Founders and trustees

IMG_1057 Sos Sahakyan Businessman, benefactor, candidate of economical sciences, President of the Board of Trustees  of  Support to Javakheti Foundation  Sos Sahakyan was born in Damala in 1949. He graduated from  Yerevan State University specializing in economics. For nearly 20 years S. Sahakyan worked in different  agro-industrial spheres in Armenia. He was a professor at ASUE and ANAU. He worked in Moscow and Saint Petersburg for 5 years after the collapse of Soviet Union establishing his own business. He returned to Armenia in 1997 and founded his own business, where more than 1000 people are employed now. The products of his Factory of confectionery have entered markets of Armenia, Georgia, Russia, USA and other countries. He is a member of the Trade – Industrial Palace of Armenia and the head of Armenia – Georgia cooperation group. Sos Sahakayan has initiated and realized different  charity events, especially in Javakheti to  foster solutions of social, cultural and economic problems the local Armenians face. Due to his efforts several churches were reopened in Javakheti, art festivals devoted to prominent painters V. Surenyanc, V. Gayfechian took place in Akhaltsikhe, the union of Armenian writers was founded and is now successfully operating in Akhaltsikhe, music, dance and sport events are regularly organized in Javakheti, a fund aimed at solving different problems of Damala village, was opened. At the end of 2013, at Sos Sahakyan's direct initiative foundation ''Support to Javakhketi'' was founded in Yerevan, which consolidates intellectuals and entrepreneurs from around the world. The foundation has already a success story  in implementation of development programs in Javakheti. Colonel-General, advisor of the RA Defense Minister Gurgen Dalibaltayan is guest in Hayatsk press clubGurgen Dalibaltayan Colonel general, Co-founder of the Foundation Support to Javakheti (1926-2015) Gurgen Dalibaltayan was born on January 15, 1926,  in Mets Aragyal village, Bogdanovka region. He graduated from the Tbilisi Infantry College in 1947, Moscow based Military Academy after M. Frunszee in 1961, also took higher academic courses for commanders at the Military Academy of the General Staff of the Armed Forces of the USSR from 1976 to 1978. During 1947-87 he served in the Armed Forces of the USSR. Mr. Dalibaltayan had occupied a number of positions, among them commander of the 242nd Infantry Division of the Siberian Military District from 1969 to 1975. Outside of the USSR, he was Deputy Chief of Staff from 1975 to 1980 for the Southern Group of Forces in Budapest. Dalibaltayan held his final position starting in 1987 as Deputy Commander of the North Caucasus Military District for combat training in Rostov-na-Donu. In 1991, he left the Soviet Armed Forces prior to the fall of the Soviet Union.   Dalibaltayan was appointed Chief of Staff of the Defense Committee of the Council of Ministers of Armenia in 1991. Within the same year, he had been promoted to Chief of the General Staff of the Armenia and also became the first Deputy Defense Minister of Armenia. 1991-94 participated in the military planning of Nagorno Karabakh defense and liberation combat operations, led the  opening of humanitarian corridors of Shushi and Lachin, neutralizing armed positions of Kelbajar. He was awarded with the Order of the Combat Cross, 1st degree (1998), Medal "For Distinguished Service", 1st class, Order of the Combat Cross, 1st degree (2000), Order of Nerses the Gracious, Medal "For Services to the Fatherland" , Order for Service to the Homeland in the Armed Forces of the USSR, 3rd class.

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Vazgen Mirzakhanyan Right Rev. Bishop,  Co-founder of the Foundation Support to Javakheti Bishop Vazgen Mirzakhanyan (baptismal name Edward) was born on the 21st of  July, 1965 in the village of Artimed (formerly Atarbekyan) Echmiadzin. From 1971 to 1982 he studied at the local secondary school. In 1982 he was admitted  to Gevorkian Theological Seminary of the Mother See of Holy Echmiadzin. From 1984 to 1986 he served in the Soviet Army. On the 7th of  May, 1989 he was ordained into deacon by Archbishop Housik Santourian. In 1990 he defended his final thesis entitled “The Life and Literary Heritage of Archimandrite Grigor Skearatsi.” On the 28th of  July, 1991 he was ordained into a monastic priest by Archbishop Nerses Pozapalian in the Mother See of Holy Echmiadzin. Upon his ordination he was asked to serve as a lecturer at Gevorkian Theological Seminary under the Mother See of Holy Echmiadzin and  at the newly opened Centre of Christian Education and Preaching. On the 20th of  June, 1996 he received four theological degrees  by His Holiness Karekin I. On 1 December 1999 by the order of the Catholicos of All Armenians, His Holiness Karekin II he was appointed as the Vicar of the Diocese of Aragatsotn. On the 4th of September, 2002, by the order of the Catholicos of All Armenians, His Holiness Karekin II he was appointed as  Diocese of Georgian Armenians   Picture3 Sergey (Seyran) Vantsyan Aviator, director of  Hayq Avia airline, Co-founder of the Foundation Support to Javakheti Vantsyan was born on 2 May, 1951 in the village of Bezhano,  Akhalkhalaki . During 1957 and 1967, he studied at the local  secondary school . In 1974 he graduated from  Riga Aviation Engineers Institute, in 1990 the high commanding courses in Saint Petersburg State University of Civil Aviation. Vantsyan organized and commanded the vitally important  transportation (weaponry, volunteer groups, fuel, food products, humanitarian help) for the cross-borders of RA and self-defense of Nagorno-Karabakh from “Erebuni” and local (Vardenis, Gavar, Martuni, Sisian, Goris, Kapan, Mexri, Jermuk) airports to Artsakh, and the transportation of  the refugees, the wounded freedom fighters  from Artsakh and back. In 2002 he was awarded Order of the Combat Cross of NKR, 1st degree and Shushi liberation award, in 2010 Medal "For Services to the Fatherland", 1st class.


