Staff

Koba Turmanidze

Director
Koba Turmanidze has been working for CRRC-Georgia since 2007. He earned an MPA from American University (Washington, DC) and an M.A. in Political Science from Central European University (Budapest, Hungary). He also holds a diploma in history from Tbilisi State University. Currently, Koba is a doctoral candidate in Comparative Politics at Central European University.

From 2005-2011, he was an Assistant Professor at Tbilisi State University, where he taught comparative politics, economies in transition, research methods and applied statistics courses in the Department of Political Science and the Center for Social Sciences.

Before joining CRRC-Georgia, Koba worked in several civil society organizations, as well as in civil service. His research interests include authoritarianism, regime change and voting behavior.

Natia Mestvirishvili

Nonresident Senior Fellow

Natia Mestvirishvili is a Nonresident Senior Fellow at CRRC Georgia. She has worked for CRRC since 2012. Natia earned PhD psychology from Tbilisi State University. She holds a M.Sc. in Social Research from the University of Edinburgh (UK) and an M.A. in Global Development and Social Justice from St. John’s University (US). Currently, Natia also holds the position of researcher at the International Centre for Migration Policy Development and teaches several courses in research design and data analysis at Tbilisi State University and Ilia State University. Natia’s research interests involve children and young people, identity and value changes and migration.

Dr. Tinatin Zurabishvili

Research Director
Tinatin joined CRRC in 2007, as regional coordinator of the Caucasus Barometer survey. Since 2012, she has served as CRRC-Georgia's Research Director, and is involved in the design of research projects, development of research instruments, data analysis and reporting.

After graduating from Moscow M. Lomonosov State University Department of Journalism, Tinatin received her MA in Sociology from Moscow School of Social and Economic Sciences (MSSES) and Manchester University. In 1999, she earned her PhD in Sociology of Journalism from Moscow M. Lomonosov State University.

From 1994-1999, Tinatin worked for Levada Center in Moscow; from 1999-2001, she was a junior researcher for the Yale University project “Poverty, Ethnicity and Gender in Eastern Europe during the Market Transition.” After this, she taught a variety of courses in sociology (particularly focusing on research methodology) for the BA and MA programs at Telavi State University and Tbilisi State University Center for Social Sciences. From 2001-2003, she was a Civic Education Project Local Faculty Fellow, and from 2010-2012 she held the role of Professor at the Georgian Institute of Public Affairs (GIPA).

Her research interests are social transformation, sociology of migration, media studies, and social research methodology.
 

Kristina Vacharadze

Programs Director
Kristina Vacharadze joined CRRC-Georgia in 2006 as a Program Manager. In 2009, she was promoted to Programs Director. Kristina manages a variety of research projects. She also participates in questionnaire development, and in qualitative and quantitative analyses.

Kristina holds a bachelor’s degree in Western European Languages and Literature from Iv. Javakhishvili State University and a master’s degree in Gender Studies from Central European University. Prior to joining CRRC, Kristina worked as the South Caucasus Regional Coordinator for the Academic Fellowship Program at OSGF. Previously, she was the Caucasus Program Assistant at the Civic Education Project, a research assistant for a team which evaluated the micro-credit activities of FINCA and Constanta, and a teacher at New School.

Taylor Braun-Dorrel

Development Manager
Taylor joined CRRC-Georgia in 2016 as the Development Manager. She is in charge of identifying funding opportunities, leading proposal development and updating the fundraising strategy as necessary. She works to diversify CRRC's donor base to fund the organization's policy-oriented research and other new areas of work. She provides quality control for the organization's written outputs.

Taylor has a bachelor's degree in Political Science from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) specializing in Comparative Politics, Globalization and Middle Eastern and North African (MENA) studies. Previously, Taylor worked with several non-profit organizations in Georgia, focusing on fundraising and organizational development. She also has diverse research experience working on projects with Transparify (think tank funding transparency), Business and Finance Consulting (SME regulation and development) and GeoWel Research (food security). Her other research interests include political systems and foreign policy.

Giorgi Babunashvili

Researcher
Giorgi Babunashvili joined CRRC-Georgia in 2008. He is a researcher and works on survey sampling, dataset cleaning, development of research instruments, data procession and analysis. He is currently a Ph.D. student in Comparative Politics at Ilia State University, department of Political Sciences. He holds an M.A. in International Relations from Tbilisi State University and has taken courses in survey sampling and statistics at University of Michigan and University of Ljubljana.

