Armen is a financial economist with a global experience in industry and academia. He is the founder and CEO of Value Xd Ltd a #fintech #edtech #mindtech #sharetech startup based in the UK. Value Xd is months away from launching its unique multi-tool, multi-instrument, cloud-based analytics platform that introduces transformative features that enhance efficiencies in the entire analytical value chain, whether in industry or academia.
Armen earned his PhD in Financial Economics from Cambridge University, and he is at the cutting edge of global finance and economics, and contributes to the global debate through his publications, speeches, presentations, and interviews. His innovative financial value model, titled, Space Value Optimisation, was shortlisted as a finalist in the Finance for the Future Awards 2016. He introduces a new principle of value, Space Value of Money, into our current Risk and Time based paradigm, and proposes new space metrics for investment decision making. Armen is currently writing a book on the same to be published by Palgrave Macmillan.
Previously, Armen established a boutique financial modelling and consulting firm, Keipr. He has served clients around the world, providing project and policy design, modelling, development, evaluation, and implementation services. While at keipr, he was invited to act as a Judge for the Banker FT Investment Banking Awards in 2011.
Prior to establishing his own consulting firm, Armen was the Head of Islamic Finance for UBS AG, serving the investment banking arm, asset management and wealth management. He has been involved in the reorganisation of the bank’s platform post 2008, and has had a cross business and cross region mandate, covering origination as well as structuring.
He is 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.
Armen 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.