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David Chkadua – (Honorary) President of EPRC
David is one of the founders of EPRC and served as its director during 2002 - 2006. He holds Master's degree in mathematics from Tbilisi State University and Master's degree in Public Policy/Economic Modeling from GRIPS Tokyo, as well as Master's in Finance from the University of Amsterdam. David has led a number of EPRC’s research projects. He has been awarded research grants from EERC and WB for develping a CGE (Computable General Equilibrium) model for analyzing trade policies in Georgia. Daivd is an author of a number of policy and research publications. Currently David works in the banking industry as a Senior Quant in Market/Operational risk management.
Nino Evgenidze – Executive Director
Nino Evgenidze joined EPRC team in 2004. Starting from 2004 she is in charge of implementation of various projects of EPRC. In 2013 Nino was a Stanford University Fellow in Democracy and Development Programme. She graduated from the Joint Vienna Institute, Department of Economic Policy Administration with the scholarship of the WB (Austria, Vienna); was awarded state academic scholarship of UK Government (Chevening Fellow) and obtained a Master Degree in Economic Policy Management(LSE). Nino Evgenidze is a Doctor of Philology, degree taken at the Ivane Javakhishvili Tbilisi State University; a fellow of Netherlands Government (Nuffic Fellow) and has a diploma of Maastricht University in Management of International Projects. Nino has an extensive experience both in working in governmental and non-governmental sectors – in various periods of times she was an advisor at the Information Center for Economic Reforms of the State Chancellery of Georgia, head of PR Department of the Anti-corruption Policy Coordination Council of Georgia, likewise – Media Coordinator of Parliamentary Assembly Monitoring Missions of the Council of Europe. She has a multi-year experience in the expertise in projects, financed by USAID, OSGF, SIDA and other international donor organizations.
Irina Guruli – Deputy Director
Irina Guruli joined EPRC in 2011. She has experience in working for governmental and non-governmental organizations, and projects financed by international donor organizations. Prior to joining EPRC she worked at CNFA Georgia at Millennium Challenge funded project. Irina also works as a visiting lecturer at Ilia State University. She delivers courses on entrepreneurship and international business. She is a graduate of Jonkoping International Business School in Sweden and holds a Masters degree in Business Administration. Currently she pursues her PhD studies in Business Administration at Ilia State University Georgia. Irina is an alumnus of US State department financed Future Leaders Exchange Program and has acquired her high school diploma in Virginia, U.S.
Andro Gigauri - Development Director
Andro Gigauri joined EPRC in 2018. Andro is a lawyer and has a Master’s Degree in Public Policy. He has been working on public service and law enforcement reforms in Georgia, Ukraine, Kyrgyzstan and Armenia. Andro served as a Chief of Administration at the Ministry of Justice of Georgia (2010-2012) and as a Deputy Chief Prosecutor (2012). He founded Georgia’s Crime Prevention Center under the Office of Chief Prosecutor (2012). The Center is tasked to study crime statistics and victimization data. It awards grants to NGOs for projects, aiming to decrease crime level and to close existing safety and security gaps in communities.

Andro was a member of the working group, which developed juvenile diversion and mediation mechanism - an alternative to incarceration for children. Currently, the program counts over 1,800 participants and resulted in less than 4% of recidivism rate. Previously, Andro served at USAID (2005-2008), covering public service reform. He managed human and institutional capacity development programs targeted at government institutions. Andro co-managed assistance to Civil Registry Agency project, which led to development of Public Service Halls.

Currently, Andro is engaged with development of Ukraine’s National Anti-Corruption Bureau - a corruption investigation agency. Andro teaches a one year long course on Public Policy Analysis at the Liberal Arts School of Free University in Tbilisi. He also consults UNICEF in Ukraine. Andro is a founder of Institute for Non-Violent Communication. Currently, the Institute is piloting a Safe School Project and a Financial Literacy Project at secondary schools.
Lasha Dolidze – Senior Fellow
Lasha joined EPRC in 2006. Lasha is coordinating all EPRC research activities. He graduated from Center for Development Economics of Williams College, USA with a degree of Master of Arts in Development Economics. Lasha worked as a Deputy Lead to the USAID funded Economic Prosperity Initiative (EPI) Agriculture Sector Component (ASC). He worked as a Deputy Project Manager of the Agribusiness Development Activity funded by the Millennium Challenge Georgia, implemented by CNFA Georgia. He also worked for USAID funded AgVantage Project as a head of Agricultural Policy Unit and was in charge of preparation of long term Agriculture Development Strategy for the Ministry of Food and Agriculture of Georgia. Lasha served as a state advisor at the Center of Economic reforms at the State Chancellery of Georgia and later he was transferred to the Secretariat of Foreign Investment Advisory Council under the president of Georgia as a national consultant and was in charge of overall donor coordination in Georgia. 
Tamar Khorbaladze – Education Policy Lead
Tamar joined EPRC team in 2004. For several years she has served as a project expert and a coordinator of the organization. She has received her degree as a journalist from Tbilisi State University, where she lectured for four years in journalistic excellence, business journalism. Tamuna participated in training courses held at Swedish Media Institute (FOJO), IMF institute in Vienna, 2010 Community Connections program in the USA. Starting from 1995 Tamuna is engaged in active journalism – newspapers Droni and 24 Saati,  Information Service at Public Broadcaster, Radio Mtsvane Talga. She served as a correspondent, head of the economic department, executive producer, economic reviewer. Currently, in line with the EPRC projects Tamuna is pursuing academic career – starting from 2010  she is lecturing Master degree students in Journalism at Ilia State University. At the same time, she is an editor-in-chief of the scientific journal TSU Science at Ivane Javakhishvili Tbilisi State University.
Shota Gvineria - Security Policy Lead
Since September 2017 he also joined the Economic Policy Research Center. Before, since 2001 Shota Gvineria has been working on various positions in Georgia’s public sector. Among other positions Shota Gvineria served as the Deputy Secretary at the National Security Council of Georgia. Earlier, he covered NATO integration and security policy related issues as Ambassador at Large in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Georgia. In his previous capacity, he held the position of the Foreign Policy Advisor to the Minister of Defence of Georgia until August 2016.

