განათლების და მეცნიერების მინისტრის პირველი მოადგილე
ეკატერინე დგებუაძე - განათლების და მეცნიერების მინისტრის პირველი მოადგილე პასუხისმგებელია ადრეული და სკოლამდელი, ზოგადი განათლების, საერთაშორისო ურთიერთობებისა და სტრატეგიული განვითარების მიმართულების განვითარებაზე, იგი 2001 წლიდან განათლების სისტემაში იკავებდა სხვა და სხვა პოზიციას, ქალბატონი ეკატერინეს ინკლუზიური განათლების განვითარების სამმართველოს უფროსის პოზიციაზე ყოფნის პერიოდს უკავშირდება ინკლუზიური განათლების სისტემური განვითარება განათლების ყველა საფეხურზე. ის არის თბილისის ი. ჯავახიშვილის სახელობის უნივერსიტეტის ფსიქოლოგიისა და განათლების მეცნიერებათა ფაკულტეტია ლექტორი. იგი გახლავთ ოსლოს უნივერსიტეტის სპეციალური განათლების ფილოსოფიის მაგისტრი.
Michelle Cormier, Senior Development Manager, IREX
Ms. Cormier has more than 15 years of international development and humanitarian experience in fragile environments in Africa, the Middle East, and Southeast Asia. Currently, she works as a Senior Development Manager with IREX, a global non-profit, to expand the organization’s education portfolio of programs around the world.
In addition, as a faculty member at George Washington University, she coaches graduate students in acquiring and applying practical skills for working in transitional contexts in partnership with conflict-affected populations. A returned U.S. Peace Corps volunteer, Ms. Cormier has worked with various development actors during her career including the U.S. Agency for International Development, the United Nations, international non-profits, large international development contractors, and the private sector. Adept at engaging a wide range of local and international stakeholders in various activities through participatory technical assistance in key sectors such as education, economic development, food security, disaster preparedness, and climate change adaptation; Ms. Cormier’s efforts have ameliorated vulnerable communities’ capacity to withstand and build back better from recurrent complex crises. Ms. Cormier received her BS in business administration from Babson College and an MS in foreign service from Georgetown University with a concentration in international development and a specialization in post-conflict development management in Africa.
Revaz Apkhazava, Consultant, Education
Revaz Apkhazava has been working in the field of education since 2000 with a focus on research, advocacy for change, and management systems development. At different times he worked in a number of public organizations (OSGF, EPPM, ЕFA, etc.). He has cooperated with the Ministry of Education and Science, National Center for Teacher Professional Development, National Center for Educational Quality Enhancement, as well as various higher and general education institutions within the framework of consulting activities on strategic planning and organizational development.
Revaz is a member of the Public Commission for Depoliticization of the General Education System and the Authorization Council of General Educational Institutions. Recently, his main activities have been developing, decentralizing, and depoliticizing the management of the education system. He has many years of experience in pedagogical activities in both general education and higher education institutions. Revaz Apkhazava is also a member of the jury for the National Teacher Award and the National School Leadership Competition.
Tamar Chugoshvili, co-founder of Egeria Solutions, has 15 years of professional experience in public policy development, human rights, rule of law, good governance, and gender equality. In 2016-2020 she served as the First Vice-Speaker of the Parliament of Georgia, chaired Gender Equality Council and the Board of Treasurers. At the same time, she was the Head of the Permanent Parliamentary Delegation to the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE), and the Ambassador of Women Political Leaders Global Forum (WPL). As the First Vice-speaker of Parliament of Georgia, she led Parliament’s international cooperation, with the specific focus on the Parliamentary cooperation with the United States, Israel and the Council of Europe. Ms Chugoshvili was in charge of development of Parliamentary reforms aiming at institutional strengthening of the legislative branch, through development of the new Rules of Procedure of the Parliament. As a chairperson of the Gender Equality Council, Tamar led the Parliamentary work aiming at women’s empowerment.
Anti-corruption work has been one of the key areas throughout Ms Chugoshvili’s professional career. As a member of parliament, she tabled the reform package on the creation of the Independent Anti-corruption mechanism. Earlier in her professional career, as a civil society leader she worked on anti-corruption policy development and monitoring.
In 2013-2014, she was the Assistant to the Prime Minister of Georgia on Human Rights and Gender Equality Issues. She led development of the first Human Rights National Strategy and the Governmental Action Plan.
