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Hamlet Abnousi: SVP Partner doing really good things and falling in love with Philanthropy

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Hamlet Abnousi has a passion for science and business and loves to dedicate his efforts to really interesting things that have significant impact.  This drive is evidenced in the common thread linking his education, profession, family, and community life. Hamlet studied Cell Biology and Analytical Chemistry at UBC and is a Chartered Accountant.

As Owner of Abnousi Corporate Finance, Abnousi Capital and SciTech Global Ventures, Hamlet builds and commercializes technologies that can impact the lives of many.  Hamlet is always thinking, exploring, learning, and seeking innovations that can solve relevant problems.

His multidisciplinary approach and love of translational science allows him to channel concepts, teams, and resources to viable solutions. Hamlet is currently developing new technologies that could save many millions of people from unnecessary dental surgery, common infectious diseases, antibacterial superbugs, and predatory commercial lending practices.

With a drive to always do more, Hamlet was introduced to SVP through three Partners that were “doing really cool things”.  Hamlet was intrigued by the opportunities and initiatives at SVP and has recruited many friends to join the Partnership.

Since joining SVP four years ago, he has taken a Co-Lead Partner role with two Investees, St. James Music Academy, and more recently, Mom 2 Mom Child Poverty Initiative.  He is also a member of the Partner team helping the Adoptive Families Association of BC.  He has helped these organizations with strategy, governance, finance, technology deployment, organizational behavior, and HR development.   These efforts have lead to mitigating organizational risks and ensuring long-term sustainability.  By helping at all levels of the organization, Hamlet has created lasting bonds between SVP and its Investees, while experiencing great personal satisfaction.

In addition to working with Investees, Hamlet is a member of SVP’s Opportunities and Partner Engagement Committees.  He believes SVP Vancouver is an amazing organization that can do even more by:

  1. enabling more opportunities for SVP Partners to fall in love with the visions/ambitions of its Investees
  1. attracting, nurturing and helping more Investees, and
  1. quantifying, tracking, and holding accountable each Partner’s engagement level using objective tools.

Hamlet says  “If Partners are encouraged in a non-judgmental way to define ideal roles and levels of commitment, we can ensure maximum Partner engagement and Investee success.”

He also wants to encourage Partners to get involved in areas that may not be their core expertise.  “Try new things, it will be amazing what you can learn and how much you can help.  You may think you have little value to add at first, but you will be amazed at the bonding that will take place with the Investees. By illustrating our ability to step out of our comfort zone and into humbling experiences we can impart a sense of confidence with our Investees as they tackle new challenges.”

Beyond Hamlet’s active involvement with SVP, he is a proud new uncle and member of the Canadian-Armenian community. His father immigrated to Canada and continued his business of rebuilding pianos.  Having grown up in a workshop, Hamlet and his brother have integrated their DIY skills into innovation-based careers in business and medicine, respectively.

One of Hamlet’s favourite SVP memories involves helping his father re-build a beautiful antique piano for the St James Music Academy (SJMA), along with playing soccer, drawing and chatting with the kids at SJMA.

Hamlet was recently introduced to a quote that speaks to the happiness he feels from the work he does both personally and professionally. It serves as a reminder to the worthiness and power SVP and our Partners have in making a significant impact in our local community while creating a better world.

“This is the true joy in life, the being used for a purpose recognized by yourself as a mighty one; the being a force of nature instead of a feverish, selfish little clod of ailments and grievances complaining that the world will not devote itself to making you happy.

I am of the opinion that my life belongs to the whole community, and as long as I live it is my privilege to do for it whatever I can.

I want to be thoroughly used up when I die, for the harder I work the more I live. I rejoice in life for its own sake. Life is no ‘brief candle’ for me. It is a sort of splendid torch which I have got hold of for the moment, and I want to make it burn as brightly as possible before handing it on to future generations.”

– George Bernard Shaw