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About the Program

Irava-Tech is an annual law and technology conference organized by Luys Foundation Law Scholars studying at the world's top universities. The conference aims to contribute to the flourishment of Armenia’s technology sector.

Building off the momentum and enthusiasm of the first Irava-Tech conference in 2017, Irava-Tech 2018 will focus on the future of the IT industry in Armenia, while also continuing its mission to equip Armenian start-ups with the fundamental legal knowledge for building a successful technology company.

Irava-Tech 2018 will feature a series of speakers, interactive workshops, simulations, and brainstorming sessions to equip Armenian entrepreneurs with practical problem-solving skills, teach them to apply those skills in real-life business situations, and educate the public about the most significant legal issues in the tech industry.

Our goal is to create a legal ecosystem for technology startups in Armenia and to facilitate the process of idea creation – also known as “ideation.” We believe that Armenia can build a robust and lasting competitive advantage in ideation—thanks to the country’s rich talent pool—and thus bring prosperity to its citizens for years to come.

Entrepreneurs and anyone else interested in law and technology will not want to miss this amazing opportunity right at home -- in Yerevan!


We would like to extend a special thank you to our supportive partners from Orion World Innovations LLC, smartgate.vc, and Concern Dialog Law Firm.


Norayr Mejlumyan
Luys Scholar, USA
Berkeley Law

Colette Ghazarian
Luys Scholar, USA
Harvard Law

Eduard Grigoryan
Luys Scholar, USA
Harvard Law


Luys Scholar, USA
Berkeley Law


Luys Scholar, USA
Berkeley Law

Harout Ekmanian
Luys Scholar, USA
Harvard Law


Luys Scholar, USA
Harvard MBA


Raffi Krikorian
Democratic National Committee of the United States, CTO
Formerly at Twitter and Uber

Raffi Krikorian is an Armenian-American software engineer, and currently serves as Chief Technology Officer of the Democratic National Committee. He was the Engineering Director at Uber's Advanced Technologies Center. He’s credited with unleashing self-driving cars onto Pittsburgh, PA. He was the former VP of Platform Engineering at Twitter where he was in charge of the backend infrastructure for all of Twitter up to August 2014. He is credited with leading the charge to improve the reliability of Twitter as well as the move from Ruby to the JVM. He currently also serves on the board of directors of the Tumo Center for Creative Technologies in Yerevan, Armenia. Previously, he was a co-founder in WattzOn.com (which was named by Business Week as the "Best Idea" in 2008), the Author of "TiVo Hacks" (published by O'Reilly in 2003), and used to teach at NYU's Interactive Telecommunications Program.

Sassoon Grigorian
Head of Public Policy for ANZ and SE Asia for Salesforce
Author of "Smart Nation: A Blueprint for Modern Armenia"

Sassoon Grigorian is a leading public policy professional in the technology space, notably commerce, payments and software sectors, and advised global businesses that have disrupted existing business models. With more than twenty years of public policy experience, Sassoon has worked for four Fortune 500 companies; one of the world’s largest public affairs consultancies; and served as a political adviser in Government. In addition, Sassoon Grigorian has served on numerous industry boards and associations, and has previously served on the Armenian National Committee of Australia board, and briefly as an intern in Armenia’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
Sassoon holds a Bachelor of Arts (Politics) from Macquarie University and Masters in International Relations from the University of NSW.

Aram Orbelyan
Concern Dialog Law Firm

Aram Jivanyan is a doctorate in cryptography and founding CEO of Skycryptor, a cyber security company enabling to encrypt, control and monitor data on all cloud and devices. Before starting own venture Aram was a scientific researcher at the American University of Armenia where he also lead the development group of PhD students and engineers while collaborating with international industrial partners such are Samsung Electronics and Mentor Graphics. Aram’s main research areas included white-box cryptography and key management techniques and he has co-authored two cryptography patents for Samsung.

Skycryptor is founded in 2015 after successfully raising an initial capital from Armenian VC firm Granatus Ventures. In 2017 Skycryptor got accepted to Techstars program in Paris and the headquarter was re-domiciled to France. The company’s current product offering are used by few French SME and enterprise including FDJ (La Francais De Joux).

