David Bakradze was appointed Ambassador of Georgia to the United States in Washington, D.C. in December 2016. Ambassador Bakradze has a long and distinguished career in diplomatic service. Since 2002, he has served in a number of senior official posts in Georgian public service. Prior to his appointment as Ambassador to the U.S., Ambassador Bakradze served as the State Minister of Georgia for European and Euro-Atlantic Integration. In that role, he was responsible for the implementation of the Government of Georgia’s activities related to European and Euro-Atlantic integration. In particular, he was in charge of coordinating the Government’s work on implementing key instruments of integration, such as the EU-Georgia Association Agreement (AA), the Eastern Partnership with the EU, the Annual National Program (ANP) and the NATO-Georgia Commission (NGC). He also coordinated Strategic Communication and European Assistance Programs for the Government of Georgia. Ambassador Bakradze’s career includes a number of notable and senior positions. In addition to State Minister for European and Euro-Atlantic Integration (2014 – 2016), he served as Ambassador to the Hellenic Republic and the Republic of Serbia (2012 – 2014); Senior Counsellor and Chargé d’Affaires at the Georgian Embassy in the Republic of Finland (2008 – 2012); Head of First European Division, Ministry of Foreign Affairs (2005 – 2008); Counselor of the Permanent Mission of Georgia to the U.N. and Embassy in the Swiss Confederation (2002—2005); advisor in the National Security Council of Georgia covering Human Rights, Information and Analysis, Law Enforcement Institutions (1997 – 2002); staff member in the press office for the office of the President of Georgia (1996 – 1997). Ambassador Bakradze graduated from Tbilisi State University with a degree in International Economic Relations and International Law. He speaks Georgian, English and Russian. Ambassador Bakradze is married to Anna Matsukashvili. They have three children.
Giorgi Tsikolia was appointed Deputy Chief of Mission in August 2015. From October 2016 until January 2017, Mr. Tsikolia served as Charge D’Affairs at the Embassy. Prior to his posting, he was a CEO at Georgian Entrepreneurship Development Agency (Enterprise Georgia). As a CEO at Enterprise Georgia, Mr. Tsikolia was responsible for establishment of the first major government institution mandated to facilitate private sector development through a variety of financial and technical support mechanisms, as well as export support. In addition to managing the agency’s daily activities, Mr. Tsikolia played critical role in introducing and developing Prime Minister of Georgia’s initiative “Produce in Georgia” aimed at supporting SMEs and export oriented companies. To this date, under the initiative 200 mln USD of private investments went to the Georgian economy and 2000 jobs were created. From 2011 until 2014 Mr. Tsikolia worked as a First Deputy Director at Georgian National Investment Agency, the nation’s main state investment promotion arm and as a Director of Investment and Export policy Department at Ministry of Economy and Sustainable Development. Prior to entering public service, Mr. Tsikolia worked as a Deputy CEO for JSC “Global-Erty”, a leading telecom company in Georgia and as Team Leader/Assistant Manager for “Granton Marketing”, a marketing firm in Vancouver, Canada. He earned a bachelor’s degree, in international economic relations from Moscow State Open University (2000) and a business administration diploma from British Columbia Institute of Technology (2003). Currently, Mr. Tsikolia is pursuing Global Master of Arts Program at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy in Tufts University. In addition to his native Georgian, Mr. Tsikolia is fluent in English and Russian. He is married and has three children.
Phone: 202 387 0865 ext. 302
Giorgi Archemashvili has been serving as the Consul at the Embassy Since June 2016. He previously served as the Head of Division at Consular Department at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Georgia. Giorgi has longstanding experience in public service; since 2001, he has served in numerous mid-level and leading positions at the Ministry of Defense of Georgia (2001-2004), advisor at the National Security Council of Georgia (2005 – 2006), Consul – Embassy of Georgia to the Czech Republic (2007-2011), Head of Consular Service Embassy of Georgia to the Hellenic Republic and the Republic of Serbia (2011-2014). Giorgi Archemashvili graduated from Tbilisi State University, with a degree in International Law and International Relations. Giorgi received degree in Public Administration from Georgian Institute Public Affairs (GIPA). He has a wife and a daughter.
Phone: 202 387 2390 ext. 303
Marika Laliashvili is a career diplomat serving as a Senior Counselor at the Embassy. She is covering relations with the US Congress. Her most recent previous assignment was the Deputy Director of the Department of Americas at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Georgia. Earlier in her career, she also served as a Director of the Defense Policy and Planning Department and as a Director of the International Relations and Euro-Atlantic Integration Department at the Ministry of Defense. Ms. Laliashvili also worked as a Deputy Director of Analytical Department at the Foreign Intelligence Service of Georgia. Marika has been in public service since 2006 and working in foreign affairs with a focus on counterterrorism, arms control and political/military issues. She received her Master’s degree in International Security Affairs from the National Defense University and Bachelor’s degree in Public Administration from Georgian Technical University. Ms. Laliashvili has a husband and a son.