Prior to joining CRRC, Giorgi worked as a Lead Research Associate in a team evaluating the Ilia Chavchavadze Program for Reforming and Strengthening Georgian Secondary Education System, as a Research Assistant for Centre for Social Studies and a Project Administrative Officer in Union Business League.

His research interests are political parties and processes of political transition in post-Soviet societies.

Tamar Khoshtaria

Researcher
Tamar Khoshtaria has been working for CRRC-Georgia since 2009. She started as a Junior Fellow (as part of the JFP program) and then became a researcher. Tamar works on questionnaire development and qualitative and quantitative data analysis. She participates in designing research projects.

Tamar is a PhD student at the Tbilisi State University, where she teaches quantitative and qualitative research methods. She holds her B.A. and M.A. in Social Science (Sociology) from the same university. During her M.A. she was awarded a scholarship and studied at the Humboldt-University Berlin for one year where she conducted qualitative research in family sociology.

Before joining CRRC, she conducted research projects for various organizations. Her research interests are the values of young people, social and religious issues as well as intercultural comparisons.

Mariam Kobaladze

Researcher
Mariam Kobaladze has been working at CRRC-Georgia since 2009. First, she joined the organization as a participant of the Junior Fellowship Program (JFP). Later, she became a research associate and a researcher. Mariam works closely with interviewers, providing trainings and supervision to them. She participates in questionnaire-development, quantitative and qualitative analysis of data, and project planning. Mariam is also involved in the election monitoring of television media as a researcher participating in analysis and presentation of the results.

Mariam Kobaladze holds a B.A. in English language from Ilia State University and an M.A. in Social and Political Sciences from Tbilisi State University, Center for Social Sciences.

Prior to joining CRRC, Mariam worked with a long-term observation team for parliamentary elections in 2008. She was NDI's parliamentary intern for one year, serving at the Speaker's Office. Mariam also worked at the English-language newspaper Georgia Today, both as a contributor and as an executive editor. Her research interests include the influence of media on public opinion and the development of democracy in transitional countries.

Anano Kipiani

Policy Analyst

Anano Kipiani took up the Policy Analyst position at CRRC-Georgia in 2016. Her main duties and responsibilities include determining impediments to agricultural insurance uptake in Georgia, providing input on research design, conducting interviews with key informants in the public and private sectors, and supporting qualitative and quantitative data analysis.

Anano holds a Master's Degree in Economics from ISET - International School of Economics at TSU. Her master’s thesis discussed the state of food security and its measurement methodologies in Georgia. She also holds a Bachelor's Degree in Informatics from TSU. Before joining CRRC, Anano worked on USAID’s Project on Georgia's Restoring Efficiency to Agriculture Production (REAP). She is a co-founder of the organization “High Bird Solutions”, which implements projects with special focuses on agriculture and development.

Her main research interests include the agricultural, social and education sectors.

Keti Chubinishvili

Researcher
Keti Chubinishvili has been working at CRRC-Georgia since 2010. First, she joined the organization as a participant of the Junior Fellowship Program (JFP). Later she became a research associate and a researcher. Keti manages media monitoring projects, supervising the monitoring process and writing analysis of the results. Keti holds a B.A. in Sociology from Tbilisi State University. After that she studied Sociology at Masaryk University in Czech Republic for two years.

Prior to joining CRRC, Keti has worked as a researcher for a number of organizations. Her research interests include social and cultural issues and how different types of media influence society.

Dustin Gilbreath

Policy Analyst
Dustin holds a bachelor’s degree in Philosophy from Skidmore College and an M.A. in Political Science from Central European University. Prior to joining CRRC, he worked as an English teacher, freelance writer, editor and translator, and then as a lecturer in tourism geography at Batumi Shota Rustaveli State University. His research interests include the anthropology of politics, economic anthropology, impact evaluation, and experimental methodology. He is particularly interested in discourse, shifts in discourse, and its embodiment in Georgia and Georgian politics. Dustin speaks English and Georgian.

Tsisana Khundadze

Researcher
Tsisana Khundadze has worked at CRRC-Georgia since 2011. She started as a participant of the Junior Fellowship Program (JFP) and then became a researcher. Tsisana mainly works on qualitative and quantitative analysis of data and participates in data cleaning.

