Noubar Afeyan talks philanthropy, peacebuilding, and humanitarianism

Dr. Noubar Afeyan sits down with CivilNet host Eric Hacopian to review his humanitarian and charitable work in Armenia, particularly his new Spiritual Revival Foundation. They discuss the ongoing detention of philanthropist Ruben Vardanyan in Azerbaijan, what the diaspora misunderstands about Armenia, and why the quest for justice must be an integral part of Armenia’s peace process with Azerbaijan.

Afeyan is the founder and CEO of Flagship Pioneering, a company that creates bioplatform companies to transform human health and sustainability. An entrepreneur and biochemical engineer, he holds more than 100 patents and has co-founded more than 70 life science and technology startups during his 36-year career. He is the co-founder of the Aurora Prize for Awakening Humanity, as well as the co-founder and chairman of the board of Moderna, the pioneering messenger RNA company that created one of the first COVID-19 vaccines.

  • I like the thoughts of peace researcher Franz Jedlicka who argues that the psychological foundation of peaceful countries is a nonviolent childhood. His theory (“The forgotten Peace Formula”) could be true for Armenia and Azerbaijan: both do not have laws regarding child corporal punishment. Maybe this issue should be discussed among peacebuilders in these countries.


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