Christopher J. Anderson
Christopher J. Anderson is a career Foreign Service Officer with the U.S. Department of State serving as the Cultural Attaché at the U.S. Embassy in Tbilisi. Previously he worked as the Special Advisor for Ukraine Negotiations from August 2017 until July 2019 and in the U.S. Embassy in Kyiv as the head of the External Unit from 2014-2017 where he was responsible for supporting implementation of the Minsk agreements and monitoring the conflict in eastern Ukraine, as well as Ukraine’s foreign policy. He has also worked as the Deputy Head of the Political Section in the U.S. Embassy in Yerevan, Armenia and served in Mongolia and Argentina.
Before joining the State Department, he worked for Save the Children in Azerbaijan, the World Bank Institute, and the U.S. Department of Justice as well as various civil society organizations. He has a master’s degree from Stockholm University in Sweden and a bachelor’s degree from Colgate University in NY. He has studied Georgian, Russian, Spanish, and Swedish. He has received numerous State Department awards including three Superior Honor Awards, two Meritorious Service Increases, and was honorable mention for the Director General’s Award for Impact and Originality in Reporting for his work in Kyiv.
Economist, adviser to the President of the National Bank of Georgia.
Giorgi Bakradze holds a Master's degree in Economics from the William College Center for Economic Development (2003) and a Master's degree in Economics from Georgetown University (2007-2010).
Giorgi has extensive experience working in the government sector - in 2003-2007 he has been working at the National Bank of Georgia as a Macroeconomic Researcher, Head of the Research Department, and since May 2010 he has been an Advisor to the President of the National Bank of Georgia on Macroeconomic Affairs.
Antonio Hautle is the Executive Director and Network Representative at UN Global Compact Network Switzerland since 2015. Prior to this position, he was the director of Fastenopfer from 2001 until 2013 and the director of the Social Department of the State of Lucerne from 2013 until 2015. Hautle has a background in Philosophy, Business Ethics and Catholic Theology and holds a Master in Business Administration from the University of Geneva.
Emma Modéer Wiking works as a Global Sustainability Advisor at the Swedish Trade and Invest Council, Business Sweden. She advises companies with international supply chains on how to conduct sustainable and responsible business. Additionally in her role at Business Sweden, Mrs. Modéer Wiking is promoting exports and investments in sustainable solutions and innovations to support green transition and sustainable development.
Emma has extensive experience in working with sustainability management, human rights and democratization while representing both private and public sector (e.g. Embassy of Sweden) as well as non-governmental organizations (e.g. United Nations Association of Sweden and Georgia) in Canada, Georgia, Russia, Serbia and Sweden.
Emma Modéer Wiking holds a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science and Economics from Lund University and in Business Sustainability Management from University of Cambridge.
Deputy Minister of Economy and Sustainable Development of Georgia
Irakli Nadareishvili is Deputy Minister of Economy and Sustainable Development of Georgia, He has many years of working experience, in the private sector, in advanced positions.
Has a master’s Degree at International Real Estate, Oxford Brookes University, UK, and is a member of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors.
Since November 2018 he is the Head of the Strategic Analysis Group in the Ministry of Economy and Sustainable Development of Georgia.
With many years of international experience in the field of human rights, Lela Akiashvili has been holding the position of Advisor to the Prime Minister on Human Rights and Gender Equality issues since November 2019.
Prior to that, she worked at UNDP on Gender Equality and LGBTQI issues. While working for Save the Children International (Washington, DC), Lela Akiashvili made a significant contribution to the internal and external gender equality mechanism.
Lela has 6 years of experience working in the NGO sector in the areas of human rights, gender equality, empowerment of women and youth, non-formal education and peacebuilding in the South Caucasus and Eastern Europe.
Lela Akiashvili was awarded with Master's degree in Public Administration from Texas A&M University in 2012.
Donnie Lygonis, Innovation Strategist & Business Coach at KTH Innovation
Donnie has been working with ideas and innovation since the mid-90s, having started a number of companies himself, as well as helping others start theirs.
Today he focuses on helping great ideas create positive impact in the world, only at KTH Innovation in Stockholm, he has seen almost 3000 ideas come to life since starting there.
He is a well-known speaker on innovation and entrepreneurship and has so far been on three separate TV shows as an expert or jury. In 2016 he started Entrepreneurs Without Borders, a foundation with a mission to help founders start and grow sustainable businesses all over the world.
