Nana Janashia

Executive Director

Nana is one of the founders and Executive Director of CENN. She holds an MSc in Environmental Sciences and Policy from the Central European University (CEU), an MSc in Environmental Science and Policy from Manchester University, and an MSc in Biology and Ecology from Tbilisi State University. She has knowledge and experience in environmental policy and management, and 20 years of experience in leading a team. She has led the implementation of a number of national and international projects and participated in many major national and regional assignments providing technical assistance to governments, local authorities, communities, and the private sector in Georgia and the South Caucasus in the fields of sustainable development, environmental protection, climate change, and integrated resources management. What’s most interesting about working with Nana is her enthusiasm for meeting new people, discovering new places and experiences, which is a great motivation for others.

Nino Shavgulidze

Chief of Party

Nino is an environmental scientist with over 15 years of experience in the fields of environment protection, natural resources management, and sustainable development. Nino holds a PhD in chemistry. Her areas of technical expertise include waste management, air and water quality monitoring, and environmental impact assessment. Nino worked at the Tbilisi State Medical University as an Assistant Professor and Head of the University Laboratory. She lectured in chemistry and conducted scientific research in the Department of Biochemistry, has published multiple scientific papers, contributed to methodological issues in inorganic, organic and analytical chemistry, and has developed and holds original patents. Nino has worked at CENN since 2007, leading a number of national and regional programs. Since 2014 Nino has been involved in implementing CENN’s large-scale USAID funded project — Waste Management Technologies in the Regions (WMTR) and in 2016 she became a Chief of Party for the project.

Rezo Getiashvili

Environmental Projects’ Coordinator

Rezo is a journalist, and prior to joining CENN in 2005, he worked as an investigative journalist focusing on environmental issues and human rights. He was also involved in creating several networking groups, and in community mobilization, public outreach and communications, and policy dialogue issues. Rezo’s work is now connected to forestry policy. After a number of years in the field, he is widely regarded as a forestry expert. Since 2012 he has lead CENN’s ADC supported Sustainable Forest Governance in Georgia program. In 2014, under Rezo’s leadership and initiative, CENN launched the youth competition the Niko Ketskoveli School Awards, which Rezo considers to be the most interesting accomplishment of the team in the field of education. During his free time, Rezo enjoys making wine and even produces his own lines of bio-wine — "Ganskhvavebuli" and "Sheniani".

Nino Gaprindashvili

Project Manager

Nino received a BSC in Arts in Humanities followed by an MSc in Oriental Studies from the Department of Humanities at Tbilisi State University. Nino is a professional Orientalist with 10 years of experience in Orientals, human resource management, and environmental education. She has both scientific and practical knowledge and experience in natural resources management, public environmental education, public relations, community mobilization, human resource management, and communications. She has extensive experience managing projects funded by major multilateral funding agencies and a number of bilateral donors in the fields of natural resources management. Nino enjoys playing the piano and listening classical music, and she also loves travelling.

Nino Tevzadze

Deputy Chief of Party

Nino has 15 years of experience in environmental project management. She holds a Master’s Degree in Psychology from Tbilisi State University. Her first projects were studies in the areas of sociology and environmental impact assessment. Later, she worked in resources management, particularly on forest, land, waste, and water resources management. She works on a wide variety of topics at CENN, including environmental impact assessment, participatory planning, development of policy and strategy documents, public environmental education, raising public awareness, community outreach, stakeholder analysis, and communications. She is presently working for the USAID-funded project Waste Management Technologies in the Regions. In her leisure time, Nino is seeking for distance learning opportunities.

Melano Tkabladze

Project Manager

Melano Tkabladze holds a master’s degree in economics from the Business Administration and Economics faculty at Tbilisi State University. Her professional experience covers both the state and private sectors. She is currently working at CENN as a Project Manager in several environmental directions; many projects have been successfully implemented by Melano. Melano also supports local enterprises and activities towards economic growth in Georgia. She always tries to promote and support businesses which have socially responsible and green policies. Melano tries to spend as much of her free time as possible with her children. She especially loves playing tennis and doing a math with her son.

Veriko Khomeriki

Agriculture and Rural Development Specialist

Veriko is a professional in agribusiness and regional development. She graduated from the University of Applied Science Weihenstephan – Triesdorf with an MBA in Agriculture. Veriko has successfully completed various international courses such as the International Seminar on Rangeland Management, held in Idaho and Nevada; certified course from the University of North Texas and Free & Agricultural University of Georgia; she participated in the Carl Friedrich Goerdeler-Kolleg Fellowship Program for Young Executives; and an online course by Universitat Oberta de Catalunya, specializing in food security. Veriko has seven years of working experience in the public, private, and civic sector. Currently, she is working at CENN as an agriculture and rural development specialist. During her spare time, she loves cycling and travelling.

