Governing Board

David Lezhava
Public Policy Sector Director

Mr. David Lezhava is Public Policy Sector Director at PMCG, and has 20 years of professional working experience in the fields of public finance and economic development, regional development, social policy, and energy policy.

As Public Policy Sector Director, he is responsible for managing PMCG’s public policy project portfolio, fundraising and collaboration with partners, clients and international development organizations, as well as development and implementation of the company’s strategy.

Prior to joining PMCG’s management, Mr. Lezhava worked as a National Project Manager on UNDP’s project “Support to Rural Development in Georgia” where he ensured effective implementation of the project.

In addition, during his time as Deputy Minister of Finance of Georgia, he handled international relations, fiscal forecasting and analytical work, and public debt management process.

Mr. Lezhava enriched his expertise in coordinating relations between international organizations and the Georgian government, while working as Advisor to the Executive Director at the International Monetary Fund, in Washington D.C. where he represented the interests of Georgian authorities, facilitated IMF program implementation in Georgia, and reviewed IMF policy documents.

As a Chief Economist, Head of Research Division, and Member of the Monetary Policy Committee at the National Bank of Georgia, Mr. Lezhava led the creation of economic models for macroeconomic forecasts and played key role in monetary and foreign exchange (FX) policy decision making.

Along with his diverse experience, Mr. Lezhava has a strong academic background. He holds a master’s degree in Development Economics from Williams College (USA) and a candidate’s degree in Physics from The Academy of Science of Georgia. He is fluent in Georgian, English and Russian.

Giorgi Khishtovani

Dr. Giorgi Khishtovani is a Research Director at PMCG. He has more than 10 years of professional working experience in public, private and non-governmental sectors in Georgia and abroad. Before joining PMCG, Dr. Khishtovani worked as the Deputy Dean of Faculty of Business Administration and Economics at Tbilisi State University (2009-2011), as a Research Fellow at the University of Bremen (2011-2014), as the Head of Research at the Institute of Development of Freedom of Information (IDFI) (2015-2016) and as the Head of Department of Grants and Programs Administration at the National Science Foundation of Georgia (SRNSF) (2015-2017).

Dr. Khishtovani has extensive experience as a researcher, trainer, consultant and project manager within the framework of various international projects conducted by the World Bank, the European Union, the Council of Europe, UNDP, GIZ and the Federal Foreign Office of Germany.

Dr. Khishtovani also has a strong academic background. He holds a PhD degree in Economics from the University of Bremen (Germany). His PhD thesis covered the topic of the transformation of governance structures in Georgia between 2003 and 2012. Dr. Khishtovani also holds an LLM degree from the University of Trier (Germany), a Master of Science degree (MSc) in Economics and Social Sciences from the University of Trier (Germany) and a Bachelor’s degree in Business and Law from the Georgian Technical University. Currently, Dr. Khishtovani is an Associate Professor and Head of Department of Finance at the Business School of Ilia State University.

Ambassador Kenneth S. Yalowitz

Ambassador Yalowitz is a highly experienced and respected diplomat with an in-depth understanding of countries in transition.

He occupies the position of Director of the Conflict Resolution M.A. Program at Georgetown University (Washington, DC). In addition, he is also a Global Fellow at the Woodrow Wilson Center in Washington, DC which aims to unite preeminent scholars and experts to research relevant topics focused on connecting academia and public policy. In 2009, he was invited to join the American Academy of Diplomacy, and in 2011 he was elected as a member of the Council on Foreign Relations.

From 2003 to 2011, after retiring from the U.S. Department of State, after a 36-years career as a diplomat and member of the Senior Foreign Service, Ambassador Yalowitz led the Dickey Center for International Understanding at Dartmouth College as its Director.

He served as the U.S. Ambassador to the Republic of Belarus from 1994 to 1997, and to Georgia from 1998 to 2001. Ambassador Yalowitz has also worked in Moscow, The Hague, and Brussels under the US Mission to NATO.

Ambassador Yalowitz has won a number of awards for conflict prevention, and was chosen for the Ambassador Robert Frasure award for peacemaking and conflict prevention for his work to prevent the spilling over of the Chechen war into Georgia.

Tamar Japaridze

Dr. Japaridze is an Executive Director at PMCG, responsible for strategic management, managing daily operations, financial management, and project implementation.

She brings with her an impressive 17 years of sound experience in management of public and private institutions, organizational development, fundraising, quality assurance and coordination with international development institutions.

Dr. Japaridze previously held the position of Director at the Academy of the Ministry of Finance of Georgia, responsible for organizational strategy and implementation of strategic goals, acquisition of funds, quality assurance, and enhancing the academy’s role in the successful implementation of the reforms launched by the Ministry of Finance of Georgia.

Besides the public sector, she has also worked for international development organizations, such as United Nations, where, as a Humanitarian Affairs Officer at the Regional Office for Caucasus and Central Asia, Dr. Japaridze oversaw coordination between UN operational agencies, non-governmental organizations, and local authorities. Moreover, she has assisted countries in the preparation, implementation and monitoring of their humanitarian work plans.

Dr. Japaridze has a strong academic pedigree. She holds a PhD, Master’s degree and Bachelor’s degree in Oriental Studies from Javakhishvili State University (Tbilisi, Georgia), and a Master’s degree in International Development from Western Michigan University (Damascus, Syria). She is fluent in Georgian, English, and Russian, and competent in Arabic too.

Roy Southworth

Mr. Southworth has accumulated sound experience in development, implementation and evaluation of investment operations in the fields of agriculture and rural development.

He is a co-founder of the McLain Association for Children (MAC). Before joining MAC, he was the country manager for The World Bank office in Georgia, with about 30 years of working experience with the Bank in Africa, Europe, and Asia. Before coming to Georgia, Mr. Southworth has completed field assignments in Tanzania and Croatia.

He attended Stanford University and attained a PhD from the Food Research Institute, and also holds a BA in Economics from Washington State University.

