I have worked in twenty countries with most time spent in India, Kenya, Indonesia, USA , Australia and Armenia. My current role with World Vision International is to lead a Learning Hub for Economic Development in 9 countries between Pakistan and Romania. I am based in Yerevan Armenia. Previously with World Vision Australia I founded and lead the Social Entrepreneurship and Economic Development Unit (SEED), a team of economic development specialists,to establish and support innovative initiatives in poor communities from Africa to the Asia Pacific, Senegal to Timor Leste..
I believe the reason people are poor is that they do not have enough money and our challenge is to help instill hope and a genuine sense of self-belief, starting with those of us who somehow work in development.
I was the founder and CEO of Diversity@work Australia Inc, a social enterprise developing innovative models, strategies and educational programs to strengthen companies through diversity and inclusion. I hold a Master of Entrepreneurship and Innovation and a Masters of Strategic Foresight from Swinburne University in Melbourne, post-graduate studies in Not for Profit Management at Georgetown University and Negotiation and Conflict Management at Latrobe University Melbourne. I was the Carey Medal winner for 2007 for exceptional and outstanding service to the community. So it goes
I am also the founder of the famous Yerevan Surf Club, whose motto has never changed
Everything is possible in Armenia