Director of the ROCHEMP Center, Chair of ICOM National Committee of Armenian Museums, Member of ICOM Strategic Planning Committee
Ani Avagyan has obtained her degree from the Armenian State Pedagogical University in 2005. Ani has conducted research on the Armenian monuments in India. Afterwards she has developed her professional knowledge and skills in Armenia, Croatia, Czech Republic, Georgia, France, Japan, Moldova, Russia, Ukraine. She was employed by National Gallery of Armenia as a researcher in the department of Sculpture. From 2008 she initiated the educational activities at the NGA which became a base for establishment of the Education Department in 2016, which Ani lead until appointment as the director of the ROCHEMP Center. She has been the head of NGA PR Department (2010-2016). During her professional career Ani has developed social activities in the field of museums on the national and international levels. She is a founding members of ICOM Armenia and the Chair since 2017. Ani was appointed as a member of ICOM Strategic planning for 2020-2023. A Member of Board of trustees at Armenian Genocide Museum & Institute foundation. Ani was the ICOM CECA Secretary for 2013-2016. She has initiated and organized a number of professional development courses, national, regional or international trainings, workshops, conferences. She is an author or co-author of a number of articles and books. Among other, she is an initiator and organizer of the “Museum week 2018” Yerevan. The strategies, management and marketing tools that she used during her work have resulted in increases of professionals in the CH field and engagement of public with the CH.
Secretary-Interpreter of the ROCHEMP Center
Gohar Hovakimyan gained her degree in philology form Yerevan State University in 2001 and before joining ROCHEMP team, she spent 12 years working on several Armenian-Italian initiatives being mainly engaged in cultural projects. Among other places, she worked at the Agenzia nazionale del tourismo by the Embassy of Italy in Yerevan, accompanied transnational archeological expeditions, international experts etc. In 2011-2014 she worked on an educational project “Training for restoration in Armenia. Support to institutions for the protection and preservation of cultural heritage” organized by Politecnico di Milano, in cooperation with NUACA and which set a base for the formation of the ROCHEMP. As a coordinator of the Armenian office she was engaged in organization of educational events and conferences, establishment of communication with various stakeholders, management of the activities of the Milan University in Armenia. Gohar participated in numerous international trainings on protection of cultural heritage, took courses in project management.
She speaks fluently Russian, Italian, French and has good knowledge of the English language.