Shigeo Katsu

Since December 2010 Shigeo Katsu has served as President of the Nazarbayev University in Astana, Republic of Kazakhstan, a national university founded in June of the same year, designed to serve as the country’s flagship academic institution with aspirations to become a global level research university.

Prior to this appointment, Mr. Katsu worked for three decades at the World Bank: he joined the World Bank as a Young Professional in 1979, and soon was assigned to the West Africa Region as an infrastructure economist, then in 1985, as the Bank’s Resident Representative in Benin. Between fall 1989 and end 1991, Mr. Katsu was seconded to the Export-Import Bank of Japan as Deputy Director, Country Economic Policy Analysis Department. Following successive assignments in the China Department (responsible for enterprise and financial sector reforms, 1992 - 1995), Côte d’Ivoire (as Country Director, 1995-1999), and the Europe and Central Asia Region (Regional Director, Operations and Strategy, 1999-2003) he became Vice President of the ECA Region, in which position he served for six years followed by a short stint as Special Advisor to the Managing Directors before retirement in December 2009.

In addition to the above, during 2010 - 2011, Mr. Katsu consulted with the Asian Development Bank and the World Bank, advised governments, and collaborated with think tanks and not-for-profit organizations. During 2011-2012 Mr. Katsu served as the chair of the US Board of Restless Development, an international NGO that focuses on Youth development and mainstreaming of the Youth Agenda in national development strategies mainly in the African continent. He still is member of the board.

Aleksi Aleksishvili

Aleksi Aleksishvili, Chairman and CEO at Policy and Management Consulting Group (PMCG), has 20 years of working experience in the public finance and economic development policy sector as a high-level government official and the government adviser responsible for budget and financial policy, tax and customs policy reform, business climate improvement and doing business environment.

While working as Minister of Finance of Georgia between 2005 and 2007, he successfully conducted a series of reforms in the domains of public finance, tax and customs policy and administration as well as economic deregulation and liberalization domains. Notably, Georgia was ranked by the World Bank “Doing Business” survey as the world’s top reformer country in 2005-10. Similarly, Georgia also rose from 132nd place to 18th in the ranking of “Ease of Doing Business” by the World Bank between 2004 and 2007.

As Minister of Finance, Aleksishvili conducted reforms in public finance management and tax and customs. As a result of comprehensive policy reforms, Georgia’s GDP growth rate in 2005-2007 reached over 10% on average (2005 - 9.6%, 2006 - 9.4% and 2007 - 12.3%) while the country’s FDI increased from USD 250 million in 2004 to USD 2.1 billion in 2007.

Aleksishvili has accumulated exceptional knowledge of development challenges. As the Chairman of the United Nations Commission of Sustainable Development (2005-2006), he has addressed issues related to energy, climate change, air pollution and industrial development, successfully adopted by the Commission and UN General Assembly.

Aleksishvili is a member of the Caucasus and Central Asia Advisory Group (CCAG) of the International Monetary Fund’s (IMF) Middle East and Central Asia Department (MCD). He has advised numerous governments of countries such as Albania, Mongolia, Kosovo, Mozambique, Afghanistan and Kyrgyzstan to enhance their respective business enabling environments by providing valuable assistance and delivering specialized experience of a transitional country.

 

Lasha Meskhia

Mr. Meskhia is the Business Development Director at PMCG. He is responsible for working primarily on company expansion and strategic development. He joined PMCG in late 2008 and as a Public Finance Management specialist, the capacity building and institutional development specialist has been involved in various development projects, working in public sector institutions.


Today he is in charge of project management and coordination of various development consultancies and research studies implemented by PMCG.

Zviad Kharebava

Dr. Kharebava is Business Sector Consulting Director at PMCG. Benefiting from 15 years of impressive experience, he plays crucial role by expanding the company’s business sector portfolio. He joined the company in 2013 and has since brought valuable partners to PMCG through supporting key clients in infrastructural, hydro power and agricultural projects by providing plans of business development, fundraising and investment.

His vast expertise in this field allows him to coordinate mergers and acquisitions, market entry and strategic development processes at a high level.

He previously held the position of General Director at Sakhydroenergomsheni Inc. supervising rehabilitation works on Enguri Georgia’s largest hydro power plant, funded by EBRD. Dr. Kharebava also managed the construction and rehabilitation works of water supply and gas pipeline systems, as well as riverbank fortification and tunnels. As CEO at Kala Capital LTD, he was identifying investment opportunities in real estate, energy and financial sector development, negotiating with equity partners and financial institutions to obtain investment for project implementation.

Away from the private sector, Dr. Kharebava has gained important experience in the public sector. As Advisor to Prime Minister of Georgia on Economic Issues he worked with the relevant ministries on developing economic reforms focused on business environment development in Georgia. Consequently, and after overseeing the privatization process, the World Bank reports on “Doing Business” named Georgia as the fastest reforming country in the world.

Dr. Kharebava gathered in-depth knowledge and experience of simplifying licensing procedures, standardization and certification regulation and in coordinating the Poverty Reduction Program in Georgia during his time serving in the position of Director of Economic Policy Departments at the Ministry of Economic Development of Georgia (MoED).

His academic background is similarly impressive. Dr. Kharebava holds a BS and MS in Applied Mathematics from Georgian Technical University (Tbilisi, Georgia), is an Aspirant from A. Razmadze Mathematics Institute of the Georgian Academy of Sciences (Tbilisi, Georgia), and has earned an ME and PhD from North Carolina State University (Raleigh, NC, USA). He is the author of six publications and has won numerous international grants and awards.

Zaza Broladze


Mr. Broladze (PMP) boasts around two decades of impressive experience in top management positions and has sound experience of working with international organizations and government institutions.

He has joined the company as a Public Sector Consulting Director in 2008 and managed to gain and successfully implement the projects funded by international organizations, having crucial importance for the development of the fields like tax system of Georgia, pension system, state audit and procurement system, as well as regional policy development in various directions.

Mr. Broladze has a rich experience of working with the international organizations and government institutions. He has served the country of Georgia as a Deputy Minister at the Ministry of Defense of Georgia one of the largest institution in the country, where he was responsible for the financial management and procurement departments.