In 2010-2012 she chaired the Young Lawyers’ Association, the most prominent professional organization in Georgia, while at the same time heading the Coalition for Independent and Transparent Judiciary composed of 32 NGOs.
Ms Chugoshvili holds two Master’s degrees from Harvard Kennedy School of Government, in Public Policy and Management and LLM from the Tbilisi State University.
In addition to her native Georgian, she is fluent in English and Russian.
Kerstin Lundgren, the Third Deputy Speaker in the Swedish Parliament representing the Swedish Centerpartiet (Centre Party), Member of the Swedish Parliament Riksdagen since 2002
Kerstin Lundgren, the Third Deputy Speaker in the Swedish Parliament representing the Swedish Centerpartiet (Centre Party), has been a Member of the Swedish Parliament Riksdagen since 2002. She is active in the Committee on Foreign Affairs and is the spokesperson for the Centre Party on Foreign Affairs since 2006. Before she was a member of the Committee on Constitution. She has also been an alternate in the Committee on Defence as well as on European Affairs. She has been a member of the Swedish delegation to Council of Europe between the year 2007–2018 and Vice President of the ALDE-group.
Ms. Lundgren holds a University degree in Political Science from the University of Uppsala and she is especially interested in international relations, constitutional and climate issues. She has been member in the Committee for reforming the Swedish constitution. She has been a member of the board of SIDA, as well as now in the council to Folke Bernadotte Academy. She has been a member of the board of the Centerpartiet for seven years and the president for ten years of the Centre Party in the Stockholm region.
Nodar Andghuladze is a Player Welfare Coordinator and Manager of Social Programs at Georgia Rugby Union. Since 2010 he has been actively engaged in the campaigns against domestic violence and violence against women. Since 2016 he serves as a Goodwill Ambassador at UN Women. Nodar has conducted up to 300 seminars about violence against women throughout Georgia, Sweden, Samoa, the USA, Turkey, and Spain. He was a member of the Georgian National Rugby Team from 1998-2004. Nodar holds a bachelor’s degree in Economics from the University of Amsterdam.
Advisor to the Prime Minister on Human Rights Issues
Niko Tatulashvili is an Advisor to the Prime Minister on Human Rights Issues. He coordinates human rights issues at the level of state agencies and at the same time actively cooperates with all stakeholders, including non-governmental and international organizations.
Niko has received Ph.D degree on human rights in 2016 from the University of Essex (England) and has since worked in the field of human rights, including on the managerial positions in the Office of Public Defender and the Service of State Inspector.
Irine Urushadze is a Parliamentary Democracy Project Officer at UNDP Georgia. Her work has mainly been focused on human rights protection and sustainable development support. She worked on business and human rights and strengthening corporate sustainability at the Global Compact Network Georgia. Irine holds Master Degree from Lund University Human Rights Programme. She worked on several guidance materials, including the Guidebooks on business responsibility to respect human rights. At the same time, Irine is a Lecturer at the Corporate Sustainability Academy.
Dr. Andrew Ward
Professor of Corporate Governance and Management, Lehigh University, USA
Dr. Andrew Ward is the professor of Corporate Governance and Management, and Chair of the Management Department at Lehigh University. From 2010 to 2018 he also served as the Associate Dean for the College of Business at Lehigh University with responsibility for all graduate programs (Ph.D., Masters, and MBA) for the college. Prior to joining Lehigh University, he was a member of the management faculty at the Terry College of Business at the University of Georgia and previously at the Goizueta Business School of Emory University.
Dr. Ward conducts research on issues related to corporate governance including CEO successions, CEO compensation, the roles and concerns of the chief executive officer, CEO/board relations, reputation, and leadership, and has published articles in several leading academic journals, including Academy of Management Journal, Administrative Science Quarterly and Organization Science. Dr. Ward’s work has been featured in numerous publications including Harvard Business Review, Business Week, The Washington Post, The Financial Times, Directorship, Directors and Boards, Investor’s Business Daily and Leaders Magazine. His first book, The Leadership Lifecycle: Matching Leaders to Evolving Organizations (Palgrave, 2003) examines how leadership needs change over the course of an organization’s life. His book, Firing Back: How Great Leaders Rebound After Career Disasters, is co-authored with Dr. Jeffrey Sonnenfeld of Yale University and was published by Harvard Business School Press in 2007. Firing Back has received national and international media attention with reviews in The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Los Angeles Times, The Financial Times, Forbes, Business Week, and The Economist among other publications.
