SOAR - Amsterdam Chapter

Amsterdam joined the SOAR family in December 2013. While the exact number of Armenians in the country is unknown, unofficially estimates suggest that between 15,000 and 20,000 Armenians live in the Netherlands. Armenian and Dutch interactions go back to the 4th century when the first bishop of the Netherlands came from Armenia. In the 13th century, Armenians brought carpets, dyes, cotton, and spices from around the world and from Armenia itself. In 1713, Amsterdam permitted the Armenians to erect a church of their own. After serving its purpose for about a century and a half, this edifice was closed because of the dwindling of its congregation. The largest modern group of Armenians arrived from Turkey in the 1970s, finding employment in textile plants. Currently, most Armenians live in Almelo, Amsterdam, Arnhem, Assen Alkmaar, Dordrecht, Eindhoven, The Hague, Leiden, Maastricht, Nijmegen, and Rotterdam. Armenian Church services are currently held in Amsterdam and Almelo.

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Board of Directors:

Anzhelika Torikian

Anzhelika Torikian in an Armenian student in Amsterdam born on 25th June 1997 in central Siberia, Novosibirsk. Anzhelika lived in Siberia for 18 years, where she graduated from high school, where she specialized in Russian literature and foreign languages. Apart from studying, she was also attending extra curriculum courses including piano lessons, tennis, and debating club. All of the extra curriculum activities have harnessed her self-discipline, which has proved fundamental in allowing Anzhelika to balance the rigour of academic work with a thriving social life.

Shortly after graduation, Anzhelika moved to Amsterdam, The Netherlands, to pursue her skills in Economics and Business sphere. She completed pre-bachelor in Economics and Business at the University of Amsterdam, which further gave her an opportunity to proceed to BSc Economics and Business. Anzhelika gained key insights in such disciplines as marketing, macro- and microeconomics, statistics, and accounting. Nevertheless, after several months of education in economical sphere, Anzhelika has made a decision to terminate her studies in this field and commence studying the major that she was passionate about – which is psychology.

Anzhelika was granted in admission in BSc Psychology at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam. Furthermore, she joined the student events committee at The Student Hotel Amsterdam City, and, subsequently, became one of the ambassadors of the events committee. The key responsibility of Anzhelika was to create a solid student community and make students feel welcomed to the new family.

Anzhelika believed that she could contribute more to The Student Hotel. She joined the team of The Commons Restaurant at The Student Hotel, where she was employed as a part-time server. This job gave Anzhelika such a great opportunity to communicate with people from all over the world, as well as from different age groups. Moreover, since Anzhelika speaks 4 languages (native in Armenian, Russian, English, intermediate French, and basic Dutch), she has a great opportunity to further improve her language skills. Anzhelika is still employed at The Commons Amsterdam City, but, nevertheless, is seeking for new opportunities in various spheres.

Roos Hondeveld Roos Hondeveld

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Karen Khachatryan

Karen was born and raised in a small village in Armenia before moving to the capital for studies. He earned his PhD in Computer Science from State Engineer University of Armenia in 2013, where he was an Assistant Professor, before joining an Amsterdam based financial market making company in 2017. His passion for learning and exploring the world led him to pick up a joint PhD program for a year in the University of Saarland, Germany in 2012.

Karen always signified the practical application of the knowledge, he is a software engineer specialized in the financial markets for over 10 years. Alongside with work and study, Karen was also involved in social activities, he is a founding member of the Bright Armenia party and was volunteering for Leonid Yengibaryan International Mime Festival. He believes that sharing care and knowledge is the key to the bright future and the SOAR project is a big step in that direction.

Erik StepanianErik Stepanian

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Jaydee Elleen VisserJaydee Elleen Visser

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