Tom Trier - Regional Director in the Caucasus and Senior Research Associate (ON LEAVE)
Ewa Chylinski – ECMI Senior Adviser and Acting Director for ECMI Caucasus Regional Office Contact Email
Tom Trier is the Senior Research Associate for the European Centre for Minority Issues and has been the
Regional Director of ECMI Caucasus since 2005. With a background in social anthropology, he
specializes in ethno-politics and migration issues in Eastern Europe and the CIS, particularly in
the Caucasus region. For more than a decade, Tom Trier has worked extensively in the Caucasus
region, including the North Caucasus (Ingushetia and Chechnya), Azerbaijan, and Georgia. He is
the author of a wide range of publications and articles on ethno-political issues. He has recently
edited a major study (with Andrei Khanzhin) on the deported Meskhetians, The Meskhetian Turks at a Crossroads:
Integration, Repatriation or Resettlement? (Berlin: LIT, 2007), as well as
written a book on ethno-politics in Abkhazia (with Hedvig Lohm and David Szakonyi) titled Under
Siege: Inter-Ethnic Relations in Abkhazia (London: Hurst & Co., 2010).
Former ECMI HQ deputy director 2004-2011,
she joined the ECMI directly from the OSCE Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights in Warsaw where she was head of programmes
for several years. She has an extensive background in practice-oriented research and field experience in nationalities/minority issues from
the Caucasus, Eastern Europe and Central Asia. In addition to her position at the ECMI Caucasus, she continues to advise ECMI on various
programmes, including managing ECMI Belarus project. Ewa Chylinski is particularly engaged in the issue of ratification of the Council
of Europe convention of the European Charter for Regional or Minority Languages among Council of Europe State parties. She is recently
co-author and co-editor of a major standard analytical work on ECRML “Ready for Ratification” http://www.ecmi.de/publications/category/ecmi-handbooks/
Her academic background includes Eastern Europe area studies and Middle East studies in her capacity of a former Assistant Professor and Researcher
at the Institute of East-West Studies at the University of South Jutland, Denmark. She is occasionally teaching courses at the University of
Flensburg and lecturing at other academic institutions in Europe and beyond.
Giorgi Bobghiashvili - Project Coordinator Contact Email
Giorgi Bobghiashvili has graduated from the Comenius University (Slovakia) with a MA degree in European Studies and has studied as a visiting
fellow at the University of Groningen (The Netherlands) within the same program. He also holds a Bachelor’s degree in Social Sciences (Specialization
in International Relations) from Tbilisi State University. As a student of social and political sciences his spheres of interest include international
affairs, regional security, ethnicity and nationalism focusing on regions of Central and Eastern Europe, South Caucasus and Central Asia. After finishing
his work at the F.A. Hayek Foundation he joined the ECMI Caucasus in November Giorgi works on civic integration of ethnic minority youth, advocating minority rights at governmental and societal level.
His work also promotes the European integration process of Georgia among ethnic minority population, as well as researching ethnic minority issues across the Caucasus region
Elena Proshikian - Project Assistant Contact Email
Joined the ECMI Caucasus in June, 2012
Bakar Lomsadze - Administrative Assistant Contact Email
Bakar Lomsadze joined ECMI Caucasus in 2008 as an intern. After the completion of his internship, he continued the work with ECMI
Caucasus as a web site administrator. In 2010 Bakar moved to the general administration and is now involved in program related
activities. Bakar graduated from Tbilisi Institute of Asia and Africa (TIAA) in 2010 with Master of Social Science in International
Relations. Previously he obtained a bachelor degree in international relations. In 2006 Bakar lived in Damascus, Syria for 1 year,
studying at "Arabic Teaching Institute for non-Arabic Speakers" while attending special course of English language and literature at
the Damascus University. Prior to his assignment as an intern in ECMI Caucasus he was working in the non-governmental organization
"Amagdari" as a project assistant.
Maria Diego Gordon - Intern Contact Email
Joined ECMI in May, 2015
Maria Diego Gordon holds a bachelor degree in Journalism from the Complutense University of Madrid and spent a year in Sciences Po - Paris, where she got the chance to
deepen her knowledge in international relations. Her academic interests include nationalism, minority and identity issues, and their interaction with the ruling elites of a
country, as well as their impact in its history and (symbolic) landscape, especially in Eurasian and Caucasus regions.
Roberto Memme - Intern Contact Email
Joined ECMI in October, 2015
Roberto Memme holds a bachelor degree in Legal Operator for Economics and Business from the University of Brescia (Italy) and he’s attending a specialistic degree in Human
Rights and Ethics for International Cooperation at the UNESCO Chair of the University of Bergamo (Italy). His academic interests are history, human rights enforcement, economics,
pedagogy and human development issues. He’s contributing to the internazionalization of the Roddy Scott Foundation ‘s online newspaper “Pankisi Times” on which Kist children wrote;
it’s a “twinning project” between Pankisi youth and Bovezzo youth (his town youth).
He’s interested in deepen his knowledge about Kist minority and he’s also concerned in a comparative and feasibility study between some Italian international cooperation’s project
strategies in southern Africa (Great Limpopo Trans Frontiers Park) and the Georgia-Armenia’s cross-border cooperation politics in Javakheti region.
Federico Salvati - Intern Contact Email
Joined ECMI in October, 2015
Federico holds a master degree in international relations from Sapienza University in Rome (2015). He has been working for the Italian National Center for Academic
Research (CNR) and the High Institute for Defense Studies (CASD) in Italy as a research assistant. During his work he has been traveling in the South Caucasus and in
Russia where he carried on several field activities related to his research work. Currently, he works for an NGO (EUCASA) in Brussels actively involved in peacebuilding,
youth empowerment, conflict resolution and economic development. His research interests are mainly (but not only) about conflict resolution and geopolitics of the post