PARLIAMENT OF GEROGIA - Deputy Speaker
Tbilisi, Georgia, 11/2019 – present
Deputy Speaker of Parliament of Georgia, coordinating parliamentary foreign affairs and parliamentary diplomacy activities, along with membership of Committee On European Integration and Foreign Relations Committee. Head of OSCE PA Standing Delegation, Head of the GUAM PA Standing Delegation, Member of Standing Delegations: PACE, EU-Georgia PAC, Euronest, Substitute Member NATO PA. Head of the Parliamentary Friendship Groups: Azerbaijan, Ukraine, Italy, Slovakia, Czech Republic, Sweden, Japan, United States of America and the UK.
PARLIAMENT OF GEORGIA - Chairman of the Committee on Environmental Protection and Natural Resources
Tbilisi, Georgia, 11/2016 – 11/2019
The main functions of the Committee: preparation of legislative issues, control of state entities accountable to the Parliament, including the Government of Georgia, and, in general, supporting the implementation of the decisions made by the Parliament and oversight their implementation.
JSC GEORGIAN COPPER AND GOLD - General Director/CEO
Tbilisi, Georgia, 11/2015 – 10/2016
Exploration – Mining Company conducting geological works at Bolnisi area, Georgia. Mining and processing operation to exploit gold-bearing secondary quartzites located at the surface within the Bolnisi Ore district. Company is under a process of approving reserves under the National Committee of Reserves and to start mining in August-September 2016.
Independent Member of the Board of Directors JSC GEORGIAN COPPER AND GOLD
Tbilisi, Georgia, 07/2015 – 10/2015
Appointed as an independent member of the board by the charter of new JV – after representing interests of LSE listed company and negotiating a multi-million deal on the most promising mining project in the region.
GEORGIAN INSTITUTE OF DIRECTORS - Chairman of the Board
Tbilisi, Georgia, 04/2011 – 10/2016
Non-governmental / non-profitable organization established to promote sound corporate governance and best management/leadership practice in the region. GIOD was founded in 2011 to continue the legacy left after the Corporate Governance Program under IFC has ended. CG evens, seminars for the companies (Tbilisi and other parts of Georgia), long-term and short-term training programs for key management staff are led under the guidance of the Chairman. GIOD is part of the regional network of Central-Eastern Europe and Central-Eastern Asia.
JSC CAUCASUS MINERALS - General Director
Tbilisi, Georgia, 01/2012 – 10/2015
Junior exploration and mining company Caucasus Minerals (initially JSC Zopkhito Gold) was established to explore antimony-gold deposit in the upper Caucasus region of Georgia. After completing four years of the exploration work program, the company reported reserves by JORC to become the first in last 25 years in Georgia to reach the production stage from greenfield and start mining on gold (Au) and antimony (Sb).
ERISTAVI LAW GROUP - Founding Partner
Tbilisi, Georgia, 07/2010 – 01/2012
Founding Partner of one of the biggest law firms in Georgia (offices in Tbilisi and Batumi). Local partnership and co-operation agreement were signed between EP and IFC in 2014 to implement Corporate Governance program (training, assessment, consultations) in Georgia. I am mostly working with the biggest clients of the firm and representing our company and clients in relations with the government and international organizations.
Member of the Board INTERNATIONAL CHAMBER OF COMMERCE
Tbilisi, Georgia, 05/2011 – 05/2015
ICC represents one of the most prominent international business organizations in the world. Elected as a board member 2 times in a row. At the same time heading Competition Law Commission that was the first to prepare comments on the new draft law in 2013 being part of the new initiative from the government. With the hard work and competitive initiatives of the newly elected board in 2011 – ICC Georgia became one of the biggest business organizations in Georgia to this date.
Legal Advisor / Project Supervisor INTERNATIONAL FINANCE CORPORATION (IFC)
Tbilisi, Georgia, 02/2007 – 12/2010
The International Finance Corporation, a member of the World Bank Group, promotes sustainable private sector investment in developing countries, provides advisory service to the private sector in Georgia in legal and financial issues. Representing IFC head office project on Crisis Management and Board Evaluation in the region (Central & Eastern Europe and Central & Eastern Asia).
Company and Commercial Law Expert CHEMONICS INTERNATIONAL INC.
Tbilisi, Georgia, 11/2005 – 02/2007
USAID Business Climate Reform Project, implemented by Chemonics International Inc., provided technical expertise and professional services to Government of Georgia in the company/commercial law, regulatory streamlining and fiscal reform issues, improving the business climate in Georgia.
Head of Law Department
GEORGIA MARITIME TRANSPORT ADMINISTRATION
Batumi, Georgia, 05/2005-11/2005
Being in charge of legal issues, completing reorganization of Administration, changing legal status and structure;
Legal Expert in Company & Commercial Law GEPLAC (Georgian-European Policy and Legal Advice Centre)
GEPLAC (EU funded project) promoted the political, economical and social convergence of Georgia with the European Union.
Senior Lawyer MKD LAW FIRM
Tbilisi, Georgia, 06/2001-08/2004
One of the leading law firms in Georgia with national and international clients. As a Senior Associate, specialized in corporate law, competition law, contract law, private international law, franchising and etc.
Legal Advisor GEORGIAN RED CROSS SOCIETY
Tbilisi, Georgia, 08/2001-07/2002 and 03/2005-06/2005
Providing legal advice to the President of the Georgian Red Cross Society
• Representing Georgian Red Cross Society (as a Delegate) at the General Assembly Meeting of the International Federation of the Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies in Geneva, Switzerland (November 2001);
• Author of new Charter of Georgian Red Cross Society;
Tbilisi, Georgia, 2007 - Present
Tbilisi State University Caucasus School of Law
GIPA (Georgian Institute of Public Affairs)
New Vision University – lecturing on Corporate Law and Corporate Governance
Master’s Degree in Corporate Law (LL.M.), Nottingham Law School, England
Graduate Diploma in Law with Honors, Tbilisi State University, Georgia 1996-2001
RESEARCH & PUBLICATIONS
First Post-Legislative Scrutiny in Georgia: Steps Towards Generating Result-oriented Laws Overview of Georgian Competition Legislation on the Background of EC Competition Law Franchising Agreement in Private International Law
Conflict of Interests: best practice and relevant normative acts Corporate Governance in Georgia - Problems and Recommendations Liabilities of Executive Officers World’s best practice Guidelines on Corporate Governance Codes. Member of the Editorial Board of the quarterly journal “Corporate Governance” at International Finance Corporation