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Davit Kutidze

Davit Kutidze received a Bachelor’s degree in Social Sciences with a specialisation in Journalism from the Shota Rustaveli State University in Batumi in 2011. In 2014, he received a Master’s degree in Mass Communications and Media Research from Tbilisi State University. From 2014, he is working on his PhD in Mass Communications at Tbilisi State University.

In 2009-2011, he worked as a journalist in various print media companies. From 2015 to date, he is an Invited Lecturer at the Tbilisi Teaching University.

In 2014, he participated in the South Caucasus International Symposium on Media Law organised by the Deutsche Welle Academy. He has completed trainings in public relations management, journalistic ethics and media coverage for minorities. Davit Kutidze speaks English in addition to his native Georgian.

From April 2013 until May 2017 he worked as an Analyst and Coordinator of FactCheck.

From May 2017 David works as an Editor for FactCheck.

Beso Namchavadze

Beso Namchavadze has 10 years of working experience in the field of Economics, in Research and Policy Analysis. Currently Beso is Chief economist at the Georgia’s Reforms Associates. Also, he leads seminars in politics and economics at the Agricultural University of Georgia and at the Free University of Tbilisi. For 5 years he was Senior Specialist at Financial Policy Department of the Ministry of Finance of Georgia, where he was working on the macroeconomic modeling of Georgia and fiscal policies. During this period he was conducting a number of researches for assessing the fiscal policy, identified the fiscal risks and threats of the fiscal sustainability. He is an active contributor of the magazine Forbes Georgia’s economic bloc.

Beso Namchavadze holds Master Degree in Economics. Currently he is PhD students at the Free University of Tbilisi. In addition, he participated in the Applied Economic Policy Course at the Joint Vienna Institute of International Monetary Fund. He speaks English in addition to his native Georgian.

Currently, Beso is a member of the FactCheck team.

Gogi Zoidze

Gogi Zoidze participated in an exchange programme at Masaryk University, Czech Republic, in 2013. He received a Bachelor’s degree in International Relations from Ivane Javakhishvili Tbilisi State University, Faculty of Social and Political Sciences, in 2014. In 2016, he obtained a Master’s degree in Eurasian and Caucasus Studies from at Ivane Javakhishvili Tbilisi State University. He was a member of the Youth Study Group of Abkhazian and South Ossetian Issues. Gogi is the Co-Founder and Executive Board Member of the Cooperation for Peace and Progress, a non-governmental organisation. He also worked as a trainer in the Unknown Soviet Past project and led the Unknown Soviet Histories project in 2015. He has participated in numerous trainings, work seminars, public debates and student conferences. He speaks English and Russian in addition to his native Georgian.

Currently, Gogi is a member of the FactCheck team in the position of Project Coordinator.

Ketevan Maisuradze

Ketevan Maisuradze obtained a Bachelor’s degree in Informatics and Management Systems from the Georgian Technical University in 2016. She has also attended various international training courses.

From 2014 to 2015 she served as an IT engineer for Bene Group Ltd, later moving to Cairo Logistic Ltd in the same position. She is a Board Member of the Developerslab.net company.

Currently, Ketevan Maisuradze is a member of the FactCheck team and IT Manager.

Teona Absandze

Teona Absandze received an MA in Journalism from Tbilisi State University in 2013 and a BA in TV-Radio Journalism from Grigol Robakidze University in 2010. In 2010-2011, she worked as a journalist at the Human Rights Centre. Teona completed internships at Radio Liberty, the Georgian Public Broadcaster, the Association of Regional Broadcasters and the Patriarchate’s TV. She has written articles for the Forbes Georgia. She speaks English in addition to native Georgian.

She is a member of the FactCheck team.

Zaza abashidze

Achieved Bachelor’s degree in International Law, Ivane Javakhishvili Tbilisi State University in 2015. Since the same year, studies International Relations MA, Ivane Javakhishvili Tbilisi State University.

