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Dr. Maia Panjikidze Dr Maia Panjikidze was appointed as Georgia's Foreign Minister on the 25th of October 2012.

Before becoming Foreign Minister, Dr Panjikidze was an active member of the "Georgian Dream" political coalition which formed Georgia's new government following its victory at the parliamentary elections held on the 1st of October 2012. In February 2012, she became the coalition's Spokesperson and the Head of its Central Office.

Before entering national politics, Dr Panjikidze had an extensive diplomatic career, serving as Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary to the Federal Republic of Germany (2004-2007) and Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary to the Kingdom of the Netherlands (2007-2010). As a career diplomat, she rose through the ranks of Georgia's Foreign Service, occupying various high-level positions at the Foreign Ministry, starting as First Secretary in 1994 and becoming Deputy Minister in 2004.

Besides her work in government, Dr Panjikidze had actively pursued an academic career: a professor and lecturer of philology since 1988, she later became a full professor at the Guram Tavartkiladze University, where she taught in 2010 and 2011. She has founded and chaired Georgia's Union of German Language Teachers and has published several works on the German language and German literature.

Dr Panjikidze holds a Ph.D. in philology. She has studied at the Friedrich Schiller University in Jena in Germany and at the Javakhishvili State University in Tbilisi. In addition to Georgian, Dr Panjikidze speaks German, English, Russian and Dutch. She is married with two sons.

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