Archil Lezhava

Waste Tariff Policy Elaboration Team Leader

Archil’s life underwent a dramatic transformation after he participated in a student exchange program and graduated from the American High School. He was then admitted to university at the Faculty International Relations and International Law, where he was granted a George Schultz Scholarship and graduated with honours. He has participated in numerous international conferences and youth summits which played a vital role in building his future career. His has a number of years work experience in international organizations, taking overall responsibility for projects, communicating with project partners, monitoring development assistance from donors, and advising on methodologies to achieve program goals and objectives. At CENN, Archil leads the waste tariff policy elaboration team within the USAID supported program, Waste Management Technologies in the Regions.

Nino Bregadze

Environmental Officer

Nino obtained a Bachelor’s degree in management from the University of Georgia. During her studies, she was actively engaged in non-formal educational activities, founding the university’s Literature Club and co-founding the Public Health youth club. In 2013, her team won the Microsoft Imagine Cup prize for innovative ideas. From the second year of her studies, she gained experience in public health institutions including leading hospitals and NGOs in Georgia. Her first work experience was in the same field, in healthcare management, quality development, and service management projects. From 2016, Nino has continued her studies at Ilia State University at the School of Life Sciences, working towards a Master’s Degree in Natural Resources Management. She enjoys seeking out inspirational environmentalists, lifestyle gurus, and bloggers, and is currently working on building her own bilingual lifestyle blog.

Natalia Davlianidze

Geographer, Communications Specialist

Natalia is a geographer; she obtained her BA and MSc degrees in Human Geography at Tbilisi State University. She later studied at the Department of Geography at the University of Tartu in Estonia and worked at the university LAB studying Information and Communication Technologies in Urban Planning. Natalia is currently continuing her studies as a PhD candidate at the Human Geography department of Tbilisi State University, where she studies the urban revitalization of former industrial sites. As part of her PhD, she also studied at the Sapienza University of Rome at the Department of Urban Planning and Architecture. Her areas of interest include sustainable development and climate change in the context of urbanization. Besides her scientific interests, she works on communications and outreach at CENN. During her free time, she enjoys extreme sports and loves everything connected to winter and snowboarding. She often travels both for studies and pleasure.

Salome Sulaberidze

Communication and Outreach Specialist

Salome Sulaberidze obtained her BA in English Literature at Tbilisi State University, later going on to study Culture and Languages at the University of Tartu, Estonia. In 2016 she graduated with an MA in Film and Photographic Studies at the University of Leiden, in the Netherlands. During her studies at Leiden University, Salome attended the University of Oslo in Norway to study Scandinavian film genres. Currently, Salome studies film directing at the Caucasian School of New Cinema. At CENN she works as a communication and outreach specialist within the second phase of the Waste Management Technology in the Regions program. Salome enjoys managing projects, meeting new people, and sharing experiences. During her free time she likes to write film reviews, practice photography, and discover unusual places.

Vakho Chitishvili

GIS Specialist

Vakho holds a Bachelor's Degree in Ecology from Ilia State University. Since 2017 he continues studies at the MSc Program in Ecology at the same university. After volunteering at the NACRES, he joined CENN team first as a trainee and then started working as a GIS specialist. Vakho enjoys creating maps both for work and as his hobby. In his spare time, he likes skiing and hiking

Vakhtang Kochoradze

Environmental Officer

Institutions, the environment, ecosystem services, and the economy are all among Vakho’s areas of interest. Vakho has obtained a Master's Degree in Ecological Economy at the Autonomous University of Barcelona and an MA in European Studies at the International Graduate Center of the Hochschule Bremenand. Vakho has worked on a number of projects and has facilitated CENN’s international and regional work since 2015. Outside of the office, Vakho leads a very active sports life, loves board games, and volunteers at a dog shelter.

Megi Gamtkitsulashvili

Environmental Officer

Megi’s environmental activities started while she was studying at Napareuli Public School — she was an active member of the school eco club. Later, she participated in an eco-camp in Bulachauri Green Center as part of one of CENN’s project; this was the beginning of the partnership between Megi and our organization. She soon turned her hobby into a career, studying ecology at Ilia State University. After her first academic year she successfully participated in a competition announced by CENN, becoming a volunteer in the Bread for the World’s south-north exchange program. Within the program, she worked with refugee children and youth in Germany. She was also an Erasmus+ exchange student and studied forest management for a semester at the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki.

