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Heghine Manasyan

Heghine Manasyan has a Doctoral degree in Economics with broad experience in research, teaching and policy analysis. Her primary areas of expertise include economic growth and development, political economies of transition, labor markets, poverty and education, privatization and underground economies. Dr. Manasyan is an author of over one hundred publications and articles.

Prior to joining CRRC-Armenia, Dr. Manasyan has actively been involved in projects funded by international organizations (UNDP, WB, TACIS), implemented in Armenia and aimed at strengthening domestic capacity for high quality economic research and education. Dr. Manasyan’s educational background includes studies at the Yerevan State University, State Academy of Management (Moscow), Central European University (Budapest) and Columbia University (New York).


Research Director

Sona Balasanyan

Sona Balasanyan joined the CRRC-Armenia team in August 2016. Sona holds MA (2009) and PhD (2012) degrees in Sociology from the Yerevan State University (YSU), as well as MSc in Education (Research Design and Methodology) from the University of Oxford, Department of Education, UK (2015). During her time in the UK, she passed an internship at the Oxford Learning Institute. Since 2010, as an Associate Professor at the Department of Sociology, YSU, Dr. Balasanyan has delivered a series of courses (including Media Text Analysis, Evaluation Methodologies, and Mixed Methods Research). She was involved in project-based activities collaborating with national and international organizations among which the US Department of State, UNDP, CRRC-Armenia, Open Society Foundation, State Committee of Science and Scientific Research Institute of Ancient Manuscripts (the Matenadaran). Sona was a Heinrich-Böll-Stiftung scholarship holder, an AGBU scholar and is a Luys alumna. She has authored three books (in Armenian), articles, essays and analytical reports.


Development and Fundraising Officer 

Program Manager for Data Initiative

Naira Vardanyan

Naira Vardanyan joined CRRC-Armenia in October, 2015. Prior to joining us, Naira has worked at the Caucasus Institute as a Researcher. She headed the Business Consulting and Training Center at Business School of Slavonic University in Armenia following the work at the Armenian State Pedagogical University and Russian State University of Tourism and Services as a lecturer of sociology. Naira also collaborated to a number of local and international organizations as a researcher, trainer and analyst. Naira has an MA degree in Sociology from the Yerevan State University (2005). Currently she is working on her Ph.D thesis in Political Sciences at the same University. She has more than ten years of experience in conducting sociological research. Her academic publications focus on political orientation and social capital. 


Researcher and Program Manager for Fellowship


Tigran Matosyan 

Tigran Matosyan joined CRRC-Armenia as a Researcher in August 2015. Tigran received his Kandidatskaya degree in History from the Armenian National Academy of Sciences in 2004 and his Master’s degree in Social Sciences from Tbilisi State University in 2007.
Tigran’s primary research interests include transformations of social values in post-Soviet Armenia as well as social history. Between 2012 and 2014, Tigran led a research project exploring the long-term orientation values in the education system of Armenia ( From August 2015, Tigran also works as an adjunct lecturer at the American University of Armenia, where he teaches a course of Armenian History.  


 Research Associate and Events Manager

Tatevik Azizyan

Tatevik Azizyan joined CRRC-Armenia in August 2017 as a Research Associate and Events Manager. Tatevik has received two MA degrees: one from The American University of Armenia in Political Science and International Affairs and the second from The College of Europe in European Interdisciplinary Studies. Before that she obtained her Bachelor’s degree at Yerevan State University in the field of Political Science. Tatevik is the co-founder of the Center of Young Conflictologists. She has conducted trainings on conflict management, mediation and negotiation skills. Tatevik’s research interests include political and economic institution building in transition countries, democratization, European Union politics, regional politics, security issues and conflicts in the South Caucasus. Tatevik has interned at the Caucasus Institute and Regional Studies Center think tanks based in Yerevan. She also worked for The School for Young Leaders and Armenian Volunteer Corps as a Program Coordinator.

