Date of birth: January 8, 1961
Head of Service
1993 - 1994 M.I.A. in Economic Policy Management Columbia University, New York, World Bank Program, 1994.
1987 - 1991 Ph.D. in Economics, Institute of National Economy Forecasting of the Academy of Sciences of the Russia, Moscow, Russia, 1991.
1979 - 1984 Tbilisi State University, Georgia. B.A. and M.A. in Economic and Social Geography, 1984.
On February 8, 2019 appointed as the Chairman of the Insurance State Supervision Service of Georgia.
2012 - 2016 Member of Parliament, Chairman of the Budget and Finance Committee, Chairman of the Georgia – USA Parliamentary friendship group. Declared as Champion in initiating legislation in VIII th Parliament of Georgia. Author and co-author of 41 Laws, including on “Investment Funds”, amendments to “Tax code”, “Hybrid car taxation”, “Public service” Law, etc.
2010 - 2012 Chairman of the Economic Council of “Free Democrats” Party.
2006 - 2010; 2017-2018 worked in private sector
2004 - 2005 General Director/CEO “Georgian Railways” Ltd., Tbilisi, Georgia
2001 - 2002 Expert of Fiscal Affairs Department, IMF
2001 - 2002 JSC “Georgian Film” Chairman of the Supervisory Board
1998 - 2000 Finance Minister of Georgia, member of National Security Council, Investment Council and the Governor of Georgia at the World Bank.
1995 - 1998 M.P., Chairman of the Committee on Economic Policy and Reforms in 1995-1998. Played a major role in establishing the Budget Office at the Parliament of Georgia in 1997.
Author and co-author of several dozen laws and legal amendments, including: Law on Monopolistic Activity and Competition; Law on Foreign Investment; Law on Insurance; Law on Privatization; Law on Consumer Rights Protection; Law on Advertisement; Law on Statistics; Law on Securities; Law on Electricity; Law on Oil and Gas, etc.
1994 - 1995 Consultant of the World Bank (Washington D.C. ) worked on: Agriculture Privatization and Development Project in Georgia; Restructuring and Privatization of Loss-making Enterprises Project in Georgia
1993 Principal State Counselor at the Cabinet of Ministers of the Republic of Georgia
1992 Ministry of Finance, Head of Foreign Relations Department
1984 - 1988 Institute of Management of Economy, Economist - Researcher TEACHING: 2003 - 2004 & 2012 - Professor at the Department of Economics at Vanderbilt University, Nashville, Tennessee, USA. Courses taught on Transition Economies and Policy Issues in Transition Economies.
Presentations and Invited Lectures:
Columbia University, New York, 1996, 1998, 2004, 2006, 2012, 2014
Center for Strategic and International Studies, Washington, D.C. 1997, 1999, 2012
Stanford University, 2003 Carnegie Endowment, Washington DC, 2011
University of California, Berkeley; Los Angeles; Santa Barbara, 2003
Author of more than 30 articles and publications.
Marital status: Married and has two children.