Ann Inasaridze

Environmental Resources Management Specialist

Ann holds an MSc from the London School of Economics and Political Science (MSc, 2012). Her work at CENN entails areas of policy analysis and guidance to support environmental policy formulation, development of a responsible mining sector, sustainable forest management, climate change, and sustainable transport. Prior to her return to Georgia, Ann worked as a policy research consultant at Gold Mercury International, a London based think tank. She is an author of multiple publications on the environment and development. During her spare time, she enjoys swimming, going to the gym, and listening to live music.

Chichiko Janelidze

Geographer

Dr. Janelidze has been a member of CENN’s team for 15 years. He is a Geographer with 60 years of experience in the field, holding a PhD from Tbilisi State University. He has authored three monographs and over 100 scientific papers. His research interests include physical geography, geomorphology, palaeogeography, and environmental issues. Dr. Janelidze has taught at several higher education institutions in Georgia for almost 30 years. At CENN, Dr. Janelidze is involved in each of CENN’s thematic directions, including — environmental protection, sustainable development, climate change, and resource management. He is also involved in the educational activities of our organization, and frequently delivers lectures to young environmentalists. In his spare time, Dr. Janelidze is busy studding different environmental issues, specifically global warming, together with members of his family, who are also geographers. It has to be noted that it’s a very rare to meet a whole family of geographers in Georgia.

Tamar Geldiashvili

Lawyer, Project Assistant

Tamar Geldiashvili is a lawyer with a high-level commitment to her legal education. She holds a Bachelor of Law from Ivane Javakhishvili Tbilisi State University and a Master’s degree in International Human Rights Law from Lund University. She was a scholarship holder of the Swedish Institute. Along with her academic activities, Tamar has always been interested in project management and was involved in numerous activities in non-formal education on a national and an international level. She has found professional success at a high level by, including by organizing her own projects. In addition to her interest in project management and the environment, Tamar is keen on the medical law. In fact, she studied the phenomenon of conjoined twins from a human rights perspective. Tamar currently resides in Tbilisi working at CENN. She is a project assistant but usually doesn’t mind multi-tasking and assisting the team in many ways.

Kakha Rukhaia

Private Sector-led Recycling Component Leader

Kakha obtained both his BA (2000) and MSc (2002) degrees in Environmental Science and Natural Resource management from the Georgian Technical University. He then obtained a PhD in Chemistry from Tbilisi State University. Kakha has extensive experience working in environmental protection. His work involves communication with private and state institutions, and he has experience in drafting legislation. He has participated in developing national environmental reports and action plans and has undertaken training in environmental protection and safety in various countries. He has experience in both development and expert evaluation of environmental impact assessment reports and environmental audits for companies operating in various areas. He also has experience in developing and implementing the Waste Management Code, Initial Waste Management Inventory Documents, and Waste Management Plans.

Giorgi Mamporia

Administration and Office Manager

After finishing Tbilisi’s Third Gymnasium in 2006, Giorgi continued his studies at Tbilisi State University, gaining a bachelor’s degree in Finance. At the same time, he was successfully engaged in several start-ups with his friends. He has always had an interest in Geography, and gained a master’s degree from Tbilisi State University in 2012. Giorgi now works at CENN providing technical support in every project.

Shorena Ebanoidze

Sub-awards/Finance Manager

Shorena is educated as both an engineer and ecologist, graduating from the Faculty of Ecology and Natural Resource Protection at the Georgian Technical University. Shorena works as an administrative and financial specialist. She has a number of years work experience at national and international private companies and on international projects, including programs supported by the donors like — USAID, UNICEF, UNDP, WHO, PwC. At CENN, Shorena works on the USAID supported Waste Management Technologies in the Regions program. She has various creative interests to which she devotes most of her free time, including cooking, knitting and sewing, sculpting, gardening, and most importantly — reusing old objects and giving them a new life, which is thematically connected to her work at CENN too.

Mariam Vekua

Financial Manager

Mariam is a professional in finance. She graduated from the Faculty of Economics at Tbilisi State University. She has more than 15 years of experience working in both the public and private sectors; she has worked at the National Environmental Agency and several private companies. She is now the Financial Manager at CENN. Maka devotes her free time to her main hobby — cooking — and often conducts culinary experiments. She also enjoys spending time with family and organizing outdoor picnics.

