Nino was a Founding Board Member of Georgian Center. She resigned in 2016 to focus on her professional career in early childhood education field. Nino established the first Georgian language school for Georgian-American children in greater DC area in 2010, where she taught Georgian language, literacy, history, and culture.
Her expertise in education comes from Georgia where she worked as director of a Child Development Center supervising more than 500 children and 100 teaching and support staff. After moving to the United States, Nino led research activities in the field of early childhood development for the Child Trends, School Readiness Consulting, AppleTree Institute and worked as Early Learning at United Planning Organization.

She was member and a co-author of the UNICEF-sponsored ELDS (Early Learning and Development Standards) project and author of Guidelines on Administration for Preschool Directors. Nino holds the Master’s degree in Psychology

Giorgi is in charge of event coordination and management in Georgia. He is an accomplished journalist and film director with over 20 years of experience in this field. He directs documentary, investigative and biographical films some of which have been awarded prestigious price in Georgia and abroad.

Nino is one of the co-founders of the Georgian Center. Her primary responsibility is to recruit, manage and facilitate volunteer program initiatives to ensure a greater outreach and support in program implementation. On a wider role, she supports the Center in overall organizational strategy development as well as operational oversight. Nino brings 17 years of professional experience in international development working at and for different US Government departments and agencies managing economic development and social inclusion programs with the overall goal to positively change people’ lives.
Nino, together with her son and husband, immigrated to the U.S., greater DC area from Georgia in 2012 and proudly promoted Georgian culture and taught Georgian language to U.S. citizens. During her career, she received a number of recognition awards for her dedicated work and devotion to two nations. In her free time, Nino can be found at a quiet place with an interesting book on international development, diplomacy or history. She possesses the master’s degree in international affairs and more than a dozen USG certificates in program design, management, monitoring and evaluation.

Ia was a Founding Board Member of Georgian Center. She resigned in 2016 to focus on her professional career as an accomplished journalist, editor, and news anchor for “Washington Today,” a Voice of America-produced program. For over six years, she has been interpreting American foreign policy and domestic news for audiences in her native Georgia.

Prior to working with Voice of America, she held a variety of positions in the private and NGO sector, including the Eurasia Foundation, Finmeccanica, and the office of Congresswoman Allyson Schwartz. She had been a leader in Georgian expatriate community activities, has a Masters degree in International Relations.

At her spare time, she writes, reads and trains for her next triathlon.

Mamuka joined Georgian Center after volunteering on numerous events as the coordinator, participant, entertainer, singer, dancer, etc. He was interested in Georgian culture, art and music since he was a little. He has been a member of Georgian Ensemble “Iberia” for seven years annually performing at multiple concerts where he sang and danced Georgian traditional songs and dances. Traveled to Europe and participated in multi-cultural festivals to promote Georgian national ballet.
After moving to the United States in 2011, he joined the Georgian dancing school in Rockville, Maryland. He continued to learn how to play on “Fanduri” from YouTube and at the same time, began learning Guitar from YouTube by famous guitarist Khvicha Maghlakelidze’s video lessons.
Mamuka has his own YouTube Channel at https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCU_nb4gJTChT8bshmXngPFg

In the USA Mamuka has been performing on charity events, Saint Nicholas Orthodox cathedral, St. Thamar Orthodox Church, Embassy of Georgia, Embassy of France and other events.

He currently studies Information Technology at George Mason University

Veronika is in charge of fundraising programs. As Georgian and US attorney, she brings over 20 years of experience in International Law and International Development. Prior joining the Georgian Center, Veronika was a founder of the online forum “GeorgianDC” that was organizing the annual diaspora events in support of various charitable initiatives.

Veronika moved to the United States in 2005, where she continued to advance in her professional career and accrue the licenses to practice a law in Virginia and the District of Columbia. She consulted on number of international projects led by World Bank, IMF, EBRD, USAID, IOM and other international organizations. Veronika earned her L.L.M degree in International Legal Studies from American University Washington College of Law and studied European Law at Sorbonne University, Paris, France.

Veronika is committed to promote the Georgian culture, language and heritage. She loves spending time with her two daughters and enjoys all forms of dance, reading, and nature.

George was a Founding Board Member of Georgian Center. He resigned in 2017 to focus on his professional career as a stand up comedian and professional soccer coach. He enriched our organization with new ideas and new perspectives connecting new partners and supporters with Georgian Center. He came to the United States in 2003 to study Public Administration at the Hamline University after which he found his passion in teaching sports and successfully started coaching in soccer professionally. Back in Georgia, George was involved in promoting Georgian culture and educating youth as the General Manager of the Youth Center of Cultural Affairs.
George is passionate about Georgian culture, language, art and history. He frequently travels to Georgia to stay connected with his roots and also to contribute, in small but sure ways, to the development of the country.

