Saturday, 10 APRIL 2021
Women are often the invisible first responders and peace builders at the frontlines of crisis. Hear the discussion on women's leadership in humanitarian and disaster relief efforts with the founder of YES Armenia Sime Amirkhanyan and In-Country Director of Kooyrigs Mariam Avagyan. Sime and Mariam will share their organizational strategy and insights into their successful campaigns during and after the recent war, short and long-term goals as well as current projects on which they're working.
Join this exclusive event moderated by AIWA’s UN Rep. Ani Karapetyan, Director of Programs at BYLR to gain knowledge of how these women organizations combine community projects and educational initiatives to adapt to critical current situations and provide frontline assistance.
Hripsime (Sime) Amirkhanyan is the founder and Board member of YES (Youth Empowerment and Sustainability) non-profit in Armenia. She brings over 23 years of working experience with different international and local organizations leading various projects in education, infrastructure rehabilitation, child protection, youth, emergency relief and more. She regularly conducts workshops, training and presenting her experience in different platforms to ensure her skills and knowledge are shared for the benefit of development of individuals and organizations.
In recent years Sime also consults different non-profits in management and fundraising and has also been one of the judges for the initial phase of the projects submitted for the Global Social Venture Competition in Berkley, CA and since 2012 has been part of Media Lab team during the Social Good Summit in New York, NY.
Mariam Avagyan is the Director of Kooyrigs Armenia where she oversees humanitarian work of the organization. She is also an Adjunct Professor of Mathematics at the American University of Armenia where she teaches undergraduate students. Due to the war, Mariam took time off from Columbia University, where she has been pursuing her PhD in Electrical Engineering and Data Science to move to Armenia and provide humanitarian relief. Mariam also serves as the Operations Manager for Youth Empowerment and Sustainability (YES) Armenia where she oversees educational projects.
Ani Karapetyan is the Director of Programs at BYLR, an online coaching company, and is a UN representative for the Armenian International Women’s Association. She earned an MSc in Global Affairs at New York University with a specialization in International Development. She has worked with United Nations Development Program’s Social and Environmental Compliance Unit, Freedom House, the Peace Project Inc and Children of Armenia Fund. Ani has been published on Freedom House and Young Professionals in Foreign Policy blogs as well as the academic journal, Perspectives on Global Issues.
Ani has been awarded the New York University Provost’s Graduate Research Fellowship, New York University’s Wasserman Grant, and Central European University’s Full Merit Scholarship.
Ani presented her graduate thesis on UN social and environmental accountability at the 2018 Annual Conference on Sustainable Development at Columbia University. She has also presented her research on Turkish-Armenian conflict at the Association for Conflict Resolution Annual Conference in 2016 in Baltimore, participated in the United Nations Association Youth Leadership Conference in 2015 in New York, represented the Council of Europe Youth Sector in 2013 in Strasbourg and Armenia in 73rd International Session of the European Youth Parliament in Zurich. Ani has professional training in negotiation and conflict mediation and is fluent in Armenian, English and Russian and is conversational in German.