We are pleased to announce the appointment of Dr Juan de Lara as the new Director of The Armenian Institute. Dr De Lara is an archaeologist, art historian, and digital engineer with over 20 years of experience leading businesses and charities. He also holds the position of Associate Researcher at the University of Oxford – Khalili Research Centre for the Art and Material Culture of the Middle East and is also a Trustee of Global Learning London.
Previously, he served as the Director of the Bagri Foundation (2021–2023), where he spearheaded the organisation’s endeavours to foster and celebrate the arts and culture of Asia. Prior to this role, he held the position of Cultural Manager at Asia House (2018–2021) and has been an advisor for The Victoria and Albert Museum exhibition ‘Epic Iran’ (2020) and consultant for the world-leading cultural consultancy firm Barker Langham (2019–2023). Dr De Lara’s academic background includes extensive research in the archaeology of the ancient and late antique Mediterranean, the Near East, and the Caucasus. His work focuses on understanding cross-cultural networks that existed between societies throughout this time. Currently, his research delves into the interactions between ancient Urartu and the Aegean during the first millennium BCE.
Dr De Lara said: “I am honoured to be entrusted with the opportunity to serve not only the Armenian community but also the global stage in advancing and celebrating the culture and heritage of the Armenian people. This endeavour promises to be an extraordinary chapter in the annals of our institute’s history. I look forward to fostering meaningful collaborations with each of you, as we embark on a shared mission promoting cultural awareness while remaining attuned to the ever-evolving social needs of our time. As we continue to build upon the legacy of this esteemed centre together, let us ensure that it resounds deeply within the hearts of generations to come.”
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