Apart of the Ministry of Defense, Mr. Broladze has successfully worked for the Ministry of Finance and Tax Revenues of Georgia. He has also worked as a monetary economist at International Monetary Fund Resident Office in Georgia and occupied the chairman position at Department of Statistics of Georgia.

Along with the diverse experience Mr. Broladze has respectful academic background. He owns MS in Macroeconomics from Javakhishvili Tbilisi State University (Tbilisi, Georgia) and in Policy Economics from University of Illinois (Urbana Champagne, IL, USA) and masters certificate in Project Management, from the George Washington University, School of Business.

Associated Senior Consultants

Zaza Chelidze

Mr. Chelidze is distinguished as a high level professional, having accumulated sound experience during the 17 years of working on tax policy issues, macroeconomic policy framework and financial statistics, budget planning and tax revenue forecast in transitional countries. 

He is an author of the number of successful reforms in the fields of economy, statistics and public administration. While occupying the position of Executive Director and Chairman of the Board at National Statistics Office of Georgia he has managed to form the office as an independent state institution, improved the system and developed international standards and methodology. 

As a Deputy Minister at the Ministry of Finance of Georgia he has implemented the projects having crucial importance for creating business enabling environment. He has prepared Double Tax Avoidance treaties with several countries, designed macroeconomic policy framework and introduced international standards for tax legislation and tax revenue forecast. 

Occupying Deputy Minister and Chief Adviser position at the Ministry of Economic Development of Georgia, he has contributed in deregulation and trade liberalization reforms. He supervised Technical Regulatory Bodies, Anti-monopoly Agency and departments of statistics and economic policy. 

Mr. Chelidze holds Master’s Degree in Public Finance from the National Graduate Institute for Policy Studies (GRIPS), Tokyo, Japan with tax policy and tax legislation direction. He fluently speaks English and Russian languages.

Gela Kvashilava

Gela Kvashilava is a Senior Consultant in road safety and sustainable transport issues at PMCG, with more than 10 years of experience of working in the field. He has advised and contributed to strategy formulation in more than 16 projects for governments, private companies, NGOs and development banks in Caucasia and Central Asia regions.

Currently, Mr. Kvashilava manages and consults the Partnership for Road Safety (PFRS) project of UK-based organization Eastern Alliance for Safe and Sustainable Transport (EASST), where he assumes an adviser and regional consultant position. He is responsible for providing management and consultations, working on road safety and clean transport research and developing new projects. In addition, he builds partnership with governmental institutions, private sector, international organizations and monitors the impact of the project. As a member of the EASST Advisory Board, he has already contributed to road safety projects in Moldova, Kyrgyzstan, Ukraine and Tajikistan.

As a reliable partner of international organizations working on road safety and sustainable transport issues with the likes of The World Bank, Asian Development Bank and Transport Corridor Europe Caucasus Asia - TRACECA, Mr. Kvashilava encouraged regional and cross-border projects to prevent injuries on the roads and develop sustainable modes of transport in Georgia.

Mr. Kvashilava has created innovative projects about suitable roads and clean air for Georgia, he has written numerous policy papers related to road safety and sustainable development issues in transport. While chairing the Partnership for Road Safety of Georgia, the project was awarded the Road Safety International Award of HRH Prince Michael of Kent GCVO (London, UK). He is also a member of Global Alliance of NGOs for Road Safety and FIA Foundation organizations.

Mr. Kvashilava graduated with a PhD in Economics from Tbilisi State University (2002) as well as successfully completing the Road Safety for Low and Middle Income Countries postgraduate course from Delft University of Technology (Netherlands, 2003) and the Occupational Road Safety Management course from EASST/Cranfield Academy (2013).


Larry Dershem

Mr. Dershem is a Senior Consultant in Monitoring and Evaluation field at PMCG. He is a research and program evaluation professional with over 27 years of working experience. His areas of expertise include quantitative & qualitative research, personal exchange and interorganizational networks, household and community studies, program evaluation designs, international community development.

Mr. Dershem is experienced in the design of social and behavioral surveys, research for program development, design and oversight of program evaluations as well as in capacity-building of local staff in design, monitoring, evaluation and research methods and techniques.

Currently he holds a position of Senior Design, Monitoring & Evaluation Advisor at Save the Children. From 2006 to 2012 he held the same position at Save the Children. He was responsible for 11 Country Offices in Middle East and Eurasia Region.

Mr. Dershem is a member of professional organizations, including the American Evaluation Association and is an author of a number of books, papers and publications.

He holds Ph.D. in Rural Sociology and MS in Community Development from the University of Missouri-Columbia and BA in Biblical Literature from Ozark Christian College, Joplin.
Mr. Dershem is fluently speaking English and Bilsama (of the Solomon Islands) languages and has basic knowledge of Russian and Georgian languages.

Igor Gutan

Mr. Gutan is a senior adviser on Regulatory Reform and Better Regulation. He has over 12 years of experience in designing and implementing regulatory reforms, better regulation policy, regulatory impact analysis and standard cost model.

 

Mr. Gutan led the simplification of over 1.200 administrative formalities in Tunisia, major regulatory reforms in Kazakhstan and Kyrgyz Republic with an overall impact of USD 180 million, “Guillotine Reviews” of laws and by-laws in Moldova, Kosovo, Kyrgyz Republic and Kazakhstan. During his career Mr. Gutan provided advisory services for the institutionalization of regulatory impact analysis and better regulation in Moldova, Kosovo, Iraq, Albania and Armenia. He is well versed in policy analysis and development, legal drafting and legal approximation. Currently Mr. Gutan serves as PMCG’s representative in Moldova.

 

Mr. Gutan holds Bachelor’s degree in Public Affairs and Law and LL.M in International Law. He is a certified Regulatory Impact Assessment and Standard Cost Model trainer and is fluent in English, Russian, Romanian and French languages.

