Meet the Team

Board of Directors

Armen Orujyan, PhD

President and Founder

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. Learn More

Darel Tai Engen

Vice President of Education and Training

Darel Engen has served as the VP of Education and Training of Athgo International since 2002. He has taught at UCLA, Gonzaga University, and is currently an Associate Professor of History at California State University, San Marcos.

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Naila Chowdhury

Board Member

Naila Husain Chowdhury is Chairman of the TeleConsult Group in Bangladesh and United States. Previously she held the position of Director Customer Relations and Human Resources at Grameen Phone Ltd. Learn More

Timothy Riesen, PhD

Board Member

Timothy Riesen is the CEO of Madison Springfield, Inc. – an emerging markets consultancy that specializes in providing research, advisory services, and innovative technology solutions to multinational organizations.

Joseph Barnes

Board Member

Joseph Barnes, CEO of Barnes and Barnes LLC – a consulting company, – has spent over 20 years developing executive level management and leadership experience while personally starting and building viable service related companies.

Trendsetters

Masiela Lusha

Ambassador of Youth

Masiela Lusha is a European born author, actress, producer and humanitarian who first gained recognition after starring in film and TV projects such as ABC’s George Lopez and Sony Picture’s Blood: The Last Vampire.

Yana Saakyan

VP of Programs

Yana leads the Organization’s activities to include E3.0 program, designed for startup engagements in the emerging countries. In a role of a product development lead, Yana currently directs all aspects of the product and user experience design.

Advisory Board

Joe Austin

Director of Investor Relations, Hawkeye Capital Management, LLC

John Chiang

California State Controller

Tony Coehlo

United States Congressman, Ret.

 

Rocky Delgadillo

Los Angeles City Attorney

John Duran

Council Member, City of West Hollywood

Rabbi Allen I. Freehling

Executive Director, Human Relations Commission for the City of Los Angeles

Eduardo Gelbstein

Advisor, United Nations Board of External Auditors

 

Wendy Greuel

Controller, City of Los Angeles

 

Corey Griffin

President and CEO, Global Government and Industry Partners

Michael Mahdesian

Former Deputy Assistant Administrator, US Agency for International Development, Bureau of Humanitarian Response

Cynthia M. Ruiz

President, Board of Public Works, Los Angeles

 

John Shegerian

Chairman and CEO, Electronic Recyclers

 

Gillian Sorensen

Senior Advisor, United Nations Foundation

Barbara Yaroslavsky

President, Medical Board of California