Our Team in Georgia

Dr. Sabine Machl

Sabine Machl

RCO
Resident Coordinator
 
Dr. Sabine Machl of Austria has been appointed UN Resident Coordinator in Georgia on 1 June 2019. Prior to this post, Sabine has worked in international organizations for more than 24 years among those over 9 years for the UN. She was UN Women Representative in Indonesia and Liaison to ASEAN, in Palestine and in Kyrgyzstan.

In 2001-2011 Sabine held different positions with the OSCE (The Hague, Kyrgyzstan, Vienna, Estonia). Before she worked as Desk Officer for Southeastern Europe in the Political Section of the Austrian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, at the European Parliament, in three different courts in Vienna and as a teacher in Croydon/London.
Sabine holds two master’s degrees (in Law and Languages) and a PhD in Law from the University of Vienna (her PhD research was carried out in Groningen, the Netherlands). Sabine is fluent in German (mother tongue), English, Russian and French. She is married and has two sons.

IMF Resident Representative for Georgia

Andrew Jewell

IMF
Resident Representative
 
Andrew Jewell joined the IMF in 2010. Prior to this post, he served as the IMF Resident Representative for Bosnia and Herzegovina. He also served as Senior Economist at the IMF’s European Department. Prior to joining the IMF, Jewell has served as an economist at the U.S. Department of the Treasury for 10 years.
UNDP Resident Representative a.i. in Georgia

Douglas Webb

UNDP
Resident Representative a.i.
 
Douglas Webb is a distinguished development professional with over two decades of experience within the United Nations, specializing in the fields of health and environmental sustainability across the globe. Prior to his appointment as UNDP Resident Representative a.i. in Georgia in October 2023, Mr. Webb served as the Global Health and Environment Advisor for UNDP, stationed in Jordan. In 2020, he took on the pivotal role of coordinating UNDP's global response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Throughout his career, Douglas Webb has contributed to multiple UN agencies, including UNICEF, with a primary focus on epidemic response governance and the examination of social determinants of health within the context of environmental change. His extensive work has spanned across Zambia, Kenya, Ethiopia, Mozambique, Ghana, Senegal, Jordan, South Africa, and regions of sub-Saharan Africa and Southeast Asia. Douglas Webb earned his Doctor of Philosophy Degree from the University of London (UK) and currently serves as an adjunct professor at the School of Global Public Health at New York University. He is also an accomplished author with more than 50 published articles and book chapters to his credit.
Irakli Malania

Irakli Malania

OCHA
Humanitarian Affairs Officer
 
Irakli Malania has been appointed as the Humanitarian Affairs Officer for the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) in the South Caucasus, based in Tbilisi. Before joining OCHA, Irakli has served as the Public Diplomacy Programs Coordinator to the U.S. Embassy in Tbilisi since 2018. His portfolio included educational and professional exchange, public diplomacy, and democracy assistance programs. He also worked as a Project Officer for the refugee integration and livelihood project implemented by the United Nations Association of Georgia (UNAG) and as a Project Assistant for the Advancing National Integration project implemented with financial support from USAID. Irakli holds a master’s degree in Public Policy from the Georgian Institute of Public Affairs (GIPA), and also graduated from the Free University of Tbilisi with a BA Honors specialization in International Relations with Concentration on Far East (Chinese Language). He spent an exchange year in San Antonio, TX as a FLEX program finalist (2009-2010) and went to Nanjing, China (2014-2015) to study Chinese language and culture as a university exchange student.
IFC Regional Manager, South Caucasus

Ivana Fernandes Duarte

IFC
Regional Manager, South Caucasus
 
Ivana Fernandes Duarte has been leading the IFC work in the South Caucasus since June 2021. Ivana is focusing on further enhancing IFC business delivery in the South Caucasus with special emphasis on sustainable inclusive growth and climate change, digitalization and capital markets development, as well as developing the IFC Upstream activities in the region.

Fernandes Duarte, a Slovak Republic national, has joined IFC with over 20 years of experience in international finance. She has served in various positions at the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development and Citigroup. In those roles, she particularly focused on private infrastructure development and financing as well as across the sectors country management. Prior to development finance, she worked in investment banking with expertise in project finance and emerging markets. She holds an MBA from the IESE Business School in Barcelona, Spain, and a Master's in Economics from the University of Economics in Slovakia.

