Varduhi Balyan was born in Armenia to a family recently migrated from Shamkir, Soviet Azerbaijan. After graduating from Turkish Studies Department of Yerevan State University, she moved to Istanbul, Turkey where is currently based. She earned her MA at Istanbul Bilgi University with an MA thesis on Turkey-Armenia normalization process and the role of civil society. She has been working as a journalist and coordinating various projects at CSOs. Some of the main topics she has been covering are as follows: conflict resolution, minorities, human rights, democratization, memory.