Non-Executive Director Georgian Industrial Group
Master in Public Administration (MPA), JFK School of Government, Harvard University,
USA; Edward S. Mason Fellow (2011).
Master of Laws (LL.M), Southern Methodist University (SMU) School of Law, USA;
Edmund Muskie Fellow (1997).
Bachelor of Arts (BA), Master of Laws (LL.M) - the Ukrainian Institute of International
Relations and International Law, Kiev State University (1991).
Has attended special courses in law, international relations, security and public
administration at the leading US and European Universities.
1998 - awarded the UN Scholarship (Participant, UN International Law Commission
1996 - awarded the US Congress Scholarship, Edmund Muskie Fellowship Program
Public Service Career
2008- 2014 – Director, Intelligence Service of Georgia (GIS)
2005- 2008 - Minister of Foreign Affairs of Georgia
2004 - 2005 - Assistant to the President of Georgia on National Security Issues - Secretary
of the National Security Council (NSC)
2004 - Minister of Defense of Georgia (First Civilian Defense Minister)
2000 - 2004 - Deputy Minister of Defense of Georgia
1997-2000 – Director, Department of Legal Affairs, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Georgia
1993 - 1996 - Envoy Plenipotentiary and Extraordinary of Georgia to the Republic of
1991 - 1993 - Different positions at the International Law Division, Ministry of Foreign
Affairs of Georgia
Private Sector Career
January 2014 to Present: Non-Executive Director, Member of the Board, Georgian
Industrial Group (GIG)
January 2015 to Present: Chairman & CEO, “David Bezhuashvili Education Foundation”,
Charity organization for the support of educational programs, scientific research and
protection of cultural heritage of Georgia
Since 2015 – Honorary Member of the World Hellenic Inter-Parliamentary Association
April 2017 to Present: Member of the International Advisory Board, San Diego State
University (SDSU) Georgia
December 2014 to Present: Member of International Advisory Council, Foundation Dom
Cabral Business School, Brazil
March 2016 to Present: Chairman, Supervisory Board, European School, Georgia
2015 - 2017: Chairman of Supervisory Board, HeidelbergCementGeorgia LLC (HCG)
Achievements and Activities
In 1998-2000 was actively involved as a national expert in cooperation with the European
structures: Committee of National Advisers on Public International Law (CAHDI),
Council of Europe; Multidisciplinary Group Against Corruption (GMC), Council of
Europe; Ad hoc committee on Protection of National Minorities, (DH-MIN), Council of
Europe; Alternate Member, Venice Commission (Constitutional Law), Council of Europe.
In 1999 led the Georgian delegation at the BSEC high-level official negotiations and
meetings in Istanbul, Thessaloniki, Chisinau.
In 1997-1999 chaired the group of national experts on Georgia's accession to the Council
of Europe; chaired the group of experts, that drafted the Georgian Law on International
Treaties (1997) and the Georgian Law on Diplomatic Service (1999 and 2007); authored
and led the elaboration of the Georgian Organic Laws: on National Security Council (2005)
and Law on Intelligence Service of Georgia and Law on Intelligence Craft (2010).
Since 2000, along with his official duties, has been involved in scientific research on
International Law issues and has published a number of works. Since April 2017 lecturer
at Georgian Public Policy Institute (GIPA).
Mr.Bezhuashvili holds highest Diplomatic Rank of “Ambassador Extraordinary and
Plenipotentiary” and highest Civil Service Rank of “State Chancellor”.
Mr.Bezhuashvili was nominated as “The Man of the Year 2004” by the American
Biographical Institute, USA.
In 2006, on the occasion of the 15th anniversary of Independence of Ukraine, by Decree
of the President of Ukraine, Gela Bezhuashvili was awarded Ukraine's national award – I
Rank Order of Merit for contribution to the international policy and bilateral relations
between Georgia and Ukraine.
In 2007, by Order 94 of the President of Estonia, Gela Bezhuashvili was awarded Order of
Maarjamaa Rist (Order of the Cross of Terra Mariana) - III Rank; the highest award of the
Republic of Estonia.
In 2013, by Decree N 01/11/04 of the President of Georgia, Gela Bezhuashvili was awarded
Vakhtang Gorgasal’s Order - I Rank.
In 2008, the American Biographical Institute, USA has proclaimed Gela Bezhuashvili as
an approved Charter Member of the Leading Intellectuals of the World for his outstanding
contributions in Defense Reforms, Civilian Control over the Military, Institutional Reform
of the Foreign Service and Security System Reforms in Georgia.
In 2008, the American Biographical Institute, USA has proclaimed Gela Bezhuashvili as a
distinguished member of the American Hall of Fame for his outstanding commitment,
dedication and inspirational leadership.