Harutyun Khachatryan National artist of the RA, film director, Founder of the Golden Apricot Yerevan International Film Festival,  President of the Union of Cinematographers of Armenia Co-founder of the Foundation Support to Javakheti Harutyun Khachatryan was born on January 9, 1955 in Akhalkalaki. In 1981 he graduated from Yerevan State Pedagogical Institute after Kh. Abovyan, Faculty of Culture, and department of film studies.  Right after that he began working at Hayfilm Studio at the beginning as an assistant to the film- director and cameramen then as the second director and stage director. Harutyun Khachatryan directed 6 documentaries and 4 feature movies which won international awards and prizes. From 2004 to 2017 he was the general director of the Golden Apricot international film festival. From 2017 he is the president of the Union of Cinematographers of Armenia. In 2003 Khachatryan was awarded the title of Honored Worker of Culture of the Republic of Armenia and  RA Honored Artist. In 2007 Khachatryan received Prince Claus Award (The Netherlands),  in 2008–was awarded  the Medal of Movses Khorenatsi by, in  2012–won  award Best director in the first annual Film Awards Hayak, in 2013 was awarded  the Honorary Title of People’s Artist of the Republic of Armenia.


Karine Khodikyan

Playwright, Fiction writer, Publicist, Editor-in-chief of Grakan Tert

Co-founder of the Foundation Support to Javakheti

Karine Khodikyan was born on June 24, 1957, in Akhalkalaki, Georgia. She graduated from the faculty of Armenian Philology, Yerevan State University, worked as an Armenian language and literature teacher. 1988-1989 she was a correspondent for Kerpasagorts large circulation newspaper, 1989-2001 was the editor of the publicism department of Garun magazine, 2001-2004 - editor-in-chief of Grakan Tert newspaper, 2001-2007 National Television and Radio Commission member, 2004-2007 RA Deputy Minister of Culture and Youth Affairs, 2008 – founder and editor of Aybengir publishing house, since 2000 - founder and editor-in-chief of Dramaturgy literary magazine. Awards: 1997 Golden Pen of Journalists Union of Armenia, 1999 state literature award Gold Reed for her collection of Plays, for the contribution in the development of the national dramaturgy: 2002- award Artist from Yerevan Municipality and theater after G. Sundukian, 2003- F. Nansen Medal, 2009 the Armenian Democratic Liberal Party Golden Order for founding Dramaturgy journal, which was exclusive for the Armenian journalism, and making it accessible for the contemporary Armenian playwrights. Since 2012 has been Grakan Tert newspaper's editor-in-chief.



Ashot Melkonyan Head of RA Institute of History of the National Academy of Science,  Co-founder of the Foundation Support to Javakheti Ashot Melkonyan was born on February 16, 1961, in Akhalkalaki. In 1977 he graduated from the local Armenian secondary school after D. Demirchyan. From 1977 to 1982 he studied at YSU department of History. From 1986 to 1991 worked as a researcher at the Institute of History NAS RA, from 1991 to 1995 as a Scientific Secretary, from 1995 to 2002 as Deputy Director, and since 2002 is the head of Institute of History  NAS RA. In 1982 he defended his Ph. D. thesis on Armenian population in Erzrum region during the first three decades of the 19th century and became a candidate of historical sciences. In 2002 Melkonyan was awarded the doctoral degree in historical sciences. In 2006 he became a correspondent member for NAS RA. In 2014 Melkonyan received the Academician title.  In  1994 A. Melkonyan was awarded prizes from Hayastan fund, in 2004 Haykashen Uzunyan prize from Tekeyan Cultural Association, 2003 Movses Khorenatsi medal from the President RA.  


Gagik Ginosyan Honorary Worker of Culture of the Republic of Armenia, Head and founder of “Karin” folk song and dance ensemble,  Co-founder of the Foundation Support to Javakheti

Gagik Ginosyan was born on August 3, 1966 in Akhaltsikhe. He graduated the school one year earlier by passing the examinations externally in 1982. He worked one year in mobile mechanized column. Then in 1983 he entered the faculty of cybernetics at SEUA. In 1985-87 he served in the Soviet Army. He graduated from the institute in 1990 and got the qualification of engineer-cybernetic. In 1992 participated in Artsakh freedom struggle in the ranks of secret detachment “X” under the lead of A. Tamanyan Jr., and then was involved in "Eagle" battalion. He destroyed enemy’s two tanks, and participated to the test of newly created Armenian weapon. G. Ginosyan participated also to the liberation struggles of Martakert, Askeran, Martuni, Lachin, Qelbajar. In 1994-96 he served in Armenian army in special separate battalion. In 1996 graduated the military academy after Marshal B. Shaposhnikov and got the qualification of commander of brigade and regiment. In 1996 he demobilized from Armenian army according to his application. In the same year he was involved to the “Akunq” ethnographic song and dance group. In 1996-1999 he worked as director at Gyumri office of “Shant TV”. 2001 Gagik Ginosyan founded the children dance group "Tsovak" and "Karin" Folk-Dance Group.