Narine Beglaryan
Concern Dialog Law Firm

Narine Beglaryan joined “Concern-Dialog” law firm in September 2013. She holds the position of Partner with specialization in Banking law, Contract law, Labor law, Corporate law, Family law, in reimbursement-related issues, as well as in court representation of administrative and civil cases. At present she specializes in the sphere Combat against Money Laundering and Financing of Terrorism.

In her present position Narine Beglaryan provides legal clients of our law firm with legal consultancy and support related to inner processes, legal dealings, and litigation. She undertakes also advocacy issues of natural persons.

Prior to joining Concern-Dialog team Narine worked with Armentel CJSC as the legal representative of the department of legal support to the business and with BTA Bank CJSC as the chief lawyer of the legal office of the bank.

Hagop Michael Boyaci
K1 Investment Management

Hagop Michael Boyaci is an attorney at K1 Investment Management in El Segundo, California.

Hagop is an Associate at K1 Investment Management, LLC (“K1”), a private equity fund located in Los Angeles, CA. He is responsible for deal structuring, negotiation, financing, legal due diligence and execution of growth capital and buyout investments in enterprise software companies. He also provides ongoing support to K1’s portfolio companies.

Prior to joining K1, Hagop worked as a management consultant where he developed, implemented, and managed operational initiatives for executives in the financial services industry.

Hagop received his J.D. from the University of California Irvine, School of Law and a B.A. from the University of California, Irvine, where he graduated Phi Betta Kappa. Hagop is licensed to practice law in California.

Sidney Minassian
SalesNative and Contexti
Strategic Advisor and Founder

Sidney Minassian is the Founder of SalesNative, a sales training & coaching company serving first-time tech founders. He is also currently the Founder & CEO of Contexti, a specialist Big Data Analytics company.
Passionate about people, innovation and entrepreneurship, Sidney has over 20 years of international business building experience, having founded multiple companies in Australia and the USA, raised private and venture capital, launched new products and sold to consumer and enterprise customers.
Armed with the battle scars from his own ventures and with the insights from working with hundreds of other founders, Sidney has gained hard-earned lessons and formulated strong views on founding, failing and flourishing in business.

Ashot Arzumanyan

Ashot Arzumanyan is a partner at SmartGateVC. He is previously affiliated with Granatus Ventures as an associate and compliance officer and as a management consultant at EV Consulting.
He has a doctorate degree in economics from Yerevan State University.

Hakob Hakobyan
Orion World Innovations
IP Consultant

Hakob Hakobyan specializes in technology startups acceleration, financial and technology processes design and implementation. He was formerly with HSBC Corporate Banking professional and YCT Investments Institution Financial Analyst (China). He is presently the Co-Founder of the Institute of Innovative Technologies and Upstart.am.

Sarkis Knyazyan
Knyazyan & Partners

Sarkis Knyazyan is a licensed patent attorney and a licensed litigator. Sarkis worked for the Arlex International Law Office and the American University of Armenia as a legal counsel; interned for the United States District Court, Northern District of Illinois, Chicago, IL; and, served as an Intellectual Property Advisor to the Ministry of Economy of the Republic of Armenia prior to founding Knyazyan & Partners IP Law Firm.
Sarkis received his Master’s degree in Intellectual Property law from the University of New Hampshire, School of Law (formerly Franklin Pierce Law School) in the United States and completed Haifa University’s WIPO-sponsored program on European Patent Law in Israel. He also completed the Licensing Academy Program on IP and Technology Transfer, organized and implemented by the University of California, Davis School of Law and PIPRA.
Sarkis is a Member of the Armenian Observatory on Counterfeiting and Piracy, and Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Intellectual Property Rights Center of Armenia, an Armenian non-governmental, non-profit organization. He currently teaches IP Law at the American University of Armenia and the French University in Armenia, School of Law.

Khachatur Papanyan
Hickman Palermo Becker Bingham
Patent Attorney

Khachatur Papanyan concentrates his practice on patent prosecution. Before entering the practice, he worked over a decade on cutting edge technologies for servers at Dell Inc. He was a member of the advanced engineering team at the office of CTO and a member of the patent committee specializing in review of software applications at Dell. An avid inventor himself, Mr. Papanyan was granted numerous patents for inventions in wide range of software technologies. He was also a leader in standards related to systems management software. Mr. Papanyan was Dell’s primary representative on the Technical Committee of the Distributed Management Task Force (DMTF) standards body, and chaired the security related working group there for many years. He also authored and contributed to numerous standard specifications widely used in the industry.