Phone: 202 387 2390 ext. 301
David Abesadze serves as a Senior Counselor at the Embassy and deals with the congressional affairs. In 2014-15, David was a Deputy Director of the Political Department at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Georgia and a Lecturer at Tbilisi State University. In 2010-14 David served as a Senior Counselor at the Mission of Georgia to the EU dealing with Political-Security issues. In 2006-10 he worked as a Head of the Policy Analysis Unit of the Georgian Ministry of Foreign Affairs. In 2005-10, he was an Assistant Professor at Tbilisi State University. He holds MA in Political Science from the Central European University, BA and MA in Human Geography and Ph.D. in Political science from Tbilisi State University. Mr. David Abesadze was a fellow of non-degree programs at Stanford University and Georgetown University, and was a visiting scholar at the Elliott School of International Affairs at George Washington University in 2004-05 academic year. In 2000-04 he was an Assistant Professor at Tbilisi Institute of Asia and Africa (now part of Free University of Tbilisi). His areas of interest and work include national security, political geography, politics of development, and religion-politics relationship. David Abesadze is an author of several scholarly publications, and one of the authors of the policy paper “Georgia’s Black Sea Policy: Forging Black Sea Identity.” He speaks Georgian, English, Russian and Turkish. He is married.
Phone: 202 387 2390 ext. 306
Salome Papashvili serves as a Counselor at the Embassy covering relations with the executive branches of the U.S. government, namely the Department of State and the White House. Salome began her Foreign Service career at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Georgia in 2014 as the Counselor at the Press and Communications Department. In 2016 Salome transferred to the U.S. and Canada Division of the Department of Americas at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Georgia. During her time at the U.S. and Canada Division, Salome worked on a wide range of political issues aimed primarily at enhancing and expanding bilateral cooperation with the two countries.Salome holds a Master’s Degree in Geopolitics, Territory and Security and a Bachelor’s Degree in Religion, Philosophy and Ethics from King’s College London. In 2012 Salome completed an Intensive Postgraduate Course in General Journalist at the London School of Journalism.
Phone: 202 387 2390 ext. 409
Sopio Kupradze has been serving as the First Secretary at the Embassy since July 2014 covering Relations with Congress and the Foreign Missions based in Washington DC. Sopio has a longstanding experience in public service, holding various mid-level and leading positions at the Ministry of Justice, Ministry of Defense and Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Georgia. In 2005-2007, Sopio worked as the Advisor to the Representative of the Government of Georgia before the European Court of Human Rights at the Ministry of Justice; in 2009, she took the job at the Ministry of Defense holding the position of special assistant to the Minister; since 2010, Ms. Kupradze commenced her diplomatic carrier at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Georgia, serving on the position of Deputy Director of the Department of International Law. Sopio Graduated Tbilisi State University majoring in International Law and Relations; she is Eurasian Undergraduate Exchange Program (UGRAD) Alumni, a non-degree one-year fellowship, majoring in Political Science at Stetson University, Florida, USA; Sopio holds LLM Degree in International Organizations, International Criminal Law and Crime Prevention from United Nations Interregional Crime and Justice Research Institute (UNICRI) and the University of Torino. Sopio is an assistant professor at Ilia Chavchavadze State University (ICSU). She has an extensive experience in the field and Human rights and International Law. Ms. Kupradze has a husband and two children.
Phone: 202 387 2390 ext. 408
Levan Beridze currently holds the position of Counselor at the Embassy of Georgia to the United States and leads the economic section. He previously served as the First Secretary at the Embassy from 2012 to 2016. His main objective as the Economic Counselor of the Embassy is to enhance and deepen economic and trade relations between the United States and Georgia and create a platform for interaction between the US and Georgian companies. Levan had gained his experience by working for the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE), where he was part of the project management team leading the Economic Rehabilitation Program in the conflict zones of Georgia. Between 2009 and 2012 Levan accumulated his private sector knowledge working as the Marketing Manager for the Georgian wine company “Tiflisi Marani” and successfully contributed to the Georgian wine popularization in the United States. Levan received his formal education in the United States and has earned a Bachelor’s Degree in International Relations and Diplomacy from the University of Delaware, where he also continued to receive his Master’s Degree in Public Administration in 2009.
