Ms. Gayane Martirosyan has been working with NGO’s since 2001, and is currently the coordinator and advocacy specialist of the ‘NGO Center’ Civil Society Development Organization, whose mission is to promote democracy through civil society development. The ‘NGO Center’ works with indigenous Armenian NGOs to help them strengthen their institutional capacity, increase public awareness and understanding of the role of the NGO sector in the creation of civil society, and support and promote cooperation and linkages among NGOs and potential partners such as policy makers, media, business, international and foreign organizations. Ms. Martirosyan is a member of the International Program Evaluation Network (IPEN) and Armenian Trainers Group. She has also served as a member of the Grants Selection Committee for the Civic Advocacy Support Program. She received the diploma of Teacher of Biology and Chemistry from Vanadzor State Pedagogical Institute, Armenia. During her fellowship year, Ms. Martirosyan will focus on policy modeling and design, forecasting and planning, modern methods of analysis, program evaluation, and government/public cooperation.