Ms. Gayane Sargsyan is the Director of the Forum for the 21st Century Leaders, an independent, non-profit, non-governmental organization working to promote new perspectives and opportunities for youth participation and active citizenship in Armenia and beyond. Ms. Sargsyan has 20 years of experience working with national and international organizations such as the Government of Armenia, the UN, the Council of Europe, the European Forum for Democracy and Solidarity, and Club de Madrid. She has also been active in various networks aimed at supporting and empowering young professionals networking in a broader region. Ms. Sargsyan earned her postgraduate degree in English and German languages from the State Linguistic University in Yerevan, Armenia. She also holds diplomas in advanced, interdisciplinary study of Nonviolent Conflict from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University (2010), Conflict Resolution and Negotiations from the Conflict Management Group (CMG) at Harvard University (2001) and in Political Communication and Campaigning from the Amsterdam Maastricht Summer University (2001).