Eka Tkeshelashvili

Eka Tkeshelashvili

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Eka Tkeshelashvili is the President of the Georgian Institute for Strategic Studies (GISS) – a non-profit, non-partisan think-tank which serves as a resource for interested parties in understanding political, security and foreign policy choices before Georgia and the wider region and aims to contribute to the success of Georgia’s integration into Euroatlantic space. As an independent consultant she assists companies operating in Georgia or willing to invest in the South Caucasus, Central Asia as well as Central/Eastern Europe in political risk assessment, legal analysis as well as in advancement of their strategic communications. Eka Tkeshelashvili is an expert of international consultancy firms such as Geopolitical Information Service (GIS – based in Lichtenstein) and  Gerson Lerhman Group (GLG).

Eka Tkeshelashvili is a lecturer at Civil and Political School in Kiev, Ukraine and in the Black Sea University in Tbilisi, Georgia. She teaches courses on State Building, Transformational Leadership, European Studies and International Law.

Eka Tkeshelashvili has served in the government of Georgia in various ministerial positions, including as a Minister of Foreign Affairs and the Secretary of the National Security Council, as well as the Minister of Justice of Georgia. Mrs. Tkeshelashvili also held the position of the Chairperson of Tbilisi Appeals Court. She has been directly engaged in realization of the reform agenda in the field of good governance and justice.

She has been in charge of developing corresponding strategic communication policy of the government, aimed at raising awareness and interest in reform related processes of local as well as foreign audiences. In the capacity of the Secretary of National Security Council of Georgia among other tasks Eka Tkeshelashvii was responsible for strategic communication with foreign media for the President and the Government of Georgia, as well as developing partnerships with opinion making circles in Europe and the US.

Before joining the government, Mrs. Tkeshelashvili was a Deputy Chief of Party at IRIS Georgia implementing USAID rule of law projects. She also worked in ICRC being responsible for the programs on national implementation of International Humanitarian Law. She has work experience with the Office of the Prosecutor of the International Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia (Netherlands) and at the Lawyers Committee for Human Rights (USA).

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

Eka Tkeshelashvili

Minister of Justice of Georgia (2007) Attorney General (2008) Georgia’s Minister of Foreign Affairs (2008) Deputy Prime Minister (2010)


Public administration

The main topic of the course – governance processes. It gives an overview of the different schools of thought in the field of democracy and explores its relationship to governance processes. The key question of the course – methods of public reports democracy…

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State Building and Democratic Transformations

The main theme of the course is the state building process. It provides an overview of various schools of thought on democracy and explores its nexus with state building process.  The main question underling the course is  on what makes democracies to deliver. Throughout the duration of the course students are encouraged to explore complexity of what constitutes state building process, what are internal…

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Lobbyism – what makes it work

Lobbyism and Advocacy are actively used by states, business entities, various interest groups as well as civil society organizations for the advancement of their cause. The course provides theoretical background and room for discussion on different concepts of lobbying and established frameworks mainly in the US and Europe. However, the main focus will lie on practical situations and examples, as well as skills training.

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