SOAR - Berlin Chapter
SOAR-Berlin joined the SOAR family in May 2013. Like much of the Armenian Diaspora, most Armenians immigrated to Germany after the Armenian Genocide of 1915. After the Second World War, many Soviet Armenians, former prisoners of war, fled to the American occupied areas of Germany. The first Armenian organization in Germany was the Armenian Colony of Berlin, established in 1923. By the mid-1980s, multiple Armenian associations were established in Berlin, Cologne, Frankfurt, Hamburg, Munich, and Stuttgart. There are more than 30,000 naturalized Armenians living in Germany today.
BOARD OF DIRECTORS:
Originally from Yerevan, Annie currently lives in Walldorf, Germany, working at SAP SE – a German Multinational Software Company. She married and moved to Sweden in 2020, later moving to Germany with her husband.
Annie has been a volunteer with SOAR since 2015. She is fluent in Armenian, Russian, English, and Swedish, and is currently learning German.
Haig Ghokassian was born to a German mother and a Lebanese Armenian Father. Stories of the Armenian Genocide were very close to home, his grandfather having arrived in Lebanon on foot as a mere child. Haig was born and raised in Lebanon and moved to Germany in 1996 where he received his degree in industrial chemistry (Leather Engineering). A passionate entrepreneur, he later moved back to Lebanon to run and develop a family trading business with his father, established a successful retail outlet, and earned his MBA from Université du Québec à Montréal. Haig currently resides in Singapore with his family, where he has been working in the Oil & Gas and Energy sector for the past three years.
Ruzanna was born and raised in Armenia and moved to Germany just recently. Her professional study evolved in the State Engineering University of Armenia. In 2003 Ruzanna received her Bachelor’s degree, earning her diploma with honors. She earned her Master’s degree in the Computer Science field in 2005. The last eight years Ruzanna has worked in the project/product management field. She speaks Armenian, Russian, and English fluently.
Dr. Martin Khojoyan
Dr. Martin Khojoyan was born in Gyumri (Armenia). He is a physicist, obtaining his PhD and Masters degree from the Physics Institute and the State University (Yerevan, Armenia). For several years he worked as a post-doctorate researcher in Germany and France.
Martin is fluent in Armenian, English, and Russian, and also speaks German. Dr. Khojoyan is also a professional chess player.
Albert is a Master’s student in Computer Sciences and a research fellow at Free University of Berlin. His research expertise lies in the area of Machine Learning. His other academic interests are centered around philosophy, particularly ethical philosophy and critical thinking. In the last few years he has worked and specialized in Deep Learning networks and algorithms. He is fluent in Armenian, English, German, Russian, Python and PyTorch.
Albert feels honored for joining the SOAR team and having a contribution in the Cultural Exchange Program, Female Empowerment Program, and the Digital Literacy and Coding Program.