Vazgen Hakobjanyan

Vazgen Hakobjanyan is a co-founder and Engineering VP in Teamable.com--a product which aims to create teams based on the principle of artificial intelligence which is promoting more effective working environment for teams to enjoy their work together.
He is a board member of YerevaNN which is a non-profit computer science and mathematics research lab based in Yerevan, Armenia aimed to be a hub for startups based on Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning, Neural Networking and overall Deep-Learning technologies.
Vazgen serves as an active advisor for several startups, and plays active role in acceleration and connecting Armenian startups and Silicon Valley tech ecosystem.
With over 16 years of experience in product engineering, enterprise pattern recognition systems, data-mining and mobile applications Vazgen is always on the wave of hi-tech world.

Aram Jivanyan
CEO and co-founder

Aram Jivanyan is a scientific researcher turned CEO of BeSafe IO. Currently building nextgen data security solutions powered by proxy re-encryption algorithms. He has 9+ years of experience in software development, scientific research, software and security architecting experience. He has authored 2 US patent applications.

Emma Arakelyan
Orion World Innovations
CEO & Co-Founder

Emma brings 25 years of experience across business strategy, IT Architecture & Transformation, M&A, governance and compliance credentialed by global professional services and technology companies like EY (Ernst & Young) and Accenture. Emma specializes in Technology Advisory for Financial Services and emerging technologies in FinTech.
As Principal of EY and Managing Director of Accenture, Emma has first-hand experience in business transformation and merger integrations for Fortune 500 companies, as well as in business strategy design for startups. Emma has had extensive involvement with executive leadership teams while at EY and Accenture. She currently sits on the advisory boards of two mid-cap technology companies, where she contributes her expertise in product strategy, organizational culture and market entry.

Ashot Tonoyan
Inapptics CEO and co-founder

Ashot is the co-founder and CEO of Inapptics, a company specializing in real-time app analytics platform. Inapptics has been in business for over three years and started as part of the Startup Wise Guys accelerator program. He speaks seven languages, has worked on web and mobile software for over 20 years, and has managed fast-paced development teams for over 10.

Artavazd Minasyan
2Hz CTO and co-founder

Artavazd is an entrepreneur with over 10 years of experience. He has started and is currently running 2 successful startups in IT with a total of 70 employees. Artavazd holds a PHD in Math, as well as a Master's degree in Business Administration. Artavazd has vast hands-on experience in business startups and management, including years of doing business in the US market.

Polina Parusis
Orion Worldwide Innovations

Specialized in the U.S. and international tax services. U.S. attorney admitted to practice in States of New York and New Jersey.

Anna Bennett
Orion Worldwide Innovations

Specialized in technology, finance, and change management. Former Panasonic and IBM change management Consultant, New York Life Insurance financial planning services professional, presently Account Manager at EY.


DAY 1 Starting, Scaling, and Selling Your Startup
Entrepreneurs, attorneys, and technology enthusiasts alike will not want to miss this first day of the conference, which will bring together experts who will share their insights on the current startup landscape. This day features our first keynote speaker, Raffi Krikorian, who will discuss his experience at Twitter and Uber and provide tips on how to effectively lead and manage an organization as an engineer and an executive. The remaining sessions will comprise of panels of experts, including attorneys, startup executives, and business experts. Our experts will cover tips for boosting investment readiness, leveraging intellectual property assets, and tackling real-world issues throughout the life cycle of a company.
DAY 2 Legal Rules and Business Tools for Entrepreneurs
The second day of the conference will open with a speech on the future of technology and building the skills vital to a successful startup and the future of technology. Salesforce’s Sassoon Grigorian, Head of Public Policy for Australia/New Zealand and SE Asia, will start the day discussing the main international regulatory and political challenges for a large technology company. The day will then focus on building skills in the intellectual property arena, including a negotiation workshop, how to draft a provisional patent application, and how to protect your intellectual property.


