• AGBU appoints new European Board

AGBU appoints new European Board

26 March 2015

On March 1, AGBU President Berge Setrakian, appointed a new board for the organization’s European district, AGBU Europe.

The board of AGBU Europe has primary responsibility for the development of the European district of the organization. In the coming years, it is expected to steer the organization in order to better address the considerable challenges faced by the Armenian diasporas as well as by the population of Armenia in an uncertain world.

In recent years, AGBU Europe has in particular developed its programmes aimed at empowering young professionals and youth in Europe’s Armenian communities, it has developed a capability in public affairs, particularly at EU level, and has pioneered work with civil society in Turkey for the commemoration and acknowledgement toward the recognition of the Armenian genocide.


The members of the board of AGBU Europe are as follows:

Alexis Govciyan (France), President

Nicolas Tavitian (Belgium), Director



Gor Abgaryan (Spain)

Astrid Alexanian (Austria)

Tigran Avagyan (Ukraine)

Camilio Azzouz-Kiwanian (United Kingdom)

Edgar Broyan  (Poland)

Anahit Dasseux-Ter Mesropian  (France)

Raffi Der Hagopian (France)

Haik Garabedian  (Bulgaria)

Krikor Istanboulli (Italy)

Annie Jafalian (France)

Vanessa Ketchedjian (France)

Gueguel Khachadourian (Italy)

Hrant Kostanyan (Brussels)

Karen Navoyan (Germany)

Valentina Poghosyan (United Kingdom)

Seta Zadikian (Bulgaria)

Nadia Gordzounian (France)


Board members serve a 2-year mandate. The board of AGBU Europe has a key role to play in facilitating the work of, and coordination between the organization’s chapters in Europe. As such, it will work closely with the leadership of the organization in each country.

Said AGBU Europe President Alexis Govciyan: “The board of the organization has done some tremendous work during its mandate. We can take pride in the competence and dedication of the outgoing team.” Govciyan underlined the rise of a new generation in the organization, which the composition of the board fully relects: “it is important that the board should reflect not only the many countries where the organization is present, but also the range of generations and professions”.

AGBU Europe is the European district of the international Armenian organization AGBU. Established in 1906, AGBU (www.agbu.org) is the world’s largest non-profit Armenian organization. Headquartered in New York City, AGBU preserves and promotes the Armenian identity and heritage through educational, cultural and humanitarian programs, annually touching the lives of some 400,000 Armenians around the world. AGBU Europe runs numerous programmes in fields relating to academic research, the preservation and promotion of architectural heritage, education and culture as well as awareness raising.