The Urban Foundation for Sustainable Development (UFSD) is a non-for profit organization. It is the  spin-off of the Urban Institute (Washington D.C.) team that successfully implemented a multimillion USAID funded Earthquake Zone Recovery Project in 1999-2005. The UFSD was legally registered in April of 2004 with the aim of utilizing the team’s expertise and experience in a number of areas: Democratization and Human Rights Integrated Community Development, and Regional Cooperation.

The Board of Trustees

Armen Varosyan, Chairperson
Armine Tukhikyan
Hayastan Stepanyan
Sashure Kalashyan
Chuck Specht

Advisory Board

Anke Ruige
Antonella Valmorbida
Raymond Struyk
Steve Anlian
Wolfgang Amann


Nune Ghazakhetsyan, Executive Director

Project Staff

Armine Tukhikyan, Component Lead
Hayastan Stepanyan, Component Lead
Armen Varosyan, Chief of Party
Samvel Nazaryan, Team Leader
Rubina Devrikyan, Senior Monitoring and Evaluation Advisor
Gayane Sargsyan, Project Coordinator
Nonna Margaryan, Local Project Coordinator
Karen Hovhannesyan, Local Project Coordinator
Hermine Varosyan, Project Officer
Margarita Terzyan, Project Officer
Yelena Mamajanyan, Project Assistant

Admin and Finance Staff

Karine Gharibyan, Financial Director
Armenuhi Vanoyan, Administrative and HR Manager
Mher Harutyunyan, Accountant