Giorgi Gakharia became Georgia’s Prime Minister
on September 8, 2019.
During his career in public service, Gakharia has
a proven record as a reformer with a visionary approach to achieve stability
and institutional integrity. He has special expertise in national security and
economic affairs.
After becoming Minister of the Interior and Vice Prime Minister in 2017, Mr.
Gakharia launched substantive changes to one of Georgia’s largest and most
complex institutions through extensive structural reform. Reforms included
creation of a Human Rights Protection Department and other measures to
promote openness and accountability.
Before stepping into the duties of Secretary of the National Security Council,
Mr. Gakharia led the developed of a model National Security Council for
Georgia, providing a new structure for security planning and coordination.
In 2016, Mr. Gakharia became Minister of Economy and Sustainable Development.
He promptly initiated far-reaching capital market reforms, and built
Georgia’s growing reputation as a destination for foreign direct investment.
In 2013, Mr. Gakharia was named Business Ombudsman of Georgia. In this
role, Mr. Gakharia focused on mediating disputes between the government
and private sector businesses. The World Bank and the International Finance
Corporation praised the ombudsman model Mr. Gakharia developed.
Mr. Gakharia was born in Tbilisi. He attended Ivane Javakhishvili State University
in Tbilisi, concluding his education at Moscow State University with
Masters Degrees in political science and business administration. Before
entering government, he worked in the private sector, notably as director of
business development of Lufthansa Service Holding AG.