Irakli Gabriadze - has an extensive experience of working in the public as well as private sector. From 2020 he serves as a deputy director at Enterprise Georgia. At the agency his portfolio includes different SME supporting mechanisms, including interest rate co-financing, credit guaranty scheme and micro grants program. Irakli holds PhD in development Economics from TSU.
Paul Garrison is an Adjunct Professor at the Maastricht School of Management in The Netherlands. He is the former Dean at the Central European University Business School and is a frequent guest lecturer at several leading universities both in Europe and the US.
Paul has worked in marketing for over 25 years. He started out at Procter & Gamble and then went on to serve two stints at Coca-Cola – first in the US, and then later as marketing director for Central and Eastern Europe, and finally as managing director in Hungary. In between he ran his own advertising agency for 10 years in the US, and most recently founded the Garrison Group strategic consultancy with offices in Milan, Madrid, Bucharest, Istanbul, and Oslo. The Garrison Group is highly involved in leading-edge marketing throughout Europe, Russia, Central Asia, the Middle East, Africa and South America with clients such as IKEA, VISA, Carlsberg, AVON, T-Mobile, Starbucks, Pizza Hut, UniCredit Bank, Telenor, Bayer, and, of course, Coca-Cola.
In addition to several marketing-related articles published in leading business magazines in Europe and the United States and his marketing book (Exponential Marketing), Paul has also written two historical books (Concrete Statues and The Distance). His new book, Human Centric Marketing, was published in 2018.
Arab Hoballah, Executive Director of SEED, a global partnership for action on green economy and sustainable development through green entrepreneurship. Previously, Arab occupied various senior positions for more than 30 years: Team Leader of EU-SWITCH-Asia SCP Facility, 2017-2021, UNEP Chief of Sustainable Consumption and Production, 2005-2016, Deputy Coordinator UNEP/Mediterranean Action Plan, 1998-2005, and other senior positions in support to sustainable development.
The transition to Sustainable Development, through circular economy and green climate actions, requires responsible management of resources and sustainable consumption and production patterns, with active involvement of all concerned stakeholders, in particular the civil society and the small and medium enterprises.
He holds a PhD in economic development and graduated in international relations.
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.
Andy Moody, Partner, Baker & McKenzie LLP
Andy Moody is a partner in and leads the Baker McKenzie Dispute Resolution team in the London office. Andy advises clients on international, commercial and investment treaty arbitration as well as in complex, often multijurisdictional litigation, mediations and expert determinations. He also advises clients on issues pertaining to private and public international law.
The majority of Andy's work is cross border and for clients in the energy, financial services, aviation, diversified industrials, and telecommunications sectors. Andy has advised on many disputes in Africa, Eastern and Western Europe, the CIS, the Middle East and Asia. He has acted as advisor and advocate in many international arbitrations under the ICC, LCIA, UNCITRAL, SIAC, CAS, ICSID and LMAA arbitration rules, and in ad hoc arbitrations. Andy also sits as arbitrator and serves as Vice Chair of the International Institute for Conflict Prevention and Resolution (CPR)'s Committee on Energy, Oil and Gas.
Neil Weinstein, Deputy Chief of Party, the USAID Rule of Law Program
Neil Weinstein has over 30 years of experience in access to justice, human rights, institutional strengthening, capacity development, and criminal prosecutions. He has worked extensively in Asia, the Caucasus, Africa and Eastern Europe.
Mr. Weinstein has worked in Georgia for over 10 years, serving as the Deputy Chief of Party for two USAID-funded rule of law projects and conducting numerous consultancies there; among his many tasks in Georgia, Mr. Weinstein assisted civil society organizations to develop court monitoring programs for both criminal and administrative cases, supported organizations in their preparation of research papers related to judicial institutions, conducted an analysis of the Code of Administrative Offenses, and established a judicial exchange program that brought Georgian judges to the United States. In Cambodia, Mr. Weinstein was the first U.S. government advisor to the Cambodian government after the ban on direct assistance was lifted. In Myanmar, he created the Legal Aid Toolkit that now serves as the basis for USAID’s support for legal aid in the country. In Ukraine, he served as Co-Team Leader on the midterm evaluation of USAID’s rule of law program. Mr. Weinstein is an accomplished educator, skilled at building the competencies of legal aid practitioners and organizations through training programs and mentoring. Mr. Weinstein was a prosecutor in New York City, a litigator in San Francisco, and is a graduate of both Cornell University and Harvard Law School.
