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Our Speakers


Maurice Obstfeld

Professor of economics at the University of California, Berkeley and previously Chief Economist at the International Monetary Fund. 


Adi Brender

Head of the Macroeconomics and Policy Division in the Research Department at the Bank of Israel.


Shalva Mkhatrishvili

Head of Head of Macroeconomics and Statistics Department at the National Bank of Georgia and director at the Global Forecasting School.

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Athanasios Orphanides

Professor of the Practice of Global Economics and Management at the MIT Sloan School of Management. Previously he served as Governor of the Central Bank of Cyprus.

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Douglas Laxton

Head of Saddle Point Research and The Better POlicy Project and director at the Global Forecasting School.


Vazgen Poghosyan

Macroeconomist at the Central Bank of Armenia and a Level 2 student at the Global Forecasting School.


Patrick Higgins

Policy adviser and economist on the macroeconomics and monetary policy team in the research department of the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta.


Hayk Avetisyan

Head of Macroeconomic Directorate at the Central Bank of Armenia and director at the Global Forecasting School.


Mariam Tchanturia

Macroeconomist at the National Bank of Georgia and a Level 2 student at the Global Forecasting School.

The Central Bank of Armenia, in collaboration with The Better Policy Project, is organizing an intensive summer school program from July 8 to August 31, 2024. This event will take place at the Dilijan Training and Research Center, known for its state-of-the-art facilities and conducive learning environment.

The summer school aims to bring together a diverse group of students from top-ranked universities worldwide, including Harvard University and Northwestern University. Participants will have the unique opportunity to engage with cutting-edge economic theories and policies, guided by some of the most respected figures in the field.

The lineup of distinguished speakers includes Maurice Obstfeld, Adi Brender, Athanasios Orphanides, Douglas Laxton, Patrick Higgins and others. These experts bring a wealth of knowledge and experience, ensuring that attendees will benefit from high-quality lectures and discussions.

The program is designed to foster an interactive learning environment, with a blend of lectures, workshops, and hands-on sessions. Topics covered will span various aspects of economic policy, including macroeconomic theory, monetary policy, financial stability, and more.

Participants will also have the chance to engage in collaborative projects and network with peers and professionals from around the world. This networking aspect is a key component of the summer school, providing a platform for the exchange of ideas and the building of professional relationships.

The Dilijan Training and Research Center, set against the picturesque backdrop of Dilijan, offers an ideal setting for intensive study and reflection. The serene environment, combined with the comprehensive facilities of the center, supports both academic and personal growth.

In addition to the academic program, the summer school will include a range of extracurricular activities designed to enrich the overall experience. These activities will allow participants to explore the local culture and natural beauty of Armenia, promoting a well-rounded and memorable experience.

The summer school is part of a broader initiative by the Central Bank of Armenia and The Better Policy Project to advance education and research in economic policy. By bringing together leading experts and aspiring economists, the program aims to contribute to the development of informed and effective economic policies globally.

For more detailed information about the program, including application procedures and deadlines, interested individuals are encouraged to email Asya Kostanyan at

This summer school represents a unique opportunity for students and professionals alike to deepen their understanding of economic policy and to contribute to meaningful discussions on global economic challenges.

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