SOAR-Poland Chapter

Poland joined the SOAR family in October 2013. Armenians in Poland have an important presence going back to the 14th century. At the beginning of the 20th century, there were about 6,000 Armenians in Poland, living mostly in what is today Western Ukraine, with centers in Lviv, Ivano-Frankivsk, Berezhany, Lysets, Tlumach, and Snityn. Polish-Armenians were an integral part of the movement to restore Poland’s independence after the First World War. After suffering heavy losses in the Second World War, the Polish Armenian community suffered a second loss. The regions of Poland where Armenians were concentrated, like Eastern Galicia, were annexed into the Soviet Union at the Yalta Conference. As a result, the Polish Armenian community became dispersed across Poland. Many resettled in Krakow, Gliwice, Opole, Wroclaw, Poznan, Gdansk, and Warsaw. To combat this dispersion, Armenians began to form cultural associations. Additionally, the Armenian Catholic Church opened two parishes, in Gdansk and Gliwice. There are approximately 5,000 Armenians living in Poland today.

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Board of Directors:

Nazeli Aleksanyan

Nazeli has more than ten-years of professional experience in various areas ranging from NGO and Project/PR Management up to International Consulting and Financing. Having been the president, Founding and Board member of Women’s Business Society of Kapan NGO in Armenia she took initiatives enhancing Kapan women’s leadership and business role by equipping them with hands on skills and knowledge. She was one of the leading women of Syunik region of Armenia who founded Women’s resource centers in the southern region of Armenia with the support of the OSCE office in Yerevan, aiming at increasing women’s role in the society breaking stereotypes and creating a new role model of a woman in the region. Moreover, she supported promoting young people’s civic engagement in Kapan society by joining Civic Dialogues and Action 2009-2010 project of Jinishian Memorial foundation.

Her passion to help children and her dream to see only happy faces of children have been formed during her career in World Vision Armenia, an international charitable organization with the mission to support children all over the world through its sponsorship and other initiatives.

She is currently working in Atos IT Services Sp.z.o.o. in Poland.

Alexander Muravitski

Alex has over ten years of project and programme management experience in financial services and international development. He volunteered for a number of charity projects and community development initiatives, such as Belarussian Orphanage Project, Special Olympics World Games held in Ireland in 2004, and Anna Livia Community Radio Station in Dublin, Ireland. An international development enthusiast, Alex believes that there should be no place for poverty, hunger and insecurity in the modern world and it is the duty of the better off communities of come together to help the needy in sustainable ways.

Originally from Belarus, Alex has lived in Ireland and Armenia but is currently based in Warsaw, Poland where he works for an international financial institution in the capacity of Senior Project Manager. Alex holds a degree in Financial Services from the University College of Dublin and a postgraduate diploma in Development Management from the Open University, UK. He is currently pursuing his Masters of Development Management degree with the Open University.

Sona Aghayan

Sona earned her BS in Applied Mathematics and Informatics from Yerevan State University in 2001. In 2003 she earned her MS in Computer and Information Science from the American University of Armenia. Sona has worked as an assistant for a Java course and as an Instructor for a Database Development Course, while also working as a Technical Writer and Web Designer for Information Integration Group. Currently, Sona works as a software tester as Sagaydatska Inc and as a Technical Documentation Coordinator and Software Testing Assistant at Auditdata.

Sona speaks fluent English, Armenian, Russian, and has professional working proficiency in French. Even with such a busy schedule, Sona is looking forward to giving her time to SOAR and their wonderful cause.

Angelika Beglaryan

Angelika was born in Baku, Azerbaijan. She moved to Poland with her family at the age of six. She graduated from the Jegiellonian University in 2012 and received her master's degree in English Philology.

Angelika is excited to be part of this organization and hopes to be able to improve the lives of the Armenian orphans. She currently works as a recruiter for one of the major British recruitment companies in Poland.

Elena Khirunsteva

Elena Khiruntseva has a degree as a Specialist of Social-Cultural Service and Tourism from the Russian-Armenian (Slavonic) State University. She was also a Candidate of Science at the same university with a research topic of “Tour operator advertisement and media activities aimed for development of outbound tourism (on the sample of Armenian market of tour services)”.

Elena has worked in the tourism industry since 2007 and most recently has also become a lecturer on the subject. She also developed and implemented a “Tour operating” course for the Economics and Business department of the Russian-Armenian (Slavonic) State University.

Elena is fluent in Russian, English, and Armenian. She and her husband have recently relocated to Poland and she is happy to become part of the SOAR-Poland chapter.

Mariola Stanczyk-Chlebiej

Mariola Stanczyk-Chlebiej has an MA in History and completed postgraduate studies in the field of project management, sociotherapy and interpersonal communication.

She has more than ten years experience in project management, grants acquisition and training. Since 2007 she has been working for Faber Consulting LTD. Moreover she is currently a project manager in the Regional Development Foundation Prometheus which deals with the NGO's in Caucasus.

Mariola is a facilitator and an advisor to a few Georgian, Armenian and Russian NGO's and public institutions. For over 10 years she has prepared and implemented more then 70 projects in the following areas: education, culture, health, HR development, support for disadvantaged groups, support for unemployed people, development of infrastructure, energy efficiency, carbon management, GHG reduction projects, climate change mitigation projects, public security and the fight against terrorism, incubation and commercialization.

Privately she is an extremely happy mom of a 3 -year- old, Maksymilian.


Ela Janczur

Ela Janczur has a master degree in French philology and the second in marketing and management. Since 2000 she has been working for SOS Children's Villages, an international organization that provides a home for children who have lost their parents or are in danger of losing their parents.

She had been a national director of SOS Children’s Villages in Poland, and since 2010 she has worked in the International Office as a representative for Russia and Caucasus countries. She is a specialist in fundraising and organizational development.

In 1998 she adopted a boy from a Polish orphanage.