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Deputy CEO at EVEX Medical Corporation Tbilisi, Georgia
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Deputy CEO at EVEX Medical Corporation Tbilisi, Georgia

Nino has over 14 years of working experience as a management executive with leadership and management functions in different structures of the government and private organizations of Georgia. She is skilled professional in delivering organizational and structural changes, general management, strategic marketing management, elaborating effective human resources management strategies, designing and marketing of effective service delivery procedures, customer flow management and retailing. Currently she is the Director of Marketing and Services at EVEX Medical Corporation. Most recently, Nino served as a CEO at the Public Service Hall and previously as the Head of Marketing Department under the Ministry of Justice of Georgia, which finally resulted in making Public Service Hall project as one of the most successful government reform in Georgia, which further helped Georgia to be recognized as one of the world’s top reformer countries, with its rank of 9th place in the ‘World Bank Ease of Doing Business’ ranking and receive UN 2012 Public Service Award. Nino holds a Master’s degree in Executive Marketing and Sales Management from ESADE Business School and SDA Bocconi School of Management. Furthermore she has an MBA degree from the European School of Management (FreeUni).

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Advisor to the Kuwaiti Parliament Kuwait City, Kuwait
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Advisor to the Kuwaiti Parliament Kuwait City, Kuwait

Rabih El Chaer is a Senior Political Advisor and has 19 years of experience in public policy across Europe and the Middle East. Rabih has served as an advisor on speech writing, strategic planning, public affairs programs, media and communications strategy to a number of ministers, public authorities and political parties. At present Mr. El Chaer is an advisor to the Kuwaiti Parliament. Previously, he served as the President of the Lebanese NGO “Sakker El Dekkene” as well as the Senior Public Policy and Media Advisor to the Kuwaiti Minister of Information and Youth. Prior to that Mr. El Chaer was a Professor in Constitutional Law and a co-founder of the Human Rights Centre at the University of Saint Esprit (USEK). He was also the Managing Director of Transparency International Lebanese Chapter. In 2011 in the wake of the “Arab Spring” he worked as a political and media strategy advisor to a Tunisian newly formed Political Party after the “Arab Spring Revolution”. Between 2008 and 2011, Mr. El Chaer also served as a Senior Political and Legal Advisor to the Lebanese Minister of Interior and Municipalities. The Ministry team won the UN best public service award for election management in 2010. Mr. El Chaer is a graduate of the National French School of Public Management (Ecole Nationale d’Administration, ENA) and holds two Masters Degrees in Human Rights and Public Law from France. He has also attended and completed fellowship programs at Harvard University, Stanford University, the International Development Center in the UK and the Chinese Ministry of Commerce. He was also a lecturer in Public Law at the Institute of Political Sciences in Paris. Mr. El Chaer is a founder and a member of several NGOs. Rabih has received numerous recognitions including the Medal of Honor from the Lebanese Ministry of Interior and Municipalities, the Best Young Journalist award by Annahar Newspaper Lebanon, and he was also selected by the French Foreign Ministry for the 2010 “Personnalités d’avenir” program recognizing future potential international leaders.

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President of the Association of Citizens “Why Not” Sarajevo, Bosnia-Herzegovina
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President of the Association of Citizens “Why Not” Sarajevo, Bosnia-Herzegovina

Darko Brkan, along with a group of young activists and friends, founded UG “Zašto ne” 14 years ago, becoming the president of the organization. UG “Zašto ne” is a Sarajevo-based nongovernmental organization that promotes civic activism, government accountability, and the use of digital media in deepening democracy in Bosnia-Herzegovina (BiH). He also is the president of the board of the regional network Action SEE (Accountability, Technology and Institutional Openness in the SouthEast Europe region). Darko was a founding member of Dosta! (Enough!), one of Bosnia’s most prominent citizens’ movements for social justice and government accountability. Darko began his career in civic activism more than ten years ago as coordinator of the Campaign for Conscientious Objection, a network of organizations that promoted peace and conscientious objection to military service in BiH. He graduated the Faculty of Electrical Engineering, Department for Computer Science, and is currently an MBA candidate for Strategic Management of Information at the Faculty of Economics, University of Sarajevo. His professional interests are mainly in the sphere of new technologies, digital and social media, elections and political processes, civic activism and participation, and international relations. Darko was a Draper-Hills Summer fellow of the Center for Democracy, Development and the Rule of Law (CDDRL) in 2013 and a Reagan-Fascell fellow in 2012 at the Forum for International Democratic Studies in Washington, where he researched how new technologies can assist the efforts of civil society organizations. He is also Alumni member of the Council of Europe Academy of Political Excellence from the 2008 generation, Fletcher Summer Institute for Advanced Studies for Non-Violent Conflict from the 2010 generation, and is also a member of the Alumni for exchange student program with the United States after attending the IVLP program in 2009 and a member of the US Alumni Association in BiH. He is also a member of the board of the Center for Policy and Governance (CPU), the Human Rights Foundation of BiH and Foundation “Ekipa”, as well as a founding board member of the Center for Election and Political Studies in BiH. He was also a member of the board of the US Alumni Association in BiH in the term 2011-2015 and member of the ACIPS political council (POLIS) during the 2010 – 2011 mandate.

