Giorgi Kldiashvili, Position: Director
Giorgi Kldiashvili is a founding member and Director of the Institute for Development of Freedom of Information (IDFI). He has over four years of experience working on FOI issues in Georgia, carrying out projects, studies and assessments for the Open Society Foundation, Eurasia Partnership Foundation, EU and Council of Europe and, most recently, for USAID-funded Georgia Good Governance Project. In addition to his work in applied policy research with IDFI, he has academic credentials as a researcher, undertaking studies in Georgian history under the Soviet Union. He holds graduate degrees in Contemporary History and worked as professor of American Studies at the Institute of American Studies at Ivane Javakhishvili Tbilisi State University.
He is an author and co-author of a number of publications.
Giorgi is fluent in Russian and English languages.
Levan Avalishvili, Position: Chairman of the Board / Projects Director
Position:Chairman of the Board/Projects Director
TEL: +995 32 2996364 (Office)
Levan Avalishvili is the co-founder and a chairman of the Institute for Development of Freedom of Information (IDFI). He has over four years of experience working on FOI issues as director and coordinator of several projects funded by the Open Society Foundation, Council of Europe and, most recently, USAID. In addition to his work in applied policy research with IDFI, he has academic credentials as a researcher, undertaking studies in Georgian and Soviet History. He holds graduate degrees in Contemporary History of Europe and America from Tbilisi State University.
Levan Avalisvhili is an author and co-author of a number of publications.
Fluent in English and Russian languages.
Constantine Janjghava, Position: Legal Expert
Constantine Janjghava is a project coordinator of two projects at IDFI: "Monitoring of Information (Internet) Resources of Public Authorities of Georgia" and "Improving the Accountability and Transparency ofthe Georgian Courts" .
Constantine has extensive professional and academic background in different branches of law, such as administrative, corporate, insurance and intellectual property law. Throughout his career, he has strongly advocated for the political neutrality of any legal entities.
Thanks to his experience, both in Georgia and in Switzerland, he has great research and analytic skills. He is a leading expert in the methodology of the study of internet tranparency.
He holds a Bachelors degree in English Philology from the Tbilisi State University. He is expecting to obtain his Master's degree at the Caucasus School of Law with a concentration in copyright and neighboring rights law. He also successfully completed the general course on Intellectual property at the WIPO Worldwide Academy of Geneva, Switzerland.
Together with his work at IDFI, Constantine is actively engaged in drafting legal proposals at institutional level.
Constantine is fluent in Georgian, Russian and English. He also has some basic knowledge of Spanish.
David Jishkariani, works on research project
Mr. David Jishkariani graduated from Ivane Javakhsishvili Tbilisi State University in 2008, Department of Humanities. He has a Bachelor Degree in History. Mr. Jishkariani continued his studies at the same Department and lately in 2010 he got his Master Degree in Russian Studies. In 2009-2010 David Jishkariani worked as an intern in Office at the State Minister on Reintegration Issues. In 2010 he was researcher in the “Georgian Institute for Russian Studies”. David Jishkariani is a founder of non-governmental organization called: “The Soviet Past Research Laboratory”. Institute for Development of Freedom of Information, David Jishkariani joined in 2011 and at present he works on research project “Stalin’s lists on Georgia - Great Terror in 1937-1938.”
Marika Ketchakmadze, Position: Project Analyst
is working at “The Institute for Development of Freedom of Information” as a Analyst for the project of “Development of e-Participation in Georgia”.
Marika has graduated from Ivane Javakhishvili Tbilisi State University, the Faculty of West-European Language and Literature in 2002, majoring in the German Philology. In 2005-2007 she continued her study at the same University on a Master program at the Faculty of Humanities, and was granted a Master’s Degree in Foreign languages philology. From 2007 Marika worked in private sector. From 2010 till 2011 she was Project Assistant at the Institute for Development of Freedom of Information. She worked on the Project - Research on the Effectiveness of FOI Provisions in Georgia - provided by IDFI under the G-3 program of the United States Agency for International Development (USAID).
Marika is fellow of Robert Bosch Foundation. She participated in the common program of Robert Bosch foundation, Karl - Friedrich Goerdeler College and German council of foreign relations in 2011.