Otar Sabashvili

Mr. Sabashvili is a Senior Consultant in Agriculture Business at PMCG. In parallel he occupies executive director position at Agro Business Management Group, spin-off PMCG, developing Advisory, Financial and Operational Management services for the local and foreign investors.

A variety of the successful projects implemented under his leadership together with the academic background formed Mr. Sabashvili as an expert of the agricultural field. His name is linked with the creation of the biggest vegetable storage and processing facility in Georgia.

Mr. Sabashvili used to play the role of the bridge between local and foreign investors. He has built up one of the most successful brands of Georgian wine, managed to export its products in 7 countries (Germany, UK, and Netherlands) and gained investment of 10 million USD for the brands development.

Mr. Sabashvili holds MBA from European School of Management (ESM) and Bachelor Degree in International Economic Relations from Iv. Javakhishvili Tbilisi State University. He is a leader of the Intellectual Club “What? Where? When?” and holds the honorary “Crystal Owl” for the most intellectual club member of the season.

Temur Bolotashvili

Mr. Bolotashvili is a construction industry expert with 9 years of experience in construction regulation, legislation, licensing, permitting, and developing institutional capacity of construction permit issuing agencies.

He worked for USAID Economic Prosperity Initiative as a Construction Sector Manager and, until 2009, was leading the Technical Construction Standards Team on the USAID-funded Georgia Business Climate Reform project. He has provided support to International Finance Corporation in an effort to draft a construction policy paper and survey report, and has designed, developed, and distributed manuals for the private sector regarding new legal requirements and how construction companies can ensure proper compliance.

Our Team

Tengiz Sultanishvili

Mr. Tengiz Sultanishvili is a Junior Researcher at PMC Research. In this role, he is responsible for conducting qualitative and quantitative research, analyzing various economic issues in Georgia, as well as supporting projects implemented by PMC Research.

He is actively engaged in conducting policy analysis, producing policy papers, and preparing research proposals, reports, and monthly newsletters.

Mr. Sultanishvili has accumulated valuable experience in research and analysis. Prior to joining our team, he worked as a Research Officer at “Charity Humanitarian Centre Abkhazeti.” He also worked as a Research Assistant on two book projects published by Yale and Harvard University presses. In addition, he has served internships at the U.S. Embassy in Georgia, and at the Ministry of Education, Science, Culture and Sport of Georgia.

Mr. Sultanishvili holds a master’s degree in European Union-Russia Studies from the University of Tartu and is currently doing his second MA in Diplomacy and International Politics at Tbilisi State University. He also holds a bachelor’s degree in International Relations from Tbilisi State University. Furthermore, he mastered his quantitative and qualitative research skills at Truman State University, and at the University of Glasgow during student exchanges.

Mr. Sultanishvili is fluent in Georgian, English and Russian, and competent in Turkish and Estonian too.

Maya Komakhidze

Ms. Maya Komakhidze is a Junior Researcher at PMC Research. She is responsible for conducting qualitative and quantitative research on various socioeconomic issues in Georgia.

She is also engaged in the development of policy briefs and supports research on selected topics by preparing research proposals, literature reviews, and data analysis. Furthermore, she assists in managing ongoing projects and supports the team in mobilizing its core and non-core resources.

In her career to date, Ms. Komakhidze has accumulated valuable experience in research, monitoring, and evaluation. Some of her past experiences include working as an Evaluation Consultant for several projects initiated by esteemed international organizations, such as the United Nations Developing Programme (UNDP), the German Society for International Cooperation (GIZ), and the European Commission. She also occupied the position of Design, Monitoring, and Evaluation Assistant at World Vision South Caucasus and was a Junior Fellow Researcher at the Caucasus Research Resource Center.

Ms. Komakhidze has a master’s degree in International Development and Management from Lund University and holds a bachelor’s degree in International Relations from Tbilisi State University. She is fluent in Georgian, English, Russian, and Spanish.

Mariam Katsadze

Ms. Mariam Katsadze is a project officer at PMCG, responsible for supporting the project management team in coordinating, administering and managing infrastructural projects, and providing assistance in the process of preparing project proposals, concept papers and project reports. She also checks for relevant tenders and assesses their requirements and identifies and evaluates potential project team members.

Ms. Katsadze previously worked as a teaching assistant at the International School of Economics at Tbilisi State University (ISET). Prior to joining our team, she had also successfully completed internships at the Ministry of Economy and Sustainable Development of Georgia and at the National Bank of Georgia.

Ms. Mariam Katsadze holds a master’s degree from the International School of Economics at Tbilisi State University (ISET) and a bachelor’s degree in business and economics from Tbilisi State University. She is fluent in Georgian, English and Russian languages.

Mariam Khubashvili

Ms. Mariam Khubashvili is a project officer at PMCG. She is actively engaged in coordinating and administering projects, and assisting the team in preparing project proposals, concept papers and reports. Moreover, she assists the team in communicating with potential clients and partners.

Before joining our team, Ms. Khubashvili successfully completed an internship at United Nations Development Programme (UNDP). She also held the position of inclusive education specialist at VET College “Mermisi.”

Ms. Khubashvili holds a bachelor’s degree in social and political sciences from Tbilisi State University and is fluent in Georgian, English and Russian languages.

Elene Gotsadze

Mrs. Elene Gotsadze is a business development manager, working in PMCG’s US office. She is responsible for establishing and maintaining strong working relations with various international development organizations in the US, and for identifying and pursuing new business opportunities and contributing to PMCG’s corporate business development strategy.

Prior to joining our team, she had enhanced her skills and experience while working on USAID’s “Good Governance Initiative” in Georgia as a public administration specialist, supporting the Government of Georgia in the implementation of public administration reform. She has also accumulated valuable experience working as a director of the Information Center on NATO and EU, and has considerable experience of working with international organizations. She is co-author of the book “NATO and EU Integration – Georgia’s Security and Foreign Policy Priorities” and is also the author of various brochures, articles and research papers.

Moreover, Mrs. Gotsadze has also been awarded by the Embassy of the United States of America in Georgia for her willingness and capacity to advance the field of public administration in Georgia.

