The Centre for Armenian Information and Advice employs a small dedicated team led by Misak Ohanian who work together to support the community along with dedicated volunteers.
Misak Ohanian – CEO
Misak founded CAIA in 1986 and was appointed Chief Executive in 1988. Misak has served the Armenian community for over 30 years and leads the implementation of the overall strategy agreed by the board of trustees. In 2015 Misak received an Honorary Award for outstanding service in recognition of the UK’s Armenian community from His Excellency Armen Liloyan.
Arthur Manuk Cahill – Advice Worker
Arthur joined CAIA as an Advice Worker in November 2013, having previously held a Legal Advisor role within the Insurance Industry. He is a non-practising solicitor and a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Legal Executives. Since joining CAIA, Manuk has obtained the OISC Qualification Level 1 and is currently undergoing his Post Graduate Certificate in Education as well as a Masters Degree in Law.
Armine Sargsyan – Preschool
Armine runs our Preschool for children up to 4 years of age. She graduated from the Armenian State University of Economics in Yerevan and has worked with children for over 15 years.
Zarine Avagimyan – Digital Champion Project Coordinator
Zarine has joined the CAIA staff team as a Digital Champion Project Coordinator. She has a Bachelor’s degree in Geography and Pedagogy from Yerevan State University, QCF level 6 diploma in Business Management, Operations Management Diploma. Zarine has worked as a Project Manager, she has also got teaching experience with different age groups. Zarine is an easy-going person who enjoys traveling and exploring new countries and cultures. In people, Zarine values honesty and kindness.
Melanie Momdjian – Befriending Project Coordinator
Majored in advertising, specialized in Art Direction and Copywriting at Universidad de Palermo, Argentina. Melanie helped run the family restaurant business of Armenian-Arabic cuisine for 8 years before moving to the UK. She joined the CAIA in 2021 first as a volunteer, then became a Befriending Coordinator. Nowadays responsible for various administrative tasks and weekly Elder’s club operations. In addition to English, she speaks Armenian, Spanish, and Portuguese. Melanie enjoys working in an Armenian institution where she can help other Armenians.
We are extremely grateful to all of the volunteers who throughout the years have supplied us with many hours of support. As a small organisation this has enabled us to continue to provide much needed valuable services to the community. If you are interested in supporting us please visit our volunteering page.