Born in the US, Timothy Straight has spent most of his life outside that country, in Norway for nearly two decades and in Armenia since 2000. After serving in Bosnia as leader of the Norwegian Peoples Aid office during the war, he came to Armenia and headed the Norwegian Refugee Council. He has and continues to design toys and handicrafts with Asian and Armenian craftspeople. He has served as the Norwegian Honorary Consul to Armenia since 2000 and the Finnish Honorary Consul since 2005. He was knighted by the King of Norway on September 6, 2010.
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