Salome Zurabishvili founded and has been heading the Local Network of the UN Global Compact initiative in Georgia since February 2016. She also serves as the Chair for the Regional Network Council for Eastern Europe and as a Member of the Global Network Council at the United Nations Global Compact. Salome is a Human Rights Lawyer with substantive academic knowledge and experience in the field of corporate sustainability. Her professional experience counts eleven years in the NGO, INGO, Public and Academic Sectors. Salome is a winner of Forbes Georgia 30 under 30, Class of 2020. She is a Swedish Institute Visby Programme Alumnus and holds Master’s Degree from Lund University, Sweden in International Human Rights Law and Labour Rights. Salome is the European Parliament’s Sakharov Fellow.
Deputy Executive Director
Nino Kvantrishvili is a strategic and corporate sustainability communications professional with up to 17 years’ of working experience.
Nino is a Senior Manager of Sustainability and Partnerships at the UN Global Compact Network Georgia. Before she served as the Head of the Strategic Communications and Public Relations Department at the Ministry of Defence of Georgia (2019-2020). With extensive experience in international development, for up to seven years she worked at the Embassy of Georgia to the Kingdom of the Netherlands (2011-2014; 2016-2019) and Parliament of Georgia as the Head of the PR and Civil Actions Planning Division, (2015-2017).
Nino is highly skilled in Corporate Sustainability, Strategic Communications Planning, Sustainability Reporting and Public-Private Partnerships; Community Outreach and Stakeholder Engagement; Media Management; Event Management; Research and Analysis.
With B.A. in TV Journalism from Tbilisi State University (2001-2005), Nino pursued her graduate studies in Communications at the Georgian Institute of Public Affairs (M.A. in Media Communications and Management, 2006-2008) and as Stan Storeman’s Scholarship fellow at Webster University Leiden (M.A. in Media Communications, 2012-2013).
Senior Manager, Projects and Fundraising
Bakur Kvaratskhelia joined the organization in September 2020. Prior to that, he worked as a Deputy Environmental Ombudsman. Bakur has experience of working in diplomatic service, as a public servant, and in international organizations. He has previously worked at Georgian embassies in Estonia and India, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Georgia, and the Agency of Protected Areas of Georgia.
Bakur is an alumnus of several US government-funded exchange programs. Within the frame of the Fulbright Graduate Exchange program, he studied international relations at New York University.
Senior Manager, Business Relations
Rati Zautashvili joined our team in 2020. He has a higher education in business management. With 12 years of working experience, Rati has implemented dozens of international and local projects in both the private and public sectors. He is now actively working to support and integrate the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in the business sector, which will help develop corporate sustainability in Georgia.
Senior Manager, Finances
Temur Tkeshelashvili joined UN Global Compact Network Georgia in September 2021, serving as a Senior Manager in Finances. He has 10 years of experience working for international and private local companies. Before working at UNGCNG, Temo was the Financial Auditor of the International Audit Company, BDO’s Georgia Office. After graduating from Komarov Physics and Mathematics School in 2008, Temo continued his studies at Caucasus University, where he received a bachelor’s degree in financial auditing.
Ana Dgebuadze has been working as an Administrative and Procurement Manager since 2020.
She is graduated from I. Javakhishvili Tbilisi State University, Faculty of Law with a Bachelor’s degree and she has a MA degree in Private Law from Caucasus International University.
Ana has been working as in the public and also in private sectors since 2011. Including the Central Election Commission of Georgia and several law companies in the legal and administrative fields. She has also worked in the private business in the field of tourism, where she has been involved in many local and international projects.
Senior Manager, Strategic Communications
Tamar Ghunashvili joined the team in 2022. Tamar has up to 16 years of experience in the media and Public Sector.
From 2008-2012 Tamar worked as an assistant to the chairperson of the Healthcare and Social Issues Committee in the Parliament of Georgia. In 2013 she joined the Public Relations Department of the Parliament of Georgia, where she worked as a chief specialist. Before that, Tamar worked as an intern reporter at Georgian Public Broadcasting Radio and as a reporter at the publishing house “Navigator”.
Tamar Ghunashvili has a higher education in Journalism (Bachelor`s degree, Tbilisi State University) and Public Administration (Master`s degree, Georgian Institute of Public Affairs)
Tamar is an alumnus of the US government and European Parliament-funded exchange programs.
Global Impact Initiatives Coordinator
Keti Botchorishvili has 8 years of work experience in managing educational programs and relations with international donor organizations. Keti joined the team in August 2021. In 2020-2021 she was the head of the Training Center at Legal Aid Service of Georgia, in 2015-2020 Keti worked as a Training Management Unit Consultant at the High School of Justice and in 2013-2015 she worked as a coordinator at the International School of Business.
Keti has 5 years of experience in the academic field, currently lecturing at Ilia State University for BA students on “Fundamentals of Business”.
Keti Botchorishvili has a bachelor’s degree in business administration (Ivane Javakhishvili Tbilisi State University) and a master’s degree in business administration (Ilia State University).
Partnership and Private Sector Engagement Manager
Maya (Mako) Giorgadze works as a Partnership and Private Sector Engagement Manager at UN Global Compact Network Georgia. Maya is a highly skilled professional and a team leader, with 15+ years of Administrative Operations Management/Economic Affairs/Public Private Partnership experience. Maya worked at American Councils for years, where she was involved in administering US State Department educational programs. Subsequently, she held various senior positions in the Public Sector in the field of Economics, International Relations and Law Enforcement Cooperation in Georgia as well as abroad.
Maya is an alumna of several US government-funded exchange programs. She has a Master’s Degree in International Affairs from Tufts University – Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy.
Environmental Protection Manager
Megi Shubalidze joined the UN Global Compact Network Georgia in 2023 as an Environmental Protection Manager with a deep commitment to sustainability and environmental protection. She holds a distinguished Master’s degree in Environmental Management and Policy from GIPA and a double degree in International Business and Sustainability from the University of Roehampton and EUBS, which equips her with extensive expertise in the field.
As the Environmental Protection Manager for the UNGCNG, Megi leads efforts to implement comprehensive environmental conservation and sustainability strategies aligned with global SDGs. Most recently, she managed grants and initiatives with the USAID Economic Security Program, focusing on Solid Waste Management and community capacity-building. Megi has extensive work experience in both the private and public sectors. She is a dedicated professional committed to driving positive socio-economic change and environmental stewardship.
Business & Human Rights Manager
Akaki Kukhaleishvili joined the UN Global Compact Network Georgia in 2023 as a Business and Human Rights manager. Akaki is a graduate of Human Rights programs at the Riga Graduate School of Law and the Human Rights Centre at the University of Essex. He has 10 years of experience in human rights. Akaki was involved as a researcher in a national baseline assessment on business and human rights in Georgia. He has prepared and published a number of works, articles, and reports in the field of human rights, including business and human rights.
Before that, he worked in the Office of the Public Defender, where he held various positions, including the position of legal researcher, researcher-analyst, senior specialist, and later the position of deputy head of the National Prevention Mechanism Department. He was also a specialist at the Regional Center for the Study and Promotion of Constitutionalism and completed an internship at the European Human Rights Advocacy Center.