Irakli Porchkhidze

Co-Founder and Senior Vice President, Georgian Institute for Strategic Studies (GISS)

Georgia

Co-Founder and Senior Vice President, Georgian Institute for Strategic Studies (GISS)

Georgia

Biography

Irakli Porchkhidze is the co-founder and vice president of the Georgian Institute for Strategic Studies (GISS). He is also dean of the Law School of Ilia State University. From 2010 to October 2012, Mr. Porchkhidze was the first deputy state minister for reintegration of Georgia, and was in charge of policy planning and development for the occupied territories. Additionally, he headed the Georgian delegation to the humanitarian working group of the Geneva Talks between Georgia and Russia. From 2008 to 2010, he served as the deputy national security adviser to the president of Georgia and deputy secretary of the National Security Council of Georgia. In this capacity, he led the National Strategic Review process, which included the development of the National Threats Assessment Document, the National Security Concept, and other strategic documents. From 2004 to 2006, he was the first head of the Civil Registry under the Ministry of Justice; under his leadership, the agency undertook a reform process that became a flagship case for Georgia’s transformation. Before joining the government, Mr. Porchkhidze worked at the Open Society Georgia Foundation, managing programs designed to support rule of law and good governance initiatives. Mr. Porchkhidze holds a master’s degree in international affairs and political science from the School of International and Public Affairs of Columbia University (New York) and Central European University (Budapest). He is also a fellow of the Draper Hills Program of the Center on Democracy, Development, and the Rule of Law at Stanford University.

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