About usBoard of Trustees and Advisory Committee

BOARD OF TRUSTEES

The Board of Trustees of Europe Foundation makes decisions of financial and strategic significance. The full board meets twice a year, once in May and again in November. Various committees of the board may meet more often, including the Executive Committee, the Audit and Finance Committee, the Nominations Committee and the Development Committee. The board is made up of a diverse set of figures from Europe, Georgia and North America; bring a unique set of skills to the governance of EPF. This includes deep knowledge of the region and civil society development and expertise in business, finance and law to ensure that the Foundation is accountable and fiscally responsible.

Horton Beebe-Center

Eurasia Foundation

Mr. Beebe-Center has been President of Eurasia Foundation since 2006. He previously served as Executive Vice President and Vice President for Projects and Development. Under Mr. Beebe-Center’s leadership, special projects such as the economic education and research program and the small business lending program were launched. Today, he sits on the board of Eurasia Foundation, Europe Foundation (EPF) and Eurasia Foundation of Central Asia (EFCA). Mr. Beebe-Center joined Eurasia Foundation in 1993 and served as the first field officer, establishing its first field offices and running the Moscow regional office for two years. Prior to joining Eurasia Foundation, Mr. Beebe-Center worked for several years on US-Soviet projects ranging from intergovernmental technical exchanges to commercial joint ventures. Mr. Beebe-Center holds a bachelor’s degree in Soviet Studies from Brown University and a master’s degree in Russian Studies from Harvard University.

Andrew Coxshall

KPMG

Mr. Coxshall is the Managing Partner for KPMG in the South Caucasus. Andrew has over 20 years of experience working in a number of different countries around the world including Armenia, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, Kyrgyzstan, Saudi Arabia, Dubai, Jordan, Lebanon, Egypt, Uganda, Botswana, South Africa and the UK. He specializes in finance and audit issues in the infrastructure, government and healthcare sectors, with additional experience in communications, financial services, industrial markets, consumer markets, World Bank projects and mining. Mr. Coxshall holds a Masters of Business Administration from Heriot Watt University and is a Chartered Accountant.

Alexandra Hall Hall

British Ambassador to Georgia, ret.

Ambassador Alexandra Hall Hall is a former British diplomat with over 30 years’ experience, including as the British Ambassador to Georgia from 2013 to 2016, and as Brexit Counsellor at the British Embassy in Washington, before resigning from the Foreign Service in December 2016 due to a conflict of principle. Previous roles included postings to Bangkok, Washington, Bogotá, and New Delhi. In London, Ambassador Hall Hall also served as Head of the Middle East Peace process unit, as head of Humanitarian Affairs within the United Nations department, as head of the Human Rights and Democracy Department, and as an advisor on the European Union in the Cabinet Office. From 2004 to 2006, she was detailed on exchange to the U.S. Department of State, first as a Special Advisor to the Assistant Secretary for Democracy, Rights, and Labor; and then with the Bureau of Near Eastern Affairs working on the Middle East Partnership Initiative. She has taught human rights at George Washington University and was a Senior Fellow at the Atlantic Council from 2016 to 2018.

Mary Sheehan

International Organization for Migration

Mrs. Sheehan brings more than 30 years experience in the field of migration, including nine years with IOM in the Caucasus. From 1998-2002 she was the Chief of Mission in Yerevan, and at the same time, Regional Coordinator for the Caucasus based in Tbilisi. After a three year break from the region during which she opened the IOM office in Sri Lanka to provide emergency response, and livelihood replacement for tsunami victims, Mrs. Sheehan returned to Tbilisi as Chief of Mission for the Georgia Office where she worked until 2011. She has also served as Deputy Director of Volunteer Programs to the Governor of California on issues related to the influx of Southeast Asians after the Vietnam war; Director of the International Catholic Migration Commission training program in Sudan for Ethiopian and Eritrean refugees involved in a U.S. resettlement program; and nine years in a law office dealing with immigration. She began her career with the United Farm Workers Union in California and Arizona, advocating for the rights to unionize and strike, on political campaigns and with voter registration.

Dr. Daniel Tarschys

University of Stockholm

From 1994-1999, Dr. Tarschys was Secretary General of the Council of Europe. He has also served as Secretary of State in the Swedish Prime Minister’s Office, as a Member of the Swedish Parliament and Chairman of its Standing Committees on Social Affairs and Foreign Affairs. In 2000, Dr. Tarschys represented the Swedish Government in the Convention drafting the EU Charter of Fundamental Rights. He chairs the National Council on Medical Ethics and the boards of institutes concerned with educational mobility, growth policy, and aging.

Dr. Tarschys has PhDs from Stockholm University and Princeton and an honorary doctorate from Cluj (Romania). His research interests include comparative politics, human rights, public policy, government growth, accountability, and budgetary policy. From 1983-1985, he was Professor of Soviet and East European Studies at Uppsala University. He has published numerous papers and reports. In 2008 he was elected to the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences. Currently, Dr. Tarschys is Chairman of the Political Science Department at the University of Stockholm.

