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SOAR-Athens

athens@soar-us.org


SOAR-Athens joined the SOAR family in July 2014. The Armenian presence in Greece began centuries ago when Armenians settled in the wider area of Thessaly, Macedonia, and Thrace. Armenians in Greece, however, acquired the character of a community after the 1920s, when 70,000 to 80,000 survivors of the Armenian Genocide fled to Greece from Cilicia, Smyrna, Ionia, Constantinople and Asia Minor, scattering all over Greece.

Today, the number of Armenians in Greece is estimated at approximately 20,000-35,000, living mainly in Attica (Athens, Piraeus and the suburbs) and in smaller communities in Thessaloniki, Kavala, Komotini, Xanthi, Alexandroupolis, Didimoticho, Orestiada and Crete. The majority of Greco-Armenians are Armenian Apostolic. There are a number of Armenian institutions in Greece, among them being: two kindergartens and elementary schools and one high school, in Athens and Piraeus, which belong to the Armenian Blue Cross; the Armenian Community Cultural Center in Thessaloniki; and Armeniki, an amateur soccer club in Athens.


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Board of Directors:



Arsen Simonyan
President

Arsen earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Finance and Banking Management from the University of Piraeus, continuing on to earn his Master's Degree in Financial Analysis also from the University of Piraeus. He has held the position of accountant-financier for several companies since 2013, but currently holds the position with GS GAS fuel wholesale trade CJSC.

Arsen enjoys being involved in social activities and is the head of the Youth Union of the Greek-Armenian Diocese. He is fluent in Armenian, Russian, English, Greek, and is learning Arabic as well.