On Mon., Sept. 9, Shant Mardirossian, the chairman of the Near East Foundation (NEF) will speak at the St. James Armenian Church Men’s Club dinner meeting. The topic of the talk will be the Near East Foundation, an international development foundation that was founded in 1915.
NEF is affiliated with Syracuse University—where its headquarters are located—and operates in seven countries, including Egypt, Jordan, Morocco, the West Bank, Sudan, Mali, and Armenia. Most recently, Mardirossian led NEF’s effort to establish micro-economic development projects in rural Armenian villages. In his professional life, Mardirossian is a partner and the chief operating officer at Kohlberg & Company, L.L.C., a leading U.S. middle-market private equity firm. Mardirossian is a graduate of the Lubin School of Business at Pace University, and holds a B.B.A. in public accounting and an M.B.A. with dual concentration in investment management and strategic management. The social hour will start with mezza at 6:15 p.m., followed by a complete losh kebab and kheyma dinner at 7:00 p.m., for $12 per person. The dinner meeting will be held at the St. James Armenian Church, Charles Mosesian Cultural and Youth Center—Keljik Hall, 465 Mt. Auburn St., Watertown. Ladies are welcome.