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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 an adviser. His geographic expertise includes NATO, Eurasia and Afghanistan. Other areas of expertise include: counter terrorism and counterinsurgency, energy market security, and international relationships.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Zviad is a security professional and manager with over 5 years of experiences of working with multinational teams and organizations. Currently, he is focusing on promoting democracy and security in the Euro-Atlantic community, through high tech and cross-sectoral partnerships. Zviad recently coined a term - Temocracy, which entails technology-enabled democracy. In 2018, Zviad served as Assistant to a Member (MEP) at the European Parliament's Security and Defense Subcommittee, where his portfolio included security and political affairs in Central and Eastern Europe as well as the United States. In 2017-18, Zviad co-led two editions of the Eurasia Leadership Trek, with the Center for Asia Leadership, exploring political, economic and security climate in Black Sea and Eastern European countries, with graduate students from Tufts Fletcher School, Harvard and MIT. In addition, Zviad was an organizing committee member for the European Conference 2018 at Harvard, the largest of its kind in North America. In 2017, Zviad was featured as one of fifteen New Security Leaders of the Warsaw Security Forum and received Forbes Georgia’s 30 Under 30 recognition in 2018. Zviad’s articles and comments have appeared in a number of international analytical platforms, including The Institute for War and Peace Reporting, New Europe, The Fletcher Forum of World Affairs, Deutsche Welle, KyivPost and The Clarion. Zviad’s recent policy and academic publications also include: “Countering Russia’s Disinformation and Propaganda in Georgia” (Warsaw Institute, 2018) and “Ten Ways to Advance US-Georgia Bilateral Relations” (Rondeli Foundation/GFSIS, 2018). In 2017, NATO Defense College, where Zviad was a Research Fellow, published his research paper: “NATO in the Black Sea: What to Expect Next?” In 2014-16, Zviad was a Political Correspondent at Georgia Today newspaper and worked as a Social Media Coordinator and Blogger at the Open Society Georgia Foundation’s Media development project. In 2012-15, Zviad founded and pro bono led youth NGOs, Society XXI and Free Generation for Georgia, to promote Georgia’s integration into Western institutions. Zviad holds a Master’s degree from The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Tufts University and Bachelor of Arts in Political Science (with Honors) from Sokhumi State University in Tbilisi. He is passionate about jazz and wants to host a jazz event in his hometown, Gali (Abkhazia), when Georgia is reunited.

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Elene KVANCHILASHVILI has been in the fields of psychology and journalism for more than 10 years. Passion for writing and reporting sparkled when she was just 16 years old: That’s when she wrote her dairies depicting her life as a teenager living in a host family and studying at Watauga High School, NC, USA. Her book One Year in America received a thank-you-note from then-President of the US Bill Clinton. Today, in journalism, her main interests are in business and economics: policy, regulations, main trends and impacts. Elene is an Executive Editor of Forbes Georgia, and author and anchor of a weekly talk show Analytics with Elene KVANCHILASHVILI produced by Business Media Georgia (BMG) on TV Pirveli. In psychology she mainly focuses on political and mass communication. Her PhD in psychology was on nationalism comparing three countries of South Caucasus: Georgia, Armenia and Azerbaijan. Her master’s course on psychology of political communication that she has been teaching for two years at Tbilisi State University faculty of psychology and education sciences was prepared on the basis of cooperation with the University of Berkley, US as part of the Carnegie Fellowship. Elene KVANCHILASHVILI is a Carnegie Fellow 2011. Recently, she wrote a policy paper for Economic Policy Research Center (EPRC) studying possibilities and challenges of commercialization of museums in Georgia and beyond. Elene has a husband and a 10-year daughter Anastasia Kalandadze.

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Anatoli Korapanov explores the issues related to sport's state policy and sports integrity. He has 13 years of experience in public service. In 2010-2016 he worked at the Ministry of Sport and Youth Affairs of Georgia, as the Deputy Head of International Relations and European Integration Department. In 2012-2016 he was the Head of the Georgian delegation at the Permanent Committees of the Sports Council of the Council of Europe, and a member of the Board of Governors of the Council of Europe Intergovernmental Platform "Advanced Partial Agreement on Sport". He participated in the development of international conventional projects on "manipulations of sports competitions" and "general approach to safety, safety and service on football matches and other sporting events". During his work in public service, he worked and coordinated the work of the thematic groups, including the IATF chairperson, in 2015, which was responsible for developing an "anti-doping state strategy". Since 2016 Anatoly is a lecturer of the Sport Management Master's Program of Physical Education and Sport of Georgia. In 2017, within the framework of the United Nations Development Program and the European Union project, he headed the process of development of "2018-2020 Strategy and Action Plan of the Parliament of Sport and Youth Affairs Committee". Anatoli Correpanov has graduated from the Diplomatic Academy of Georgia and has a degree in Master of International Relations.

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Archil Razmadze has joined our team recently. In 2001, he graduated from I.Javakhishvili Tbilisi State University, faculty of Physics. In 2003-2004 he was student of Infantry Officer Basic course of National Defense Academy. After graduation thecourse he obtained firstmilitary rank - Lieutenant with the specialty of tactical commander. He worked in civil sector and in military and law enforcement institutions including secondary educational institutions, bank, IT integration company, Ministry of Internal Affairs and Ministry of Defense. In 2008, he participated in Stability Operation in Iraq as part of First Infantry Brigade. Archil is a graduate of George C. Marshal European Center for Security Studies. He was awarded the Medal of honor in 2006.