He was a Lead Specialist at press office of the Administration of President of Georgia from 2011 to 2013. In years 2013-2014 worked for the TV channel “Rustavi 2” as a correspondent of “Kurieri” news. From September 2014, to February 1, 2015 worked at the Youth Olympic Organizational committee as a Public Relations manager. From February to September 2015, held the position of Head of Public Relations Division in “Saakashvili Presidential Library”. Simultaneously he works as a freelance journalist in “Forbes Georgia” and the South Caucasus bureau of “Agance France Presse”. Furthermore, consults various companies in organizing different activities and campaigns.

Currently, Zaza is a member of the FactCheck team

Veriko Sukhiashvili

Veriko Sukhiashvili graduated from Tbilisi State University’s Faculty of Philology. Currently, she is an Editor and Translator at lit.ge, a literary-themed web portal. Her professional work experience includes governmental, non-governmental and private sector jobs as well as media. In 2002-2003, she was a contributing journalist to the Tbilisis Mimomkhilveli and Meotkhe newspapers. She speaks English and Russian in addition to native Georgian.

She is a member of the FactCheck team.

Tamar Ketsbaia

Tamar Ketsbaia obtained a Bachelor’s degree in Law from the Free University of Tbilisi in 2015. In 2015, she completed an internship in the Court Relations Service at JSC TBC Bank. She has also participated in numerous trainings and conferences. Tamar Ketsbaia speaks English and Russian in addition to her native Georgian.

Currently, she is a member of the FactCheck team working on legal issues.

Ani Nadirashvili

In 2014 graduated the Business, Economy and Management School of the University of Georgia, the faculty of Public Administration. In 2014 she was enrolled in the Master’s Program in Business Administration of the University of Georgia. In 2012 she did an internship at the State Service Development Agency (Civil Register). In 2013 worked as a program manager in PromoLex Georgia. She was a member of an election district commission during the 2013 Presidential Elections. She is a participant of various university conferences. She has undergone training courses in the public policy analysis and research methodology. She speaks English in addition to her native Georgian.

Currently, Ani is a member of the FactCheck team.

Nazibrola Rekhviashvili

Nazibrola Rekhviashvili graduated from Kutaisi State Technical University with a degree in Journalism in 2001.

From 1999 to 2001 she worked in the Public Relations Department of the Kutaisi Executive Government. She worked as a Journalist for the Kutaisi TV channel and wrote for the Ar Idardo magazine as well as other regional print media. From 2012 she has been working for the Ajara P.S. newspaper. She has participated in various trainings and educational courses on public relations, intercultural relations coverage and human rights protection. From 2015 she has been working for the member organisation of the National Network for Protection from Violence, Ialkani. She speaks Russian in addition to her native Georgian.

Currently, Nazibrola Rekhviashvili is a member of the FactCheck team and a Regional Analyst (Ajara).

Irma Bakhutashvili

Irma Bakhutashvili graduated from the Faculty of Journalism at Ivane Javakhishvili Tbilisi State University in 1993. From 1993 to 1995 she worked at the Kutaisi branch of the Ibervizia TV channel. From 1995 to 2003 she worked at a regional newspaper, Imeretis Moambe, moving to another newspaper, Mtavari Imeretshi, from 2003 to 2005. From 2005 has been working for the newspaper P.S. She is also working with the Development and Employment Centre.

Bakhutashvili has participated in the following trainings: Evolution of Visual Journalism, Training for Cooperation of Journalists and Non-Governmental Organisations in the News Media, New Media Technologies, Local and Regional Governance Development in Georgia and Local Information Portal as a Separate Media Product.

She has worked in various print media activities (books, magazines, newspapers, booklets and others) as both editor and designer. She speaks Russian in addition to her native Georgian.

Currently, Irma Bakhutashvili is a member of the FactCheck team and a Regional Analyst (Imereti).

Nino Chibchiuri

Nino Chibchiuri graduated from Gori State University with a degree in Journalism in 2006. She has worked for the TV-radio Trialeti company and the Dia TV company where she served as both Information Department Manager and Producer. She has also worked for the Association of Regional Broadcasters, Radio Utsnobi, Radio Kalaki (Conflict Zone Correspondent) and Gori State University (Public Relations Specialist).

