Ani Garmiryan Joins The Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation


Thursday, July 17th, 2014

Ani Garmiryan

The Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation’s Armenian Communities Department
has announced the appointment of Ani Garmiryan as Senior Program
Officer. She will be responsible for the promotion of Western Armenian,
a priority for the Department as highlighted in its recent Five-Year
Programming Plan.

Garmiryan will be in charge of managing diasporan school grants, the
teacher preparation program and other projects aimed at strengthening
the Western Armenian language.

She will join the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation on 1st September,
bringing with her years of experience working in multilingual education
and developing innovative pedagogical approaches.

Garmiryan has written and lectured extensively on the subject of
language preservation through education, with particular focus on
Western Armenian.

“We are very privileged to have Ms. Garmiryan join us,” said Razmik
Panossian, Director of the Armenian Communities Department. “Her
superb knowledge and experience set her apart from a strong field of
candidates and she will undoubtedly be an asset to the Department
as it continues to support students, teachers, schools and other
organizations to help safeguard a strong Armenian language and

Martin Essayan, Trustee responsible for the Armenian Communities
Department added: “The appointment is an important step forward for
the Department in securing the expertise to carry out its mission:
to create a viable future for the Armenian people in which its culture
and language are preserved and valued.”

Ani Garmiryan was born and raised in Istanbul and has lived in
Italy, Germany, England, France, and most recently in the United
States. She received a Master of Arts in Linguistics and Pedagogy
from the University of Heidelberg, Germany, where she also worked as a
research assistant in second language acquisition. Subsequently, she
earned a Master of Education in the field of Educational Leadership
from the Bank Street College, New York, known for its progressive
educational approach.

She is the founder of MGNIG, an educational bilingual (Armenian-French)
workshop in Paris, and has been a lecturer in Methodology of Second
Language Acquisition at the University of Paris III since 1994. She
officiated at the Hovnanian School in New Jersey since 1997, first
as a Curriculum Coordinator for the Armenian language, and later as
the Principal of the school since 2000. She has published numerous
articles on bilingual education.

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