Marie Lou Papazian is CEO of the Simonian Educational Foundation and the Managing Director of the Tumo Center for Creative Technologies in Yerevan, Armenia. Tumo is a unique not-for-profit facility where thousands of teenagers learn animation, game development, web development and digital media free of charge. In addition to her responsibilities in developing and managing the educational program of the center, she led the design and construction management of the center’s interior architecture and outdoor plaza. Prior to Tumo, Marie Lou cofounded the Education for Development Foundation in 2001, where she led the Three Pomegranates project linking Armenian students to their global peers through web-based educational activities. Previously, Marie Lou was a construction manager for a number of high-rise residential and commercial buildings in New York City, including the Marriott Financial Center Hotel. Marie Lou holds a Master’s Degree in Computing in Education from the Teachers College – Columbia University in New York, a Master’s Degree in Construction Management from Stevens Institute of Technology in New Jersey and a Bachelor of Science in Architectural Engineering form the Université St. Joseph in Beirut, Lebanon. She is a member of the Information Technology Council of the Prime Minister of the Republic of Armenia.
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