Tea joined Georgian Center to elevate Art programs to next level. She brings extensive international experience in Artworks and Art exhibitions. She received her first degree in 1994 from Tbilisi I. Nikoladze Arts College, majoring in Sculpture and art education. In 2002, she moved to the USA and continued her career in Northern Virginia. Since 1999, she has participated in numerous national and international exhibitions. Some of the exhibitions include:
2016 - Threads: A Sampling of Fiber Arts - Annmarie Sculpture Garden & arts Center, Dowell, MD
2015 - Kate Derum Award for Small Tapestries - Melbourne, Australia.
2015 - Costal FiberArts - Heritage Museum, Astoria, OR.
2015 - Small Tapestry International (traveling exhibition) - American Tapestry Alliance.
2014 - National Fiber Directions - The Wichita center for the Arts, Wichita, KS.
2014 - Stories of the Sea - Florida Maritime Museum, Cortez, FL.
2014 - 3 men show - Gallery B, Bethesda MD.
2014 -"Mélange" Artspace 109, Alexandria, VA.
2013 - Abstraction at its Best - Capitol Arts Network, Rockville, MD.
2013 - Art in City Hall - juried show, Alexandria City Hall, VA.
2007 –Solo Show - Arts Club of Washington, Washington DC..
2006 - Mud, Sand and Straw -Touchstone Gallery, Washington DC.
2006 - Spotlight 2006 - Kentucky Museum of Art & Craft. Louisville, KY.
In 2013 - She won the Shayna Heisman Simkin, Best in Show Award at The Art League Gallery. Alexandria, VA. She also, was the Finalist of 2015 Kate Derum Award for Small Tapestries - Australian tapestry workshop, Melbourne, Australia and 2006 - Niche award in Fiber-Hand-woven Category. Philadelphia, VA
Currently she works out of her studio in Manassas, Virginia and teaches tapestry at Georgian Sunday school and The Art League School in Alexandria, Virginia.
For more information visit http://tea.giatkabladze.com

Maya joined the Georgian Center soon after it was formed. Early in her career, she worked for 10 years in Georgia as a program manager for various humanitarian and development organizations. She has lived in the United States since 1999 and obtained a master’s degree in Development Economics from American University. She started her own B2C e-commerce company in 2013. She is a long-time supporter of Georgian theater and art. She also enjoys French culture and language and previously has worked for Agence France-Presse and taught French. In her free time, she enjoys theater, literature, and dance, and especially spending time with her family and friends.

Natalia leads our outrich program. She was instrumental in designing monthly GC Newsletter a fun and informational space for all those interested in Georgia and the region. It is a one-stop shop for Georgia-related news in the US and beyond.

 

In her professional career, she designs and executes private sector development initiatives with a focus on technology startups and research commercialization. She has over 14 years of experience of shaping and developing business development strategy for different organizations by personally participating in cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship of private sector development opportunities. Proven track record in launching numerous new initiatives, enabling operations, facilitating successful partnerships that deliver results as well as managing multimillion-dollar programs. 

In her current position, Natalia is a Team Lead for XL Africa - a Pan-African business accelerator designed to support high growth technology companies. Just before, she led another program called Accelerate Caribbean program that built capacity of accelerators across the region and support job creation across 14 CARICOM countries. Previously, Natalia worked at CRDF Global, an independent, US Congress authorized organization leading its international entrepreneurship, innovation, and technology commercialization initiatives. She managed a number of high-profile programs to support entrepreneurs including the Global Innovation through Science & Technology (GIST), the largest U.S. State Department effort to advance entrepreneurship and industry-university linkages in more than 50 countries.

Natalia holds a M.A. in International Relations from the Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS), Johns Hopkins University. Natalia is Georgian by heritage; she was born and grew up in Russia and has been living in the USA for more than 20 years.

Giorgi joined the board of directors to promote, support and expand the mission of The Georgian Center. He has more than 10 years’ experience in international development, both overseas and in USA, working with donors and government sector, to streamline and engage the further development and support of Republic of Georgia. His additional expertise and passion is mentoring and tutoring youngsters, he has been teaching at Georgian Technical University for more than a decade. Successfully implemented projects, that created environment and developed practical skills, necessary for students and potential candidates to emerge as self-confident and ready to perform entrepreneurs.
Giorgi, is a strong supporter of Georgian culture, traditions and heritage by leveraging his professional and personal connections.
He holds a PhD in Engineering from Georgian Technical University.

Vlad leads the organizational strategy, operational oversight and community engagement programs. He brings a broad experience in the strategic leadership, organizational growth and program/project management from over 20 years of his professional career. He was a founder and CEO of ASD Technologies and GlobalFive Inc. He held a key roles with US Government agencies, Ministry of Finance of Georgia, Parliament of Georgia, and fortune 100 enterprises such as Accenture, American Express, AOL, Verizon, IBM and Ant’s Software. Vlad is passionate about promoting Georgian culture and has been actively involved in the international community of the US Capitol since 2001.
At his spare time, Vlad challenges the snowy ski slopes or sails sports catamaran with his son and wife. Vlad is a graduate of Tbilisi State University, Certified Project Management Professional (PMP), author of several books and speaker at international conferences.

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