John Stafford is a US financier and entrepreneur, living in London. A graduate from Harvard University, he is committed to philanthropy. After a career in investment banking, John founded in 2008 a solar panel company in the US installing large-scale solar projects with a novel financing model. To this day, he has installed more than 2.3 MW of renewable energy.
John and his family are concerned about global warming. In our western societies, our lifestyles and particularly flying contributes a lot to our carbon emissions. Planting trees is the only available tool we have today to offset our carbon emissions.
Dr. Gary Assarian is a practicing pathologist, and lives in Detroit, Michigan, USA. He holds Bachelor and Master’s degrees in Biology, and completed independent work in cellular botany and cellular mycology. In addition, he holds a medical degree and is certified in anatomic and clinical pathology. He is a medical entrepreneur and philanthropist focusing on Armenian related projects. He and his wife have supported a number of projects and organizations which address the economic and social development of the Armenian people, both in the US and Armenia.
My Forest Armenia offers a means to support Armenia’s efforts to adopt plans to responsibly manage its natural ecosystem. This project will help Armenia fulfill its obligations agreed upon in the adoption of the Paris Climate Accord of 2015. The ecosystem approach to reduce greenhouse gases will ensure a healthy and stable environment. This will help Armenia prosper as a nation and global citizen. Also, in My Forest Armenia he found an opportunity to support the economic development of rural Armenia through local job training and meaningful employment.
Andrés Tahta is an Argentine-Armenian professional with a career in telecoms and government. A graduate from Dartmouth College and MBA from Harvard Business School he is very concerned about the environment.
Andrés has always been passionate about trees. Maintaining and expanding forests are crucial to sustain life on our planet. He is happy to join and support the work that My Forest Armenia is doing.
Chahé and Eguiz Kirokian are from Mexico. They are very enthusiastic about the reforestation project of My Forest Armenia. Chahé and Eguiz realise that Armenia has lost a lot of forests in the last centuries. They both believe that it is our duty to restore forests as much as possible for future generations.
Jacques Claes, is a Belgian entrepreneur who retired after a long international career.
In the early 90’s, when visiting Armenia on a business trip Jacques was confronted with the immense deforestation the country suffered.
Jacques enthusiastically supports the sustainable forest management by My Forest Armenia after personally having witnessed the loss of such vulnerable and vital natural resources.
Andre Gumuchdjian is a Belgian-Armenian philanthropist and entrepreneur. A graduate from Harvard University, he has been involved in different projects in Armenia and Artsakh since 2013.
Andre has decided to found My Forest Armenia because he feels future generations should not be burdened to clean up previous generations’ pollution. It is the moral duty of each of us to clean up our carbon emissions. Fortunately, there is a way to do that by planting trees.
As he got more involved in the project, Andre realized the crucial importance of forests for our living planet. Forests are incredibly complex ecosystems and associated with numerous aspects of life on earth. The biodiversity that it creates is essential for the human species to develop.
Andre provides the strategic vision of My Forests Armenia. He is responsible for the funding of the organization as well as financial and economic planning.
Vahe, a long time forest specialist, puts the necessary skills and knowledge to the service of My Forest Armenia to push it forward and develop its mission, vision and objectives. Together with the founder, he provides the strategic vision of the organization. Vahe’s previous work experience is forest restoration and nursery management. He worked on different projects for forestry development in Armenia. He holds a PhD in forest eco-physiology from the institute of Botany of the National Academy of Science of Armenia.
Taron is responsible for the technical aspects of the forest restoration projects and oversees the research program. He has a strong background in environmental modeling, geographic information systems technology and remote sensing. His previous work experience concerned natural ecosystems of Armenia, Climate Change and forest restoration. He holds a PhD from the institute of Botany of the National Academy of Science of Armenia. His published thesis was “Climate Change impact on some rare Armenian ecosystems”.
Wendy is responsible for the fundraising of My Forest Armenia and for maintaining the relationship with our corporate donors in Europe.
Wendy is a graduate from the Vlerick Business School and has an international career in communication & marketing.
Arpine is responsible for corporate fundraising in Armenia and Russia.
She graduated with a degree in hydro-meteorology from Yerevan State University and is passionate about increasing forest coverage in Armenia.
Ani is responsible for developing and implementing digital marketing campaigns across all digital channels of My Forest Armenia. She has a strong grasp of current marketing tools and strategies and has experience in working in civic & social organizations.
Mery supports managers and employees of My Forest Armenia through a variety of tasks related to organization and communication. She has graduated from the University of Languages and Social Sciences.
Gagik, an experienced silviculturist/forester, is responsible for managing the nurseries. He has worked for over 30 years in forestry consulting, engineering and instructing for “Hay Antar”, – the Armenian Forest organisation. He lectures at the Armenian National Agrarian University. Gagik has a forest specialist degree from Voronezh State University of Forestry and Technologies.
Sargis is responsible for all the construction and technical parts of setting up and maintaining the nurseries.
Sargis has received his education in Vanadzor. He has been a construction technician with more than 30 years of experience.
Levon is responsible for hiring and coordinating the local workers for the reforestation campaign. He has worked for “Hayantar” SNCO for 7 years as a chief forester for Vanadzor Forest Enterprise.
Edvard is in charge of the greenhouse and coordinates the tasks of the workers engaged in reforestation and afforestation activities. He holds an engineering degree from Polytechnic University of Armenia. Edvard has 15 years experience in coordinating nursery work and reforestation projects.
Arayik works with Sargis on the maintenance and construction work in the nurseries.
He has about 10-year work experience in construction and 4-years experience in forest nurseries.
Combat climate change by reducing carbon in the atmosphere
Protect and restore ecosystems, manage forests and combat desertification.
Reduce poverty by lifting communities living near them
Ensure availability of water
Promote sustainable economic growth
We are planting trees and creating forests in Armenia for the following reasons
At 11,2% forest coverage, the country has a relatively low % relative to its neighbours
Improving the nature of this attractive mountainous country
Low labor costs
Rural communities that can help for its maintenance.
Our reforestation projects will concentrate in the beginning in the Lori and Tavoush provinces.