Meet the Team


Executive Leadership & Governance


LaNell T. Williams

President & Chief Executive Officer

LaNell Williams is a serial entrepreneur, strategy consultant, and elevator of human potential. With Consultative Status under assignment with the United Nations Economic & Social Council, Mr. Williams serves as the President & CEO of Athgo, one of the world’s leading entrepreneur development platforms, and Founder of the Athgo Global Center for Purpose, Innovation & Change.


Armen Orujyan, PhD

Founder & Chairman Emeritus

Armen Orujyan, PhD is an entrepreneur, innovator, and Founding Chairman of the Foundation for Armenian Science & Technology. Dr. Orujyan is also the Founder and Chairman Emeritus of Athgo.  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.


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