WWF-Armenia Team | WWF

Karen Manvelyan, PhD


Karen Manvelyan, Director © WWF
Karen Manvelyan joined WWF in May 2002. He graduated from Yerevan Zoo-Veterinary Institute and holds a PhD in animal physiology. Prior to joining WWF, he worked as a Head of Department of Biodiversity Conservation at the Institute of Botany as well as Scientific Director of the Yerevan Zoo.

Karen holds a Diploma in Endangered Species Management from the University of Kent and completed training courses on Endangered Species Management at Gerald Durrell Wildlife Conservation Trust and on Wetlands Management in Yerevan. He specialized in the conservation of endangered species of plants and animals, as well as protected area management.

E-mail: kmanvelyan@wwfcaucasus.org

Narine Mirakyan

Finance & Administrative Manager

Narine Mirakyan © WWF
Narine Mirakyan joined WWF-Armenia in 2008 as a Finance and Administrative Manager. She graduated from the college of Yerevan State Engineering University in 1999 with a major in chemical technologies and holds BSc in Economics from the State Engineering University. She also completed the accountancy training courses provided by International Accountancy Training Centre Educational Fund in 2005.

In the period of 1999-2007 she worked as an accountant at “Eurostan-Uyut” Ltd. and was awarded the letter of commendation. Prior to joining WWF Armenia she worked as an economist-accountant at a private audit & accounting company.

E-mail: nmirakyan@wwfcaucasus.org

Hermine Hakobyan

Partnership & Communications Manager

Hermine Hakobyan © WWF
Hermine Hakobyan joined WWF-Armenia in September 2015 as a Partnership and Communications Manager.

She has graduated from Economics faculty of Yerevan State University and holds a Ph.D. in Economics in the field of Marketing Management.  Before joining WWF, Hermine was the Execuitve Director of Persona Grata Advertising Agency. Prior to this, she worked for many years in Armenian Banking Sector (ProCredit Bank in Armenia and HSBC Bank Armenia). 

She also teaches PR and Communication courses at the university level. 

E-mail: hhakobyan@wwfcaucasus.org 

Hayk Tiraturyan

Fundraising & Partnership Manager

Hayk Tiraturyan © WWF
Hayk Tiraturyan joined WWF-Armenia in April, 2017 as a Fundraising and Partnership Manager. He graduated from the Yerevan State Linguistic University in 2005 specialized in English and Spanish languages.

In 2014 Hayk earned an MBA degree in Green Energy and Sustainable Businesses from Bologna Business School of the University of Bologna, Italy. As part of his MBA program he successfully completed a 10-month internship at TPeR (Trasporto Passeggeri Emilia-Romagna) which is one of the largest public transportation companies in Italy.
Prior to joining WWF-Armenia, Hayk has worked in the hospitality and IT industries as an account and project manager.

E-mail: htiraturyan@wwfcaucasus.org


Conservation Officer

Arsen Gasparyan © WWF
Arsen Gasparyan joined WWF-Armenia in 2016 as a Project Coordinator. In 2018 he was promoted to Conservation Officer position. He has graduated from Yerevan State University Faculty of Biology in 2010 and holds Master’s Degree. In the period of 2013-2016 he has completed his doctoral studies in the Freie Universität (Berlin, Germany) and currently holds Doctor of Science degree.

Prior joining our team, Arsen has been president of the Young Biologists Association NGO (2009-2016) and also worked at the Department of Botany of the Yerevan State University (2007-2012). He has also participated in the biennial training course of the Klaus Toepfer Fellowship programme for future leaders in nature conservation.

E-mail: agasparyan@wwfcaucasus.org

Arthur Alaverdyan

Forestry Officer

Arthur Alaverdyan © WWF
Arthur Alaverdyan joined WWF-Armenia in September 2009. In 2018 he was promoted to Forestry Officer. In 1999 he graduated from the Armenian Agrarian Academy forest department and got qualification as a forestry engineer. In 2004 he was awarded the academic degree of Doctor of Biology.

