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President Setrakian

Going The Distance

Berge Setrakian’s on-the-ground strategy for promoting Armenian unity


In an age of instant communications where global leaders can connect with their constituencies from wherever there is an internet connection, AGBU President Berge Setrakian has resisted the virtual approach in favor of connecting in person with members of the vast network of AGBU districts, chapters and offices. These interactions have been captured over the past 20 years through photographic images that give us a glimpse into the special relationships Mr. Setrakian has cultivated with diverse Armenian communities, each with its own cultural influences, histories, perspectives, and areas of greatest need.

On February 22, 2022 the AGBU Central Board released a global statement of gratitude to President Setrakian. To accompany this, AGBU Magazine released this small sample of his tireless itinerary through his storied tenure as the seventh president of AGBU.

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ddressing a sold out crowd at a gala fundraiser in London. (2018);
ddressing a sold out crowd at a gala fundraiser in London. (2018);
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Addressing a sold out crowd at a gala fundraiser in London. (2018);
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Unveiling ceremony for a new Scout House project in Buenos Aires. (2010)
Unveiling ceremony for a new Scout House project in Buenos Aires. (2010)
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Unveiling ceremony for a new Scout House project in Buenos Aires. (2010)
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Greeted by AGBU Scouts in Montreal. (2015)
Greeted by AGBU Scouts in Montreal. (2015)
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Greeted by AGBU Scouts in Montreal. (2015)
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 At the 82nd General Assembly and inauguration of his presidency with the weekend’s organizing committee. (2002);
At the 82nd General Assembly and inauguration of his presidency with the weekend’s organizing committee. (2002);
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At the 82nd General Assembly and inauguration of his presidency with the weekend’s organizing committee. (2002)
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Visiting with young community members at the AGBU Manoogian Demirdjian School in Canoga Park, California. (2018
Visiting with young community members at the AGBU Manoogian Demirdjian School in Canoga Park, California. (2018
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Visiting with young community members at the AGBU Manoogian Demirdjian School in Canoga Park, California. (2018
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A cheerful visit with the youngest students at Lazar Najarian-Calouste Gulbenkian School. (2008);
A cheerful visit with the youngest students at Lazar Najarian-Calouste Gulbenkian School. (2008);
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A cheerful visit with the youngest students at Lazar Najarian-Calouste Gulbenkian School. (2008);
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urveying humanitarian efforts in response to the Beirut blast at the Sil El Fil basecamp in Lebanon. (2021)
urveying humanitarian efforts in response to the Beirut blast at the Sil El Fil basecamp in Lebanon. (2021)
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Surveying humanitarian efforts in response to the Beirut blast at the Sil El Fil basecamp in Lebanon.
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Welcomed by young beneficiaries of AGBU ’s programming in Armenia, on his first trip to Armenia as President. (2004)
Welcomed by young beneficiaries of AGBU ’s programming in Armenia, on his first trip to Armenia as President. (2004)
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Welcomed by young beneficiaries of AGBU’s programming in Armenia, on his first trip to Armenia as President. (2004)
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Always ready for candid conversation and exchange during the recent AGBU European Consultative Meetings in Geneva. (2022)
Always ready for candid conversation and exchange during the recent AGBU European Consultative Meetings in Geneva. (2022)
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Always ready for candid conversation and exchange during the recent AGBU European Consultative Meetings in Geneva. (2022
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Meeting with First Deputy Mayor of Marseilles Renaud Muselier and AGBU community leaders. (2005)
Meeting with First Deputy Mayor of Marseilles Renaud Muselier and AGBU community leaders. (2005)
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Meeting with First Deputy Mayor of Marseilles Renaud Muselier and AGBU community leaders. (2005)
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Berge Setrakian with a new graduate at AGBU Alex & Marie Manoogian School where he also served as the ceremony’s keynote speaker. (2018)
Berge Setrakian with a new graduate at AGBU Alex & Marie Manoogian School where he also served as the ceremony’s keynote speaker. (2018)
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Berge Setrakian with a new graduate at AGBU Alex & Marie Manoogian School where he also served as the ceremony’s
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Paying respects to the fallen soldiers of the 44-Day War in Artsakh. (2021);
Paying respects to the fallen soldiers of the 44-Day War in Artsakh. (2021);
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Paying respects to the fallen soldiers of the 44-Day War in Artsakh. (2021)
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Celebrating the 100th anniversary of AGBU at the Chateau of Versailles with dignitaries and special guests. (2006)
Celebrating the 100th anniversary of AGBU at the Chateau of Versailles with dignitaries and special guests. (2006)
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Celebrating the 100th anniversary of AGBU at the Chateau of Versailles with dignitaries and special guests. (2006)

Originally published in the September 2022 ​issue of AGBU Magazine. end character

About the AGBU Magazine

AGBU Magazine is of the most widely circulated English language Armenian magazines in the world, available in print and digital format. Each issue delivers insights and perspective on subjects and themes relating to the Armenian world, accompanied by original photography, exclusive high-profile interviews, fun facts and more.