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.
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.
Director of Policy Planning and Government Coordination Department
Administration of the Government of Georgia
Vakhtang Katamadze started his professional career in 2015 in the private sector. In 2015, together with his university friend, Mr. Katamadze founded GOMM Investment & Development (GOMM), a Korean-Georgian JV that worked to attract Korean companies to Georgia.
From February 2017 to December of the same year, Vakhtang worked as a Business Development Director at the Construction and Development Company Kalasi LLC.
In December 2017, Vakhtang was appointed to the Ministry of Finance of Georgia as the Advisor to the Minister of Finance on Strategic Partnerships and Foreign Relations. In 2018 he was promoted to Deputy Chief of Staff to the Minister of Finance. At the time he was one of the youngest persons involved in strategic & political decision-making in the Georgian Government.
In July of the same year, he became the Head of Foreign Affairs to the Prime Minister and Deputy Head of the Prime Minister's Office. Over the years, he combined the duties of Assistant to the Prime Minister and directly supervised the Prime Minister's foreign relations, social media, strategic communications, international advisory services, and official speech writing. In addition, Mr. Katamadze, together with the Prime Minister of Georgia, participated and organized the Georgian delegation's involvement in the world's leading forums and conferences, such as the Davos World Economic Forum (WEF), Munich Security Conference (MSC), Qatar Economic Forum (QEF) and others.
For years, Vakhtang Katamadze has been the contact person of the government administration in relations with the world's leading media outlets (Bloomberg, BBC, FOX, and others) and international financial organizations.
Currently, Vakhtang Katamadze is the Director of the Policy Planning and Government Coordination Department at the Government Administration. Vakhtang is regarded as one of the most effective managers and a good example of a young leader and notable achiever.
Vakhtang Katamadze graduated from International Baccalaureate (IB) Program in Tbilisi. He later continued his studies in France, namely at Sciences Po Paris.
Natalia Voutova is the Head of the Council of Europe (CoE) in Georgia since August 2020. With 25 years of experience working for the Council of Europe and OSCE, she has focused on human rights and legal reforms projects in Armenia, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Georgia, Russia, Ukraine, and Kazakhstan. Natalia also worked for Médecins sans Frontières (Doctors without Borders) in Chechnya during the first conflict (1995) gathering information on human rights violations and coordinating the delivery of medical and humanitarian assistance. She was also the Deputy Head of the CoE Office in Ukraine between 2007 and 2009 and before that the Special Representative of the CoE Secretary General to Armenia (2002-2004) and Head of Office to Yerevan (2015-2020).
Natalia holds a MA degree in Law from Sofia University “St. Kliment Ohridsky”, a MA degree in International and European Law from Pantheon-Assas University (Paris II), an LLM in Human Rights from the University of Strasbourg, as well as an MSc Behavioural Science (with Distinction) from the London School of Economics and Political Science. Natalia also leads the task force assessing the organizational culture within the Secretariat of the CoE. Currently, she is designing behavioural science interventions for the CoE technical assistance programmes.
Natalia delivers lectures and seminars (in academic and professional settings) on topics such as human rights and humanitarian law, the prevention of domestic violence, and the fight against discrimination.
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.
Nina is a communications management professional with 16 years of diversified local and overseas experience in leading strategic communications portfolio and public relations agenda, including strategy planning and implementation. Currently serving as a Communications Senior Officer at UNOPS/Georgia and with more than a decade of working experience in international development, Nina has worked for both the public and private sectors, including for the Parliament of Georgia as a senior communications executive and advisor (2014-2018) and PwC Georgia as its Advisory Manager (2018-2020). In late 2020, Nina has co-founded and leads a communications consulting firm N Strat & Comm providing specialised support to Clients from public, private and nonprofit sectors in designing, planning and implementing their strategic communications agenda. With B.A. in Public Administration from Georgian Technical University, Nina pursued her graduate studies in PR and Communications as the U.S. Department of State/Edmund S. Muskie Fellow at Kent State University’s School of Journalism and Mass Communications (Kent, OH).
Salome Benidze – Communications and Partnerships Analyst, the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) Georgia Country Office and the Assistant Professor at the Georgian Institute of Public Affairs (GIPA). She has worked in public relations/communications departments at various government agencies and non-governmental organizations, at different times. She studied journalism, political science and public relations, in Georgia, Lithuania and Greece.
Salome Benidze has received the literary prizes: Saba, Litera and Tsinandali Award.