Marika is fluent in English, German and Russian.
Teona Turashvili, Position: Project Analyst
Teona Turashvili is an analyst at the “Institute for Development of Freedom of Information”. Currently, she is involved in the project “E-participation Development in Georgia”. Teona is a graduate student of MSocSC in Transformation in the South Caucasus at the Center for Social Sciences, at Tbilisi State University. At the same university she has obtained a bachelor degree of the faculty of the Social and Political Sciences (major – International Relations, minor – Political Sciences).
Previously, Teona made an internship at Georgian Institute for Russian Studies (Position – Junior Researcher, February-August, 2010), National Democratic Institute for International Affairs (Position – intern, Department – Parliamentary Strengthening Program, July-September, 2011) and Georgian Foundation for Strategic and International Studies (October – August, 2012). She was a journalist for world politics section at weekly magazine Tabula (2010-2012). Moreover, she is one of the co-founders of the Center for Post-Soviet Studies and Executive Director.
The research interests of Teona include: Political Parties, E-governance, Regional Studies, Politics of Post-Soviet States.
Teona is fluent in English and Russian and has intermediate proficiency in German.
Salome Chukhua, Position: Project Analyst
TEL: +995 32 2996364 (Office)
In 2011 Salome Chukhua graduated from the Faculty of Art and Science at Ilia State University and obtained bachelor’s degree in European Studies (with minor in Liberal Education).
From May 2010 she has been working at AGILE (American-Georgian Initiative for Liberal Education). She was Hudson Institute consultant and Charles H. Fairbanks’s research assistant. She has completed several internships, including a one-month internship at CIPDD (Caucasus Institute for Peace Democracy and Development) as well as practical course at the parliament of Georgia. In 2012 she participated in an international summer school organized by Berlin Graduate School for Transnational Studies in cooperation with the OSCE Academy Bishkek and DAAD. Topic of the summer school was “Paradox of Stability: The Role of Peace and Conflict in State-Building.” During December 1, 2011- July 1 2012 she was an intern of project “Stalin’s lists on Georgia – Great Terror in 1937-1938” at Institute for Development of Freedom of Information (IDFI).
Currently (from July 1) she serves as an analyst at Institute for Development of Freedom of Information (IDFI) in project “Development of e-Participation in Georgia.” At the same time she is a “Youth for Democracy” project manager at AGILE from February 2012.
Salome Chukhua is fluent in English and has intermediate proficiency of Russian and French.
David Dolidze, Position: Finance Manager
TEL: +995 32 2996364 (Office)
David Dolidze is the Finance Manager of the “Institute for Development of Freedom of Information”. In 2000 David Dolidze has graduated from Ivane Javakhishvili Tbilisi State University, the Faculty of History, majoring in the History of Diplomacy and International Relations. He was granted a BA degree in History. In 2000-2001 David worked in an NGO “Transparency International” as the Assistant Director. In 2003-2004 he studied at the University of Padua, Italy, at the Department of Philosophy and Theology. In 2005-2010 David worked in private sector. In 2010 he completed a full course in Computer Accountancy and Financial Management at the Accredited Learning Centre of Accountancy D.A.G.I. Since 2010 until now David Dolidze works at the “Institute for Development of Freedom of Information” as a Finance Manager.
Goga Tushurashvili, Position: Analyst
Goga Tushurashvili works at the Institute for Development of Freedom of Information since October 2011. He works as an Analyst in the project „Improving the Accountability and Transparency of the Georgian Courts“. In 2009 Goga Tushurashvili has graduated from Iv. Javakhishvili Tbilisi State University, the Faculty of Economics and Business, Bachelor’s program in Business Management and was granted a degree of BA in Business Management. He pursued his studies on the Master’s level of the same faculty, and in 2011 was granted an MA degree in Macroeconomics. In 2011 within the frameworks of the project of IDFI he got a training course at “Sonari” Ltd to accomplish a full course of the learning program in SPSS and statistics. Goga speaks English and Russian languages.
Tamar Iakobidze, Position: Analyst
Tamar Iakobidze joined the team of “Institute for Development of Freedom of Information” (IDFI) since September 2011, 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. Having successfully finished internship in March 2012, Tamar continued working in the organization as an analyst and is currently involved in the project “Public Information Database”.