IFC is the largest global development institution focused on the private sector in emerging markets, working in more than 100 countries, using capital, expertise, and influence to create markets and opportunities in developing countries.
Jean-Guy Lavoie

Jean-Guy Lavoie

UNOPS
UNOPS Georgia Country Manager
 
Before this assignment, Jean-Guy served with the UNOPS Peace and Security Cluster (PSC) in Mali as the Chief of Mine Action Programme (from 2018) with the United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in Mali (MINUSMA). As Chief of Mine Action Programme, he oversaw a complex programme leading and managing a team of 130 UN personnel and 130 contractors in the design, implementation, and monitoring of several projects developing national capacities, ensuring the safety and security of UN personnel, and working together with the UN Country Team in support of the development agenda of the Government. He joined UNOPS PSC in 2011 and has broad experience delivering projects at the humanitarian, development, and peace nexus on assignments also including Colombia, Lebanon, Gaza, Cameroon, and Somalia. He is a Canadian citizen holding a master’s degree in human security and peacebuilding from Royal Roads University.
Jesper Moller, Representative, UNICEF Georgia

Jesper Moller

UNICEF
Representative
 
Jesper started his journey with UNICEF in 1999 in the field of planning, monitoring and evaluation in offices at both country, regional and headquarters in India, Thailand, Zambia and United States. Starting 2012, Jesper transitioned into senior management as Deputy Representative and served in this critical function in Viet Nam, Somalia and South Sudan. Before joining UNICEF, Jesper worked in South Africa with national NGOs focusing on economic development research advancing the rights of vulnerable rural women.
Jesper holds a master’s degree in economics from University of Copenhagen with concentration on Development Economics, International Political Economics and Human Rights and Democracy.
Kaori Ishikawa

Kaori Ishikawa

UN Women
Country Representative
 
Ms. Kaori Ishikawa officially assumed her assignment as UN Women Country Representative for Georgia on 27 August 2021.

Kaori brings over 20 years of extensive experience managing peace, humanitarian and development programmes as well as policy and advocacy work in over 20 countries.

Prior to her assignment in Georgia, she was the Head of Office for UNFPA Mongolia. Kaori served in a number of UNFPA Country Offices and Sub-Offices with large and complex operations, including Lao PDR, Yemen, Indonesia, Afghanistan and Myanmar. She also served in UNFPA Arab States Regional Office (ASRO) in Cairo and Gender, Human Rights and Culture Branch of Technical Division of UNFPA HQ in New York as Gender Specialist.

Prior to joining UNFPA, she worked with the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and the Japanese Organization for International Cooperation in Family Planning (JOICFP) in Japan.
Kaori is a national from Japan and holds a Bachelor's degrees in Sociology, with specialization on social welfare policy on aging population from Ritsumeikan University, Japan; a Diploma in Development Studies from the University of East Anglia, UK; a Master's degree in Women and Development from Institute of Social Studies in the Netherlands; and a Master of Business Administration at Warwick Business School in the UK.
She is married with one daughter.
Kemlin Furley

Kemlin Furley

UNHCR
Representative
 
Ms Furley has worked with UNHCR for nearly 25 years in various functions including programme, policy, communications, emergency response and humanitarian inter-agency coordination. She headed the partnership section in HQs supporting UNHCR’s global partnerships with NGOs and UN agencies, and was later head of policy and field support for Eastern Europe and South East Europe. Most recently she was Deputy Representative and then Head of External Relations in Uganda, UNHCR’s biggest Africa operation. She has also worked as UNICEF Deputy Representative in Russia. She has degrees from Cambridge and Princeton universities.
Lela Bakradze

Lela Bakradze

UNFPA
Head of Office
 
Mrs. Bakradze has been appointed UNFPA Head of Office in Georgia in January 2020. She has worked for UNFPA/Georgia for more than 15 years leading its programming in the areas of sexual and reproductive health, gender equality and population dynamics, since 2014 in a capacity of an Assistant Representative. Before joining UNFPA she worked for UNIFEM, GRCS/IFRC and other international NGOs. In the beginning of her career, Mrs. Bakradze worked as a Medical Doctor in leading clinics of St. Petersburg, the Russian Federation, and Tbilisi, Georgia. She holds a degree of a Medical Doctor from Tbilisi State Medical University and MBA from the Caucasus School of Business (in partnership with Georgia State University, USA).
Mamuka Meskhi

Mamuka Meskhi

FAO
Assistant Representative in Georgia
 
After three-year assignment as a FAO Liaison Officer for Georgia, Mr Meskhi was appointed in his current position of the Assistant FAO Representative in 2004 when the Representation Office of the Organization was inaugurated in Georgia. Before joining FAO, Mr. Meskhi briefly served as the Head of International Relations Department in the Ministry of Agriculture of Georgia in 2000. From 1991 to 2000 he worked for the private sector in the areas of agriculture and energy, including the positions of an Import & Marketing Manager of HANWHA Petroleum (Seoul, Korea), Coordinator of a Gulf-Georgia Project Fertilizers for Dry Areas in Sharjah, the U.A.E., the Trade Consultant in Benghazi, Libya and the Marketing Consultant of Jason Co in Moscow, Russian Federation and Wolvega, the Netherlands. In 1986-91 he was a lecturer of the Contemporary Arabic at the Department of Semitic Languages in the Tbilisi State University. Mr. Meskhi holds a Master’s degree in Business Administration, MSc in International Relations and BSc in Linguistics.

