Hratch Tchilingirian is a sociologist (LSE) and Associate of the Faculty of Oriental Studies, University of Oxford since 2012, focusing on Middle Eastern and Armenian Studies, with a particular focus on identity politics, homeland-disaspora relations, sociology of religion, and inter-ethnic conflicts in the Middle East and Eurasia. He was director of research and programs on Eurasia at Cambridge University's business school (2003-2012). Dr. Tchilingirian has lectured internationally and is the author of numerous academic studies and articles (www.hratch.info). He has held executive positions in academic institutions and charitable organizations and has served diaspora communities in various capacities and leadership positions.
Susan Paul Pattie is a cultural anthropologist, writer and project manager, who led the ADS 2018 Pilot Project. An Honorary Senior Research Associate at University College London, Dr. Pattie has done research in Cyprus, London, Syria, North America and Armenia. She has authored a number of books, articles and chapters on Armenians living in diaspora, including Faith in History: Armenians Rebuilding Community (Smithsonian Institute Press, 1997); The Armenian Legionnaires: Sacrifice and Betrayal in World War I (I. B. Tauris, 2018); and co-author of Treasured Objects: Armenian Life in the Ottoman Empire and children’s book, Who Are the Armenians? She is the founding Director of the Armenian Institute and has served as Director of the Armenian Museum of America, as well as Program Manager of the National Genocide Centennial Commemorations in Washington, D.C and currently “Engaging Refugee Narratives: Perspectives from Academia and the Arts” based at UCL.
Survey Method Advisor
Hayk Gyuzalyan has managed surveys and research projects for international organizations since 1999, including for the Eurasia Foundation, USAID, Armenia’s Ministry of Social Protection and others. In 2010, he began working on international surveys, such as the Life in Transition II for the EBRD and World Bank and then with the 6th European Working Conditions Survey for the Eurofound, World Bank’s BEEPS and EBRD, Violence Against Women survey for the EU Agency for Fundamental Rights. He joined Kantar Public Brussels team in 2015 and has worked on the 4th European Quality of Life Survey, EBRD’s Life in Transition III Survey and World Bank and Feasibility of Conducting Mixed-Mode survey on Fundamental Rights for the EU FRA. Most recently, Dr. Gyuzalyan has managed surveys of the Aurora Humanitarian Initiative and its Humanitarian Index.
Researcher and Analyst
Leon Aslanov is a researcher who works primarily on topics related to Armenia and the Middle East. He is currently working as a political analyst for the think tank IntegrityUK, focusing on political, economic and social issues in Iraq, Syria and the broader Middle East. He is also part of a number of Armenian-related projects, including the Armenian Diaspora Survey, supported by the Gulbenkian Foundation, and research connected to Armenian-Azerbaijani relations. In addition, he is an active member of the London-based Programme of Armenian Studies. Leon graduated with a BA in French & Arabic from UCL & SOAS and an MSc in International Public Policy from UCL.
Gagik Stepan-Sarkissian is a retired biochemist (PhD University of Sheffield). He has taught and led research groups at Teheran State University and University of Sheffield before moving to the private sector working in biotechnology and agribusiness across Europe. He developed the first Armenian syllabus for the Foreign and Commonwealth Office and has taught there many years. Administrator at the Armenian Institute, he is also the Librarian, Armenian Language Teaching coordinator and regularly advises visiting researchers on projects ranging from theatre and film to novels, translations, Armenian fonts and others.