Armen is a financial economist, author, consultant, and innovator with a track record in global finance. He has more than 20 years' experience in sustainable finance, capital markets, and analytics. A Doctor of Financial Economics from Cambridge University, Cambridge Judge Business School, Armen combines extensive industry experience with financial institutions and markets, with in-depth research into both the theoretical and practical aspects of modern sustainable finance. He is the author of 'The Space Value of Money' and a founder of the Space Value Foundation.
Armen has been an active contributor to the public debate on sustainability and finance, Bank of England, Cambridge University Judge Business School. Following 20 years of technical experience and research in sustainable finance, Armen has recently co-founded the Space Value Foundation, a not-for-profit initiative set up to advocate for the hard-wiring of responsibility into the financial mathematics through which we design, measure, value, and execute investments. It campaigns to embed sustainability into the very core equations of finance, allowing a global transition in business and industry. The Space Value Foundation takes its name from a principle and model proposed by Armen in his upcoming book by Palgrave Macmillan, ‘The Space Value of Money: Rethinking Finance beyond Risk and Time,’ to be released in July 2022.
He is a former Executive Director of UBS AG, and a former Managing Director of Innovation and Development at Nasdaq Dubai (DIFX), where he led the launch of the Middle East’s first Structured Products platform with Morgan Stanley, Deutsche Bank and Merrill Lynch, Reuters, Euromoney. Furthermore, he has led the creation of the region’s first tradeable fixed income indices with HSBC, Nasdaq Dubai, as well as the first fungible dual listing with a US exchange in the region, Nasdaq Dubai. He is also a former Lecturer in Finance and the author of numerous publications. His innovative financial value model, Space Value Optimisation, was a finalist in the Finance for the Future Awards in 2016 CJBS.
Armen’s most recent projects have focused on analytics and technology. He is the founder of Value Xd, a cutting edge and unique cloud-based analytics platform Business Insider. Value Xd was recently shortlisted for the Innovation Award at the Cambridge Independent Science and Technology Awards 2022, listed as one of the Top 33 UK Tech Startups by Tech Nation Tech Nation, Bloomberg.