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Focus Group Discussion: Hazardous Waste Management in Armenia

About the Event: 

The AUA Acopian Center for the Environment in partnership with the Government of Armenia has launched the Waste Quantity and Composition Study (WQCS) funded by the AUA Manoogian Simone Research Fund (MSRF). The Swedish and Armenian experts study the quantity and composition of municipal solid waste, construction and demolition waste, industrial waste, electrical and electronic waste, agricultural and horticultural waste, medical waste, as well as automotive waste. For more details about the project, please visit here.
The discussion will reflect on:
  • Reports on hazardous waste management best practice by the Swedish experts
  • Reports on hazardous waste management in Armenia by the experts from the key agencies
  • Open discussions on issues and solutions on hazardous waste management in Armenia

About the Speakers: 

Ms. Karin Eberle, MSc in Chemical Engineering, has over 20 years of international experience in waste management. She has served as a consultant for municipal and private companies as well as for the Asian Development Bank. Currently, she is the sustainability manager of LL Group, which offers a waste management and entrepreneurial services in Stockholm. She is a board member of the Swedish Recycling Industries’ Association, and chairman at the Swedish Association for Road Transport Companies’ Advisory Board for Environmental Services. In this project, she is the team leader responsible for recommendations for developing a sustainable and strategic SWM system.
Mr. Anders Lärkert, MSc in Civil Engineering, has 35 years of international experience in waste management. Before becoming an international consultant, Mr. Lärkert was the CEO of a private waste company (later Suez Sweden) in Sweden. He has strong regional experience particularly from Russia and Uzbekistan as well as from Armenia and Azerbaijan. In this project, he is particularly experienced in waste logistics and is in charge of data collection and waste composition analysis.
Ms. Ingrid Håstad, MSc in Environmental studies, has over 30 years of international experience in the environmental regulatory framework and waste management. She is a specialist on hazardous waste, healthcare waste and WEEE (electric and electronic waste) related to EU regulations. Before becoming a consultant, Ms. Håstad worked at the Swedish Environmental Protection Agency and with environmental health and protection issues at local environmental health boards. In this project, she is responsible for data collection and capacity building on healthcare waste, e-waste (WEEE), among others.
Alen Amirkhanian holds a Masters in City Planning (’97) from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Department of Urban Studies and Planning. Currently, he is the director of the AUA Acopian Center for the Environment. In 2014, he established AUA Center for Responsible Mining and is acting as its interim director. He teaches graduate and undergraduate environmental courses at AUA. He also served as senior vice president of research at Michael Porter’s Initiative for a Competitive Inner City. He has consulted with the World BankUNDP, and the Brookings Institution on energy efficiency as well as economic and urban-growth issues.
Harutyun Alpetyan, an alumnus of the AUA Master of Engineering in Industrial Engineering and Systems Management, has been appointed as a lead expert for waste governance in Armenia, an 11-month project that started in November 2018. The project is funded by the Swedish Ministry of Foreign Affairs under its Swedish-Armenian SDG Expert Exchange Programme. Alpetyan has worked in the field of industrial automation and integration as a product design development manager. As part of his academic experience, he has focused on energy management as well as analyzed Yerevan’s waste-collection system. He also co-teaches courses at AUA on topics such as solid and hazardous waste and developing and implementing environmental projects.

 

Sustainable Waste Management in Armenia

About the Event: 

The AUA Acopian Center for the Environment in partnership with the Government of Armenia has launched the Waste Quantity and Composition Study (WQCS) funded by the AUA Manoogian Simone Research Fund (MSRF). The Swedish and Armenian experts study the quantity and composition of municipal solid waste, construction and demolition waste, industrial waste, electrical and electronic waste, agricultural and horticultural waste, medical waste, as well as automotive waste. For more details about the project, please visit here.
The discussion will reflect on:
  • Reports on hazardous waste management best practice by the Swedish experts
  • Reports on hazardous waste management in Armenia by the experts from the key agencies
  • Open discussions on issues and solutions on hazardous waste management in Armenia

About the Speakers: 

