SOAR - Hamburg Chapter

SOAR-Hamburg joined the SOAR family in November 2015. 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:

Sharis Essayan
President

Sharis was born to an Armenian family in 1999 in Hamburg, Germany. As part of the Armenian Community in Hamburg, she has always valued and shown interest in her Armenian heritage and culture. She is currently working towards her bachelor’s degree in International Business and will continue with a master’s degree in the same study area. She gained international experience during a study abroad at the University of North Carolina Wilmington and is fluent in Armenian, German and English. She feels very honored for joining the SOAR team and is motivated to contribute to the Armenian community as much as she can.

Levon Gevorgyan

Levon was born in 1990 in Yerevan, Armenia. After receiving his BA Degree in International Relations from the Russian-Armenian (Slavonic) University, he moved to Bremen and graduated from “Hochschule Bremen: The University of Applied Sciences” and earned his Master’s Degree in European Studies. Currently, he is holding an internship at the Parliament of Hamburg as a minister’s assistant.

Vazgen Isoyan

Vazgen was born in 1986 in Armenia, the Lori region. He received his Master’s Degree in Computer Science from the State Engineering University of Armenia, the Synopsys Armenia Department. Currently, Vazgen lives in Hamburg and works at Goodgame Studios as a game developer.

Sevan Kupelian

Sevan was born to an Armenian family in 2000 in Hamburg, Germany. Before she started studying Business Administration, she gained international experience in New Zealand and Australia. She will receive her bachelor’s degree in 2023.

Sevan has always loved her Armenian culture and is proud to have the chance to help other Armenian people around the world.

Shushan Margaryan

Shushan was born in 1992 in Artashat, Armenia. She earned her Bachelor’s Degree from the Armenian State University of Economics in Human Resource Management. Currently, Shushan is working toward her Master’s Degree in Economics at the University of Hamburg.

Tatevik Taroyan

After her graduation from Armenian State University of Economics, Tatevik completed her Master’s Degree in Banking and Entrepreneurship with an UniCredit Scholarship. Currently she is working at Leuchtturm Gruppe in the Export department.

Lilya Zakaryan

Lilya was born to an Armenian family in 2001 in Hamburg, Germany. From an early age her family taught her Armenian culture, morals and traditions  and she valued it. She loves to tell non-Armenian about this. Lilya studies business administration with the competence fields Business Psychology and operative marketing. In 2023 she will receive her bachelor degree. In her free time – among others – she gives children extra lessons in school subjects.