Nvard Melkonyan graduated from Yerevan State University (YSU) Faculty of Philosophy, Sociology and Psychology with a profession of sociologist in 1997. In 2001 she completed her PhD course at the Philosophy and Rights Institute of the RA National Academy of Sciences. In 2004 she defended and earned her PhD on the topic of “Sociological analysis of the features that form images of political leaders”. Ms. Melkonyan is a candidate and Docent at YSU’s Department of Social Work and Social Technologies.
Since 2001 Ms. Melkonyan has worked at YSU, and since 2007 she has been the head of the Master’s program in Public Relations at YSU’s Faculty of Sociology. She is the co-founder of SPRING PR Company, which opened in 2009. Since 2013 she has been the head of the Academic Center of Information and Public Relations at Yerevan State Linguistic University after V. Brusov. In 2015 she was awarded the YSU gold medal.
As a trainer and expert she has been involved in various projects. In particular, she has led requalification trainings in “Public Relations and Marketing Communications” at the Distance Learning Laboratory of the YSU Faculty of Sociology, and has taken part in projects organized by the USA National Institute for Democracy, the Konrad Adenauer Foundation and the Armenian Association of Marketing of the School of Ethics. Since 2005 she has cooperated with the YSU Post-Graduate Specialized Education Department by providing trainings for civil servants.
Melkonyan has participated in numerous international and local conferences and seminars, including the “State Systems of Social Protection Since Independence” conference in Yerevan (March 2016), “Social Work in Armenia: In Parallel with Reforms” scientific conference (November 2015), and more across Austria, Russia, Ukraine, Kyrgyzstan and Hungary. She is the author of numerous scientific articles (more than 40) and professional educational manuals. Melkonyan has been a member of the Armenian PR Association since 2006. She is a Board member of the Armenian Association Social Workers and has been responsible for AASW communications since 2015.