Giorgi Kanashvili holds Master degrees from The University of Glasgow (Russian, East European and Eurasian Studies; Chevening Scholarship) and from Ilia State University (International Relations). Giorgi is a John Smith fellow.
In 2011-2018, he was an executive director at Tbilisi based NGO – Caucasian House. In various times, Giorgi had been actively cooperating with various think-tank organizations, in a capacity of researcher. He was delivering the lectures in Georgian-American and in International Black Sea University.
Giorgi is actively involved in Georgian-Abkhaz, Georgian-Ossetian and Georgian-Russian peace dialogues on the expert level; had participated in numerous conferences and seminars with focus on developments in and around Post-Soviet space. Areas of interest: conflicts in Caucasus, North Caucasus, Russia’s foreign policy, Russian Soft Power, broader post-soviet space. He is an author and co-author of number of academic and analytical articles, policy and research papers.
Tatia Koniashvili is a Lawyer at DRI. She has a Bachelor’s degree in law from Tbilisi State University. Currently, she is studying for a master’s degree at the same university. In 2017 - 2018 she was an intern at Non-commercial Legal Entity - ,,My Lawer” and at Notary Office. At different times she has participated in trainings, moot courts and conferences. In 2017-2019 she was a Lawyer at ,,Green Caucasus”. Since 2016 she is a long-term observer at ISFED.
Gvantsa Shishinashvili is a Project Assistant at the Democracy Research Institute.
Graduated from Ivane Javakhishvili Tbilisi State University, Bachelor's program in International Relations. Has a Master’s degree from Ilia State University in the same field. For years now, she has actively participated in local or international projects and trainings.
Gvantsa Shishinashvili has several years of experience in teaching, coaching and project management in the public, private and non-governmental sectors.
Since 2020, she has been the regional representative of ISFED in Kvemo Kartli. From the same year, she also works in the academic direction: she teaches civic education in public school and vocational college. Gvantsa is actively involved in advocacy and empowerment campaigns for vulnerable groups in the Kvemo Kartli region.
Malkhaz Saldadze is a PhD student at the George Mason University Carter School for Peace and Conflict Resolution. He received an MA in Russian, East European and Central Asian Studies from the Jackson School of International Studies at the University of Washington. He would like to focus his PhD research on the perception of causes and the current status of the conflicts in Georgia through the prism of peace and justice as viewed by parties engaged in them. As part of civil society and various research institutions in Georgia, he has worked on these issues through programs and projects that were aimed at shaping public discourses on conflict and transformation, civic engagement, and European integration. For the last fourteen years, he has also been teaching as an adjunct lecturer at the Ilia State University in Tbilisi, focusing on political philosophy, comparative politics, and history.
Ana Gakhokidze is licensed lawyer in criminal, civil, administrative law and she also has an additional specialization in children's justice and children's rights.
Ana holds a bachelor's degree of Ilia State University, Faculty of Law and a Master's degree in Public Law of University of Georgia. She has experience of many years working in the field of human rights. 2012-2016 was employed in the non-governmental sector. 2016-2018 worked in the Regional Department of the Public Defender's Office of Georgia. Ana is practicing lawyer since 2019 and cooperates with several law firms.