Varazdat Karapetyan

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PhD from Lomonosov Moscow State University with specialization in political economy.

Armenian, with more than 15 years experience in rural economic development, start-up business promotion, organizational diagnoses and development. Co-author of Armenian “SME Promotion National Strategy 2012- 2015”.


  • 2014- current- President of Regional Development Foundation.
  • 2012-1014- Executive director of SME Development National Centre of Armenia (

  • 2011-2012- Adviser to Prime Minister of Armenia (rural economic development, SME development national strategy).
  • 2000- current- lecturer at Gavar State University (LRED models and strategies), vice rector (2005-2007).
  • 1995- 2002 working experience in international organizations (GIZ, DFID), research institutions and NGOs.

Certified PACA, CEFE and Change management trainer. Member of ERENET (, Economy and Values RC (, Economic Development and Research Center (

Key competences

  • Local and Regional Economic Development in transition economies.
  • Development of SME promotion strategies and tools in post Soviet area.
  • Organizational development.