George CHIKOVANI, 
CEO,
Georgian Energy Development Fund

 

World Hydropower Congress  |  14-16 May 2019  |  Paris

 

Speaker biography

George Chikovani is CEO at the Georgian Energy Development Fund. Previously he has been the Deputy Minister of Energy and the Deputy Minister of Economy and Sustainable Development of Georgia. His experience spans more than 15 years with particular focus on the Georgian and regional energy sector.

George assisted the Georgian government in the national energy policy and strategy, market development and investment promotion. As a result of the projects he actively supported, Georgia has now adopted a new energy policy and transmission grid code, implemented several amendments to the Electricity and Natural Gas Law as well as new electricity hourly nominations software. Furthermore, they established Transmission System Operators and Market Operators, signed a Cross Border Electricity Trading Agreement with Turkey, introduced Uniform System of Accounts and developed a Ten Year Network Development Plan.

George has led the water resource management component of USAID G4G project as Component Lead since July 2015, having previously been Deputy Component Lead. As part of this, he implements new tools for water resource management and supports the Georgian government in developing water allocation plans for the first time in Georgia.

During his previous work as director of the Georgian International Energy Corporation (GIEC) from 2005 to 2010, he actively participated in water management and conflict resolutions between irrigation and hydropower plants located on irrigation channels. George also has international experience in developing energy strategies and electricity markets in Tajikistan, Afghanistan and Uzbekistan.

He has a Master’s of Science in International Business from the University of Groningen. He has also received bachelor’s degrees from Tbilisi State University in International Economic Relations, and from Edmonds Community College in the USA in Business Administration.