Naida Chamilova

Naida Chamilova

UNODC
Head of Programme Office
 
Ms. Chamilova joined UNODC Georgia in 2016 with 23 years of comprehensive analytical, planning, admin and int’l program management experience, including 10 years working overseas. She has significant experience in representing and consulting on behalf of Department of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development Canada (DFATD). She holds a PhD in cross-cultural problems, Education Research Institute, Moscow, Russia; B.Ed. Queen’s University, Kingston, Canada; B.A. in History/Social Studies, Dagestan State University, Russia.

Nunu Mosiashvili

UNIDO
UNIDO National Country Programme Coordinator/National Liaison Officer
 
Ms. Rolande Pryce

Rolande Pryce

World Bank
Regional Director
 
 
 
Ms. Rolande Pryce most recently served as the World Bank Country Manager for Rwanda. She joined the Bank in 2006 as Counsel in the Legal Vice Presidency. She has held several operational positions across the World Bank’s regions, including in Latin America and the Caribbean, East Asia and the Pacific, Africa and South Asia. She has also worked in the World Bank’s Energy and Extractives Global Practice on energy reform and regulation. She has held leadership positions as Operations Manager in Indonesia in the East Asia and Pacific Region and as Country Manager for Rwanda in the Eastern and Southern Africa Region. Prior to joining the World Bank, Pryce worked as legal adviser to the Jamaican Government on Public International Law and International Trade issues and as an Adjunct Lecturer at the University of the West Indies, Mona Campus. She holds a Master’s degree in Public International Law from the University College of London, a Juris Doctor from the University of Miami, and a Bachelor of Science in International Business and Mathematics from the City University of New York.
Sanja Celebic Lukovac

Sanja Celebic Lukovac

IOM
Chief of Mission
 
Mrs. Sanja Celebic Lukovac, has been appointed the Chief of Mission of the IOM Mission to Georgia in July 2018. She has been with the IOM since 1998 and has acquired extensive experience in migration issues and IOM’s programmes. She also served in IOM Mission in Iraq as Head, Programme Development and Support Unit/Senior Programme Development and Donors Liason Officer. Prior to that, she worked in the Regional Liaison and Co-ordination Office to the European Union as Liaison and Project Development Officer covering Northern Africa and Middle East, Western Balkans, and Turkey.
Silviu Domente

Silviu Domente

WHO
Representative
 
Dr Domente is WHO Representative and Head of the Country Office in Georgia since April 2019. In 2013, he became part of the WHO team on the ground in Athens, Greece, acting initially as Health System Analyst and since 2016 as Senior Adviser, Health Policy and team leader. In 2004 Dr Domente has joined the UN family, working first for UNICEF Moldova as HIV Officer. Since 2008 Dr Domente is with WHO. He worked initially as Technical Officer, Disaster Preparedness and Response and then as Health System Officer in the WHO Country Office in the Republic of Moldova.
Talgat Toleubayev

Talgat Toleubayev

UNICRI
Regional Coordinator – CBRN Risk Mitigation and Security Governance Programme
 
Mr Talgat Toleubayev of France has been appointed Regional Coordinator in the United Nations Interregional Crime and Justice Research Institute’s CBRN Risk Mitigation and Security Governance Programme on 1 November 2019. He coordinates activities for 10 countries of South East and East Europe region within the framework of the European Union’s CBRN Risk Mitigation Centres of Excellence Initiative.
Prior to assuming this position, he has worked at the headquarters of the International Criminal Police Organization (INTERPOL) for more than 16 years. He graduated from the Boston University majoring in Strategy and Security Studies.

Vladimir Shkolnikov

Vladimir Shkolnikov

OHCHR
Senior Advisor
 
Dr. Shkolnikov holds this position since July 2011. Prior to this assignment he held a number of positions in the intergovernmental and non-governmental organizations focusing on human rights and good governance in Eastern Europe and Central Asia. He also served as a Senior Fellow at the Jefferson Institute with offices in Belgrade, Serbia and Washington. He also served as the Director, Europe Office of Freedom House in Hungary, the OSCE/ODIHR Adviser on Migration and Freedom of Movement and later as the Head of Democratization Department of OSCE/ODIHR in Poland, and the Resident Research Consultant at the RAND Corporation in the USA.