Mr. Tengiz Pkhaladze is an Advisor-Foreign Relations Secretary to the President of Georgia. Prior to joining the Presidential Administration, from 2008-14 he was the Chairman of the International Centre for Geopolitical Studies, an independent think tank in Georgia. Previously Mr. Pkhaladze held numerous positions in public service including Head of the Diplomatic Protocol Service of the Head of State, Vice-Governor of the Mtskheta-Mtianeti Region, Consul of Georgia to the Azerbaijan Republic, and Deputy Director of the Department of Asia, Africa, Australia and Pacific Rim in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Georgia. Mr. Pkhaladze currently is a doctoral student at the Georgian Institute of Public Affairs (GIPA) and holds a Degree in Jurisprudence from Tbilisi State University (1995). He is a Visiting Professor at GIPA and teaches International Negotiations Skills and Diplomatic Protocol. Mr. Pkhaladze is a member of the Royal Institute of International Affairs (Chatham House).