SOAR - Frankfurt/Bonn

SOAR-Frankfurt/Bonn joined the SOAR family in January 2014. 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:

Annie Marcaryan
President

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.

Elen Sargsyan
Vice President

Elen was born and grew up in Russia, originally coming from the North Caucasus region but lived for 12 years in Moscow. Last year graduated from two universities in Stavropol with bachelor degrees in Linguistics and Tourism management.  She also studied as an exchange student at Wageningen UR in the Netherlands for one year.  For the last three years, Elen has been working as a customer relations manager at a New Zealand student recruiting agency. In autumn 2019 she began her Master in International Master with focus in Finance and Marketing at Hochschule Mainz. Elen is currently based in Mainz and finishing her second semester.

Arman Arshakyan

After graduating with honors in 2014 from Yerevan State University with his BSc Degree in Economics, Arman moved to Germany for his Masters Degree at the University of Mannheim. The core area of his studies is financial markets. During his studies Arman worked for a German company in the Finance and Accounting departments. Currently he is a trainee in Portfolio Management at BIL bank in Luxembourg, specializing in quantitative and fundamental analysis in equities.

Gor Gabuzyan

Gor was born and raised in Yerevan, Armenia. He obtained his Master’s Degree in economics from Moscow State University of Economics, Statistics and Informatics. He currently pursues a membership in the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants. Since 2008, Gor has been working in financial institutions; first at HSBC Bank and than at ProCredit Bank in Armenia. In 2015 he was invited to join the Group Financial Risk Management team at Frankfurt based ProCredit Holding.

Arman Zhamharyan

Arman Zhamharyan was born in Yerevan, Armenia. He obtained his Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration with honors from the American University of Armenia (AUA) in 2018. The same year he moved to Frankfurt, Germany to pursue his Master’s degree. Currently he is enrolled in his last semester of the MS in Money and Finance of the Johann Wolfgang Goethe-University of Frankfurt.