From May 2010 till June 2014 he served as an Ambassador of Georgia to the Kingdom of the Netherlands. Alongside with strengthening political, economic and cultural relations between Georgia and the Netherlands, Ambassador was also representing his country in international organizations based in The Hague. In 2010, Mr. Gvineria was promoted to the position of a Director of European Affairs Department at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Georgia. Prior to that mission, in 2008 – 2009, he served as a Head of NATO Division at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Georgia. In the period of April 2006 – October 2008, Mr. Gvineria was posted as a Councilor to the Georgian Mission to NATO.

In 2015 Mr. Gvineria obtained his Master’s degree in Strategic Security Studies at Washington’s National Defense University. He also earned his Master’s in International Relations from Diplomatic School of Madrid in 2005. Earlier he completed his Master’s in Public Administration at Georgian Technical University.
Giorgi Bakradze - Senior Research Advisor

Giorgi Bakradze joined EPRC team in November 2014. Prior to EPRC he worked as a Senior Research Advisor at ISET Policy Institute. In 2003-2007 and since 2010 he has worked at the National Bank of Georgia, as a macroeconomics researcher, Head of Research Division and since May 2010 – as the advisor to the Governor of NBG on macroeconomic issues. He has obtained his MA in Economics from the Center of Development Economics at Williams College, MA in 2003. In 2007-2010 he studied at the graduate program in Economics at Georgetown University. Giorgi is also Master of Sciences in physics from Ivane Javakhishvili Tbilisi State University (1996) and has attended numerous seminars and workshops for central bank employees (Bank of England, Swiss National Bank, Joint Vienna Institute, IMF Institute, etc.). Giorgi has an extensive experience in working in governmental sector and since 2012 has been active in non-governmental sector as well. At the same time he has experience in working in donor-funded projects, having started his career at the World Bank project for Development of Municipal Services in Tbilisi (1997-200). His interests go beyond economics as well – he is a well-respected participant of Georgian TV quiz-show and has achieved numerous local and international victories and awards. 

Nino Ghvinadze - Leading Analyst
Nino Ghvinadze joined EPRC in late 2013. She specializes in international security and development economics. Most recently Nino was Edmund S. Muskie Fellow at the Patterson School of Diplomacy and International Commerce in the United States and interned at Atlantic Council Eurasia Center in Washington DC. Nino has over seven years of work experience in research and international development. At different times she has worked for the East West Management Institute Inc., the National Democratic Institute, and the International Research and Exchanges Board. She has also worked as a research associate at the Association for International Relations and International Center for Defense Studies. She is experienced in designing and administering donor-funded multi-year programs and in organizational development of civil society organizations. Nino’s fields of interest are national security, energy, public policy, and political parties. She has obtained master's degree in international security and commerce from the Patterson School of Diplomacy and International Commerce and bachelor's degree in International Affairs at the Tbilisi State University. Nino has also completed Transition Studies program at the University of Tartu, Estonia.
Nato Popiashvili – Junior Researcher
Nato joined Economic Policy Research Center (EPRC) team in May 2015. Currently, she is a junior researcher involved in different project implementation processes. Nato has obtained Master's degree in Business Administration from Ilia State University. In 2015, she has graduated from International Black Sea University and holds Bachelor’s degree of social sciences in Economics. In 2017, Nato was part of ERASMUS + Program in Austria at FH Burgenland- University of Applied Sciences (MBA Program). In 2013- 2014 as an exchange student she had studied at Polytechnic Institute of Bragança (IPB, Portugal), School of technologies and management. In 2013, as a part of the internship program she was employed at CRM department - Bank of Asia, Istanbul, Turkey.
Ia Shaoshvili - Office Manager/Administrative Assistant
Ia joined the Economic Policy Research Center (EPRC) team since 2017. She has 12 years of experience working in the public and private sectors of Georgia. Her work background involves financial institutions such as: "Privat Bank" and "Euro Credit" where she worked on number of different positions during 6 years, whereas in public sector Ia was involved in the development and implementation of bilateral cooperation plans with Georgia's partner countries while working in the General Inspection of the Ministry of Defense. At EPRC, Ia undertook the tasks of maintaining general office work and performs administrative work, as well as being involved in various projects and research.
Nikoloz Mikeladze - Financial Manager
Since 2007 Nikoloz is EPRC’s financial manager. He graduated from Tbilisi State University. Nikoloz has a long-standing experience in finance and accounting, he worked for the TAO insurance company as a chief accountant.