Tamar Zhvania received her Sociology MA degree from the Iv. Javakhishvili Tbilisi State University. She is an Expert/Consultant in the United Nations Development Program (UNDP), Electoral Assistance Project since November 2007, acting as the Project Manager. During the last three years she has actively worked on public awareness and civic education, supported capacity building of different institutions as well as promoted improved legal framework for effective democratic processes.
From 2004-2007, Tamar worked at a well-known Georgian NGO called the International Society for Fair Elections and Democracy (ISFED) as an Executive Director. In 2001-2004, before assigning as an ISFED Executive Director, Tamar worked for ISFED as a Press-Secretary and then was promoted as a PR Director. In 2000, she worked as an ISFED representative in the Central Election Commission (CEC) of Georgia. Tamar has experience of working in Bangladesh as NDI election consultant, in Ukraine under ENEMO observation missions, in Kazakhstan under OSCE observation missions and in Norway under NUPI short-term electoral mission.
“Since 2008 there have been frequent rallies and public meetings in Georgia, especially election related public protests and boycotts. Many political parties, particularly opposition ones, encouraged people to be involved in the public protests to demand government change through snap elections to be conducted in free and fair manner. People also were raising concerns related to social and political problems. Those protests were organized in terms of representing the different parties, social groups and the public in general.”