Leadership

Ekaterine Tkeshelashvili is the President of the Georgian Institute for Strategic Studies (GISS). Until recently Eka Tkeshelashvili has been the Vice Prime-Minister, State Minister of Georgia for Reintegration. She previously served as the National Security Adviser to the President of Georgia and as the Secretary of the National Security Council of Georgia. Earlier she held the position of the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Georgia.

She also served as the Prosecutor General of Georgia and the Minister of Justice of Georgia. Mrs. Tkeshelashvili also held the position of the Chairperson of Tbilisi Appeals Court.

Mrs. Tkeshelashvili has master’s degree in international human rights law from Notre Dame Law School (USA), certificate in human rights lawyering and human rights advocacy from Oxford University (UK), Diploma in Law from Tbilisi State University.

Irakli Porchkhidze is the Vice-president of the Georgian Institute for Strategic Studies (GISS). Until October 2012 Irakli Porchkhidze has been the First Deputy Minister for Reintegration. He previously served as the Deputy Secretary of the National Security Council of Georgia. He has also served as the first head of the Civil Registry Agency at the Ministry of Justice. Before joining the government, Mr. Porchkhidze managed various programs at the Open Society Georgia Foundation.

Mr. Porchkhidze holds master’s degrees in international affairs and political science from Columbia University (New York) and Central European University (Budapest).