Eduard Saroyan (Armenia)
Always positive, cheerful, bright and optimistic – this is how Armenian cross stones are described (Armenian: Khachkar, cross stones are memorial stones, often in form of steles or wall charts). These characteristics of his historical pet issue also perfectly describe Eduard Saroyan who first has been the contact person of KAAD in Armenia for many years. Now he plays a decisive role in the work of the newly founded partner committee.
Born in 1954, Eduard Saroyan studied philology first at the Vanadzor State Pedagogical Institute and then at the Yerevan State University. From 1977 to 1984, he was Head of the Cultural Information Department of the National Library of Armenia in Yerevan. Afterwards, he became involved in publishing and educational work, namely in the cultural initiative “SCHEM” e.V., as founder and member of the board of the Waldorf School in Yerevan (Formerly: Free University of Yerevan), in the European Forum for Freedom in Education (effe) and since 1993, as chairman of the German-Armenian Society (DAG).
As Deputy Minister for Press and Information of the Republic of Armenia from 1997 to 1998, he contributed his great experiences in press and information work to the political arena. After his time in office, he founded the travel agency “Arminius Reisen” to share the passion for his country and its history with tourists. A task which is still of great importance to him today.
He continued to be actively involved in educational work and is a member of the St. Paul Academy (SAP, Germany), was a lecturer and member of the executive board of the Institute for Democracy and Human Rights (IDHR) in Yerevan and is co-founder (and since 2006 also president) of the German University in Armenia (DUA).
For his ongoing commitment to KAAD, Eduard Saroyan was awarded the “Bene Merenti”- Medal at the Annual Jubilee Convention in 2018.