Vladimir Avetissian


Russian businessman and philanthropist Vladimir Avetissian is best-known as deputy chairman of the RUSNANO board, where he oversees the Projects Management Center. Even in times of economic turmoil, when enterprises folded one after another, Avetissian managed to keep the businesses he managed out of bankruptcy. His family survived the Armenian Genocide thanks to the kindness of his great-granduncle, father Atanas. For Vladimir, gratitude is not merely a word — he is a generous philanthropist and supports a number of projects in Armenia, his ancestral homeland.  



Gariné and Norair Chahinian

Some voices cannot be silenced and some messages reach their addressees many years after they are sent. This is what happened to a young Brazilian architect and photographer of Armenian descent Norair Chahinian, who went on a journey to his homeland and discovered a message that awaited him at this ancestral home in Urfa for almost 100 years.
Brazilian Armenians receive a message sent 100 years ago

Marc Nichanian

Marc Nichanian has been a philosopher for 30 years. He writes in French, the language of his school years, in Armenian, which he had to learn all over again with great difficulty, and in English, which he picked up in the United States. Marc specializes in Germanic studies but considers himself primarily a “wandering teacher:” he has lectured on the Armenian language and literature in Paris, Vienna, Jerusalem, Los Angeles, New York, Beirut and, most recently, Istanbul.
French philosopher and author of “The Historiographic Perversion”

Pascal Manoukian

His life is filled with adventures of all kinds to the brim. As a journalist and documentary filmmaker, Pascal Manoukian, a grandchild of Armenian Genocide survivors, has traveled the world for decades. He has witnessed death on the front lines of history and mingled with people who are suffering around the globe.
French hot spot reporter with upheaval in his past

Brenda Vaneskeheian

Brenda Vaneskeheian, known by her stage name Bren Vaneske, is an Argentinian singer who has, in a short period of time, made great strides on the local musical underground scene. She performed at big festivals and opened for the legendary Argentinian band Attaque 77. In 2015, she released her album “Tiempo Real.” She claims to have inherited her proclivity and passion for the arts from her great-grandfather Avedis, an Armenian Genocide survivor.
Argentinean singer who never forgets her roots

Lucie Abdalian


Voted “best actress” at the Armenian National Cinema Awards and recipient of the Celeste Prize for contemporary art, Lucie Abdalian is a striking multi-dimensional artist. She is a person who is who she is because she loves what she does. Her current life as a worldly and free-spirited New Yorker, fascinated by humanity and culture, is more a result of happenstance than of a dogged desire to achieve fame. Despite the ugliness of war and forced migration she experienced in her youth, she has built a life around the beauty of art.


Michael Aram Wolohojian



Ruben Dishdishyan

If you live in Russia, you are bound to have seen the image of a majestic airship sliding against the backdrop of Mount Ararat – unless you don’t go to the movies and don’t own a television. This animation is the title sequence of all the movies produced or released for film or TV distribution by Central Partnership, the company founded by Ruben Dishdishyan.
Russian film producer brings Armenia to the screen

Jacky Nercessian

Abraham Jacky Nercessian is a French actor of Armenian origin. He considers his identity to be the fruit of his life’s journey. “When I am asked about my emotional nationality, I say I am an Armeno-Anatolo-Greek from Saint Etienne and Paris!” he says.
An Armeno-Anatolo-Greek actor from Saint Etienne

Antoine Agoudjian

Fifty-four year old adventurer and photographer Antoine Agoudjian has been roaming the Middle East and the Caucasus for 20 years, searching for subjects to photograph. In 2011, he became the first photographer to ever hold an exhibition in Turkey dedicated to the taboo subject of the Armenian Genocide.
French-Armenian photographer explores and documents memory


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