gro.dhci|nayduhsruhka#nayduhsruhK tohsA is working as the Head of Education and Training Unit of the International Center for Human Development (ICHD), a think tank created in Yerevan, Armenia in 2000. Before joining ISHD he served as Deputy Chief Treasurer at Armenian State Treasury and the Head of Department at the Ministry of Finance and Economy, where he provided solutions to a wide range of policy problems, including areas of Fiscal & Monetary policies, Public finance, Public Administration, and Decentralization reforms in the Republic of Armenia.

Ashot has over 10 year experience of working for civil society organizations that have established cooperative relationship with local authorities and various governmental, as well as non-governmental organizations from Armenia, Russia, post Soviet countries and countries of Central and Eastern Europe.

The ICHD, a member of PASOS, is now considered one of the leading think-tanks in the South Caucasus. Through pursuit of its core principles and objectives, ICHD strives to unite the most prominent representatives of the public, scientific, cultural, and business sectors of the region, to strengthen democratic mechanisms and to foster free market values, while simultaneously crafting regional collaboration and economic development strategies for the countries of the Caucasus. A key element in achieving this mission is the formulation of unique solutions to the principal issues in economic development and social welfare.

Ashot and Elena have worked as a team since 2006 in designing and delivering training modules on policy writing, analysis and advocacy. Their international consulting and training experience spans former Soviet Union region and Eastern and Central Europe.

In 2006-2007, Ashot and Elena successfully completed an extensive Training of Trainers program conducted by Eóin Young and Lisa Quinn, the course directors and core trainers of LGI/Open Society Institute "Policy Advocacy Capacity Development Program", and both have been certified by LGI/Open Society Institute to deliver the following 3 training modules:
1. Writing effective policy papers to influence decision-making
2. Producing policy-relevant analysis and writing to influence decision-making
3. Developing effective advocacy strategies for policy action.

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