Eka Tkeshelashvili

Eka Tkeshelashvili is the President of the Georgian Institute for Strategic Studies. As an independent consultant, she helps companies operating in Georgia, or willing to invest in the region, in political risk assessment and legal analysis as well as in advancing their strategic communications.

She was the Vice Prime-Minister, State Minister of Georgia for Reintegration and in this role she oversaw the implementation of state policy towards the occupied territories of Georgia and the national policy on minority integration.

She previously served as Secretary of the National Security Council of Georgia after serving as Minister of Foreign Affairs, Prosecutor General and Georgia’s Minister of Justice.

Mrs Tkeshelashvili was also the chairperson of the Tbilisi Appeals Court.

Before joining the government, Mrs Tkeshelashvili was a Deputy Chief of Party at IRIS Georgia implementing USAID rule of law projects. She also worked for the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) and was responsible for the national implementation of international humanitarian law.

Previously, Mrs Tkeshelashvili served as an intern at the Office of the Prosecutor of the International Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (Netherlands) and at the Lawyers Committee for Human Rights (USA).

She has also worked in academia and taught public international law and accountability for human rights atrocities as an associate professor at various Georgian universities.

Mrs Tkeshelashvili has a master’s degree in International Law from Notre Dame Law School (USA), a certificate in Human Rights Law from Oxford University (UK) and a Diploma in Law from Tbilisi State University.