Nika Gilauri

Nika Gilauri

Mr Gilauri has been a managing partner of Reformatics since 2012 and a senior advisor to McKinsey & Company since 2014. Earlier, he spent 8 years in the Georgian government, where he served as Minister of Energy (2004-2007), Minister of Finance (2007-2009) and Prime Minister (2009-2012).

Mr Gilauri’s term as Prime Minister was notably marked by rapid economic recovery and growth in the aftermath of the 2008-2009 global economic crisis: Georgia’s GDP rose from -9.0% when Mr Gilauri was appointed (Q2 2009) to +8.1% when his term came to an end (Q2 2012). Georgia’s budgetary deficit also decreased during his term as prime minister, dropping from 9% in 2009 to 3% in 2012.

During his time in government, Mr Gilauri also guided reforms in the energy sector, fiscal policy, healthcare, customs, education and other spheres of economic development, and contributed to efforts to improve Georgia’s overall business environment. His greatest achievement as Minister of Energy was to transform Georgia from being a country of semi-permanent blackouts into a net exporter of electricity to all its neighbours.

In his more recent capacity as managing partner of Reformatics, Mr Gilauri has been involved in over 20 advisory assignments on three continents for various high-ranking government officials and politicians including presidents and prime ministers.

Mr Gilauri holds a BA in Economics and Finance from the University of Limerick (Ireland) and an MA in International Business Management from Temple University (USA). Before joining the Georgian government in 2004, he worked as a private consultant in the energy sector. He is fluent in English and Russian.

Vakhtang (Vato) Lejava

Vakhtang (Vato) Lejava

Mr Lejava has been a partner and senior director at Reformatics since 2012. Before joining the firm, he held various high-level positions in the Georgian government between 2004 and 2012, and was notably Deputy Minister of Economy and Chief Advisor to the Prime Minister. Mr Lejava has a rich and diverse experience of conceptualising, planning and managing transitions and reforms. Before joining the government he worked as a consultant, including for multilateral donor and development organizations.

Mr Lejava was a leading member of the Georgian government agencies that guided a wide range of economic, regulatory and business climate reforms in different areas. He was one of the focal points of efforts to discuss, co-design and guide business reforms with the wider business community and other actors and stakeholders. Mr Lejava also led and co-ordinated swift and successful work to improve Georgia’s “Doing Business” ranking, sectoral regulatory reforms and investment promotion programmes, as well as other government projects in his capacity as a Deputy Minister and Chief Advisor to the Prime Minister. This work notably propelled Georgia to rank #8 in the World Bank’s 2014 “Doing Business” report (from #112 in 2005), and contributed to foreign direct investment reaching a cumulative average of 50% of current GDP between 2004 and 2014.

In his current role as a partner at Reformatics, Mr Lejava provides consultancy services to a number of governments in Europe, Africa and Asia.

Tamara Kovziridze

Tamara Kovziridze

Dr Kovziridze has been a partner and senior director at Reformatics since 2012. Before joining the firm, she held various high-level positions in the Georgian government in 2004-2012 such as Deputy Minister of Economy and Chief Advisor to the Prime Minister.

Dr Kovziridze has extensive experience of the government, consulting and academic sectors’ and notably of high-level policy formulation, planning and implementation. She was Deputy Minister of Economy in 2004-2008, Chief Adviser to the Prime Minister and Head of the Advisory Group on Foreign Relations in 2009-2012, and Deputy Minister of Finance in 2012. Dr Kovziridze contributed to the planning and implementation of key regulatory, economic and trade-related reforms aimed at streamlining procedures and thus improving the delivery of public services to both citizens and businesses. Among other roles she was the Chief Negotiator during the talks which culminated in the Georgian-Turkish free-trade agreement in 2007, Chief Negotiator and co-ordinator of Georgian-EU negotiations on the country’s Deep and Comprehensive Free Trade Area (DCFTA) with the EU in 2009-2012, and Georgia’s Chief Negotiator during the 2005-2011 talks regarding Russia’s accession to the WTO.

Dr Kovziridze has long-standing experience of the planning and implementation of regulatory and economic reforms—and notably of the series of reforms which successfully increased Georgia’s regional and global competitiveness and fulfilled the country’s EU and international obligations.

In her current capacity as a partner at Reformatics, Dr Kovziridze is working with a number of governments in Africa, Eastern Europe and Central Asia, advising them on regulatory reform (including competitiveness and business climate reform), economic reform agendas, planning and communication.

Dr Kovziridze holds an MA in Political Science, Economics and English Philology from the University of Heidelberg (Germany) and a Ph.D. in Political Science from the Free University of Brussels (Belgium). She has a number of international publications to her name and 10 years of academic and teaching experience. An affiliated scholar with the Free University of Brussels, Dr Kovziridze is fluent in English, German, French and Russian.

David Koberidze

David Koberidze

Mr Koberidze has been a consultant at Reformatics since 2012. Previously, he held various public sector positions in Georgia during 2004-2012. Mr Koberidze was notably a consultant at the Georgian Ministry of Finance’s Foreign Relations Department, served in various capacities within the Prime Minister’s Office (co-ordinating the Georgian government’s reform agenda), and a senior consultant for an EBRD investment climate support project. During his government career, Mr Koberidze also led and managed a consortium of state-owned enterprises in the agricultural sector, and headed Georgia’s Food, Veterinary and Plant Protection Agency.

Mr Koberidze currently works as a consultant for a number of governments in Africa, Eastern Europe and Central Asia as part of various Reformatics projects, advising on regulatory reforms’including on reforms associated with the World Bank Group’s “Doing Business” report.

Mr Koberidze holds a BA in Economics and Business Administration from Grigol Robakidze University (Georgia) and Duquesne University (USA). He is fluent in English and Russian.

Givi Chanukvadze

Givi Chanukvadze

Mr Chanukvadze joined Reformatics as a consultant in 2015. He previously (2007-2013) held various high-level positions in the Georgian government, and was notably the Executive Manager of the Public Service Halls in Tbilisi and Rustavi (2011-2013) and the Deputy Director of the Georgian National Investment Agency (2007-2008).

Mr Chanukvadze has over 8 years’ experience of executive leadership and management in various agencies of Georgia’s public, private and non-governmental sectors. A skilled professional capable of delivering organizational and structural change, designing effective investment promotion strategies and drafting and implementing operational and crisis management strategies under high levels of pressure and stress, Mr Chanukvadze also held various managerial positions in 2007-2013 within the Georgian government. As part of these he actively assisted the country’s Minister of Economic Development, Minister of Justice and Head of the Presidential Administration to spearhead major economic and civil service reforms coupled with active privatization, liberalization and deregulation as well as with the elimination of trade and bureaucratic barriers.

While serving as the Executive Manager of the Public Service Halls in Tbilisi and Rustavi, Mr Chanukvadze provided leadership and supervised the day-to-day work of the PSHs’ 425 employees and heads of departments, enabling them to deliver 450 different services to over 18,000 citizens every day. These services included the registration of real estate, businesses, lease rights and mortgages, and issuing passports and ID cards. In 2014-2015, Mr Chanukvadze led the Commercial Optimization Department of Liberty Bank, one of Georgia’s largest banks.

Mr Chanukvadze holds an MA in Public Administration and several certificates of advanced studies in Organizational Conflict Management and International Development & Leadership from Syracuse University’s Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs (USA), and a BA in Public Policy from the Georgian Technical University. Additionally, Mr Chanukvadze has successfully completed several international executive courses at Stanford University and at the London School of Economics (LSE). He currently teaches Organizational Conflict Management and Leadership at the Caucasus University in Georgia, and is fluent in English and Russian.