Mrs. Gotsadze has a strong academic background. She holds a master’s degree in public administration from Tbilisi State University and she is currently working on her doctoral thesis. Mrs. Gotsadze is fluent in Georgian, English and Russian languages.

Sopho Basilidze

Ms. Basilidze is a junior researcher at PMC Research. Her responsibilities include providing assistance in the following tasks: collecting data for analytical publications; the proposal writing process; project management; and other day-to-day activities. She is also involved in the development of policy briefs, identifying potential funding opportunities, and supporting research and analysis for selected issues.

Prior to joining our team, Ms. Basilidze had successfully completed an internship at the National Statistics Office of Georgia.

She holds a master’s degree in economics from the International School of Economics at Tbilisi State University, and a bachelor’s degree in economics from Tbilisi State University.

Nino Khatisashvili

Ms. Nino Khatisashvili is a consultant at PMCG, focusing on the fields of financial management, financial reporting and education policy. At the same time, Ms. Khatisashvili is an affiliated researcher at PMC Research and participates in its activities .

Ms. Khatisashvili has five years of work experience in the State Audit Office of Georgia and has accumulated valuable experience in the field s of research and consulting as a result of working as a performance auditor. Moreover, Ms. Khatisashvili has also worked as a statistician, focusing on data analyzsis and preparing presentations for customer companies.

Ms. Khatisashvili holds a master’s degree in economics from the International School of Economics at Tbilisi State University, and a bachelor’s degree from Tbilisi State University. In addition, she has passed Level I of the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) exams. Ms. Khatisashvili is fluent in Georgian, English and Russian languages.

Nino Kopaliani

Mrs. Nino Kopaliani is a project officer at PMCG, responsible for supporting the project management team in coordinating, administrating and managing projects, and providing assistance in the process of preparing project proposals, concept papers and project reports. Her role also includes monitoring various tenders and analyzing their requirements as well as identifying and evaluating potential project team members.

Mrs. Kopaliani worked at PMCG previously before going abroad to study and enhance her academic skills. Moreover, Mrs. Kopaliani has successfully completed internships at the Ministry of Economy and Sustainable Development of Georgia and at the National Bank of Georgia.
She also held the position of junior specialist at the Georgian National Agency for Standards and Metrology.

Mrs. Kopaliani holds a master’s degree from Grenoble Graduate School of Business and a bachelor’s degree from the Georgian-American University. She is also fluent in Georgian, English and Russian languages.

Ana Gutsaevi

Mrs. Gutsaevi is a project officer at PMCG. She is responsible for supporting the project management team in coordinating, administering and managing projects, providing assistance in the process of preparing project proposals, concept papers and reports. Moreover, her role includes monitoring various tenders and analyzing their requirements as well as communicating with potential clients and partners.

Mrs. Gutsaevi previously held the position of Director of International Relations Department at the Ministry of Corrections of Georgia, responsible for developing and strengthening international relations in the field of corrections, supporting the implementation of international treaties, and cooperating with international organizations. Prior to that, she enhanced her skills and experience while working as Deputy Head of Division at the Ministry of Defense of Georgia and the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Georgia.

Mrs. Gutsaevi holds a Bachelor’s degree in English Language and Literature from Tbilisi State University. She is fluent in Georgian, English and Russian languages.

Mariam Gogoladze

Ms. Mariam Gogoladze is an HR Manager at PMCG, responsible for the development and implementation of human resources management strategy, talent management, and the elaboration and introduction of selection methods for applicants. In addition, she oversees the staff’s personal development and planning and implementation of team building activities.

Throughout her career, she has gained valuable experience in the field of human resources management, organizational development, and social psychology.

Ms. Gogoladze holds a Master’s degree in Organization Development and Consulting from Tbilisi State University, and a Bachelor’s degree in Social Psychology from Tbilisi State University. She is fluent in Georgian, English and Russian languages.

Ana Burduli

Ms. Ana Burduli is a Business Development Officer at PMCG, responsible for supporting the project management team in coordinating, administering and managing projects. She also monitors various tenders and conducts analyses of market trends, clients and competitors.

In her career to date, Ms. Burduli has accumulated valuable experience in research and analysis. Some of her past experiences include working as a Research Assistant at the Bank of Lithuania in its Center for Excellence in Finance and Economic Research. She also occupied a similar position at the University of Tartu’s School of Economics and Business Administration. She also previously worked at PMCG as a Procurement and Administrative Manager prior to leaving to pursue higher education abroad.

Ms. Burduli has a Master’s degree in Quantitative Economics from the University of Tartu, and holds a Bachelor’s degree in Economics and Business Administration from Tbilisi State University. She is fluent in Georgian, English and Russian languages.

Khatuna Gujabidze

Mrs. Khatuna Gujabidze is a Business Development Officer at PMCG. She is responsible for leading the recruitment cycle for proposals, building recruitment strategies, implementing new sourcing methods, collecting important documents from candidates and writing staffing plans. She also works to support the project management team in coordinating, administering and managing projects, as well as monitoring various tenders.

In her 5-year career to date, she has accumulated valuable experience in building recruitment strategies, and streamlining systems for effectiveness and efficiency in the recruitment process.

Mrs. Khatuna Gujabidze holds a Master’s degree in Economics, International Business Economics and Management at Vilnius University, and a Bachelor’s degree from Tbilisi State University. Mrs. Gujabidze is fluent in Georgian, English and Russian languages.

Giorgi Nemsadze

Mr. Nemsadze is a financial officer at PMCG. In this role, his main responsibility is to assist and support the financial manager by creating the necessary documentation for the organization’s financial processes, preparing grant and business trip reports and monitoring accounting records.

He has joined our team as an intern, before which he enriched his theoretical knowledge while working as a practitioner at the Revenue Service of Georgia.

Mr. Nemsadze holds a bachelor’s degree in economics and business administration from Tbilisi State University and is currently pursuing on his master’s degree in the same field at the same university. He is fluent in Georgian, English and Russian languages.

