Alumni Careers

Professional Careers


For ISET graduates, unemployment is something only experienced on the pages of their research. From a total of 247 ISET graduates, with the exception of those studying abroad, all are currently employed. Moreover, they all occupy professional positions that utilize the skills and knowledge they acquired at ISET.

Zviad Zedginidze (Class 2008)
Head, Macroeconomic Research Division,
National Bank of Georiga

Mariam Gorgadze (Class 2008)
Project Country Director,
Mendez England and Associates
Lasha Labadze (Class 2008)
Deputy Director, ISET Policy Institute;
Assistant Professor, Ivane Javakhishvili Tbilis
State University
Ramin Danyarov (Class 2008)
Head, Macroeconomic Analysis and Forecasting
Division, Ministry of Economic Development,
Levan Karsaulidze (Class 2009)
Head, Price Statistics Division, National
Statistics Office of Georgia

Nino Shanshiashvili (Class 2009)
Economist, European Bank for Reconstruction
and Development, London, England

Davit Okropiridze (Class 2010)
Deputy Head, Labor and Employment
Policy Department, Ministry of Labor, Health
and Social Affairs, Georgia

Natalia Shatirishvili (Class 2010)
Analyst, Government Relations Department,
JSC Telasi;
Researcher, World Experience for Georgia

Tata Khetaguri (Class 2012)
Head, Budget Analysis Division,
Parliament of Georgia

Lilit Sargsyan (Class 2011)
Planning and Economic Analyst, Inecobank, Armenia;
Assistant Professor, Yerevan State University


To practice what they learn in the classroom, many ISET students take part in internships, either during the academic year or during the summer. Recent internship placements have included:

 EBRD London Office
The Department of Statistics of Georgia
 World Bank, Washington DC & Country offices
Electric Networks of Armenia
 Central Bank of Armenia, Azerbaijan & Georgia
State Oil Company of the Azerbaijan Republic
 Ministries of Energy and Natural Resources
USAID Funded Projects
 Ministries of Finance
AmCham, Georgia



Givi Melkadze joined the London office of the European Bank fro Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) in the summer of 2011. During his three months in London, Givi interned with the office of EBRD's Chief Economist, contributing to the 2011 Transition Report - EBRD's flagship publication, and helping construct the corporate bond market development index for the 29 nations in which EBRD operates. Givi Melkadze graduated from ISET in 2012. Following in the footsteps of ISETers who have interned with the EBRD in previous years, Givi plans to apply for admission to a top PhD program in the United States.



Academic Careers

PhD Placement

To date, a total of 212 students have graduated from ISET. Of those 212, thirty-four are currently enrolled in PhD programs in the United States and Western Europe, all receiving full scholarships and stipends.

ISET graduates can currently be found at the following institutions: 

 University of Chicago, USA
Stanford University 
 University of Pennsylvania, USA
Washington University, USA
 Universitè Catholique de Louvain           
University of Leicester, UK
 McGill University, Montreal, Canada  
Southern Methodist University, Dallas, USA
 University of Toulouse, France
CERGE-EI, Czech Republic
 Universita Cattolica del Sacro Cuore
New York University, USA

 Andrew Young School of Policy Studies, USA

University of Warwick, Coventry, UK


Davit Tsirekidze, valedictorian of the Class of 2011, arrived in California in August 2011 to join one of the most prestigious economics PhD programs in the world at Stanford University. In his graduation speech, Dato recalled the trip he made two years earlier, from Kutaisi to Tbilisi: "I paid 10 Lari for a train ticket to attend the Open House day at ISET. For this modest price, I got three other tickets, as a bonus: to attend Open House days in Stanford, the California Institute of Technolog and New York University. For me, ISET was a great investment indeed - my Kutaisi-Tbilisi train ticket became a ticket to life". 


Teaching Fellowships

Teaching Fellows program is financed by CERGE-EI foundation and run by ISET since 2008 in Armenia, Azerbaijan and Georgia. Number of Teaching Fellows in 2015-16 academic year is 36. Thirty of them teach in Georgian universities, 3 in Armenia and 3 in Azerbaijan. Overall, ISET Teaching Fellows teach more than twelve hundred students at eight different universities in the region: Tbilisi State University, University of Georgia, Caucasus University (Georgia), International Black See University –IBSU (Georgia), Yerevan State University, French Higher Institute of Engineering in Armenia, European Regional Academy (Armenia), Khazar University and Azerbaijan University. 

In August 2015, 26 new ISET graduates were awarded teaching fellowships to attend a course on Teaching Principles and Practices at the Economics Institute of the Center for Economic Research and Graduate Education (CERGE-EI) in Prague. Together with other fellows from such countries as Russia, Romania, Ukraine and the Czech Republic the former ISET students were granted an opportunity to develop their teaching and presentation skills. 



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