I want my work to have a positive impact on people’s lives. I particularly enjoy the application of rigorous research to real world problems with policy implications. I do not accept scientific boundaries and think that the most significant breakthroughs will be made at the intersection of existing disciplines.
I have previously conducted research at the College of William & Mary for the AidData project, and have been consultant to the World Bank, International Monetary Fund, Policy Forum Armenia, and Swiss Agency of Development and Cooperation.
I hold a PhD degree in Economics. I started my doctoral studies in the Department of Economics at Southern Methodist University. After completing all the requirements for a PhD candidate, I moved to KU Leuven and joined the LICOS Centre for Institutions and Economic Performance. My doctoral dissertation was supervised by Omer Ozak and Klaus Desmet from Southern Methodist University, and Jo Swinnen from KU Leuven (currently the director general of the IFPRI).
I am always open to collaboration for helping to create a more just, sustainable, and joyful world; and constantly get engaged in activities which push the limits of mind, body and spirit. The attached photo pictures ‘me outside office’ on the slopes of the biblical Mount Ararat.