Giorgi Nozadze

Mr. Nozadze is a business analyst and IT support officer at PMCG. His responsibilities include developing, managing and coordinating databases, monitoring and maintaining computer systems and networks of the organization, communicating with existing and potential software developers, and training the organization team in computer skills.

At the same time, he studies in the faculty of exact and natural sciences, majoring in physics at Tbilisi State University. He is fluent in Georgian, English and Russian languages.

Nugzar Gognadze

Mr. Gognadze is a project officer at PMCG, responsible for supporting the project management team in coordinating and administering projects, assisting the team in preparing project proposals, concept papers and reports. In addition, he also engages frequently with existing and potential partners, beneficiaries and clients.

Before joining our team, he enhanced his skills and experience during his internships at the Entrepreneurship Development Agency, the Ministry of Finance of Georgia, and at the National Statistics Office of Georgia.

Mr. Gognadze holds a master’s degree in economics from the International School of Economics at Tbilisi State University and a bachelor’s degree in the same field from Tbilisi State University. He is fluent in Georgian, English and Russian languages.

Salome Solomnishvili

Ms. Solomnishvili is a project officer at PMCG. Her role includes supporting project the management team in coordinating, administering and managing projects, providing assistance in the process of preparing project proposals, concept papers and reports, researching and analyzing the market, as well as communicating with existing and potential clients, partners and beneficiaries.

Prior to joining our team, she successfully completed an internship at the National Statistics Office of Georgia, and worked as a teaching assistant at the International School of Economics at Tbilisi State University.

Ms. Solomnishvili holds a master’s degree in economics from the International School of Economics at Tbilisi State University and a bachelor’s degree in economics from Tbilisi State University. She is fluent in Georgian and English, and is competent in the Russian language.

Nato Aptsiauri

Ms. Aptsiauri is a project officer at PMCG. She is actively engaged in the management and administration of various donor-funded projects mainly in the fields of good governance and public administration. In her role, Ms. Aptsiauri is responsible for communication with project contractors and beneficiaries as well as assisting project implementation processes on a daily basis.

Prior to joining PMCG, she held a customer service and project assistant position at the British Council Georgia, where she was involved in educational and cultural projects.

Ms. Aptsiauri holds a bachelor’s degree in international relations, specializing in the Middle East, from the Free University of Georgia. She is fluent in Georgian and English languages, and speaks Arabic, Russian, and French as well.

Elizabeth Akhvlediani

Ms. Akhvlediani is a project officer at PMCG. She is responsible for supporting the project management team, identifying and evaluating potential project team members, and establishing relations communicating with potential clients and partners.

Before joining PMCG’s team she had successfully completed an internship at the Office of the State Minister of Georgia on European and Euro-Atlantic Integration, in the Strategic Communications Department.

Ms. Akhvlediani BA in philosophy of political theory from St. John's College, and is fluent in Georgian, English and Russian languages.

Gvantsa Gabrichidze

Mrs. Gabrichidze is an administrative and procurement manager at PMCG. She is responsible for maintaining operations in compliance with organizational procedures, organizing and managing filing and storage of documents, controlling incoming and outgoing correspondence, managing procurement processes, organizing business trips, and managing daily office activities.

Prior to joining PMCG’s team, Mrs. Gabrichidze was developing and managing a database of investment projects as an investment project manager at Access.

She holds a master’s degree in business administration from St. Andrew the First-Called Georgian University of the Patriarchate of Georgia, and a bachelor’s degree in social and political sciences from Ivane Javakhishvili Tbilisi State University.

David Lelashvili

David Lelashvili is a Business Regulatory Environment Consultant with over 15 years of experience of working on public policy reforms. His areas of expertise include economic analysis, and designing legal, regulatory, policy and institutional reforms.

Through his extensive career, Mr. Lelashvili has accumulated experience of managing projects funded by international donor organizations such as the European Commission, UNDP, USAID, the World Bank and Chemonics International, and has advised the governments of Georgia, Tunisia, Rwanda, Albania, Kyrgyzstan and Ukraine to improve economic policy and facilitate a business enabling environment.

Mr. Lelashvili holds Master’s degrees in Development Studies from the Institute of Social Studies (the Netherlands), and in Economics from the Humanitarian-Technical Institute of the Georgian Technical University (Georgia). In addition, he holds a Bachelor’s degree in International Economic Relations from the Humanitarian-Technical Institute of the Georgian Technical University.

Mikheil Kukava

Mikheil Kukava, Senior Consultant in Public Financial Management (PFM) at PMCG, is a high profile professional with more than 10 years of experience in the field. His areas of expertise include advising on program budgeting, public procurement, internal audit, the wider Public Financial Management, a wide range of economic policies, healthcare, etc.

Mikheil’s professional experience includes working for Transparency International Georgia, the EU’s Public Finance Reform Project, State Audit Office of Georgia, CARE International, Office of the State Minister of Georgia for European and Euro-Atlantic Integration, the United Nations Development Programme, Louis Berger, Mendez England & Associates, Westminster Foundation for Democracy, etc.

Prior to joining PMCG’s team, at Transparency International Georgia Mikheil was responsible for examining systemic flaws and risks in the public financial management, economic/financial regulation and healthcare sectors to develop evidence-based recommendations for the government. Mikheil has been working closely with the Parliament of Georgia in his capacities as trainer and needs assessor in his areas of expertise since 2010. 


Mr. Kukava holds an MSc in Quantitative Research in Comparative Politics from London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) and an MA in Public Policy (Public Finance) from Central European University (CEU).

Mariam Saghareishvili

Ms. Saghareishvili is a Researcher at PMCG. She is responsible for conducting analysis for the biweekly newsletter “Economic Outlook and Indicators”.

She carries out needs-based literature reviews, assists in managing ongoing projects, supports the team to mobilize core and non-core resources to ensure effective partnership development, and helps with data collection. She is also engaged in the development of policy briefs, in identifying potential or emerging funding streams, and supports research and analysis for selected topics.

Ms. Saghareishvili has strong analytical skills, which were enhanced during her internship at the National Bank of Georgia, where she researched the monetary policies of Georgia and Poland.