DAY 1, MARCH 15, 2018

Starting, Scaling, and Selling Your Startup

Time Description
8:45-9:30 AM Registration / Breakfast Meet & Greet
Jacqueline Karaaslanian, Executive Director of Luys Foundation
Raffi Krikorian, Chief Technology Officer of the Democratic National Committee
(formerly Engineering Director at Uber & VP of Platform Engineering at Twitter)

Raffi will discuss his experience at Twitter and Uber and provide tips on how to effectively lead and manage an organization
as an engineer and an executive.
10:50-11:00 AM Morning Break
Aram Orbelyan, Corporate Law Expert, Concern Dialog Law Firm, Armenia
Narine Beglaryan, Capital Markets Expert, Concern Dialog Law Firm, Armenia
Hagop Michael Boyaci, Associate at K1 Investment Management, U.S.
Sidney Minassian, CEO of Contexti & Sales Native, Strategic Advisor, Australia
Ashot Arzumanyan, smartgate.vc, Co-founder, Armenia

Entrepreneurs usually have great ideas but often face problems in the funding rounds because they haven’t set up a proper legal
and business foundation. This panel will provide valuable information on what VC and PE firms are looking before they invest
in startups and discuss legal issues that entrepreneurs can face throughout the lifecycle of their company.
12:15-1:15 PM Lunch Break
Hakob Hakobyan, Orion Worldwide Innovations, Technology Consultant, U.S. & Armenia
Sarkis Knyazyan, Knyazyan & Partners, IP Lawyer, Armenia
Khachatur Papanyan, Hickman Palermo Becker Bingham, Patent Lawyer, U.S.

Having the right agreements, patents, trademarks, or copyrights in place to protect a company’s intellectual property assets
is critically important to the value of a startup. This expert panel will discuss the when, where, why, and how of intellectual property protection.
2:30-2:40 PM Afternoon Break
Vazgen Hakobjanyan, Co-founder Teamable
Aram Jivanyan, CEO & Co-founder BeSafeIO
Ashot Tonoyan, CEO & Co-founder inapptics
Artavazd Minasyan, CTO & Co-founder 2Hz

The most valuable advice usually comes from someone who has recently been in your shoes. This panel of successful startup
founders and CEOs will highlight some of the very real legal issues that a startup can face during its lifecycle including
IP protection, founder agreements, and challenges with incorporation.
Luys Scholars Eduard Grigoryan & Alex Boyajian

The case study will focus on exploring negotiation strategies, both from the perspective of investors and owners of tech companies.
The study will highlight the most pressing business and legal issues relating to creating a startup, as well as operating a mature tech company.
Jacqueline Karaaslanian

DAY 2, MARCH 16, 2018

Legal Rules and Business Tools for Entrepreneurs

Time Description
8:45-9:30 AM Registration / Breakfast Meet and Greet
Jacqueline Karaaslanian, Executive Director of Luys Foundation and Irava-Tech Team
Sassoon Grigorian, Head of Public Policy for ANZ and SE Asia for Salesforce
and Author of Smart Nation: A Blueprint for Modern Armenia

Sassoon will discuss the main international regulatory and political challenges he sees in his day to day
as the head of public policy for a large technology company. He will also identify what large companies are looking for when they
choose countries to invest resources in and what Armenia can do to increase its profile in the global tech community.
10:40-10:50 AM Morning Break
Luys Scholars Alex Boyajian and Eduard Grigoryan (Harvard Business School and Harvard Law School)

The case study will focus on exploring negotiation strategies, both from the perspective of investors and owners of tech companies.
The study will highlight the most pressing business and legal issues relating to creating a startup, as well as operating a mature tech company.
12:20-1:20 PM Lunch Break
Khachatur Papanyan, Hickman Palermo Becker Bingham LLP, Patent Lawyer

Khachik will lead participants through how to approach drafting a quality provisional patent application so it can be a solid basis
for a non-provisional in a year (and even lower the drafting attorney costs for the non-provisional).
2:20-2:30 PM Afternoon Break
Emma Arakelyan, Orion World Innovations, CEO & Co-Founder & Team:
Hakob Hakobyan, Polina Parusis, Anna Bennett

While protecting intellectual property is critical for any business, many startups overlook the importance of protecting their
intellectual property with monetization in mind. In this training session, representative from Orion World Innovations
and Pro-IP will cover patentability requirements in the US and Armenia, IP protection, licensing, acquisition, and royalties,
and how to leverage strategic advisors, legal advisors, and technical and marketing specialists. The training will also cover
non-disclosure agreements and their importance.
4:00-4:10 PM WRAP - UP
Jacqueline Karaaslanian and Luys Scholars

Date and time

March 15-16, 2018, 9:00am-4pm


Luys Office (Address: Melik-Adamyan 2/2, Yerevan)



Registration deadline

March 14th, 2017

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