Board of Trustees

Ani Attamian

Chair of the Board of  Trustees

Ani Attamian is a strategic problem solver and coalition builder focused on business growth for global partners in industries ranging from technology, publishing, education, finance, retail, and consumer packaged goods, among others. She has nearly 20 years of experience managing multinational teams between North America, the United Kingdom and Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA).

In Ani’s current role at Google, she leads the EMEA team that is responsible for building Product Partnerships between EMEA Publishers and Google Play. Her experience ranges from transformation of global retail and technology businesses in the B2B and B2C space in Silicon Valley to working across sales, media buying, as well as product development throughout various traditional and digital advertising agencies.

Ani holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Northeastern University as well as Master of Science in Media from Boston University. She resides in London with her husband, Arnaud, and 2 sons, Levon & Matevos.


Yana Genova

Member of the Board of Trustees

Yana Genova is currently director of Next Page Foundation ( – an international NGO based in Sofia, Bulgaria that strives to contribute to a more balanced participation of “peripheral” languages and countries in the global circulation of ideas and books. Before starting the Next Page Foundation in 2001, Yana Genova has been working as program manager at Open Society Institute – Budapest in charge of a large translation project for 24 countries in Central and Eastern Europe as well as at the Soros Center for the Arts in Sofia (1994-1999). 

Yana holds an MA in Cultural Studies and frequently contributes to a number of Bulgarian cultural periodicals. She works also as a freelance consultant to independent cultural projects, cultural policy initiatives and EU cultural programmes. A co-author, with Georgi Gospodinov, of Inventory Book of Socialism (Prosveta, Sofia, 2006).


Alexis Krikorian

Member of the Board of Trustees

Born in 1974, Alexis Krikorian graduated from the Lyon Institute of Political Science in 1996, and from the Geneva Graduate Institute of International Studies in 1999 with a master in international relations. For 7 years, he led the freedom to publish program of the International Publishers Association. He is now Senior Partnership Manager at Amnesty International in Geneva. In 2016, he co-founded Hyestart, an NGO supporting cultural democracy in Armenia and neighboring countries.

Alexis is a passionate human rights professional with a strong interest in the promotion of literature.

Armine Nalbandian

Member of the Board of Trustees

Arminé Nalbandian is a public policy leader with more than a decade of experience advising governments and organisations on social policy and economic development strategies. She is currently Deputy Chief of Staff and Director of Policy to the New South Wales Premier in Australia.

Arminé’s previous positions within the New South Wales Government include Head of Social Policy and Premier’s Priorities to the Premier, and Deputy Chief of Staff and Senior Adviser to the New South Wales Treasurer. Her policy experience spans various countries, with roles as a US Fulbright Scholar, an economic development advisor to the NSW Aboriginal Land Council, managing place-based economic development initiatives at the National Competitiveness Foundation of Armenia, and advising two Massachusetts governors.

Arminé graduated summa cum laude as a Presidential Scholar from Northeastern University in Boston. She holds a Master of Science in International Development from the London School of Economics as a Luys Scholar, and a Master of Commerce in Strategy and Innovation from the University of Sydney as a Business Leaders Scholar.

Alain Navarra

Member of the Board of Trustees

Alain Navarra is an art historian with a comprehensive international experience and network in the domains of art and visual culture with a strong interest in interdisciplinary perspective covering the fields of politics, history, art, cultural studies and social issues. Alain is also an invited lecturer in various respectable universities in Europe. He is the President of Hyestart, an NGO with the goals to support the development of a cultural democracy, promoting human rights in Armenia and South Caucasus and the neighboring countries, with a special focus on freedom of expression. Also, it supports socially-challenging projects with a focus on contemporary artistic creation and initiatives which encourage and promote cultural diversity in the region.