The Eastern Diocese is pleased to announce that it has hired a new Director of Administration, who will function as the head administrative officer of the Diocesan Center in New York City. Dr. Armen Baibourtian has accepted the position effective January 20.
Dr. Baibourtian comes to the Diocese from a quarter-century career in the fields of diplomacy, government service, administrative management, and the academy, which has taken him from Armenia to the United States, the European Union, and India. A native of our homeland, Dr. Baibourtian holds doctoral degrees in Modern World History and International Studies from Yerevan State University and Jawaharlal Nehru University of India, respectively. He has also received graduate certification from Harvard and M.I.T.
Immediately prior to taking on the position of Diocesan Director of Administration, he served on the faculty of the University of Massachusetts Amherst, as a professor in the department of Political Science.
His career in international diplomacy began in the Republic of Armenia, where he served as a counselor in foreign policy to the Speaker of the Parliament and joined the diplomatic service at the Foreign Ministry. In the inaugural days of Armenia’s establishment of a Permanent Mission to the United Nations, he was assigned as Deputy Permanent Representative (in which capacity he worked at the Mission’s original offices located in the Diocesan Center in New York). He subsequently took up duties as Armenia’s first Consul General in Los Angeles, California, where he established the Consulate-General and led its overall operations, including administrative and fiscal management.
After returning to Yerevan in the capacity of Deputy Foreign Minister, he also co-chaired the country’s security dialogue with the U.S. Subsequently, Dr. Baibourtian was made Armenia’s first Ambassador to India, Nepal, Sri Lanka, and Indonesia, residing in New Delhi. Through the support of the Armenian Church in India, he was instrumental in erecting a beautiful chancery building in New Delhi that houses the Armenian Embassy. Along with his diplomatic duties, he managed the staff and the facilities in India for almost five years.
In the assignment that came next, Dr. Baibourtian was appointed Deputy Foreign Minister for the second time and supervised three large departments at the Armenian Foreign Ministry. He also performed the functions of Armenia’s Chief Negotiator with the European Union for the European Neighborhood Policy Action Plan. In his subsequent six-year work as Senior Advisor to the United Nations Resident Coordinator in Armenia, he enhanced his skills in results-based management at the UN office in Yerevan.
Dr. Baibourtian is a member of numerous distinguished professional and diplomatic societies, and the recipient of several prestigious awards, including the Fridtjof Nansen Humanitarian Service medal.