STAFF PROFILE

Ketevan Tskhakaia
Co-founder and Director

As a Co-founder and Executive Director of  Spectri, Keti has accepted responsibility for the direction of the organization since 1997. She earned her PhD in Technical Science in 1987, and a Master’s degree in Economics and Management in 2000. In addition to her work at Spectri, she is Associate Professor at Akaki Tsereteli State University (ATSU), where she was a member of the Academic Council from 2006-2009 and a member of the Faculty from 2011 to present.

Keti’s project management experience has resulted in the successful completion of many of Spectri’s projects. Of special note are working with communities, municipalities and NGOs to prepare Local Environmental Action Plans (LEAP) in the Imereti region, and collaborative work with several Black Sea region countries to reduce pollution. Keti builds her knowledge and personal network through study trips. Her study trips to the USA include one in 2003 when she traveled to the University of Massachusetts, and again in 2009 to the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She traveled to the Goethe Institute in Berlin, Germany in 2010 and 2011 to participate in “Climate and Culture” Summer Academies. Her languages include Georgian, Russian and English.

It is her goal to advance community involvement in environmental concerns. It begins with education to children, informing teachers and journalists, and creating multiple ways to advise the general public. Keti keeps these critical approaches to all the projects in mind, to create a sustainable future for Georgia.

Tamar Moseshvili
Co-Founder, Chair of the Board and Program Coordinator for Spectri

Tamar is a co-founder and Chair  of the  Board, and Program Coordinator for Spectri since 1997. She earned her PhD in Technical Science in 1986, and also is an Associate Professor at Akaki Tsereteli State University (ATSU), where she was a member of the Faculty Council from 2012 -2015. Since 2006 she has participated in the Trans-European Mobility Project for University Studies (TEMPUS) of ATSU in the field of the modernization of teaching methods of engineering education, and has visited different leading engineering universities in the EU.

Tamar’s main interest is community advocacy to help people solve their social and healthcare problems. During the years, she has focused on Spectri projects that help the community protect their living and environmental conditions, preserve their working abilities, and help people with mental problems to be involved in society.

Elene (Lali) Gamkrelidze
Board Member, Educator

Lali has been with Spectri from the date of founding.  She is one of a Board member the Spectri board of Directors  since 2010. She earned her PhD in Chemical Science in 1997. From 1997 to the present, Lali has worked at Spectri as the Ecological Program Manager and has been an important part of the project team.

In addition to her work at Spectri, she is Associate Professor of Bioinorganic Chemistry at Akaki Tsereteli State University (ATSU). Lali knows the importance of educating future generations, and pays attention to children of all ages. Her languages include Georgian, Russian and German. Well known about Lali is her dedication to her mother’s care. Little known about her is her interest in classical music, drawing and reading.

Venera Mkhitaryan
Office manager

Venera Mkhitaryan is the Office Manager for the Imereti Scientists’ Union “Spectri.” She began in December 2000. Her responsibilities include all aspects of office management from handling calls, to maintaining administrative procedures, to preparing presentation materials for Spectri meetings. On occasion, she gives presentations on environmental concerns to schools. She has two degrees from 1996-2000 Kutaisi N. Muskhelishvili State Technical University and 2004-2006 Kutaisi Akaki Tsereteli State University. Her languages include Georgian, English, and Russian. She is the friendly voice that greets people, and always creates a welcoming environment in the small Spectri office.