George Melashvili

George Melashvili is a Georgian public figure, political sciences scholar, and civic activist. As the founder and president of the Europe-Georgia Institute since September 2016, he has significantly influenced the civic landscape in Georgia. The Europe-Georgia Institute, initially a student organization, evolved under his leadership into a leading civil society organization in Georgia, joining the European Liberal Forum and founding the annual Black Sea Security conference focused on international security policy.

Melashvili’s academic interests are deeply rooted in comparative politics and East Asian studies, with a particular emphasis on Korea. His work has earned him a fellowship with the German Marshall Fund’s Policy Designers Network since August 2020. Additionally, he contributes as an invited lecturer at the Free University of Tbilisi and the University of Georgia, sharing his insights on IR theory and East Asian studies, and authored “Korea: Success Story – Lessons for Georgia”, the first book about Korea in Georgian language.

Throughout his career, Melashvili has played a crucial role in promoting civic engagement, democratic values, and global security in Georgia. His initiative, “Your Voice, Our Future,” notably increased youth participation in the 2016 Georgian parliamentary elections, showcasing his talent for mobilizing volunteers. Melashvili actively contributes to the global discourse engaging with both academic and general audiences, and regularly appears on television, covering international affairs on both Georgian and international media outlets.

As a participant in the New Security Leaders (NSL) program of the Warsaw Security Forum, Melashvili continues to address global security challenges, while focusing on mitigating the impact of propaganda and bolstering national resilience and creating several initiatives focused on these topics.

Proud graduate of the School of International Relations of the Free University, founded by Georgian statesman, visionary and philanthropist Kakha Bendukidze, George was one of the leaders of the Future Diplomats’ Club – one of the most successful youth organizations in Georgia dedicated to contemporary international relations, diplomacy, civil politics and the rights of youth.

George Melashvili was selected as a member of Presidential Discussion Club hosted by the President of Georgia and was part of the team working on contemporary challenges of Georgia’s neighborhood and the Black Sea Region, followed by a successful internship at the International Department of the Presidential Administration of Georgia.

During the 2016 election campaign, George Melashvili managed the unprecedented campaign “Your Voice, Our Future” uniting citizens of Georgia to realize the importance of their vote. The campaign mobilized 500 volunteers from Georgia’s all regions and was held in Georgia’s all 11 regions and the capital city and managed to increase the youth turnout by more than 20%.

The “Your Voice, Our Future” was followed by an #Initiative project aiming to increase youth participation in decision making and civic life. More than 500 small scale grants were issued to support activities in more than 20 municipalities of Georgia, and five summer and winter schools were organized to empower the active youth groups all over Georgia.

George Melashvili also was a lecturer at the School of Diplomacy of the Free University. During his bachelor studies, he received a scholarship from the government of Korea to study Korea’s economic development and democratic transition. He is also an alumnus of Haifa University program supported by the government of Israel and successfully graduated from SI Summer Academy for Young Professionals (SAYP) in Malmö, Sweden.

George served as the youth delegate at the Congress of Local and Regional Authorities Congress of Local and Regional Authorities of the Council of Europe and is actively involved in different initiatives promoting civic engagement, regional cooperation, and international development.

He is the holder of the first prize award for his essay about Janri Kashia’s book “Totalitarianism” and Mikheil Javakhishvili Medal for a documentary film about Soviet repressions, and is the winner of the MLOW contest held by the United Nations Academic Impact and was invited to the United Nations to make a speech about the UN Sustainable Development Goals.

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