Currently she is the Editor of the Liakhvi Gorge magazine, Project Manager and Director of the News Department for Gori Community Radio, Founder and Head of the Georgian Media Group and the Institute for War and Peace Reporting’s (IWPR) Reporter in Shida Kartli.

She has received various awards including the European Union’s Prize for Peace Journalism in 2015 in terms of which she completed a one-month internship in London. In addition, she also completed a two-week internship working on the Polish media. Chibchiuri has also participated in discussions together with her Tskhinvali region colleagues in terms of a public diplomacy programme in Kosovo and Moldova. She speaks English and Russian in addition to her native Georgian.

Currently, Nino Chibchiuri is a member of the FactCheck team and a Regional Analyst (Shida Kartli).

Elza Elbakidze

Elza Elbakidze obtained a Bachelor’s degree in Journalism and Mass Communications from the Faculty of Social and Political Sciences at Ivane Javakhishvili Tbilisi State University in 2016.

During her studies at university she did internships at the Trialeti TV channel and the Association of Georgian Regional Broadcasters (GARB). She worked at Gzavnili magazine as a Stylistics Editor and Typesetter as well as on a TV movie project about the Dusheti Municipality.

Elza participated in the following trainings: Modern Journalism Development (a joint project of the Civic Engagement Centre and the Friedrich Naumann Foundation for Liberty), Liberalism Learning Centre project organised by the Georgian Charter of Journalistic Ethics and a Data Journalism training organised by the Deutsche Welle Akademie. She speaks English and Russian in addition to her native Georgian.

Currently, Elza Elbakidze is a member of the FactCheck team and a Regional Analyst (Shida Kartli).

Tamar Modebadze

Tamar Modebadze graduated from the Faculty of Journalism at the Georgian Technical University in 2008. From 2009 to 2012, she worked as a Correspondent for the Gurjaani and Tanamgzavri TV channels. From 2012 to 2016, she worked as a Journalist for the Kakheti Information Centre. She speaks German and Russian in addition to her native Georgian.

Currently, Tamar is a member of the FactCheck team and a Regional Analyst (Kakheti).

Manon Bokuchava

Manon Bokuchava is a second-year Master’s student of Mass Communications and Media Studies at Ivane Javakhishvili Tbilisi State University.

In 2011-2012 she worked as a correspondent for the Rezonansi newspaper in Kvemo Kartli. In 2014 she won a fellowship within the Strategic Plan Georgia 2020 – Strengthening Civil Society Engagement project run jointly by the University of Bremen and the Institute for Development of Freedom of Information (IDFI) where she authored analytical articles about unemployment, professional education and agricultural cooperative challenges in Georgia. She cooperates with various non-governmental organisations including the Human Rights Centre, Transparency International – Georgia and others. Bokuchava is also the Founder of the Georgian-Azerbaijani newspaper, Kvemo Kartli, and the Kvemo Kartli information portal, www.kkpress.ge. She speaks English and Russian in addition to her native Georgian.

Currently, Manon Bokuchava is a member of the FactCheck team and a Regional Analyst (Kvemo Kartli).

Dimitri Avaliani

Dimitri Avaliani graduated from the Faculty of Economics at Tbilisi State University in 1997. He worked at the Tabula TV channel and also served as the Political Editor for Tabula magazine and the newspaper, 24 Saati. He has worked as a journalist and columnist for various TV channels and print media and was a Correspondent for the independent Russian newspaper, Novaia Gazeta, in Georgia.

From 2015 to 2016, he studied International Relations at the University of Warsaw as a part of the Lane Kirkland Scholarship Programme. He speaks Russian, English, Polish and Ukrainian in addition to his native Georgian.

From July 2016 until February 2017 Dimitri Avaliani worked as an Editor for FactCheck.

