12:07, 2 March, 2018
YEREVAN, MARCH 2, ARMENPRESS. Members of Parliament of Armenia have elected Armen Sarkissian to serve as 4th President of the country.
90 lawmakers voted in favor of Sarkissian’s candidacy, while 10 voted against.
“101 MPs took part in the voting. There were 101 ballots in the ballot box, with only 1 ballot being declared invalid. Armen Sarkissian has been elected President of the Republic of Armenia,” Gagik Melikyan, chairman of the temporary counting committee, said.
Armen Sarkissian is of no relation to incumbent President Serzh Sargsyan.
Biography of Armen Sarkissian, according to the official website of the ministry of foreign affairs.
1976-1984 Yerevan State University, Professor of Physics, Founder of the Department of Computer Modelling of Complex Systems at the University’s Department of Theoretical Physics
1984-1985, 1989-1991 Visiting research fellow and later Professor at the University of Cambridge, Institute of Mathematics of London University
1991-1995 Ambassador of Armenia to the UK
1991-1999 Senior Ambassador to Europe, Ambassador to the European Union, Belgium, the Netherlands, Luxembourg and the Vatican
1995-1996 Head of Mission of the Republic of Armenia to the EU
1996-1997 Prime Minister of Armenia
1998-1999 Reappointed Ambassador of Armenia to the UK
1993-2000 Special Advisor of the President of the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development and Governor of EBRD
2000 Founding President of the Eurasia House International
2001-2011 Founder and Director of the Eurasia Centre at the Cambridge University’s Judge Business School
2002 Initiator of the Eurasian Media Forum (Astana),
2003 Founder of the High Power Annual Conference at the Cambridge University
2001-2013 Senior Advisor of the companies British Petroleum, Alcatel, Telefonica, Bank of America Merrill Lynch and other multinational corporations
HONORARY AND EXECUTIVE POSITIONS
Chairman of Global Council on Energy Security (WEFForum)
Vice Chairman of East west institute (EWI)
Commission member of Euro-Atlantic Security Initiative (Chair of Energy Security)
Founding President of British-Armenian All Party Parliamentary Group
Board Member of Global Leadership Foundation (GLF)
Dean’s Advisory Council, Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University;
Dean’s Advisory Council, Harris School of Public Policy Studies, University of Chicago;
John Smith Trust member, London, UK;
International Economic Alliance, Global Leadership Foundation;
Honorary Senior Research Fellow at School of Mathematical Sciences, Queen Mary & Westfield College, London University;
Honorary doctor of National Academy of Sciences of Armenia;
1997 St. Gregory the Great Award from His Holiness the Pope John Paul II
2008 St. Gregory the Illuminator medal from His Holiness Karekin II, Catholicos Patriarch of All Armenians
Has authored numerous academic articles and publications on theoretical physics, astrophysics, computer modelling, political science and transition economics.
Holds Diplomatic rank of the Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary.
Theoretical Physics and Mathematics, Yerevan State University
Born on June 23, 1953, in Yerevan, Armenia. Married, has two sons.
English –translator/editor: Stepan Kocharyan