I hold a Candidate of Sciences degree in Economics from the USSR Academy of Sciences, Moscow (U.S. accredited Ph.D.), as well as, an M.S. degree in Economics from Iowa State University (Ames, Iowa). Since the beginning of my career I taught and conducted research for various academic institutions and government bodies of the former Soviet Union in Azerbaijan, Russia and Armenia.
Last ten years I worked internationally in the United States, Russia and Kuwait. Among my positions within this time period: exchange visitor (Muskee Fellow, U.S. information Agency), research fellow (Iowa State University, U.S.A.), lecturer on economics (Nizhnii Novgorod Agricultural Academy, Russia), chief economist (consulting for the Ministry of Finance of Kuwait), consultant (UNDP-Kuwait, Ministry of Planning and Ministry of Finance of Kuwait).
My responsibilities in these positions included macro-, microeconomic, and financial evaluations of policies and projects. I have designed and introduced several economic and econometric models, such as, income generation, employment and balance of payments impacts. My Evaluation Model became a standard tool in the everyday practice of the Offset Program Department, Ministry of Finance of Kuwait. All this time I was heavily engaged in lecturing and training, developed and conducted several workshops and seminars in Russia and Kuwait. Besides, during my last mission I have designed a UNDP project on pilot reforms of two departments at the Ministry of Finance of Kuwait.
Currently, I am interested in securing a long-term position to properly use my diverse skills and experience. My professional qualifications seem to be appropriate for the suggested position and I would like you to consider possible mutual benefits of my engagement.
Thank you for reviewing my credentials. I am looking forward to hearing from you soon.
Over fifteen years of academic, research, and practical experience in economies of newly independent and developing countries.
Research and consulting for governments, universities, and companies.
Major areas: general economics, transition economies, economic development, international trade, project evaluation.
1985 Candidate of Sciences (accredited Ph.D.), Economics,
USSR Academy of Sciences, Moscow, Russia
1995 M.S., Economics,
Iowa State University, Ames, Iowa, USA
1978 B.S., Economics / Engineering,
Azerbaijan Oil & Chemistry Institute, Baku, USSR
April 1999 - February 2002
United Nations Development Programme/Government of Kuwait Consulting the Ministry of Planning of Kuwait under the nationally executed UNDP project "Strengthening the National Planning System". Developing formats, documentation, and guidelines for project appraisal / evaluation. Training professional staff in conducting project evaluation, feasibility studies, and investment decisions.
July 1996 - August 1998
Synergy International, Kuwait City, Kuwait
Consulting Counter-Trade Offset Program Department (OPD), Ministry of Finance of Kuwait. Provided both microeconomic/financial evaluations of the Offset Business Ventures, and macroeconomic/econometric estimations of their impacts on economy of Kuwait. Designed and introduced several models in support of these studies. One of them, the Evaluation Model, is now a standard tool in the everyday practice of the Offset Program of Kuwait. Provided OPD with reports and recommendations on policy issues. Developed and conducted seminars for professional staff members.
August 1995 - April 1996
Iowa State University/NNovgorod Agricultural Academy Project, Ames, Iowa - Nizhni Novgorod, Russia
Lectured principles of macro- and microeconomics to students and adult professionals. Introduced curriculum revisions and new approaches to teaching. Consulted joint seminars and workshops on development of private sector in various areas of Russian agricultural business.
September 1992 - July 1995
Exchange Visitor, Graduate Student, Research Assistant.
Edmund Muskie Fellow, U.S. Information Agency, Economics Institute, Colorado University, Departments of Economics, Iowa State University.
Was selected to visit the U.S. academia as an Edmund Muskie Fellow. Took some graduate classes, which applied towards a Master of Science degree in Economics. Later in the program conducted independent research for the Center of Agricultural and Rural Development, Department of Economics, Iowa State University. Main results presented in a paper on application of gravity models towards inter-republic trade in the countries of the former Soviet Union.
August 1991 - September 1992
Deptartment of International Economics, Yerevan State University, Yerevan, Armenia
Lectured undegraduate courses on principles of economics and international trade. Research in foreign economic relations of Armenia.
January 1989 - September 1992
The Economy Institute, Academy of Sciences of Armenia, Yerevan, Armenia
Research: Armenia's market transition - new financial, fiscal, and foreign trade systems. Regional natural resources' valuation and efficient utilization.
August 1990 - September 1992
Department of Economics, Institute of International Relations & Control, Yerevan, Armenia
Lectured undergraduate courses on principles of economics and international trade. Research in foreign economic relations of Armenia.
Department of Economics, Azerbaijan Trade Union Workshop, Baku, Azerbaijan
Developed curriculum and teaching materials, lectured principles of the Soviet economy, research on natural resources valuation under transition to market.
Department of Economic R&D, Petrochemical Branch Institute, Baku, Azerbaijan.
Economic efficiency, project evaluation, and feasibility studies of new technologies in oil processing and petrochemical industry.
Aspirant (Graduate Scholar / Research Fellow),
USSR Academy of Sciences, Moscow, USSR
Research: economics, new technologies, and feasibility of alternative fuels (non-oil sources) for petrochemical production.
Overall 4 books and about 30 papers, articles, proceedings, and synopsis in the former Soviet Union professional sources. Full list of publications is available on request. Among them:
- Gravity Models for the Inter-Republic Trade, Accepted by Voprosy Ekonomiki Journal, Moscow, 1995;
- New Financial, Fiscal, and Monetary System for Armenia, Banker, Yerevan, 1992, No.2 (with V.Gabrielian);
- Conditions to Attract Foreign Capital, Yerkir, Yerevan, 09.28.1991 (with T.Torossian);
- Value of Resources as a Criteria in Regional Economic Development. Problems of Economic System Renewal. Conference at Baku CP Higher Education College, Baku, 1988;
- Economic Efficiency of Alternative (non-oil) Resources in Petrochemical Production. Candidate of Sciences Dissertation, USSR Academy of Sciences, Moscow, USSR, 1985.
AWARDS - PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT
Vice President, US/Armenian Scholarly Exchange (US Information Agency)
Edmund Muskie Fellow (US Information Agency)
PROFESSIONAL ASSOCIATIONS MEMBERSHIP
1995-1997 European Economic Association
1993-1996 American Economic Association
1989-1993 Association of Armenian Economists
General: DOS, Windows, MS Office, Internet/HTML, UNIX
Word Processing: Word Perfect, MS Word (English/Russian)
Spreadsheets: Excel, Lotus
Graphics: Paintbrush, Harvard Graphics, Paint Shop Pro
Statistics: Shazam, SPSS
Professional: Comfar, GAMS
Armenian - mother tongue;
Russian, English - excellent;
Azeri-Turkish - fair;
Understand most of Slavic languages of Eastern and Central Europe.
DoB 11.11.1956, male, married, two children.
Landed Immigrant in Canada.
Visible Minority (West Asian / Armenian).
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