Natalia Vakhtangashvili

Natalia Vakhtangashvili graduated from the Faculty of Social and Political Sciences’ Department of Journalism at Tbilisi State University in 2007. From 2007-2013, she held different positions at the Bank of Georgia, Georgian Lottery Company, Clear LMT and Beeline. She has attended training courses on the topics of effective communication, selling and customer service as well as Human Resources. Internships and volunteering activities also comprise a part of her personal and professional activity and engagement. She speaks English and Russian in addition to native Georgian.

She was a member of the FactCheck team from April 2013 until May 2017.

Salome Chokheli

Salome Chokheli is attending the Social Sciences Master’s programme at the Free University of Tbilisi. In 2011-2012 she studied at the Law School of the Free University of Tbilisi and attended the Law, Social Sciences and Diplomacy School of the Georgian-American University from 2012 to 2015. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Law. In 2014 she completed a TV-Journalism certification programme at the Georgian-American University.

Salome has participated in various local and international programmes and conferences. In 2015, she represented the Georgian Delegation at the Harvard National Model United Nations. In 2016, she represented the Georgian Delegation at a working visit at the European Parliament, Commission of the European Union and the European Court of Human Rights in Brussels, Belgium. In addition to her native Georgian, she is fluent in English and Russian as well as having basic knowledge of French and German.

Salome was a member of FactCheck team from May 2016 until December 2016.

Maia merkviladze

Maia Merkviladze graduated from Shota Rustaveli Batumi State University with a teaching diploma in 1992. From 1998, she worked at TV 25, a regional TV channel, in various positions – editor and producer, among others. She served as the Head of TV 25’s News Department from 2007 to 2015. She developed the following projects: Let’s Govern Together, Us and the Local Government and News from the Mountainous Regions. She is the Founder of the Charter on Journalistic Ethics, serving as its Coordinator in Ajara from 2016, and a signatory party since 2009.

In 2011 Maia participated in the US-sponsored Georgian Media Partnership Programme (GMPP) which envisaged experience-sharing with American broadcasting companies. She visited Estonia in 2014 as a part of activities organised to share European Union experience in the field of communications. She speaks Russian in addition to her native Georgian.

From July 2016 until May 2017 Maia Merkviladze was a member of the FactCheck team and a Regional Analyst (Ajara).

kristina shonia

Kristina Shonia graduated from the English Language Philology Department of the Faculty of Humanities at Tbilisi Teaching University in 2013.

In 2011 she attended a study visit to NATO and European Union institutions in Brussels, Belgium. She took part in the Winter Political Debate School 2015 at the International Republican Institute (IRI).

Her professional experience also includes work at the National Statistics Office of Georgia, the Sonar marketing research company and Zugdidi City Council.

Shonia has attended the following training courses: Empowerment of Journalists in the Fields of Conflict, Gender and Diversity Management; Elections and Mass Media, Role of Journalists in Peace-building, Journalist Safety, PR Communications and Presentation Techniques and Advocacy and Civic Education.

From July 2016 until May 2017 Kristina Shonia was a member of the FactCheck team and a Regional Analyst (Samegrelo).

Tamar Shonia

Tamar Shonia graduated from the Faculty of Journalism at Ivane Javakhishvili Tbilisi State University in 1998. From 2000 she worked at various media outlets such as InterNews, the Bridge radio project (regional correspondent) and the Institute of War and Peace Reporting’s (IWPR) Georgian-Abkhazian Panorama newspaper (regional reporter). From 2002 to 2007 she worked as a Journalist for a joint project of the BBC and Conciliation Resources, Audio Diaries.

Shonia has attended training courses in investigative journalism, elections and mass media and the role of journalists in peace-building. She also participated in Georgian-Abkhazian meetings in Kosovo and Istanbul. She also serves as the News Editor for Radio Odishi+.

From August 2016 until May 2017 Tamar Shonia was a member of the FactCheck team and a Regional Analyst (Samegrelo).

Dato Likliladze

Dato Likliladze graduated from the Faculty of Journalism at Akaki Tsereteli Kutaisi State University in 1998. He also attended the School of Investigative Journalism (IREX) and completed a retraining course for TV journalists (InterNews).

