CALENDAR OF UPCOMING & PREVIOUS EVENTS
Scott A. Sandschafer Scott Sandschafer is Novartis CIO and Head of NBS IT in Basel, Canton of Basel-Stadt, Switzerland. He was appointed as Vice President and Chief Information Officer (CIO), Chrysler Group LLC in December 2009. In this position, he was responsible for all information technology applications and infrastructure in support of Chrysler Group business units located in the United States, Canada, Mexico and Asia-Pacific. He served as the executive sponsor of the Chrysler Asian Network (CAN), in addition to playing a leading role with the Chrysler Group Global Diversity Council.
Sandschafer joined Chrysler Group from CNH America LLC, where he gained extensive experience in information and communication technology, most recently serving as Head of Information Systems – SAP Core Program, Sales, Marketing and eBusiness.
Prior to that Scoot worked at Accenture, leading numerous global information and communication technology programs with broad global reach.
Sandschafer is an automobile enthusiast and loves to spend his free time with his family. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (1996).
Emma Arakelyan is invited to mentor the businesses of the “Accelerate 2030” program period.
Accelerate 2030 is a global program, co-initiated by Impact Hub and UNDP, aimed at scaling the impact of successful entrepreneurial solutions tackling one or more of the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
Emma Arakelyan is invited to accept her certificate as a Goodwill Ambassador for “SHE[FF]” National Development Foundation within the EU-funded BRIDGE for CSOs Project implemented by the Armenian General Benevolent Union (AGBU/ www.agbu.am) and Eurasia Partnership Foundation. Emma is joining the AGBU Goodwill Ambassadors’ (GA) list: Dr. Zorian as a GA for Technovation Armenia, Narine Abgarian as a GA for “Gradarak” kids’ library in the regions of Armenia and Greg Guerguerian as a GA for Miassine Foundation’s inclusive bakery in Gyumri.
As a Goodwill Ambassador for SHE[FF], Emma Arakelyan iss invited to speak during the “You are the SHE[FF]” project. The topic is “Women on the way to success”. The main message of the speech iss that when women learn about their strengths and get together, impossible becomes possible. Emma shared her experiences with the audience of 20+ people of different ages and professions. The event is going to take place at the American University of Armenia (AUA) EPIC Center (Entrepreneurship & Product Innovation Center).
In her Goodwill Ambassador role Emma is going to continue raising awareness about the women empowerment in the community, how become well-connected, and promote the work of NGOs targeting leadership and women growth.
About the event
“You are the SHE[FF]” is a project aimed to support women in entrepreneurship and innovation, organized by SHEFF with the support of AGBU Armenia, Bridge for CSOs and EPIC Innovation Center at AUA.
Emma Arakelyan is invited to talk about the 6Ds of the exponential growth in the digital era. The event is organized by Global.am and Beeline Startup Incubator in the collaboration with Business Angel Network of Armenia.
About the organizers
Beeline Startup Incubator is a platform, where startups with a great potential of success will be educated by industry leaders and communicate with successful entrepreneurs.
Incubator provides a complete startup analysis for each project displayed.
The Business Angel Network of Armenia provide a platform for investors to meet and cooperate with their peers, as well as connect them with aspiring startups and entrepreneurs in need of investment and expertise.
Emma Arakelyan is invited to speak during the Sevan Startup Summit from July 28-August 3 period in Sevan. Emma is also invited to mentor startups from more than 40 countries. One of the speeches will be about the 6Ds of Exponential Growth during the digital era. This speech is scheduled to take place on July 31st at 20:00-21:00 Yerevan Time (12:00-13:00 New York time).
About the event
Seaside Startup Summit is a global platform for transforming entrepreneurship and connecting founders, investors, startup enthusiasts, and all other decision-makers of the startup ecosystem from the region and around the world. This is the first non-formal startup event in the region and the first startup tent camp in the world. The Seaside Startup Summit leadership message is “If you don’t build your dream, someone will hire you to build theirs. Dreaming is nice but bringing your ideas to life and building the next big thing are possible only by choosing the hard way. We believe that a highly motivated team, passion, an innovative idea and disruptive technology make dreams happen! We are gathering together to, connect, learn win and have fun.” For more info visit their web-page: www.sss.am
Emma Arakelyan was featured in AGBU (Armenian General Benevolent Union) FOCUS 2019 Booklet with her “The Business Caring Formula” book.
AGBU FOCUS is a world class biennial event that brings together young Armenian professionals from across the globe for a weekend of culture, idea-exchange, nightlife, networking and celebration of a shared Armenian identity.
Since its inception at 2001, AGBU FOCUS has distinguished itself as a unique platform for interpersonal engagement, offering a venue for YPs to meet with likeminded peers and engage in meaningful dialogue through forums like Perspectives and the Conference.
FOCUS also serves as an opportunity to highlight the direct and positive impact of AGBU programs. Each year, the organizing committee selects an important program relating to one of the organization’s core pillars – education, culture, humanitarian relief, and socio-economic development -and launches a year-long global campaign to raise awareness and generate funds to support and enhance the initiative.
