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Ambassadors

Introducing h-pem to the world

Photo credit: Norayr Kasper, "Residues of a Slogan." Fotoistanbul 2015.
The world can't wait to meet you
The stage is yours!

Join a network of enthusiastic volunteers who act as h-pem’s representatives. Engage with people from all walks of life and inspire them to explore Armenian culture in new ways. Appreciate what we offer and deeply believe in our mission?

Want to live a diverse Armenian experience while setting a positive stage for h-pem initiatives? We are giving you the ultimate stage to do so. Connect with like-minded people and help our platform radiate with new ideas and insights.

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Aline Naccachian

Beirut, Lebanon

Aline Naccachian

Vocalist, Garabala (folk acoustic band)

Swimming in the worlds of psychology and education, I’ve always had a soft spot for identity, culture, and cross-cultural differences. I grew up trying to understand what makes a person and consequently what makes a person “Armenian.” I've always been fascinated by wellness and the psychology of education, particularly implicit teaching or the “hidden curriculum” that forms individuals. This led me to pursue a career in educational psychology and school counseling.

When I’m not using my voice in the world of education or counseling, I use it in the world of music as the vocalist of Garabala (Beirut-based Armenian folk acoustic band) to tame another obsession of mine! Quality music, new countries, good books, and dark humor always manage to tickle my senses. "Procaffeinating" is a guilty pleasure of mine and I never say no to dark chocolate!

H-Pem is a transition from the psychology of preserving to a psychology of creating—where the Armenian identity is not only "what once was" but also "what can be"—a tool for cultural growth, rejuvenation, and activism.

Arpy Katrjian

Toronto, Canada

Arpy Katrjian

Designer, Karagusi

Parev! I’m Arpy, but some know me as Karagusi. My first language is Armenian and my second is Architecture. I love games, puzzles, riddles—basically anything that challenges my mind. If I’m not designing, you will probably find me talking about it; and if I’m not talking about it, then I’m definitely thinking about it! Thinking about design alone makes me go through multiple existential crises a day; I’m going through one while writing this: Like, do you think h-pem would let me choose what font my bio appears in?

I’m currently completing my Master of Architecture in Toronto. Besides architecture, I find joy in painting and graphic design, particularly around the subject of culture. Within the Armenian Diaspora, there’s a looming fear amongst each coming generation that the Armenian culture will be lost, beginning with the dissolution of the mother tongue. As a response to this struggle, I often find myself constructing art with the use of the Armenian alphabet repeated many times over.

H-Pem is a community of the cool and the creative. Breaking the rules is encouraged.

George Alexanian

Stepanakert, Artsakh

George Alexanian

Videographer; Vocalist, Voices of Artsakh

Hey there! I'm George, from the tiny capital of Stepanakert. You might've seen me in the music videos of Voices of Artsakh, but I'm much more than just that! Ever since I was a kid, I've had a passion for working in the media industry. Unfortunately, that passion was rarely ever supported or encouraged. As someone who is born in the post-war reconstruction phase of a non-recognized country, it was quite difficult for me to make it as a videographer.

Over the years, YouTube tutorials quickly became my best friend and I soon began vlogging out of my unknown homeland—Artsakh! Today, I do much more than just that; these days, I do the things little George could only dream of! I work in advertising with such brands as Sirusho's Pregomesh, I'm an assistant producer at Artsakh TV, and a member of the Creative Armenia Network alongside many talented Armenians around the world. Back in 2017, I was chosen as one of the official photographers of the Armenian delegation for the Junior Eurovision Song Contest. I may just be an 18-year-old high school senior, but I'm full of ambition and I'm always aiming high!

I believe in h-pem because I believe in the long-term preservation of Armenian culture, which should not only be experienced in our mother tongue but also by the non-Armenian speaking world.

Helena Bardakjian

Detroit, United States

Helena Bardakjian

Human Resources Generalist

If we have not met yet, my name is Helena. Born in LA and bred in Detroit by Armenian immigrants from Syria and Lebanon (by way of Marash and Aintab), my story is one of many Armenians in the diaspora, searching for “home” away from the homeland.

From Hamazkayin to AYF, ARS to AGBU and ANCA, I immerse myself in as many Armenian organizations as possible, with the hope of strengthening and uniting our vibrant diaspora for the next generation—our generation. I’m usually the youngest (and loudest) person in any room and never pass on an opportunity to use these skills for the greater good!

After my 9-5 business job, you can find me at any Armenian event, trying to bring together our bright and talented youth with our experienced elders. Sometimes, I do this through leading workshops and team-building exercises; other times, I will sing and dance in front of large crowds to break the proverbial ice. As a (not-so-hidden) theater nerd and lover of the arts, I am so excited that a platform like h-pem will use this aspect to engage young Armenians from across the world!

H-Pem is such a fun platform to engage with other Armenians and learn not only about our history in the past tense, but also about the history that we are creating now! It is a platform where I can find funny articles or inspiring stories to share with all of my friends— not just the Armenian ones. It is a place where my two worlds collide, but in the best possible way.

Kourken Papazian

Beirut, Lebanon

Kourken Papazian

TV/Film Major; Photographer

That’s me immersing myself in music, playing the Armenian shvi and harmonica, drawing, taking photographs, folk dancing (especially the “Yarkhushta”!), scouting, and organizing cultural events. I also have a couple of other obsessions, including managing several social media accounts at the same time!

Though it feels as though I graduated Djemaran (Hamazkayin’s Armenian Lyceum of Beirut) just yesterday, I will soon complete my BA in TV/Film at the Lebanese American University. My biggest (and almost only!) achievement so far has been a short video tackling the issue of violence against women. It won first prize in the competition organized by IWSAW. I was also the Director of Photography of Samer Beyhume’s “Maram,” a film about a refugee girl selling flowers in the streets. It participated in some 30 international festivals and won Best Documentary awards.

Fighting for freedom, equality, human rights (especially rights of minorities, oppressed peoples, and the poor and marginalized) and being proactive in helping the needy are my focus. My dream is to become a cinematographer and director contributing to efforts for achieving social change, both in Armenian and international contexts.

What do I love about h-pem? It will connect the Armenian youth of the diaspora and Armenia; it will give a chance to aspiring artists to present and promote their work; and through collaborations, it will encourage Armenian institutions and artists to join forces and promote Armenian culture. I believe in h-pem's mission. 

Garin Bedian

Chicago, United States

Garin Bedian

Software Engineer

I am the great-grandson of a pandukht (sojourner) trying to find my way home. Living outside of our homeland has made me conscious of the difficulties of maintaining a culture and helping it flourish in foreign lands. I grew up in the Midwest of the United States and I have always worked hard to keep Armenian as my primary language despite the dominating presence of English in our day-to-day lives. I'm always doing my best to incorporate Armenian into my conversations, even if it’s just making a “bad language pun” (վատ «բան» մը... See what I did there?).

I went to university and obtained a degree in computer science because I heard you could work remotely and thought: How great it will be to live in Armenia one day while working in the U.S.?

My pleasures in life include reading Zartonk-era poetry, old issues of Armenian newspapers, and traveling to different Armenian communities around the world. Armenian communities are so similar yet so diverse and h-pem will serve to highlight the breadth of our culture.

H-Pem is a means for resisting the perils of assimilation in the 21st century. Through this virtual platform, we can expand our understanding of and relationship with Armenian culture and move beyond mere preservation. H-Pem can be a place where we can further the reaches of our culture and allow it to thrive.