EMBASSY OF Georgia: RECEPTION & BRIEFING, Evening of December 18, 2017georgia-flag-

Please join our host His Excellency Giorgi Tsikolia, Deputy Chief of Mission (DCM), and his staff for a fascinating evening at the Embassy
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  • The Georgian Embassy will host a wine tasting and reception with the Wharton Club of DC for our georgia_mapMembers and guests on December 18 (Monday) at 7:00pm-9:00pm, at the Embassy (1824 R Street NW)
  • In addition to getting known to Georgia’s increasing regional role and economic potential, they will introduce us to their culture, history, and travel opportunities. As Georgia is rwine-growing-mtnsecognized as the ‘cradle of winemaking’ with an 8,000-year unbroken history of winemakig, we will sample red and white wine varieties with traditional Georgian hors d'oeuvres. (Indeed, Georgia has been recognized in that the word "wine" is derived from Georgian, "ghvino". (So, should the expression change to "In Ghvino Veritas"? ;-)

Reception Schedule:

  • 7:00        Guests start arriving
  • 7:30        Wharton Club representatives introductory remarks
  • 7:35        Deputy Chief of Mission, Mr. Giorgi Tsikolia, greets Wharton Club members & guesgeorgia-winests and gives a presentation on Economic and Investment Environment of Georgia
  • 7:50        Q&A
  • 8:00        Networking opportunity
  • 9:00        Reception ends

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A Few Fascinating Facts about Georgia:

  • Georgia keeps advancing in international rankings that cover the following areas: economy, governance, freedom of speech, and corruption.
    • Georgia saw the biggest leap in rankings when it came to inflation. The country climbed 114 places from 2012, rebounding from 115th place in inflation rankings to 1st place in 2017 (World Economic Forum).
  • Religion
  • As one of the first countries in the world to convert to Christianity in the 4th century AD, today Georgia is distinguished for full religious freedom and tolerance. Here for many centuries, people of different faith and religion have coexisted peacefully.
  • Most of the population is Christian orthodox. Georgia is one of the few countries where Orthodox and Catholic churches, synagogues and mosques are built side by side.
  • Travel Ease & Warm Welcome
    • According to Numbeo 2016 report, Georgia is the safest country in Europe and 6th in the world following South Korea, Singapore, Japan, Hong Kong and Taiwan.
    • Here we sgeorgian-mountainsay that the guest is the gift from God, so Georgians will do their best to treat you with great hospitality. Friendly Georgians are always willing to assist you.
    • Good news about visa to Georgia! Simplified requirements for citizens of the U.S. and many other nations.
  • Gastronomy
    • Nothing tells you more about the spirit and culture of a country than its cuisine. Georgian national dishes are amongst the best in the world for their diversity and taste.
  • The capital city of Tbilisi:
    • Georgia's ancient and vibrant capital city spreads out on both banks of the Mtkvari River, and is surrounded on three sides by mountains. The name Tbilisi derives from the Old Georgian word "tbili", meaning warm. Archaeological studies of the region indicate human settlement in the arsmaller-tbilisiea early as the 4th millennium BC.
  •  More highlights of what makes Georgia so special as a place to visit or with which to do business, mostly from this fabulous website - CLICK HERE:


FEE per person:

Current members: Wharton Club:

  • President's Club / Lifetime Members: Two complimentary admissions; must still RSVP
  • Regular Members (Wharton, HBS, Natl. Economists Clubs, WNG): Early Bird through 12/14: $29/person. You can register now if you're a member.
    You may also bring three guests for an additional $29/person.
  • After that date, $39/person.
  • Non-members:   will be able to attend, if space is still left after 12/12, at $49/personClick on hotlink to reserve.
    • All Prices include reception with light food and beverages.

Reservations:   Required in advance. Your name and other registration information will be collected by the Club and provided to the Embassy for security reasons, as we hope you can understand.

Meet The Embassy's Deputy Chief of Mission: His Excellency, Giorgi Tsikolia 

  • Giorgi Tsikolia was appointed Deputy Chief of Mission in August 2015. From October 2016 until January 2017, Mr. Tsikolia served as Charge D’Affairs at the Embassy.
  • Prior to his posting, he was a CEO at Georgian Entrepreneurship Development Agency (Enterprise Georgia).  As  a CEO  at Enterprise Georgia, Mr. Tsikolia was responsible for establishment of the first major government institution mandated to facilitate private sector development through a variety of financial and technical support mechanisms, as well as export support. In addition to managing the agency’s daily activities, Mr. Tsikolia played critical role in introducing and developing Prime Minister of Georgia’s initiative “Produce in Georgia” aimed at supporting SMEs and export oriented companies. To this date, under the initiative 200 mln USD of private investments went to the Georgian economy and 2000 jobemb-georgia-georgi-tsikolia11-696x575s were created.
  • From 2011 until 2014 Mr. Tsikolia worked as a First Deputy Director at Georgian National Investment Agency, the nation’s main state investment promotion arm and as a Director of Investment and Export policy Department at Ministry of Economy and Sustainable Development.
  • Prior to entering public service, Mr. Tsikolia worked as a Deputy CEO for JSC “Global-Erty”, a leading telecom company in Georgia and as Team Leader/Assistant Manager for “Granton Marketing”, a marketing firm in Vancouver, Canada.
  • He earned a bachelor’s degree, in international economic relations from Moscow State Open University (2000) and a business administration diploma from British Columbia Institute of Technology (2003). Currently, Mr. Tsikolia is pursuing Global Master of Arts Program at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy in Tufts University.
  • In addition to his native Georgian, Mr. Tsikolia is fluent in English and Russian. He is married and has three children.
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Monday, 12/18/17 at 7:00pm - 9:00pm | iCal


Embassy of Georgia
1824 R Street, N.W. (near Dupont Circle)
Washington, DC 20009 USA

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Look Who's Coming:

Alan Schlaifer
  Wharton Club of DC
Guest of Alan Schlaifer
Sandy Vasan
  Wharton Club Innovation & Entrepreneurship Forum
Axel Kirstetter
Jean-Francois Orsini
Carlyn Lowery
Guest of Carlyn Lowery
Ruwan Salgado
  Strat8gy International
Marvin Petry
Marilyn Petry
Sara Haq
  SH International
Gene Smith
  Smith Brandon International
Lynne Schneider, LTC
  US Army
Emily Gmeiner
Shelley Bennett, COL (Ret.)
  GLBL Integration, Inc
Julian Wilson
Evelyn Smith
Sheila Switzer
  Associates of the American Foreign Service Worldwide
Tom Switzer
Walter Juraszek
  W & L Global Enterprise
Guadelupe Juraszek
Steve Lebischak
Helen Qubain
Shruti Chandrasekhar
Headley Jacobus
Darnley Howard
  Advansa International
Jane Stieber
  JCS Associates
Maya Joelson
... a total of 29 guests.
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