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Originally from Lake Tahoe, California, Jeff Kalousdian has lived and worked in Armenia since 1992.  He brings 15 years of Armenian operational know-how and extensive cultural and social insight to HERE.

Kalousdian’s work has drawn him to some of the world’s most volatile and challenging areas, including Kosovo, Abkhazia and Nagorno Karabagh.  Specializing in economic development and international relations, Kalousdian has managed post-conflict recovery and economic development projects in Armenia, Georgia, Serbia and Macedonia.  Sponsors behind these programs include the United Nations, European Union and the U.S. Government.

In Armenia and Karabagh, Kalousdian has managed multi-million dollar development programs and advised the United Nations, Red Cross, Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe, Save the Children, Open Society Institute, Danish International Development Agency and the Armenian Government.  In 2006, Kalousdian helped pioneer the Directors Across Borders program at Yerevan’s Golden Apricot Film Festival.  DAB works to build regional peace and tolerance by supporting cross-border film production.

Kalousdian currently divides his time between the U.S. and Armenia.