Giorgi Shavreshiani joined the Agriculture and Rural Policy Research Center at the ISET Policy Institute as a Researcher in August 2023. He received his bachelor’s degree with a Macroeconomics module from Tbilisi State University and completed a Master’s degree in Economics at ISET in 2020.
After graduating from ISET, Giorgi worked at the State Audit Office of Georgia at the Department of Performance Audit. Since September 2021, he is a visiting lecturer at Ilia State University, teaching Principles of Economics to first-year BA Students.
Tatia Khidasheli is a researcher at the Agricultural Policy Research Center at the ISET Policy Institute. Tatia holds a Master’s degree in Economics from the International School of Economics at TSU (ISET) and completed her bachelor’s degree in business administration at Ivane Javakhishvili Tbilisi State University (TSU).
In 2020, Tatia embarked on a career at the State Audit Office of Georgia as a performance auditor, contributing to projects addressing economic, efficiency, and effectiveness issues within government entities and programs. As of 2022, Tatia is a Visiting Lecturer at Ilia State University.
Erekle Shubitidze is a Researcher at the ISET Policy Institute, having joined ISET-PI in October 2020. Erekle holds a BA in Mathematics from the University of Georgia. In 2020, he received an MA in Economics from ISET, with his Master’s project focusing on social preferences in a variant of economic games. Prior to starting his job at the ISET Policy Institute, he was a teaching assistant for Master’s degree students at ISET, teaching Macroeconomics modules I & II, Game Theory, and Introductory Finance.
Last updated February, 2023.
Archil Chapichadze is a Researcher at ISET-PI, and a valedictorian graduate of ISET’s BA program in economics, 2021. His bachelor’s thesis was selected by ISET and PMCG as among the best theses of the 2021 class. During his time at ISET, Archil won numerous local and international competitions, including the IMF Fund Challenge (2020), EBRD Student Challenge (2020), the first round of the Chartered Global Management Accountant (CGMA) Emerging Leaders Competition (2020), and the Mastercard student challenge “Cashless for Future” (2019). Archil is currently completing his MBA in management at the Business and Technology University.
Before joining ISET-PI Archil worked as a Data Analyst at Gamma Research and he has also completed internships at EBRD’s regional office (2021) and in the National Bank of Georgia’s Financial Stability Department (2019), where he worked on Environmental, Social, and Governmental (ESG) Risk Management Guidelines for Georgia.
Last updated February, 2023.
Elene Seturidze is a Researcher at the Agricultural and Rural Policy Research Center at ISET Policy Institute. Along with other research projects, she writes the Consumer Confidence Index (CCI) and contributes to the Agri Review publication by analyzing trade statistics. Her research interests lie within agricultural economics, development economics and behavioral economics. She received a B.A. degree in Economics from Tbilisi State University (TSU) in 2018, and a M.A. degree in Economics from ISET in 2020.
(Last updated November 2022)
Sergo works as a junior researcher at ISET Policy Institute (ISET-PI). He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Economics from ISET. Before joining ISET-PI, Sergo completed his internship at the National Bank of Georgia’s Financial Stability Department, where he worked on the Georgian guideline for Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG) risk management. His research interests include macroeconomics, monetary economics, growth theory, and urban and regional economics.
(Last updated February 2022)
Mery is a junior researcher at ISET Policy Institute (ISET-PI). She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Economics from International School of Economics (ISET). Over the course of her studies and career, Mery has demonstrated a particular interest in gender economics, public policy, and development economics. In her BA thesis, she studied gender, ethnicity, and age pay gaps in the Georgian labor market.
(Last updated February 2022)
Tamar Sulukhia is a Director of ISET and ISET Policy Institute (ISET-PI). She holds a Ph.D. in urban planning from Georgian Technical University, Tbilisi, Georgia. Previously she served as a Leader of the World Bank’s Sustainable Development and Infrastructure Program for Turkey. In 2010-2015 she served as a Sustainable Development Program Leader for Ukraine, Belarus, and Moldova, based in Kyiv, Ukraine.
Tamar Sulukhia joined the World Bank in the Regional Office for the Caucasus in Tbilisi in 2004 as a Senior Infrastructure Specialist. Prior to working for the World Bank, she served as the Minister of Infrastructure and Development of Georgia, and as the Head of Local Governance Center of Georgian Institute of Public Affairs (GIPA) in Tbilisi. She was a Fulbright Scholar at the George Washington University in Washington DC (2001-2002) and Development Assistance Specialist in USAID/Caucasus (1997-2001).
Her experience includes being a Board Member of several leading Georgian and International NGO’s, and President of the Association of Women for Urban Development of Georgia. In 2002-2009 she was teaching Urban Policy and Governance at the Georgian Institute of Public Administration. She is an author of a number of publications on urban planning and governance.
(Last updated April 2021)
Luc Leruth is a Lead Economist at the ISET Policy Institute (ISET-PI). He holds an MSc degree in Mathematics as well as MA and a Ph.D. in Economics. Mr. Leruth has spent most of his career in international financial institutions, mostly the IMF, but also at the AsDB in a number of positions. He has served as a Head of the Fiscal transparency Unit, Secretary of the G-10, and Director of several Regional Technical Assistance Centers of the IMF in Africa and in the Pacific.
Luc Leruth has spent many years in academia, including at the Indian Statistical Institute in Delhi, at the Universities of Liège, Brussels, and Essex. He has published extensively in scientific journals. Mr. Leruth also has experience in the Fintec sector and has published several novels.
*Last updated April 2021
Ia Katsia is a Senior Researcher at the ISET Policy Institute (ISET-PI). Ia focuses her research on agricultural and rural development policy. She is responsible for the monthly Khachapuri Index publication. Her main research interests cover Agriculture Economics, Climate Change, Food Security and Sustainable Development.
Ia Katsia is a graduate of the International School of Economics at Tbilisi State University (ISET) with a specialization in Agricultural Economics.
(Last updated November 2020)