Born in 1971 in Yerevan, Mr. Hovhannissian has an extended academic and professional experience in international affairs. He graduated from the department of Arab Studies of the Yerevan State University; he holds MA degree from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Tufts University (MA). He has also undertaken post graduate training programs, notably at the Haygazian University of Beirut.
For over ten years Mr. Hovhannissian held various positions with the secretariat of the United Nations in a number of countries, including the Great Lakes of Africa, the Republic of Congo, ex-Zaire, Israel, the Palestinian territories, Jordan, Lebanon, etc.
From 2006 through 2008 he headed the "Shushi Revival" fund and taught Middle East politics at the Yerevan State University. Prior to his appointment as Armenia's Consul General in Los Angeles (February 2009), Mr. Hovhannissian served as an advisor to the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Armenia. He is fluent in English, French, Arabic and Russian.
Consul General is married to Victoria and they have twin girls.
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