She holds an MA in Economics, from the International School of Economics at Tbilisi State University (ISET) and a BA in Business Administration from Tbilisi State University.

Salome Napetvaridze

Mrs. Napetvaridze is a project manager at PMCG, responsible for developing projects, coordinating and communicating with project partners, consultants and beneficiaries, and undertaking market research and analysis.

She joined our team in 2016 as a project officer and since then has enhanced and developed the skills necessary for project management. Prior to joining us, she successfully completed internships in the Department of Fiscal Forecasting at the Ministry of Finance, and at the construction-repairing materials production company LEA Development.

Ms. Napetvaridze holds a master’s degree in economics from the International School of Economics at Tbilisi State University, and a bachelor’s degree from Javakhishvili Tbilisi State University. She is fluent in Georgian and English languages.

Mikheil Skhiereli

Mr. Skhiereli is a Project Manager at PMCG. He is responsible for coordinating, managing and developing projects and is in regular communication with international partners and experts.

In his role at PMCG, he acts as Country Programme Manager in the framework of the project funded by the Department for International Development (DFID) Good Governance Fund.

Through his 20-year career to date, he has accumulated valuable experience in fields related to EU issues, investments, and international relations. Prior to joining our team, Mr. Skhiereli worked as Head of the Staff Office of European Integration Committee of the Parliament of Georgia.

Mr. Skhiereli holds a Master’s Degree in Technology Governance – Innovation Policy and Development Economics from Tallinn University of Technology, and a Master’s Degree in Economics from Tbilisi State University. He is co-author of the books “Tax Systems of Foreign States” and “What We Should Know about Taxes”.

Tamar Medulashvili

Mrs. Medulashvili is a Project Manager at PMCG. She is responsible for coordinating, managing and developing the scope of EU-related projects and activities, and is in regular communication with international partners and experts.

She has accumulated more than 10 years of impressive experience working on EU-related topics while working as a Deputy Director of the Information Center on NATO and EU; Second Secretary at the Mission of Georgia to the EU and Embassy of Georgia to the Kingdom of Belgium and Grand Duchy of Luxembourg; as well as in the Department of Cooperation with the EU at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Georgia.

Mrs. Medulashvili holds two Master’s Degrees: Master in Diplomacy from the Mediterranean Academy of Diplomatic Studies (Malta) and Master in International Public Law from the Kiev Institute of International Relations of T. Shevchenko State University of Ukraine. She obtained a Bachelor’s degree from the Kiev Institute of International Relations.

She is the co-author of the book “NATO and the EU – foreign policy priorities of Georgia” and the author of several researches, such as “Development of the Common Foreign and Security Policy of the EU”, and “International Mechanisms of Human Rights Protection in the Framework of the Council of Europe”.

Maia Daiauri

Mrs. Daiauri is a Tax Policy Consultant at PMCG. She is a professional with more than 10 years of experience of working in this field with public and private companies.

As PMCG’s consultant, Mrs. Daiauri supports the Government of Georgia in the economic reforms process, under USAID Georgia’s five-year project Governing for Growth (G4G) in Georgia. In parallel, she delivers lectures in business and economics at the Institute of Professional Accountants.

As an Advisor to the Ministry of Finance of Georgia, and more specifically as a Head Negotiator of Double Taxation Treaties, she has elaborated provisions for Georgia’s Tax Code regarding international taxation and the secondary legislation of Treaties and Tax Code provisions.

Mrs. Daiauri continues to enhance her knowledge in taxation policy and financial crime through distance learning at the University of London and holds a Bachelor’s degree in Economics and Law from the Technical University of Georgia.

David Melua

Mr. Melua is a Regional Development Consultant with about 10 years of working experience in public administration. In parallel, he occupies an Executive Director position at the National Association of Local Authorities of Georgia (NALAG).

Mr. Melua has accumulated comprehensive experience as a consultant in Local Governance (LG) as he has been working to facilitate and implement local government reforms funded by several international donor organizations such as: USAID, European Commission, Council of Europe etc.

He has particularly enhanced his background in LG while working on the following projects: developing state strategy for local government reform under the USAID Governance Reform Initiative; serving as a key expert under the EU Sectorial Support Program for Georgia; monitoring developments related to the global economic downturn on local budgets and the implementation of policy recommendations listed in the Utrecht declaration by the Council of Europe member states, under the project ‘The Impact of Economic Downturn on Local Self-governments’; managing the project ‘For Stronger Local Government in Georgia’, by the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Norwegian Association of Local and Regional Authorities.

Mr. Melua holds a Master’s degree in Public Administration from TACIS and a Master’s Degree from Tbilisi State University. He is fluent in English and Russian languages.

Giorgi Jerenashvili

Giorgi Jerenashvili is an instutional development consultant with 15 years of working experience in the public sector and the financial systems of the USAID Good Governance Initiative. He is responsible for managing and coordinating component of the project that deals with the institutional oversight of the government

Throughout his impressive career, he has accumulated valuable experience in managing various donor-funded projects in policy advising, business enabling environment, capacity building and institutional development.

Occupying the position of the Head at the Parliament Budget Office of Georgia (PBO), he has managed to implement structural reforms that have improved the efficiency of the office’s operations.

Before joining PBO, Mr. Jerenashvili was a Public Sector Consulting Director at Policy and Management Consulting Group (PMCG) and successfully coordinated numerous worthwhile projects oriented toward the country’s development, such as: strengthening internal and external communications function of the Prime Minister’s Office to promote public dialogue and enhance transparency of the Government; legislative and institutional amendments to the Tax System of Georgia under USAID Economic Prosperity Initiative program (EPI); sector policy priorities for better budgetary oversight and program budgeting under UNDP Public Policy Dialogue; assistance to the Ministry of Education and Science in strengthening its Human Resources Management capacity, under USAID Good Governance in Georgia (G3) program; and development of a mid-term strategic plan to ensure transparency and accountability at the Competition and State Procurement Agency, under an EU project.

