YEREVAN (Combined Sources)–California-Armenian businessman, who has been residing in Armenia for years and serving as a foreign ministry advisor Tuesday was named the new executive director of the Hayastan All Armenia Fund during the organization’s annual board meeting, confirmed the Armenia Fund office in Los Angeles.
Vahe Aghabekian will replace the current director Naira Melkoumian, the former foreign minister of the Nagorno-Karabakh Republic.
The annual Board of Trustees meeting began in Armenia Tuesday and marked the 15th anniversary of the Fund’s establishment. The plenary session was inaugurated by a prayer from His Holiness Karekin II, the Catholicos of All Armenia’s and was presided over by President Robert Kocharian.
After recognizing the memory of former Prime Minister Andranik Markarian and benefactor Varoujan Domanian with a moment of silence, National Assembly Speaker Tigran Torosyan and Prime Minister Serge Sarkisian were elected members of the board.
President Kocharian presented several individuals for their continued support of the fund with the Anania Shirakatsi medal to Albert Poghosyan (Switzerland), Jean Poghosyan (Belgium), Vahe Chatmadaryan (France), Gevorg Torosyan (US), Mkrtich Mkrtchyan (Canada), Armine Karapet (Great Britain), Albert Boyajyan, Jorge Varkharunyan (Argentina) and Michelle Bazumyan (France). Presidential diplomas were awarded to a number of supporters from Diaspora.
In his remarks, Kocharian said the fund had launched its activities simultaneously with the establishment of Armenia’s statehood. He added that during the past 15 years the Fund proved that it was a national asset the most representative body.
“I’m proud to be not only the President of the Board of Trustees, but also an active member, in general. I think everyone should have this feeling of pride. A lot of work has been done,” the President concluded.
A video presentation chronicled the fund’s 2006 activities.