OUR TEAM

The members of the team of Democracy Today (DT) are public leaders, scholars, activists, human rights professionals, researchers, trainers and volunteers who seek to invest in human rights protection and democracy.

Below you can see the brilliant members of our staff, as well as the exceptional members of our board of advisors.

OUR STAFF

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An international expert on human rights, anti-human trafficking, the former UN Special Rapporteur on contemporary forms of slavery

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Anna Ishkhanyan
Executive Director

Human rights and management specialists, guides and takes part the international and local projects and researches.

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Lusine Torosyan
Coordinator

Carries out coordination work, facilitating communication between project participants and other stakeholders.

Gulnara Shahinian
President/ Head of the Board

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Hasmik Edilyan
Expert/Trainer

Conducts training sessions on the issues related to trafficking in human beings

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Liana Torosyan
Media and communications manager

Responsible for all media relationships of the organization, including communication with local and international media

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Elmira Sargsyan
Accountant

Responsible for financial transactions, tax payments, monitoring of the budget expenditures and preparing financial reports

OUR BOARD OF ADVISORS

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AUDREY KALAJIAN

Human rights advocate, a supporter of the Boston-based activist collective, Zoravik. She worked on projects to facilitate and promote dialogue among women. Coordinated humanitarian aid, led fact-finding missions, documenting human rights violations.

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Two time Tony and Emmy Award winning actress, singer, author and comedian, philanthrope, human rights defender and exceptional women who dedicated huge part of her work to benevolent acts, taking care about the most vulnerable groups.

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JACKIE ABRAMIAN

PR, Social Media Marketing executive for global companies, consulting with social enterprises in the UK, Africa, Syria and Armenia, raising the visibility of social impact on marginalized and refugee populations. Philanthropist dedicated to defending human rights and women empowerment.

ANDREA MARTIN

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HEIDI MEINZOLT

European coordinator of Women’s International League for Peace (WILPF), coordinator of Gender Working Group of the Civic Solidarity Platform, Women’s Rights and Conflict Transformation specialist, UNSCR 1325 and CEDAW professional.

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JUDITH SARYAN

A high-level financial professional who worked with The Boston Globe, The International Herald-Tribune, Reuters, and The Wall Street Journal. Leaving her successful career she pursued her passion for literature and spearheaded the project to translate the works of Zabel Yesayan.

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CAROLANN NAJARIAN

Medical doctor, philanthropist, humanitarian, worked in Armenia and Artsakh delivering aid and providing care, sponsors human right lecture annually, recipient of Vachagan Barepashd award 2019 for consistent support shown to Artsakh and services rendered to the republic.