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Deputy Minister of the Environment and Natural Resources Protection Tbilisi, Georgia
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Deputy Minister of the Environment and Natural Resources Protection Tbilisi, Georgia

Prof. Maia Bitadze is the author of more than 12 scientific articles on Environmental and Human Rights Law. She works on the issues of Environmental Law for more than 15 years. She has been serving as Deputy Minister of Environment and Natural Resources Protection of Georgia since 2014. She graduated from Tbilisi State University International Law School in 1999 with Honors and was awarded with the Doctorate Degree in Law in 2007 after defending thesis in the field of Environmental Human Rights Law. Ms. Bitadze is the Associate Professor of the Environmental Law at the Tbilisi State University and the Caucasus School of Law, she is also an invited lecturer at the Georgian University and Grigol Robakidze University. She worked as a legal expert at UNDP, OSCE and FAO, focusing on environmental topics. Ms. Bitadze was engaged in various training courses during 2004-2008, including the “Human Rights, Law and Ethics’’ at the Central European University. St. Budapest, Hungary; United Nations Law of the Sea Tribunal Summer Academy. St. Hamburg, Germany; Introduction to European Community Law (EUSP), Tbilisi, Georgia; Study visit to the Council of Europe and the European Court of Human Rights. St. Strasbourg, France; European Integration Processes (UNDP), Tbilisi, Georgia; Workshop within the Stockholm Convention about National Action Plan – Ministry of Environment and National Resources Protection of Georgia, Tbilisi; the European Court of Human Rights Seminar-2004-Acts. Law Institute. Tbilisi; Georgia legislative systems, in Tbilisi (UNDP); and Notary, Civil and Commercial Law – Ministry of Justice. Georgia, Tbilisi; Ms. Bitadze is the Chair of the working group of the Parties to the Aarhus Convention.

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DEAN OF THE CAUCASUS SCHOOL OF MEDIA AT CAUCASUS UNIVERSITY
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DEAN OF THE CAUCASUS SCHOOL OF MEDIA AT CAUCASUS UNIVERSITY

Nino has MA in Global Journalism of Orebro University, Sweden and Diploma of a Philologist, Specialist of Georgian Language and Literature of Tbilisi State University. Besides, Nino Zhizhilahsvili is a TV journalist with more than 15 years of experience. For the moment she anchors political talk shows at TV Pirveli. Her teaching qualification in related with journalistic field. She leads practical and theoretical classes as on undergraduate, postgraduate level as well. Her classes include: News Reporting, TV Broadcast News, Conflict Reporting, Media Monitoring, Media Research Methods.

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DIRECTOR OF RFE/RL'S GEORGIAN SERVICE
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DIRECTOR OF RFE/RL'S GEORGIAN SERVICE

Natia joined the RFE/RL in June 2018; Natia has an extensive background in TV journalism in Georgia; starting from early 1990s she has worked for the leading Broadcasting Companies, including TV company Rustavi2, (1999-2006) as a reporter, anchor, host and a producer of the news and political shows. During this time Natia has covered all major political and social developments in Georgia and the region including the Rose and Orange Revolutions. Natia has left journalism in 2006 and joined the foreign service; Before the joining the RFE/RL she worked as senior political counselor for the Georgian Embassy in Washington, D.C. Natia earned a Master’s degree in Journalism from the University of Tbilisi;

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LAWYER AND POLITICIAN
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LAWYER AND POLITICIAN

Olena Sotnyk is a Ukrainian lawyer and politician. Sotnykis a member of the Parliament of Ukraine, the secretary of the Parliamentary Committee on Issues of European Integration and vice-chairperson of the Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe. Sotnyk’s main areas of expertise are judicial reform, police and security service reform, anti-corruption reform and adaptation of Ukrainian legislation to EU law. She provided pro-bono legal services for the “Heavenly Hundred,” the victims of Maidan and participants of the civil protests that led to the Ukrainian revolution in 2014. Sotnyk is also the coordinator of a range of projects to defend children’s rights. Sotnyk received a degree in Law from the National Academy of Internal Affairs of Ukraine specializing in economics and governance and a degree in Psychology from the National Pedagogical Dragomanov University.

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CHAIRMAN OF THE ATLANTIC COUNCIL OF GEORGIA
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CHAIRMAN OF THE ATLANTIC COUNCIL OF GEORGIA

Ambassador Sikharulidze was born on May 30, 1968 in Tbilisi, Georgia. He has been in Public Service for 17 years and held high ranking positions including those of the Minister of Defence of Georgia (December 2008 – August 2009); Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Georgia to the United States,Canada and Mexico (Washington DC, US) (Dec 2005 – Dec 2008); Deputy Minister of Defence, Undersecretary of the National Security Council of Georgia, Deputy Head of Georgian Mission to NATO and Head of NATO Division in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Georgia. Since September 2011 he is a Chairman of the Atlantic Council of Georgia. He is also lecturer at Georgian Institute of Public Affairs, Ilia State University and Tbilisi Open University, Tbilisi. Ambassador Sikharulidze has been in Georgian NATO integration policy team since 2000. He was part of negotiation team on Russian base withdrawal negotiations in 2004-2005. Ambassador Sikharulidze holds Masters Degree in Public Administration from Harvard University and MD in Psychiatry from Tbilisi State Medical University. He was NATO Fellow 2001-2003 and Fulbright Visiting Scholar in 2017. He is co-author of number of researches on Security Sector Reform. Fluently speaks Georgian, English and Russian.

