Success Stories


For ISET graduates, unemployment is something only experienced on the pages of their research. From a total of 426 ISET graduates, with the exception of those studying abroad, all are currently employed. Moreover, they all hold professional positions that utilize the skills and knowledge they acquired at ISET.

Top Employers of ISETers

National Bank of Georgia is the largest employer of ISETers. The Bank employs around 40 of ISET graduates, the majority of whom were initially placed at the Bank as interns. Five ISET graduates of different cohorts are heading various divisions of the Bank while Davit Utiashvili (Class of 2009) heads the Financial Stability Department.

PMCG – Policy and Management Consulting Group employs about dozen of ISETers. Lasha Meskhia (Class of 2008) represents senior management of the company, holding the position of Business Development Director.
TBC Bank is another large employer of ISET alumni. Around fifteen of graduates are working on various competences of the Bank and two of them are holding managerial positions: Lekso Bluashvili (Class of 2012) heads Macro-financial Analysis Division and Mikheil Nadareishvili (Class of 2014) leads Data Analytics Competence of the bank. 
National Statistics Office of Georgia is one of the largest employers of ISET graduates. Badri Kvachadze (Class of 2013) is managing Tourism Statistics Division while Vasil Tsakadze (Class of 2008) is the Head of the Agricultural and Environmental Statistics Department and Levan Karsaulidze (Class of 2009) heads the National Accounts Department


Nino Shanshiashvili

Nino is an Economic Analyst at the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development in London, UK: “My time spent at ISET was fantastic and exciting, giving me many great memories. The decision to join the school was definitely one of the best choices I ever made. The ISET community provides tremendous support to the members of its big family and this support becomes even more encouraging after graduation. Having gone through difficult times at ISET makes you confident in your ability to overcome future challenges and proves that hard work and dedication always lead to success.”


ISET is proud to announce that to date 35 graduates have defended their doctoral dissertations and received an economics PhD degree:

  1.  Anastasiya Shchepetova, PhD, Toulouse School of Economics (France)
  2.  Sophiko Skhirtladze, PhD, Universita Cattolica del Sacro Cuore (Italy)
  3.  Salome Baslandze, PhD, University of Pennsylvania (USA)
  4.  Zurab Abramishvili, PhD, CERGE-EI (Czech Republic)
  5.  Teimuraz Gogsadze, PhD, University of Leicester (UK)
  6.  Lasha Chochua, PhD, Univesity of Bielefeld (Germany)
  7.  Mariam Kharaishvili, PhD, Southern Methodist University (USA)
  8.  Davit Tsirekidze, PhD, Stanford University (USA)
  9.  Nizami Imamverdiyev, PhD, Leibniz Institute of Agricultural Development in Transition Economies, IAMO (Germany)
  10.  Giorgi Mekerishvili, PhD, Pennsylvania State University (USA)
  11.  Gulmira Gafarova, PhD, Leibniz Institute of Agricultural Development in Transition Economies, IAMO (Germany)
  12.  Irakli Japaridze, PhD, McGill University (Canada)
  13.  Ala Avoyan, PhD, New York University (USA)
  14.  Davit Khantadze, PhD, University of Warwick
  15.  Irakli Kipiani, PhD, Graduate School of Economics and Management, GSEM, Verona, Venecia and Padova universities (Italy)
  16.  Miranda Svanidze, PhD, Leibniz Institute for Agricultural Development in Transition Economies, IAMO (Germany)
  17.  Ia Vardishvili, PhD, University of Virginia (USA)
  18.  Nino Abashidze, PhD, North Carolina State University (USA)
  19.  Givi Melkadze, PhD, Georgetown University (USA)
  20.  Robizon KhubulashviliPhD, Pennsylvania State University (USA)
  21. Nana Mukbaniani, PhD, The City University of New York (USA)
  22. Mikayel Sukiasyan, PhD, the University of Chicago (USA)
  23. Tamar Jugheli, PhD, University of Groningen (Netherlands)
  24. Vahan Sargsyan, PhD, CERGE-EI (Czech Republic)
  25. Sevak Alaverdyan, PhD, Univesity of Bielefeld (Germany)
  26. Zahra Gambarova, PhD, University of Leicester (UK)
  27. Giorgi Piriashvili, PhD, University of Notre Dame (USA)
  28. Mikheil Dvalishvili, PhD, City University of New York (USA)
  29. Astghik Mkhitaryan, PhD, University of Notre Dame (USA)
  30. Aram Grigoryan, PhD, Duke University (USA)
  31. Gega Todua, PhD, CERGE-EI (Czech Republic)
  32. Saba Devdariani, PhD, California Institute of Technology (USA)
  33. Nikoloz Pkhakadze, PhD, Georgetown University (USA)
  34. Nino Doghonadze, PhD, Pennsylvania State University (USA)
  35. Aram Derdzyan, PhD, University of Notre Dame (USA)
15 ISET graduates are currently enrolled in PhD programs in the United States and Western Europe, all receiving full scholarships and stipends.

Davit Tsirekidze

Davit Tsirekidze, valedictorian of the ISET 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 Technology and New York University. For me, ISET was a great investment indeed - my Kutaisi-Tbilisi train ticket became a ticket to life". 
Davit is the first Georgian and first ISETer ever getting a PhD from Stanford University.


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