Ekaterine Kandelaki

Chief Accountant

Ekaterine is an international economics relations specialist. She has over 20 years of work experience both in the public and private sectors, and has received numerous national certificates in her field. Ekaterine is a Chief Accountant at CENN, successfully leading organizational accounting activities both inside CENN and with governmental institutions. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her family and loves treating family and friends with surprise presents.

Ketevan Imerlishvili

Finance and Administrative Officer

Ketevan is a professional in finance. She graduated from the Faculty of Economics and Business at Tbilisi State University and is currently studying a Master’s of Business Administration at the same university. Ketevan has 5 years of experience in the field of finance. She has been working in CENN for 2 years as a finance and administrative officer. Keti’s main hobby is travelling and tasting new food. She loves music and devotes most of her time to it.

Roni Kvatchadze

Private Sector Development Specialist

Roni graduated from ISET (International School of Economics at TSU) with a master’s in economics and also holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Tbilisi State University. He has experience working in various governmental institutions, particularly in the energy sector, and performance and environmental audits. He currently works at CENN as a private sector development specialist in the field of waste management. His interests include modern technologies, ecology, and energy economics. During his free time he enjoys studying history and world politics.

Ketevan Bochorishvili

Executive Secretary of Waste Management Association

In 2011, Keti finished secondary school in her hometown and moved to Tbilisi. Since then she has devoted 6 years to studying economics while familiarizing herself with the functions and operations of government through internships in the Ministry of Economics, Finance and the National Bank of Georgia. She has been working in CENN since obtaining her master’s degree in economics and teaches at the International School of Economics at Tbilisi State University, ISET. Currently, she works on the USAID funded Waste Management Technologies in the Regions project. Her activities as secretary of association involve business development and creating a business-friendly environment in Georgia’s waste management sector. In addition, she is interested in computer programming and studies data visualization.

Gizo Liparteliani

Interpreter/Translator

Gizo graduated from the Ilia Chavchavadze University of Language and Culture specializing in English teaching. Presently, he works as an interpreter and translator at CENN. He operates in Georgian, English, and Russian languages, and knows a little German too. Gizo mainly translates for the USAID-supported WMTR project, though he also assists his colleagues from other projects implemented by CENN in their daily activities. He also interprets at meetings and events. Gizo is comfortable in both consecutive and simultaneous interpreting. He prefers to spend his leisure time with family and friends, hiking, and reading. He loves sports and tries to maintain a healthy lifestyle.

Mariam Terterashvili

Intern

Mariam Terterashvili is second-year BA student of sociology at Ilia State University. She successfully completed the Future Leaders Exchange Program (FLEX) in 2016. From this experience, she learned efficiency, communication, and the value of volunteer work. Inspired by this international experience, Mariam is interning at CENN for the USAID supported Waste Management Technologies in the Regions project. During her free time, she enjoys hiking, taking pictures, listening to music, and writing poetry.

Hanna Lietz

Volunteer

After graduating from high school in Frankfurt (Oder), a small town in East Germany, Hanna came to Georgia to work at CENN. Her sending organization is our German partner "Brot für die Welt", a Protestant development aid organization implementing and supporting projects in many countries all over the world. At CENN, Hanna has the opportunity to gain experiences on environmental issues and to support our team both in our Tbilisi office and in our activities around the county. In her free time, Hanna enjoys travelling and has very recently taken on the challenge of learning Georgian.

Levan Natsvlishvili

Database management and IT Specialist

Levan holds a Master’s degree in physics from Tbilisi State University, Georgia. He completed an individual study programme in Geo-Information Science and Earth Observation at the University of Twente (ITC, Netherlands). In 2010–2013 he was involved in MATRA (the Netherlands Ministry of Foreign Affairs) project — Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR). He is a PhD student at the School of Natural Sciences and Engineering at Ilia State University. Besides his interests in computer technology, programming, and Geo-Information Systems (GIS), in his spare time, Levan enjoys agriculture, reading, and travelling.

Mikheil Murvanidze

Logistician/Office Manager

Misha is a professional in sports medicine. He obtained his BA in Sports Medicine from the Academy of physical and sports development. He has certificates in primary emergency assistance and treatment rehabilitation massage. In line with his studies, he was a professional rugby player and a two-time gold medalist. He has worked in Poland in the successful Pogoni sports club. After returning to Georgia, he has worked at the Old Tbilisi District Administration, in the department of infrastructure. In 2014 he joined the CENN team and is involved in project logistics. In his free time, he still enjoys sports, hiking, and fishing.

