BERGE SETRAKIAN, AGBU PRESIDENT

Berge Setrakian is the seventh President of the Armenian General Benevolent Union (AGBU), the world’s largest pan-Armenian organization. Born in Beirut, Lebanon in 1949, Setrakian has been an active, life-long AGBU member and has held various leadership positions in the organization, first in Lebanon, and later in the USA. In 1977, Setrakian became the youngest person to ever be elected to the AGBU Central Board of Directors. After several decades of service on the Board, Setrakian was elected Secretary of the AGBU Central Board of Directors. Five years later, he was elected AGBU Vice President-Secretary. He was elected President of AGBU on February 22, 2002, and continues to serve in this capacity.

Before moving to the United States in 1976, Setrakian was an active political figure in Lebanon’s university student circles, and Head of the pan-Lebanon scout movement.

During his years on the AGBU Board, President Setrakian closely cooperated with his predecessors, Alex Manoogian and Louise Manoogian Simone. For more than thirty years, Setrakian has traveled the world, strengthening his ties with AGBU networks, structures and Armenian youth. In particular, he has focused on youth who, as third- or fourth-generation Diasporan-Armenians, have never closely identified with their Armenian heritage. He has also expanded the Union’s activities in Armenia and the Diaspora, focusing on new initiatives and projects.

Berge Setrakian is married to Vera Nazarian Setrakian and has two daughters: Ani, a New York-based attorney, and Lara, a political commentator working with well-known international news agencies such as ABC, Bloomberg and others.

Setrakian is fluent in Armenian, Arabic, English and French. He has received Masters Degrees in French and Comparative Law from St. Joseph University in Beirut and Lyon University in France. Today, he is a senior partner at a leading law firm in New York.

Setrakian is a member of the New York Bar Association, as well as the Beirut Bar Association. He serves on the Boards of various non-profit and non-governmental organizations, as well as the American-Lebanese Task Force for Lebanon. He is a member of the Board of Trustees of the American University of Armenia.

In 2011, Berge Setrakian was awarded with the Order of Honor by the President of the Republic of Armenia for his outstanding contributions to protecting the country’s national interests, as well as his lifelong, unwavering dedication, and patriotic and other services to Armenia.

 
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