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DIRECTOR AND FOUNDER OF CENTRE FOR DEMOCRACY AND RULE OF LAW
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DIRECTOR AND FOUNDER OF CENTRE FOR DEMOCRACY AND RULE OF LAW

Taras Shevchenko is a director and founder of Centre for Democracy and Rule of Law – Kyiv based NGO established 2005. It is a think and act tank that focuses its activities on independent media development, rule of law, and civil society. He also lunched effective civic campaigns in Road Safety and Tobacco Control. Mr. Shevchenko is Board Co-chairman for Reanimation Package of Reforms (RPR) the largest coalition of leading non-governmental organizations and experts from all over Ukraine. The PR functions as a coordination center for 82 non-governmental organizations and 22 expert groups which develop, promote, and control implementation of the reforms. PR was established during the Revolution of Dignity in 2014.

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DIRECTOR OF EUROPEAN INTEGRATION DEPARTMENT AT THE MINISTRY OF FOREIGN AFFAIRS OF GEORGIA
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DIRECTOR OF EUROPEAN INTEGRATION DEPARTMENT AT THE MINISTRY OF FOREIGN AFFAIRS OF GEORGIA

Salome Shapakidze serves as a director of European Integration Department at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Georgia. Previously, she held the positions of the Counsellor and Charges ‘affairs in the Georgian embassy to the Netherlands, head of NATO unit in the Foreign Office and in the Office of the State Minister on European and Euro-Atlantic Integration. Salome has been involved in the reforming process of Georgia, when it comes to both, EU and NATO related integration agenda. She is a convinced Euro-Atlantist. She also worked in the non-governmental sector, being one of the facilitators for the establishment of the Business and Economic centre in the Parliament of Georgia. Salome obtained her master’s degrees from Freie Universität Berlin, with the focus on East European Studies; and from Georgian Institute of Public Affairs, with the major in international politics. She also gained her bachelor’s degree from Tbilisi State University and majored in English. During her posting in the Netherlands, Salome was a member of women’s book club in The Hague. She is an outspoken women’s rights supporter. In her private time Salome enjoys spending time with her family and friends. Among her special interests are languages, literature, movies, and music.

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VICE-RECTOR AT FREE UNIVERSITY AND AGRICULTURAL UNIVERSITY
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VICE-RECTOR AT FREE UNIVERSITY AND AGRICULTURAL UNIVERSITY

Natia Samushia has a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology, Master’s Degree in Public Administration and Master’s Certificate in Project Management. She has been working on deep deregulation, trying to get rid of old, unnecessary and burdensome regulations, which created major obstacles to economic growth. Natia served as an Advisor to the Prime-minister and has been working on streamlining the legislations on getting credit, enforcing contracts, protecting investors, starting a business, resolving insolvency, and employing workers taken into account Doing Business methodology. As a result of the above-mentioned reforms, in 2013 Georgia became number 8th reformer of the world and the top improver since 2005 globally. Natia was a member to the negotiators’ team on DCFTA and AA with EU. She has been analyzing impact of EC regulations on business climate in the country and working on easing the regulatory burden on businesses. Currently, Natia holds a position of Vice-Rector at Free University and Agricultural University, which are the two best universities in Georgia. Each year the universities attract hundreds of top- tier applicants. She is responsible for the elaboration and development of BA, MA, PhD, VET programs, coordination of attracting and

managing the international grants, and recruitment of the academic staff.

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FOUNDER AND DEAN OF SCHOOL OF VISUAL ART ARCHITECTURE AND DESIGN SCHOOL VA[A]DS AT THE FREE UNIVERSITY OF TBILISI
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FOUNDER AND DEAN OF SCHOOL OF VISUAL ART ARCHITECTURE AND DESIGN SCHOOL VA[A]DS AT THE FREE UNIVERSITY OF TBILISI

She is a curator and gallerist who after spending almost 20 years in New York moved back to Tbilisi to use her NY art world experience and raise new generation of artists. She co-founded Kunsthalle Tbilisi in 2017. 2013-2017 was a director and founder of Popiashvili Gvaberidze Window Project- in Tbilisi. Previously she co-owned Newman Popiashvili Gallery in New York (2005-2012). In 2012 she served as a rector of the State Academy of Arts in Tbilisi. Ms. Popiashvili has curated exhibitions in the US and Europe (i.e. Georgian Pavilion in Venice Biennale in 1999 and 2003). She received a BA from Tbilisi State University and a MA in art history from University of Georgia in Athens (USA).

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DEVELOPMENT PROFESSIONAL
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DEVELOPMENT PROFESSIONAL

Giorgi Akhalaia has extensive experience in both public and private sectors. As a team member of the State Minister’s Office on Reform Coordination, was activelv engaged in the design, development and implementation of various public sector reforms. These included the Labor Code, healthcare planning and e-governance. One of the successful projects was Georgian Governmental Reform, which reduced Government of Georgia’s overall communication costs of the Georgian Government by up to 60%, as Coordinator of the Georgian Governmental Network (GGN); a VPN network enabling government agencies throughout the country to share information more quickly and eticiently. Giorgi has an intensive experience also in private sector. He turned around the Peoples Post transportation and logistics solutions business from being a loss- making enterprise to becoming the market leader. Peoples Post increased their number of corporate clients tenfold, and the number of daily packages, thirty-fold. As CEO, Giorgi established new sales team, developed sales strategy, introduced and managed a team of more than 600 staff members. As a part of USAID Projects in Georgia Giorgi were heading different vale chains, such as implementation of sector and value chain activities in the ICT, packaging, transport & logistics, apparel, wine and MICE tourism sectors resulting in increased exports, employment, revenues, and foreign investment

