Sustainable Caucasus relies on a small team of committed staff that operates across the Caucasus region from its office in Tbilisi, Georgia. With its contacts and partners in other countries of the region and further afield and an internationally representative board, Sustainable Caucasus draws from the expertise of many skilled individuals in the design and implementation of its activities.


Nina Shatberashvili, Executive Director, has a background as an architect and restoration specialist. She has 20 years of experience in sustainable development, climate change and environmental governance project management in the countries of the Caucasus, with a special focus on the mountain areas of the region. She has been a board member of the Sustainable Caucasus for five years and is currently a PhD student at Ilia State University.


Armen Gevorgyan, Armenia Country Representative, holds a master’s degree in engineering and geography, and is a senior environmental policy, governance and natural resources management specialist. He has over 30 years of academic and practical experience in the integrated management, planning and restoration of mountain ecosystems. He is experienced in project design, identification, appraisal, coordination, monitoring and supervision of different donors and international organisations with a special focus on intersectoral, transboundary and regional cooperation with a science-based, inter- and trans-disciplinary approach.


Fuad Bagirov, Azerbaijan Country Representative, holds a PhD in technical science and also has a master’s degree in economics. He has in-depth experience in project monitoring and evaluation, including for the EU, elaboration of project fiches and strategies, market research, training needs assessment and planning, administrative and local government reform promotion, establishing public-private partnerships, SME development, institutional and capacity building, civil society programme evaluation, statistical analysis and more.


Mary Kate Ugrekhelidze, Programme Associate, holds master’s degrees in natural resources management and environmental management, and has gained experience as a master’s programme coordinator assistant as well as a researcher and lecturer teaching ecosystem and environmental management and economics courses. As an active researcher, she has been focusing on a variety of environmental topics covering the analysis and management of ecosystems and its services, floodplain restoration and management and more. During her professional career as an environmental specialist, Mary Kate has been involved in a wide range of projects and assignments and has worked with different multidisciplinary and multinational teams as assistant, expert or coordinator. She is currently a Ph.D. student at Ilia State University.


Nino Gvianishvili, Public Outreach Officer, has 17 years of experience in the field of internal and external communications and public relations. She brings expertise in brand development, writing, project management, web architecture, social media, digital media and event management. During her professional career, she has served in public, private and educational sectors. As a public relations consultant, she was extensively involved in improvement of public awareness and enhancement of organizational participation in reform processes in the country. She has extensive experience of strategic media briefings, facilitation of journalist training, management of advertising campaigns and implementing campaign projects for public awareness raising. She has worked on several environmental projects funded by various international donors.


Ana Abulashvili, Administrative Assistant, holds a master’s in public administration and has more than eight years of experience in administrative work. Her expertise includes local government, public policy analysis and non-formal education for youth development.


Tamar Ioseliani, Financial Manager and Accountant, has a master’s degree in business and economics from Tbilisi State University. She has 12 years of working experience as an accountant, financial manager and tax manager for various businesses focused on architecture, tourism, international trade, music festivals, design and print, etc. During these years, she has gained invaluable in-depth experience and familiarity with financial management, accounting and corporate culture.