Eka Tkeshelashvili

Eka Tkeshelashvili
Chief of Party
USAID Ukraine Support to Anti-Corruption Champions Initiative (SACCI)

Eka Tkeshelashvili is the Head of USAID flagship Anti-Corruption Program in Ukraine. The overall objective of the Project is to improve implementation of anti-corruption policy in Ukraine and thereby ultimately contributing to a reduction of corruption. Until Recently Eka Tkeshelasvhili served as the Head of Program of European Anti-Corruption Initiative (EUACI) in Ukraine.

Eka Tkeshelashvili is the President of the Georgian Institute for Strategic Studies (GISS) – a non-profit, non-partisan think-tank which serves as a resource for interested parties in understanding political, security and foreign policy choices before Georgia and the wider region and aims to contribute to the success of Georgia’s integration into Euroatlantic space. As an independent consultant she assists companies operating in Georgia or willing to invest in the South Caucasus, Central Asia as well as Central/Eastern Europe in political risk assessment, legal analysis as well as in advancement of their strategic communications. Eka Tkeshelashvili is an expert of international consultancy firms such as Geopolitical Information Service (GIS – based in Lichtenstein) and Gerson Lerhman Group (GLG).

As a senior expert of Justice Cooperation International Eka Tkeshelashvili assisted national stakeholders, primarily Ministry of Justice of Ukraine in implementing Justice Sector Reform Strategy foreseeing a wide-ranging reform of the justice sector, including development of policy and reform coordination capacities of the Ministry of Justice.

Eka Tkeshelashvili is a lecturer at Civil and Political School in Kiev, Ukraine and in the Black Sea University in Tbilisi, Georgia. She teaches courses on State Building, Transformational Leadership, European Studies and International Law.

Eka Tkeshelashvili has served in the government of Georgia in various ministerial positions, including as a Minister of Foreign Affairs and the Secretary of the National Security Council, as well as the Minister of Justice of Georgia. Mrs. Tkeshelashvili also held the position of the Chairperson of Tbilisi Appeals Court and Prosecutor General of Georgia. She has been directly engaged in realization of the reform agenda in the field of good governance and justice. She has been in charge of developing corresponding strategic communication policy of the government, aimed at raising awareness and interest in reform related processes of local as well as foreign audiences. In the capacity of the Secretary of National Security Council of Georgia among other tasks Eka Tkeshelashvii was responsible for strategic communication with foreign media for the President and the Government of Georgia, as well as developing partnerships with opinion making circles in Europe and the US.

Before joining the government, Mrs. Tkeshelashvili was a Deputy Chief of Party at IRIS Georgia implementing USAID rule of law projects. She also worked in ICRC being responsible for the programs on national implementation of International Humanitarian Law. She has work experience with the Office of the Prosecutor of the International Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia (Netherlands) and at the Lawyers Committee for Human Rights (USA). 

Mrs. Tkeshelashvili has master’s degree in International Law from Notre Dame Law School (USA), certificate in Human Rights Law from Oxford University (UK) and Diploma in Law from Tbilisi State University.