Who is Vera Voskanyan, Martín Guzmán’s 32-year-old advisor who received the vaccine

Vera Voskanyan is 32 years old, a journalist, dancer and of Armenian origin. He currently accompanies the minister to official events and interviews

A group of young officials and collaborators from the Minister of Economy Martin Guzman were vaccinated with Sputnik V At the request of the Ministry of Health, according to the VIP vaccination list that the Government released this Monday after the scandal that cost him the position of minister to Ginés González García.

One of those included was Vera Voskanyan, a young journalist who accompanies the head of the Palacio de Hacienda to official activities and interviews.

It has a decade of experience working in communication areas of the public sector. He worked in the team of Debora Giorgi, in the Ministry of Industry during Kirchnerism, and then remained in the team that handled the communication of Francisco Cabrera, the Prime Minister of Production of Mauricio Macri. During the beginning of that administration, she managed social networks and was in charge of writing communications, although later she was relegated from those tasks. The same in during the management of Dante Sica, who replaced Cabrera in that portfolio.

Voskanyan, second from left, right to Sergio Chodos (Argentine representative at the IMF), Martín Guzmán, Cecilia Nahón (local representative at the World Bank), and Pablo Salinas, last year at a G20 meeting

Voskanyan, second from left, right to Sergio Chodos (Argentine representative at the IMF), Martín Guzmán, Cecilia Nahón (local representative at the World Bank), and Pablo Salinas, last year at a G20 meeting

Today, Voskanyan is the head of communication for the Ministry of the Economy. He started in the Treasury Palace in December 2019 and became one of the people in the minister’s circle of trust and the team. He carried out the communication during the negotiations with the external creditors and now with the IMF. She coordinates the content on all the information platforms that the ministry has and is an advisor to the minister from communication.

As this media learned, in February 2020 he traveled with Pablo Salinas, Sergio Chodos Y Maia Colodenco to the G20 that was held in Rihad, Saudi Arabia. Accompany the minister in all activities. She is currently in Mexico with the Guzmán and Fernández entourage and is scheduled to be one of the members of the tour that the Economy Minister will begin in the United States (end of March), Asia and Europe (to follow the steps in the framework of negotiations with the IMF and the Paris Club).

Vera Voskanyan began working in communication areas of the State ten years ago.  (Photo: Facebook)

Vera Voskanyan began working in communication areas of the State ten years ago. (Photo: Facebook)

In Economics, Voskanyan highlights “no community manager or secretariat ”. They ensure that the reason for your vaccination is all of the above. “It is part of Martín Guzmán’s bubble,” they say. The minister is considered a strategic official for his role in state decision-making and for managing an international agenda that involves traveling in search of support from leading countries. In addition, they clarify that a large part of the delegation was vaccinated at the Ministry on January 29.

Voskanyan, 32, is currently leading a team of about 30 people in the ministry’s press and networking area. Very close to Guzmán, she is usually seen with the minister in interviews, both in the ministry and in different media.

Vera Voskanyan began working in communication areas of the State ten years ago (Photo: Facebook)

Vera Voskanyan began working in communication areas of the State ten years ago (Photo: Facebook)

On your personal social networks, Voskanyan highlights his attachment to the Armenian identity. She can even be seen in one of her main photos at the Monument to the Victims of the Armenian Genocide, in Yerevan, the capital of that country. He is fluent in Armenian and claims to have knowledge of Russian.

As published on his LinkedIn profile, Voskanyan studied a BA in Journalism and Communication at the John F. Kennedy University and completed two postgraduate courses at UBA on Political Communication and Electoral Campaign and a second on community manager and platforms 2.0.

Guzmán’s communications chief is not the only collaborator or official of the Ministry of Economy who had early access to the Sputnik V vaccine, according to the official list released this Monday by the Executive Branch. Also figure Pablo Javier Salinas, 38, who He has the position of advisor but in fact he is Guzmán’s private secretary. He is a political scientist and one of the minister’s most trusted men, and he is also usually a member of official missions. He is currently in Mexico, where Guzmán is part of the delegation accompanying the President Alberto Fernandez.

Martín Guzmán, escorted by Vera Voskanyan and Pablo Salinas, two of his collaborators who had access to Sputnik V. (Nicolás Stulberg)

Martín Guzmán, escorted by Vera Voskanyan and Pablo Salinas, two of his collaborators who had access to Sputnik V. (Nicolás Stulberg)

They were also part of the list Maia Colodenco (38 years old), the person in charge of international affairs at the Ministry of Economy and who usually accompanies Guzmán on international tours. She was the only one who was not vaccinated at the ministry. Since he did not go to work on January 29, he went to the Posadas Hospital and received the vaccine there. Also figure Melina Mallamace (32 years), Guzmán’s chief of staff and another of the trusted officials. He is also in Mexico as part of the presidential tour.

From Economy they assured that The decision to vaccinate this group of officials, outside the priority scheme published by the Government, was recommended “by the medical team of the Presidency and Health.” The argument made was that both Guzmán and his companions in official missions “should be vaccinated to avoid logistical difficulties” if any of them were infected.

“If any of the entourage tests positive while in another country, the minister and all those who make up the team would be isolated by close contact. This would delay time and make it impossible for the minister to return to the country in the estimated times ”, they explained at the Palacio de Hacienda.

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