Lasha Beridze is a career Infantry Officer with operational- combat, command, military
education, international relations, and strategic planning expertise. Lasha received a Bachelor’s
degree in History from the Georgian Military Academy and a Master’s degree in National
Security Strategy from the National Defense University in the United States. His command
experience includes Infantry platoon, Company, Battalion, Brigade, Training and Education
Command. His staff assignments include Company XO, Battalion XO, Senior Military
representative in US CENTCOM, Georgian Defense Attaché in Washington DC. Lasha was
deployed in Afghanistan as a senior Georgian National Contingent commander for one year in
the Helmand province primarily, but also visited Farah, Nimruz, Kandahar and Kabul. As a
Deputy Chief of General Staff, his primary mission was to carry out reform processes and
transform the Georgian Armed Forces. As a senior representative to the Armed Forces, he
elaborated the concept of Total National Defense, and developed and integrated new defense
capabilities with the Armed Forces as consequence of the 2008 Russia-Georgia War. His duties
also included overseeing operations in Afghanistan, including pre-deployment training. Other
duties included overseeing and participating in bilateral relationships with foreign militaries and
organizations such as NATO and ISAF. Most recently, Lasha served as the Deputy Chief of
General Staff with the Georgian Armed Forces.
After retiring in December 2014, Lasha joined the United Arab Emirates Armed Forces GHQ as
His geographic expertise includes NATO, Eurasia and Afghanistan. Other areas of expertise
include: counter terrorism and counterinsurgency, energy market security, and international
Luis Navarro is the Deputy Director of the Campaigns Department for the American Federation of Labor-Congress of Industrial Organizations (AFL-CIO).
He previously served as Senior Resident Director for the National Democratic Institute of International Affairs in Georgia (2009-2014) and as both presidential campaign manager and the last chief of staff for then-United States Senator Joe Biden (2007-2009).
Over the course of his career in American politics, Luis was the political director for John Kerry’s presidential campaign thru the Iowa caucus (2003-2004) and the Service Employees International Union (1999-2003) as well as Executive Director of the Florida Democratic Party (2005-2006). He has also been a senior aide for Every Voice, the Democratic National Committee and two former Members of Congress.
Luis was one of Campaigns and Elections Magazine’s “Rising Stars’ of 2000.
Luis was born in Washington DC and is a graduate of the University of Maryland, College Park.
Dr. Andrej Klymzcyk
Dr. Andrej Klymzcyk is a Polish diplomat with more than 20 years of work experience in CIS
countries, as well as an expert in human rights and democratic reform (electoral systems,
freedom of speech, and mass media).
Dr. Klymzcyk also has broad experience in the security and defence sector. He served as
a former journalist and press attaché in Polish Embassy in Moscow (1996 – 2000), as a former
Political Officer in the OSCE Mission to Moldova (2001 – 2008), and participated in the
negotiation process aimed at solving the Transdniestrian conflict in the “5+2” format. As a
Political Officer in the NATO Liaison Office in Georgia from 2010 – 2017, he was responsible
for monitoring and facilitating cooperation between Parliament and Georgian authorities;
encouraging judicial reform, penitentiary and pro-abolition reforms; and facilitating strengthened
political dialogue in Georgia.
Dr. Klymzcyk has significant experience observing general, local and municipal elections in
Russia, Ukraine, Georgia and Moldova. He graduated from Poznan University with a Master’s
in Political Science and a PhD in International Law.
As an Associate Director for Russia & CIS at Control Risks, a premier global risk consultancy, Nabi contributes to wide-ranging Control Risks’ analysis of processes and actors influencing political, operational and security environments in Russia and the country’s relations with its neighbours and key global players. A specialist in policy analysis and communications, Nabi speaks at policy and academic forums and writes on behalf of the company in international media and academic publications. Prior to joining Control Risks in 2016, Nabi was the editor-in-chief of The Moscow Times, an English-language daily newspaper in Russia, where he had previously been a political and security writer for many years. He also headed the Foreign-Language Information Service at Russia’s major RIA Novosti news agency in 2012-2014. Nabi has a Master’s degree in Public Administration from Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government, where he studied negotiation and conflict resolution. A native Russian speaker, he also has a degree in construction engineering from a Russian university.
Annika Kastetter is a research fellow at the Georgian Strategic Analysis Center. Annika earned a
degree in Political Science with a concentration in International Relations from Colorado
College, where she graduated with honors. Prior to joining GSAC, Annika worked with the
United Nations Development Program on a Governance Reform Fund project based in Tbilisi,
and served as an International Fellow with the Caucasus Research Resource Center. Annika has
acquired broad foreign policy and international development experience through internships
with NGOs in India and Jordan, as well as an intensive 3-month internship with the US
Department of State in the Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights and Labor. She has conducted
extensive research on international labor rights, labor migration, transitioning democracies, and
EU-NATO security relations in the Eastern Neighborhood.
Chief Security Officer
Temur Eubidze enrolled in the Military Academy of Georgia in 1996, where he became the platoon commander of the first Company of Separate Intelligence Battalion of the Georgian Armed Forces. In 1998, he started working as an analysis officer for the Military Intelligence Department of the Georgian Armed Forces. In 2000, he underwent an Infantry Officer Course in Fort Benning, USA, after which he began work as a case officer in Tbilisi International Airport. In 2004-2005, he worked as the chief of the Counter-Terrorism Division in the Ministry of Internal Affairs. Afterwards he worked as the Deputy of the Commander of the third Infantry Brigade. In 2006, he underwent a Staff Officer Course and became chief of the G-2 Division of the Land Force. After completing a course in science of law at the Independent University of Georgia in 2007, he became the chief of the J-2 Joint Staff of the armed forces. He then continued his career as the deputy chief of the J-3 Joint staff, before moving on to become the deputy chief of the Military Intelligence Department in the Ministry of Defense. In 2009, he enrolled in the Command and Staff College of Marine Corps University, USA. After graduating, he became the Chief of the J-5 Department of the Georgian Armed Forces. From 2011 to 2014, he worked as a defense, military, naval and air force attaché to Mexico, Canada and the USA. In 2014, he began work as the Chief of Staff of the Special Task Department of the Ministry of Internal Affairs, where he stayed until 2017.