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Tamar Kvaratskhelia

Tamar Kvaratskhelia is a coordinator of EECMD Democracy School in Tsalenjikha, Samegrelo Region, Georgia. 

Tamar is an attorney who specializes in criminal and civil law. She is also licensed in juvenile justice. Tamar has worked on different cases for more than five years. 

Tamar holds a Master’s degree in Legal Studies and is a member of the Georgian Bar Association.

Giorgi Tavberidze

Giorgi Tavberidze is a Coordinator of Telavi Democracy School in Kakheti region of Georgia. He has many years of working experience in the governmental and non-governmental sectors. Earlier, he was employed at Telavi Municipality City Hall as the Head of the Department of Economic Development and Property Management. From 2014-2019 he was an adjunct lecturer at the Georgian Institute of Public Affairs (GIPA). With his participation was planned and conducted various research projects. Also, Giorgi cooperated with multiple international organizations.

Giorgi Tavberidze holds Bachelor’s Degree in Sociology from Iakob Gogebashvili Telavi State University and a Master’s Degree in Sociology from Ilia State University, respectively.

Mariam Ganugrava

Mariam Ganugrava works as an Administrative and Office Assistant at the Eastern European Centre for Multiparty Democracy. Before she joined the EECMD, Mariam worked at the NATO Liaison Office as a „NATO-Georgia Professional Development Programme“ Trainee. She was a Strategic Communications Department Intern at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Georgia.

Mariam holds a Bachelor’s Degree in International Relations from Tbilisi State University and a Master’s Degree in European Studies from Ilia State University. She studied as an exchange student at Charles University in Prague during her studies. Mariam’s particular interests include EU institutions, EU migration policy, and Populist right-wing parties in Central and Eastern Europe.

Irine Kurtanidze

Irine Kurtanidze works as a communication officer at the Eastern European Centre for Multiparty Democracy. Before joining the EECMD, she worked for public, private, and civil society sectors and academia. Irine specializes in the fields of public relations, strategic communications, political communications and elections campaign management. Furthermore, she researches voting behaviour and elections. Irine is also an invited lecturer of Political Communications, Strategic Communications and Elections and Campaigning at the Caucasus University.

Irine Kurtanidze graduated from Caucasus University with a major in Mass Communications. She is also a Chevening Scholar and holds a Master degree in Political Communications from the University of London.

Levan Tsutskiridze

Levan Tsutskiridze is the Executive Director of EECMD. Before he joined the NIMD/EECMD Levan worked as the Rector of the Georgian Institute of Public Affairs (GIPA). Earlier, he was the Project Manager for the reform of the Georgian civil registration system. In his earlier career, Levan served at the OSCE and with Open Society Foundation in Georgia.

Levan Tsutskiridze graduated from the Johns Hopkins University Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS). His research and professional interests are in foreign and security affairs, political institution building and democratic development.

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Maia Machavariani

Maia Machavariani works as a Senior Programs Coordinator at the Eastern European Centre for Multiparty Democracy (EECMD). In 2013-2015 she led the South Caucasus Regional Programme at the Netherlands Institute for Multiparty Democracy (NIMD). In 2012-2013 Maia worked at MSI Georgia, Good Governance in Georgia (G3) Program under USAID Contract in the Outreach Department.

Maia is a PhD Candidate at Dublin City University with a major in political science. Maia has recently completed her PhD visiting research fellowships at Harvard University (2018) and Oxford Brookes University (2017). Maia holds Master Degree in International Relations and European Studies from Metropolitan University Prague and Bachelor and Master Degree in Turkish Language and Literature from Free University of Tbilisi.

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Nino Kochiashvili

Nino Kochiashvili works as a Financial Assistant/Accountant at the Eastern European Centre for Multiparty Democracy. Before joining EECMD, she worked at the Ministry of Labour, Health and Social Affairs of Georgia in the capacity of Assistant to the Deputy Minister. Prior to that, in 2014-2015 years, she worked as a Financial Officer at the JSI – Georgian branch of Jonh Snow Inc. – USAID Funded SUSTAIN Project. From 2007 to 2014, she served as a Financial Manager at the APLR – Association of Professionals on Land and Realty – USAID Funded Land Market Development Project.  In 2001-2007 years, she worked at the Financial Department of the Association for Protection of Land Owner’s Rights in various positions.

