Association pour l'aide des Orphelins Arméniens

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

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.

Margarita Abrahamyan Margarita Abrahamyan

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Albert AvagyanAlbert Avagyan

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Narine BalasbekyanNarine Balasbekyan

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Tatyana BelyavtsevaTatyana Belyavtseva

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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."

David GevorgyanDavid Gevorgyan

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Anna KhizantsyanAnna Khizantsyan

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Karina KhizantsyanKarina Khizantsyan

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Dr. Martin Khojoyan

Dr. Martin Khojoyan, born in Gyumri (Armenia), is a physicist, obtaining his PhD and Masters degree from the Physics Institute and the State University (Yerevan, Armenia). For several years he worked as a post-doctorate researcher in Germany and France. Presently, he is a scientific researcher in the Laboratory of Leprince - Ringuet (LLR) at the Ecole Polytechnique (Palaiseau, France).

Martin is fluent in Armenian, English, Russian and also speaks German. Not only is he a professional chess player, but Martin is highly interested in helping those in need, in particular those who are still living in the crisis zones, such as the city of Gyumri.

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.

Nara Matinyan

Nara Matinyan is a PMP-certified project manager with a Master of Mass Communication degree from Louisiana State University. She has previously worked for the US governmental aid programs in Armenia, and did a project management work for a design and communication agency in the US. Nara was born and raised in Vanadzor, Armenia. She currently resides in Paris with her husband, and two daughters.

Arevik Musaelyan

Arevik Musaelyan is originally from and lives in Stepanakert, Artsakh. She has a degree in Law from the local State University (Stepanakert, Artsakh/ Karabakh). She has been working as a Senior Specialist in the state Justice Department for many years. Arevik cares about children and humanitarian causes wholeheartedly and is eager to take action to make a difference.

She is fluent in Armenian and Russian and is in the process of advancing in English.

Marina PetrosyanMarina Petrosyan

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Wassim Skander

Wassim is a Tunisian chemistry engineer and a student atthe University Paris Sud. Helping other people, especially children that are suffering around the world, is his top priority. He has been an active member in different associations focussing on children in Tunisia such as “Association Tunisienne des villages d'enfants SOS” and “1enfant1espoir”. Protecting children, empowering youth, and strengthening families are his main objectives in life.

Wassim is fluent in French, English, Arabic, and Italian. He is in the process of learning Armenian.

Viken TakvorianViken 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. >