A native of England, Ward received his undergraduate degree from the University of Surrey, his M.B.A. from the Goizueta Business School of Emory University, and his PhD. from The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.
Khatia Tsilosani, Member of the Parliament of Georgia
Khatia Tsilosani was appointed as a Deputy Minister of Environmental Protection and Agriculture of Georgia on 6th of February, 2019 after serving as a Head of International Relations Department of Environmental Protection and Agriculture of Georgia since December 2017 and as a Head of International Relations Department of the Ministry of Agriculture of Georgia from August 2012.
From January 2012 to August 2012, Ms. Tsilosani occupied various managerial positions at the Ministry of Agriculture of Georgia from Head of EU integration Division to Deputy Head of International Relations Department. In 2011 she worked in Parliament of Georgia for Regional Policy Self-Government and Mountainous Regions Committee. From September 2011 to January 2012 she worked in National-Democratic Institute for International Affairs (NDI). In early 2008 to 2009 she briefly served in the Consular Department at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Georgia.
Ms. Tsilosani is a member of the Georgian Parliament of the 10th convocation. From December 2020 is first Deputy Chairperson of the Environmental Protection and Natural Resources Committee. Also, from December 2020, member of the Agrarian Issues Committee. From May 2021, Ms. Tsilosani is member of the Temporary Parliamentary Commission on Restoration of Territorial Integrity and De-occupation.
From January 2021, she serves as member of the Permanent Parliamentary Gender Equality Council and from July 2021, as member of the Parliamentary Standing Council of Open Government Council.
Ms. Tsilosani is actively involved in parliamentary activities. From February 2021, she is member of the Parliamentary Friendship Groups with Australia, the State of Israel, United States of America, the Republic of Argentina, the Republic of Italy, Canada, the United Kingdom of the Great Britain and the North Ireland, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, Japan, the People's Republic of China and the Parliament of Uruguay. From June 2021, she joined the friendship groups with the Parliament of New Zealand, the Federal Republic of Germany, the Republic of Poland and the Republic of Portugal.
Khatia Tsilosani holds a Bachelor’s degree in Humanitarian Sciences from Tbilisi State University, Master’s degree in Politics and International Relations from University of Georgia. She speaks Georgian, English and Russian.
Founder and Director of City Institute Georgia (CIG)
Mamuka Salukvadze is a doctor of architecture, urbanist. He has multiyear experience working in public and private structures in the direction of urban development. Since 2015, he has been the founder and director of the City Institute Georgia, an organization working in the field of urban development and spatial planning. Important projects implemented under his leadership and participation are: "Updated Tbilisi Land Use Master Plan"; „Development of Gori Land Use Master Plan”; „Analysis of the efficiency of transport solutions in the central district of Tbilisi”; „Sustainable Urban Mobility Plan of Batumi Municipality”, etc. Since August 2021, his company has been working on the following important project: “Spatial Development and Development Management Documentation for Batumi City Municipality”.
Honorata Ewelina Fijalka, the Europe Central Asia Lead for Green Bonds Advisory in the Real Economy Green Investment Opportunity (REGIO) Fund, IFC
Honorata is a results-oriented gov-tech and climate finance strategist with on-ground working experience in emerging markets. For the International Finance Corporation (IFC) she takes the Europe Central Asia Lead for Green Bonds Advisory in the Real Economy Green Investment Opportunity (REGIO) Fund. Her focus is to incite interest for green bond issuances.
In Russia, Ukraine, and the Caucasus she structured the USD 100 -150 energy efficiency and renewable energy credit lines' marketing and advisory for the EBRD, GIZ and AFD.
Based in Vienna, she currently creates a digital tool for monitoring of forest carbos sequestration, advises banks, governments and start-ups in green finance. The Lichtenstein Office of Environment and Gold Standard invited her to speak about the transformative potential of blockchain for climate action at a side event of the UNFCCC in Bonn. Honorata is fluent in five languages, worked in 33 countries and lived in Vienna, Paris, Frankfurt and Moscow.