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HUMAN RIGHTS ACTIVIST
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HUMAN RIGHTS ACTIVIST

Maka Meshveliani is a human rights activist based in Tbilisi, Georgia being particularly interested in inclusion of women and minorities in political, economic and public lives. She manages the gender equality program at United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Georgia Office working at policy, advocacy and grass root levels contributing to women’s empowerment in politics and economy. Having held various positions at international intergovernmental and non- governmental organizations, Maka has contributed to the electoral, constitutional and media reforms in Georgia, and coalition building, grass-root organizing and advocacy efforts by civil society organizations. Maka is actively engaged with the Women’s Movement of Georgia. She was also one of the lead organizers of Women’s March Tbilisi as part of the global movement in January, 2017. Having won the Andi Parhamovich Fellowship hosted by NDI in Washington DC, she analyzed the communication tactics for advancing women’s political participation agenda. To help Tbilisi recover from flooding in 2014, Maka initiated and managed the most successful crowdfunding campaign in Georgia raising $80,000. Maka is the winner of multiple awards and stipends, including the Chevening scholarship. She holds a LLM in International Human Rights Law from University of Essex, and BA in Law from Tbilisi State University.

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OWNER AND MANAGER OF WINE COMPANIES
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OWNER AND MANAGER OF WINE COMPANIES

Born in “Soviet” Georgia, Vasil was among first young Georgians who had chance to go to the US in early 90s. In 1993 he won the competition to participate inExchange program and was granted rare opportunity to live with the American family and study in high school in Michigan. While in States he decides to continue his undergraduate studies in States and completing his AA degree at Brevard College, NC, Vasil transfers to Schiller International University to pursue his undergraduate degree in International Relations and Diplomacy – something his country is in desperate need at that time. Upon his return to Georgia in 1998, Vasil receives dual degree in Banking and Finance at Georgian Technical University and pursues his career in Banking sector, thus holding on to his American experience for later times. This time came in 2004 after the Rose Revolution and that’s when Vasil moves from private to public sector, starting his first public job at the State Chancellery of Georgia, in the office of State Minister. Getting fully involved in the reforms which took place at that time, Vasil was promoted to Ministry of Economic Development of Georgia in 2006 – where he became head of Georgian National Investment and Export Promotion Agency. Shortly, Vasil is offered job in the Ministry of Agriculture – as Head of State Department of Vine and Wine “Samtrest”. Even though Vasil has no background in agriculture, wine sector is in desperate need of reforms to shake off the Russian embargo and Vasil agrees to this offer. For his accomplishments Vasil is awarder with the President’s Order of Honor in 2009. After spending 5 years at this position, Vasil decides to stay in the wine sector and since 2011 he becomes successful owner and manager of some of the most prominent wine companies in the country.

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MEMBER OF THE PARLIAMENT OF GEORGIA
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MEMBER OF THE PARLIAMENT OF GEORGIA

Kakha was elected a chairman of the Environment Protection and Natural Resources Committee of the Parliament in 2016. Kakha comes with the corporate law background of more than 18 years of experience. His cares started as a lawyer at Georgian law firm, and then he became part of Chemonics International (USAID project – Business Climate Reform) as a legal expert in corporate law helping reform Georgian legislation on business sector, securities law and law on the public registry. Later Kakha worked for International Finance Corporation (IFC) as a Corporate Lawyer. Before entering the Parliament Kakha was involved in private sector investment activities. Kakha is a founder of Georgian Institute of Directors and founder of Georgian Professional Football Players Association. Kakha graduated from Tbilisi State University in 2001 (B.A. in Law with Honors) and completed his Masters Degree at Nottingham Law School, UK in 2004 (LL.M. in Corporate Law). Kakha is very passionate on photography (2 open exhebitions), football, snowboarding and rafting (champion of Georgia on white-water rafting in 2009). Kakha’s latest obsession is “green economy” and tech start-ups.

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PARTNER AT KORDZAKHIA, IGENTI LAW FIRM
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PARTNER AT KORDZAKHIA, IGENTI LAW FIRM

Irakli Kordzakhia received the Diploma in Legal Studies from TSU (1993), the Diploma in Jurisprudence from Gr. Robaqidze University (2001), LLM in European Law from TSU (2004) and Diploma in International Arbitration CArb, London (2017), He studied European Competition law in Kings College, London (2015-2016). He is CEDR accredited Mediator. He has certificates from University of California, Frankfurt bank academy, National Institute of Trial Advocacy. He started his career in 1993 as in-house counsel in commercial bank and became the head of the legal department. In such capacity he worked in number of commercial banks. In 1999 he together with partners founded Law firm Kordzakhia Jgenti GP which is well known on the legal market. In 2016 it become associated with Grata International. From 2000 he was acting as local legal expert for WB, KW, USAID, ADB in number of infrastructural and financial sector restructuring and policy drafting projects. He has experience of serving as international expert of European Counsel in Rule of Law projects (2016). During 2006-2017 he was lecturing in GIPA, ABA/CEELI project, in Training Center of GBA and Free University in Trial skills and Legal ethics. From 2018 he is deputy Legal Ethics Chair in New Vision University. In 2010-2011 he acted as chair of disciplinary commission of GBA, in 2012-2013 and from 2017 he is member of the same disciplinary commission. He is member of arbitration counsel of GIAC and DRC, is in the list of mediators of Tbilisi State Court and is member of GAA board.

