Armine was born in Armenia, and moved with her family to the United States as a young child. She holds a B.A. in Diplomacy and World Affairs from Occidental College (1985), and is a graduate of the School of Law of the University of California at Los Angeles (1988). She was a practicing civil litigator in Los Angeles prior to moving to Armenia more than ten years ago with her husband, Raffi, and their children. Before assuming her current post as Executive Director of Junior Achievement of Armenia, Mrs. Hovannisian was the Director of Project Hope. The Hovannisians are the parents of five children, ranging in age from six to sixteen years. Moved by the plight of the street children in Yerevan, the Hovannisians founded Orran in April 2000, with the initial intent of assisting sixteen vulnerable street children. Ms. Hovannisian served as the Chairperson of the Orran Board of Directors from its inception through September 2002, and is currently acting as the Board’s Secretary.
Author of Civic Education textbook.
Married to Raffi Hovannisian, five children.
Founder of Orran, a benevolent organization which helps vagrant children and their families.