Representative of the Nagorno Karabakh Republic
Mr. VARDAN BARSEGHIAN,
Vardan Barseghian was born in 1970 in Stepanakert, the capital of Nagorno Karabakh.
In 1993 he graduated from Moscow Institute of Construction and Engineering.
After his return to Nagorno Karabakh in 1993 he worked for the international organization MSF — "Doctors Without Borders", where he was responsible for administrative and logistic issues for the mission in Stepanakert.
In 1996-1997 Mr. Barseghian served as Assistant to then NKR Foreign Minister Arkady Ghoukasian. He participated in OSCE-conducted monitoring of contact line between Nagorno Karabakh and Azerbaijan armies and in meetings with OSCE Minsk Group negotiators.
In 1997-1999 Mr. Barseghian worked in Stepanakert Office of the International Committee of the Red Cross. He took active part in organization and distribution of food, shelter and hygiene supplies to the war-torn population of Karabakh's Jraberd, Khachen and Dizak provinces, as well as in pioneering several ICRC reconstruction and agro-programs in Nagorno Karabakh.
In August of 1999 by President Ghoukasian's decree Mr. Barseghian was appointed the Permanent Representative of the Nagorno Karabakh Republic to the United States. Since 1997 NKR maintains a representation office (a de-facto Embassy) in Washington, D.C. Mr. Barseghian is the chief executive officer of the Office of the Nagorno Karabakh Republic in the United States (NKR Office). The NKR Office is registered with U.S. Government under Foreign Agent Registration Act.
Vardan Barseghian is married to Ms. Lusine Antonian and they have two boys, Robert and Thomas.