Giorgi Chikovani is the Energy & Water component Lead of USAID project “Governance for Growth” since 2015. He has more than 15 years of experience with strong focus in the Georgian and regional energy sector. Mr. Chikovani assisted the Government of Georgia in the national energy policy and strategy, market development and investment promotion. As a result, Georgia adopted new energy policy, transmission grid code, amended the Electricity and Natural Gas Law, implemented new electricity hourly nominations software, established Transmission System Operator and Market Operator, developed Cross Border Electricity Trading Agreement with Turkey, introduced Uniform System of Accounts and developed Ten Year Network Development Plan. He is cognizant of the legal and regulatory framework for Hydro Power Plant (HPP) development in Georgia and has experience in marketing HPP projects. Previously, Mr. Chikovani was the Head of International Relations Department at the Ministry of Energy of Georgia as well as served as a Deputy General Director at Georgian Gas International Corporation. Mr. Chikovani holds Master’s Degree in Science and International Business from University of Groningen as well as undergraduate degree in Economics from Tbilisi State University.