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DIRECTOR OF ISC EXHIBITION CENTER (EXPOGEORGIA)
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DIRECTOR OF ISC EXHIBITION CENTER (EXPOGEORGIA)

Resani Kikava was born in Batumi, in 1982. He is currently an assistant professor at Ilia State University, delivering courses in management, strategy and leadership. Since 2017 he is also a head of management studies in the mentioned institution. Besides his academic activities, Resani Kikava is a director of JSC Exhibition Center (ExpoGeorgia) and is a serial entrepreneur, having executive management experience of over 10 years in consulting, real estate and international trading. From 2010 to 2013, Resani worked in a capacity of a risk manager and later as the CEO for the commodities trading firm based in London. Throughout his career, Resani worked for Virgin Group as a strategy consultant, as well as for a number of international consulting firms specializing in general management and international trade. During 2005 to 2006, Resani was a project director for real estate company JSC Iberia in Moscow and during 2003-2005 held a position of a corporate loan manager at JSC TBC Bank. Resani acquired master’s degree in business administration from Imperial College London Business School in 2010. He also holds master’s degree in business administration from European School of Management (ESM-Tbilisi) and bachelor’s degree in Public Administration from Georgian Technical University.

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DEPUTY DIRECTOR OF THE DEPARTMENT OF THE AMERICAS AT THE FOREIGN MINISTRY OF GEORGIA
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DEPUTY DIRECTOR OF THE DEPARTMENT OF THE AMERICAS AT THE FOREIGN MINISTRY OF GEORGIA

Gvaram is a career diplomat with over 13 years experience in Georgian Foreign Service, including mid-career assignments at Georgian Embassies in Sweden and Mexico. Since 2016, Gvaram serves as a Deputy Director of the Department of the Americas at the Foreign Ministry, overseeing the priorities of the U.S. Georgia strategic partnership and Georgia’s relations with Latin American and the Caribbean states. Gvaram is a graduate of Tbilisi State University, Faculty of Commerce and Marketing, with the Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in the Expertise of Foodstuffs and Customs Administration, respectively. During his undergraduate studies Gvaram spent one academic year at California State University, East Bay (Hayward) studying Business Administration as the State Department’s Freedom Support Act (FSA) scholar. Gvaram is an alumnus of the Professional Fellows Program of the State Department, with a stint at the Council on Hemispheric Affairs – DC based think-tank focusing on the U.S.-Latin American relations. In 2017, Gvaram completed the Master’s in International Public Policy (MIPP) from the School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS), the Johns Hopkins University after receiving scholarship from the International Education Center of the Government of Georgia. Gvaram is passionate about football, enjoys traveling and reading at his spare time.

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FINTECH PROFESSIONAL
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FINTECH PROFESSIONAL

Ana Kantaria is a Fintech professional, has almost 10 years’ experience in banking and global technology company. 2013-2018 years Ana was business development manager for Georgia and Armenia at Visa Inc. During her service, both countries demonstrated noticeable developments in electronic payments and implementing cutting edge technologies. In 2011-2013, worked as an ecommerce coordinator at JSC Liberty bank, one of the largest Banks in Georgia. In 2006-2008 was managing card business at JSC Standard Bank Georgia (currently Tera Bank). She holds MS in Management from Stockholm University (Sweden) and BA in International Economic Law from Georgian Technical University (Georgia), is fluent in English and Russian. Ana is a passionate believer in digital transformation and connected world.

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SENIOR ADVISOR AT THE NON- GOVERNMENTAL FOUNDATION GLOBAL INITIATIVE ON PSYCHIATRY
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SENIOR ADVISOR AT THE NON- GOVERNMENTAL FOUNDATION GLOBAL INITIATIVE ON PSYCHIATRY

Jana (Darejan) Javakhishvili, PhD in Psychology, Senior Advisor at the non-governmental foundation Global Initiative on Psychiatry Tbilisi, Associated professor and Director of the Institute of Addiction Studies at llia State University, Tbilisi, Georgia. She is a co-founder of the two innovative masters programs in the same university: Mental Health MA program and Addiction Studies MA Program. She has been working in trauma research, training and treatment since 1995. Since 2002 she has been engaged in the field of conflict transformation as a facilitator for peace building processes in Georgia and the South Caucasus. She is a current president of the Georgian Society of Psychotrauma; Board of Directors Member and Secretary of the European Society for Traumatic Stress Studies; Dart Centre for Journalism and Trauma Contact Person in the South Caucasus. She is a co-author and co-editor of a number of books and scientific articles in Georgian, Russian and English, published in Georgia, Armenia, England, Norway, Russia and the United States.

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PRESIDENT OF "PROTECTION OF RIGHTS WITHOUT BORDERS'
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PRESIDENT OF "PROTECTION OF RIGHTS WITHOUT BORDERS'

