Members of the Board



Jörg Balsiger, Chairman, is Professor of Sustainable Development at the University of Geneva. His areas of specialty are local and international environmental and sustainable development governance, with a special focus on transboundary regions such as mountain areas. Prior to embarking on an academic career, he worked for several years as an international expert in forest policy and administration, capacity building, and donor coordination for international public and non-governmental organizations in the United States, Europe, Africa, and Asia.


Nina Shatberashvili is an architect-restorer by her background. She has more than fifteen years of experience in sustainable development, climate change and environmental governance projects management in the countries of the Caucasus, with special focus on mountain areas of the region. Currently she is a PhD student of Ilia State University.

Robert Atkinson, consults in the field of environmental civil society and organisational development. His clients include government aid agencies, international organisations, foundations and NGOs. He has worked for more than 20 years in environmental NGOs and international organisations, predominantly in Eastern Europe. He has degrees in maritime geography and sustainability, and is currently studying for a doctorate in organisational change.

Azer Garaev has long and profound experience of working on environmental issues in Azerbaijan and other Caucasus countries. He has good knowledge of Governmental bodies and legal framework for environmental sector. He is experienced in environmental projects management supported by different donors and international organisations. He is the author of several tutorials on environmental issues; and has good experience in design and organisation of trainings. 


Mikheil (Mixo) Kochakidze has more than two decades of experience in visual communications and PR technologies, including political, social and environmental campaigns. He is the official representative and organizer of the Europe's Premier Creative Awards - EPICA Days in Georgia, since 1999. He has profound experience of working with both governmental and non-governmental bodies on strategic planning, marketing and public relations. He was awarded an excellence award by the Aristotle Global Campaign and Politics Magazine in 2010, as well as the winning price for the Contest and Exhibition on Millennium Development Goals by UN Country Team in Georgia in 2004. Since 2004 Mr. Kochakidze has worked on several environmental projects funded by different international donors.