SOAR - Bogota Chapter

Bogota joined the SOAR family in July 2015. “Armenia” is a medium-sized city located between Bogota, Medellin, and Cali, the three largest cities in Colombia. The city was founded on October 14, 1889, by Jesus Maria Ocampo, also knows as “Tigrero” (translates to “tiger killer”) due to his love of hunting tigers. The city was originally called Villa Holguin, in honor of Carlos Holguin Mallarino, the then President of the country. The name was changed to Armenia in memory of the Armenian people murdered in the Ottoman Turkish Hamidian Massacres of 1894-1897 and later the Armenian Genocide of 1915-23. Approximately 100 Armenians live in Armenia and Bogota today.

BOARD OF DIRECTORS:

Anahit Galstyan
President

Anahit was born in Yerevan, but lived most of her life in London. Her career in non-profit management and development has taken her all around the world, including to Ecuador, Armenia, Kosovo, Colombia, El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras.

Anahit spent a period of five years living and working in Armenia, where she worked with some of the most innovative organisations including TUMO Center for Creative Technologies, and more recently ONEArmenia, for which she ran operations as the Country Director in 2015-2017.

Since leaving Armenia in late 2017, Anahit has been working in the humanitarian sector with a landmine clearance charity to which she is bringing her insights on development and sustainability. She is currently based in Bogota working on Armed Violence Reduction projects in El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras.

Anahit is completely fluent in both English and Armenian, and is working towards proficiency in Spanish. She has a mild obsession with dogs and can be seen taking selfies the world over with dogs both known and unknown to her.