Noubar Afeyan


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Noubar Afeyan is founder, Managing Partner and CEO of Flagship Ventures.  He is also a Senior Lecturer at MIT’s Sloan School of Management where he has taught courses on technology entrepreneurship, innovation, and leadership since 2000. Dr. Afeyan has authored numerous scientific publications and patents since earning his Ph.D. in Biochemical Engineering from MIT in 1987. During his 25-year career as inventor, entrepreneur, CEO and venture capitalist, Dr. Afeyan has co-founded and helped build 25 life science and technology startups. Dr. Afeyan is a member of the Corporation Development Committee of Massachusetts Institute of Technology, the Board of Trustees of the newly formed Skolkovo Institute of Science and Technology (in Moscow), and the international advisory board of the SKOLKOVO School of Management. He is also a member of the Board of Overseers of the Boston Symphony Orchestra. He is co-founder and board member of the National Competitiveness Foundation of Armenia, a private-public partnership to promote economic development in the former Soviet Republic of Armenia. Dr. Afeyan is a recipient of the Ellis Island Medal of Honor (2008) and received a Technology Pioneer 2012 award from the World Economic Forum in recognition of the breakthrough solar fuel technology being developed at Joule Unlimited. He currently serves as Vice-chair of the Global Agenda Council on Emerging Technologies of the World Economic Forum.

Elected to the AGBU Central Board of Directors in 2012