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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 serves as an Executive Director at the Economic Policy Research Center (EPRC). She is a co-founder of Tbilisi International conference together with McCain Institute for International Leadership and Leadership Academy for Development with Stanford University Center for Democracy, Development and Rule of law. Nino is also a co-founder of the Democracy Frontline Center. Nino was a visiting scholar at John Hopkins University at the Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS), and a Stanford University Fellow in CDDRL Program. She has a Master Degree in Economics at London School of Economics (LSE). Nino is a PhD in Literature from Tbilisi State University.  She also holds MBA from Maastricht University and Master Degree in Public Policy Management from Vienna University. She worked as an anchor of daily morning economic show at Radio Free Europe - Radio Liberty (RFE/RL). Nino has an extensive experience both in working in governmental and non-governmental sectors - she was an advisor at the Center for Economic Reforms of the State Chancellery of Georgia (President Administration), Head of Public Outreach Department of the Anti-corruption Policy Coordination Council of Georgia. Nino is a Chairwoman of the board of first Child Hospice in Georgia. 

Irina Guruli – Deputy Director
Irina Guruli joined EPRC in 2011. She has 15 year experience in working for non-governmental organizations, and implementing projects financed by international donor organizations. At EPRC she is a deputy director and also responsible for the research component of the organization. Irina is actively engaged in conducting research in the directions of economic policy, private sector development, SME policy, regulatory impact assessment, she has profound experience on working on the issues of EU Association Agreement and DCFTA. 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 Master’s 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.
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. 

Mariam Sikharulidze - Program Coordinator
Mariam joined EPRC in 2018. Previously, she worked in the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) and the Caucasus Research Resource Centre (CRRC-Georgia), being part of research and development projects. She has also been an independent researcher for the Open Government Partnership (OGP) platform and UNFPA. In 2015-2016 she served as the Georgian Youth Delegate to the UN, within which she delivered a statement on behalf of Georgia in the UN Headquarters in New-York. She has two Master's Degrees, including in Media Studies from Erasmus University Rotterdam, and in Education and International Development from University College London (UCL), through Foreign Commonwealth Office’s Chevening Scholarship program.The issues of her focus include education, population and development, policy analysis, civic engagement, transparency, democratic governance and youth development.
Vakhtang Berishvili - Financial Manager
Vakhtang is a professional financial manager. He has a broad experience in working for civil society organizations. He was a financial manager of Eurasia Foundation and Open Society Georgia foundation. Vakhtang worked for UNDP as a project manager. He also worked in various Georgian and international companies on managerial positions. He delivers lectures on finance at several universities. Vakhtang holds MBA degree from Caucasus School of Business. Currently he is a PhD student at Ilia State University.
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 - Accountant
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.