Shushan Doydoyan, PhD, is the founder and president of the Freedom of Information Center of Armenia since 2001. Ms. Doydoyan is an FOI activist who initiated and promoted adoption of the Armenian FOI Law in 2003. Mrs. Doydoyan is a Steering Committee member of the FOI Advocates Network in since 2010, 2004-2006. She was also one of the founder members of the Access Info Europe. Her current work includes providing FOI trainings for civil servants and civil society groups, monitoring of implementation of the FOI Law of Armenia, organizing wide public campaign, providing legal advisory to the general public on access rights, developing manuals and handbooks both for the general public and public servants of Armenia on how to use and how to implement the Armenian FOI Law.
Mrs. Doydoyan is a professor at Journalism Department, Yerevan State University. She teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in “Media Law” and “Media Ethics”. She has published more than 60 articles in both popular and scholarly journals on the subject of Freedom of Information. As a reporter, she worked for the Reporters Without Borders, Armenian Public Radio, Internews/Armenia and the Association of Investigative Journalists of Armenia.
She has law and journalism backgrounds and is a Doctor of Philology since 2001.
FOICA's board Member, PR manager, FOI Expert
From July 2001 to present Liana Doydoyan is a founder member of the Freedom of Information Centre of Armenia,(ww.foi.am). Now she is a project director of the “Freedom of Information Law Implementation in RA” project co-financed by OSCE office in Yerevan and USAID. From September 2005 to present she is a Professor at Journalism Department, Yerevan State University, Courses: E-Governance and Civil Society.
From November 2004 to October 2009 sh e is a editor in Chief of the Internet department of the Armenian Public Television. From January 2001 to 2007 Liana Doydoyan was a head of the “.am” department, of PanArmenian Network. From February 1997 to January 2001 Producer of the Radio Program “The Law” of the Public Radio of Armenia.
She has participated a lot of seminars and Conferences, such as: “Civil society and the right to access to state held information: responses to recent European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) decisions”, Budapest, Hungary. “Investigation Journalism” Washington, Seattle, New York. USA. “Computer assisted Investigative reporting” seminar. Maastricht, Netherland, etc…
Anahit Kocharyan is a founder member of FOICA. As a FOICA member she has performed with articles on freedom of information right, which have been published in the press, on the official site of FOICA and in the bulletin “You Have a Right to Know”. Since June 1, 2010, Anahit Kocharyan has been involved in the FOICA’s “Access to Information for Community Involvment” program as a training manager.
In 2002 Anahit Kocharyan graduated the Faculty of Journalism of Yerevan State University and in 2004 she graduated the Master’s course of the same faculty. Now she is an applicant of the Department of press history and press theory of the Faculty of Journalism, and the theme of her dissertation is “Judiciary and Press”.
From 1999 to 2006 Anahit Kocharyan worked in the weekly newspapers " The TV Channel " and "The Third Force", in the monthly newspaper “Law and Reality” and in newspapers “Aravot”, “The Armenian Time”, “Legal Newspaper” and “Go Ahead”.
Gevorg Hayrapetyan is the lawyer of the Freedom of Information Center of Armenia Since 2005. In 2007 Gevorg Hayrapetyan graduated the study in the Law Faculty of Yerevan State University, and in 2006 he graduated the study in Legal Clinic of the Law Faculty of YSU. The theme of his final work was “Freedom of Information in the Republic of Armenia”. He has passed trainings in Short-term Courses on Freedom of Information in Ukraine (2005, Kiev) and in the Check Republic (2006, Prague). Gevorg Hayrapetyan is a FOI expert.
Gevorg Hayrapetyan is a author of 4 books on FOI - “Access to Information Right. Collection of Court Cases” ((co-author - Shushan Doydoyan, Yerevan, 2006), “Public elections” (co-author - Marine Hakobyan, Yerevan, 2007), “Access to Information Right. Collection of Court Cases” Volume 2 (co-author - Shushan Doydoyan, Yerevan, 2010), “The Legal regulation of the right to freedom of information in the Republic of Armenia: Commentaries” (co-author - Shushan Doydoyan, Karapet Harutyunyan, Yerevan, 2010). He also has published more than 15 articles on FOI.
Svetlana Stepanyan is the member of FOICA stuff since May, 2010.
Svetlana Stepanyan has graduated the Faculty of Russian Language and Literature of Yerevan State Linguistic University named after Valery Bryusov.
Marina Safaryan is pluralistically the chief accountant of “Freedom of Information Center of Armenia” NGO. She conducts all the documentation and financial analyses of the Center, working with local tax inspectorates, state social security bodies, as well as with banks. In 2002 Marina Safaryan graduated from the faculty of Economics of Armenian Agricultural Academy with a BA major in Accounting and Audit.
In 2002-2004 she pursued a Master’s degree with the same major.
In 2000-2002 she studied and graduated from the department of Economics of Texas A&M University’s Agribusiness Teaching Center (ATC) majoring in Agribusiness, where the whole two-year courses were taught in English, and a certificate was awarded.
She masters the “Armenian Software” accounting software, and is comfortable with working in HSBC NET, ACBA Online systems. Today she is a 6th stage ACCA student. Since 2006 she has been working for “Grant Thornton” CJSC as accountant.