May 13th, 2022
This story starts in the republic of Armenia, a developing nation, which became independent 31 years ago with the dissolution of the old Soviet Union. It might seem an odd starting point for a story about the new CEO of the Centre for Social Impact (CSI) - Arminé Nalbandian - but on her own admission, her anecdote reveals something about her.
Arminé was born in Armenia, educated in Boston, London, and Sydney, and returned to Armenia years later to assist the National Competitiveness Foundation of Armenia.
Arminé didn't speak Russian and found herself sitting at the Cabinet table in Armenia surrounded by men who switched to speaking Russian in her presence. What happened next is something that Arminé says, "you'll find in my character.''