This year marks a much-anticipated AGBU FOCUS in South America. With participants travelling to Sao Paulo from destinations as far as Australia, Spain and South Korea – hundreds will have the chance to expand their networks and come away with a greater sense of unity and empowerment as global Armenian citizens.
Emma Arakelyan is a WCIT 2019 (www.wcit2019.org) Congress Content Committee Member and is leading Lightening Rounds Innovation Program at a Congress.
This year the Congress will be held in Yerevan, Armenia from October 6 to 9 and will include sessions on topics ranging from artificial intelligence, virtual reality, and smart cities to cybersecurity, climate change, and more.This year, WCIT will address The Power of Decentralization: Promise and Peril and explore how information and communications technology is transforming our lives for better and for worse—its impact on profits and prosperity, safety and security, democracy and humanity.
During the Lightening Rounds Innovation Program over 3 days, 15 companies and/or technologies will be showcased at the plenary session attended by 2,000 information and communications technology (ICT) leaders-CEOs and investors, policy makers and government officials, academics and technologists.
WCIT is the signature event of the World Information Technology & Services Alliance (WITSA), a consortium of ICT associations from 83 countries, representing 90% of the industry. For 40 years, technology leaders—CEOs and investors, policymakers and government officials, academics and technologists—have joined in this annual event to discuss the state of the industry, where it is headed and what it means for our future. Past speakers include Bill Clinton, Vint Cerf, Bill Gates, Ginni Rometty, Larry Ellison, Anne Mulcahey, Faqir Chand Kohli, and Michael Dell.
Emma Arakelyan is co-leading the IP/IT Transformation for Armenia Innovation Summit (The Summit), which is organized by the Armenian Bar Association, Orion Worldwide Innovations and the Ministry of High-Tech Industry of Republic of Armenia.
The Summit covers the following areas of target are: Laws and Regulations, Institutional Framework and Capacities, Human Capacities, Cooperation Systems and Learning and Innovation.
The target audience includes: government ministers, members of parliament and officials; professionals in law, public and private businesses including startups and investors; academy of sciences and universities, and other constituencies engaged with innovation, development and research.
The specific objectives of the 2-day summit will be to engage all interested parties in discussions about, and propose solutions to, the following six sets of critical issues that the IP/IT Committee, working with its partners in Armenia, has identified as the key impediments to innovation in Armenia:
– The lack of statutory damages and administrative sanctions under Armenian IP law, for IP violations.
– The impossibility of patenting or otherwise protecting software innovation.
– The limited capacity of the Armenian patent office (AIPA).
– The poor suitability of Armenian corporate law for VC/angel investment.
– Insufficient protection of minority shareholders under Armenian corporate law.
– Insufficient protection of IP in educational and scientific institutions.
About the IP/IT Committee of the US Armenian Bar Association
The IP/IT Committee of the US Armenian Bar Association was established in November 2018 with the following objectives:
– Establish, grow and mutually benefit from the collaborative and business relationships among legal, education and business (including startups and science) professionals in the U.S. and Armenia.
– Facilitate an exchange of knowledge in the IP Management area between different jurisdictions, in particular the U.S. and Armenia, and Europe and Armenia.
– Facilitate knowledge exchange and learning by providing a conduit of access for IP practitioners, judiciary and academicians in Armenia, to their counterparts in the Diaspora.
– Facilitate the development and implementation of a more robust IP protection and enforcement framework in Armenia.
– Become a key advisor, partner and sponsor of the Armenian Global Innovation Hub.
– Educate fellow attorneys as well as business people and the community at-large about IP and its impact/importance.
– Assist students and new attorneys to break into the IP field, professionally.
Emma Arakelyan is a Featured Speakers at Columbia Business School Executive Program and she will deliver her next speech on Business Digitization.
She will be instructing students on how plan for 10x growth, best to automate their Human Resources process and align it to their overall business strategy.
About Columbia Community Business Program (CCBP)
CCBP is an executive education program for small business owners aligned with the core curriculum of the MBA program at Columbia Business School. Participants will receive one-on-one business counseling, entrepreneurial education, and professionally facilitated peer learning. The program helps established business owners focus on their goals, maximize their time, increase revenues, build the right team, and make a big leap forward.
The program year is divided into four semesters and aligns with the core curriculum of the MBA program at Columbia Business School. Summers offer CEOs and their next-level managers the option of attending skills trainings designed to build on the educational modules of the previous semester. An important element of the second-year curriculum is intensive training on the procurement process.
The program consists of three hour instructor led classes on specified topics offered weekly or on alternate weeks. After completion of each module, students work together in small groups in order to develop business goals incorporating their studies. Once a semester, students meet with instructors one on one to review goals.
CCBP participants also have access to the broadly-offered resources of the Columbia University-Harlem Small Business Development Center and select Business School offerings during the program and beyond. At the conclusion of the program, students will have completed an operations manual, a human resources manual and a case study. Upon graduation, CCBP alumni receive a certificate of completion and credits towards the Certificate in Business Excellence conferred by Columbia Business School. After graduation, CCBP alumni can continue to work closely with CH-SBDC counselors and participate in Columbia University entrepreneurship events.