Ketevan Vashakidze

Europe Foundation

Ketevan Vashakidze is a senior executive with extensive international experience in social change focused organizations.  She has held a variety of management, consulting and teaching positions both in her native Georgia, and internationally. Ms. Vashakidze has been heading Europe Foundation since February 2007, providing it with the vision, leadership and management.  Ms. Vashakidze has consulted on various development issues governments, non-governmental organizations, the World Bank Group, UNDP in South-East Asia, UNICEF in NYC and Bolivia. Ms. Vashakidze has chaired and been active on various public and non-profit boards, among them chairpersonship of GEF that promotes philanthropic work in Eastern Europe, and of the EFN that unites ten partner foundations and data-tanks from the US, Europe, and Eurasia. She has a broad knowledge of sustainable development issues and their relevance to international and national policy, markets and society as she holds advanced degrees in Social and Economic Geography, Environmental Management, and International Development from Columbia, Edinburgh, and Tbilisi State Universities. She is also about to obtain an Executive MBA degree in Global Management jointly issued by LSE, NYU, and HEC Paris.

ADVISORY COMMITTEE

The Foundation’s Advisory Committees provides sound advice on Foundation grants and programs. The Advisory Committee has been established to review open-door grant proposals. It consists of members, constituted by local representatives with expertise in fields related to the Foundation’s work. By contributing technical expertise to decisions on grants, submitted under Open Door program and to the strategic and operational planning process at the local level, the Committee provides additional element of transparency to awards and programming decision.

Ekaterine Agdgomelashvili

Women's Initiative Support Group (WISG)
Ekaterine Agdgomelashvili has been working with different non-governmental organizations since 1993.  She is a co-founder of the feminist, women’s rights organization – Women’s Initiatives Supporting Group (WISG).   Ms. Agdgomelashvili has been leading WISG’s women’s rights program on LB women’s empowerment since 2005 and served as its Executive Director from 2000 to 2014.  Ms. Agdgomelashvili was one of the founders of the first Georgian LGBT organization – the Inclusive Foundation.  In 2006-2009, she worked at the Inclusive Foundation as the Program Coordinator as well as the Editor of the Foundation’s quarterly magazine on LGBT issues – ME.  Ms. Agdgomelashvili is a member of the UN Women’s Civil Society Advisory Group (from 2012) and the Georgian Charter of Journalistic Ethics (from 2009).  In 2010 she served as a member of the Gender Equality Council at the Georgian Public Broadcaster and from 2005 to 2006 served as a Chairwoman of the Women’s Program Expert Committee of the Open Society Georgia Foundation (OSGF).  As a researcher, she has been working on gender and sexuality issues since 2003.  Ms. Agdgomelashvili is the author, co-author and editor of multiple studies, reports and policy papers concerning gender/LGBTQI issues in Georgia. 

Genadi Geladze

GG Management Ltd.

Genadi Geladze is the CEO of GG Management Ltd that provides consulting services to startups for business development. From 2004 to 2018 Mr. Geladze served as the Chairman of the Executive Council of the Batumi-based organization, Institute of Democracy (IoD). With funding from EU, USAID, UNICEF, NORLAG, OSGF, UNAG, Europe Foundation etc. Mr. Geladze had led projects that focused on the protection of the rights of the vulnerable groups (ecomigrants, probationers, former inmates and their families, juveniles in conflict with law, communities of mountainous Adjara), provision of free legal aid, development of public healthcare system in Adjara, rehabilitation and skill-building services for juveniles in conflict with law, promotion of the use of petitions as tools for public participation.

Hatia Jinjikhadze

Open Society Georgia Foundation

Ms. Hatia Jinjikhadze has joined the Open Society Georgia Foundation in 2009, as a Media Support Program Manager. Hatia graduated from the Department of Oriental Studies of Tbilisi State University In 1989. She worked in the Caucasus studies at the Universities of Tbilisi (1989-91) and Helsinki (1998-99). In 1991-92 she worked as a Press Assistant to the President of Georgia and left the country as a result of a political turmoil. During six years of living and working in Finland she studied Finnish language and led international projects for local private companies. In 1999 she moved back to Georgia and joined the U.S. Embassy. In 2000-2009 she worked as an Information Assistant in the Embassy’s Public Affairs Section. Interacting, monitoring and analyzing media on a daily basis left her with a wide range of contacts and a good knowledge of local and international media. Hatia Jinjikhadze is a winner of the US State Department awards.

Davit Melua

National Association of Local Authorities

Mr. Melua is an Executive director for NALAG. He has worked closely with Georgian authorities to create efficient and democratic system of sub-national governments in the country. In this capacity, he assisted various international organizations and projects in their activities in Georgia. In 2002-2004 Mr. Melua served as an expert for Council of Europe in the field of local self-government and territorial administration.

Mr. Melua organized and hosted several international conferences and strategic planning sessions for the regional development and territorial arraignment of Georgia, attended by the all interested parties, including international experts and institutions. Mr. Melua has worked as a consultant for World Bank, USIAD,OSI/LGI, UNDP, COEand OSCE.

Mr. Melua has managed up to 20 large and medium scale projects related to promotion of local self-government and local democracy in Georgia. He was a member of the Sub-board for LG programs at OSGF and member of experts’ committee on the Economic crises impact over LG units across the Europe. Mr. Melua is a member of the group of independent experts on the European charter on Local self-government at COE.

Mr. Melua is an author of numerous articles and books on local government and decentralization. His scientific essay – Rural Georgia in Change, won the prize of OSI’s social research program and the manuscript was published in “Politics and Philosophy Quarterly” (CEU publications) in 2002.

NEWSLETTER
Please enter your e-mail and click here to sign up for our newsletter