Phone: 202 387 2390 ext. 402
Givi Zedelashvili has held the position of the First Secretary at the Embassy of Georgia since March 2016. In addition to coordinating the Embassy’s regional outreach and State to State relations, Mr. Zedelashvili is leading the Embassy’s initiatives in Science and Education. After graduating from Clark University in 2012, Mr. Zedelashvili took the position of the Senior Counselor at the office of National Security Council in the Department of Defense and Security Policy. In 2014, Mr. Zedelashvili joined the Ministry of Foreign Affairs as the head of Division at the International Legal Department. Mr. Zedelashvili has a B.A degree from Clark University with a major in Government and International Relations, a minor in Economics, and a concentration in Law. Currently, Givi is working on his second Master’s degree in Government and MBA at the Johns Hopkins University. Mr. Zedelashvili has a wife and a daughter.
Phone: 202 387 2390 ext. 401
Mariam Tarasashvili serves as Second Secretary at the Embassy of Georgia to the United States. Mariam joined the economic team of the Embassy in May 2017. She covers Economic aspects of US-Georgia relations including relations with Departments of Treasury, Commerce, Energy and Agriculture. Mariam also works with business representatives and private companies in Washington DC that are interested in cooperation with Georgia. Her portfolio includes work with International Financial Institutions represented in Washington DC like the World Bank Group and International Monetary Fund. Her Previous work experience includes working on European Integration affairs in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Georgia with a portfolio of Eastern European States, in 2015-2016. In 2013-2015 Mariam was head of Labour Relations and Social Partnership Division in Ministry of Labour, Health and Social Affairs, in 2012-2013 was head of International Relations Department in State Minister’s Office for Employment. Besides work in the public sector of Georgia her work experience includes research work done in Georgian Foundation for Strategic and International Studies in 2012, Penn Kemble Fellowship at National Endowment for Democracy in 2014 and research consultancy work at United States Commission on International Religious Freedom in the same period in Washington DC. Ms. Tarasashvili holds Master’s Degree in International Relations from Tallinn University (2012), undergraduate degree in Social Sciences from Tbilisi State University (2010) and a certificate in International Migration studies from Georgetown University (2014).
Phone: 202 387 2390 ext. 403
Sofia Gegechkori is Public Affairs and Communications Counselor responsible for external relations and communication, media relations, representational and cultural activities management at the Embassy. Before joining the Georgian Foreign Service in May 2016, she had been working as a democracy development and grant programs coordinator for nearly 9 years at the Public Affairs Section of the U.S. Embassy in Tbilisi/Georgia, managing several Million USD annual budget in U.S. Government Grant Programs in support of the development of civil society sector, educational institutions and independent media in Georgia, and assisting in designing of the public affairs policies and strategies for the U.S. Mission’s Public Affairs Office. She was awarded by a number of Meritorious Honor Awards from the U.S. Department of State and certificates of appreciation, to include from The White House, for her contribution to the U.S. Embassy operation in Georgia. In her 20 year-long carrier, she got an expertise in professional network development and public relations strategy implementation, as well as extensive background in development programs management, grants administration, and organizational development. Holding the U.S. Department of State’s Edmund S. Muskie Graduate Fellowship, she was actively involved into formation of the U.S. Government Exchange Programs Alumni Association in Georgia, serving as a chairperson of the Advisory Board for 2 years. Sofia holds Masters Degree from Joseph Korbel School of International Studies of the University of Denver and Post-Graduate fellowship from Tbilisi State University. She has been serving for Georgia-US strategic partnership development and people-to-people relations building for nearly a decade, and feels honored to continue so.
Phone: 202 387 2390 ext. 406
Ioseb Jorjoliani serves as Public Affairs Officer at the Embassy, assisting Public Affairs Counselor with external relations and communication, media relations, representational and cultural activities management. Before starting his career at the Embassy, Ioseb served as Young Ambassador of Georgia to the United States in 2015, the position dedicated to promoting Georgian interests among American Youth. Ioseb has experience in working at the Student Radio Station (WNJR) and writing for multiple media outlets, including Eurasiareview, Georgian Institute of Politics and Huffington Post. Ioseb received bachelor’s degree in Public Relations, International Studies and German language from Washington & Jefferson College in Washington PA. Parallel to his service at the Embassy, Ioseb is a Master’s Candidate at Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University, pursuing a degree in German and European Studies.
Phone: 202 387 2390 ext. 407
David Chantladze is Financial Manager and Head of Administration team at the Embassy. Previously, David has served as Financial Manager at the Permanent Mission of Georgia to the United Nations Office and other international organizations in Geneva, Switzerland. David has worked in numerous capacities at the Georgian Railway LLC and the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE). David also has experience in leading private company in Georgia. David pursued his BA at the Caucasus Business School and Georgian Technical University. In addition to his native Georgian, David is fluent in Russian and English. David is married and has three children.
Phone: 202 387 2390 ext. 304