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:

Lorna Avedikian
President

Lorna is a Lebanese – Armenian citizen. She has spent several years in different countries, Lebanon, UAE (Dubai), and Germany. Lorna has an MBA in Entrepreneurship, and currently works in the business development and marketing. Lorna volunteered several times in Guinea, Africa and supported many unprivileged kids to gain a better education. Lorna speaks Arabic, English. French, German and Armenian. Lorna loves reading, travelling, and meeting new people. She believes kindness would lead the world to become a better place. Please do not hesitate to say hi or even connect with her on LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/lornaavedikian/

Jacqueline Papazian Gross

Jacqueline was born and raised in Boston, Massachusetts and has spent the last several years residing in Munich. She holds a master’s degree in biotechnology from Georgetown University. As a management consultant working in Switzerland and Germany, Jacqueline focuses on strategy development in the pharmaceutical and life sciences industries. She is a passionate advocate for underprivileged children and vigorously supports community development initiatives in rural areas.

Ani Shahmuradyan

Ani Shahmuradyan was born in Yerevan, lived in Russia, USA, Ukraine and for the last 3 years she resides in Munich, Germany. She holds an MBA from American University in Armenia and currently works as Product manager for a large automotive corporation in Germany.
She is the mother of a 1,5-year-old boy and is passionate about parenting. In 2011, she volunteered as a Sunday school teacher at Yerevan International Church. She loves children and believes that they are the future for us and our Armenia.

Nathan Thomas

Nathan Thomas is a native of North Carolina who is currently working in Regensburg, Germany. He graduated from West Point with a degree in history and Arabic focusing on the Greater Middle East in the 20th century. His interest in the Armenian Community began 17 years ago when two Armenian Pastors visited his house in North Carolina, and his church developed a strong partnership with their church in Yerevan. He was excited to discover a thriving Armenian Community when he traveled to Amman, Jordan, and to discover a community in Germany. He loves learning languages, running, and dancing!

Volunteers:

Mariami Manukian