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Politics and Economics alumnus appointed to lead United Nations technology initiative

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Claremont Graduate University (CGU) alumnus Armen Orujyan has been appointed as co-chairman of the United Nations' Global Alliance for Information and Communication Technologies and Development (GAID).

Photo of Armen Orujyan, Claremont Graduate University alumnusThe alliance, created by the United Nations in 2006, aims to identify innovative ways of harnessing information and communication technologies to help create a people-centered and knowledge-based global information society. Joining Orujyan in the GAID chairmanship is former Swiss UN Ambassador Daniel Stauffacher.

Orujyan earned a master's degree in politics and policy from CGU's School of Politics and Economics in 2004. He received his PhD from CGU in the same field three years later.

He is founder and CEO of the Athgo Corporation, which provides young people with the tools, knowledge, and support needed to conceive, develop, and launch constructive entrepreneurial ventures. Under his leadership, Athgo has developed and is managing a strong network of over 100,000 young people from over 100 countries, built programs that have directly enriched over 4,000 students and young entrepreneurs, and has been awarded consultative statuses with the UN Economic and Social Council and the UN Department of Public Information.

Orujyan has served as a high-level advisor to the GAID since 2006. He also serves on the Board of the UN’s Broadband Commission. He was appointed as GAID co-chairman by UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon.

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