Haykuhi Harutyunyan is the president of “Protection of rights without borders” NGO since 2013 In this capacity she manages the efforts of the organization to promote protection of human rights, to foster the principles of the rule of law and good governance in the country. She has over 13 years of professional experience in human rights protection in local and international civil society organizations. As a practicing human rights lawyer, she is a member of the Chamber of Advocates in the Republic of Armenia, where she handles strategic litigation and cases on political prisoners. Over the past three years and most recently during Armenia’s “Velvet Revolution,” Harutyunyan successfully established and managed the group of lawyers working on the mass violation of human rights during the peaceful assemblies in the country, and submitted 45 cases to the European Court of Human Rights. Since 2016, Harutyunyan is a member of the Steering Committee of the Eastern Partnership Civil Society forum that is a policy initiative which aims to bring the six Eastern neighbors – Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Moldova and Ukraine – closer to the European Union. Harutyunyan is a Fulbright Scholar-Hubert Humphrey Fellow and studied at Minnesota Law School where she received her master’s degree with a concentration in leadership, human rights and rule of law. In 2011 she was awarded by one of the Fulbright Scholarships-Hubert Humphrey Fellowship and studied in the Minnesota Law School, where she got her Master’s Degree on Human rights, Rule of Law and Leadership. During her Humphrey Fellowship year, Ms. Harutyunyan studied the mechanisms of the independent judicial system in the United States, as a guarantee for the Rule of Law, and especially the mechanisms for public participation and control over the judicial system. Previously, Ms. Harutyunyan had been working in Helsinki Citizens’ Assembly Vanadzor-office since 2003 as the Coordinator of the organization. In that capacity, she developed strategic plans and projects implemented by the organization to improve the human rights situation in Armenia. (2003-2011).

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ASSOCIATED PROFESSOR AT ILIA STATE UNIVERSITY AND THE DEPUTY DEAN OF THE SCHOOL OF BUSINESS
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ASSOCIATED PROFESSOR AT ILIA STATE UNIVERSITY AND THE DEPUTY DEAN OF THE SCHOOL OF BUSINESS

Nino Dolidze is an associated professor at Ilia State University and the Deputy Dean of the School of Business. Since 2004 she has been teaching classes in public administration and organizational management and supervising researches at doctorate, master and undergraduate programs. In 2016, under the supervision of prof. J. Mahler from the George Mason University, USA, Nino Dolidze conducted the doctoral thesis on The Models of Training and Development in Georgian Public Sector and was awarded academic degree of Doctor of Social Sciences, with qualification in Public Administration. Nino Dolidze annually participates in international and local scientific conferences and workshops, publishes works on public administration issues. She is a co-author of several monographs, including Public Administration in Post-Communist Countries, Former Soviet Union, Central and Eastern Europe and Mongolia, published in 2013 by CRC Press. Her most recent research project conducted in co-authorship with Prof. Koberidze in 2018, addressed the issue of Participation of Non-State Actors in the Process of Regional Development Policy. As As an expert and trainer she provides consultations and trainings in public administration, strategic planning, public policy and policy analysis, general management, organizational management and related fields for governmental and nongovernmental organization.

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GOVERNANCE MANAGER AT THE USAID PROJECT GOOD GOVERNANCE INITIATIVE IN GEORGIA (GGI)
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GOVERNANCE MANAGER AT THE USAID PROJECT GOOD GOVERNANCE INITIATIVE IN GEORGIA (GGI)

Mikheil Darchiashvili has extensive professional experience in diplomacy and international relations. He started diplomatic career at the Political-Military Department of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Georgia in 2001. Mikheil Darchiashvili worked at the Georgian Mission to NATO, NATO HQ Brussels, Belgium initially as a first secretary, later a political counselor (2004 – 2008). He worked at the Embassy of Georgia to the United States, Washington DC, initially as senior counselor, later as minister plenipotentiary (2008-2013). Mikheil Darchiashvili served as Deputy Defense Minister of Georgia (2013-2014). During his tenure as Deputy Defense Minister, he was responsible for international relations with main focus on Georgia’s NATO membership process, US-Georgia Defense Cooperation as well as defense policy and planning. Currently, Mikheil Darchiashvili serves as Governance Manager at the USAID project Good Governance Initiative in Georgia (GGI). Mikheil Darchiashvili is a member of Governing Board of the Georgian Institute of Public Affairs (GIPA), affiliated professor and lecturer in defense and foreign policy. He is also a member of the Atlantic Council of Georgia Mikheil Darchiashvili holds Master’s degree in Public Administration (MPA)

from GIPA.

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NATIONAL SENATOR OF ARGENTINA
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NATIONAL SENATOR OF ARGENTINA

Lucila Crexell is a National Senator of Argentina and was elected by the people of the province of Neuquén in 2013. She is a member of the General Law, Environment and Sustainable Development, Foreign Affairs Committees, in addition to other committees. Crexell was brought up in a political family that played a leading role in Neuquen’s institutional history. She has two decades of experience working in different areas of the public administration, both in national and local level. As a senator, she represents the province of Neuquén before the Federal Government and defends the decentralization of power and the protection of provincial autonomy. As regards her parliamentary labor, she has been the author of bills related to environment, education, regional economies, tourism and foreign service. Also, as a National Senator she is part of the Argentine Delegation in the InterParliamentary Union (IPU). At the same time, she integrates the Argentine Delegation in the Latin American Parliament (PARLATINO), where, as a member of the Environment and Tourism Commission, it promoted the approval of the Framework Law for the categorization of Protected Areas. Within Parlatino she is currently a member of the Commission on Human Rights, Justice and Prison Policies. In another order, it should be noted that, as a member of the Foreign Affairs Committees of the Argentinian Senate, Crexell chairs the Argentine Delegation of the Parliamentary Friendship Group with the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland. Crexell studied Public Relations and a Bachelor in Law in the Universidad Argentina de la Empresa (UADE), and she is currently finishing Politics and International Relations. She is also finishing a master degree course in Public Administration at the Universidad de Buenos Aires, and also a Interdisciplinary Master’s Degree in Energy from the Energy Regulatory Activity Studies Center of the University of Buenos Aires.

