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AIF 2023

Nov 22nd, 2023 | Bulgari Hotel, London

Connect with the London AIF Community

We're delighted to bring the AIF community together once again, celebrating the intersection of Armenians in Finance, Venture Capital, and Innovation.

Join us on November 22nd in London at the exquisite Bulgari Hotel in Knightsbridge. The evening promises a delightful reception with drinks and canapés, insightful presentations, and a keynote address by Henri Arslanian, Co-Founder and Managing Partner of Nine Blocks Capital Management.

Key Note Speaker

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Henri Arslanian

Co-Founder and Managing Partner,
Nine Blocks Capital Management Adjunct Professor, University of Hong Kong

Henri Arslanian, co-founder of Nine Blocks Capital Management and ACX International, is a renowned figure in the fintech and digital assets realm. A former global crypto leader at PwC, he's advised top-tier crypto entities and governments. As the inaugural Chairman of the FinTech Association of Hong Kong and a university professor, he's a celebrated speaker and influential finance author.

Our Star Panellists


Armen R. Kherlopian, Ph.D.

CEO and Partner, Covenant Venture Capital

Dr. Armen Kherlopian is a renowned scientist and investor, involved in startup investments from Pre-Seed to Pre-IPO, with key contributions to Scylla, Bitvore, among others. He holds an M.S. and B.S. in Biomedical Engineering from Columbia, a Ph.D. in Biophysics from Cornell, and completed an AI fellowship at Princeton. Currently, he's on the Scientific Advisory Board of TRISH, a NASA-backed space health institute.


Ashot Arzumanian

Co-Founder and Partner, SmartGate VC

Ashot Arzumanyan is the co-founder of SmartGate VC, focusing on pre-seed investments in deep-tech and helping start-ups to expand leveraging on the power of the community. Ashot has launched several prominent initiatives, such as Armenia Stratup Academy, Hero House hubs in the US and Armenia, Hero House Gateway programme and Hero House Angel Network.


Nare Vardanyan

CEO and Co-Founder, Ntropy

Nare Vardanyan is a serial entrepreneur and co-founder of Ntropy, a financial data standardization and enrichment API, which builds language models to understand data at scale. Born and raised in Yerevan, Nare is an angel investor and Board member at over 35 applied AI companies across Europe and the US. She is a Yerevan State University and MFA  School of Diplomacy graduate.


Yervand Sarkisyan

Co-Founder and Partner, Granatus Ventures

Yervand Sarkisyan is a London-based entrepreneur and investor with 20 years of experience in both Armenian and UK tech. He co-founded Granatus Ventures, the first VC fund in Armenia. As a founding team member at EIF, Yervand has been instrumental in the growth of the Armenian tech sector. He has also played a key role in investing in and establishing Sourcio, a venture builder that spun off two successful startups: Monitis (acquired by TeamViewer) and Picsart (a unicorn company). In addition, Yervand is a founding board member of Eqwefy, a new crowdfunding platform.

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