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Business Forum with Youth of Iran & Georgia |

Leadership School has organized a Business Forum in Yerevan for the young businessmen of Iran, Armenia, and Georgia to explore current developments & build connections for regional cooperation.

What advantages & opportunities can Armenia offer for the mutually beneficial cooperation in the region?

Hadi Farnoud (founder, Hamfekr: a meetup for entrepreneurs) is shining light on the unknown opportunities in Iran: from talented youth to the massive market.

Hamed Jafari (co-founder, Techrasa) is sharing analyses on success stories & difficulties overcome by Iranian companies, and hope for regional cooperation.

Sahar Pakseresht (representative of recommender.ir) is reflecting on the story of an Iranian machine learning startup.

Georgian startup community representatives are presenting opportunities in Georgia, and an example of startup concept.

Discussions and networking


Exchange Program for the Youth of Iran & Georgia |

Leadership School joint with DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Yerevan has organized a visit to Yerevan from May 29 to June 2 for young businessmen & startup community representatives from Iran and Georgia within the frames of LS Youth Exchange Programs.

Acquaintance with innovative projects at the Technology and Science Dynamics company, and meeting with Dr. Vahan Chakarian (founder, Technology and Science Dynamics [TSD]).

How can Tumo Center's model assist educational systems? Sam Simonian (founder, Tumo Center for Creative Technologies) is reflecting on the history of the initiative.

Our guests appreciate activities of Dr. Tom Catena (physician in the Nuba Mountains of Sudan, 2017 winner of Aurora Prize for Awakening Humanity).

Visit to PicsArt, and meeting with Artavazd Mehrabyan (co-founder, PicsArt).

Business model discussions at Zangi

What advantages do the citizens of Iran and Georgia have to visit and work in Armenia? Tigran Balayan (Spokesman, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Armenia) is answering the visitors' questions.

Acquaintance with corporate culture at VOLO company

Armen Gevorgyan (Chief of Staff, Office to the President of Armenia) is analyzing perspectives of the regional development.

Visit to Instigate, and meeting with Vahagn Poghosyan (co-founder, Instigate) to get insights on the company's business development and current innovative projects.

Visit to Joomag, and meeting with Vahram Darbinyan (cofounder, Joomag).

Dr. Armen Orujyan (CEO, Foundation for Armenian Science and Technology [FAST]) is emphasizing the importance of targeting the regional scale.

Acquaintance with Impact Hub Yerevan model & services as a business incubator

Armen Avakian (CEO, Development Foundation of Armenia) is reassuring the government's willingness to support new businesses and startups in Armenia.

Meeting with businessman Khachatur Sukiasyan (founder of SIL Group).

Visit to the Ministry of Justice and acquaintance with the processes to launch a business in Armenia.

Visit to VivaCell MTS and meeting with Ralph Yirikian (general manager, VivaCell MTS).


Open Lesson: Future Leaders of Georgia |

Leadership School organized an Open Lesson in Tbilisi on April 26.

Andrew Coxshall (managing partner, KPMG Georgia) is emphasizing the role of financial knowledge to achieve success.

Tinatin Khidasheli (former Minister of Defense) is reflecting on the development of Georgia from female point of view.

Boris Kiknadze (co-founder & CEO, PawwwN) is sharing his startup experience & thoughts on social entrepreneurship.

Andrea Keerbs (country director, International Republican Institute) is showing the importance of multiculturalism and diversity in organizations.

Cristian Urse (Head of Council of Europe Office in Georgia) is analyzing approaches to inspire and motivate the team.

Q&A session, networking


Visit to Georgia |

Business trip to Tbilisi & joint study visits were organized for Leadership School students & representatives of active youth from Georgia.

Study visit to the Tbilisi Public Service Hall

Meeting with John Robinson (managing partner, Deloitte Georgia)

Meeting with Nelson Petrosyan (director, Grant Thornton Georgia)

Study visit to Georgia's Innovation & Technology Agency, meetings with startup community representatives

Meeting with David Lee (president, MagtiCom)


Open Lesson: Future Leaders of Georgia |

Leadership School organized an Open Lesson in Tbilisi on November 30.

Margarita Antidze (senior correspondent, Reuters) is giving advice on efficient communication with media and journalists.

John Robinson (managing partner, Deloitte Georgia) is analyzing innovation & technology in Georgia, and showing important opportunities for the youth. (PDF slides, 2.5Mb)

Peter Welch (international financial consultant & trainer) is sharing insights about management for growth.

Zurab Lalazashvili (managing partner, BDO Georgia) is encouraging the youth to try innovative business ideas & models, and not to be afraid of failure. (PDF slides, 8Mb)

Douglas Ball (mission director, USAID Caucasus) is initiating an interactive discussion with the youth on development challenges and opportunities of Georgia.

Discussions and networking


Open Lesson: Tbilisi |

Mercy Tembon (Regional Director for the South Caucasus, World Bank) is encouraging the youth not to be afraid to dream big & work hard to achieve.

Kestutis Jankauskas (Head of EUMM Georgia) is sharing his experience & advice.

Pamela Karg (founder, Karg Communications) is analyzing components of efficient public speaking.

Giorgi Tabidze (General Manager of Tbilisi Free Zone) is emphasizing the importance of innovations for the future of Georgia.


Open Lesson: Tbilisi |

Bruno Balvanera (director, EBRD Caucasus, Moldova and Belarus) is presenting EBRD perspectives and calling the youth to believe and contribute to the development of Georgia.

Carol Wilson (economic growth office director, USAID Georgia) is reflecting on USAID projects of economic development in Georgia.

Paul Clark (director, TBSC Consulting) is analyzing differences between leader & manager, and giving personal development advice.

