Irakli Porchkhidze

Irakli Porchkhidze has been the Co-founder and Vice-president of the Georgian Institute for Strategic Studies (GISS) since 2012. From 2015 until June 2023, he served as the Dean of the Law School of Ilia State University. From 2010 until October 2012, Irakli Porchkhidze was the First Deputy State Minister for Reintegration. He was in charge of the policy development towards the occupied territories of Georgia and headed the Georgian delegation to the humanitarian working group of the Geneva Talks between Georgia and Russia. From 2008-2010 he served as the Deputy National Security Advisor to the President of Georgia and Deputy Secretary of the National Security Council of Georgia. In this capacity, he led the National Strategic Review process, which included the development of the National Threats Assessment Document and the National Security Concept, among other strategic documents. From 2004-2006 he launched and headed the Civil Registry Agency (the largest service provider under the Ministry of Justice of Georgia). The reform of the agency became the flagship case of Georgia’s institutional transformation. Before joining the government, Irakli worked at the Open Society Georgia Foundation, managing programs designed to support rule of law and good governance initiatives. Irakli holds a master’s degree in International Affairs from the School of International and Public Affairs of Columbia University (New York) and an MA in Political Science from Central European University (Budapest). He was also a fellow of the Draper Hills Program of the Center on Democracy, Development, and the Rule of Law at Stanford University and later held a senior fellowship from the Public Service Program at the National University of Singapore (NUS).