Irina Konstantinovna Gasparyan (Sagradova) was born and raised in an Assyrian family household in Yerevan, the capital of Armenia. Irina's father, Sagradov Konstantin Aleksandrovich, and her mother, Isakhanova Mariya Semenovna, are both Assyrian.
Konstantin's and Mariya's ancestors came from Urmia (present-day Iran). They immigrated to Armenia in 1828. In 1937, Irina's grandfather, Konstantin had been subjected to repression and was shot. A year later, his wife succumbed to this grief and passed away.
Mariya's parents lived in the Armenian village of Shagriyar until 1920, and then moved to Kiev, Ukraine. According to materials of the Kiev archive about the House of the People of the East, Mariya's father, Simeon Isakhanov, was one of the activists of the Assyrian movement in Kiev. He was abducted in a round-up during the German occupation of Kiev and was never found again. In 1943, Mariya's mother, Sonya Ishoeva, returned to Armenia with her children to the village of Koylasar (Dimitrov).
Konstantin Sagradov and Mariya Isakhanov's family consists of four girls: Liza, Bella, Nelli and Irina.
Irina's childhood memories had passed in Yerevan, Armenia. She studied at the Russian school, Sakharov. In 1984, Irina completed her studies at the Yerevan Polytechnic Institute. In 1997, she completed the Magister program with a red diploma. In 2000, she completed her postgraduate engineering program at the State Engineering University of Armenia (SEUA). Since 1987, she has been working at SEUA as a lecturer on the subjects of material strengths, theoretical mechanics, biomechanics, and dynamics.
Since 1994, Irina began to be actively involved in the Assyrian
community of Armenia.
Since September 1st, 1998, one of the most prestigious schools of Yerevan, Pushkin, also opened a class with obligatory studies of the Aramaic language.
In 2001, Irina Sagradova-Gasparyan developed “the Concept on preservation and development of the Assyrian language in Armenia” which had been considered by the Commission of Education and Science of the Parliament of Armenia and had been approved by the government of Armenia. Within the framework of this concept, the following goals were accomplished:
Within this framework, the concept had standardized the Assyrian language and literature, and was approved by the Ministry of Education and Science of Armenia in 2009. This standard serves as a management of obligatory studies for Assyrian teachers in schools with grades 1-12 classes.
The Assyrian community is generously given an area within the Yerevan State University for Assyrian youth activities and events every year. Under the initiative of Irina Sagradova-Gasparyan, the Methodical Council of Semitic Languages program was created at the Ministry of Education and Science of Armenia, where the Assyrian language, Aramaic, is included in the program. Irina helped organize the group in order to create Assyrian textbooks for schools through the guidance of the renowned teacher and author of textbooks written in the Aramaic language, Taisa Muradova.
In 2007, Irina created and is currently the president of the Federation of the Assyrian Organizations of Armenia “Khayadta” (Union of Legal Entities,) to co-coordinate the activities of the Assyrian organizations within the Republic.
Irina continues to be an active part in the social and political life of Armenia, working passionately with human rights organizations to ensure the protection of rights of the ethnic minorities in Armenia.
In 2000, with Irina's active participation, the Coordination Council on Affairs of National Minorities at the office of the President of Armenia, and the Union of the National Organizations of Armenia were created. Irina was also a member of the Commission of Human Rights at the office of the President of Armenia from 1998 to 2002, and repeatedly visited Georgia as the expert on protection of the rights of national minorities.
Irina has been active in the cultural life of the community:
On December 29, 2010, the office of the President of Armenia presented an achievement award to Irina Konstantinova Gasparyan, in a festive atmosphere by Mr. Armen Abelyan, assistant to the President of Armenia.
Currently, Irina is a member of the Interstate Assyrian Coordination Council (IACC) of eastern European countries and is the member of the editorial board of the newspaper “Khabre d-Aturaya.”
Irina's leadership continues to be a powerful voice and inspiration for the Assyrians.