Our Trustees

Our Board of Directors is responsible for the overall control of CAIA and they set the strategic direction of CAIA. The Directors and CEO meet regularly to discuss, decide and review strategies and policies and to receive reports and updates.

The CAIA Directors work on a voluntary basis to ensure that the organisation is doing all it can to support UK Armenians.

Richard Anooshian


Richard is active in London’s Armenian community and chairs CAIA’s Board of Directors. Richard retired from his banking career at JP Morgan Chase where he covered the Middle East and Africa in the Global Petroleum, International Capital Markets and Wealth Management divisions. He also held positions in private banking at HSBC and Barclays. Richard holds a BSc in Arabic from Georgetown University and an AM in Middle East Studies from Harvard University.

Vahe Paklayan

Vice Chairman

Vahé is a lifelong businessman with a vibrant and eclectic background. He has served the Armenian community in various roles as a fundraiser and as a strategist. Vahé played a critical role in building Hayashen’s financial security. As Vice Chair, he supports the Board and is an important advocate for organisation in the Armenian community.

Karine Alexanian

Company Secretary

Karine is a community interpreter and importer of Armenian goods to the UK. She serves as CAIA’s Secretary. In this role, Karine supports the Chair in ensuring the smooth functioning of the Board. Karine ensures the Board maintains effective records and satisfies the legal requirements of governing documents, charity law and company law in the UK.

Ruby Chorbajian


Ruby is a grant writer and fundraising coach who is interested in workplace cultures that empower critical thinking and self-direction. Her consultancy works with executive teams in the UK, US and Europe on revenue generation and strategic planning. Ruby is passionate about CAIA’s mission and enjoys chairing the Strategic Planning Subcommittee, which charts organisational growth initiatives. Ruby holds BA in anthropology from Warren Wilson College in North Carolina. Following a fellowship at the International Institute for Genocide and Human Rights Studies in Toronto, Ontario, Ruby completed an LLM in Human Rights Law at Queen’s University Belfast and the National University of Ireland, Galway.

Diane John


Diane joined the Board in 2014 and was appointed Treasurer in 2016. In this role, Diane oversees the management and reporting of CAIA’s finances. She sits on the Strategic Planning Subcommittee and is involved in strengthening systems and processes to create more efficiency in the Centre. Diane’s background is in technology. Her career includes over 20 years in Worldwide Enterprise Marketing and the establishment of her consulting firm in 1997.

Raffi Varoujian


Raffi is an in-house lawyer for a US-based telecommunications equipment company and was elected to the Board in 2017. He brings nearly 20 years of experience in negotiating complex commercial contracts and advises on compliance and data privacy. Raffi joined the Board to leverage his business experience to advance the mission of the Centre for Armenian Information and Advice.