that intends to concentrate, coordinate, and catalyze the activities of the global Armenian community of scientists, innovators, and entrepreneurs

What FAST does

Concentrates resources behind select breakthrough innovations, inventions, and multi-stakeholder projects

Coordinates activities of scientists, inventors, and entrepreneurs to amplify their work and impact both in Armenia and globally

Catalyzes development of globally competitive science and technology verticals

upcoming programs

2017 Workshop 

National Science Foundation (NSF) – FAST

Machine Learning for Discovery Sciences

The main objective of the NSF-FAST Workshop is to bring researchers and practitioners from machine learning and other data-intensive disciplines, to foster cross-disciplinary collaborations that can facilitate discovery science in those fields. The preliminary list of such disciplines includes, but it’s not limited to:

  • computer science
  • computational social sciences
  • bioinformatics
  • ecology
  • cosmology

in the news

The Launch of FAST

The Foundation for Armenian Science and Technology announced the formation of the Board of Trustees, Advisory Board and the appointment of the Chief Executive Officer, Armen Orujyan, PhD.

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President of Armenia Hosts FAST

On May 31, the President of the Republic of Armenia held a meeting with FAST representatives, including the Founders, Board of Trustees, and Chief Executive Officer of the organization.

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Roundtable with German SMEs

On June 22, members of the Board of Trustees and CEO of FAST held a roundtable discussion with German small and medium enterprises (SMEs) in Berlin, Germany.

team

Board of Trustees

Artur Alaverdyan

Artur Alaverdyan

Co-Founder, Chairman of the Board

  • Founder, Chair of Profholod and SolarOn
  • Co-founder of Aghveran Inc. and ParkResort Aghveran
  • Founder and Board Member of NAPPAN Association
  • Member of Managing Committee of PU Europe association
  • Author of numerous scientific publications
Noubar Afeyan

Noubar Afeyan

Co-Founder, Member of the Board

  • Founder, Managing Partner and CEO of Flagship Ventures
  • Member of the Corporation Development Committee of MIT
  • Member of the Board of Trustees of Skolkovo Institute of Science and Technology
  • Member of the Central Board of AGBU
Fr. Mesrop Aramyan

Fr. Mesrop Aramyan

Co-Founder, Member of the Board

  • Adviser to the RA President on Education
  • Chair of the Board of Trustees of Ayb School and author of educational curricula
  • Member of the Board of Trustees of AUAC
  • Program Director, the National Program for Educational Excellence(NPEE)
Ruben Vardanyan

Ruben Vardanyan

Co-Founder, Member of the Board

  • Founder - RVVZ Foundation
  • Founder and CEO of Troika
  • Dialog, one of the oldest and largest investment banks in Russia and the CIS
  • Member of the Economic Advisory Board at IFC
  • Member of the Board of AGBU
  • Member of the Supreme Religious Council of the Armenian Apostolic Church
Yelena Abovyan

Yelena Abovyan

Member of the Board

  • COO at IDeA Foundation
  • Ex-Director for Products Services at Orange Armenia, subsidiary of France Telecom
  • Ex-Development Director at STAR retail chain in Armenia
Svetlana Garipova

Svetlana Garipova

Member of the Board

  • CFO and COO at RVVZ Foundation
  • Independent Financial Advisor
  • Ex-CFO at Russian Platinum Group
  • Ex-CFO at SN-Gasproduction
Pierre Gurdjian

Pierre Gurdjian

Member of the Board

  • Philanthropy Partner at RVVZ Foundation
  • Ex-Senior Partner at McKinsey & Company, where he was active for 27 years
  • Member of the World Presidents Organization
  • President of the Board of Directors of the Université Libre de Bruxelles

chief executive officer

Armen Orujyan

Armen Orujyan

Chief Executive Officer

Armen Orujyan, PhD is an entrepreneur and innovator who is the Founder and CEO of Athgo, one of the world’s leading entrepreneurial platforms in consultative status with the UN Economic and Social Council and the UN Department of Public Information.

Board of advisors

André Andonian

André Andonian

Member of the Board

  • Managing Partner, McKinsey Japan
  • Global Leader Advanced Industries Sector, McKinsey
  • Dean of the McKinsey Bower Forum for new CEOs
  • Member of the Board of Armenia 2020 initiative
Garabed Antranikian

Garabed Antranikian

Member of the Board

  • President of the Hamburg University of Technology
  • Member of the Academy of Sciences in Hamburg
  • Member of the German Academy of Engineering (acatech)
  • Editor of the journal Extremophiles
  • Honorary doctor of the National Academy of Sciences of Armenia
Hovhannes Avoyan

Hovhannes Avoyan

Member of the Board

  • Founder and Chief Executive Officer, PicsArt, Inc.
  • Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Monitis Inc.
  • Founder and CEO of Sourcio
  • Founder of CEDIT
  • Ex- President of the Union of Information Technology Enterprises of Armenia (UITE)
Lord Darzi of Denham

Lord Darzi of Denham

Member of the Board

  • The Paul Hamlyn Chair of Surgery at Imperial College London
  • Director of the Institute of Global Health Innovation at Imperial College London
  • Honorary Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering
  • Fellow of the Academy of Medical Sciences and Fellow of the Royal Society
Armen Gevorgyan

Armen Gevorgyan

Member of the Board

  • Chief of Staff of the Presidential Administration
  • Member of CIS Economic Council
  • Special Representative of the President on the issues of cooperation with CIS
  • Secretary of the National Security Council
Naira Hovakimyan

Naira Hovakimyan

Member of the Board

  • Professor of Mechanical Science and Engineering at UIUC
  • Co-founder and Chief Scientist of IntelinAir
  • Senior Member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE)
  • Fellow of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA)
Yuri Oganessian

Yuri Oganessian

Member of the Board

  • Scientific leader of the Flerov Laboratory of Nuclear Reactions (FLNR)
  • Co-discoverer of the heaviest elements in the periodic table; element oganesson named after him
  • Member of the Russian Academy of Sciences (RAS)
  • Chair of the Scientific Council of the RAS, applied nuclear physics
Mikhail Pogosyan

Mikhail Pogosyan

Member of the Board

  • General Director of the United Aircraft Corporation
  • General Director of the Sukhoi Design Bureau
  • Corresponding Member of the Russian Academy of Sciences
  • Member of the Entrepreneurial Council at the Russian Government
  • Author of patents, inventions, scientific papers
Vardan Sahakian

Vardan Sahakian

Member of the Board

  • Deputy Chairman, State Committee of Science of Armenia
  • Member of the High Energy Stereoscopic System (HESS) collaboration
  • Author and co-author of numerous scientific publications
  • Participant of BoG of the EC Joint Research Centre
  • Member of ERAC
Serge Tchuruk

Serge Tchuruk

Member of the Board

  • Director of Joule Unlimited, Inc.
  • Independent Director at CJSC Sistema
  • Member of the Supervisory Board at Alcatel Deutschland GmbH
  • Ex-CEO and Chairman of Alcatel
  • Member of the Corps de l’armement
Davíd Yang

Davíd Yang

Member of the Board

  • Founder and Chairman of the Board of ABBYY
  • Co-founder and President of Findo.com
  • Co-founder and board member at numerous technological companies and charity organizations, including iiko, Plazius, Ayb, Galchenok, Band of Angels
  • Author of numerous patents and scientific publications