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Ani Harutyunyan

Director, Research


Dr. Harutyunyan is the Director of Research at the Sunwater Institute and is the head of its Property, Markets, and Trade, as well as the Group Decision Making program areas. She is dedicated to cultivating an environment of innovation and critical thinking, guiding the Institute’s research efforts towards scientific rigor, insightful discoveries, and impactful policy recommendations.

As a Principal Investigator with Sunwater Institute, Dr. Harutyunyan has led numerous research initiatives funded by organizations such as the National Science Foundation (NSF) and the Council for Innovation Promotion (C4IP). She was also an Edison Innovation Law and Policy Fellow at the Center for Intellectual Property and Innovation Policy (CIP2) at George Mason University, Scalia Law School.

Prior to joining the Sunwater Institute, Dr. Harutyunyan accumulated a wealth of policy research experience across the globe. She held research positions at the Global Research Institute of the College of William & Mary in Virginia, Centre for Institutions and Economic Performance of KU Leuven in Brussels, Belgium, and the Economics Departments of Southern Methodist University in Texas, and the University of Zurich in Switzerland. Additionally, she served as a consultant to the World Bank, International Monetary Fund, and Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation in the South Caucasus, providing data-driven insights to inform policy implementation in developing economies. Her expertise has been instrumental in authoring flagship Policy Reports for various institutions, such as the German Institute for Development Evaluation, the Harriman Institute of Columbia University, and the World Bank.

Holding a Ph.D. in Economics, Dr. Harutyunyan’s academic research output is also extensive and varied, spanning economics and interdisciplinary scientific journals. Her research articles have been published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS), Comparative Economic Studies, Eurasian Economic Review, European Journal of Development Research, International Migration Review, and Economics Letters. In 2022, she was awarded the prestigious Bergson Prize for the best-published paper by the Association for Comparative Economic Studies.

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