SOAR - Bucharest Chapter

Bucharest joined the SOAR family in May 2019. In Bucharest, an Armenian presence was first recorded in the second half of the 14th century – most likely immigrants from the Balkans and from the area around Kamianets-Podilskyi. After the Armenian Genocide, Romania was the first state to officially provide political asylum to refugees from the area. In 1940, about 40,000 Armenians lived in Romania. Under communist rule, Armenians started to leave the country, and Nicolae Ceausescu’s regime eventually closed all Armenian schools. Since 1989, there has been an Armenian cultural and political revival in Romania. As of 2002, there were 1,780 Armenians living in Romania. There is one Armenian church in Bucharest on what is called Strada Armenească (“Armenian Street”). Beside the church is a two-story cultural center with the first floor being a library of Armenian books and the second floor a museum. The present community is being reinforced by Eastern Armenians immigrating from Armenia or by Armenian students coming to study in Romania.

BOARD OF DIRECTORS:

Julieta Ghazaryan
President

Julieta was born in Gyumri, Armenia and later moved to Yerevan, Armenia with her family. She received her Bachelor’s degree in Tourism and Service Management in 2014 and her Master’s degree in Public Relations in 2016 from Yerevan State University. Along with her studies,  Julieta was working at a tour company as a coordinator and tour guide, where she met most of her friends and discovered Armenia’s nature, history, and culture more deeply. Julieta is very interested in cross cultural communications and has participated in a few youth exchange projects organized in Georgia and Armenia by NGOs. In 2017,  she decided to take up a new challenge and went to Cyprus as an EVS volunteer, an EU funded project for youngsters. She lived there for 6 months with young people from different countries. They worked in a Youth Center in Nicosia, organizing events such as workshops on various topics, sport competitions, presentations about their cultures and cultural differences, etc. for the local youth and volunteers from other organizations. After this great experience Julieta went back to Yerevan and ventured into Human Resources, finding how much she enjoyed it, has stayed in that career path up to date. She moved to Bucharest in 2019 with her Romanian husband, whom she met during the project in Cyprus. Currently,  Julieta is working as a Global HR recruiter at an IT company in Bucharest.
She is very passionate about traveling, especially hiking, loves discovering new places, new cultures and meeting people from all over the world. Julieta’s native language is Armenian. She is fluent in English and Russian, and is currently learning Romanian.

Arthur Zakare Harutyunian

Arthur Zakare is currently doing his Master’s Degree in Media production at Babeș-Bolyai University in Cluj-Napoca, Romania. Arthur is a scholarship holder through the Programme between the Ministry of National Education of Romania and the Ministry of Education of Armenia. He got his Bachelor’s Degree in Journalism at the University of Sciences, Economy, and Law (USEL) in Yerevan, Armenia. He continued on to study Mobile Journalism in “Go Group Media” in Tbilisi, Georgia by being a member of the “Journalists for Peaceful Caucasus” project. Arthur Zakare has also earned numerous certificates in the areas of social and youth work, citizen journalism, environmental and human rights protection. He has held many positions in NGOs and Foundations locally and internationally working as a multimedia journalist, PR and communication specialist, project manager, youth worker, and trainer.

Arthur Zakare has a cross-cultural experience by being an international volunteer in Transylvania. He worked with youth and children by developing practical life competencies and abilities in social and linguistic skills. Arthur has done an internship in the “Helsinki Foundation for Human Rights” and its “Watch Docs” Human Rights Festival in Warsaw, Poland.

Arthur finds himself to be an explorative and curious Communication specialist, who has recently found his nature, a person consumed by wanderlust. He likes traveling, meeting new people and getting to know new cultures.

His native language is Armenian, but Arthur is also fluent in Russian, English, and Romanian.