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E-GOVERNANCE EXPERT
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E-GOVERNANCE EXPERT

Lesia has 20 years of managerial experience in public sector, non-governmental organizations and high profile international business Lesia is Deputy Chief of Party of one of the most successful anticorruption project in Ukraine “Transparency and Accountability in Public Administration and Services” funded by US and UK governments. Focusing on work with Ukrainian citizens, the central government, and municipalities to improve public procurement, e-Services, and access to public data to help reduce corruption. After the Revolution of Dignity Lesia managed Reanimation Package of Reforms (PR) group supporting Public Services reform, working on implementation of e-governance elements (Open Budget, -Services) on local level. In 2015 Lesia together with a reformatory team joined the Ministry of Economic Development and Trade of Ukraine as -Governance Advisor and then headed the IT, Document Flow and e-Services Department. In addition to establishing transparent processes of all operational activities and public procurement inside the department Lesia took leadership in digitalizing public services of the Ministry and development of the Strategy of Public Services provision. As a result – the National Portal of Administrative Services was developed and deployed and 12 most corrupted licenses and other permissions for international trading were digitalized. Lesia worked in marketing and operational management in international companies as SOLVAY (NYSE, chemicals), STIMOROL CEE, HJ.HEINZ (FMCG), LEO BERNETT., RIMACO Handels GmbH, MILLIMAGES (animation). Managed the biggest animation studio in Europe: 800 employees, 7 subsidiaries all over CEE and CIS. Developed several successful start-ups in IT, production and service industries. Lesia is a graduate of National Taras Shevchenko University, PhD Psychology, holds MBA from KMBS Business School.

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PARTNER AND DIRECTOR OF THE KNOWLEDGE FUND
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PARTNER AND DIRECTOR OF THE KNOWLEDGE FUND

Although born in Moscow, Russia, Anastasia has spent most of her adulthood years in United Kingdom, completing her secondary education in Clifton College, Bristol and her Bachelor’s in King’s College of London. At the age of 16, she created the biggest Russian speaking online community about the 90s era with over 700 000 members and an average of 4500 unique daily visitors. After graduating with BA in Hispanic Studies, Anastasia followed up with her passion in Digital Communications and received a Postgraduate Diploma at New York University in Integrated Marketing Communications. At the age of 25, Anastasia’s father, Kakha Bendukidze, had unexpectedly died, leaving no will and a reasonable estate behind him. She decided to carry on his legacy and became the Head of the Knowledge Fund – a non-profit charitable organization that owns two of the leading universities in Georgia – Free University of Tbilisi and Agricultural University of Georgia, as well as other educational projects.

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DEPUTY DIRECTOR/SCIENTIFIC ASSOCIATE AT THE REGIONAL PROGRAMME POLITICAL DIALOGUE SOUTH CAUCASUS OF KONRAD- ADENAUER-STIFTUNG E.V.
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DEPUTY DIRECTOR/SCIENTIFIC ASSOCIATE AT THE REGIONAL PROGRAMME POLITICAL DIALOGUE SOUTH CAUCASUS OF KONRAD- ADENAUER-STIFTUNG E.V.

Christina Bellman is currently Deputy Director/Scientific Associate at the Regional Programme Political Dialogue South Caucasus of Konrad-Adenauer- Stiftung e. V. in Tbilisi, Georgia. Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung is a political foundation with worldwide programmes aimed at strengthening democracy and rule of law as well as promoting freedom and liberty, peace, and justice through civic education programs. Prior to her posting in Georgia, she served as Desk Officer in the organisation’s Global Rule of Law Programme in Berlin, Germany, where she was in charge of coordinating KAS’ worldwide rule of law-activities and high-level events with, among others, judges of the Federal Constitutional Court of Germany and the UN Special Rapporteur on the Independence of Judges and Lawyers. She holds an M.A. in International Relations from Humboldt University Berlin, Free University Berlin and Potsdam University as well as a B.A. in Liberal Arts and Sciences from University College Utrecht, the Netherlands, with majors in Political Sciences and Human Geography. Prior to her assignments with Konrad-Adenauer- Stiftung, she worked at a political consulting firm in Munich, Germany, and gained working experience, i.a., at the Federal Foreign Office in Berlin, Germany, the Munich Security Conference (Germany) and a private, not for-profit organisation in Berlin. She has lived, studied and worked in Melbourne, Australia, and Madrid, Spain, and speaks five languages, albeit some better than others, depending on the time spent in a country.

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LEARNING DIRECTOR AT ISC BANK OF GEORGIA
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LEARNING DIRECTOR AT ISC BANK OF GEORGIA

Tina Balavadze is the Learning Director at JSC Bank of Georgia, where she is responsible for the professional and personal development of employees. On mission to create better development opportunities, she is focused on transforming learning approaches and creating Learning platforms. Before joining the BoG team, Tina worked at the Konrad Adenauer Foundation, where as a Project Coordinator she was responsible for the regional development of the South Caucasus. Her expertise and commitment to developing leadership learning programs has allowed her to initiate and implement several valuable projects in the region. With more than fifteen years experience developing various projects on performance improvement initiatives she gained large experience in training delivery, designing learning solutions, instructional design and feedback and evaluation systems for medium and large organizations. Tina holds an MA in European Studies from European University Viadrina.