Prior to joining PMCG, Mr. Jerenashvili worked as a Head at the Audit Department at State Audit Office of Georgia, responsible for leading and managing activities within the Office, giving financial audit advice, producing the state budget execution report, and the performance and compliance audit report, and evaluation of Government programs.

Mr. Jerenashvili holds Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration from the European School of Management (ESM) and has successfully passed various international training courses in the fields of financial reporting and auditing, from international institutions and organizations such as: The World Bank; U.S. Government Accountability Office; UK National Audit Office; and U.S. Department of State. He also has excellent knowledge of English and Russian languages.


Vano Tavadze

Mr. Tavadze is a senior consultant in Institutional Capacity Building, Monitoring and Evaluation direction at PMCG. He focuses on developing the public sector and implementing projects in this field. He has designed and delivered a large number of trainings or information workshops on areas in which he boasts significant expertise including rule of law, capacity building, and citizen empowerment.

His basic skills and experiences include implementation of institutional capacity building, monitoring and evaluation, performance measurement instruments for local public agencies or nongovernmental organizations rule of law, advocacy and citizen empowerment projects in Georgia, designing institutional development strategies.

Niko Tevdorashvili

Mr. Tevdorashvili is a senior consultant in Public Relations and Communication sector at PMCG. His fields of expertise include marketing strategy, marketing communications, production planning, promotion planning, customer relations, promoting, advertising sales, advertising campaign management, SWOT and competitive analysis. Mr. Tevdorashvili is also a founder and Director of marketing company “TMG – Marketing”, LLC.

Sopio Khoshtaria

Ms. Khoshtaria works in PMCG’s business development unit. She is responsible for technically supporting the process of products/services development, looking for new partnerships and new project opportunities, and supporting the proposal writing process. She works with the project management team and is engaged in the organizational development processes. 

Before joining PMCG team as a Business Development Officer, she passed internship program at PMCG and has accumulated experience in EU Funded projects. 


She holds a Master’s degree in International Economics and Governance, and a Bachelor’s degree in International Economics from the Universite Pantheon-Assas. 

Tamar Kaphianidze

Tamar Kaphianidze is a Public Private Dialogue consultant, equipped with more than 8 years of remarkable experience in the field of marketing and public relations. Through her impressive career to date, she has built strong contacts with media representatives and developed advanced skills of promoting, communicating and raising awareness.

Focusing on public private dialogue, she has led exceptional projects and facilitated dialogue between public institutions and society about crucial topics including the World Economic Forum Global, under USAID’s Economic Prosperity Initiative (EPI), providing a platform to promote Georgia’s competitiveness.

Under her leadership, a number of companies, including JSC Georgian Agriculture Corporation, Quality Research Center- Multitest, Wine Trade Company- Selective Wine, Curatio International Foundation managed to develop and fulfill successful marketing strategies and public outreach campaigns.

Mrs. Kaphianidze holds a Masters and Bachelor degree in History of Diplomacy and International Relations from Ivane Javakhishvili Tbilisi State University, and is certified as Marketing and Research Analyst from the University of Social Science (Warsaw, Poland). She also holds a postgraduate diploma in Public Relations from the University of Social Science.

She is also competent in various foreign languages being advanced in English, fluent in Russian and speaks Polish.

Ketevan Lekishvili

Ms. Lekishvili is a PR and Marketing Manager at PMCG. Development and implementation of PR strategies, campaigns and initiatives to improve the company’s brand awareness as well as to build and manage internal and external communication channels, to develop and maintain the company’s corporate image and identity together with the monitoring and analysis of the various statistical data, media outreach are her major responsibilities.

She has occupied the similar position at international consulting company and has 3 years of experience of working as a journalist at English language newspaper. 

Ms. Lekishvili graduated from International Black Sea University and has Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration and Social Sciences, with the major direction in marketing.

Zurab Chalagashvili

Mr. Chalagashvili is a Logistics Manager at PMCG. Before, he worked in Ministry of Finance of Georgia as an Assistant Specialist. In 2004-2006 he was a Senior Specialist of Administrative Department at the Ministry of Economic Development of Georgia.

Eka Gvinjilia

Ms. Gvinjilia is the Project Manager at PMCG. She coordinates various donor funded projects related to the PFM, Economic Development Policy, Regional Development Policy, HRM and other spheres. In addition to this, she is involved in proposal writing and possesses good knowledge of procurement procedures of international donors.

Ms. Gvinjilia has accumulated good experience in conducting economic review and analysis during her internship at the Monetary Policy Division at National Bank of Georgia. Moreover, she holds a Master’s Degree with honors in Macroeconomics from Tbilisi State University.

Ketevan Babiashvili

Ms. Babiashvili (PMP) is a project manager at PMCG, responsible for developing projects, coordinating and communicating with project partners, consultants and beneficiaries, and undertaking market research and analysis.

Through her 8-year career to date, she has accumulated invaluable experience in the fields of economic policy, research, regulatory impact assessment, monitoring and evaluation. She has also managed to establish strong relations with international donor organizations.

Ms. Babiashvili holds two master’s degrees, one in public policy and administration from the London School of Economics and Political Science and the other in economics from the International School of Economics at Tbilisi State University. She is a Project Management Professional (PMP), certified by the Project Management Institute (USA). Moreover, she holds a bachelor’s degree in social sciences and international economic relations from Tbilisi State University. Ms. Babiashvili is fluent in Georgian, English and Russian languages.

Mari Botkoveli

Mrs. Botkoveli is a financial manager at PMCG. She is responsible for all aspects of financial monitoring, reporting and analysis, preparing and coordinating project budgets, generating donor-specific financial reports, managing legal correspondence with governmental institutions, and managing the organization’s monthly budgets.

She joined PMCG’s team in 2010 as operations officer and since then has enhanced and refined her skills in the field of financial analysis.

Mrs. Botkoveli holds a master’s degree in finance from the International Black Sea University and a bachelor’s degree in business administration from the same university. She is fluent in Georgian and English languages and competent in Russian.