Eka Tkeshelashvili

Ekaterine "Eka" Tkeshelashvili (Georgian: ეკატერინე "ეკა" ტყეშელაშვილი; born May 23, 1977) is a Georgian jurist and politician, formerly serving as Minister of Justice, Minister of Foreign Affairs, Secretary of the National Security Council, and Deputy Prime Minister and State Minister for Reintegration of Georgia under President Mikheil Saakashvili.

Eka Tkeshelashvili
ეკა ტყეშელაშვილი
Ekaterine Tkeshelashvili Senate of Poland.jpg
State Minister for Reintegration
In office
November 20, 2010 – October 25, 2012
PresidentMikheil Saakashvili
Preceded byTemur Iakobashvili
Succeeded byPaata Zakareishvili
Deputy Prime Minister of Georgia
In office
November 20, 2010 – October 25, 2012
PresidentMikheil Saakashvili
Preceded byDavid Tkeshelashvili
Succeeded byKakha Kaladze
Secretary of the National Security Council
In office
December 6, 2008 – November 20, 2010
PresidentMikheil Saakashvili
Preceded byAlexander Lomaia
Succeeded byGiga Bokeria
Minister of Foreign Affairs
In office
May 5, 2008 – December 6, 2008
PresidentMikheil Saakashvili
Preceded byDavid Bakradze
Succeeded byGrigol Vashadze
Prosecutor General
In office
February 1, 2008 – May 5, 2008
Preceded byZurab Bibliashvili
Succeeded byMamuka Gvaramia
Minister of Justice
In office
August 1, 2007 – January 31, 2008
PresidentMikheil Saakashvili
Preceded byGia Kavtaradze
Succeeded byNika Gvaramia
Deputy Minister of Internal Affairs
In office
September 1, 2005 – May 1, 2006
Deputy Minister of Justice
In office
February 1, 2004 – September 1, 2005
Personal details
Born (1977-05-23) May 23, 1977 (age 45)
Tbilisi, Georgian SSR, Soviet Union
(now Georgia)
Alma materTbilisi State University


Tkeshelashvili was born on May 23, 1977 in Tbilisi, the capital of what was then Georgian SSR (now Georgia). She graduated from the Faculty of International Law and International Relations at Tbilisi State University in 1999 and worked as a lawyer for the International Committee of the Red Cross, Georgia, and then for IRIS Georgia, a Tbilisi office of the University of Maryland’s Center for Institutional Reform and the Informal Sector. From October 9, 1997 until September 10, 1999, she was the Chief Specialist Centre for Foreign Policy Research and Analysis in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Georgia.[1] From June 1 to November 1, 2001, Tkeshelashvili was a lawyer at Lawyers' Committee of Human Rights in New York City, from December 2002 until May 2003, interned at the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia in the Hague, Netherlands. She is a Senior Network Member at the European Leadership Network (ELN).[2]

Political careerEdit

Tkeshelashvili was appointed to her first government post as Deputy Minister of Justice of Georgia on February 1, 2004. She was then appointed Deputy Minister of Interior on September 1, 2005 and then became a Chairperson of the Tbilisi Court of Appeals from May 1, 2006 to August 1, 2007.

Eka Tkeshelashvili (center) greeting Condoleezza Rice in Georgia, August 2008.

She served as Minister of Justice of Georgia from August 2007 to January 2008, and as Prosecutor General of Georgia from January to May 2008. On May 5, 2008 she was appointed Minister of Foreign Affairs, a post she held until December 5, 2008.[3] Her appointment coincided with Georgia's increasingly tense relations with its northern neighbor Russia over the breakaway regions of Abkhazia and South Ossetia, and Georgia's aspiration to join NATO. During her tenure in this position, she vowed to pursue active diplomacy to find a peaceful solution to all existing problems.[4] Tkeshelashvili was replaced as Minister of Foreign Affairs by Grigol Vashadze on December 5, 2008, in a cabinet shuffle.[5][6] Later in December, she was appointed to head the National Security Council.[7][8] From 2010 to 2012, she was State Minister for Reintegration.[1][9]

From 2017 Tkeshelashvili is Head of EU Anti-Corruption Initiative in Ukraine. She also teaches at Civil and Political School in Kyiv, and in the Black Sea University in Tbilisi.[10]

Personal lifeEdit

Tkeshelashvili is married and has two children. In addition to her native Georgian, she speaks English, Russian, and French.[11]


  1. ^ a b "Ministry for Reintegration. Ekaterine Tkeshelashvili". Archived from the original on 2011-07-21. Retrieved 2011-02-16.
  2. ^ "Senior Network". www.europeanleadershipnetwork.org. Retrieved 2020-09-21.
  3. ^ "Chief Prosecutor Becomes Foreign Minister", Civil.ge, May 5, 2008.
  4. ^ (in Russian) <<Грузинская дипломатия должна быть активной - глава МИД>>[permanent dead link] NewsGeorgia, May 6, 2008.
  5. ^ "Cabinet reshuffled", Civil.ge, December 5, 2008.
  6. ^ "Senior Georgian ministers sacked", BBC News, December 5, 2008.
  7. ^ "Former FM to Chair NSC", Civil.ge, December 18, 2008.
  8. ^ "Saakashvili: NSC Becomes Stronger with its New Chair", Civil.ge, December 23, 2008.
  9. ^ "Reshuffle in Government, NSC", Civil.ge, November 20, 2010.
  10. ^ "Our team". EU Anti-corruption Initiative. Retrieved 2018-05-13.
  11. ^ Ekaterine Tkeshelashvili biography Archived 2011-07-21 at the Wayback Machine, Office of the State Minister of Georgia for Reintegration, Retrieved January 1, 2011.