Before starting work in IDFI Tamar took internship in Transparency International Georgia and was a research assistant in a study of Georgian Parliamentary process financed by the Westminster Consortium Programme.
Tamar has BA in Political Science, Iv. Javakhishvili Tbilisi State University. In 2011 she was awarded Master of Science in Policy Studies, the University of Edinburgh, under a joint scholarship of Open Society Foundation and the University of Edinburgh. Besides, Tamar has participated in a number of conferences, summer schools and short courses.
Tamar is fluent in English and Russian, and has intermediate proficiency in German.
Julya Adelkhanova, Position: Researcher
Julia Adelkhanova graduated from Tbilisi branch of Moscow State University for Economics, Statistics and Informatics (MESI) in 2007, Department of Law. She has a bachelor degree in Civil law. In 2009-2011 she worked in MESI as a tutor at the same Department. Since 2008 she collaborated as a freelance journalist with internet-sites www.southcaucasus.com and www.newcaucasus.com and with the magazine “Caucasian Accent.” Since 2011 Julia Adelkhanova works at the Institute for Development of Freedom of information as a researcher in a project “Stalin’s Lists on Georgia - Great Terror in 1937-1938.”
Tamar Tolordava, Position: Analyst
Tamar Tolordava has graduated from Ilia State University in 2011, department of Science and Art. She has Bachelor degree in Political Science (Major - Political Science, Minor – Liberal Art). Currently she is continuing her studies at Ilia state University, on a program Master of Soviet and Post Soviet Research.
Since 2010 she is volunteering at International Youth Organization ’’Academy for Peace and Development’’ and is actively involved in projects implemented by her organization. In 2011 in the framework of project ’’Active Citizens’’ she took part in translation of book ’’Active Citizens’’ and was working as a project trainer. Furthermore, Tamar has participated in a number of conferences, summer schools and seminars. In 2011 she obtained a Scholarship of the German Academic Exchange Service and participated in exchange program organized by Humboldt University of Berlin. During October, 2011- July 1 2012 she was an intern of project “Stalin’s lists on Georgia – Great Terror in 1937-1938” at Institute for Development of Freedom of Information (IDFI).
Currently (from July 1) she serves as an analyst at Institute for Development of Freedom of Information (IDFI) in project “Development of e-Participation in Georgia.”
Tamar is fluent in English and has intermediate knowledge of Russian.
Sandro Rochikashvili, Position: Analyst
Sandro Rochikashvili is an analyst at the “Institute for Development of Freedom of Information”. His main activity in the organization is related to the Open Government Partnership, about which he is leading a bilingual blog. He is also involved in the “Public Information Database- www.opendata.ge”project.
Sandro graduated from the Guivy Zaldastanishvili American Academy in Tbilisi. He is currently studying at the Princeton University, where he plans to major in the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs with a certificate in Finance and Russian Language and Literature. In the summer of 2010 he participated in a summer program in the University of Mississippi.
Sandro is fluent in English and Russian, has intermediate proficiency in German and is currently studying Japanese at the elementary level.
Nino Tsukhishvili, Position: Paid Intern
Nino Tsukhishvili joined the team of IDFI since February 2013 within the framework of the Human Rights internship program financed by Human Rights and Governance Grants Program of Open Society Foundations. Internship program covers period of six months and means research and analysis of international practice and national legislation concerning issues of freedom of information.
Nino Tsukhishvili has graduated from Tbilisi State University, faculty of law in 2009. She continued her studies to the joint Master Program of Tbilisi State University and German University of Administrative Sciences Speyer in Public Administration and has obtained Master degree. Nino Tsukhishvili is a graduate student of the Central European University in the Master Program of Comparative Constitutional Law.
Before starting work in IDFI, Nino Tsukhishvili worked in the L.E.P.L. “Georgian Bar Association” as a lawyer of the Ethics’ Commission for two years. She also worked in the NGO “Georgian Young Lawyers’ Association” as a lawyer of the project “Accountability and Transparency Development in Georgia” from May 2008 till June 2010. Nino Tsukhishvili passed Lawyers’ qualification exams in civil law in 2009.
Nino Tsukhishvili is fluent in English and Russian.