Guest speakers

During its existence, Speak-up Club hosted many guest speakers. All of our honorary guests are listed below.

Suzanne Daghlian

Event name: Tips on Public Speaking

Date: October 26, 2017

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On October 26, 2017, Speak-up Club hosted “Tips on Public Speaking” with Suzanne Daghlian Lecture
 Suzanne Daghlian is a writer/editor/manager with 30 years of experience in book publishing in New York City.  As an Integrated Marketing Director at HarperCollins Children’s Books and with years in sales training and advertising at companies including McGraw-Hill, Prentice Hall, and Little, Brown, and Co., she has written for many purposes and formats in business.
Richard Giragosian
Event name: How to become an Effective Public Speaker
Date: February 26, 2018
Mr. Richard Giragosian is the Founding Director of the Regional Studies Center (RSC), an independent “think tank” located in Yerevan, Armenia and serves as both a Visiting Professor at the College of Europe’s Natolin Campus and Senior Expert at Yerevan State University’s Centre for European Studies (CES). He is also a contributing analyst for al Jazeera and Oxford Analytica, a UK-based global analysis and advisory firm.
Professor Gregory Areshian
Event name: Genocide Anywhere is Genocide Everywhere
Date: April 26, 2018
Gregory Areshian (13 May 1949) is an Armenian-American archeologist and historian who is a professor at American University of Armenia. He was the co-director of the international team of archeologists who, led by Boris Gasparyan, found the 5,500 years old shoe in and the oldest winery in Areni, of which Areshian said:
“For the first time, we have a complete archaeological picture of wine production dating back 6,100 years.”
Gregory Areshian taught in 14 US universities and colleges including University of California, Los Angeles, University of California, Irvine, University of Chicago, University of Wisconsin, Platteville, Amherst College. He is the author of more than 150 scholarly works published in 5 languages in 12 countries, mostly devoted to interdisciplinary studies in social sciences and the humanities with a special focus on the Middle East and Armenia in a broader historical context.
Dr. Vahram Ter-Matevosyan
Event name: Genocide Anywhere is Genocide Everywhere
Date: April 26, 2018


Vahram Ter-Matevosyan specializes in Turkish domestic and foreign policy, Regional Security and Conflicts in the post-Soviet Space. He is also the Head of the Turkish Studies Department (part-time) at the Institute for Oriental Studies, National Academy of Sciences of Armenia. He has received his Dr. Philosophy Degree from the University of Bergen (Norway), Master’s degree from Lund University (Sweden), Candidate of historical sciences degree from the Institute of Oriental Studies and Yerevan State University (Armenia). He was Visiting Professor at Duke University, NC (2016), Fulbright Scholar at the University of California, Berkeley, CA (2009-2010) and Visiting Doctoral Student at the University of Washington, Seattle, WA (2005). He authored an award-winning monograph “Islam in the Social and Political Life of Turkey, 1970-2001” in 2008 and co-authored “History of Turkish Republic” in 2014.

Here are some links to follow to get to know more about Dr. Ter-Matevosyan:

Dr. Vahram Ter-Matevosyan Receives Doctoral Degree,…/psia-professor-vahram-ter-matevos…/

Dr. Ter-Matevosyan’s take on Erdogan’s Democratization package and Turkey’s Progress Report

About Syrian-Armenians

Turkey has created more dividing lines in the region

Dr. Suren Manukyan

Event name: Genocide Anywhere is Genocide Everywhere
Date: April 26, 2018

Dr. Suren Manukyan was one of the panelists for our discussion. Speak-up Club’s whole team is very honored to have Suren Manukyan for our event.

Here are some links to follow to get to know more about Suren Manukyan:

The topic of the Armenian Genocide is a global policy issue, which often develops regardless of us

Armenian Genocide was not propagated as much as Turks did…/suren-manukyan-armenian-genocide-wa…

Armenia’s Suren Manukyan elected IAGS Board member

Yevgenya Jenny Paturyan


Dr. Yevgenya Jenny Paturyan specializes and has interest in the sphere of civil society, political culture, volunteering, the democratization of post-communist countries, research methodology and corruption. She received her Ph.D. in Political Science from Jacobs University Bremen. Prior to joining AUA, she worked at Eurasia Partnership Foundation and at Caucasus Research Resource Centers – Armenia. She is the team leader of a four-year research project about Armenian civil society and has authored publications in peer-reviewed journals. Dr. Jenny Paturyan is an AUA PSIA alumna.
Armen Ghazarayan

Armen Ghazaryan is a researcher and lecturer. His main areas of interest include migration studies, European studies, European migration policies, communication studies and populism at large. He defended his Ph.D. thesis on the issue of migration and security in Armenia. He studied Public policy and public administration at Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University. In 2016 Armen Ghazaryan did a fellowship at the University of Fribourg on migration and security. Currently, he is the Head of the Migration Service of Armenia and Adjunct Lecturer of College of Humanities and Social Sciences at the American University of Armenia.

More about Mr. Ghazaryan:

Arto Vaun
Arto Vaun
Arto Vaun holds an MA in English Literature from the University of Massachusetts-Boston and a PhD in Creative Writing from the University of Huddersfield. He has also attended Harvard University and the University of Glasgow. He joined the E&C faculty in 2014. In 2016 he founded and directs AUA’s Center for Creative Writing (CCW), the first such center in the region. Locomotive, one of the CCW’s major initiatives, is the first non-Armenian literary journal that is edited, published, and exported by Armenia to various bookstores around the world. Vaun’s first book of poetry, Capillarity, was published in 2009 by Carcanet. His poems have appeared in various journals, magazines, and anthologies in the U.S. and U.K. In 2014 he received the Tololyan Prize in Literature and has been interviewed by the BBC, The Boston Globe, WAYO radio in New York and other media outlets. He taught at universities in Boston and Glasgow before coming to AUA, where he teaches Creative Writing, Modernism, World Literature, Modern Poetry, and other courses. His research interests include creative writing, transnational poetics, Modernism, and diaspora studies.
Ph.D. in Philosophy, Associate Professor at the Yerevan State University and Adjunct Associate Professor at the American University of Armenia. More than 50 publications in Armenian, Russian, German, English, and French, author of monographs “The Inevitability of Understanding: Essays on the History of Philosophical Hermeneutics and Deconstruction” (2015) and “Charent’s Time” (On the spirit) (2017). Founder and President of the Armenian Research Centre in Humanities (ARCH) since 1993․ Member of Armenian Parliament (1990-95 and 1995-97), Chairman of Standing Committee on Ethics, Member of Parliaments Presidium (1990-95). Ambassador of Armenia to Austria, Hungary, Czech Republic, and Slovak Republic, Permanent Representative of RA to OSCE and UN Organizations in Vienna (1995-1997, residence Vienna), Ambassador of Armenia to Germany (1998-2002).
Samson Avetian
Samson Avetian is the founder and Managing Director of Arrow Global Ltd, an investment advisory and fund management firm. His professional activities include economic advisory to private investors, bank management teams, board membership, contributions to financial and economic media, etc. He is also the founder/editor of research site Academic career includes an MBA from Harvard; MSc in Financial Management from Gothenburg School of Business; BSc in International Relations from Stockholm University. He was elected as president of the Harvard Club of Armenia, 2017 (HarvardClub.Am).