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Armin Pajand

Armin Pajand, is the Academic Director for Leadership Development at Rice University’s Glasscock School of Continuing Studies, and the Industry Professor of Leadership Development at Texas A&M University. He is an industry pioneer in designing and developing innovative, and high impact leadership programs including the Leadership Principles Certificate at Rice University. He is also the Managing Director for IntegroPartners where he empowers teams to work together to deliver breakthrough results in times of change. He has over 15 years of consulting and advisory experience with hundreds of inspiring leaders in the US, Asia, and Europe in a multitude of industries, who are committed to taking themselves and their organizations to the next level of growth. Most recently, Armin led top talent and executive development at Farmers Insurance Group, a Fortune 500 company with over 22,000 employees. Armin holds a graduate degree in organizational effectiveness from a joint program at Oxford University and HEC Paris and a bachelor's degree in history from UCLA.

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