Paata Gaprindashvili holds the position of Georgia’s Reforms Associates (GRASS)’s Director since May 2016. He received an MA in International Law from Tbilisi State University in 1994 with continued post-graduate level studies at the George C. Marshall European Centre for Security Studies in Germany (2000) and the Royal College of Defence Studies in the UK (2001). A career diplomat, Paata holds the rank of Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary. In 2009-2013, he was Georgia’s Ambassador to the Republic of Austria as well as the Permanent Representative of Georgia to the OSCE and other International Organisations in Vienna. In 2005, he served at the National Security Council. In 2004, he was the Deputy Minister of Defence. He served as Envoy Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Embassy of Georgia in Ukraine (2003), Chargé d’affaires of the Georgian Embassy in Romania (2002) and First Secretary of the Embassy of Georgia to Greece (1995-1998). In 1999-2001, Paata was the Head of the Defence Policy Department at the Defence Ministry of Georgia. Since joining the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Georgia in 1994, Paata has participated in a large number of international negotiations and has led Georgian delegations in various negotiations held on issues related to Georgia. He speaks English and Russian in addition to native Georgian.