Director FES South Caucasus
Since October 2022, Marcel Röthig is the FES Resident Representative for Georgia, Armenia and Azerbaijan. He has been with the Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung since 2013, being previously Resident Representative in Ukraine (2016-22), Moldova (2021-22), Belarus (2016-20) and Deputy Director in the Russian Federation (2014-16). He studied Political Sciences in Berlin and worked as assistant to several members of the German Bundestag.
Regional Projects and Azerbaijan
Salome Alania has joined the Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung South Caucasus regional office in 2015, managing regional portfolio, as well as Azerbaijan. She has an extensive work experience in various non-governmental organizations, as well as in government institutions in Georgia as a part of the GIZ/CIM returning experts program. Salome is a PMP (Project Management Professional by PMI) certified project manager, as well as Agile Certified Practitioner (PMI-ACP) and holds a Master's degree in Politics, Economics and Philosophy (PEP Program) from University of Hamburg.
Accountant FES South Caucasus
Elene Gamtsemlidze has been an accountant at the FES South Caucasus since April 2005. She studied economics in Georgia and did internships in Germany. Prior to her current assignment, Elene worked at the Representative Agency of the AG Volkswagen, TV “Imedi”, the Supreme Court of Justice and the publishing house “Mtavari Gazeti.”
Head of FES Georgia
Ia Tikanadze has been the head of the FES Georgia Office since 1994. Prior to joining the FES she was a researcher at the National Relations Research Center at the Academy of Sciences of Georgia. She did research internships at the German Society of Foreign Policy (DGAP) in Bonn from 1993-1994 and at the FES in Bonn in 1991. She graduated from Moscow Moris Torez Institute of Foreign Languages and Tbilisi State University in the Faculty of Western European Languages and Literature.
Project Manager / PMP / PMI-ACP
Irina Seperteladze has been a project manager since March 2002. Prior to joining the Team, she worked at the German Embassy in Tiflis and at the EU-TACIS-Project “Training of the judges in Georgia.” Irina Seperteladze studied German Language and Law in Georgia, Germany and Austria.
Marie Zuliashvili is working as office manager at the FES Georgia Office since January 2020. She studied Political Science and International Relations at American University In Bulgaria (AUBG). Prior to joining the team, Marie worked at the Sparkassenstiftung für Internationale Kooperation as an assistant director.
Giorgi Sulakauri has worked as a translator and Public Relations Officer at the FES Georgia Office since June 2013. He studied economics and architecture at the Georgian Technical University. Prior to joining the FES, Giorgi worked as an assistant to the project coordinator in GTZ and on KFW/GFA projects in the land management and urban planning fields.
Tariel Tsiklauri has worked as a driver and technical assistant for the FES Georgia Office since 2002. He studied engineering and construction sciences in Georgia. Prior to joining the FES Team, he worked at the Ministry of Agriculture and different construction companies.
Head of FES Armenia
Naira Gevorgyan has served as the head of FES Armenia since 1995. Prior to that, Naira worked at the commercial Bank “Elita” in Yerevan and as an interpreter for in the German, Armenian and Russian languages. Ms. Gevorgyan graduated from the Institute of State Foreign Languages in Yerevan in the Faculty of German and Russian Languages and Literature.
Liana Badalyan has worked as a Project Manager at FES Armenia since September 2011. She studied Law at the Yerevan State University as well as German Language and Political Science at Yerevan Brusov State University of Languages and Social Sciences and at Humboldt University Berlin and Rostock University in Germany. Before joining FES, Liana has been teaching German Language at the Yerevan Brusov State University of Languages and Social Sciences.
Shushana Sirakanyan works in FES Armenia as a project coordinator since 2020. Shushana studied Political Science at Yerevan State University and holds an MA degree in Political Technologies and Marketing. She recently earned her master’s degree in Law (LLM) from the American University of Armenia. Before joining FES, Shushana has worked as legal consultant and was engaged in a youth initiative called the Social Democratic Platform of Armenia.
Narek Sukiasyan has worked as a associate researcher at the FES Armenia Office since 2020. Narek studied European Studies and International Relations in Cluj-Napoca, Duisburg and Prague and holds MA degree of Regional Politics from Yerevan State University. Before joining FES, Narek had worked at Transparency International Anti-Corruption Center.
Anna Galstyan has worked as a Project Assistant at FES Armenia since July 2015. She studied German Language and International Relations at Yerevan Brusov State University of Languages and Social Sciences.
Alexander Baghdasaryan has worked as a driver and technical assistant for the FES Armenia Office since 2008. He studied at State Institute of Physical Culture and Sports of Armenia (Faculty of Sports Pedagogy and Management), trainer-teacher for Karate. Prior to joining the FES Team, he worked at few companies as a Sales Manager.
Mariam Iobidze has joined the FES South Caucasus in November 2020 as a project coordinator. She is a PMP-certified project manager with an advance university degree in sociology, public policy and law from the Central European University, Georgian Institute of Public Affairs, and the Emory University School of Law. Mariam has an extensive work experience at various governmental and non-governmental organizations in Georgia.
Lina Zhvania has joined FES team in December 2020, as an Accountant of EU_ESCape project.
She is experienced Financial Manager with more than 10 years of professional experience in International NGO sector and Internal Audit. Lina holds BA in Economics and ACCA certificate.
Mariam Matiashvili joined the FES South Caucasus in November 2021. She holds a Master of Science in Policy Studies from The University of Edinburgh and MBA from Ivane Javakhishvili Tbilisi State University. Mariam has eight years of work experience in the public sector and provides lectures and training on management.