Team

Sona Tatoyan

Co-Founder, Hakawati;
Director, The Hakawati Project

Is a first generation Syrian-Armenian-American actor/writer/producer with bases in LA, Berlin,Yerevan, and Aleppo. As an actress, stage credits include world premieres at Yale Repertory Theatre, The Goodman Theatre, The American Conservatory Theatre and others. She starred in The Journey, the first American independent film shot in Armenia (winner, Audience Award Milan Film Festival, 2002). Her first feature film script, The First Full Moon, was a 2011 Sundance/RAWI Screenwriters […]

Jennifer Robinson

Co-Founder, Hakawati

Is an Australian barrister at Doughty Street Chambers in London specializing in human rights, media, public, and international law. She has dedicated her career to human rights, building power in social movements and supporting marginalised communities. Jen has acted in cases for individuals, governments and non-governmental organisations before international, regional and British courts, including before the International Court of Justice. Her work often involves UN engagement on international law and human […]

Leo Cerda

Executive Director, Hakawati

Is a member of the Kichwa community of Serena in the Ecuadorian Amazon. As a climate activist and indigenous rights defender he focuses on efforts to build a more just and sustainable society. Like many indigenous people at a young age he had no choice but to learn about the struggles of his people and started working with local grassroots organizations to create awareness about the environmental and cultural impacts caused by the oil industry. He is the Founder of the HAKHU Project, a young organization that supports community-based […]

Raffi Niziblian

Producer, The Hakawati Project

Holds a degree from Concordia University (Montreal, Canada) in Communications Studies specializing in Film and TV Production. In 2002, following his 5-year tenure as Field Executive for Scouts Canada’s Quebec Provincial Council, Raffi directed his expertise towards Armenia as the Program Director for the Land and Culture Organization (LCO) where he implemented the promotion, outreach and expansion of this multinational organization. Raffi was hand picked to become the Commercial Manager for VivaCell Mobile Operator in 2005.  […]

Naré Mkrtchyan

Producer of labs/films,
The Hakawati Project

Was born in Armenia and raised in Los Angeles. She combines both worlds: the American filmmaking technique and international, independent spirit. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Film Production from the University of Southern California School of Cinematic Arts. She was a producer and director of over 60 short films and productions. Her documentary The Other Side of Home became the first Armenian Genocide film to ever make the shortlist of the Academy Awards. Being a grandchild of survivors of the Armenian […]

Anna Kamay

Project Manager,
The Hakawati Project

Is an independent curator, cultural manager and producer, currently based in Armenia, who organizes community-based art projects with the goal of using public space and contemporary art to meet local needs. Kamay curated two major exhibits tackling the issues of Syrian refugees in Armenia and Nagorno Karabakh – “The Newcomers: Syrians in Armenia”(2016) and “Home to Home”(2017). She is the founder of the first international contemporary art festival of Stepanakert – Artsakh Fest, aimed at […]

Shaker N. Muasher

Head of the Advisory Board

Was born and raised in Amman, Jordan. He speaks fluent Arabic, English and conversational Spanish, and earned his B.A. from Stanford University in International Relations with Minors in Economics and Energy Resource Engineering. Currently Managing Partner at RANCO Holdings, Shaker is also the Co-Founder and Director of Strategy of Wings of Hope Foundation, a non-profit organization that is also a founding member of Naua, the region’s first social impact online platform focusing on philanthropy and volunteerism. Shaker also serves on the Board […]