Vazha Salamadze

Vazha Salamadze

Director, Expert In Public Policy And Administration

Mr. Vazha Salamadze is founding director of CSI. He has 28 year experience in public sector, from which 25 years he dedicated to development of civil society and promoting enabling environment for CSOs. Mr. Salamadze has sound experience in policy analysis, crafting policy papers, drafting laws and lobbing at national and international levels. He also teaches policy analysis at several universities of Georgia.

Mr. Salamadze works internationally. He served as a Co-Chair of Open Forum for CSO Development Effectiveness from 2010 to 2012. Than he was member of Global Council of CSO Partnership for Development Effectiveness. Prior establishing CSI, Mr. Salamadze worked for Government of Georgia at various administrative positions. He holds a Master in Public Policy Administration from the University of Missouri Saint Louis, USA, a Diploma in Law from the Institute of Economics and Law, Tbilisi, Georgia and Diploma with distinction in Economics from Tbilisi State University.

David Tivishvili

David Tivishvili

Financial Manager

Mr. David Tivishvili is the Financial Manager of CSI. He has long experience in Finance management, from which the last years of experience of working with large NGO-s and international projects.

Mr. Tivishvili has suitable finance and accounting skills and experience in relation with international donors; He has Knowledge in consulting and training staff and grantees (local and International) on financial, accounting, and legislative issues, Ability to manage people, and definite communication and team-working skills.

Mr. David Tivishvili has a Ph.D. and master’s degree in economics and Finance Sector.

Ia Gabunia

Ia Gabunia

Project Manager, MBA

Ms. Ia Gabunia is a Project Manager at CSI. Her professional experience counts more than 14 years in the management and coordination of programs both with civil society organizations and the private sector. Since 2005 Ia leads Civil Society Enhancement (CSD) and Economic Development programs (ED) at CSI. She is in charge of all program management related issues, ensuring quality performance and project management standards. Within the program boundaries she is responsible for ensuring personnel management, crafting operational action plans, supervising the implementation phase, meeting deadlines and project alignment, monitoring project outcomes; On the operational side, she is in charge of market analysis and market linkages issues.

Ia’s practical experience, which she gained by working through different organizations and projects is supported with a solid academic background. Mrs. Gabunia holds professional degrees from the Free University of Tbilisi, ESM Business School – MBA and the State Institute of Foreign Languages and Culture, Department of English Language & Literature, diploma with honor. Mrs. Gabunia has undertaken additional studies in Result Based Management and Evaluation, Result Oriented PME, HICD Performance Assessment Methodology, HR Management and etc.

Temur Jaliashvili

Temur Jaliashvili

Public Relations Manager

Temur Jaliashvili is a Public Relations Manager in the Civil Society Institute since 2005. He has 20 years experience of working in the public and business sectors. While working in CSI Temur has participated in the planning and implementation of numerous projects and informational campaigns.

Temur graduated from Tbilisi State University and obtained a diploma in psychology. He also holds a certificate of public relations and event management from the Georgian Institute of Public Affairs (GIPA).

Levan Paniashvili

Levan Paniashvili

Senior Lawyer

Levan Paniashvili graduated from Ivane Javakhishvili Tbilisi State University and has a Master’s Degree in Law. He is Chief Lawyer and Advocacy Officer at the Civil Society Institute (CSI), has a 16-year experience in analyzing and drafting legal acts, as well as in providing legal consultancies to and conducting training for both public servants and representatives of civil society organizations. At various times, Levan has held a manager position, he has long experience of working in public and civil society sectors.

Levan Paniashvili is actively involved in the process of drafting legislative changes related to transparency and accessibility of a state (including municipal) grant funding system. Over years, he has been involved in the development of various local self-government by-laws. Besides, he actively conducts training for representatives of civil society organizations and public servants of self-government, as well as is a supervisor/lecturer of several online courses for civil society organizations and servants.

Levan Paniashvili is the author/co-author of various researches, textbooks, and publications.