John Losasso (general manager, Radisson Blu Iveria Tbilisi) is sharing his experience of motivating & inspiring the team.


EBRD Annual Meeting and Business Forum |

Leadership School is participating in the Annual Meeting and Business Forum of the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development

Irakli Garibashvili (Prime Minister of Georgia) with Leadership School representatives


Meeting: Gela Dumbadze |

Meeting with Gela Dumbadze (State Minister of Georgia for Diaspora Issues)

Nina Matiashvili (Chief advisor to State Minister of Georgia for Diaspora Issues) is sharing experience of developing the Georgian Diaspora.


Open Lesson: Tbilisi |

Leadership School has organized an Open Lesson in Tbilisi on April 8 within the frames of its regional development programs.

Henry Kerali (regional director, World Bank South Caucasus) is analyzing the need and actions for inclusive growth and employment in Georgia.

Ted Jonas (partner, DLA Piper Georgia) is emphasizing the importance of law and institutions for the development.

Nelson Petrosyan (director, Grant Thornton Georgia) is sharing insights on consultative selling.


Youth Exchange Program |

Leadership School has organized a visit to Tbilisi from November 5 to 7 for representatives of active youth from Armenia within the frames of its Youth Exchange Programs.


Stephen Haykin (mission director, USAID Georgia) is sharing his insights into the US perspectives on regional development.

Public Service Hall and its innovations: visit and meeting with Giorgi Tabidze (CMO, Public Service Hall).

Youth Forum between Armenian & Georgian youth at the Free University: forming connections & discussing possible joint projects.


Visit to the Ministry for Diaspora Issues: acquaintance with the development programs, role of the Armenian community, discussion with Youth Parliament representatives.

Visit to the residence of the President of Republic of Georgia and meeting with Sophio Shamanidi (presidential advisor on ethnic minorities).

Acquaintance with Wissol group's companies, reflections on the success story of becoming one of the largest business groups in Georgia with Rusudan Kbilashvili (deputy marketing director, PR & CSR manager, Wissol Group).

Visit to Rustavi 2 Broadcasting Company

Michael Jacobi (Georgian cluster general manager, Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group) is sharing his experience of managing teams & projects in multicultural environments.

Nelson Petrosyan (director, Grant Thornton Georgia) is emphasizing sound financial knowledge for achieving success.


Visit to ProCredit Bank Georgia, introduction to the bank's development & marketing vision, communication with the Young Bankers program participants.

David Lee (president, MagtiCom) is sharing his vision & experience of building the largest telecommunications company in Georgia, and introducing to the team who made it possible.


Youth Exchange Program | 01.06.2014

Leadership School has organized a visit to Yerevan from May 29 to June 1 for representatives of active youth from Georgia within the frames of its Youth Exchange Programs.

Dr. Bruce Boghosian (president, American University of Armenia) is sharing his insights on building effective relationships in the workplace, and showing the AUA model.

The youth are getting acquainted with the World Bank's research on the development perspectives and challenges in the region.

Dr. Tatul Manaseryan (director, Alternative Research Center) is presenting his thoughts on common challenges and cooperation perspectives for Georgia & Armenia.

Diran Bagdadian (founder, Gourmet Dourme) is sharing his experience of establishing & developing a business.


Visit to the residence of the President of Republic of Armenia

Vigen Sargsyan (Chief of the Presidential Administration) is encouraging the cooperation between Georgia & Armenia



Introduction to the White Castle Dental Medical Clinic's business model

ProCredit Bank: business development orientation & long-term partnership

Comparative introduction to the analyses & programs for Armenia's development by the Ministry of Economy

Introduction to the Government's activities on the priority directions of development & regional cooperation

Forming connections & discussing joint projects with the Leadership School students

Ralph Yirikian (general manager, VivaCell MTS) is emphasizing the importance of the value system & persistence to achieve success

Vahagn Poghosyan (co-founder, Instigate) is analyzing the company's business development, and showing current innovative projects.


Open Lesson: Tbilisi | 15.04.2014

Leadership School has organized an Open Lesson in Tbilisi on April 15 within the frames of its regional development programs.

Rashmi Shankar (lead economist for the South Caucasus, World Bank) is delivering analyses on the development opportunities & challenges of Georgia.

Stephen Haykin (mission director, USAID Georgia) is sharing with US perspectives on the development of Georgia.

Vera Kobalia (former Minister of Economy and Sustainable Development) is explaining a practical example of leading in high uncertainty environment.

Priit Turk (Estonian Ambassador) is presenting Estonian views on innovation.


Open Lesson: Tbilisi | 10.11.2013

Leadership School has organized an Open Lesson in Tbilisi during November 10-11 within the frames of its regional development programs.

David Lee (president, MagtiCom) is sharing the values which helped to build the largest telecommunications company in Georgia, and giving advice on innovation.

Azim Sadikov (IMF representative in Georgia) is analyzing the long-term development opportunities & challenges for Georgia.

Dr. Tatul Manaseryan (director, Alternative Research Center) focuses on common challenges and cooperative advantages for Georgia & Armenia.

James Dewey (cultural attache, US Embassy in Tbilisi) is delivering an interactive presentation on leadership components.

Kakha Bendukidze (chairman, Free University & Agrarian University) is showing examples on the essence of leadership.


11.11.2013: Discussions and sharing of Success Stories at the Free University
(joint with the Future Diplomats' Club)

Lexo Khubulava (founder, Jobs.GE) is sharing experience & insights from developing a successful online business in Georgia.

David Khosroshvili (founder, Spark Innovation) is encouraging the youth to start businesses / public-benefit projects.