SOAR - Munich Chapter
SOAR-Munich 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:
Susanna Hayrapetyan, LL.B., MBA
Susanna Hayrapetyan earned a Bachelor Degree in Law from Yerevan State University, and is currently studying in EU Business School in Munich to get her MBA degree, from both EU Business School, Munich and the University of Roehampton, London. She has been working as a Human Resources Lawyer before moving to Germany. Susanna is passionate about bringing change and love, hence focuses on projects based on CSR policy, social entrepreneurship and philanthropy. At the age of 16, she co-founded and ruled a youth movement, called “Es Em” (in trans.”I am”), whose mission was to bring change to the city Kapan, Armenia and motivate, empower the youth. Taking the responsibility to join SOAR’s Munich team, Susanna is eager to continue bringing change.
Armine Khurshudyan is working as a office manager at a design company in Munich. She holds B.S. degree in Theory of Economy from the Armenian State University of Economy. After a year of working experience as a credit manager at VTB Bank Armenia, she made a very important decision to move to Germany and build a new career. Armine feels it is a great honor for her to be part of SOAR and bring her ideas to life.
Biayna was born in Iran and after graduating school at the age of 18, moved with her family to Armeniain in order to study at the Architecture University. During her Master’s study at Yerevan State University of Architecture and Construction , she received an offer from the Interior Design and Digital Faculty Dean to teach in this field. This opportunity brought her a wider view to think abour her future. Biayna was very passionate about finding ways to give students a deeper understanding of design finding new ways of thinking as wellas developing herself.
During this time she was also working successfully on design projects in Armenia with her sister, Erebouni Khachik, as a small creative team. They also tried several foreign competitions in the design field and won awards.
In 2015 to expand her experiences to another area of the world, and gather more innovative information for her future, Biayna moved to work toward her Master’s Degree in Architecture from Bauhaus University in Dessau. After graduating from the university she moved to Munich and started to work in one of the best design-architectural companies in Germany, Henn Architects. After gaining experience there, she and her sister are trying to create their own design firm in Munich.
Biayna would be very happy if she could use her experience to make the lives of SOAR children better.
Erebouni was born in Iran and at the age of 15 she moved with her family to Armenia. After graduating from high school she entered Yerevan State University of Architecture and Construction and received both her Bachelor and Master Degrees. Immediately after graduating fromthe University she started to teaching at the Architectural University in Interior and Digital Design Faculty for four continuous years. Erebouni was very passionate about teaching at the university and for her it was not only about design teaching but it was also about making fundamental thinking the way for students to bring more innovative ideas to life.
During this time Erebouni was also working successfully on design projects in Armenia with her sister, Biayna Khachik, as a small creative team. They also tried several foreign competitions in the design field and won awards. For better opportunities in her career, in 2014 she moved to Germany to earn her second Master’s Degree in Architecture from Bauhaus University in Dessau, while also working at an Architectural Company in Berlin.
After graduating from the university Erebouni moved to Munich and started working in one of the best design-architectural companies in Germany. After gaining experience there, she and her sister are trying to create their own design firm in Munich.
Erebouni is excited to help to make positive changes in the lives of SOAR children and contribute to the betterment of their futures.