Tamar Tabatadze

Project Assistant

Tatia obtained her Bachelor's Degree in Art from the Shota Rustaveli Theater and Film University of Georgia, where she won a Vasil Amashukeli Fellowship. In parallel to her learning, she was an active member of the University Club. In 2010 she graduated with a Master’s Degree from the Georgian Institute of Public Affairs’ Faculty of Journalism and Media-Management. Her first job was also in this field — from her first year of studies at the university she worked as a journalist for news programs on several of Georgia’s leading television stations, worked on various TV projects in parallel. She is interested in astrology and spends her free time to studying it.

Team - CENN

Team

Nana Janashia

Nana Janashia

Executive Director

Nana Janashia

Executive Director

Nino Shavgulidze

Nino Shavgulidze

Chief of Party

Nino Shavgulidze

Chief of Party

Rezo Getiashvili

Rezo Getiashvili

Environmental Projects’ Coordinator

Rezo Getiashvili

Environmental Projects’ Coordinator

Nino Gaprindashvili

Nino Gaprindashvili

Project Manager

Nino Gaprindashvili

Project Manager

Nino Tevzadze

Nino Tevzadze

Deputy Chief of Party

Nino Tevzadze

Deputy Chief of Party

Melano Tkabladze

Melano Tkabladze

Project Manager

Melano Tkabladze

Project Manager

Veriko Khomeriki

Veriko Khomeriki

Agriculture and Rural Development Specialist

Veriko Khomeriki

Agriculture and Rural Development Specialist

Archil Lezhava

Archil Lezhava

Waste Tariff Policy Elaboration Team Leader

Archil Lezhava

Waste Tariff Policy Elaboration Team Leader

Nino Bregadze

Nino Bregadze

Environmental Officer

Nino Bregadze

Environmental Officer

Natalia Davlianidze

Natalia Davlianidze

Geographer, Communications Specialist

Natalia Davlianidze

Geographer, Communications Specialist

Salome Sulaberidze

Salome Sulaberidze

Communication and Outreach Specialist

Salome Sulaberidze

Communication and Outreach Specialist

Vakho Chitishvili

Vakho Chitishvili

GIS Specialist

Vakho Chitishvili

GIS Specialist

Vakhtang Kochoradze

Vakhtang Kochoradze

Environmental Officer

Vakhtang Kochoradze

Environmental Officer

Megi Gamtkitsulashvili

Megi Gamtkitsulashvili

Environmental Officer

Megi Gamtkitsulashvili

Environmental Officer

Ann Inasaridze

Ann Inasaridze

Environmental Resources Management Specialist

Ann Inasaridze

Environmental Resources Management Specialist

Chichiko Janelidze

Geographer

Tamar Geldiashvili

Tamar Geldiashvili

Lawyer, Project Assistant

Tamar Geldiashvili

Lawyer, Project Assistant

Kakha Rukhaia

Kakha Rukhaia

Private Sector-led Recycling Component Leader

Kakha Rukhaia

Private Sector-led Recycling Component Leader

Giorgi Mamporia

Giorgi Mamporia

Administration and Office Manager

Giorgi Mamporia

Administration and Office Manager

Shorena Ebanoidze

Shorena Ebanoidze

Sub-awards/Finance Manager

Shorena Ebanoidze

Sub-awards/Finance Manager

Mariam Vekua

Mariam Vekua

Financial Manager

Mariam Vekua

Financial Manager

Ekaterine Kandelaki

Ekaterine Kandelaki

Chief Accountant

Ekaterine Kandelaki

Chief Accountant

Ketevan Imerlishvili

Ketevan Imerlishvili

Finance and Administrative Officer

Ketevan Imerlishvili

Finance and Administrative Officer

Roni Kvatchadze

Roni Kvatchadze

Private Sector Development Specialist

Roni Kvatchadze

Private Sector Development Specialist

Ketevan Bochorishvili

Ketevan Bochorishvili

Executive Secretary of Waste Management Association

Ketevan Bochorishvili

Executive Secretary of Waste Management Association

Gizo Liparteliani

Gizo Liparteliani

Interpreter/Translator

Gizo Liparteliani

Interpreter/Translator

Mariam Terterashvili

Intern

Hanna Lietz

Hanna Lietz

Volunteer

Hanna Lietz

Volunteer

Levan Natsvlishvili

Levan Natsvlishvili

Database management and IT Specialist

Levan Natsvlishvili

Database management and IT Specialist

Mikheil Murvanidze

Mikheil Murvanidze

Logistician/Office Manager

Mikheil Murvanidze

Logistician/Office Manager

Tamar Tabatadze

Tamar Tabatadze

Project Assistant

Tamar Tabatadze

Project Assistant

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