Staff

Dr. Koba Turmanidze

Director
Koba Turmanidze has been working for CRRC-Georgia since 2007. Koba holds a Ph.D. in Comparative Politics from Central European University. 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.

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.

Dr. David Sichinava

Research Director

David Sichinava has been working for CRRC since 2009 on various positions. Currently, his work focuses on the development of evidence-based policy documents as well as on statistical modeling of survey and spatial data. David holds his undergraduate and graduate degrees in Human Geography from Tbilisi State University (TSU). In the fall semester of 2016 he was a Fulbright Visiting Scholar at the Institute of Behavioral Sciences of the University of Colorado Boulder. Apart from his work at CRRC-Georgia, David is an assistant professor at Tbilisi State University.

David’s research interests are focused on political geography, urban theory, election modeling and GIS applications in social sciences. He teaches introductory and advanced research methods classes at TSU and supervises graduate student research papers at TSU and Georgian Institute of Public Affairs (GIPA).

Dustin Gilbreath

Deputy Research Director
Dustin joined CRRC in 2014, as an international fellow. Since 2018, he has served as CRRC-Georgia's Deputy Research Director, after previously being a research consultant and policy analyst. Dustin is primarily engaged in the design of quasi-experimental and experimental research projects, policy analysis, and project development.

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. Dustin holds an MA in Political Science from Central European University and a BA in Philosophy from Skidmore College.

His research interests include applications of matching in evaluation contexts, quasi-experimental design, and political communications. Dustin speaks English and Georgian.

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.

Mariam Kobaladze

Communications Manager
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 and since 2018 is the Communications Manager. Mariam works on CRRC-Georgia's website and social media pages, communicates with media and organizes public events. At the same time, she participates in questionnaire-development, quantitative and qualitative analysis of data, and project planning. Mariam was leading television media monitoring projects at CRRC-Georgia concerning elections and gender issues.

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.

Giorgi Babunashvili

Senior Policy Analyst
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.

Dr. Tsisana Khundadze

Senior 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 is a PhD in Psychology. She holds a B.A. degree in Social Sciences and M.A. degree in Psychology from Ivane Javakhishvili Tbilisi State University.

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.

Dr. Tamar Khoshtaria

Senior 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. Now she is a senior researcher. Tamar works on questionnaire development and qualitative and quantitative data analysis. She participates in designing research projects.

Tamar holds a PhD in Sociology from 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.

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.

Ian Goodrich

Policy Analyst
Ian joined CRRC in 2019 after over a decade working on relief and development programmes in Eurasia, the Middle East and beyond. He has worked on fundraising and grant-management, monitoring and evaluation, project management and research for organisations including Oxfam, the British Red Cross, Action Against Hunger, the International Rescue Committee and the Cash Learning Partnership (CaLP).

He completed a BA in International Relations and Security Studies from the University of Bradford in 2007. Ten years later, he undertook an MA in Public Policy at Central European University where he discovered a passion for social research and Python programming.

As a Policy Analyst at CRRC, he is primarily responsible for delivering policy-relevant research, data analysis, reporting and outreach. He also supports on survey planning, business development and training.

Rati Shubladze

Policy Analyst
Rati Shubladze has worked for CRRC-Georgia since 2013. He joined the CRRC team as a Junior Fellow, then became a researcher and then - policy analyst. 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.

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.