GRASS Team

Paata Gaprindashvili – Director of GRASS

Holds the position of Georgia’s Reforms Associates (GRASS)’s Director since August 2016. He received an MA in International Law from Tbilisi State University in 1994 with continued post-graduate level studies at the George C. Marshall European Centre for Security Studies in Germany (2000) and the Royal College of Defence Studies in the UK (2001). A career diplomat, Mr. Gaprindashvili holds the rank of Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary. In 2009-2013, he was Georgia’s Ambassador to the Republic of Austria as well as the Permanent Representative of Georgia to the OSCE and other International Organisations in Vienna. Throughout his diplomatic career, he has participated in a large number of international negotiations.

Giorgi Goguadze- Deputy Director of GRASS

Currently, Giorgi Goguadze holds the position of Deputy Director of GRASS. He was elected as the President of Young Diplomat’s Club of Georgia in 2014. He holds a BA in International Relations in 2015 (Tbilisi State University). Within the exchange program, in 2014 he was studying in Warsaw, Institute of International Relations (University of Warsaw). In 2016, he became a research associate at the TRAC-Terrorism Research and Analyze Consortium. He is also the board member of the Georgian Center for Security and Development. Currently, he is doing MA in Diplomacy and International Politics (Tbilisi State University). 

 

Denola Chkhartishvili – Programs Manager

Denola Chkhartishvili works as a Human Rights’ Project Manager at GRASS.  Prior to her assignment as at GRASS she has been working as a project associate in ECMI. Ms. Chkhartishvili has a long-standing experience of working on the minority governance policy related issues. She has been also working for the Parliamentary Committee on Foreign Relations as a senior specialist and was dealing with issues related to conflict resolutions and foreign policy. Ms. Chkhartishvili is a Ph.D. student at Ivane Javakhishvili Tbilisi State University, Faculty of Social and Political Sciences. Her research topic is media and minority groups in Georgia. Ms. Chkhartishvili is major in international affairs and has attended several courses and workshops devoted to the history of EU integration, EU Institutions and Crises Management. In 2007 Denola Chkhartishvili worked for the Centre for European Security Studies (Netherlands) and focused on Transdnistrier Conflict. 

Tea Vakhania – Financial Manager

Tea Vakhania is a financial manager at GRASS from April 2013. She has an extensive working experience in finances. Before GRASS she held different positions at the Ministry of Internally Displaced Persons from the Occupied Territories, Accommodation and Refugees of Georgia (Deputy Head of the Financial Department; Chief Specialist at Financial-Economic Division of the Financial Department); Ministry of Education and Culture of the Autonomous Republic of Abkhazia (Head of Financial and Procurement Department, Head of Financial Division) and Sukhumi State University (Chief Specialist at Financial Department). Ms. Vakhania gained her Master Degree in Accounting, Control and Analysis at Ivane Javakhishvili Tbilisi State University, the Sukhumi Branch. She has attended number of training and seminars on financial management issues.

Giorgi Jangiani – Project Manager and Research Fellow
Giorgi Rostomashvili- Project Assistant
Ketevan Maisuradze- IT Manager