Prior to joining WWF he worked for the Institute of Botany of the National Academy of Sciences as a forest cultures engineer and for the Natural Recourses Management and Poverty Reduction Project Implementation Unit of the Ministry of Nature Protection as a local expert.

Since 2002 till now Arthur has been working for Yerevan State University Ijevan Branch as a Head of the Forestry Department.

E-mail: aalaverdyan@wwfcaucasus.org

Arman Kandaryan

GIS Officer

Arman Kandaryan © WWF
Arman Kandaryan joined WWF-Armenia in October 2013. Before joining WWF, Arman worked in Armenia Tree Project NGO as a GIS specialist. He also worked for Forest Research and Experimental Centre of the RA Ministry of Nature protection, as a cartographer and for the Center for Ecological-Noosphere Studies of the National Academy of Sciences of the Republic of Armenia as a junior researcher. Arman graduated from Yerevan State University in 1999, the Department of Geography.

E-mail: akandaryan@wwfcaucasus.org

Aram Martirosyan

Facility Officer

Aram Martirosyan, Office Manager © WWF
Aram Martirosyan joined WWF-Armenia in August 2007. He graduated from Yerevan Zoo-Veterinary Institute and has a specialty of veterinary surgeon and herpetologist.

Prior to joining WWF, he worked as a Head of Aquaterrarium at the Yerevan Zoo.

Aram is also working in WWF Armenia as a Project Local Coordinator in the implementation of different project activities.

E-mail: amartirosyan@wwfcaucasus.org

Tamara Shaboyan

Projects Administrator/HR Responsible

Tamara Shaboyan, Project coordinator © WWF
Tamara Shaboyan joined WWF-Armenia in November 2009. Before joining WWF, Tamara worked in «Khosrov Forest» State Reserve as a Specialist of International Affairs. She graduated from Yerevan State University in 2006, the Department of International Relations (Bachelor’s degree) and gained her Master’s degree in 2008. 

E-mail: tshaboyan@wwfcaucasus.org

Lilit Barseghyan


Lilit Barseghyan © WWF
Lilit Barseghyan joined WWF-Armenia as an accountant/cashier in 2010. She graduated from the Yerevan State College of Light Industry with the profession of an economist. Later in 2008 Lilit graduated from the Armenian branch of Moscow International Entrepreneurship Academy with the profession of World Economy.

Prior to joining WWF she worked for “Armenian Spiritual Music Center” SNCO as an Assessor-Treasurer. From 2006 to 2010 she worked as a chief accountant at the Biodiversity Conservation of Armenian Highland Foundation.

E-mail: lbarseghyan@wwfcaucasus.org

Vasil Ananyan

Project Coordinator

Vasil Ananyan © WWF
Vasil Ananyan joined WWF-Armenia in 2013. In 1994 he gained his Master's degree in Biology from Yerevan State University, Armenia and till 1996 he was involved in the Institute of Zoology and American University of Armenia (AUA) as a field and museum researcher during the production of “Field Guide to the Birds of Armenia” and “Handbook of the Birds of Armenia”. Later he studied conservation of raptors at Hawk Mountain Sanctuary (Pennsylvania, USA) and then worked as a freelance researcher. During 1998-2007 Vasil organized and guided the first international birdwatching tours in Armenia.

Before joining WWF he worked in Acopian Center for the Environment at AUA as a researcher and senior researcher (2000-2001, 2008-2012). Since 2005 he has been acting as an invited expert for inventory of avifauna in operating and envisaged Protected Areas of Armenia. Vasil provided consultations and completed a number of accounts on threatened species of birds and dragonflies for the second edition of “The Red Book of Animals of the Republic of Armenia” (2010).

E-mail: vananyan@wwfcaucasus.org

Alexander Malkhasyan

Wildlife Specialist

Alexander Malkhasyan © WWF
Alexander Malkhasyan joined WWF-Armenia in September 2002. Prior to joining WWF he worked as a preparatory at the Department of Botany of the Biological Faculty of Yerevan State University.

E-mail: amalkhasyan@wwfcaucasus.org