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Association pour l'aide des Orphelins Arméniens

paris@soar-us.org



Paris joined the SOAR family in December 2012. Armenians in France are ethnic Armenians living within the modern republic of France. Like much of the Armenian Diaspora, most Armenians immigrated to France after the Armenian Genocide of 1915. After the end of the First World War, many survivors, including orphans, lived in the French-occupied part of the Ottoman Empire, Cilicia, and the future French Mandate territories of Syria and Lebanon. When French troops retreated in 1921 behind the present-day Turkish-Syrian border, most Cilician Armenians fled and resettled in refugee camps in Alexandria, Aleppo, Ainjar, and Beirut. From there, entire families fled to France. The Armenian refugees and orphans crammed into Turkey, Egypt and Lebanon, arrived by the boatloads to Marseille and journeyed to the mines and factories around Marseille, Valence, Grenoble, Lyon, and Paris. There, a quarter of a million Armenians settled into tight little communities of between 2,000 and 4,000 people. The foundations of the Armenian community in France had been set. Today, Armenian classes are organized in many localities with full bilingual kindergartens and primary schools near Paris and Marseille attended by several thousand children and youths.


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Board of Directors:



Arevik Gevorgyan
President
agevorgyan@soar-us.org

Arevik is a PhD student specializing in "Complex Systems Engineering and Management" from Ecole Polytechnique (Palaiseau, France), the top engineering university, in collaboration with Alcatel-Lucent International. She holds a double Master Degree; her first specializing in"Information and Knowledge Systems Engineering and Management" from IAE de Paris (Institut d'Administration des Entreprises) and Université Paris I Panthéon - Sorbonne (Paris, France), her second specializing in "Strategic Management and Entrepreneurship" from the Université Paris II Panthéon - Assas (Paris, France). Arevik obtained her Diploma of Engineer/ Specialist (with Honors) specializing in IT Business Management from the European Regional Academy, Institut of Information and Telecommunication Technologies (Yerevan, Armenia).

Her experience is diverse, as an IT project and marketing manager, a consultant, an information systems/enterprise architect, a research engineer, and as a CEO in small, governmental and large international IT and telecom organizations in Yerevan and Paris.

Arevik is also a professional piano player, having performed at many official concerts. At the age of six, she was already performing concertos with orchestras and was accepted to the Central Music School of the Moscow Conservatory for talented children. Due to family circumstances, Arevik had to continue her study in Yerevan, where she graduated with honors from both the general and the 12 year-music schools.

Her native languages are Armenian and Russian, but Arevik is also fluent in English and French. She is passionate about innovation and science, entreprenership, humanitarian relief, spiritual progress, economic equilibrium, and world peace. Improving the educational and life conditions of Armenian children is one her dreams.

Arevik has volunteered in teaching, raising funds for the children of Artsakh, living in the suburban villages, children from the orphan houses in Yerevan. She desires to take action in a larger scope, while increasing global awareness and participation.



Hospice Dossou-Yovo

Hospice Ladislas Dossou-Yovo, is of Beninese nationality. Currently, he is a Master 2 student in the field of Data Science at Ecole Polytechnique (Palaiseau, Ile de France, France).

Fascinated by charities, Hospice is a member of the association "Partage",which means "Share", sponsoring an Egyptian child in need. His motto is: "The more love and sharing there is, the better the world will be."



Max KienitzMax Kienitz

Maximiliano Kienitz is a German Olympic weightlifter, athlete from Buenos Aires, Argentina. He is highly interested in humanitarian causes. He is fluent in German, English, Spanish, and Portugese.






Viken Takvorian

Viken Takvorian is French Lebanese, economist with a Master’s Degree in Economics – Monetary Policies, Banking and Finance, from Saint-Joseph University (Beirut- Lebanon) and an MBA in Active Portfolio Management from the Paris School of Business.

Since 2005 Viken has held a position as a Trade Finance Banker from Paris. He also launched, in 2014, a start-up company that provides tailor made IT solutions to its clients.

Viken has been active in various associations, including, Hamazkaine (Beirut), YP (Beirut) Association Saint Croix (Paris), Comité de la Veillées des Jeunes (Paris).

Viken is fluent in French, English, Arabic, and Armenian. He also speaks German, and is learning Russian. >