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Ambassador David DONDUA

Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs

David Dondua was appointed as a 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 a 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 a 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 holds diplomatic rank of Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary (Since 2001).

 

Before joining 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 Tbilisi #6 Gymnasium. He was an author of textbooks on geography and natural history for primary and secondary schools of Georgia. 

 

Besides his current job, he is an associated professor of Tbilisi Open University and invited lecturer at Tbilisi State University, where he lectures international politics, security studies, EU and NATO integration and theory and practice of diplomacy.

 

David Dondua is co-founder of Georgian Oral History Association and a member of the scientific council of Geographic Society of Georgia. 

 

Besides native Georgian, he speaks English and Russian and has conversational French. His hobbies include tennis, jazz, photography, gardening and travel.

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