About Us

Project Team

Kakha GogolashviliDr. K. Gogolashvili is a Director of EU Studies at the Georgian Foundation for Strategic and International Studies. 

Born in Tbilisi, Georgia, in 1957, he has got academic degrees in economics (Tbilisi State University, 1980), journalism (Georgian Technical University, 1980) and international relations (Diplomatic School of Madrid, Spain, 1994). His professional background includes working at academic institutions and in Foreign Service. He has an expertise in developing business games and case studies for Economics and Business Administration courses. He administered training and retraining of the high level public servants. 

From 1990 he worked in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Georgia and was in charge of the Department of International Economic Relations. He was engaged in the establishment of Georgia’s relations with IMF, WB, EBRD and WTO. 

From 1994 to 1996 Dr. Gogolashvili was engaged in official negotiations on Partnership and Cooperation Agreement between Georgia and European Communities. For the subsequent four years (1996-2000) he worked at the Mission of Georgia to the EU as a counsellor and later as a Deputy Chief of Mission. He provided Georgian government with reports, which served as a source for important political decisions.

As a Director of the Department of EU Relations at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Georgia, Dr. Gogolashvili, initiated establishment of a governmental Commission on PCA Implementation (2000) and during the following year he was a Secretary of that Commission. While working at the Georgian Mission in Brussels, as well as at MFA in Tbilisi, he actively participated in political consultations between EU and Georgia. As a result of these consultations EU made decisions about providing technical and financial assistance to Georgia. 

In 1999-2000 Dr. Gogolashvili held a position of a Secretary of the EU-Georgia Cooperation Council. In 2001 he chaired EU-Georgia Subcommittee on Trade and Legal Issues. Throughout the years he was actively engaged in organizing and holding official meetings between Georgia and EU on the high, as well as, on ministerial levels. He holds a diplomatic rank of Minister-Counsellor. 

For the last three years Dr. Gogolashvili has been working as an expert in EU-funded projects. He worked in three EC supported projects on Economic Growth and Poverty Reduction Strategy. He was a Deputy Team Leader and in absence of the European Expert was in charge of the project activities in Georgia. During this period he continued to work on issues related to the EU integration and EU-Georgia relations. He published a number of papers and actively participated in conferences and seminars.

Keti EmukhvariMs. Keti Emukhvary graduated from Tbilisi state University. She holds a BA in Organizational Psychology. Currently she is taking Master’s Degree in Business Administration at Georgian University of Social Sciences. She is an Alumnus of The Training program in International Relations and National Security at GFSIS. 


In 2004-2006 she worked as a Member of Analytical Group at ACT (Analysis and Consulting Team). In 2005 she was the on-called trainer of the FOME program (Fundament of Market Economics). In 2006 she delivered the lectures on Psychology of Advertising at The Tbilisi State University. She joined the Georgian Foundation for Strategic and International Studies since 2006.

Tinatin DvalishviliMs. Tinatin Dvalishvili is a Media Project Manager at the Georgian Foundation for Strategic and International Studies (GFSIS). She graduated from the Caucasus School of Journalism and Media Management in 2004. From 1992 onward she works as a journalist in various media outlets that include newspapers (P.S. and Imereti’s Moambe), magazine (Mediator) and a TV company (Ibervizia). 


Ms. Dvalishvili took internships at Georgian and foreign TV companies: broadcasting TV companies – Imedi and Rustavi 2 (Georgia), Moscow Bureau of Al-Jazeera Sat TV Channel (Russia). 

She has actively participated in professional seminars and trainings: Journalistic Ethics (ICFJ); Advertisement and Management (ICFJ); Investigative Journalism (ICFJ; ABA, IREX); How to Write about Elections (ICFJ); Court and Journalism (ALPE; ABA); Media and Self-regulation Mechanisms (Liberty Institute); Election and Journalism (Young Lawyers’ Association); Development of Journalist Associations (World Learning); Covering Minorities Issues (Media Diversity Institute);Gender and the World of Work: the Role of the Media (International Labor Organization). On August 11–September 2, 2001 she participated in the International Visitor Program “Journalism in the United States” (financially supported by US Embassy in Georgia).and visited the offices of leading US newspapers – The New-York Times, The Washington Post, The Florida Today, and The Wall Street Journal. 

Ms. Dvalishvili is a member of IRE (Investigative Reporters and Editors, USA). 

On 2005 she was awarded by Silver NIAMOR for documentary “Nights on Iron Horses” (International Extreme Films Festival). 

Advisory Board

George VolskiMr. George Volski is the Councilor on political issues at the International Centre of Geopolitical Studies and the secretary of the main council at the organization House of Free Opinion. He is an expert in South Caucasus Institute of Regional Security. In 2004-2007 he served as a Deputy State Minister at the State Ministry of Georgia on Conflict resolution Issues. George Volski has worked on high positions in different government agencies such as: National Security Council of Georgia, Permanent Mission of Georgia to UN, Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Mr. Volski holds a diplomatic rank of Envoy Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary.  




Mr. Alexander Rusetsky is a director of South Caucasus Institute for Regional Security established in 2002. He got the diploma at the Faculty of Economic Psychology in the Ivane Javakhishvili Tbilisi State Alexander RusetskyUniversity. Mr. Rusetsky is a scholar of Fulbright Commission Lane Kirkland Scholarship Program, supported by the Polish-American Freedom Foundation and Center for Eastern Studies of the Warsaw University. Alexander is an author of more than 100 socially oriented projects accomplished in Georgia as well as at the international level during the years 1988-2007. Mr. Rusetsky possesses a 12 years experience as lecturer, trainer and facilitator at national, regional and international events. He also is an author of more than 40 publications dedicated to the issues of conflict management, international affairs and democratic governance.