Pär Larshans, Director of Sustainability, Ragn-Sells
In 2023, the Minister of Climate and Environment of Sweden appointed him to the transparency council at Swedish Chemicals Agency. Also, he is a Co-chair of WG Circular Economy at the International Chamber of Commerce and a board member of Water Europe.
In 2020 he had two different government appointments at the Ministry of Industry in Sweden and the Ministry of Environment in Sweden.
Award winner in communication, social sustainability, and intrapreneurship. In 2013 and 2014, 2020 was listed by Trust Across America as one of the Premier Thought Leaders. In 2013 given the Swedish award - intrapreneur of the Year, but already in 2009, he did receive the Green award in London for sustainability Communication, an international category for “putting the carbon on the menu” to the company.
Since 2007 requested as an international speaker on leadership, inspiration for change, sustainability, and circular economy. ”A circular economy is about collaboration, if you try to win by yourself, you will definitely lose./Pär Larshans". Gdansk Polen April 2019.
Nino Tandilashvili, Deputy Minister of the Ministry of Environmental Protection and Agriculture of Georgia
Ms. Nino Tandilashvili is Deputy Minister of the Ministry of Environmental Protection and Agriculture of Georgia from December 2017. She is in charge of key national environmental policy directions including climate change, ambient air protection, water resources management, as well as development of legal framework, supporting public participation in decision-making and ensuring access to information. Moreover, monitoring of environmental pollution, monitoring of meteorological, hydrological, geological processes, as well as collection and dissemination of environmental monitoring data at national and international levels falls under the custodianship.
Prior to her current position, Ms. Tandilashvili was Deputy Head of the Legal Department of the Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources Protection of Georgia and was responsible for elaboration of environmental legislation and coordination of legal aspects of environmental dimensions for the EU integration.
Starting from 2007 she has developed an interesting and extensive career and has gained significant experience in the fields of lawmaking and environmental protection. She has graduated her bachelor in law from Tbilisi State University, Master in European and Internation Law from University of Amsterdam. She has started her career as a public servant at the Ministry of Penitentiary, Probation and Legal Assistance of Georgia, from 2014 she was holding different positions at the Ministry of Environment, as the Head of the Division of Parliamentary Affairs and Lawmaking, Deputy head of the Legal Department of the Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources Protection of Georgia (2014-2017).
In addition to her successful career Ms. Tandilashvili has made a significant contribution in development of strategic environmental documents such as “Environmental Assessment Code”, “Law on Radioactive Waste Management”, Law on ,,Environmental Liability”. She is an Assistant-Professor at the Georgian Institute of Public Affairs, teaching environmental politics to the Master students.
Environment & Energy Team Leader, UNDP Georgia
Category: Responsible Consumption and Production
Nino Antadze oversees UNDP’s diverse portfolio in Georgia in the area of environment protection, climate change, disaster risk reduction, biodiversity conservation, energy efficiency and renewable energy. Having a background in biology, she has over 22 years of professional experience in disaster risk management, preparedness and response, contingency planning, disaster risk assessment and issues reduction. She has over 10 years of experience in a wide range of environmental protection topics, such as biodiversity conservation, hazardous chemical management, reforestation, climate change adaptation and mitigation and renewable energy/energy efficiency issues.
She specializes in climate change issues and provides policy advice to meet the country's international obligations, and support reporting to the UNFCCC, Paris Agreement, EU Association Agreement and other UN Conventions.
Beverly Hoover, Private Sector Engagement (PSE) Coordinator, USAID/Georgia
Beverly Hoover is the Private Sector Engagement (PSE) Coordinator at USAID/Georgia. Prior to joining USAID/Georgia, she served as the PSE Policy Team Lead for USAID/Washington's PSE Hub, where she led Agency efforts to expand and deepen collaboration with the private sector for greater development impact. She played a key role in developing USAID’s first-ever PSE Policy launched in 2018. She has 20 years of experience spearheading cutting-edge private sector partnerships and directing high-impact development programs in Asia, the Middle East, Eurasia, and Africa. She has extensive knowledge of the region having worked in Ukraine, Azerbaijan and Armenia. She holds a Msc in Development Management from the London School of Economics and speaks Russian and Spanish.
