The Team

Gurgen Balasanyan

Senior Operations Manager
As a co-founder of one of the largest non-profit youth groups in Armenia, Gurgen is passionate about helping children in the non-profit sector. While living in Gyumri, Armenia, one of Armenia’s poorest regions hit by the devastating earthquake of 1988, he was a key advocate in developing and shaping social policies on behalf of children and their families. In addition to being people-smart, Gurgen is also book-smart; he has earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Education, a Master’s Degree in Intercultural Learning, and a second Master’s Degree in Criminal Justice.

Haig Boyadjian

COAF Advisor
Haig Boyadjian first joined COAF in 2012, overseeing marketing and development efforts from Yerevan. He is currently based in Los Angeles and manages social media and donor relations for COAF, while engaged in raising the organization’s visibility on the West Coast. Haig is also involved with the Arpa Foundation for Film, Music & Art (AFFMA) which produces the annual Arpa International Film Festival. He led the social impact outreach for the film The Promise and is currently working on publicity campaigns for several films. Haig was head publicist to iconic entertainer Ed McMahon and has also worked for Universal Home Entertainment.

Anna Hakobyan

Director of Business Development
With over 15 years of experience in strategic planning and program management across a broad range of industries, Anna keeps everything running on budget, on time and on track. Having worked in North America, Latin America, Canada, Russia and Armenia with globally renowned clients such as the United Nations, Procter & Gamble, Bertelsmann and Levi’s, she defines the term “polyglot” and speaks English, French, Russian and Armenian. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Business, a Master’s in Public Administration along with PMP certification as well a and an incredibly impressive serve on the tennis court.

Irina Igitkhanyan

Project Manager – Arts and Culture
Irina has been initiating and implementing cultural projects for more than 10 years, ranging from modern art exhibitions to opera and concert productions. Her musical background combined with years of work with the diplomatic missions and extensive experience in creating a platform for international cooperation in the field of education, have significantly contributed to a creation of a network of talented people from a vast array of backgrounds. Unconditionally believes in the power of art to connect cultures and bring people of different origin and tradition together.

Gayane Selimyan

Manager of Development and Operations
Gayane grew up in Yerevan where she had an extensive experience across all aspects and channels of media production. She spent several years reporting on a broad range of national issues across Armenia and kept a close eye on government funds mismanagement in one of her online segments before going on to earn a Master’s Degree in Public Administration in Michigan and moving to New York City to join COAF’s mission. Puppies are her biggest weakness.

Nakhshun Afanesyan Social Work Subprogram Coordinator

Goharik Akelian English Project Assistant

Lusine Antonyan Health Subprogram Manager

Lianna Asoyan Social Work Subprogram Coordinator

Aghasi Babayan Driver, Procurement Assistant

Karen Balyan Driver in Lori Region

Marusya Bazinyan Support to Children with Speech Difficulties Subprogram Coordinator

Syuzanna Davtyan Special Education and Speech Therapy Specialist

Anahit Evoyan Media Relations Coordinator

Innesa Grigoryan Acting Executive Director

Meline Grigoryan Education Subprogram Coordinator

Tigran Grigoryan SMART and Lori Region IT Specialist

Anahit Hakobyan Programs Coordination Manager

Arsen Hakobyan IT Coordinator

Lilith Hakobyan Education Subprogram Coordinator

Marine Hakobyan Cleaning Lady

Shahane Halajyan SMART Initiative Director

Tamara Harutyunyan Psychological Support Subprogram Manager

Syuzanna Khachatryan English Projects Coordinator

Anahit Khurshudyan Finance and Administration Specialist, Cashier

Mariam Lachikyan Office Administrator

Manvel Makichyan Driver

Ashot Margaryan Business Development and External Relations Director

Krist Marukyan SMART and Lori Region Operations Director

Seda Mkhitaryan SMART and Lori Region Operations Coordinator

Tatevik Oganessian Documentarian

Lusine Sahakyan Health Subprogram Manager

Lusine Saghumyan Child and Family Support Program Manager

Edgar Sargsyan SMART Rooms Coordinator

Hasmik Sargsyan Marketing Coordinator

Hayk Sargsyan Procurement and Logistics Coordinator

Vigen Shirvanyan International Donor Relations Manager

Arthur Ter-Simonyan Consultant

Hermine Tovmasyan Chief Accountant

Anahit Vardanyan English Project Assistant

Razmik Vardanyan Driver, Logistician

Zhenya Zohrabyan COAF Representative in Armavir region and Programs Monitor in Armavir and Aragatsotn Regions