Hovha'nnes Avoyan (Hovhannes Avoyan, Armenian: Հովհաննես Ավոյան), born 1965, is a serial entrepreneur, investor and scholar. He is the co-founder and CEO of Picsart, a suite of online photo and video editing applications. He also served as President of the Union of Information Technology Enterprises of Armenia (UITE) from its inception in 2000 until 2015.
|Born||23 March 1965|
|Alma mater||State Engineering University of Armenia (BS in Computer Science)|
American University of Armenia (M PSIA)
|Known for||Executive, serial entrepreneur, CEO and founder of Picsart|
Early life and educationEdit
Hovhannes Avoyan was born in 1965 in Yerevan, Armenia. He graduated from the State Engineering University of Armenia with a B.S. degree in Computer Science in 1987 and received an Masters in Political Science and International Affairs (M PSIA) from the American University of Armenia in 1995. He is also a 2005 graduate of Harvard Business School’s Bertelsmann Senior Executive's program.
In 1996, Avoyan founded CEDIT, a software development services company, which was acquired by mobile communications software developer Brience in 2000.
In 2011, with his friend Artavazd Mehrabyan, Avoayan founded Picsart, a social photo and video editing platform, and became the company's CEO. Picsart's software reportedly has more than 150 million monthly active users, and has been downloaded 1 billion times as of September 2020.
In 2016, Avoyan received the Distinguished Alumni Award from the American University of Armenia. In 2019, The Armenian Trade Network named Avoyan as the recipient of its Global Achievement Award.
Avoyan supports AI development in Armenia by establishing schools and best practices in the country to help its data scientists compete globally.
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