Chief Executive Officer at Global Compact Network Ukraine
Tatiana has been leading the GC Network Ukraine for 5 years. Under her leadership, the team of talented managers implements international and local projects aimed at making global goals local business. Among them Target Gender Equality, Anti-Corruption Collective Action, IT Nation, Young SDG Innovators Program, SDG Ambition, etc. She initiated an Annual International Campaign «Partnership for Sustainability Award». For three years more than 300 business and non-business participants has been taken part at the campaign. Tatiana obtained her LLM from Chicago Kent College of Law of Illinois Institute of Technology and received her PhD degree from Taras Shevchenko National University of Kyiv (Ukraine). She finished Sustainable Business Strategy at Harvard Business School. Tatiana has 20 years of legal practice.
Chairman of the Parliament of Georgia
Kakha Kuchava pursued his studies in Georgia and England. In 2001, Kakha graduated from Ivane Javakhishvili Tbilisi State University, Faculty of Law. Later, in 2003 he was granted a Master’s Degree in Corporate Law at Nottingham Trent University. On April 27, 2021, he was elected as Chairman of Parliament of Georgia. On January 16, 2021, Mr. Kuchava was elected a member of the political council of the “Georgian Dream – Democratic Georgia” party and is International Secretary of the party.
From 2020 November to 2021 April, he was a member of the 10th convocation of the Parliament of Georgia and a Deputy Chairman of the Parliament. He has been a member of the Georgian Dream - Democratic Georgia faction since 2016. In 2012-2016, he was occupying the leading positions in the private advisory, investment, and mining companies. In 2011-2015 Mr. Kuchava was the Member of the Directors Board of the world’s most outstanding international business organization “International Chamber of Commerce“ in Georgia.
Tamar Kvaratskhelia, freelance CSR and Communication Consultant
Tamar Kvaratskhelia is a freelance CSR and Communication Consultant. With degrees in law, public administration and communication, she has been engaged with the non-profit and the business sectors since 1996. She has helped a number of local as well as international organizations build strategies to effectively protect the rights of the most disadvantaged and marginalized groups throughout Georgia. Currently, as a consultant for several WHO and EU-funded projects, Ms. Kvaratskhelia is providing support to business development, governance and gender advisory projects implemented in Georgia. She has contributed to initiatives that focus on building strong, healthy and vibrant communities.
Ms. Kvaratskhelia takes special interest in CSR, seeing it as a tool for sustainable business development. She dedicated her dissertation work to creating a roadmap for developing CSR in Georgia. She has been providing consulting and trainings to local businesses as well as non-profit agencies and media on various aspects of CSR. She is most committed to ensuring the enhancement of cross-sector alliances, documentation and promotion of successful cases of such partnerships and responsible business practices in general.
Nana Sajaia, Political Producer, Fox News
Nana Sajaia is a journalist and TV producer. Since 2019, she has been working as a political producer for the highest-rated broadcaster in the United States - Fox News. From 2014 to 2018, she was a journalist and editor for the Georgian edition of “Voice of America” in Washington, DC, where she covered Georgian, Eurasian, and American policies on Television, Radio, and the Web Platforms.
Prior to continuing her career in the United States, she was the news and web editor of Liberali magazine in Georgia, the chief editor of Radio Hot Chocolate, and the managing editor of the English-language newspaper “Georgia Today”.
She has collaborated with international media outlets in Georgia such as BBC, FRANCE 24, and TRANSITIONSONLINE. She has taught journalism at Tbilisi State University, Georgian Institute of Public Affairs, and Caucasus University.
She is a recipient of several awards - including the U.S. Federal Broadcasting Superior - Gold Medal.
She holds a Master's degree in Journalism and Media Management from Georgian Institute of Public Affairs (GIPA) and a Master's Degree in Mass Communication from North Dakota State University, where she studied in 2007-2008 as an Edmund Musk Graduate Fellow with the sponsorship from the US Government.
British Embassy Tbilisi
Lika Shavishvili has been working at the British Embassy Tbilisi since 2006. In the last few years, Lika is leading Embassy’s external communications, media relations and digital diplomacy work. Among other areas, Lika’s direct expertise is in strategic communications, design of communications campaigns and working on ways to address disinformation. Lika has decade long experience of working on development and assistance programmes, including on Human Rights; Judicial reform; peaceful prevention and resolution of conflicts; media development and supporting building of democratic institutions.
Previously Lika worked in private as well as public sector. Lika has a law degree (LL.M) and background in teaching law at high education institutions.