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DAVID DONDUA

Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs (Since 2015)

David Dondua was appointed First Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs in November 2014. Prior to his current assignment he was First Deputy State Minister for European and Euro-Atlantic Integration (2012-2014).

In 2008-2012 he served as Chief of Cabinet of the Chairman of Parliament.

David Dondua is a career foreign service officer. He joined the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in 1993 and served as Political Director (2006-2008), Ambassador to NATO (2001-2006), DCM at the Embassy to the United States (1998-2000), Director of Department for Politico-Military Affairs (1996-1998), Deputy Head and then Head of NATO Division (1994-1996) and First Secretary in the Department for International Organizations (1993-1994).

He has held the diplomatic rank of Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary since 2001.

Before joining the Foreign Service, in 1981-1988 David Dondua worked as an assistant professor at the Institute of Geography of the Academy of Sciences of Georgia. In 1988-1992 he was deputy director of the Tbilisi Gymnasium N6. He has authored textbooks on geography and natural history for primary and secondary schools of Georgia.

Besides his current job, he reads lectures in international politics, security studies and diplomacy at different Tbilisi universities.

David Dondua is a founder of Pan Europa Georgia and a member of the board of Geographic Society of Georgia.

He speaks English and Russian. His hobbies include tennis, jazz, photography, gardening and travel.

David Dondua was born in 1959. He is married to Téa who is a journalist and a professor of Georgian language. They have a daughter, Anna.