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Ruben Vardanyan. Main achievements

In Russia

  • Ruben Vardanyan stood at the origins of the Moscow School of Management Skolkovo — a talent factory of Russian professional managers.
  • He co-founded the Scholae Mundi Charity Foundation. In Russia, he supports the Surpass Dreams scholarship program for students pursuing finance, economics and mathematics. Another project of the foundation is the Hand-in-Hand Grant Contest aimed at encouraging the best integration and inclusion practices among children and adolescents in educational and cultural institutions.
  • He joined the Board of Trustees of Alexander Gorchakov Public Diplomacy Fund
  • Using Ruben’s personal funds, the temple complex of the Diocese of the Armenian Church of New Nakhichevan and Russia was built in Moscow. Vardanyan is one of its major benefactors.
  • He launched the Philin project, and since 2014, it has streamlined the work of over 100 Russian NCOs and charitable foundations, 30 of which were created with Ruben Vardanyan’s participation. Since 2020, Philin has been part of the Philin Philgood Group of companies, which has won over 25 major industry awards.
  • He co-founded the ANO Primakov Center for International Cooperation.
  • He became a jury member for the Yidan Prize, the most prominent international prize for contributions to education development.
  • He co-founded ‘Club 2015’, a community of professional managers, ImpactFuture — Russia’s first platform for socially transformative investments, as well as Noôdome, a unique space in Moscow for creative minds.
  • He sponsored Doctor Liza’s Charity Foundation and the Dialogue of Civilizations Research Institute.
  • He was a member of the Council under the President of the Russian Federation for the Implementation of Priority National Projects and Demographic Policy, the Board of Trustees of the Russian National Orchestra, boards of the Pushkin State Museum of Fine Arts foundations, and Public Council of the Scientific and Practical Center for Interventional Cardioangiology of Sechenov Moscow Medical University Clinical Center.
  • He provided managerial assistance to Podari Zhizn and Artist charity foundations, as well as to Konstantin Khabenskiy’s Charity Fund.
  • He acted as a mentor in the Leaders of Russia management competition.

State and industry awards

  • He received a letter of appreciation from Chairman of the Government of the Russian Federation Dmitry Medvedev and Patriarch Kirill for his contribution to the restoration of the Russian Monastery of St. Panteleimon on Mount Athos and the cell of the Holy Great Martyr Demetrius of Thessalonica.
  • He won the AIB Presidential Award (USA) for his contribution to educational development. Over several years, Vardanyan has supported educational institutions such as Lomonosov Moscow State University, RANEPA, the Russian School of Economics, as well as the Guanghua School of Management (China), International Christian University (Japan) and the Fundação Dom Cabral Business School (Brazil).

In Artsakh

  • Vardanyan launched the Aurora for Artsakh program to provide humanitarian aid to Armenian residents of the region affected by the 2020 military conflict.
  • He founded the Artsakh Territorial Development Agency ‘We are Our Mountains.’ With Vardanyan’s funds and donations, the agency provided over 280 tons of food to the population, as well as electric generators essential for the uninterrupted operation of water supply systems in Stepanakert, Martuni and other settlements. Additionally they provided them with several hundred wood-burning stoves and building materials for the restoration of residential buildings damaged during the 2020 war.
  • With support from ‘We are Our Mountains’, a mobile medical care team for remote area residents has been created and equipped.
  • He launched educational projects for children and adults in Artsakh.

In Armenia

  • He opened an international boarding school UWC Dilijan College in Dilijan. Tuition for over 70% of students is fully or partially funded through grants.
  • He co-founded the Aurora Humanitarian Initiative to help the most vulnerable people of the world. Since 2015, the initiative has supported more than 400 social projects in 56 countries and regions. 2.7 million people worldwide have received direct or indirect aid, more than half of them being children.