Lena is a marketing graduate from the French University in Armenia. She is also the co-founder of the Alumni Association of that University.
She worked for 3 years in the Public Relations service of the Central Bank of Armenia and then passed the recruitment exam to become the Press and Communication Attachée at the French Embassy in Armenia.
Lena also teaches at the Armenian State Institute of Physical Culture and Sport.
Lena has been with our team since the early days of its creation and believes in the importance of the Foundation's mission. With a background in communication and knowledge of several foreign languages, Lena puts her knowledge at the disposal of the Insurance Foundation for Servicemen when it needs her.
«I fully support the mission and values of the Insurance Foundation for Servicemen. Admiring the work of its professional team who do it on an entirely voluntary basis, I am of course by their side when they need me. In my opinion, it is the duty of every Armenian to contribute to the mission of the Insurance Foundation for servicemen to ensure the financial stability of the families of our fallen and disabled soldiers».
Sharmagh works as a fundraiser in the nonprofit sector and lead a team of charity runners. In all projects she strive for a systematic approach and sustainability.
She likes it when people are responsible for society, country, nature.
During the war, with a group of fundraisers from Armenia and Russia, Sharmagh joined our Foundation to use her knowledge and experience in fundraising to help raise funds for compensations.
Elena Khachvankyan has more than 15 years of experience in finance, business planning, strategic management, public policy development and consulting.
Elena received her diploma in economics in Yerevan in 2005, passed all the qualification exams of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA, UK), received a diploma in Management and Leadership from the Chartered Management Institute (CMI, UK). Currently Elena is conducting trainings in ACCA Qualification and other professional financial management educational programs.
Having solid knowledge in the field of risk management, since the establishment of the foundation, Еlena has valued the great public importance of the foundation's mission. Unfortunately, insurance has not yet embedded in the culture of Armenia enough to embody the importance of it as a mean of protection and security. It would be highly desirable if the need for such protection never arose, but in our reality, the lack of such a mechanism makes us more vulnerable, less protected.
During the days of the war imposed on us, like many of our compatriots, she took part in many spontaneous initiatives. Through and as a result, she has realized even more the importance of systemic and sustainable solutions to the problems we face. Thus, she became a friend of the Foundation, willingly devoting a significant part of her time and knowledge to the responsible work of the Foundation.
Elen was born and raised in Yerevan. Following her university degree at the University College London, she started her career in fast moving consumer goods industry joining Mars Inc. multinational. After 6 years of working on various household petcare brand names under the Mars umbrella, Elen moved to a start-up yoghurt company based in London leading the brand portfolio and delivering double digit growth within a year. Since June 2020, Elen has joined Danone working on world famous water brands like Volvic and Evian, as well as the sustainability agenda across UK and Ireland. Along with her passion for brand building, Elen is also an avid student of personal development and psychology.
During the Artsakh war of 2020 Elen was actively involved in fundraising efforts across multiple platforms and this is when she came contact Varoujan Avedikian hearing him speak about the values and the efforts 1000Plus had. Inspired by Varoujan and his team’s dedication, Elen put together a small team of volunteers to work on various projects, supporting the core team of the foundation in time of crises. She is proud to be a friend of the foundation and will continue to aid in ongoing and future projects.
As a FRIEND of IFS, it is important to be committed to the mission and values and to be willing to contribute your time and resources to support its work.
It will be important to support IFS in various ways, such as volunteering your time, providing resources, or advocating for its mission and goals. You can be an asset to IFS by sharing your skills, knowledge, and experience with IFS, and helping it to achieve its objectives. You should be reliable and trustworthy and be able to work effectively with the IFS's staff and volunteers.
Former Employees with a good reputation and commitment can become FRIENDS of IFS.
Key Responsibilities of an IFS FRIENDS include any of the below:
- Volunteering: help IFS by volunteering your time and skills, whether it's by working on a specific project, helping with fundraising events, or providing administrative support
- Advocating for IFS: promote IFS mission and goals to your personal and professional networks and encourage others to get involved and support IFS
- Donating resources: provide financial or material resources to IFS, such as donating, sponsoring an event, or providing in-kind support
- Sharing expertise: If you have specific skills or knowledge that could benefit IFS, you can offer your expertise and help IFS to achieve its objectives.
All the Activities should be aligned with the IFS PR and Communication Director.
To become an IFS FRIEND, please contact us at [email protected]