Mr. Armen Alaverdyan is a well-known disability leader and human rights advocate in Armenia. He is Executive Director of Unison NGO, the first organization to promote independent living for disabled persons in Armenia. Unison established the first CIL in Yerevan in 2006.

Armen has earned a diploma in Human Rights from the Raoul Wallenberg Institute of Human Rights and Humanitarian Law (Sweden). He has authored a number of publications on inclusion; he was also the Armenia Country Researcher for the International Disability Rights Monitor (IDRM) Regional Report of Europe 2007. He has also managed dozens of projects (both national and international) aimed at the promotion and protection of the rights of disabled people. Armen is passionate about promoting inclusion, advocating for independent living and human rights. Independent living and accessibility are his top priorities. Together with the Unison team, he has been instrumental in making Yerevan more accessible (though it is still far from being a fully accessible city). In 2016, he was awarded the Movses Khorenatsi medal for his contributions to culture and societal life. During the first country review of Armenia by the UN CRPD Committee, Armen coordinated the development of the List of Issues in relation to the Armenia Country Report by Armenian DPOs. Following this, he was selected to represent the Armenian DPO community during the 17th session of the Committee.

Throughout the years, Armen has been actively involved in creating job opportunities for young disabled people and in promoting inclusive higher education in Armenia.