SOAR - Sydney Chapter

Sydney joined the SOAR family in May 2015. Armenian Australians have become one of the key Armenian Diasporas around the world and among the largest in the English-speaking world. While the Armenian community in Australia is among the youngest of all Diasporas, Australia’s economic prosperity over the past decade has attracted a large number of skilled Armenian migrants. The influx of Armenians into Australia has come from many different Diaspora countries. The main concentration of Armenians in Sydney are in Ryde, Willoughby, and Warringah. Smaller communities exist in Adelaide, Brisbane and Perth. Australians of Armenian heritage are well known in Sydney and hold an annual festival each year which attracts over 25,000 visitors. Increasingly, Australians of Armenian heritage are being recognized for their success in politics, banking & finance, and law.

The oldest and largest Armenian Church in Australia and throughout the world is the Armenian Apostolic Church, led by Archbishop Haigazoun Najarian, the Primate of the Australian and New Zealand Armenian Apostolic churches. The Armenian Catholic community is led by Father Parsegh (Basil) Sousanian. There is also a presence of the Armenian Evangelical Church in Sydney and Melbourne, in addition to the Holy Trinity Armenian Brotherhood Church and the Armenian Evangelical Brethren Church, both in Sydney.

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Board of Directors:

Arman Abrahamyan

Arman was born in Yerevan, Armenia and lived and worked in Japan, Australia and the United States. He holds a Masters Degree in Applied Mathematics and a PhD in Experimental Psychology and is an author of numeros peer-reviewed scientific publications in the field of human visual perception and decision making. As a postdoctoral researcher, Arman worked at Stanford University in the US, RIKEN Brain Science Institute in Japan and Sydney University in Australia. He currently resides in Sydney and works in a startup where he builds machine learning models that aim to help children become better learners. In the past, Arman has served as a Vice-President of a not-for-profit Toastmasters' Club in Sydney as well as volunteered for numerous occasions to help others to become better leaders and public speakers. He is excited to join the SOAR and contribute to the Sydney Chapter by organizing fund raising and awareness campaigns.

Melanie Bakos

Melanie was born in Toronto, Canada and made the move to Australia in February 2015. She has acquired a Bachelor of Administrative Studies in Accounting from York University, as well as obtained her designation as a Chartered Accountant both in Canada and Australia. Her work experience includes providing assurance (audit and review), taxation and business advisory services across a variety of industries, with a significant focus on not for profit organisations. When she is not in the office, she enjoys reading biographies, practicing yoga, exploring the beautiful city of Sydney and attempting to perfect the art of surfing. She looks forward to working as a team with the Board and wider community in order to achieve the objectives of the SOAR Sydney!

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