Dr. Harutyunyan is a Scholar at the Sunwater Institute. She conducts research on innovation policy, focusing on the measurements of intellectual property rights and advocating for data-driven public policies. She holds Edison Innovation Law and Policy Fellowship from Scalia Law School at George Mason University. She is also a co-Principal Investigator of a research project investigating the effect of individual decision-making strategies on group decision-making, funded by the National Science Foundation. Prior to joining the Sunwater Institute, Ani held research positions at the College of William & Mary in Virginia, KU Leuven in Belgium, and served as a consultant to the World Bank, International Monetary Fund, and Swiss Agency of Development and Cooperation in the South Caucasus, providing data-driven insights on policy implementation in developing economies. Dr. Harutyunyan holds a PhD degree in economics and has published in a variety of scientific journals, including Economics Letters, Comparative Economic Studies, Eurasian Economic Review, International Migration Review, European Journal of Development Research, and PNAS – Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.