HDP Foundation is an Armenian-based foundation, with a management staff comprising local Armenians and the off-shoot of a US-based NGO (Human Dignity and Peace) which has been active in Armenia for over nine years, primarily in the humanitarian, agriculture and educational spheres.
HDP's founding president and finance director was Dr. David L. Watt.
Dr. Watt was an agricultural economist, and was involved in managerial
finance for over twenty years. He has over two hundred publications,
many in the areas of management, sustainable agriculture, and economic
development. He has over twenty years teaching experience, including
North Dakota State University(NDSU) in Agricultural Economics and
the Business School, in the Armenian Agricultural Academy(AAA) in
Economics, and in the American University of Armenia(AUA) in the
MBA and Masters of Engineering programs.
An important component of HDP's organizational strength lies in its board of directors. The board comprises seven members, who work in various donor and implementing organizations in Armenia, including the Armenian University of Armenia, Urban Institute, UMCOR and the United States Agency for International Development. The board's role is to develop Foundation Policy and project concepts; use its networking base to identify staff and specific project management personnel; and monitor the management's activities. The board meets on a quarterly basis.
Karine Harutyunyan Heads the Administration Department of the Armenian branch of UMCOR NGO since 2001. Has been working with international NGOs since 1993. Assisted in founding "Orran" local NGO of needed children
Gayane Tovmasyan has 15 years of professional work experience in the field of Humanitarian and community development related programs; Professional technical expertise in development and reforms related programmes, civil society, advocacy, grant management, program/project management reproductive health and HIV/AIDS.
An award-winning writer, editor, photographer, and TV and radio producer, Pamela J. Karg was called to put her skills to work for the United Methodist Committee on Relief (www.umcor.am) Armenia when it marked its 10th anniversary in 2004. Karg returned in 2005 and has remained with the humanitarian organization as a self-funded Volunteer in Mission through The United Methodist Church. She assists UMCOR with public relations, grant research and editing, and UMVIM team coordination in Armenia and Georgia. She teaches Public Speaking, Business Management Ethics and Agricultural Cooperatives on a part-time basis at the Agribusiness Teaching Center (www.icare.am), a collaborative effort between the Armenian State Agrarian University, the U.S. Department of Agriculture and Texas A&M University. From Armenia, she has contributed to newspapers back in her home state of Wisconsin, web sites such as www.saukcountyfair.com and www.usagnet.com, and international publications such as the Cooperative Communicators Association, Environmental Mining Management in London and USDA's Rural Cooperatives magazine. She is a member of the Yerevan International Women's Club and has taught in the foreign language department of Gladzor University.
Sargis Manukyan is a Board Member of HDP charity Foundation since 2005. Since January 2009 he is working in HDP foundation as a program manager of project Equitable job opportunities for persons with disabilities.
Armine Tukhikyan is a project development and management expert. Her particular interest is in the field of communication. She has been working with international organizations for more than ten years and, particularly, has contributed to several USAID funded projects. Currently Armine works at the Urban Foundation for Sustainable Development as manager of a project called "Communication Improvement in Regional Communities" which is implemented in partnership with the Dutch Government. She also provides consultancy to civil society organizations in public and media relations as well as project development and NGO management. Armine Tukhikyan has been a member of HDP's board since 2007.
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