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As we mentioned in our previous post, Steve Denne, and Pietro Turilli, are traveling throughout Armenia this week. We'll be sharing some updates about their project visits and the groundwork they're laying for the expansion of our anti-hunger initiatives there. In the meantime, we thought we'd introduce you to our Armenia team.

Front row, from left to right: Anahit Ghazanchyan, Steve Denne, Pietro Turilli. Back row, from left to right: Vahe Sardaryan, Mariam Asoyan, Emma Sargsyan, Liana Hayrapetyan, Knarine Ghazanchyan, and Aram Petrosyan 

Meet the Armenia Leadership Team

Anahit Ghazanchyan, Country Director

Anahit Ghazanchyan holds a Master’s in Public Health (1997). She is also a Candidate of Sciences in Molecular Biology (1988). Anahit was a founder of People for a Healthy Lifestyle NGO (PHL), the first Heifer Partner in Armenia and the South Caucasus. For seven years Anahit served as Program Advisor and then Program Director at UMCOR Armenia. She has been board member of ArmECLOF Foundation, representing Armenian Apostolic Church, then Heifer Armenia.

Since 1999, Anahit has been an official representative of Heifer International in the Caucasus, first as a volunteer and project holder, then as a Regional Director for the South Caucasus. Anahit is a recognized specialist in leadership and management in community development, program development & fundraising, planning & evaluation, and social marketing and strategic mobilization.

Mariam Asoyan, Finance Manager

Mariam Asoyan graduated State Engineering University of Armenia, the Faculty of Sociology. Mariam holds a master’s (MBA) in finance and accounting from American University of Armenia. She is an ACCA (Association of Chartered Certified Accountants) affiliate and member of the Association of Accountants and Auditors of Armenia.

Before joining Heifer Armenia, Mariam has worked in ICAS Representative Office in Armenia for a USAID project on Accounting Reform and Development in Armenia as an Audit Manager. Mariam joined Heifer Armenia as Chief Accountant and became the Finance Manager in July 2007.

Vahe Sardaryan, Program Manager

Vahe Sardaryan has graduated from the Agricultural Academy of Armenia, the Veterinary Faculty. For four years he has been working as a veterinarian in the Gugark Region State Veterinary Service Center and a private large stock breeding farm. In 2005 he joined Heifer Armenia - first as Program Assistant, then Program Coordinator. In 2005-2006 he was engaged in EAAP training activities for young specialists in CIS countries. Since 2007 Vahe is Program Manager at Heifer Armenia.

Heifer Armenia operates the reliable and valid systems for administration, trainings, program implementation, monitoring and evaluation. Its working principles and clear policies and well-established procedures allow the program to grow to help more and more families to build sustainable and prosperous livelihoods.


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