YEREVAN (Arka)—Former deputy prime minister of Armenia Armen Gevorgyan has been appointed as head of Initiatives for Development of Armenia (IDeA) founded by philanthropist and businessman Ruben Vardanyan and his wife Veronika Zonabend, the press office of the foundation reported.
The foundation is implementing large-scale charity projects for building a better future in Armenia, Artsakh and the Armenian communities abroad, Vardanyan said.
“We have many projects in different stages of implementation and quite a few new ideas and programs. I am confident Armen Gevorgyan possesses the required qualities to consistently bring our projects to life,” he said.
Gevorgyan, in his turn, said he worked in cooperation with Vardanyan and his partners while being in the government, particularly on Revival of Tatev, construction of UWC Dilijan College and other charity initiatives.
“These projects make Armenia change, make the country more interesting to the outside world and provide better comfort for citizens. I agreed to head the IDeA foundation as it will give me an opportunity to use my knowledge and experience to the best advantage to contribute to Armenia’s development,” Gevorgyan said.
Gevorgyan held public posts in 1997-2014. He was first assistant to the prime minister, head of the president’s staff, secretary of Armenia’s National Security Council, and vice prime minister of Armenia.