Harout Ekmanian

A freelance journalist writing for both Armenian -and English- language publications, Harout, began contributing to the local community weekly at a young age while actively enrolled in youth and student associations in Syria.

He has studied law at the University of Aleppo. He is fluent in Arabic, Armenian, English and Turkish, with a fair knowledge of French and Spanish as well.

He regularly contributes to the Armenian Weekly based in Watertown, Massachusetts (USA). He has written for Forward monthly magazine and Baladna English daily of Syria. His articles and reports have been published in newspapers across Syria, Lebanon, Armenia, Iran, Turkey, UAE, Argentina, Greece, France and USA. He has participated in numerous conferences about development, advocacy groups and journalism. He has had several presentations ranging from the rights of the child, to rule of law, conflict resolution and diaspora issues. Since 2010, he is the licensee of Tokyo based PechaKucha Nights in Aleppo, which is a series of worldwide creative social events and gatherings, besides working on development projects and workshops supporting the preservation and revitalization of the Syrian cultural heritage.

Since 2012, he is working at the Civilitas Foundation's news and research based online television CivilNet.am in Yerevan, as a producer on the international news desk, as well as writing weekly opinion columns.

Currently he is working on his first book, a collection of short stories.