Dato Liklikadze is a member of the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists in the USA. He is the Founder of the Georgian Charter of Journalistic Ethics as well as the Founder of the Georgian Union of Journalists. He is a winner of the University of Maryland’s Information Disclosure contest as well as a winner of the Akaki Tsereteli Kutaisi State University’s Microphone contest.

He has participated in peace negotiations together with Abkhazian and Ossetian journalists in Turkey, Cyprus and Egypt.

From July 2016 until May 2017 Dato was a member of the FactCheck team and a Regional Analyst (Imereti).

Nino Narimanishvili

Nino Narimanishvili graduated from the Faculty of Philology at Samtskhe-Javakheti State University with a Bachelor’s degree. She attended a social media course at the Georgian Institute of Public Affairs (GIPA) in 2010. In 2013, she participated in the Open World programme (Michigan, USA) on local media and took part in a similar course on Polish regional media in 2014.

She has been working in Samtskhe-Javakheti for the regional newspaper, Samkhretis Karibche, for the past 11 years, beginning as a Journalist and then becoming the Editor. Since 2012, she has been the Chief Editor of the information portal, www.sknews.ge, whilst also working as a Journalist for the Jam-news.net agency.

From March to December 2012, parallel to her work at Samkhretis Karibche, Narimanishvili also worked as a Journalist for news.ge in Samtskhe-Javakheti. From 2009, she has also been working on documentaries for the Go Group organisation in Samtskhe-Javakheti. In 2007-2008 she was a Regional Correspondent for the 24 Saati newspaper.

From July 2016 until May 2017 Nino Narimanishvili was a member of the FactCheck team and a Regional Analyst (Samtskhe-Javakheti).

Rati Bakhtadze

Rati Bakhtadze graduated from Tbilisi State University in 2013 with a degree in International Law. He has attended numerous training courses and conferences and holds membership of various non-governmental organisations including the International Red Cross where he is a volunteer. His professional work experience includes positions at the Georgian Academy of Arts and Sciences and Voters League. Of particular note is his role as host of a radio programme series at Radio Obiektivi entitled “Voters League.” In 2011-2012, he was the winner of a United Nations Modelling scholarship. Rati speaks English and Russian in addition to native Georgian.

He was a member of the FactCheck team from April 2013 until May 2015.

Vasil Mamulashvili

Vasil Mamulashviligraduated from Tbilisi State University’s Faculty of Social, Economic and Political Geography in 2006 with the qualification of Economic and Social Geography Specialist. In 2012-2013, he worked with Transparency International Georgia. In 2008-2013, he was a staff member of the Institute of Poling and Marketing (IPM). In 2007, he worked at the State Chancellery of Georgia. In 2002-2004, he worked at the Biblical-Theological Institute. Continuing his studies, Vasil won a research scholarship from the Heinrich Boell Foundation in 2005.  He speaks English in addition to native Georgian.

He was a member of the FactCheck team from May 2013 until December 2014.

Tamar Jikia

Tamar Jikia is a student at the Free University’s Tbilisi Law School. In 2013, she won the Second Place and Best Speaker Award at the Central and East European Moot Court Competition. Also in 2013, she won the National Competition on International Humanitarian Law. In 2010-2011, she was a finalist of the Future Leaders Exchange Programme and studied in the state of Missouri, USA. Tamar speaks English and Russian in addition to native Georgian.

She was a member of the FactCheck team from April 2013 until May 2015

Nodar Chachanidze

Currently a student of an MA in political science at Ilia State University, Nodar obtained a bachelor’s degree in Law from Tbilisi State University in 2011. Throughout the years 2008-2010 he was the Deputy Head of the Student Self-government of Ivane Javakhishvili Tbilisi State University. In 2007 he won the national competition of Georgia in political debates. Starting from 2009, Nodar is the associate trainer and the judge in the Debate Association. In 2011-2012 Nodar completed a one-year internship in the Women and Children Rights Protection Centre at the Public Defender’s Office of Georgia. Nodar is also one of the co-founders of the NGO Students for Human Rights. Since 2010, he is the member of a comedy club of Georgia (Mkhiarulta da Sazrianta klubi), in the same year, he became the champion of the club. Nodar speaks English and Russian in addition to native Georgian.

