ARMEN PAPAZIAN | SPACE ECONOMIST
ARMEN PAPAZIAN, PHD (CANTAB)
Founder & CEO
Armen is a financial economist with a global experience in industry and academia. He earned his PhD in Financial Economics from the University of Cambridge, UK. He is the founder and CEO of Finoptek Ltd, a #Fintech #Edtech #Greentech #Sharetech startup based in the UK, developing a unique multi-tool, multi- instrument, cloud-based analytics platform, titled Value Xd..
Along with a series of new innovative features and efficiency enhancements, and a unique sharing architecture, Value Xd also offers Space Value Optimisation capabilities based on a proprietary model. Armen’s Space Value Optimisation model was shortlisted as a finalist for the Finance for the Future Awards 2016 (Entry, Announcement). The model introduces a new principle of value, Space Value of Money, into our current Risk and Time based paradigm, and proposes a series of new space impact metrics that are seamlessly integrated with our current models.
At the cutting edge of global finance and economics, Armen contributes to the global debate through his publications, speeches, presentations, and interviews (Review of Financial Markets, Financial Management, Investment Europe, Gamechangers, International Banker, Technology Banker). To mention a select notable few, Armen has been a guest speaker at the Roundtable titled ‘Thinking the Unthinkable’ organized by the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants and Churchill 2015, at the ‘Launch of the Solar Age’ by the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales, and at the Technology Venture Conference ‘Beyond the Now’ organised by the Cambridge University Technology Enterprise Club (CIMA, CUTEC-TVC2014, ‘The monetization of space in the third millennium’).
Previously, Dr. Papazian established a boutique financial modeling and consulting firm Keipr. He has served clients around the world, providing project and policy design, development, evaluation, and implementation. While at Keipr, he was invited to act as a Judge for the Banker FT Investment Banking Awards in 2011.
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, the creation of the region's first tradable fixed income indices with HSBC, and the first fungible dual listing with a US exchange in the region (Reuters, Reuters ).
Dr. Papazian has previously held the honorary position of Fellow and Research Associate at the Cambridge University Judge Business School, UK. He has numerous publications in a variety of outlets, and contributes regularly to policy debates in various media globally.