Business Development and Communications Fellow/Atlas Corps Fellow
Irina Mkrtchyan is a circular economy and grant writing expert, as well as an environmental enthusiast from Armenia. She holds a master’s degree in Marketing, PR, and Advertising from the University of Sheffield, the UK, and a second master’s degree and bachelor’s degree in agribusiness from Armenian National Agrarian University (ANAU) in Armenia (in partnership with Texas A&M University). During 2018-19, Irina was a Hubert H. Humphrey (Fulbright) Scholar at the University of California, Davis focusing her efforts on environmental protection and circular economy. Upon completion of her program, she has also received a certificate of recognition from the President of the United States of America.
Irina has strong knowledge and international experience in various industries, including Fortune 500 companies, the World Bank, UNDP, British Council, World Resources Institute, where she served as a consultant or expert. She is the co-founder and development lead of “ISSD” Innovative Solutions for Sustainable Development of Communities” NGO (founded in 2017), where she is leading various environmental and rural development projects. Irina supervised grant writing, marketing, fundraising, and development activities. She has raised over 550,000USD in grants and donations within the last two years. She has 13+ years of experience in marketing, consulting, public relations/outreach, solid waste management, environmental protection, green communication, strategic planning and development, project/grant management, and startup management. She specializes in designing, planning, executing, and monitoring projects and marketing/PR campaigns.
Her professional/research interests are circular economy, waste management, recycling, marketing, grant writing, rural development, women empowerment, environmental protection and policy development, partnership development for implementing joint projects.
At National Academy of Public Administration, Irina will be serving as a Business Development and Communications Fellow: Supporting the organization’s development and fundraising efforts and expanding and implementing communications strategies to leverage technology and social media for visibility of the organization.