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Valeri Chechelashvili

Former Deputy Foreign Minister, Former Minister of Finance

Valeri Chechelashvili has been a Senior Fellow at the Georgian Foundation for Strategic and International Studies since 2016.

Mr. Valeri Chechelashvili started his career as diplomat in October 1989. He held various positions in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Georgia from Second Secretary to Deputy Foreign Minister (1998 – 2000). He was Minister of Finance in 2005 and First Deputy Foreign Minister (2005 – 2007). He has served as an Ambassador to Ukraine (1994 – 1998), Ambassador to Russian Federation (2004 – 2005), Secretary General of the Black Sea Economic Cooperation Organization (2000 – 2004) and Secretary General of the Organization for Democracy and Economic Development – GUAM (2007 – 2016).

Mr. Chechelashvili has graduated from the Kiev State University, faculty of International Relations and International Law, Department of International Economic Relations (1983) and completed Ph.D. in International Economy.