Prior to his Washington appointment, Hovhannisyan had served as Armenia’s ambassador to Mexico, Costa Rica and as the country’s consul general in Los Angeles.
Hovhannisyan was born in Yerevan in 1971. After completing his studies at the Yerevan State University, Department of Oriental Studies specializing in Arab Studies in 1992, he moved on to study Middle East Politics at the Haigazian University in Lebanon in 1992-1993 and received his MA from The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Tufts University, Boston, MA in 2001.
Before a career in the diplomatic service of the Republic of Armenia, Hovhannisyan held a number of positions in UN programs and specialized agencies, working in Africa and the Middle East.
He was a UNESCO Team Leader and emergency Planner, Middle East Peace Process in Jerusalem and UN Field Coordinator in Palestinian territories, West Bank and the Gaza Strip (Ramallah and Gaza City)
He officially assumed his post on February 1.