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SOAR-Copenhagen

copenhagen@soar-us.org


Copenhagen joined the SOAR family in May 2014. In the modern era, Armenians began settling in Denmark in 1970, coming from Lebanon, Iran, Iraq, Syria, Turkey, and, after the dissolution of the Soviet Union, Armenia. In 1983, Armenians established an Armenian Cultural Union that aimed to unite Armenians of Denmark and preserve the Armenian identity, language, and culture. The Armenian Cultural Union operated until 1992 when it gradually slowed down its activities due to the dispersion of Armenians across Denmark and the immigration of Lebanese and Iranian Armenians to the United States and Canada. In 2005, the Danish-Armenian Association and “Nectar” Armenian cultural organization made efforts to organize the community life. The members of these organizations are Armenian immigrants who want to create an Armenian ambiance, preserve the Armenian language and culture, and introduce Danes to Armenia and the Armenian culture. The 3,000 Armenians who live in Denmark today are primarily centered in Copenhagen, Aarhus, and Odense.


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Board of Directors:



Line Engelhardt Knudsen
President

Line was born in Copenhagen, Denmark. She is studying to be a pedagogue and is going to be finished with her Bachelor's Degree in July of 2015. Line has a lot of experience working in Danish institutions: kindergartens, daycare centers and as a helper to children with special needs. She has always been interested in Armenia because of a childhood friend of hers. Line went to Armenia for the first time in 2008 on a holiday and saw the side of Armenia through her friend and her friend's family. This experience made decide to go back as a volunteer when the time was right. In 2011 Line returned to Armenia as a volunteer in a kindergarten. It was part of her plan to gain some cultural knowledge and experiences before her studies began in February 2012. Line is now going back to Armenia for her third internship from her Pedagogical University and she is going to be specializing in children with special needs. She believes that every human has talents, but sometimes you have to look more than once to see them.



Julieta Andriasyan

Julieta was born in Yerevan, Armenia. She studied Biology at Yerevan State University and continued on at National Institute of Health of Armenia specializing in Clinical Microbiology . After graduation, Julieta worked in a Maternity Hospital as a Bacteriologist. She has also been a researcher in Food Safety and Medical Microbiology. In 2012 Julieta got a scholarship for her Master’s studies in Food Science and Technology and studied at the University of Copenhagen and the Autonomous University of Barcelona. In 2014 she moved to Copenhagen and lives there with her husband.





Anna Karapetian

Anna was born and raised in Yerevan, Armenia. She is qualified as an Engineer of Electronic Equipment and specialized in " semiconducter and micro-electronic devices. Anna also has the HIA degree in local Govermment line management. Currently she works at the Copenhagen Finance Department , Corporate Services, in vote and controlling. Anna has lived in Copenhagen with her husband, Ashot, and her mother since 1994.





Hasmik Margaryan

Hasmik was born in Yerevan and graduated from the State Engineering University of Armenia in 1993 as a Mining Engineer. In 1995, she earned her Master's Degree and continued on for her PhD from the same University. Hasmik moved to Copenhagen and in 2000 began working in different municipalities as an Environmental Engineer. In 2012 she became a project manager at Tårnbyforsyning A/S. Projects working with the water supply, district heating supply and sewer utilities systems.

Hasmik is married and has two boys, aged 6 and 14 years. Her sister lives in Yerevan, so she travels to Armenia frequently.





Lusine Nazaryan

Lusine was born and raised in Yerevan, Armenia. She graduated with her Master's Degree from the Faculty of Biology of Yerevan State University. After graduating, she began working at the Center of Medical Genetics (Yerevan, Armenia) and was there for five years as a clinical cytogeneticist for detecting and analyzing hereditary diseases and abnormalities. In 2008 Lusine was admitted to Copenhagen University to perform her PhD project in Medical Genetics, where she specialized in high resolution next-generation sequencing technologies. These have very broad applications in genetic studies and diagnostics. She earned her PhD and is currently working at the Kennedy Center (Rigshospitalet, Copenhagen University Hospital, Copenhagen, Denmark) as a Post Doctoral researcher.

Lusine is also actively involved in the Copenhagen International Christian Community, where she volunteers as a small group leader and as a teacher in the Children's Sunday School. She also supports Kiteng African Charity organization in providing primary school education for children in Uganda, as well as in Madagascar.

Lusine's parents and sisters live in Yerevan and she visits them three times a year to spend her Christmas, Easter and summer holidays in a warm Armenian family environment.