Mariam Khotenashvili is TEPSA’s Head of Office, where she is responsible for the daily management of the association and various EU-funded projects. Her background combines research coordination, policy advocacy, project management and academic work. Her fields of expertise include EU foreign and development policies and in particular the European Neighbourhood Policy. Mariam holds Master’s degrees in EU International Relations and Diplomacy (College of Europe) and in Conflict Studies and Human Rights (Utrecht University). Prior to joining TEPSA, Ms. Khotenashvili worked for Transparency International Georgia and ALDA – The European Association for Local Democracy and undertook traineeships at the European Commission’s DG DEVCO and at the UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights.
At DG DEVCO, Ms. Khotenashvili worked on the Covenant of Mayors going East initiative, where she liaised with the Local Authorities from Central Asia to help develop Sustainable Energy Action Plans. She also worked on petitions coming from the Central Asian countries during her work at the UNHCR. Fluent in Russian, Mariam has a long-standing expert interest in the process of Central Asia’s political and economic transformation and is looking forward to working on the SEnECA project.