Nodar was a member of the FactCheck team from September 2013 until May 2016.

Shota Palavandishvili

A student of Journalism and Mass Communications at the faculty of Social and Political Sciences at Ivane Javakhishvili Tbilisi State University since 2010.

Has an experience of working in print- as well as broadcast media. Worked as a journalist for the TV channel TV3 and has held the position of the Head Specialist in the Public Relations Office of the State Representative’s Apparatus in Inner Kartli. Shota has also coauthored a documentary film. In 2012, served as the editor of the faculty newspaper Experiment 2012. In addition to the native Georgian Shota speaks English.

Shota was a member of FactCheck team from 2013 until 2017.

Vakhtang Berikashvili

Vakhtang Berikashvili is a Web Developer, Programmer and Freelancer. currently studying and working at Tbilisi State University’s Faculty of Social and Political Sciences. His professional training includes courses in topics such as social equality, gender issues, health care, modern technology and personal skills development, among others, dating to 2009. He has attended many youth projects as an active participant. Vakhtang speaks Russian and English in addition to native Georgian.

He was a member of the FactCheck team (Web Developer, Website Administrator) from September 2013 until August 2016.

Shota Gelovani

In 2014 received a bachelor’s degree with honors in International Relations, the Ivane Javakhishvili Tbilisi State University. In 2013-14, in the framework of an exchange program studied in the Institute of the European Studies and International Relations in Comenius University in Bratislava. Shota is a winner of the conference – Role of Middle East in the World Politics. He has successfully completed capacity building courses in International Relations, Economics, Political Skills, Culture of a Debate.

Shota has been a volunteer in the Red Cross Association Georgia since 2011.
He speaks English, Russian, Turkish and Italian languages.

Shota was a member of the FactCheck team from September 2014 until August 2016.

Davit Nozadze

A student of International Relations at the faculty of Social and Political Sciences, Ivane Javakhishvili Tbilisi State University, since 2011. He studied at Vytautas Magnus University in Kaunas, Lithuania, within the framework of a bilateral exchange programme. He speaks English and Russian languages.

Davit was a member of the FactCheck team from September 2015 until May 2017.

Mariam Chachua

Mariam Chachua received BA in Business Administration at Tbilisi State University in 2010.  In 2012-2014 she studied at International School of Economics at TSU. In 2014 she received MA in Economic sciences. She has four years of working experience at the Revenue Service of Georgia. Currently she provides lectures in Georgian Institute of Public Affairs. She speaks Ffluent english Russians.

Mariam was a member of the FactCheck team from September 2014 until May 2015

Zviad Khorguashvili

In 2011 graduated Free University. ESM Business School. From 2014 studies masters at Ilia State University. From 2011 he teaches History of World Economics, Political Theory and Corporate Finance in Free and Agricultural Universities

In 2011-2014, he worked as an economic analyst in Free and Agricultural University’s Center of Political and Economic Studies.

Zviad Speaks English and Russian

Zviad was a member of FactCheck team from January 2015 until September 2015.

Lasha Senashvili

In 2014received a Bachelor’s Degree in International Relations, at Ivane Javakhishvili Tbilisi State University, Faculty of Social and Political Sciences. Since September 2014 does a Master’s Degree in Caucasus and Eurasian Researches, at Ivane Javakhishvili Tbilisi State University.

Lasha has an experience of working in a non-governmental sector. He has attended training courses in International Relations, Public Policy Analysis etc.

Lasha has participated in local and international modeling events as both a delegate and a committee chairperson. He has participated in debates championships, organized by the Free Debates League as a debater and a referee. He speaks English and Russian.

Lasha was a member of the FactCheck team from October 2013 until October 2015.