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DEPUTY HEAD OF RETAIL BUSINESS BANKING DEPARTMENT, THE BANK OF GEORGIA
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DEPUTY HEAD OF RETAIL BUSINESS BANKING DEPARTMENT, THE BANK OF GEORGIA

I was born in 1984 Tbilisi, Georgia. I went to school “Balavari”, which was one of the best private schools in Tbilisi at that time. I was twice chosen as a President of this school. I also played basketball for the school team. Tbilisi state University was the place where I got my higher education. I got MBA at The University of Georgia. My first working experience was as data analyst in United Georgian Democrats (political party). Nowadays I work at The Bank of Georgia as a deputy head of Retail business banking department, with the experience of 13 years. From 2009 to 2012 I was managing partner of the consulting company Flow LLC.

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DIRECTOR OF BANKING AND FINANCIAL MARKETS AT REFORMATICS
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DIRECTOR OF BANKING AND FINANCIAL MARKETS AT REFORMATICS

An accomplished and highly resourceful banker and financier, having 16 years of hands on experience in mass market retail banking, financial markets, monetary policy, healthcare and pharmaceuticals. Currently, Director of Banking and Financial Markets at Reformatics, a government consulting boutique – advises Uzbekistan government in jumpstarting the banking sector. In the early days of his career, George joined the National Bank of Georgia (Central Bank), where he gradually climbed the hierarchy and became the Chief Dealer of the Bank managing the Foreign Exchange Reserves in excess of USD 1.5 billion. An effective strategist, George became the member of the International Reserves Management Committee and gained a seat at the Monetary Policy Commission table. In 2008 George joined BNP Paribas Structured products sales in London as a member of the CEE and South Africa team, where he successfully generated new business for the bank, including the first issue of a structured deposit with Bank of Georgia. In 2009-2015, George (through initially being the Deputy CEO and in 2013 as the CEO) led the turnaround of Liberty Bank, the seventh largest bank that was literally bankrupt and under the central bank bailout. Through these years Liberty Bank has grown into the leading mass market retail bank with variety of unique distribution channels and with its growth far bypassing the Georgian banking sector growth, not to mention delivering the ROA of +20%.

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იზაბელ ამორიმ სიჩერლე

EDITORA ABRIL
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EDITORA ABRIL

Isabel Amorim began her career at Editora Abril in 1988 and since then has worked in major media companies. On 2016 joined Ed Abril to work on Digital area as a head of the division. In 2013, launched the digital version of the newspaper El Pais in Brazil, accumulating responsibility for the copyright area of the Prisa group. Previously, (2001 to 2013) she directed The New York Times Syndicate in Latin America, Mexico and the Caribbean. She holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration, a postgraduate degree in communication from the School of Communication and Arts at the University of São Paulo, and an MBA from Business School SP and Rothman School in Toronto. Graduate in 2013 by IE Madrid in Global Management. In June 2016 received a scholarship for the course taught by Stanford LAD and Insper on Public Policy and Democracy. On 2017 was accepted at a summer fellowship at CDDRL Stanford. Isabel is on the Board of the WAN-World Association of Newspaper, INMA International News Marketing Association until 2017, is also a member of the jury of the journalistic award offered by the Inter American Press Association since 2011. Married, has two children, and loves to run ultra marathons.

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LIEUTENANT COLONEL
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LIEUTENANT COLONEL

Lieutenant Colonel Beka Ambroladze, GEO. Army, hails from Kutaisi, Georgia. He graduated from St. Nino gymnasium (public school #3). He earned his commission as a lieutenant of Infantry Officer from the National Defense Academy of Georgia. For the first 2 years of his career, LTC Ambroladze was assigned to units in Internal Troops of Georgia in Tbilisi and Mukhrovani. LTC Ambroladze continued to serve in GEO armed forces in various assignments including planning officer in Battalion and General Staff level, Operations officer in Brigade and US Marine Corps 7th Regiment level, Instructor in Command and Staff College, commander at Infantry Battalion and Commander at Training Centre. He was deployed in Iraq and Afghanistan several times in support of operation Iraqi Freedom, ISAF and Resolute Support Mission. LTC Ambroladze Holds Masters degree in History from National Defense academy of Georgia. He is a graduate of Baltic Defense College and currently Studies at Tbilisi State University for his PhD in Mass communications. IC Ambroladze holds several award medals from Georgia, Czech Republic, United States of America and NATO. Lieutenant Colonel Ambroladze is married to Gvantsa and has two children.

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HEAD OF THE UNIT FOR EFFECTIVE SUPPORT OF STATE PROSECUTION IN JURY TRIAL CASES AT THE OFFICE OF THE CHIEF PROSECUTOR OF GEORGIA
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HEAD OF THE UNIT FOR EFFECTIVE SUPPORT OF STATE PROSECUTION IN JURY TRIAL CASES AT THE OFFICE OF THE CHIEF PROSECUTOR OF GEORGIA

I am a Head of the Unit for Effective Support of State Prosecution in Jury Trial Cases at the Office of the Chief Prosecutor of Georgia. This Unit supervises the investigations concerning jury trial cases across the whole Georgia and support state the prosecution at the court hearings. I have been working at the Prosecution Service of Georgia since 2008. I have examined cases involving various types of crime as well as jury trial cases and high-profile cases. Herewith, I am one of the press speakers of the Prosecution Service of Georgia. I am a member of the Georgian-Norwegian Rule of Law Association and the editor of the law journal created under the umbrella of the Association. In addition, I deliver lectures at Tbilisi State University as an invited lecturer.

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