Ana Jikia

Ana Jikia

Lawyer

In 2019, Ana obtained a Bachelor’s Degree in law at Ivane Javakhishvili Tbilisi State University and currently attends a program for a Master’s Degree in private law at the same university. Within the framework of an Erasmus+ international education program, she also studied at the Friedrich Schiller University Jena in Germany. Besides, she participated in several other international education programs, including those conducted within the framework of collaboration with the Humboldt University in Berlin.

Ana Jikia has participated in many regional and such imitated trials in international law as the Hugo Sinzheimer Moot Court Competition (HS MCC) and the Willem C. Vis International Commercial Arbitration Moot. She has a 4-year work experience in the field of private law, including positions of a corporate lawyer held at law firms and client companies.

Ana Jikia speaks English, German, Russian and Polish languages.

Eto Gvritishvili

Eto Gvritishvili

Policy Analyst

Eto Gvritishvili is a policy analyst at the Civil Society Institute. She joined the CSI team in 2021 and her work is focused on supporting policy changes for advancing social entrepreneurship in Georgia.

Eto has extensive experience working in the public and non-governmental sectors on human rights in different capacities: litigating strategic cases, organizing local and international advocacy, or just as an activist. She is the author of several reports and researches on human rights.

Eto Gvritishvili holds her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in law from Tbilisi Ivane Javakhishvili State University. She is also a Fulbright grantee and has got her LL.M in International Law and Human Rights from the University of Colorado-Boulder. Eto also was an Edmund Muskie fellow at Human Rights Watch’s New York office where she gained additional experience working on human rights and international law.

Lali Shalvashvili

Lali Shalvashvili

Social Media Manager

Lali Shalvashvili is the manager of social media, former editor of the civil society organizations’ portal (csogeorgia.org) of the Civil Society Institute. She has a multi-year journalistic experience of working in media outlets such as the newspaper “Droni”, newspaper “Rezonansi”, 1st Channel (news program “Moambe”), TV-Company “Imedi” (news program “Kronika”). She has authored numerous newspaper articles and television stories.

Lali Shalvashvili has graduated from the Faculty of Philology of the Sulkhan-Saba Orbeliani State Institute. She has undertaken the Media Management Course at the Georgian Institute of Public Affairs (GIPA), training-course of “Reuters” in journalistic techniques, USAID-administered course – Economy for Journalists, the US Information Agency course in investigative journalism, as well as the Media Monitoring course of the EU and the UN Development Program.

Tekle Karosanidze

Tekle Karosanidze

Journalist Of The Csogeorgia.Org

Tekle Karosanidze is the Civil Society Institute’s journalist of civil society organizations webpage – CsoGeorgia.org…

In 2015 she graduated from Shota Rustaveli Theatre and Film University (TAFU) and obtained a BA degree in TV-Radio Journalism.

In 2017 she also graduated with honors from Ivane Javakhishvili Tbilisi State University’s Master’s program and obtained an MA degree in social and cultural studies.

Maka Jaiani

Maka Jaiani

Editor Of The Csogeorgia.Org

Maka Jaiani is the Editor of the Civil Society Institute portal (csogeorgia.org) for civil society organizations. She has a number of years of work experience in journalism. She wrote articles for such means of media as: “Droni” newspaper, “Alia” newspaper, “24 Saati” newspaper; served as Editor of social affairs units of these publications, Editor-in-chief of “Solidaroba” newspaper, Editor-in-chief of “Business News”, a Georgian-English-language economic magazine; Maka is the author of a lot of articles and, as a journalist, has received numerous awards; she has been named as the author of the best article on social issues twice; Besides, she has held leading positions at public relations units of both public institutions and civil society organizations.

Maka Jaiani graduated from the Faculty of Journalism of Tbilisi Ivane Javakhishvili State University; she is a doctoral student at the Faculty of Engineering Economics, Media Technologies and Social Sciences of the Georgian Technical University; she has completed a course of communication management at the Georgian Institute of Public Affairs (GIPA), as well as journalism, public relations and effective communication studies, organized by USAID, GYLA, IREX, EU, Fridrich Ebert Stiftung, DAI/SPIR, CTC, UNICEF, Press Wise. Maka is one of the authors of “Mediamegzuri”, a guidebook designed for journalists and prepared within the framework of a joint project of REC-Caucasus and the European Union.

