Connecting Armenians through
culture, art, and achievement

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Meet the faces behind h-pem

Photo credit: Norayr Kasper, "Residues of a Slogan." Fotoistanbul 2015.
Our hands-on team—working behind the scenes

The world is our բեմ/p(/b)em—our platform! A platform based on inspiration from the rich tapestry of the Armenian world.

We immensely enjoy what we do: setting the scene for an Armenian cultural and artistic haven. We have had an amazing journey coming to where we are today. What binds us is Hamazkayin’s vision of a virtual platform to bring Armenians close to each other and our belief that the best work comes from genuine relationships.

Each of us takes pride in making this magic happen, bringing a unique set of thoughts, experiences, and knowledge to the project.

Here, we share our authentic selves…

Shahen Araboghlian

Program Manager

In life, I’ve come to realize that no culture should be left undiscovered and no country left unvisited. I’m particularly passionate about European/Eurasian linguistics and history, but living in a region like the Middle East, political and social consciousness is crucial. That is why studying at the Lebanese American University and Sciences Po Paris has been a blessing. Coordinating large-scale organizational tasks for projects, from Beirut to NYC, has helped me appreciate cross-cultural communication and dialogue, while representing certain entities at conferences in different regions has developed my management and research skills. Like any good millennial, I’ve grown up on Harry Potter books and Disney movies, and I still love them dearly! I enjoy wine tasting and try to be as vegetarian as possible, but sometimes manti and kofte are way too hard to ditch!

H-Pem can be anything you'd like it to be; a talent hub that could connect us outside of the vastly scattered world of social media, and perhaps a place where we can establish everlasting ties with fellow Armenians who live thousands of miles away through what we're best at: art, music, and uncovering hidden talents.