Ralph Cesar Yirikian was born on November 16, 1967 in Beirut, Lebanon. Yirikian graduated from the American University of Beirut with a Bachelor’s degree in Economics in 1991. In 1992 Yirikian also received a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from the same university.
In 1991-1992 Ralph Yirikian worked at the Jafet Library, American University of Beirut, as an assistant in the Archiving and Documentation Department, and later as a computer operator at the Lebanese George Matta Establishment. In 1993 Yirikian worked as the executive secretary of Al Maha Group Holdings in Qatar, and as an Assistant management consultant at Nasser, Ghattas and Co, in Cyprus. 
From 1994 till 1996 Ralph Yirikian was the head of Administration and Personnel Department at Al Maha Group Holdings. In 1997-1999 he was the head of the Administration and Customer Service Department at Nasser, Ghattas and Co, in Cyprus. Between 1999 and 2001 Ralph Yirikian was the head of the Administrative Unit at LibanCell Company in the Lebanon.
Ralph Yirikian is the VivaCell-MTS (K-Telecom CJSC) General Manager since November 2004. In a short period of time VivaCell-MTS grew into an exemplary enterprise and is one of the largest taxpayers of Armenia today.
Led by Ralph Yirikian, VivaCell-MTS has dramatically changed the market of mobile communication in Armenia. The Company today has more than 1,200 employees. Owing to a number of innovative solutions, VivaCell-MTS has significantly enlarged the choice of the services available to Armenian consumers.
VivaCell-MTS is the first and, so far, the sole mobile operator, which has received permission from the PSRC to use radio frequencies for the creation of the 4G LTE (Long-Term Evolution) network. Thanks to the commercial launch of the LTE in Armenia, the country joins all those few countries that have 4G network. Just like with the largest in Armenia 3.5G network, that now covers over 96 percent of the populated areas of the country, VivaCell-MTS LTE network will also gradually become available to the whole population of Armenia.
During this period of time VivaCell-MTS also became the first in our country in the commitment to the concept of Corporate Responsibility. The Company makes considerable investments into the implementation of innovative projects in the spheres of healthcare, culture, science, environmental protection, education, and rural infrastructure.
Ralph Yirikian has been a featured speaker at a number of academic, business and technology institutions and forums.
Among his many honors and distinctions, Mr. Yirikian has received:
- Movses Khorenatsi Medal from the President of the Republic of Armenia - Order of Honor from the President of the Republic of Armenia - Mesrop Mashtots Order from the President of the Nagorno-Karabakh Republic - Anania Shirakatsi Medal from the President of the Nagorno-Karabakh Republic - “Presidency Shield of the Republic of Lebanon” Order awarded by the President of the Republic of Lebanon - Grigor Lusavorich decoration of honor from the Catholicos of all Armenians - Marshal Zhukov Decoration of Honor from the President of the Russian Federation - Governmental medal of the Russian Federation after Valeri Bryusov - Vazgen Sargsyan medal of the RA Ministry of Defense - Garegin Njdeh decoration of honor from the RA Ministry of Defense - Golden medal of the RA Ministry of Culture - Golden Medal of the RA Ministry of Education and Science - Golden Medal of the RA Ministry of Environmental Protection - Golden Medal of the National Academy of Sciences of Armenia - Mantashyants Diamond Decoration of Honor on behalf of the RA Ministry of Culture and Golden Apricot Film Festival - Mantashyants Knight Platinum Decoration of Honor for outstanding contribution to the development of culture - “Emblem of Yerevan” Golden Medal awarded by the Major of Yerevan - Golden Medal of the National Olympic Committee of Armenia - ‘‘Law Guardian” medal from the RA Head of Police - Medal in appreciation of cooperation from the RA Head of Police - Title of an Academician of the International Academy of Science on Nature and Society (Armenian Branch) - Title of an Honorable doctor of the Russian Academy of Natural Sciences - Title of an Honorary Member of the European Academy of Natural Sciences - Medal of Senator of the United Order of the Knights of Europe - Golden Order after Alexander Mantashev awarded by the International Academy of Sciences of Nature and Society - Silver Knight’s Star Decoration of Honor by the Presidium of the European Academy of Natural Sciences (headquartered in Hannover, Germany) - Environmental Merit Award 2011 from World Land Trust for the outstanding contribution to the preservation of Armenia’s natural heritage - “Business Leadership Award” established by the American University of Armenia School of Business and Management
Mr. Yirikian was recognized as the “Man of the Year” by different organizations like Armenian Bone Marrow Donor Registry and “Person of the year” award in the category of “Voluntary Community Work” from the London Board of Trustees of the Tekeyan Cultural Union.
Ralph Yirikian has received other Honorary Doctoral and Professorial Degrees from higher educational and research institutions.
Ralph Yirikian is married. He has one daughter and one son. Ralph Yirikian is not a member of any political party.