Ms.  Naira Bepiev is associate professor (now a professor) at the Ilia Chavchavadze State University. Since 2006 she has been working at Ivane Javakhishvili Tbilisi State University as a on called professor 

in Ossetian Language. She is a member of the Advisory Board of the 

Naira Bepiev

Ministry of Education and Science and actively participates in 

conducting the reforms in educational system.  

Naira Bepiev has graduated from Pedagogic Institute of South Ossetia with honors, and postgraduate study at Tbilisi State University, faculty of Ancient Georgian Literature and History. 

Since 1980 Naira Bepiev was a Chief Editor of the Editorial Board of art translation and Literature relations (Ossetian section). In 1996-2008 she worked at the Centre of Cultural Relations “Caucasian House” as a head of Ossetian Section. She taught Ossetian Language in the project funded by Horizon Foundation. 

She took part in many projects and publications (“Anthology of Georgian Writers” published in Ossetian language, “Ossetian Tales” etc)

Mrs. Natela Sakhokia Natela Sakhokia

Mrs. Natela Sakhokia graduated from the Polytechnic University of Georgia, faculty of Automatization and Calculation Technique. 

In 1966-1982 she has worked on different positions in the Research Institute of the Means of Automatization in Tbilisi.

In 1982-1991 Mrs. Sakhokia worked at the State Institute of Management Problems as a senior fellow. 

Since 1991 up today she is the director of Strategic Research Centre. 

The main spheres of her work are: Social Policy, Non-Military aspects of State Security, Protection of Children’s Rights. 

She is teaching the course on Social Politics in different institutes and organizations.

Iulia Kharashvili

Mrs. Iulia Kharashvili

Iulia Kharashvili, was born in 1954, 22 May, in Tbilisi, graduated from 20-th secondary school in 1971, and in 1976 – faculty of physics of Tbilisi State University (qualification – physic, biophysicist). In 1976 – 79 worked in Tbilisi State University, Department of Nuclear physics, as Senior Lab, after this moved to the Institute of Experimental Neurology, s Junior Research Worker. 

In 1981 had married and moved to Sukhumi, Abkhazia, when started to work in the Institute of Experimental Pathology and Therapy, Department of Molecular Biology s a Research Worker working on problems of immunodeficiency viruses of monkeys. 

In 1993, after war in Abkhazia moved to Tbilisi when started to work in Tbilisi State University as Lecturer. In parallel, since 1993 started to work as volunteer in the Center for Civic Initiatives . In 1995, organized from group of volunteers working on IDP issues, the non-governmental organization – IDP Women Association Consent. 

In 1995, was invited to the UN Volunteers Team in Georgia to start production of the Children’s Magazine for children from postconflict zones. Since 1997, worked as a UNV National Community Facilitator, since 2002 moved to the UNDP project “New Approach to IDP Assistance” first – as a Monitoring and Evaluation Officer, and later as a Coordinator, in the framework of this project was elaborated and approved the IDP State Strategy.

After completion of the project, was invited to UNHCR project “Creation of the Action Plan for IDP State Strategy” that was implemented together with MRA. During the war of August 2008 joined to International Relations Department of Ministry of Refugees and Accommodation of Georgia, was coordinating relations with international organizations and donors.

In Association of IDP Women coordinated more than 40 projects of different character, mainly – peace building, advocacy of IDP rights, research and training. 

In 1996 graduated Ssclaining Peace Research Institute course on conflict resolution and human rights, in 1997 – Summer Peacebuilding Institute on Basics of Peacebuilding training and trauma Healing and Reconciliation.

For work with women and youth from postconflict zones ,and for research and practical work with the IDP community in Georgia was awarded in 2002 by Special Award of the High Commissioner for Refugees, and in 2004 – by the award “Voices of Courage” (IRP Refugee Women and Children Commission, New York).

Married with two sons.

Expert's Council

Kakha Gogolashvili, Georgian Foundation for Strategic and International Studies (GFSIS)

Giorgi Volski, Free Opinion House

Mamuka Areshidze, Caucasus Centre for Strategic Studies

Izolda Tigievi, International Association of Women of Ossetia

Maia Tsaboshvili, Georgian-Ossetian Union “Iber-Iron”

Naira Bepievi, Tbilisi State University

Alexandre Russetsky, South Caucasus Center for International and Regional Security

Tornike Sharashenidze, Georgian Institute of Public Affairs

Shorena Lortkifanidze, International Centre for Conflict and Negotiations (ICCN)

Gogi Khutsishvili, International Centre for Conflict and Negotiations (ICCN)

Paata Zakareishvili, independent expert

Tamar Pataraia, Caucasus Institute for Peace and Democracy (CIPDD)

Ramaz Aptsiauri, UN Association in Georgia

Teona Akubardia, Centre of Public Projects

Gia Tarkhan-Mouravi, Institute for Policy Studies (IPS)

Manana Mebuke, The Union of the Wives of Deceased and Disabled Soldiers

Giorgi Kacharava, independent expert

Nika Chitadze, George C. Marshall Alumni Union, Georgia-International and Security Research Center

Andro Barnovi, Institute of Strategy and Development

Alexandre Kukhianidze, Transnational Crime and Corruption Centre (TraCCC)

Ivlian Haindrava, Republican Institute

Natela Sakhokia, Strategic Research Centre

Vasil Chkoidze, European Integration Research Centre

Koki Ionatamashvili, New Generation, New Initiative

Zurab Bendianishvili, Georgia-South Ossetia Forum

Konstantine Zhgenti, South Caucasus Institute for Regional Security

Julia Kharashvili, IDP Women Association “Consent”

Thengiz Phkhaladze, International Center of Geopolitical Studies

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