AIWA Thrive

AIWA THRIVE shares the stories of individuals from around the world who are positively impacting our community as they lead with purpose.
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July 26, 2021

Anush Gharibyan O’Connor
Director Armenian Wines and Spirits Festival – GiniFest, Radio Host – Wine and Dine in LA

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July 12, 2021

Karma Ekmekji is a Mediation Advisor with UN Women. She is also a Senior Policy Fellow at the Issam Fares Institute for Public Policy and International Affairs at the American University of Beirut and the Lead Advisor on their Women, Peace and Security initiative.

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June 7, 2021

After earning an MSc in Clinical Criminology from University of Leicester, England, I returned to my birth home of Greece as a licensed psychologist-psychotherapist in Cognitive Psychotherapy.

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May 31, 2021

Artak Aloyan is a Certified Management Consultant Essentials, an international trainer in Strategic Planning, Leadership, Management, Business Communications, Personal Growth..

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May 27, 2021

Lusine Simonyan grew up in Armenia. She graduated from French University in Armenia getting her master’s degree in accounting and finance and is currently working as senior tax accountant in Los Angeles, California.

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May 24, 2021

Wandering in corporate management roles in marketing and investment banking, I ended up finding my true passion for building amazing products, companies and teams in tech industry.

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May 20, 2021

Linda Berberian is an Independent Journalist currently focusing on Armenia related stories. She is also a Corporate Communications and Staffing Director in the healthcare industry.

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May 17, 2021

Maria Akopyan is an intern at the Organization for World Peace, producing weekly articles on important international issues. A graduate from San Jose State University she has a degree in Political Science with a minor in Women’s Studies.

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May 13, 2021

I live and work in Glendale, CA where I serve as Vahe Kuzoyan’s Chief of Staff at ServiceTitan. In my role, I get to partner across multiple teams and customers to solve problems that generate value for both our customers and business.

Erebouni

May 10, 2021

Originally from the UK my background is in Business Development within the IT industry. After a number of years working with large tech firms such as Google, Apple and Microsoft, I wanted to make use of my experience to contribute in some small way to the future of Armenia.

Svetlana

May 06, 2021

Svet continues to perfect her skills and knowledge working toward a second master’s degree in Communication Studies while she is employed as the Interim Director for the MCCAM: Student Resources Center/EOP Satellite.

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May 03, 2021

Deena Ghazarian is an award-winning business executive with more than 25 years of experience driving top consumer technology and fashion brands. She is the CEO of technology accessories company Austere as well as a managing partner at TargetPath LLC.

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April 30, 2021

Promoter extraordinaire, Hasmik Movsisian, has revolutionized the Armenian music business by creating an international organization, and all from a Facebook group she created in October 2008.

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April 28, 2021

Ani Attamian is a strategic problem solver and coalition builder focused on business growth for global partners in industries ranging from technology, publishing, education, finance, retail, and consumer packaged goods, among others.

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April 26, 2021

As Chief Marketing Officer of SADA, Narine Galstian oversees global branding and marketing initiatives including corporate communications and public relations, channel and strategic alliances, conferences and events, solutions marketing and demand generation.

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April 23, 2021

Bared Maronian is a four time Regional Emmy® Award winning documentary filmmaker and an Armin T. Wegner Humanitarian Laureate with a bachelor’s degree in Political Science from Haigazian University and a graduate of the Broadcast Career Institute of Palm Beach, Florida.

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April 21, 2021

Arevik Ashkharoyan is a literary agent with 10 years of experience in publishing. In 2016, she established ARI Literary and Talent Agency, representing a dozen writers of Armenian origin from all over the world.

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April 19, 2021

Alexandra Narine Kaprielian is the Head of US Distribution for Takri Wines, the Head of Product Development for Kaprielian Enterprises Inc and the Founder of The Carbon Culture.

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April 16, 2021

Maria Sarkisian was born in Armenia during the Artsakh war in 1992. Due to the success in fundraising, Maria teamed up with Tatiana Armstrong, another Bay-Area native and KZV Alumni, and began their non-profit Miaseen which provides funding to families and individuals impacted by the war in Artsakh.

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April 14, 2021

Seda Papoyan is the founder and managing director of Girls in Tech Armenia chapter. She has 15+ years of experience in communication and project management with a specialty in non-profits, social entrepreneurship and fundraising.

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April 12, 2021

Tatiana der Avedissian is the Business Development Manager at World Ocean Initiative– Economist Group. Trustee and Vice President of Alkionides UK and Trustee and Advisor of the Armenian Institute.

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April 9, 2021

Teny Avakian is the CEO of a sports for social impact organization Girls of Armenia Leadership Soccer (GOALS) and resides full-time in Armenia.

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April 7, 2021

Emma Ohanian is the Media and Technology Consultant at FTI Consulting, Operations at Kooyrigs, Advisor at MIASEEN Inc., Advisor at Generation She.

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April 5, 2021

Sir Timothy David Straight is Honorary Consul of Finland in Armenia, Honorary Consul of Norway in Armenia, Founder and Executive Director of the Homeland Development Initiative Foundation and HDIF Trading LLC

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April 2, 2021

Lena Gasparyan, President, Armenian Cultural Association, South Australia. At the age of 26, Lena was elected the president of the Armenian Cultural Association of South Australia. She has served the community in this role from 2011-2015 and again from 2018-current, being the first female president since the 1960’s Armenian migration to South Australia and establishment of the community.

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April 1, 2021

Emma Mesrobian, is a dancer, choreographer and dance educator.  She “creates stories through movements” and turns non-dancers into dancers.

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April 30, 2020

Lusine Nadiryan was born and raised in Armenia, Yerevan and moved to USA when  at the age of 25. She graduated from Armenian State Pedagogical University after Khachatur Abovyan and earned her BA in Speech Therapy and Pathology.

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April 29, 2020

Carmen Antonian grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area where she went to school at the University of San Francisco earning a bachelor’s degree in business administration with an emphasis in international business and marketing.