Dr Krikor Moskofian, Founder and Director
Krikor is the founder and director of the Centre for Western Armenian Studies. He has taught Western Armenian language and literature in Lebanon and the UK and is the author of two Western Armenian language textbooks. He gained his doctorate in Armenian literary criticism from SOAS, University of London in 2009, where he then taught Western Armenian language and literature between 2009 and 2012.
Adham Smart, Secretary
Adham is a graduate of Georgian and Linguistics from SOAS, University of London and is a writer and translator. He has translated poetry and fiction from Arabic and Georgian and collaborated on translations of poems from Czech and Latvian. His first book of poetry, yes yes mouth, is published by Valley Press.
Raphael Gregorian, Director and Treasurer
Raphael is an economist working for the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy for the UK Government. Raphael graduated in 2016 from SOAS, University of London with BA in Economics and History and is currently completing a Masters in Economics and Public Policy and Queen Mary, University of London. His interests include regional economic development and conflict resolution.
Richard Mourad Anooshian, Director
Richard is a retired banker who worked nearly 30 years at JP Morgan Chase, where he covered the Middle East & Africa in the Global Petroleum, International Capital Markets and Wealth Management divisions. He has also held positions in Private Banking at HSBC and Barclays. He graduated with a BSc in Arabic from Georgetown University and an AM – Middle East Studies from Harvard University.
Elliot Bannister, Advisor
Elliot is a graduate of Arabic and Persian from SOAS, University of London and has several years’ experience in endangered language pedagogy and revitalization. Their academic interests include Western Armenian phonology and cultural identity in the Armenian Diaspora.
Leon Aslanov, Advisor
Leon achieved a degree in French and Arabic from UCL/SOAS. He went on to obtain a Master’s from the Department of Political Science at UCL. His primary interests lie in the languages and cultures of Armenia and the surrounding region.