Ms. Karin Eberle, MSc in Chemical Engineering, has over 20 years of international experience in waste management. She has served as a consultant for municipal and private companies as well as for the Asian Development Bank. Currently, she is the sustainability manager of LL Group, which offers a waste management and entrepreneurial services in Stockholm. She is a board member of the Swedish Recycling Industries’ Association, and chairman at the Swedish Association for Road Transport Companies’ Advisory Board for Environmental Services. In this project, she is the team leader responsible for recommendations for developing a sustainable and strategic SWM system.
Mr. Anders Lärkert, MSc in Civil Engineering, has 35 years of international experience in waste management. Before becoming an international consultant, Mr. Lärkert was the CEO of a private waste company (later Suez Sweden) in Sweden. He has strong regional experience particularly from Russia and Uzbekistan as well as from Armenia and Azerbaijan. In this project, he is particularly experienced in waste logistics and is in charge of data collection and waste composition analysis.
Ms. Ingrid Håstad, MSc in Environmental studies, has over 30 years of international experience in the environmental regulatory framework and waste management. She is a specialist on hazardous waste, healthcare waste and WEEE (electric and electronic waste) related to EU regulations. Before becoming a consultant, Ms. Håstad worked at the Swedish Environmental Protection Agency and with environmental health and protection issues at local environmental health boards. In this project, she is responsible for data collection and capacity building on healthcare waste, e-waste (WEEE), among others.
Alen Amirkhanian holds a Masters in City Planning (’97) from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Department of Urban Studies and Planning. Currently, he is the director of the AUA Acopian Center for the Environment. In 2014, he established AUA Center for Responsible Mining and is acting as its interim director. He teaches graduate and undergraduate environmental courses at AUA. He also served as senior vice president of research at Michael Porter’s Initiative for a Competitive Inner City. He has consulted with the World BankUNDP, and the Brookings Institution on energy efficiency as well as economic and urban-growth issues.
Harutyun Alpetyan, an alumnus of the AUA Master of Engineering in Industrial Engineering and Systems Management, has been appointed as a lead expert for waste governance in Armenia, an 11-month project that started in November 2018. The project is funded by the Swedish Ministry of Foreign Affairs under its Swedish-Armenian SDG Expert Exchange Programme. Alpetyan has worked in the field of industrial automation and integration as a product design development manager. As part of his academic experience, he has focused on energy management as well as analyzed Yerevan’s waste-collection system. He also co-teaches courses at AUA on topics such as solid and hazardous waste and developing and implementing environmental projects.

 

MSRF-Funded Research Published in a Peer-Reviewed Journal

CEBRThe American University of Armenia is pleased to share that the Central European Business Review, an online peer-reviewed journal focusing on business issues with a Central European perspective, has accepted for publication a paper authored by Gayane Shakhmuradyan (MPSIA ’19) an AUA alumna and one of the first recipients of a research grant awarded by the Manoogian Simone Research Fund.

The article, titled “Does Fiscal Policy Matter for Business R&D Investment? Panel Data Evidence from Central and Eastern Europe,” is based on the research Shakhmuradyan conducted from September 2019 to February 2020 at AUA. The article was developed in the last two months of her employment as a research assistant at the AUA Manoogian Simone College of Business and Economics (CBE), May-June 2021. Submitted for evaluation in August 2021, the paper will appear in the regular issue of the Central European Business Review in July 2022.

The findings of the article suggest that fiscal policy, as captured by variables for total tax and contribution rate, government appropriations and outlays for business research and development (R&D), and R&D tax subsidy rate, does not have a significant impact on business R&D when controlled for other factors. Instead, full-time research engagement, attainment of tertiary education, and trade openness are found to be strong determinants of business R&D. These findings are consistent with prior theoretical and empirical literature in the field and call for greater allocation of public, as well as private funds to the professional development and training programs of R&D personnel.

“I would like to thank the government of Armenia and the American University of Armenia for the opportunity to conduct this research. I am especially thankful to Dr. Vache Gabrielyan, the dean of the Manoogian Simone College of Business and Economics and member of the MSRF Panel, for providing guidance during the research process and reviewing an early draft of the paper,” remarks Shakhmuradyan.

