MIT Panel to Address Role of Armenian Diaspora in Republic’s Economy


CAMBRIDGE, Mass. — Ani L. Kharajian of the Harvard Business School will moderate a panel discussion entitled “Transforming Cynicism Into Success: Diasporan Involvement in Armenia’s Economic Development,” on Friday, May 1, at 7 p.m., at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Building 35, Room 225 (Sloan Lab), 127 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge. The program is being organized by the National Association for Armenian Studies and Research (NAASR) and is co-sponsored by the MIT Armenian Society.

How can the talent of the diaspora be useful to Armenia in the current environment? What are the challenges and rewards of entrepreneurial engagement in Armenia today? How do those engaged in development describe their motivation? These are among the topics that will be discussed in this timely forum that will feature a diverse group of panelists involved in different aspects of Armenia’s economy.

Kharajian is senior director, New Markets, Executive Education, at Harvard Business School (HBS).  Over a three-decade career at HBS, she has worked on strategic international projects for the HBS in Africa, China, Europe, Latin America, and most recently in India.


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