A Personal Conversation With Former President of Armenia Dr. Armen Sarkissian

Story by Marta Colombo


Over the course of his long career, Dr. Armen Sarkissian has reached the top of many fields. Born in the early 1950s in Yerevan, Armenia, when the now-independent nation was still part of the Soviet Union, Sarkissian has witnessed his beloved country going through enormous changes and has played an integral role in shaping its past, present and future.

After studying physics at the Yerevan State University and pursuing a Ph.D. in Theoretical Physics from the University of Cambridge in the United Kingdom, he made contributions to academia while holding teaching positions at universities in the UK and the United States.

Sarkissian’s political career began in the 1990s, when he served as the Prime Minister of Armenia from 1996 to 1997. Following his tenure as PM, he was appointed as the Armenian Ambassador to the United Kingdom, where he played a vital role in promoting diplomatic relations between the two countries.

Decades of public service and devotion to the country’s development landed him the role of President of Armenia In 2018. While Sarkissian’s role was largely ceremonial, he represented the country on the international stage and performed various diplomatic functions.

His background in physics, diplomatic experience, well-known and documented business acumen, and involvement in politics, have all contributed to his multifaceted and ever fascinating career.

During the recent Prestel & Partner Family Office forum in London, we had the privilege to sit down with Sarkissian for an in-depth conversation. Here, he shares details about growing up under Soviet rule, the importance of freedom and what success really means to him.

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