On Saturday, January 24, the renowned Literaturhauscafe, a literary meeting place in Hamburg, was the site of the first meeting of Hamburg’s young Armenian professionals. Armen Chamlaian and Peter David Bidrosian, who are both based in Hamburg, were the initiators of this event.
During this meeting, a first for AGBU in Hamburg, AGBU Europe Project Manager Zarouhi Odabashian introduced the international organization and its work in Armenia and the Diaspora as well as AGBU Europe’s main projects to the audience before turning to AGBU’s Young Professional worldwide network.
AGBU YP Paris Chairwoman Aurelie Deyirmendjian attended the event and spoke about her group’s success, structure and work with the local community. YP Paris has attracted over 370 members since it was founded in March 2008.
Karen Navoyan, Vice-Chairman of the German-Armenian students’ association Haik, an AGBU partner in Germany, said he and his team were pleased to see the continued development of the AGBU YP network in Europe. He said that the AGBU-HAIK office in Frankfurt is willing to provide its support to help develop the YP network in Germany.
Chamlaian and Bidrosian presented their project for creating a Young Professionals group in Hamburg in the course of the coming weeks and invited the participants to join the ranks or steering committee of what they hope will develop into YP Hamburg.
“Our objective is to set up a network of young Armenian professionals comprising thirty or so people that share common ambitions and concerns regarding their professional development and Armenian identity. We do not aim to set up a club or cultural center, which already exists in Hamburg. The network will be a nexus for young Armenian professionals,” says Chamlaian.
Following in the footsteps of the establishment of an AGBU presence in Frankfurt, YP Hamburg is poised to be the second YP group in Germany–YP Koln was established in May 2008. YP Koln chairman Alfrant Bedrosoglu was present at the event.
The official event was followed by a candlelit dinner, which allowed guests to meet the future leaders and members of the growing AGBU presence in Germany.
The AGBU Young Professionals (YP) are committed to preserving and promoting the Armenian identity and heritage through educational, cultural, and humanitarian programs. In Europe, there are YP groups in Vienna, Koln, London, Paris, Plovdiv, Sofia, and Zurich. For more information on the AGBU Young Professionals, please contact the AGBU YP Liaison by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
For more information on AGBU and its worldwide programs, please visit http://www.agbu.org.