Karen Tovmasyan  Communications and Public Relations CRRC Armenia Communications and Public Relations Specialist

 Karen Tovmasyan

Karen Tovmasyan joined CRRC-Armenia in October 2017 as communications and public relations specialist. Karen holds two Master degrees; One from Yerevan “Gladzor” University in International Relations and History (2007) and second from the Georgian Institute of Public Affairs (GIPA) in Journalism and Media Management (2015). He has also taken doctoral courses in International Relations and History and has published several scientific articles about the United States diplomacy in Turkey during the period of 1945-1947.
Karen started his career in journalism in 2013 and has worked for the leading media organizations in Armenia and South Caucasus region such as,, Georgia Today, etc. He has developed his skills further in communications and media during his internships at the Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty RFE/RL headquarters in Prague, as well as at the United Nations Department of Public Information (UNDPI) office in Yerevan. Being selected as fellow for the CrossCulture Program by the Institut für Auslandsbeziehungen (IFA) in 2016 and Turkey-Armenia Fellowship Scheme program by Hrant Dink Foundation in 2017, Karen worked in the capacity of the assistant to the head of the regional managers department at the German Near and Middle East Association /NUMOV office in Berlin and Communications and Public Relations Consultant at A&B Communications agency in Istanbul. Karen has also participated in various media workshops, trainings and projects in Czech Republic, Germany, Lithuania, Ukraine, Israel, Georgia, Russia and Turkey.


Program Assistant

Mariam Arakelyan

Mariam Arakelyan joined CRRC-Armenia as Junior Fellow in 2015, and has received the position of Program Assistant in 2016. She holds a BA and MA degrees in Political Science with the major of Regional Politics from Yerevan State University. She spent third semester of her Master degree studies at Masaryk University, Czech Republic. She has taken an internship at the Department for Relations with the National Assembly of RA Government. Her research interests include the political processes in the region of South Caucasus with emphasis on conflict resolution and problems concerning the protection of the ethnic minority rights. 


Office Manager and Responsible for Human Resources 

Armida Alvandyan

Armida has graduated from the faculty of English Language and Political Science of the Yerevan State Institute of Foreign Languages after V. Brusov. Before joining the CRRC-Armenia team she worked in the External Relations Department of the RA Civil Service Council, in TACIS Project on Assistance to the Employment Policy of Armenia, in External Relations Department of the Ministry of Labor and Social Affairs, in Yerevan Private School “VevGim”.

Regional Staff

Data Initiative Project Coordinator 

Tinatin Zurabishvili 

Dr. Tinatin Zurabishvili is the Project Coordinator for the CRRC Data Initiative. Since 1999, she has taught B.A. and M.A. courses in sociology, focusing on research methods, at Telavi State University and Tbilisi State University Center for Social Sciences, where she was a Civic Education Project (CEP) Local Faculty Fellow (2001-2003) and Academic Fellowship Program Returning Scholar (2005-2006). In the spring semesters between 2004 and 2007 she was an OSI Faculty Development Fellow at the University of California, Los Angeles in the Department of Sociology. Her academic publications focus on social research methods, sociology of transition and sociology of the media. Prior to teaching in Georgia, between1999 and 2001 Dr. Zurabishvili served as junior researcher for Yale University's project, Poverty, Ethnicity and Gender in Eastern Europe during the Market Transition. Dr. Zurabishvili also worked for five years as a sociologist at the Russian Center for Public Opinion and Market Research (now the Levada Center), where she worked on the Russian Public Opinion Monitor. Dr. Zurabishvili holds her Ph.D. in the sociology of journalism from Moscow M. Lomonosov State University (1999). r. 


Communications and Development Officer 

Nino Stavridi 

Prior to becoming the Regional Communications and Development Officer for Eurasia Partnership Foundation/CRRC Regional Network, Nino worked as Regional Executive Secretary for EPF/CRRC Network and as Executive Assistant to President for EPF. Prior joining EPF in 2008, Nino worked as Head of International Department at Georgian Trade Unions Confederation and as Assistant to Economic Attaché at the Embassy of Greece in Tbilisi. Nino has a Masters’ Degree in Public Relations from Georgian Technical University and Bachelor's Degree in Greek Language and Literature from Tbilisi State University. Her Masters’ thesis is about the role of media in the formation of public opinion.  Nino has done post-graduate studies in both Greece and Cyprus. 


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