Tamar Bochorishvili

Tamar Bochorishvili

Research-Assistant

Tamar Bochorishvili has a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science (Tbilisi State University) and a Master’s degree in Public Policy and Administration (Tbilisi State University). Tamar Bochorishvili has experience in Quantitative and Qualitative Research, as well as in making policy document. She is an assistant in research “The role and Limitations of Non-State Actors in influencing Public Policy in Georgia: Groups, the Media and Public in Agenda Setting, which is financed by Academic Swiss Caucasus Net. Tamar Bochorishvili is a board- member in the Institute for Public administrators, also deputy in Georgian Youth Parliament.

Tamar Bochorishvili, through the Ewmi-G-PAC Internship Project, is employed in Civil Society Institute.

Nino Mgvdeladze

Nino Mgvdeladze

Research-Assistant

Nino Mgvdeladze has graduated from Ivane Javakhishvili Tbilisi State University in 2011 and has a BA in Political Science. In 2013 she got a Master’s degree in Public Administration and Public Policy at the same University.

Nino Mgvdeladze was an intern at CSI, within the framework of the paid internship program of the project “policy, Advocacy and Civil Society Development in Georgia (G-PAC) implemented by the East-West Management Institute and financed by USAID. She has some experience in Qualitative and Quantitative researches, making Policy documents and Policy analyze. Nino is a member of Youth Parliament 2013 and the Institute for Public Administration professionals (IPAP).

Nino surguladze

Nino surguladze

Accountant

Nino Surguladze works as Finance Officer at the Civil Society Institute since 2017. She has many years of experience in the field – served as Chief Economist at the State Insurance Company of Georgia; Chief Accountant at the N(N)LE People’s Harmonious Development Society (finance management and accounting of grant projects funded by the EU, G-PAC, OSGF, Rustaveli Foundation, US Embassy, International Organization for Migration – IOM); Within the framework of a UNDP project, she facilitated the coordination of non-governmental organizations working on women and gender issues, performed submission of reports to donor organizations, and budget control at the N(N)LE International Center for Education of Georgian and German Women and Information; she worked as Grants Coordinator at the Open Society Georgia Foundation (financial management of sub-grants issued within the framework of the OSGF and EU Project).

Nino Surguladze graduated from the Faculty of Economics of the Georgian State Agrarian University; holds certificates issued by international organizations: EU and CSRDG – “Taxes and Financial Audit”, UNDP – “Evaluation of Project Outcomes and Reporting”, G-Pac – “Taxation Aspects of Non-Governmental Organizations”, Accounting Course used in the updated functionality of the ORIS program, CTC – “Quality Management Standards ISO 9001-2000”, ORIS, MS Office – “International Standards-Based Accounting Course”.

Nino samsonidze

Nino samsonidze

Project assistant

Nino Samsonidze graduated from Ilia State University in 2017 with a Bachelor’s Degree in political sciences. She studied international relations at the master’s level. Within the framework of an exchange program (FLEX), in 2012-2013 years, Nino went to the United States for her studies. While later, in 2016-2017 years – to Germany to study at the Friedrich Schiller University of Jena.

Nino Samsonidze has experience of working at both local and international organizations, including that at the international organization World Vision Georgia in 2015-2016 years.

Nino kethiladze

Nino kethiladze

Information Technology Manager

Nino Ketiladze is the web and information technology administrator at the Civil Society Institute.

She has graduated from Ivane Javakhishvili Tbilisi State University, the faculty of Physics. Nino has worked on the same faculty for quite a long period. She has experience in working with various non-governmental organizations.

Oliko giorgobiani

Oliko giorgobiani

Office manager

Oliko Giorgobiani is the Administrative Manager of the Civil Society Institute. She has a 17-year experience of working in both the public and private sectors.

In 1997-2005 years, she worked at the Ministry of Labor, Health and Social Affairs of Georgia as Chief Specialist of the Office of the Minister, while from 2005 to present, she works at the Civil Society Institute as Administrative Manager.

