SOAR Austria Chapter
Austria joined the SOAR family in February 2016. The history of Armenians in Austria dates back to Vienna's liberation from the Turkish siege at the end of the 17th century, when several Armenian merchants found a new market in the Habsburg Empire. In the beginning of the 19th century, Austrian Armenians enjoyed their status as an autonomous religious community. The Armenian community in Vienna grew constantly, so that by 1896 the first efforts were made to found an Armenian-Apostolic community. After the appointment of the first Armenian pastor in Vienna in the 1920s, the number of Armenians in Austria continued to grow, boosted by refugees from Lebanon, Syria, Iraq, Iran, Turkey and, most recently, the Republic of Armenia. In 1968, the Soorp Hripsime Armenian Apostolic Church of Vienna was consecrated, giving a new impetus to the ever growing Armenian community in Austria. There are approximately 3,000 Armenians in Vienna today.
Board of Directors:
Marine has Master's Degrees in Management and Organizational Psychology from Yerevan State University and in Leadership in Tourism from FHWien University of Applied Sciences of WKW. She is currently working for the catering service, Gerstner Imperial Hospitality Group. Prior to that she held management positions in various restaurants and at Airport Zvartnots ‘’HRH’’ LLC. Marine has also been involved extensively in volunteer service including Amnesty International, Mentoring and International Training NGO, and Yeghegnadzor Civil Centre NGO. She is fluent in Armenian, Russian, and German, and also speaks English and Spanish.
Katharina received her Masters's Degree in Export and International Management with a special focus on financing and risk management at the Vienna University of Economics and Business. For the last three years she has been working in the field of risk management in the Austrian financial sector.
Katharina is fluent in English, German, and Russian.
Treasurer and Event Manager
Susanna earned her degree in General Dentistry rom Moscow Institute of Stomatology, Moscow, continuing on to earn her degree in Orthodontics and Orthopedic ChiIdhood Dentstry from the Medical Stomatological University of Moscow. She has worked as an Orthodontist since 2002. In 2003 she also became a Manager of IOS (International Orthodontic Seminars), organizing orthodontic seminars in different countries and handling participants' traveling and accommodation issues.
Susanna is fluent in Armenian, Russian, and English. She also speaks Dutch and German.
Hasmik Eskandari earned her Diploma in ’’Art and Fashion Design’’ from the P. Terlemezyan Yerevan State College of Fine Arts. In Vienna she took a master class in fashion and clothing at Wirtschaftsförderungsinstitut of Vienna. Currently, she is employed by Design House Schella Khann.
Hasmik has been living in Vienna since 1990. In the Armenian community she has been involved in different NGOs/unions such as: ’’Women’s Union’’, and ’’Union of Young Armenians’’. Hasmik has good social skills for consulting and supporting customers, and coordination and management of projects and events. She is fluent in Armenian and German and also speaks Russian.
Hmayak Hovhannisyan is a professional Designer, who got an education in Yerevan State academy of Fine Arts. After obtaining his BA Degree of Arts in the field of Design he has served in the Army of RA. Hmayak started his career in 2013 in ''Promo PR'' LLC as a Designer and currently he is the Head of Design Department in ''SONAGRO CJSC''-''SOVRANO LLC''. He is professional in Graphic, Product and Brand design, as well as in Interior & Exterior Design. Hmayak speaks English, Russian and Armenian.
Varduhi is a PhD student of Psychology in the University of Salzburg. She worked for three years as a Psychologist in Armenian National Lyceum after Anania Shirakatsy, also one year as a Psychologist-volunteer in JUZ Oberndorf, Austria. She is currently working for an HR Company as a Research Consultant.
Varduhi has strong interests in Armenian folk songs and dances and tries to have her input in development of the Armenian community in Salzburg. She truly believes that all Armenians should concentrate main efforts to improve the welfare of the Homeland.