In addition to working at CRRC, Tsisana is also an Invited Lecturer at the Faculty of Psychology and Educational Sciences at Ivane Javakhishvili Tbilisi State University.

Tsisana holds a B.A. and M.A. in Psychology from Ivane Javakhishvili Tbilisi State University. Currently, she is a PHD student at TSU, and her specialization is in Social, Political and Cultural Psychology.

Before joining CRRC, she worked on different projects with various research organizations. Her research interests are related to the means of mass communication and political culture.

Rati Shubladze

Researcher
Rati Shubladze has worked for CRRC-Georgia since 2013. He joined the CRRC team as a Junior Fellow and then became a researcher. Rati’s main duties and responsibilities include working on the analytical papers and reports, organizing interviewer's fieldwork training, and supervising ongoing fieldwork activities. Rati is also involved in the survey instrument and ODK form development process, and participates in the data management procedures.

Rati Shubladze holds an M.A. in Social Sciences from Ivane Javakhishvili Tbilisi State University (TSU). Currently, he is a Ph.D candidate at the Department of Sociology at TSU. His doctoral research is related to electoral behavior in Georgia. He also teaches classes at TSU on research methods. Before joining CRRC’s Junior Fellowship Program, Rati was involved in a 2012 UNDP pre-election project on media monitoring in Georgia.

Mariam Sikharulidze

Public Relations Manager

Mariam Sikharulidze joined CRRC Georgia as a Public Relations Manager in 2016. She holds a Master’s degree in Mass Media Studies from Erasmus University Rotterdam.

Previously, Mariam worked with the United Nations Population Fund Country Office in Georgia, where she supported planning and implementation of events and awareness-raising campaigns, maintained liaison with media, prepared outreach materials and produced monthly newsletters to ensure the organization’s visibility. She also served as a Georgian Youth Delegate to the United Nations and has extensive experience in public speaking.

Keti Japaridze

Operations Manager
Keti Japaridze has been working at CRRC-Georgia since 2006. She provides support to all the organization's activities. Prior to joining CRRC-Georgia, Keti worked as an administrative/program assistant for Catholic Relief Services (CRS). Before this, she was an administrative assistant at the Philip Morris Management Services. She is a graduate of Tbilisi State University.

Elza Narimanishvili

Admin-Finance Manager

Elza Narimanishvili joined CRRC-Georgia in June 2013. Before joining CRRC, Elza worked as a Finance Manager at Save the Children International. She has more than ten years of experience in financial management, accounting, taxation budgeting, and donor reporting. She has managed several international donor funded grants and sub-grants.

Elza holds a Masters’ degree in Philology from Iv. Javakhishvili State University, and a diploma in English Language and Literature from the same university. 

In 2003, Elza was awarded certificate of International Accounting Standards and Tax Systems by the Georgian Federation of Professional Accountants and Auditors (GFPAA).

She has undergone several certified trainings and courses in Georgia and abroad.

Eter Shaburishvili

Finance and Contracts Manager
Eter Shaburishvili has been working for CRRC-Georgia since 2014. Before joining CRRC, she worked for the Eurasia Partnership Foundation, BP/BTC Co. and UMCOR Georgia in a number of positions.

Eter holds an M.A. in Journalism and a BA in Law from Tbilisi State University. Currently, she is working to become a full-fledged member of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA).

Eter has over ten years of grant management and finance experience, including grants and contracts management and internal auditing. She has strong knowledge of different donor regulations, as well as the Georgian Tax Code and accounting regulations. Eter has also worked as a consultant in the field of organizational development.

Nino Stavridi

Communications and Development Officer
Prior to becoming the Regional Communications and Development Officer for Eurasia Partnership Foundation/CRRC Regional Network, Nino worked as Regional Executive Secretary for EPF/CRRC Network and as Executive Assistant to the President for EPF. Before joining EPF in 2008, Nino worked as Head of the International Department at Georgian Trade Unions Confederation, and as an Assistant to the Economic Attaché at the Embassy of Greece in Tbilisi. Nino has a Masters’ Degree in Public Relations from Georgian Technical University and a Bachelor's Degree in Greek Language and Literature from Tbilisi State University. Her Masters’ thesis is about the role of media in the formation of public opinion. Nino has done post-graduate studies in both Greece and Cyprus.