 

Manoogian Simone Foundation Establishes Fund to Support Research on Topics of Interest to the Armenian Government

YEREVAN, Armenia ‒ On October 10, the American University of Armenia (AUA) signed an agreement with the Manoogian Simone Foundation (MSF) to establish the Manoogian Simone Research Fund (MSRF) with the generous initial funding of $200,000. The MSRF will be used to conduct research in Armenian universities and by international experts, where appropriate, on topics of interest to the Armenian Government. The research Fund adds a new dimension to the MSF’s steadfast support of Armenia and the AUA. Acting Deputy Prime Minister Tigran Avinyan and Christine Simone of MSF were instrumental in launching the idea.

“As a research University, we are thrilled with this new program that the Manoogian Simone Foundation has funded. The Fund will serve as a timely platform for in-depth studies of topics that are crucial for sound policy making by the new Armenian Government. It will also build research capacity in Armenian universities,” commented AUA President Dr. Armen Der Kiureghian.

The topics for research will be prioritized by the office of the Acting Deputy PM Avinyan. A Panel of experts appointed by the Government, the MSF and the AUA will review the topics and solicit proposals from researchers in Armenian universities and make recommendations. The AUA will administer the research Fund for projects within AUA as well as those awarded to researchers in other universities. This program will build a much-needed bridge between the academia and the Government.

In addition to the solicited research projects, the MSRF will award fellowships to selected bachelor’s, master’s or doctoral university students to conduct research. The Panel will announce the topics and seek applications from interested students. Aside from supporting talented students, this program aims to develop research capacity among university students.

Detailed instructions for preparing and submitting proposals and fellowship applications will be issued by the MSRF Panel in the near future. – https://newsroom.aua.am/2018/10/22/manoogian-simone-foundation-establishes-fund-to-support-research-on-topics-of-interest-to-the-armenian-government/

 

Panel Formed for Manoogian Simone Research Fund

YEREVAN, Armenia ‒ The American University of Armenia (AUA) is pleased to report that the activities of the Manoogian Simone Research Fund (MSRF) are in full swing. MSRF was established earlier this year with the generous initial funding of $200,000 from the Manoogian Simone Foundation (MSF) and in cooperation with AUA and the Armenian Government. The Fund is designed to sponsor research in higher educational institutions in Armenia, also engaging international experts.

Currently the MSRF Panel, composed of representatives of the Government and AUA, is actively engaged in the review and selection of research topics that have been proposed as priority by the office of the Acting Deputy Prime Minister Tigran Avinyan. The Panel representatives appointed by the Armenian Government include Dr. Vache Gabrielyan and Varak Sisserian, Head of the office of the Acting Deputy PM Avinyan. Within eighteen topics proposed, the Government has highlighted four priority areas. Once the topics are selected, the Panel will issue an open call for proposals by students and researchers.

“I am thankful to the Dean of the Zaven and Sonia Akian College of Science & Engineering (CSE) Dr. Aram Hajian, who agreed to serve on the Panel, representing AUA. We are also very pleased that the Government appointed Dr. Gabrielyan, who has taught at AUA for many years, and Sisserian, who is an AUA alumnus. I think we have a powerful Panel to objectively review and select awardees,” remarked AUA President Dr. Armen Der Kiureghian.

Sisserian highlighted two crucial aspects of MSRF: “First, this initiative illustrates how Diasporan Armenians can contribute to the advancement of our country, by investing in people and accelerating human capital development. Second, the Government prioritizes evidence-based policy making, which is possible through direct cooperation of the government and academia.”

Dr. Hajian mentioned: “We welcome this synergistic initiative which brings together academia, government, and innovation through applied research projects, which will build long term capacity in Armenia.”

The Fund is aimed at enhancing capacity among Armenian researchers and students, as well as providing international experts with the opportunity to conduct research on topics that are of great interest to the Armenian Government and will be used in developing national policies. (https://newsroom.aua.am/2018/12/24/panel-formed-for-manoogian-simone-research-fund/ )