Oliko Giorgobiani graduated from the Faculty of History – Philology of the State Pedagogical Institute of South Ossetia.

Giorgi sabadze

Giorgi sabadze

Driver

Giorgi Sabadze graduated from the Tbilisi Technical University and acquired a qualification of Mechanical Engineer of Construction Machinery.

He has held various positions in both the private and public sectors.

Giorgi is an employee of the Civil Society Institute for 12 years.

malkhaz lagazidze

malkhaz lagazidze

Driver

Malkhaz Lagazidze is an Honored Master of Sports in shooting with bullets, he was a member of the National Team of Georgia.

He has held various positions in both the private and public sectors.

He works at the Civil Society Institute for 15 years.

Natia Apkhazava

Natia Apkhazava

Head of Branch

Natia Abkhazava is Head of the Batumi branch of the Civil Society Institute. She started her activity in the organization as a junior expert, while since 2012, she leads the Batumi branch. Natia has many years of experience working in the civil sector. Her activities include the promotion of the development of transparent and participatory self-government, elaboration and lobbying of local normative acts, facilitation of the establishment of effective cooperation among civil society organizations and state structures, as well as enhancement of participation of public actors in the decision-making process.

Natia is a member of the Civil Advisory Board of the Mayor of Batumi, one of the founders of a society “Batomi” and a civil activist.

Natia Abkhazava graduated from Shota Rustaveli State University with a degree in law, holds a Master Degree in Constitutional and Administrative Law; she has obtained certificates of a number of international and regional programs; passed Public Administration – at Malmo University (Sweden) and a practical course in Governance and Accountability within the framework of the Open World program (USA).

Nino chkaidze

Nino chkaidze

Project assistant

Nino Chkhaidze is a Project Assistant at the Civil Society Institute. In 2013 she graduated from the Faculty of Social Sciences, Business and Law of Batumi State University, majoring in International Relations.

She works in the civil sector since 2010, volunteering for various civil society organizations. In 2012 she founded Art Way, a youth organization, which aims at raising public awareness through art.

Nino Chkhaidze is also one of the initiators of the establishment of the advisory council that exists at the Government of Adjara A.R. and works to address problems of people with disabilities.

darejan muradashvili

darejan muradashvili

A local representative of the Gori office

Darejan Muradashvili manages the Gori office of the Civil Society Institute since January 2018. She joined CSI within the framework of the BftW-funded project – “Establishment of a sustainable union of local actors in Georgia”.
Darejan Muradashvili has a 13-year experience of working as in international tourism, agriculture, as well as in the non-governmental sector.

In 2009-2013 years she worked as Office Manager, Assistant Project Manager at the German Corporation for International Cooperation (GIZ); in 2014-2017 years she served as Regional Representative of “Elkana”, a Biological Farming Association, and Project Coordinator of the European Neighborhood Program (ENPARD).

Darejan Muradashvili graduated from the Faculty of English Language and Literature of Gori State University. She has participated in various exchange training seminars and training programs such as project cycle management, agriculture, cooperation, international relations, and result-oriented project management; she is a graduate of the 2014 Gori Democracy School (NIMD).

In 2019, Darejan attended an Eastern Partnership-organized training course on digital technologies, e-governance, and stakeholder relation methods. She is a participant in the 2019 US Professional Internship Program. Besides, she is also experienced in lobbying activities.

zaza mindiashvili

zaza mindiashvili

A local representative of the Gori office

Zaza Mindiashvili, a local representative of the Gori office, works in the civil sector since 1997. He is a co-founder of the “Democracy Development Institute”, one of the first civil society organizations in the Shida Kartli region. For years he was also managing the Gori office of the “United Nations Association of Georgia”. He moved to public service in 2004 and headed the Gori service center of the Public Registry Agency (later on – “Public Service Development Agency”) for 15 years. Since May 2020 he is an employee of the Gori office of the Civil Society Institute.

Zaza Mindiashvili graduated from Tbilisi State Medical Institute. He has participated in various training programs and conferences, both in Georgia and abroad.