Giorgi Gakharia has been Minister of Economy and Sustainable Development of Georgia since December 2016. Prior to this position, he was an elected Member of Parliament of Georgia. Mr. Giorgi Gakharia served as a Business Ombudsman of Georgia since December 2014. Starting from December 2015 he also worked as a Secretary of the Economic Council headed by the Prime Minister of Georgia. Prior to joining public service, Mr. Gakharia held a position of Director for Business Development and Government Relations for Europe, Russia and CIS at Lufthansa Service Holding AG. LSG in Frankfurt, Germany. He also owned “Sky Food” Group Company where he served as a General Manager as well as lead A-Edam Group in Moscow, Russia. Previously, Mr. Gakharia served as an analyst Foundation for Effective Politics in Moscow, Russia. Mr. Gakharia holds Master’s Degree in Political Science and MBA in Management from Moscow State University as well as undergraduate degree in History from Ivane Javakhishvili Tbilisi State University.