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Giorgi Koberidze is a research fellow at the Georgian Strategic Analysis Center, as well as a lecturer in Theories of Democratization and Introduction to Political Science at the Georgian Institute of Public Affairs. From 2015-2016, Giorgi worked at an NGO called the Alliance for Regional Development (ARD) as a PR and International Relation Manager. Prior to joining ARD, Giorgi served as a Senior Curator at the Georgian National Museum. From 2014-2015, Giorgi was a member of the Advisor Council at the Georgian Youth Palace. Giorgi Koberidze graduated from the Georgian Institute of Public Affairs and holds MA degree.

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Khatuna Lagazidze is a political analyst and expert in security issues. She teaches state management and electoral systems at the Tbilisi State University, Department of Sociology. She is also a host of an analytical show at the Radio station "Palitra". She is an author of the first Georgian text-book on Theory of State Management. She used to wok at different media outlets as a political analyst, at the Press Office of the President of Georgia as the head of the analytical team, at the National Security Council of Georgia, as a leading state adviser to the Head of the State in matters of foreign and internal security. She used to deliver lectures at different higher education institutions of Georgia in state management, security systems and foreign policy. She earned three Master's degrees, including Master of Law. Presently, she is writing a PhD thesis at the Tbilisi State University on "Information Wars and Cyber space".

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დავით ჯანდიერი არის იურისტი, იურიდიულ მეცნიერებათა დოქტორი, პროფესორი მრავალწლიანი პროფესიული გამოცდილებით საჯარო და კერძო სტრუქტურებში. 2012-2013 წლებში ეკავა საქართველოს იუსტიციის მინისტრის პირველი მოადგილის თანამდებობა. აღნიშნულ პოზიციაზე დავით ჯანდიერის საკურატორო მიმართულებებს იუსტიციის სამინისტროს დაქვემდებარებაში შემავალი საჯარო სამართლის იურიდიული პირები (საჯარო რეესტრის ეროვნული სააგენტო, სერვისების განვითარების სააგენტო, აღსრულების ეროვნული ბიურო, საქართველოს ნოტარიუსთა პალატა, საქართველოს ეროვნული არქივი) წარმოადგენდა. 2012 წლამდე დავით ჯანდიერი ეწეოდა წარმატებულ საადვოკატო საქმიანობას. იგი გახლდათ მომჩივნის ადვოკატი სტრასბურგის ადამიანის უფლებათა ევროპულ სასამართლოში განხილულ ცნობილ საქმეზე - „ენუქიძე და გირგვლიანი საქართველოს წინააღმდეგ“. ამჟამად დავით ჯანდიერი კონსულტაციებს უწევს სხვადასხვა ბიზნეს-კორპორაციებს, აქტიურად მონაწილეობს საზოგადოებრივად მნიშვნელოვანი საკითხების საჯარო განხილვებში ექსპერტის სტატუსით მას-მედიის მეშვეობით. 2018 წლიდან მან კვლავ განაახლა საადვოკატო საქმიანობა საზოგადოებრივი მნიშვნელობის მქონე საქმეებში ადამიანის უფლებათა ევროპულ სასამართლოში, მათ შორისაა „საუკუნის პროცესად“ წოდებული ე.წ. „ციანიდის საქმე“. დავით ჯანდიერი არის სტრასბურგის უნივერსიტეტის კურსდამთავრებული და მინიჭებული აქვს მაგისტრის წოდება ევროპულ სამართალსა და სწავლებაში. იგი არის თბილისის სახელმწიფო უნივერსიტეტის დოქტორი საერთაშორისო სამართალში.

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გია (გაიოზ) ჯაფარიძე არის საქართველოს უნივერსიტეტის სოციალურ მეცნიერებათა სკოლის პოლიტიკის მეცნიერებების, საერთაშორისო ურთიერთობების და საქართველოს პოლიტიკის ლექტორი, ის ასევე ასწავლის საქართველოს სხვა კერძო უმაღლეს სასწავლებლებში. გია ჯაფარიძე არის ყოფილი დიპლომატი. საქართველოს საგარეო საქმეთა სამინისტროში მუშაობის პერიოდში სხვადასხვა დროს ის ასრულებდა კვიპროსის რესპუბლიკასა (2012-2013) და პორტუგალიის რესპუბლიკაში (2010-2011) საქართველოს დიპლომატიური მისიის ხელმძღვანელის მოვალეობას, ასევე მუშაობდა საბერძნეთის რესპუბლიკაში საქართველოს საელჩოს საკონსულო სექციაში და ათენსა და ლისაბონში საქართველოს საელჩოებში მრჩევლის თანამდებობაზე. მას დამთავრებული აქვს თბილსის სახელმწიფო უნივერსიტეტი კლასიკური ფილოლოგიის სპეციალობით და ათენის სახელმწიფო უნივერსიტეტის იურიდიულ, სოციალურ და ეკონომიკურ მეცნიერებათა სკოლა პოლიტიკის მეცნიერებების და სახელმწიფო მართვის სპეციალობით (საერთაშორისო და ევროპული სწავლებების განხრა). გია ჯაფარიძე აქვეყნებს სტატიებს საქართველოს პოლიტიკის, საერთაშორისო პოლიტიკის, ბალკანეთის რეგიონის ქვეყნების პოლიტიკის საკითხებზე. მისი ექსპერტიზის სფეროა ბალკანეთის ფართო რეგიონი, საბერძნეთი, კვიპროსი, ბერძნულ-თურქული ურთიერთობები, ლუზოფონური ქვეყნები, აშშ-ს საგარეო პოლიტიკა. ის არის საქართველოს რეფორმების ასოციაციის უფროსი მკვლევარი.