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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.

Badri Japaridze

JSC TBC Bank

Mr. Japaridze is the founding partner and the Vice-Chairman of the Supervisory Board of JSC TBC Bank as well as the Vice-President of TBC-Group. Badri Japaridze is also the founding partner and Vice-President of the Georgian Glass and Mineral Water & Co N. V. Mr. Japaridze has an undergraduate degree from the Faculty of Psychology at Tbilisi State University and has completed post-graduate work at Moscow State University. Until 1997, he was a lecturer of psychology at Tbilisi State University and contributing to more than 10 scientific works. In addition to his academic career, Badri Japaridze dabbled into politics, having been elected (in 1990) to the Supreme Council of Georgia as the majoritarian deputy from Oni district and having had the honor of signing the Georgian Declaration of Independence. From 2004, Badri Japaridze has been elected member of the Board of Directors of the American Chamber of Commerce in Georgia and from 2006 he serves as a Vice President of EU-Georgia Business Council (EUGBC).

Margaret Richardson

IRS Commissioner, ret., Oakwood Enterprises, LLC

An attorney with an extensive background in tax and financial services, Mrs. Richardson served as commissioner of the U.S. Internal Revenue Service from 1993 to 1997. Mrs. Richardson began her career as a clerk at the U.S. Court of Claims (now the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit) and then joined the Office of Chief Counsel of the Internal Revenue Service. She later became the first woman promoted to executive rank in the history of the Office of Chief Counsel. In 1977, she joined the law firm of Sutherland, Asbill and Brennan in Washington, DC. She was appointed to the Internal Revenue Service Commissioners Advisory Group, serving as a member from 1988 to 1990 and as Chair in 1990. Currently, Mrs. Richardson is involved with Oakwood Enterprises LLC.

Mrs. Richardson is a member of the District of Columbia and Virginia bars and is a Fellow of the American Bar Foundation. She serves on the Boards of Eurasia Foundation, Europe Foundation, Piedmont Environmental Council, and Protestant Episcopal Cathedral Foundation. She previously served on the Boards of USA for UNHCR, National Museum of Women in the Arts and National Cathedral School for Girls. She served as a member of the Board of the National Cathedral School, the Development Board of the Hospital for Sick Children and the Women’s Campaign Fund.Mrs. Richardson was the 1993 Financial Women’s Association Woman of the Year and is the recipient of the Federal Bar Association Section of Taxation’s Kenneth Liles Distinguished Service, the Tax Executives Institute Distinguished Service and the Hartford Institute awards. She was named a “Washington Woman of Genius” by Trinity College. She has also been profiled in a number of major national newspapers including The New York Times, The Washington Post and USA Today. She holds a BA in political science from Vassar College and a J.D. with honors from The George Washington University Law School, where she was also editor of the Law Review.

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.

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.

Valeri Chekheria

Adjara Group Hospitality

Mr. Valeri Chekheria is the CEO of the Adjara Group Hospitality, the holding  that owns and manages Holiday Inn Tbilisi, Rooms Kazbegi , Rooms Tbilisi Hotel and Fabrika Tbilisi Hostel as well as Aviator Air Taxi company. Prior to moving to private sector, Mr. Chekheria had held various managerial positions at local and international organizations including the Parliament of Georgia, Ministry of Economy and Sustainable Development of Georgia, Ministry of Finance, Permanent Mission of Georgia to the United Nations, Human Rights Watch.

At the end of 2011, Mr. Chekheria was offered a position of a Business Development Manager at Adjara Group Hospitality. He facilitated rapid transformation and growth of the Group and shortly emerged as its CEO.  In 2012, Mr. Chekheria initiated creation of the first ever Georgian brand hotel chain Rooms Hotels.

Mr. Chekheria holds two MA degrees: one in Law from Ivane Javakhishvili Tbilisi State University (2000-2004) and the other in Public Administration from Columbia University in the City of New York (2007-2009).

In 2016, Mr. Chekheria was elected as a Chairman of the UN Global Compact Georgian Network. He is a member of the Board of Directors at McLain Association for Children and children’s’ hospice Fireflies Country.

 

EPF takes note AND acknowledges  that the Adjara Group Hospitality has an affiliation with gambling business. 

Tamara Sabedashvili

UN Women

Ms. Tamara Sabedashvili has extensive work experience with international as well as national non-governmental organizations. For the time being, she is working at UN Women as Gender Adviser. Through 2005-2006 Ms. Sabedashvili worked as the National Project Coordinator of UNIFEM project that targeted Georgian, Ossetian, and Abkhaz women’s NGOs, youth, and women’s groups. Through 2003-2005 Ms. Sabedashvili worked as Policy and Programme Officer for Oxfam GB, overseeing Oxfam’s policy work and projects aimed at raising institutional accountability, and combating violence against women. Ms. Sabedashvili is working on her PhD in the Gender Studies Department of Central European University. Ms. Sabedashvili holds two MA degrees, one in International Relations and the other in Gender Studies. She also teaches graduate courses in Gender Studies at the Centre for Social Sciences at Iv. Javakhishvili Tbilisi State University.

Ia Tikanadze

Friedrich Ebert Stiftung

Ms. Ia Tikanadze is a Country Director, Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung Representative Office in Georgia. She has been a director of Friedrich Ebert Foundation representation in Georgia since 1994. Before joining the Foundation, she was a researcher at the National Relations Research Center at the Academy of Sciences of Georgia. She did research internships at the German Society of Foreign Policy in Bonn in 1993-1994 and Research Institute of Friedrich Ebert Foundation in Bonn in 1991. Ms Tikanadze serves as a consultant for the Institute of Regional Security of the South Caucasus. Ms Tikanadze has graduated from Moscow Moris Torez Institute of Foreign Languages and Tbilisi State University, Faculty of Western European Languages and Literature.

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