ANUY Board

Our Board is composed of high profile leaders and professionals to bring their valuable experience and expertise to the strategy and policy making leadership of the Armenian National Union of YMCAs.



Ararat Harutyunyan, President

Ararat Harutyunyan has been the Vice-President of Gyumri Economic Consulting Society since 1997. Since 1998 he has been the President of Union of Accountants and Financiers of Gyumri NGO. In 2006-2010 Ararat worked in Gyumri Information Technology Center as the chief accountant. Since 2009 till now he has been employed in Gyumri Commercial Center LLC as a chief accountant. In 2001-2007 was the ANU Y Board treasurer. In 2014 he was re-elected in the ANU Y Board and was assigned to be the Board Chairman.



Maria Vardanyan, Board Treasurer

Maria has a long-term YMCA background. She has been a volunteer and leader in Yerevan YMCA for more than 10 years. She has taken part in various YMCA events, trainings and camps both in Armenia and abroad. She has been employed in “VTB” Bank Armenia since 2009 first as a Financial Consultant and now as a Product Leader in Retails Business Development Department. She is a graduate with honors of Armenian State University of Economics, Faculty of General Economics - World Economy Department.




Mary Sargsyan, Recording secretary

Mary’s professional skills involve project cycle (analysis, planning and implementation) management, coordination and facilitation skills, moderation of planning workshops and discussions, interdisciplinary and intercultural teamwork, communication skills and networking. Mary has a long-term working experience in the NGO sector. She has been working for GIZ Armenia since March 2012 as an Advisor for Local Governance in South Caucasus Programme. She worked for “Syunk” NGO in Yeghegnadzor in 2001-2007 as an English Language teacher, later on as a Programme Manager and in 2009-2012 as an Advisor for Development projects and in Center for Agribusiness and Rural Development Foundation Armenia as a Project Coordinator. Mary has a qualification of a philologist and has received her Master’s Degree in Social Sciences with the qualification of a Development Planner in Germany.

Stepan Shoyan


Stepan has a professional background in working with various partnering organizations, NGOs and governmental organizations, coordinating the community business development activities of American professionals working in Armenia. He has a rich experience in conducting trainings on Project Design and Management, Staff Motivation, Conflict Management, Business Etiquette, Negotiation Skills, Stress Management, Leadership, Monitoring and Evaluation. Stepan has been employed in US Peace Corps Armenia since 2006 as a Language and Cultural Facilitator in 2006-2007 and afterwards in 2007 up to present as a Programme Manager of Community and Youth Development Programme. At the same time Stepan is the local Project Advisory Committee member in Gyumri Youth Initiative Center. His earlier experience includes Marketing Manager’s position in working in Dilijan Frolova Balka Mineral Water factory and Administrative Director’s position for Special Olympics Armenia. Stepan has participated in many trainings and conferences, has received numerous awards and certificates. He is also an author of several publications.

Vahan Arakelyan


Vahan has been “Spitak- Farmer” Association NGO Chairman since 1999 up to present. Simultaneously since 2011 he has also been the UN WFP Armenia Programme Monitor. Vahan has been working for the UN WFP since 2000. Before that he worked for “Spitak” Agricultural Scientific State Enterprise in 1993-1995 and from 1995-2000 headed the organization. In 2000-2008 Vahan worked for FFT Programme holding different positions and in 2009-2010 he became the UN WFP Projects Programme Manager. He is a graduate of Armenian State Agricultural Academy with the qualifications of an engineer and an economist.


Misak Ter-Simonyan


Misak is the Spitak store manager of “Orange Armenia” CJSC “Spitak” branch. From May, 2009- March, 2010 he worked as a Regional Development officer of the same branch. He is a graduate of Armenian State University of Economics, Department of Management.







MariaArtur Papyan

Artur Papyan works as a website editor / internet journalist for the Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty's Armenian service. He is also a visiting professor at the Russian – Armenian (Slavonic) University, where he teaches online media and technology related subjects. Artur frequently freelances as a media and technology consultant and trainer. Before working for RFE/RL Artur has worked as the Armenian country coordinator for the London based Media Diversity Institute. Earlier work experience includes the US Peace Corps, World Vision Armenia as well as YMCA Ozone.




Robert.jpgSos Nazaryan

After the army service in 2006-2008 Sos graduated from Vanadzor State Teachers’ Training University with the qualification of a Bachelor psychologist-pedagogue. He has been employed in the Basic College of Vanadzor State University after Z. Gevorgyan as a psychologist. Sos has been volunteering in Vanadzor YMCA since 2009. He has been actively involved in all the events organized in Vanadzor YMCA. He has been assisting the TenSing Program leader in staging dramas. Since 2011 Sos has been involved in TenSing camps held jointly by YMCA and World Vision in Aramyan Campsite. He has participated in “STOP POVERTY” Project in Norway and in theYMCA Europe festival in Czech Republic.