Nino Kochiashvili graduated from Tbilisi Independent University with the degree in Economics ( specialization in the field of Credits and Finances).

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Soso Tordia

Soso Tordia works as a Logistics and Transport Assistant at the Eastern European Centre for Multiparty Democracy. Before joining the EECMD, during 2003-2014 years, he worked for the Welfare Foundation in the capacity of Logistics Manager. Prior to that, he worked as a Loan Officer at the NGO “Union for Trust”. Soso further worked for various national and international organizations in the capacity of an administrative assistant and driver-logistician.

Soso Tordia graduated from Sokhumi Subtropical Enterprise University with the major in Mechanical Engineering.

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Shorena Joel

Shorena Joel is the Finance and Administrative Officer at EECMD. Before this assignment, she worked as the Finance and Administration Officer at United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization in Georgia – UNFAO during 2009-2015.

She also worked at IREX/IATP as a County Coordinator for Georgia in 2006-2007 and as a Training Program Officer at IREX Media Innovations Program – USAID funded project during 2005-2006.

In 2007/2008 she received a governmental scholarship from the Cyprus Planning Bureau and obtained the MBA from the Cyprus University. She also holds the Master’s degree in Oriental Studies (1990–1995) as a graduate of the Tbilisi State University.

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Tamar Mameishvili

Tamar Mameishvili the Coordinator of Batumi Democracy School in Adjara, Georgia. Before she joined EECMD, Tamar worked as a Project Coordinator for the Institute of Democracy and as a Media Monitor for the Institute for Polling and Marketing. She also has an experience of working as an Editor of the website “Ajaranews.ge” and as a reporter at the newspaper “Batumelebi.”

Tamar Mameishvili holds a Master Degree in Journalism and Media Management from the Georgian Institute of Public Affairs (GIPA). Her professional interests lay in covering News, theories of media management and public opinion surveys. She does her best to contribute to the development of democratic and tolerant community.

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Tamta Jolokhava

Tamta Jolokhava works as a Programs Assistant for the Democracy Education Program at the Eastern European Centre for Multiparty Democracy.

Tamta holds a Bachelor’s Degree in International Relations from Tbilisi State University and a Master’s Degree in International Economic Relations from the University of Szeged, Hungary. During her BA years, she studied as an exchange student at Charles University in Prague, where she did an internship at the Embassy of Georgia to the Czech Republic.  She also held another internship at the Office of the State Minister of Georgia on European and Euro-Atlantic Integration. Tamta’s particular interests include EU policy and EU institutions, women’s participation in socio-political life and gender equality issues.

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Teona Japoshvili

Teona Japoshvili works as a Program Assistant for the Political Party Assistance Program. Before she joined the EECMD, Teona worked as an invited specialist at the Training Center of the Parliament of Georgia. Earlier, she was a Parliamentary Program Fellow at National Democratic Institute (NDI) and before that, she worked as an NDI intern at Tbilisi City Assembly.

Teona has successfully graduated from the Tbilisi State University and holds a Bachelor Degree in International Relations and a Master’s Degree in Social and Political Sciences. She was also part of exchange program at Vytautas Magnus University of Lithuania (2015-16) and Sapienza University of Rome (2017).

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Zaza Chipashvili

Zaza Chipashvili is a Coordinator of Gori Democracy School in Shida Kartli region of Georgia. Earlier, he worked as a coordinator of various social and humanitarian projects at the local NGO – Charity Humanitarian Centre “ABKHAZETI” (CHCA). Through his carrier, he was employed in different public institutions – held the position of the Head of Social Service Regional Agency and Head of Gori Municipality Social Department.

Zaza Chipashvili holds a Master degree in Local Governance and Self-government from the Georgian Institution of Public Affairs (GIPA). He also graduated from the Tskhinvali State Pedagogical Institute, the faculty of History and Philology.

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