SOAR-Munich joined the SOAR family in January 2014. Like much of the Armenian Diaspora, most Armenians immigrated to Germany after the Armenian Genocide of 1915. After the Second World War, many Soviet Armenians, former prisoners of war, fled to the American occupied areas of Germany. The first Armenian organization in Germany was the Armenian Colony of Berlin, established in 1923. By the mid-1980s, multiple Armenian associations were established in Berlin, Cologne, Frankfurt, Hamburg, Munich, and Stuttgart. There are more than 30,000 naturalized Armenians living in Germany today.

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Board of Directors:

Nune Hovhannisyan

Nune was born and raised in Armenia and moved to Germany in 2014. She holds a Master’s degree in Linguistics (Major - English Language Teacher) from Armenian State Pedagogical University after Kh. Abovyan and Certificates on Entrepreneurship and Management in which she is currently specializing. By now she has worked on a range of projects, research and studies that aimed at economic, regional development of Armenia as well as awareness raising activities aimed at women and vulnerable groups in regions of Armenia to boost awareness on existing opportunities and exercise choice. Nune speaks also English, Russian and German. By joining SOAR and its mission Nune believes it’s the best way to make the change she wants to see in those lives.

Artak Begnazaryan

Artak was born in Hrazdan, Armenia. He graduated with a MS Degree in Computer Science from Yerevan State University. Artak has worked at Instigate CJSC and later at Synopsys in Armenia. At the end of 2013, he moved to Ulm, Germany and now is working at BMW Car IT GmbH as a Software Engineer. He enjoys traveling and skiing.

Diana Papyan

Diana was born and raised in Yerevan, Armenia. She attended Armenian National Lycee after Anania Shirakatsy which gave her a good start on her professional career. Later, she earned her Bachelor's Degree of Applied Mathematics and Informatics at the State Engineering University of Armenia. To gain practical knowledge, Diana worked one year as a developer in Scopic Software. Currently, she is working on her Master's Degree of Informatics at the Technical University of Munich.