Armenia Fund Welcomes New Interim Executive Director

LOS ANGELES–Armenia Fund US Western Region welcomed newly appointed Acting Executive Director of "Hayastan" All-Armenian Fund (Armenia Fund International), Ara Vardanyan.

The previous Executive Director, Mr. Vahe Aghabegians resigned in June 2008 after serving one year in that position. According to the June 26, 2008 decision of the Presidium of the Board of Trustees of Armenia Fund, Vardanyan will lead the Executive Office of "Hayastan" All-Armenian Fund (Yerevan) as the interim chief executive for 90 days, until a new Executive Director is appointed.

Born on December 16, 1977 in Yerevan, Vardanyan attended Chekhov Secondary School from 1984-1993. In 1993 Vardanyan relocated to the United States where he completed his secondary education at Winterset High School in Winterset, Iowa.

From 1994 to 1999, he continued his studies at the Yerevan State Institute of Foreign Languages and received a joint Bachelor and Master of Arts degrees in Political Science and English Language.

In 1994, while completing his advanced studies, Vardanyan joined Arminpex Bank’s Lending and International Department. In 1995, he was appointed Executive Secretary at Sayboly International Co. In 1996, Vardanyan was appointed Deputy Director at the Organization of Technical Assistance of Armenia.

In 2000-2002, Vardanyan worked at the Department of Cooperation with International Organizations at the Ministry of Trade and Economic Development (Armenia) working closely with the World Bank, USAID, UN and others. In 2002, he was appointed by the Minister of Trade to head the ministry’s European Commission Cooperation division within the Department of World Trade Organization (WTO) and the European Union (EU), concentrating chiefly on the accession of the Republic of Armenia into the World Trade Organization.

In 2004, Vardanyan was appointed as the head of the Foreign Affairs Division of "Hayastan" All-Armenian Fund responsible for coordinating the activity of its 19 affiliates around the world.

In May of 2006, Armenia Fund’s International Board of Trustees appointed Mr. Vardanyan as the Deputy Executive Director of "Hayastan" All-Armenian Fund. He is married and has two children.

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