Under the capable hands of Giorgi Ugulava, the Georgian capital of Tbilisi has prospered rapidly and promises still more for investors.
Mayor Giorgi ‘Gigi’ Ugulava has become the face of the city he has grown up in and does a little bit every day to enhance its reputation as a truly world-class urban centre, ready to charm visitors and investors alike. With a long history of involvement in the socio-political shifts in Georgia, Ugulava inspires confidence in everyone he comes into contact with, even as he goes about establishing Tbilisi as an important stakeholder in the future of the entire post-Soviet region.
Born and brought up in Tbilisi, the 35-year-old Ugulava studied at the Tbilisi Theological Seminary (1992-94) and the University of Saarbrücken (1995-97) and graduated from the Faculty of Philosophy and Sociology at the Tbilisi State University in 1998. He then enrolled for a post- graduate course at the Savle Tsereteli Philosophy Institute of the Georgian Academy of Science, after which he briefly worked as a journalist for the Tbilisi-based Iberia TV, Internews. During this period, he also worked as a manager at Transparency International-Georgia, and in 2000, he went on to join Eurasia Foundation as a consultant.
Ugulava then progressed to the post of Director of the World Bank Association of Legal and Public Education and was later appointed Deputy Minister of Justice in December 2003. In 2004, Ugulava took charge as Deputy Security Minister, and his hard work in that position was rewarded with a promotion to the post of First Deputy. Subsequently, he was appointed as the state plenipotentiary of the President of Georgia in the Samegrelo-Zemo Svaneti Region.