Zaven Khanjian was born in “dreamy” Aleppo, the capital of the Armenian Diaspora, where the love of his parents nurtured his path of life towards humanity, patriotism and love to literature.

After receiving his primary and secondary education in Aleppo, he graduated from the American University of Beirut in 1967 with a degree in Business Administration.

In the same year, Khanjian moved to the Arab states of Persian Gulf, where he worked for 13 years and established Armenian oases with the help of his friends.

In 1979, the family moved to the State of California in the United States, where for the next 35 years he lived a lively, active, and service-oriented life in the community’s educational, ecclesiastical, national, and social life.

From 1987 to 2014, he ran his own real estate company.

In July 2014, he was invited to serve as the Executive Director of the Armenian Missionary Association of America, in Paramus, New Jersey, where he still works today.

In 1970, he married Sona, the daughter of Petros Kellikian, a well-known Aleppo-Armenian educational, spiritual and public figure. They have three children: Vazgen, Hrak and Vana, as well as six grandchildren: Sevak, Zaven, Van, Saro, Aren and Lori-Sona.

Author of three volumes:

“Is This Home Yours or Mine?” 2007

«Reflections of Heart and Mind» 2011

“Aleppo: First Station” 2013

In September 2019, Zaven Khanjian was awarded as Honorary Member by the Writers’ Union of Armenia.