BOARD OF DIRECTORS' MEMBER, FINCA ARMENIA
Ararat Gyulumyan was born on August 10, 1975. He has 16 years of experience in finance and accounting. Currently Ararat is Assistant Controller at “Cordiant” Investment management. He served as the Audit Manager at Baker Tilly, Ukraine, which is a Member firm of Baker Tilly International, based in Kiev, Ukraine. Since the year of 2009, for about 6 years, Ararat was Chief Financial Officer at FINCA Russia. In his rich career path of finance professional, Ararat participated in audit engagements of a number of banks and enterprises in Ukraine, Russia, Armenia, Georgia and Belarus. Ararat earned his Bachelor’s degree in Economics and Mathematical Modeling at Yerevan State University. He holds a Diploma on higher specialized education (D.E.S.S.) in banking and financial techniques from Université Panthéon in Paris, France. He is also a graduate of American Bankers Association Stonier Graduate School of Banking. Ararat is a Fellow member ACCA since March 2010, CPA British Columbia and CPA Quebec Member since April 2015 and January 2016, respectively.
What activities enrich your life?
Spending time with my kids, learning from them to smile, feel happiness, love and enjoy simple things without any reason. What also enriches my life is reading books about the history of different nations, travelling in different places, discovering different cultures and meeting people with interesting life experiences, from whom there are always things to learn.
Are there words of wisdom by which you try to live your life?
There are many wise advises I have read and listen from my teachers, friends, parents, colleagues. Many of these expressions are helping in different life situations. However words of Bruce Lee who said: “Do not pray for an easy life, pray for the strength to endure a difficult one”, are those I remember quite often. In our everyday life, full of speedy changes, surprises and challenges, these words are really precious, and they help not to relax, not to be scared of difficult moments, but make all efforts to move forward, embrace challenges and overcome them. With such a mindset it is much easier to live and work.
What words of wisdom would you share with a young person?
Dream about things you even afraid to dream and always follow you dreams, as what we dream is what we will always have at the end. Do not be affair to fall, to experiment, to practice and always try to be friend with persons who are cleverer and wiser than you, as learning is what will enrich your life and will make you stronger.